Webster’s Fine Books & Maps
Webster’s Fine Books & Maps, established in 1999 only sells original antique maps and prints and no reproductions. Current market value and insurance appraisals conducted for collections and single items.
All maps are priced in Canadian $. All maps are guaranteed as described and subject to prior sale. GST (5%) and/or HST (13%) will be added for Canadian customers where applicable. Payment through Paypal, cheque, money order or wire transfer.
1. The Canadian Horticulturist. A Journal Devoted to Fruit Flowers & Forestry.
Item Price: $75
Great Springtime Reading
[Woolverton, L. ] ed. The Canadian Horticulturist. A Journal Devoted to Fruit Flowers & Forestry. Vol . XXI No. 6. June, 1898. Grimsby, ON: Ontario Fruit Growers Association, 1898.
Illustrated throughout. 35 pp. 4tp, original printed wraps, fine. A lovely copy.
Monthly periodical with articles, tips for growing, open letters, questions and great ads. This issue includes new “creations” or hybrids of vegetables, how to thin fruit trees, growing potatoes, the propagation of house plants with cuttings and various notes and comments on horticulture.
2.. PLAN DE PARIS/N.TR DAME DE PARIS
Item Price: $225 for the pair
I Love Paris in the Spring Time
Mallet, Alain Manesson. PLAN DE PARIS/N.TR DAME DE PARIS. Paris: Published in Mallet’s “Description de universe”, 1683
Copperplate engravings. Fine.
5.75″ x 4.25″-14.6 x 10.7 cm.
First edition. A lovely pair of engravings of the French capital engraved by French cartographer/military engineer Alain Manesson Mallet. Mallet was active in the mid to late 17th century and his work was prized for his detail.
The first engraving shows a bird’s eye view of the city of Paris showing the Seine River, various ” quartiers” and major public buildings such as the Louvre and the Tuilleries. The peripheries are farmland and forests. The second engraving shows a fine and detailed view of Notre Dame cathedral with various figures in the fore and background. The work on the Medieval cathedral started in 1160 and was largely finished a hundred years later. It remains one of the most iconic buildings in Paris.
3.. A Souvenir Of The Niagara Falls Showing Summer And Winter Views Of Niagara Falls And Their Surroundings.
tem Price: $65
Niagara Falls Minus the Major Kitch
A Souvenir Of The Niagara Falls Showing Summer And Winter Views Of Niagara Falls And Their Surroundings. James Bayne Company: .
Illustrated throughout. 26 pp. Oblong 4to, original printed wraps, perimeter sunned, a few light spots to margins, one page detached, else very good. Great photo illustrations of various views in and around the Falls including the “newly” constructed steel arch bridge, the interior of the power house, and various shots around the town of Niagara Falls. Some of the plates have Art Nouveau style borders.
4. The Voyages of Christopher Columbus Being the Journals of His First and Third, and the Letters concerning his First and Last Voyages, to Which is Added the Account of His Second Voyage Written by Andres Bernaldez.
Item Price: $195
Fine Press Book
Jane, Cecil. The Voyages of Christopher Columbus Being the Journals of His First and Third, and the Letters concerning his First and Last Voyages, to Which is Added the Account of His Second Voyage Written by Andres Bernaldez. London: The Argonaut Press, 1930.
Illustrated with 5 maps. [vi], 347, [i] pp, 4to, vellum backed cloth with heraldic shield device, spine yellowed, else very good, uncut. Cox II, p. 235. Limited to 1050 numbered copies.
A detailed account of Christopher Columbus’s Four Voyages to the New World.
5. A NEW MAP OF THE UNITED PROVINCES COMPREHENDING HOLLAND, ZEALAND, UTRECHT, GELDERS, OVERYSEEL, FRIESLAND AND GRONINGEN; WITH THE LANDS OF DRENT, DUTCH FLANDERS & DUTCH BRABANT &c. &C. FROM THE LATEST AUTHORITIES.
Item Price: $175
Cary, John. A NEW MAP OF THE UNITED PROVINCES COMPREHENDING HOLLAND, ZEALAND, UTRECHT, GELDERS, OVERYSEEL, FRIESLAND AND GRONINGEN; WITH THE LANDS OF DRENT, DUTCH FLANDERS & DUTCH BRABANT &c. &C. FROM THE LATEST AUTHORITIES. Published in Cary’s ” New Universal Atlas”: London, 1811.
Copper engraved map with hand colouring. Offsetting to the North and Zuyder Sea, otherwise very good.
17-3/4″ x 20″- 45 x 50.8 cm.
A very detailed double page map showing the Netherlands, Flanders, Brabant, Friesland and Groningen etc. At the time when this map was published the Dutch sphere of control had begun to waiver. The French Empire had annexed the region the year before, and in 1811 the British had invaded Java to take control over the previously held Dutch East India Company.
6. Green’s Nursery Annual
Item Price: $125
How to Tell a Lie Without Speaking
[Green, J.W. et al]. Green’s Nursery Annual. London: Darton & Clark, 1847.
First issue. Illustrated with colour frontis by H. Weir and added colour wood-engraved title page with frontispiece. Illustrated with fine Iine woodcut engravings and floral borders. [vi], 124 pp. 8vo, 1/2 calf and marbled boards, rubbed with some small losses to corners, binding a bit rough, light spotting to prelims., but on the whole very good.
Delightful children’s periodical which started in 1847 and ran sporadically until 1860 and featured contributions by Mrs. S.C. Hall, Mary Howitt, Mrs. Sherwood and “other popular writers for the young.” Compilation of poems and short stories including “How to Tell A Lie Without Speaking”. Osborne 404.
7. Jamie Wyeth.
Item Price: $225
Limited edition of Third Generation American Artist
[Wyeth, Jamie]. Jamie Wyeth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1980.
First edition. Illustrated with colour plates. 144 pp. Oblong 4to, 1/2 leather and cloth, in slipcase, slipcase rubbed in areas, a.e.g. otherwise a fine copy. Limited to 500 signed copies this copy #402.
The works of James Browning Wyeth, American realist artist and son of Andrew Wyeth and grandson of N.C. Wyeth. After homeschooling Wyeth moved to NYC and worked at a Harlem morgue to gain first hand knowledge of anatomy. By the time he was 18, Wyeth’s paintings could be found in the permanent collections in the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum in Maine , the Wilmington Society of Art in Wilmington, Delaware, and several private collections.
8. Bengal Past & Present. Vol XLVI Part 1 Serial NO. 91. Journal of the Calcutta Historical Society. July-September 1933
Item Price: $45
Last survivor of the Black Hole of Calcutta
8) [Various]. Bengal Past & Present. Vol XLVI Part 1 Serial NO. 91. Journal of the Calcutta Historical Society. July-September 1933. Calcutta: Sri Gouranga Press, 1933.
Illustrated. 4to, original printed wraps, chips with losses to spine, occasional light spotting but on the whole very good.
Interesting articles including “The Mission of Messrs. Vansittart and Hasting to Mir Qasim”; “Events Leading to the Ambela Expedition-1863”; “Glimpses of Serampore (1810-20); “An Unpublished Letter of Major James Rennell dated Bengall, August 31, 1795” etc.
The Calcutta Historical Society was founded in 1907 by Walter K. Firmiger as the editor. They published Bengal Past & Present, a quarterly periodical in the same year and it remained in print until 2012. Although it began as a British Colonial nostalgic look at Calcutta, it eventually evolved into a serious scholarly work with submissions from leading historians and politicians of the day. An uncommon publication
9. The Novels of Jane Austen in Ten volumes : Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Emma and Mansfield Park.
Item Price: $695
Continuously in Print since 1833
9) [Austen, Jane.] The Novels of Jane Austen in Ten volumes : Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Emma and Mansfield Park. London; George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1925.
Illustrated with 10 colour plates including frontispieces by A. Wallis Martin in each volume. General Introduction by R. Brimley Johnson to Volume I and notes to vols. 3,5,6,7 & 9. xix, , 253, ; , 250; vi, , 236; ,245, ; vi, , 308; vi, , 327, ; vii, , 318; , 311, ; vi, , 306; , 312. 8vo, brown cloth with gilt lettering, minor rubbing to corners else near fine.
A reissue of the 1908 Chatto & Windus edition of Jane Austen’s novels. Austen’s novels commented on and critiqued the British landed gentry of the late 18th Century/early 19th Century. Two of her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published posthumously A very clean handsome set. Gilson E117
10. ASIA MINOR
Item Price: $205
Moll, Herman. ASIA MINOR. Published in Moll’s “A Collection of voyages and travels” c. 1745
Copperplate engraving with hand colouring. A couple of chips and creases to blank margins and a couple of very light creases in image, else a very good crisp clean image with nice wide margins.
10″ x 14-1/2″-25.4 x 36.8 cm
A very good map of Asia Minor including Turkey, the southern coast of the Black Sea, and Cyprus. The Euphrates River is shown.
11. William Blake’s Writings
Item Price: $125
Bentley Jr., G.E. [ed]. William Blake’s Writings. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978.
2 vols. First edition. 4to, cloth and dust jackets, minor creasing to jacket vol. 1, else fine. Vol. 1 deals with Blake’s engraved and etched writings and Vol. 2 handles his writings in conventional typography and in manuscript form. G.E. Bentley was a University of Toronto author who is considered a world authority on Blake, having researched and inspected more writings of Blake than any other scholar.
12. The Floral World and Garden Guide
Item Price: $95 for all 3
Grab your gardening gloves!
Hibberd, Shirley. [ed].The Floral World and Garden Guide. London: Groombridge, 1859-61. Illustrated with 2 chromolithograph frontis plates. 3 vols (vol. 2, 3, 4).
vii, 288 pp.; viii, 280 pp.; viii, 280 pp. 8vo, red and gilt blind stamped cloth, a.e.g ., covers and spines & spotted, endpapers dark, otherwise very good.
A very good horticultural guide embellished with lovely colour printed frontis pieces and text engravings. Bound group of annual gardening periodicals for the discerning Victorian gardener.
13. L. Annaei Flori Rerum Romanarum Epitome.
Item Price: $225
Roman History 101
Florus, Lucius Annaeus. L. Annaei Flori Rerum Romanarum Epitome. Interpretatione & Notis Illustravit Anna Tanaquilli Fabri Filia, Jussu Christianissimi Regis in Usum Serenissimi Delphini. Venetiis: Carolum Bonarrigum, 1715.
Elaborately engraved frontispiece by Antonio Luciani a Venetian print maker who worked between 1700-1738. [xvi], 205,  pp. 4to, half calf and speckled boards, extremities rubbed, hinges starting, Ms. Ex Libris note to front free end page by Anthony Alfredo Giarraputo, a poet, Harvard graduate and language teacher in the Boston, MA with an older German ms. Previous owner’s name and stamp to title page, occasional spotting but on the whole very clean.
Roman historian’s classic work on the history of the Roman people. The work covers the period from from the foundation of the city of Rome (c. 753 BCE) to the death of Augustus in 14 CE .
14. MAP OF TORONTO
Item Price: $895
19th Century Hogtown
Cotterell, Alfred T. MAP OF TORONTO. Published in “The Illustrated Atlas of the County of York” [Toronto]: Miles & Co., 1878. Revised by H.J. & W.A. Browne, P.L.S. Toronto to April 1, 1878
Lithograph. A nice bright example.
15-3/4″ x 25-1/4″.
A very good map of Toronto extending from Dufferin Ave. in the west to Queen Street East just east of the Don River. Shows Railway tracks, public buildings including “emigrant sheds”, race tracks etc. The “new gaol” ie the Don Jail is shown, having opened in 1864 and is placed just south of the “House of industry” – a charitable institution for the “deserving poor”. A closer look reveals all sorts of interesting social historical details of the time.
15. P11 Painters Eleven The Wild Ones of Canadian Art.
Item Price: $175
Abstract Expressionism in the Canadian Art Scene
Nowell, Iris. P11 Painters Eleven The Wild Ones of Canadian Art. Vancouver Toronto Berkeley: Douglas & McInyre, 2011.
First Edition. Illustrated with colour plates. 346 pp. 4to, cloth and dustjacket, as new. Inscribed by the author on the title page.
Catalogue of works of the Canadian “Painters Eleven”. The Painters Eleven was a group of Abstract Expressionist Canadian painters which included Jack Bush, Oscar Cahen, Hortense Gorden, Tom Hodgson, Alexandra Luke, Jock Macdonald, Ray Mead, Kazuo Nakamura, William Ronald, Harold Town and Walter Yarwood. The group formed in 1953 and covered a period of rapid change in the Canadian Art scene from staunchly conservative to flamboyant and avant garde.
Nowell’s highly researched and personal account (she knew some of them quite well) brings a detailed and accurate account of the artists’ works and lives.