Webster’s Fine Books & Maps
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1. Sketches by Boz Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People
Dickens, Charles. Sketches by Boz Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People. New Edition, complete. London: Chapman and Hall, 1874.
Illustrated with forty Illustrations by George Cruikshank including including frontispiece and title page vignette. [vii], [blank] -526 pp. 8vo, 1/2 red morocco and marbled boards, gilt tooled decorated spine, extremities lightly rubbed, else very good.
Dickens’ collection of character sketches was first published by John Macron in February 1836 and went on to be issued in monthly parts. His earliest, Dickens fully acknowledged his first attempts at writing were rather crude but nevertheless his sketches were immensely popular and they were reissued several times both within his lifetime and posthumously.
2. The Prospect of Montague House to the Street London/Elevation de L’Entree de L’Hotel de Montague a Londres
Item Price: $165
Campbell, Colen. The Prospect of Montague House to the Street London/Elevation de L’Entree de L’Hotel de Montague a Londres. Plate #35. Printed in “Vitruvius Britannicus Or the British Architect, Containing the containing the plans, elevations, and sections of the regular buildings, both publick and private, in Great Britain,…Volume 1”. c.1715-31.
Etching and engraving.
9-1/2″ x 14-1/2″
A striking image showing the entrance gate, screen wall and corner pavilions of Montagu(e) House, which was sold to the British Museum in 1759 and eventually demolished to make way for a new larger building for the British Museum in the 1840’s. With title in English and in French. Campbell’s work in five volumes was instrumental as it highlighted for the first time, British architecture with detailed elevations, plans and views.
3. You’re never too old to be a published author
You’re never too old to be a published author
Pearson, W.H. Recollections and Records of Toronto of Old. Toronto: William Briggs, 1914.
First edition. Illustrated. 372 pp. 8vo, green cloth and gilt lettering, front hinge cracked, small bookplate, else very good.
A very good history of Toronto written by a postal office clerk in the mid 19th century. Information also on Kingston. Pearson was 83 when his book was first published.
4. One of the Earliest Obtainable Maps of Ottawa, 1832
Item Price: $245
One of the Earliest Obtainable Maps of Ottawa, 1832
Walker, J & C. /Cattlin. F. Sketch of BY TOWN OTTAWA RIVER Founded in 1826. Published in Joseph Bouchette’s “The British Dominions in North America”, 1832.
Copper engraved map with later hand colouring. Margins slightly trimmed else fine.
7-1/2″ x 8″-19 x 20.3 cm.
A very early view of Ottawa showing the streets, locks, the hospital, barracks and Lieutenant Colonel By’s residence (after whom Bytown (Ottawa) was named). The name Ottawa is thought to have come from the First Nation Odawa meaning “to trade” despite it being on traditional Algonquin land. By the early 1800’s the area became settled by a mix of Loyalists, French fur traders and explorers and British soldiers. In 1826 the British Royal Engineers under Lieutenant Colonel John By established a campsite as a base from where the Engineers could work on the Rideau Canal. The construction attracted merchants and Irish and Scottish tradesmen and soon “By town ” was booming. It wasn’t until 1855 that the name Bytown was officially changed to Ottawa.
5. Toronto Pioneer in the Abstract Colour Field Genre
Item Price: $175
Toronto Pioneer in the Abstract Colour Field Genre
Mayer, Marc & Stanners, Sarah. Jack Bush. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2014.
Illustrated . 287 pp. 4to, laminated boards in shrink wrap as new.
Retrospective of the Canadian abstract artist and member of the Painter’s 11.
6. Scarce Boer War Commemorative Handkerchief
Item Price: $110
Scarce Boer War Commemorative Handkerchief
“United We Stand. for Queen and Empire” [The Hero Bugler John J. Shurlock, 5th Lancers]. c.1899
Linen printed handkerchief 12-1/2″ x 14-1/2″-31.7 x 36.8 cm.
Blue border with corner medallion portraits of General Buller, Sir Alfred Milner (High Commissioner of South Africa), General White and General Symons. The central image of John J. Shurlock of the 5th Lancers astride a galloping horse and shooting three Boer soldiers dead.
The Royal 5th Lancers were an Irish regiment stationed in India when the war broke in South Africa. They were called to mobilize in Natal and on October 21st, 1899 to drive back the Boers in Elandslaagte.
During the heat of the battle, John J. Shurlock, a fourteen-year-old bugler picked up a revolver and shot three fleeing Boers, all the while waving his bugle in the air to alert his fellow Lancers. As it was recounted later, that evening he was feted at camp by being carried shoulder-high through the British camp and become a celebrity back home only days later.
7. Beware of Map Monsters Lurking
Item Price: $425
Beware of Map Monsters Lurking
Homann Heirs. Regnorum Magnae Britanniae Et Hiberniae Mappa Geographica…..[Title in upper margin] A General Map of Great Britain and Ireland with Part of Holland, Flanders, France, &C. Agreable to Modern History. Nuremberg c. 1749
Copperplate engraving with hand colouring, margins a little darkened but generally very good.
18-1/2″ x 20-1/4″ -46.9 x 51.4 cm.
A highly detailed and decorative map of Great Britain, Ireland and Northern Holland, Belgium and France with an inset map of the Shetland Islands. Published by Homann Heirs. A large and elaborate cartouche upper left sports various heraldic devices and sea monsters.
8. Belle Époque Die cut
Belle Époque Die cut
[Trade Catalogue.] Singer Sewing Machines. “All over the world” Singer the universal sewing machine [cover title]. [New York]: Singer Manufacturing Co., 1901.
Chromolithograph die-cut illustrated with vividly coloured plates of the Liberal Arts Building-Pan-American Expo, Niagara Falls (Canadian & American sides), the view of the Court (of the Pan-Am exposition grounds), the New York State Building, a panoramic view birds-eye view of Niagara Falls, various illustrations showing the Singer Sewing machines in use and on the lower cover a map of North & South America united by a woman sewing.  pp.. Dia. 4-1/2″, spine lightly rubbed else very good.
Printed for the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, it was an opportunity for companies to advertise their goods to a wider audience (a precursor to Super Bowl ads!) . The diaphanous renditions of young ladies are reminiscent of Raphael Beck’s iconic images of North & South America symbolized by two women in flowing dresses.
9. Limited edition Nonesuch Press
Item Price: $55
Limited edition Nonesuch Press
Evelyn, John. Memoires for My Grand-Son. Oxford: The Nonesuch Press, 1926.
First edition. xii, (1)-104 pp. 12mo, tooled parchment, small stain to lower right corner of cover affecting first 4 pages else very good. Limited to 1250 numbered copies. Dreyfus 37; Symons 37.
The memoirs, written by diarist Evelyn have been faithfully transcribed and commented upon by Geoffrey Keynes. This edition was printed on Auvergne paper, the original printing was on Barcham Green paper which proved to be unsatisfactory and Evelyn ordered them to be destroyed.
10. Dickens’ Last Complete Novel
Dickens’ Last Complete Novel
Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. London: Chapman and Hall, 1865.
2 volumes in 1. First edition, first issue, with misspelling of “principal” on page 115, of vol. 2. Illustrated with 40 stone engraved plates by Marcus Stone. (xii), 320; (viii), 309pp. 8vo., half calf and marbled boards, tooled spine compartments, extremities rubbed, bookplate, inner hinge reinforced, spotting to margins of plates otherwise very good. Gimbel A150. Sadleir 697.
Our Mutual Friend was Dickens’ last completed novel and the only one illustrated by Marcus Stone.
11. Quaker Poetry
Item Price: $85
Whittier, John Greenleaf. Hazel-Blossoms. Boston, James R. Osgood and Company, 1875.
First edition. [vii]-133 pp. 8vo, original purple cloth with gilt vignette, spine faded, spine ends and corners rubbed, names and inscriptions on ffep, sporadic light spotting else very good. Currier p. 126-127.
Whittier was a New England Quaker poet who drew early inspiration from Scottish poet Robert Burns. He worked as an editor for the American Manufacturer in Boston and then the New England Weekly Review. A dedicated abolitionist, he spent much of his working life as an activist and champion to the anti-slavery cause. He contributed many works to the Atlantic Monthly (a publication he helped to found). This group of poems include works by his sister Elizabeth H. Whittier.
Item Price: $285
Thomson, John. Tartary. Published in Thomson’s New General Atlas, Edinburgh 1814
Copperplate engraved map hand coloured,. A few short tears and other minor defects to margins o/w very good.
19″ x 22-1/2″- 48.2 x 57.1 cm.
A highly detailed map extending from the Caspian Sea to the Russian territory of Kamchatka and as far south as the Philippine Islands. Tibet, Mongolia and the Silk Route in Central Asia is shown. The name Tartary was used by Europeans after various semi-nomadic tribes in the area (Tartars) while Mongolia and Manchuria was referred to as “Chinese Tartary”. Interesting notes and topographical formations such as “The White Stone” which was a natural sea marker that the Portuguese called “Pedra Branca” and used for a means of navigation . Even by the 19th Century some areas were still not known to the Europeans as the notes imply ” Geography of these Parts is extremely obscure” …Phillips 731; Newberry Library: Ayer +135 T4 1817.
13. History of British Columbia From its Earliest Discovery to the Present Time
Item Price: $110
Begg, Alexander. History of British Columbia From its Earliest Discovery to the Present Time. Toronto: William Briggs, 1894.
First edition. (xvii) (7)-568 pp. Lrg. 8vo, original blue cloth with gilt lettering, spine sunned, spine ends worn, 2” tear to map at left margin and separation to fold otherwise very good. Lande 945; Lowther 1097.
A comprehensive history of the western Canadian province from the early navigators of Captain Cook, Sir Francis Drake, Captain John Meares and Captain George Vancouver to the 1892 Alaskan boundary report.
14. Lothian’s Plan of the City of Edinburgh, with Map of its Environs
Item Price: $295
Bartholomew, George (engraver)/Lothian, John (publisher) Lothian’s Plan of the City of Edinburgh, with Map of its Environs. Edinburgh: John Lothian, 1825.
Copper engraved map, folded and housed within original board and paper covers. Some splitting to folds, lightly toned overall with a couple of spots, on the whole very good. Included 16 pp. letterpress booklet (detached ).
18″ x 22-1/4″-45.7 x 56.5 cm.
Wonderful calligraphy title and marvelous detail showing streets, parks, cemeteries, monuments, public buildings such as the “Debtor’s Jail” , “Bedlam” (Mental Asylum), “Deaf and Dumb” hospital etc. The newly constructed Union Canal from Falkirk to Edinburgh according to Hugh Baird’s plan is shown lower left. The Union Canal was built between 1818 and 1822 for the purpose of transporting both commercial goods (coal) and people to the city centre. The canal originally terminated at the end of Lothian Road and the initial plan included a descent with a series of locks down along Lothian road to the Princes Street Gardens.
15. Four Centuries of Fine Printing
Item Price: $100
Morison, Stanley. Four Centuries of Fine Printing. London: Ernest Benn, 1949.
Second edition. Illustrated throughout -342. 8vo, full polished leather with gilt decoration and spine devices, spine rubbed and starting at lower hinge, lightly rubbed at heat and foot of spine, a few signatures a little loose, generally very good. Limited to 200 numbered “de Luxe” copies.
A comprehensive retrospective of fine presses throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States from 1465 to 1924 with fully illustrated examples.
New Item 1: Algérie Colonie Française Region du Sud No. 87
Item Price: $145
Morison, Stanley. Levasseur, Victor. Algérie Colonie Française Region du Sud No. 87. Published in “Atlas National Illustré des 86 Departements et des Possessions De La France”, Paris c. 1845.
Steel engraved map hand coloured in outline. Blindstamp of papermaker(?.) lower margin , in fine condition.
11-1/2″ x 17-1/4″-29.2 x 43.8 cm.
A highly decorative map from Levasseur’s Atlas National featuring the 86 departments and French possessions. Incredibly detailed, this map shows the locally available commercial goods, topographical focal points as well as famous personages associated with the region in pictorial and written form. The Algerian Coast was a region annexed by France in 1830 and remained under French rule until 1962. The area is rich in minerals, olives, spices and dates.
New Item 2: Who’s who in the Agricultural World
Item Price: $65
Morison, Stanley. McDonald, Donald. Agricultural Writers, from Sir Walter of Henley to Arthur Young, 1200-1800. New York: Burt Franklin, .
Illustrated. 228 pp. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, very lightly rubbed else fine. A very good bibliographic reference work on a British agricultural authors with a descriptive list of their works and supplemented with various reproductions of title pages and plates of their various works.
New Item 3: Jakarta, Indonesia of Old
Item Price: $285
Schley, Jakob. van/ Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Batavia. Published in Prevost’s “Histoire Generale des Voyages” 1757-1780
Copperplate engraving. A very good and crisp impression
9″ x 17-1/4″-22.8 x 43.8 cm.
A detailed plan of Batavia, (Jakarta), Indonesia. The lettered and numbered legend indicates the principal buildings including churches, market area, warehouses, castle as well as waterways. The Dutch emblematic lion with sword and shield lower right. Batavia was built by the Dutch in 1619 to establish their colonial power as the Dutch East India Company (VOC).