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1. The most perfect of all the Dickens novels
Dickens, Charles. Dickens, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850.
First edition, first issue with “screamed” instead of “screwed”. Illustrated with engraved half title (with the imprint 1850) and 39 plates by H. K. Browne (aka Phiz). [i-vii], viii-xiv, ff. 6 line errata, -624 pp. 8vo, 3/4 dark green morocco and marbled boards, extremities rubbed, spine faded, name pasted to marbled endpapers, page 1 trimmed, light sporadic spotting but on the whole a very clean and sound copy. Eckel pg. 75-76; Gimbel/Podeschi A122
Virginia Woolf called David Copperfield “The most perfect of all the Dickens novels”. David Copperfield tells the story of a young boy, shunted from home, to cruel boarding schools and subsequently into unfortunate working conditions through no fault of his own. It was said to be Dickens’s favourite novel, mirroring closely his own difficult childhood.
2. Handsome Victorian Binding
[Various]. Gems of Literature : Elegant, Rare, and Suggestive Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1866.
Ink ms. dedication to “Miss Wright 6th May 1868”. Each poem/prose printed within a red ruled border and steel engraved vignette. 147 pp. Lrg. 8vo, full straight grained green morocco gilt and red arabesque corner devices within oak and acorn scrolling gilt tooled borders, red and gilt spine devices and title,marbled endpapers, a.e.g, corners and spine ends rubbed else a lovely copy of an unsigned fine binding.
Selections from noted English and American authors such as Shakespeare, Keats, Byron, Poe, Longfellow amongst others. A charming compendium.
3. The greatest patriotic song to come out of England during World War One
Item Price: $225
“Till The Boys Come Home (Keep The Home Fires Burning)” c. 1914-1918. Silk printed handkerchief. 18-3/4″ x 19″-47.6 x 48.2 cm.
Silk printed handkerchief with border of flags, in upper corners two sets of allied flags [Britain, France, Montenegro, Italy, Russia, Belgium, Japan), and in lower corners flags of British dominions including Australia and New Zealand. Lena Guilbert Ford was an American lyricist who moved to London after her divorce. There she met Ivor Novello and together they collaborated to produce the lyrics and music. “Till The Boys Come Home” was first published on October 8, 1914, by Ascherberg, Hopwood and Crew Ltd. and a year later under the changed title “Keep the home fires burning”. Considered “the greatest patriotic song to come out of England during World War One” it became an all time favourite. Novello is reputed to have made £15,000 from the song. Sadly, Ford and her son were killed in a German Air Raid on their London home in 1918.
See Yale Centre for British Art. Folio C 2011 2a
4. Impressive 18th Century 2 Sheet chart of The St. Lawrence River
Jefferys, Thomas. An Exact Chart of The River St. Laurence from Fort Frontenac to the Island of Anticosti shewing the Soundings, Rocks, Shoals &c with Views of the Lands and all necessary Instructions for navigating that River to Quebec. [London., 1768].
23-1/2″ x 37″. 1 map on 2 sheets. Copper engraved map, hand coloured in outline. Folds reinforced verso and backed with archival paper, margins trimmed close and reinforced verso with partial loss of imprint lower margin, some light staining to corners. Still an impressive map. Second state.
Kershaw II 666; Phillips, 1196; Sellers & Van Ee 231 (Kershaw lists it as the 3rd state 1768, while Sellers & Van EE list it as the 2nd state.
Shows channels, anchorages, soundings, towns and forts along the river, a profile of “The Mountains of Our Lady of Notre Dame” and “A View of the Lands from Cape Torment to the Butt” with insets views of “The Traverse or Passage from Cape Torment into the South Channel of Orleans Island”; “The Road of Tadousac”; “The Seven Islands” ; “A continuation of the river from Quebec to Lake Ontario”; and “St. Nicholas or English Harbor”
Thomas Jefferys was one of the most respected British map publishers of his day. His most prized maps due to size and accuracy are most certainly his maps of North America and the West Indies he published between 1757-1775. This map of the St. Lawrence River (first published in 1757) reflects up to date information from Jean Deshayes’ extensive survey in 1702 as well as D’Anville’s 1755 map of Canada. Clear and accurate sailing charts were paramount in this area as the struggle for colonial acquisitions between the British and French dominated the landscape. Early states of this map are becoming increasingly scarce.
5. Bison and Big Horns and Bears oh my!
Item Price: $75
Gillmore, Parker. Prairie and Forest: A Description of the Game of North America, with Personal Adventures in their Pursuit. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874.
First American edition. Illustrated. -378, 6 pp. ads. 8vo, green cloth with gilt decorated spine, extremities rubbed, staining to lower edge of textblock in areas, mostly affecting blank margins but occasionally affecting a few plates. Bruns G57.
A good description of game birds, big horn and Rocky Mountain sheep, bison, moose, deer, antelope, caribou, bears, wolves and foxes, wild turkey, wading birds and also three chapters on fishing salmon, bass and pickerel of North America. Gillmore was a Scottish traveller, hunter and prolific author. He also used the pseudonym “Ubique” (Latin of everywhere).
6. Scarce Operatic Work by Dickens in Zaensdorf Binding
Dickens, Charles. The Village Coquettes: A Comic Opera. In Two Acts. The Music by John Hullah. London: Richard Bentley, 1836.
First edition. [iv], -71 pp. Lrg. 8vo, full green morocco and 4 line gilt ruled geometric boarders, repeating design on spine compartments, salmon silk moire endpapers, bound by Zaensdorf, a.e.g., some sheets uncut, a fine copy. Eckel pp 174-176; Podeschi A25
A scarce two act libretto by Dickens who collaborated with Hullah. It was intended to be performed by well known British tenor at the time John Braham. Although it met with mixed success, it nevertheless is a scarce work of Dickens.
7. 19th Century French Illustration
Item Price: $120
[Anon]. Le Prisme Encyclopedie Morale Du Dix-Neuvieme Siecle. Paris: L. Curmer, 1841.
[ii], -480 pp. Illustrated with vignettes by recognized French illustrators such Daumier, Gagniet, Gavarni, Grandville, Malapeau, Meissonier etc. Lrg. 8vo, rebacked with green morocco, some discolouration, names on title page and first page, spotted throughout, but still a decent representation of 19th Century French illustration. This extra supplement (a companion to Curmer’s “Les Français peints par eux-mêmes”) was available by subscription only and now considered quite rare.
8. Limited edition of Colonial Printing
Item Price: $95
Wroth, Lawrence C. A History of Printing in Colonial Maryland 1686-1776. Baltimore: Typothetae of Baltimore (Norman T. A. Munder), 1922.
First edition. Illustrated with reproduced examples of early Maryland Press title pages, some of which there are only one known copies. xiv, 275 pp. 4to, olive green and gilt decorated cloth with mylar jacket, t.e.g. Slightly sunned but near fine copy. Limited to 500 copies. An excellent reference of printing in Maryland from 1686 to 1776.
9. Velveteen Gift Books
Item Price: $55 for 4
4 Simpsons branded vintage red velveteen “Christmas” books including:
“These Things are Christmas”. E.G. Patterson, 1952. Illustrated with colour printed title, 4 colour plates including centre spread. 16 pp. Christmas related verses by Emily Hunter Miller, Clement C. Moore, and other “classic” yuletide jingles.
“The Story of the Nativity Nativity According to the Gospels”. Np., n.d but probably E.G. Patterson, 1952. Illustrated with colour printed title, and 4 black and white and colour plates. 14 pp. The Story of the Nativity with medieval manuscript style title page.
“I Remember Christmas. Holiday Reminiscences of the Days of Our Youth”. Np., n.d but probably E.G. Patterson, 1952. Illustrated with colour printed title, and 8 black and white and plates. 16 pp. A nostalgic look at Christmas traditions including Christmas baking, getting a decorating a Christmas tree etc. (though no mention of the time honoured tradition of family fights ).
ok this one isn’t Christmassy but in the same style binding….
“The Story of the Rights of Man As Told in Seven Great Documents: “. H & SCo., n.d c. 1952. Illustrated with colour printed title, and 9 black and white and plates.
An abridged compilation of influential human rights documents including The Sermon on the Mount, The Magna Carta, French Declaration of Rights, Declaration of Independence, the American Bill of Rights and The Women’s Suffrage Act.
10. Mysterious Dickens in a Cosway Style Binding
Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood. London: Chapman and Hall, 1870.
First edition. Illustrated with engraved portrait, ,engraved half title page and 12 engraved plates. . 190, , 30 pp, (catalogue of W.H. Smith & Sons publications) 6 pp ads. Gimbel/Podeschi A155 (Eckel p. 96; Smith I, 16).
8vo, magnificent Cosway style binding in full green morocco with gilt tooling, oval portrait of Dickens on ivorene inset to upper cover, green silk moire endpapers by Bayntun, a.e.g., housed in a green cloth slipcase, in fine condition.
Cosway bindings originated as a marketing idea by the London bookseller firm of Henry Sotheran. Named after English miniaturist Richard Cosway, Sotheran commissioned Miss C.B. Currie, a miniaturist in her own right, to replicate portraits in watercolour on ivory (or “ivorene-pseudo ivory). The finished works were then inset into the leather covers of popular literature of the time.
A sumptuous edition of Dickens’s final novel penned in 1870. The Mystery of Edwin Drood was issued in monthly parts with Dickens returning to writing after a 5 year publishing absence. The story had a strange cast of motley characters including an opium addicted uncle, orphans from Ceylon, a conceited auctioneer and various other ghoulish and bizarre characters. The mystery of who murdered Edwin Drood will always remain a mystery as Dickens died before finishing his novel. Only six out of twelve parts were ever published, leaving his audience bereft. Three attempts by American authors were made to finish his work, but they never lived up to the great Victorian novelist.
11. William Blake’s Water-Colours Illustration the Poems of Thomas Gray
Item Price: $95
Item Description: Keynes, Geoffrey [ed]. William Blake’s Water-Colours Illustration the Poems of Thomas Gray. Chicago and Paris: J. Philip O’Hara and the Trianon Press, 1972.
xx, 72,  pp full page illustrations. 4To, cloth and price clipped dustjacket, spine a little faded and lower panel of dustjacket with some offsetting, else a fine copy. B cf. Bentley 385.
Blake’s watercolours illustrating Gray’s poems were virtually unknown to the public until an exhibition held at the Tate Gallery in 1971. They are faithfully reproduced in this volume.
12. Deluxe Edition
Item Price: $1050
Nixon, Howard M. Five Centuries of English Bookbinding. London: Scolar Press, 1978.
Illustrated throughout. 242 pp. 8vo, full red Nigerian goatskin, with gilt edges and tooled in gold, central black medallion onlay surrounded by two floral and leaf rolls, black pig suede fly leaves, housed in a full Nigerian goatskin slipcase with black edging, red panels and hand lettering-bound by Zaensdorf. Fine. Deluxe edition limited to 15 dedicated copies, signed by the author. Plates 1-4 taken from the second printing.
13. Scarce 19th Century Map of Mexico
Item Price: $400
Pinkerton, John. Spanish Dominions In North America. Middle Part. London: Published in Pinkerton’s ” Modern Atlas” , Cadell and Davies, 1811
19-3/4″ x 27-3/4″-50.1 x 70.4 cm.
Hand coloured copperplate engraving. Some staining and short tears to blank margins, otherwise very good. Kapp, Central America early maps up to 1860, 89
A detailed map covering central and southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and part of Honduras. Shows towns, cities, ports, mines, topographical features and “intendacies”-a political division before Mexico adopted “states”. On first glance, this map is very similar to John Thomson’s map of the same area, however Pinkterton’s map is more detailed and contains more up to date information (based on Humboldt’s map of a year prior). A scarce map published in what is considered one of the finest English atlases of the 19th century.
14. Industrial Arts
Item Price: $225
Kyle, John. Design for Industrial Arts. Toronto: Thomas Nelson and Sons Limited, .
3 vols. Book 1: Woodwork, Book II: Metal Work; Book III: Lettering. Illustrated. 8vo original green printed cloth, spines sunned with some fading to covers, names to endpapers, else a good set.
Handbooks for students learning the “rules” of basic design work for stencilling, woodworking, metal chasing, forging etc. As Kyle points out in the preface “The Subject of industrial arts includes the history of the human race, and the adaptability of man to his environment; it shows the development of the tools and processes of present-day industries”.
15. 17th Century Miniature Map of the Channel Islands
Item Price: $100
Mallet, Alain Manesson. Is de Iersey et de Garnsey. Paris: Published in Mallet’s “Description de l’Univers”, 1683
Copperplate engraving. Light crease to lower blank margin otherwise in fine condition.
5.75″ x 4.25″-14.6 x 10.7 cm.
A charming early view of the Channel Islands including Guernsey, Jersey, Sark and the coastline of France by Alain Manesson Mallet French cartographer/military engineer. Mallet was active in the mid to late 17th century.
New Item #1. [Riviere Binding]. An account of the arrangements and procedure in Westminster Hall, Friday 7 May 1937 on the occasion of the luncheon of the Empire Parliamentary Association at which H.M. King George VI welcomed the Prime Ministers and other delegates to the Imperial Conference and the delegates to the Empire Parliamentary Conference. Empire Parliamentary Association, [London] ,1937
Item Price: $95
Limited to 1000 copies. Illustrated with 2 plates and chapter headings. 50 pp. 4to,. specially bound in full red morocco and gilt lettering and decorations, spine with five raised bands bound by Riviere, gilt and red cloth chemise and slipcase, slipcase rubbed with some fraying and spotting, covers and chemise spotted, endapers faded but internally clean.
The Imperial conference was held after the coronation of George VI and included delegates from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Southern Rhodesia and Burma. Newfoundland (which was not part of Canada at the time) was represented by the UK Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs.
New Item #2. Johann Friedrich Volcart.(1750-1812)
[Arachnids]. Published in Carl von Linné’s “Des Ritters Carl von Linné Königlich Schwedischen Leibarztes … vollständiges Natursystem [alle sechs Theile oder Classen des Thierreichs]” Nurenburg, 1774.
Item Price: $115
6-1/2″x 9″. 16.5 x 22.8cm. Copperplate engraving with hand colouring. Folds as issued, fine.
Plate from Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus’ 14 volume work on plants, animals, fish and insects. Linnaeus was considered the “father of modern taxonomy” -the science of identifying, naming and classifying organisms
New Item #3. Levasseur, Victor. Dept. de Maine et Loire Region de L’Ouest. Paris: Atlas National Illustre des 86 Departements et des Possessions De La France, c.1845
Item Price: $110
11-1/4″ x 16-1/4″-28.5 x 41.2 cm. Steel engraved map hand coloured in outline. Light crease lower left margin else very good. Blindstamp of papermaker(?) in lower margin.
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 Maine and Loire region boasts a plethora of grains, agricultural products especially fruit trees and of course wine.