Robert Wright Books, ABAC/ILAB, CADA

Robert Wright Books was founded in 1987. Longtime member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada (ABAC) and an affiliate of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Member of the Canadian Antique Dealers’ Association (CADA).

We run an open bookshop in Tamworth, open April through December. We are also available by appointment.

We specialize in general antiquarian books and manuscripts, with an emphasis on fine press, the book arts, and poetry.

Contact Dealer

(613) 379-2108

rwright@robertwrightbooks.com

P.O. Box 45
Tamworth, Ontario K0K 3G0
Canada
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31. Arthur Rackham’s Book of Pictures – First Edition, 1913 

Item Price: $500

Item Description:  Introduction by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.
Arthur Rackham’s Book of Pictures.

London: William Heinemann, [1913]. First trade edition. See Latimore & Haskell p. 42.

Quarto 27 x 20 cm, publisher’s original decorated olive-brown cloth, “43 numbered pages of printed matter and forty-four full page illustrations in colour mounted on brown paper, ten drawings in black and white, and a sketch of a bookplate on the endpaper, all done by Arthur Rackham”.

Rear hinge paper splitting, but hinge is firm, some signatures a bit shaken and starting with gutters showing, but sound. Covers a bit faded and dull, but very good overall.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

32.  Arthur Rackham illustrates Tales from Shakespeare, by Charles & Mary Lamb.

Item Price: $325

Item Description: RACKHAM Arthur. (Illustrated by).
Tales from Shakespeare. By Charles & Mary Lamb.
London: J. M. Dent & Co., 1909. First trade edition. See Latimore & Haskell pp. 33-34.

In unrecorded variant binding of publisher’s original pale green gilt decorated cloth (watered silk?) with decorative front cover and spine, top edge gilt, pp. xii, 304; with coloured frontispiece, illustrated title-page, 11 full-page coloured plates , 33 b&w illustrations and illustrated end-papers by Arthur Rackham.

Endpapers faded and discoulored with a faint non-authorial inscription dated Dec 20/09. Rear endpaper with evidence of cello tape stains, else text block and covers are quite clean and bright. Very good or better.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

33.  Arthur Rackham – The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie, by Richard Wagner.

Item Price: $300

Item Description: Richard Wagner. Translated by Margaret Armour.
The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie.
London: William Heinemann, 1910. First trade edition. See Latimore & Haskell page 37.

Quarto, publisher’s original golden brown decorated buckram, top edge stained maroon, pp. ix, 159; thirty-four full-page illustrations in colour mounted on brown paper with captioned tissue guards, fourteen drawings in b&w, and pictorial endpapers, all designed by Arthur Rackham.

One plate becoming loose, light spotting to front cover, corners very slightly bumped/rubbed, light wear to rear cover, else a nice clean example and very good or better.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

34.  Arthur Rackham – Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, by J.M. Barrie.

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Barrie, J.M.
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, (no date, but circa 1920).
New edition. (Not noted in Latimore & Haskell)

Small quarto, publisher’s original red pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, pp. x, (126), [2] with recto advertising other works by Barrie. Illustrated with sixteen colour illustrations with titled tissue guards and mounted. Two b&w vignettes by Arhur Rackham on title page; black and white map endpapers at front are unsigned, but also appear to be in his style.

Binding starting in places with some gutters visible, previous owner’s ink name and pictorial bookplate on half-title, spine a little faded with small nick at crown, lower corner tips a little rubbed, else very good. No dust jacket.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

35.  Arthur Rackham – King of the Golden River, by John Ruskin..

Item Price: $100

Item Description: John Ruskin.
The King of the Golden River.
London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1932.
First trade edition. Latimore & Haskell p. 67

22.5 x 15 cm, publisher’s original pictorial card covers, pp. (48); colour frontispiece, three colour plates, black and red illustrations in the text, pale green pictorial endpapers, cover and dust jacket illustrations all by Arthur Rackham.

Non-authorial inscription (dated 1933) on half-title, some spotting and light foxing to text, covers are clean with only light wear to the yapp edges; in a lightly soiled dust jacket with a touch of wear and slight loss to extremities, else a nice copy.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

36.  Edmund Dulac – A Fairy Garland – Signed, limited edition.

Item Price: $650

Item Description: Dulac, Edmund, Illus
A Fairy Garland.
London: Cassell & Company Limited, (1928). First edition. Limited to 1000 copies signed by Dulac (this no. 980).

Quarto, publisher’s original vellum backed blue cloth boards, top edge gilt, pp. 251; illustrated by Edmund Dulac with 12 full-page color plates.

Light scattered foxing to text and page edges, bookplate on front pastedown, ghosts of acidic adhesive tape on endpapers, vellum spine slightly marked, (see photos) two tiny cracks in vellum at base of spine, corners of upper board lightly bumped/rubbed, else a very good copy,

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

37.  Edmund Dulac by Colin White.

Item Price: $35

Item Description: White, Colin
EDMUND DULAC
New York Charles Scribner’s Sons. (1976).

Quarto, publisher’s original blue cloth, pp. 205, [3] index; illustrated with numerous colour and b&w examples of Dulac’s work. Appendicies offering examples of Dulac’s signature a checklist of books containing material by Dulac; some original drawings by Dulac in public and university collections; and Dulac covers for American Weekly, 1924-1951,

Fine in dust jacket, rubbed at top corner of front panel. Lovely copy.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

38.  Howard Chandler Christy – The Lady of the Lake, by Sir Walter Scott.

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Walter Scott.
The Lady of the Lake.
(Indianapolis): The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers, (1910). First edition.

Quarto, publisher’s original deep green vertical fine-ribbed cloth, stamped in light green, yellow and gold, spine lettered in blind, unpaginated, with numerous lovely colour and b&w illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy.

Binding design by Bertha Stuart [signed BS].

This copy bears a full page presentation inscription from Canadian author William Perkins Bull, dated Chicago, May 1911.

Endpapers are slightly dusty, slight wear and fraying to spine ends and corner tips, very slight soil to cloth covers, else a bright near fine copy.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

39.  Laurence Housman, by Rodney Engen.

Item Price: $30

Item Description: Rodney Engen.
Laurence Housman.
Stroud Catalpa Press Ltd., 1983.
First edition, published in “The Artist and the Critic” series.

Small quarto, publisher’s original deep green cloth. pp. 157, [7] index; illustrated throughout, with several illustrations from “The Goblin Market” reproduced in colour. Includes contemporary notices, as well as checklists of his work.

Fine in dust jacket.

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40.  Sir John Tenniel. Alice’s White Knight, by Rodney Engen.

Item Price: $45

Item Description: Rodney Engen.
Sir John Tenniel: Alice’s White Knight
(Aldershot): Scolar Press, (1991). First edition.

Quarto, publisher’s original blue boards, pp. [x,] 232 pages; over 150 b&w illustrations (many previously unpublished). Lewis Carroll interest.

Fine in dust jacket.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $15 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

41.  LITTLE SISTER SU. by Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek

Item Price: $20

Item Description: Chiang, May-ling Soong (Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek)
LITTLE SISTER SU.
New York: John Day Company, 1942.

Tall narrow format (31 cm), publisher’s pictorial red boards, unpaginated but [20] accordion-fold pages; illustrated in black and white by Janet Fitch Sewall.

Ends of spine quite chipped (see photos), corners bumped and worn, else good in a used Glassine wrapper, which is quite worn and crumpled, with flaps glued to the pastedown endpapers of book.

Charming illustrated book with its story set during the Sung Dynasty.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

42.  Becassine de Alpiniste & Becassine au Pays Basque – two books -1925

Item Price: $60

Item Description: Item 1. de Caumery. Illustrations by J.-P Pinchon.
Becassine au Pays Basque
Paris: Edition of the Semaine de Suzette / Gautier and Languereau, 1925.
First edition.
Quarto, publisher’s original cloth backed pictorial boards, pp. [64]; illustrated throughout. French language text.

Item 2. de Caumery. Illustrations by J. Pinchon.
Becassine de Alpiniste.
Paris: Edition of the Semaine de Suzette / Gautier and Languereau, 1925. Early reprint.
Quarto, publisher’s original cloth backed pictorial boards, pp. [64]; illustrated throughout. French language text.

Both volumes are in fair to good condition, with considerable edge wear and loss to edges of lightly soiled covers. Signs of previous ownership including a non-authorial gift inscription in the first item, and a small amount of crayon around the “E” in the upper right corner of the cover of item 2. Well loved and charming.

Price is for the lot of two books.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $15 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

43.  Ameliaranne at the Zoo & Ameliaranne Goes Touring – two books.

Item Price: $50

Item Description: 1. K.L. Thompson. Pictured by S.B, Pearce.
Ameliaranne at the Zoo.
London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., (1936). First edition.
Circa 20.5 x 14 cm, publisher’s original brown cloth with pictorial label on upper board, unpaginated; frontispiece and 28 other full page colour illustrations, colour endpapers, and b&w illustrations in text.

Binding shaken with some exposed gutters, however no loose pages. Lower corners of covers slightly bumped, else clean and very good.

2. Constance Heward. Pictured by S.B, Pearce.
Ameliaranne Goes Touring.
London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., (1945). Reprinted [the first edition appeared in 1939].
Publisher’s original cloth backed pictorial boards, unpaginated; frontispiece and 24 other full page colour illustrations, colour endpapers, and b&w illustrations in text.

3 cm closed tear in the margin of one leaf (not affecting text or illustration), corners bumped and rubbed with boards showing, rear board lightly soiled, else very good.

Price is for one lot of two books.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

44.  Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson. Drawings by Hilary Knight.

Item Price: $225

Item Description: Thompson, Kay
Eloise at Christmastime
New York: Random House, (1958).
First edition.

Quarto [28.5 x 21 cm], publisher’s original glossy pictorial boards, unpaginated; drawings by Hilary Knight reproduced in black, red and pink.

Gift inscription dated Xmas Eve 1958 on printed presentation page [immediately preceding title page]. Binding a bit rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, else near fine. First issue dust jacket [9-58 code on front flap] has been price-clipped, Jacket is edge-worn at extremities with slight loss, and has a couple of short edge tears. A nice copy of a classic children’s book.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

45.  Early Children’s Books and Their Illustration. Pierpont Morgan Library.

Item Price: $45

Item Description: (Text by Gerald Gottlieb. Essay by J.H. Plumb)
Early Children’s Books and Their Illustration.
New York: The Pierpont Morgan Library / Toronto: Oxford University Press, (1975).

Quarto, publisher’s original red cloth, pp. xxx, 263, [6]; illustrated in colour and b&w.

Based on the collection of the Pierpont Morgan Library. Handsome volume, produced by the Stinehour Press and The Meriden Gravure Company.

Fine copy in a near fine jacket with a touch of fading to the spine and slight edge-wear to the spine ends.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

46.  Slightly Foxed – but still desirable: Ronald Searle’s wicked world of Book Collecting..

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Ronald Searle.
Slightly Foxed – but still desirable: Ronald Searle’s wicked world of Book Collecting.
London: Folio Society, 2015.

22.5 x 16 cm, publisher’s original pictorial boards, pp. 128; illustrated throughout with Searle’s colour illustrations.

A fine copy; no slipcase, and it appears this particular title was so issued.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

47.  Edward Gorey illustrates “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, by T.S. Eliot.

Item Price: $60

Item Description: T.S. Eliot.
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
Drawings by Edward Gorey.
(London): Faber & Faber, (1982). First British edition thus.

Octavo, publisher’s original black boards, pp. 56; illustrated throughout after Gorey’s b&w drawings.

Fine in dust jacket.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

48.  Edward Gorey – The Broken Spoke.

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
The Broken Spoke.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1976.
First edition.

Oblong format, publisher’s original pictorial boards, unpaginated; black and white as well as color illustrations.

“This book combines, with breath-taking cleverness, two objects of consuming interest: postcards and bicycles.”

Boards a trifle worn at spine ends, else near fine in price clipped dust jacket.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

49.  Gorey Cats Paper Dolls, by Edward Gorey. First edition

Item Price: $35

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
Gorey Cats Paper Dolls
San Francisco: Troubador Press, (1982). First edition.

Publisher’s original stapled pictorial card covers.

(ISBN: 0898440866)

Rear cover blurb: “From the inimitable artistry of Edward Gorey: cats, costumes and scenes from his most popular books. Dress the cats, display them and act out your favorite story. Endless days of creative fantasy and fun.”

Pages completely intact; minimal wear to spine ends. Near fine.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $8 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

50.  Edward Gorey Illustrates: Miss Clafooty and the Demon. First edition.

Item Price: $50

Item Description: J. David Townsend.
Miss Clafooty and the Demon.
New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co, [1971]. First Edition.
Oblong format (17.5 cm), publisher’s original purple cloth with small Gorey design on upper board, unpaginated; illustrated by Gorey throughout in b&w.

Fine in a price-clipped dust jacket.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

51.  Edward Gorey – The Glorious Nosebleed: Fifth Alphabet.

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
The Glorious Nosebleed: Fifth Alphabet
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1974. Hardcover. First edition, first printing, trade issue.

Oblong format, publisher’s original pictorial boards, unpaginated; illustrated throughout in b&w.

AGO Gallery Shop label neatly on rear pastedown endpaper, else very good in price-clipped jacket with some fading and tiny creases to spine.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

52.  Edward Gorey – The Water Flowers.

Item Price: $30

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
The Water Flowers.
New York: Congdon & Weed, (1982). First edition.

Oblong format, publisher’s original pictorial boards, unpaginated; illustrated throughout in b&w.

Fine copy in very good dust jacket with a 3 cm closed tear to the gutter of the rear panel.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

53.  Edward Gorey – Amphigorey: Fifteen Books.

Item Price: $65

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
Amphigorey: Fifteen Books
New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (1972)? Seventh impression.

Quarto, publisher’s original cloth backed pictorial boards, unpaginated. Reproduces fifteen complete early works by Edward Gorey, many out of print and hard to find.

Light wear to edges of covers, else near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket, with a cm closed tear to the gutter of the rear panel, and an AGO Gallery Shop label affixed to the rear flap.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

Edward Gorey – Amphigorey Too.

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
Amphigorey Too.
(New York): G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (1975). First edition.

Quarto, publisher’s original pictorial boards, unpaginated; illustrated.

Conceived as a companion volume to the original Amphigorey (1972), reproducing an array of privately published works by Gorey under a variety of pseudonyms,

Light wear to covers, else near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

55.  Edward Gorey – Amphigorey Also.

Item Price: $75

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
Amphigorey Also.
New York: Congdon & Weed, Inc., (1983). First edition.

Quarto, publisher’s original pictorial boards, unpaginated; illustrated.

A further volume in the anthologized series of Gorey’s works.

Near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $18 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

56.  Edward Gorey – The Awdrey-Gore Legacy.

Item Price: $20

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
The Awdrey-Gore Legacy.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1972.
First edition.

Oblong format, publisher’s original pictorial boards, unpaginated; illustrated throughout in b&w.

AGO Gallery Shop label neatly on rear pastedown endpaper, light wear to top edge of boards, else very good. Lacks dust jacket.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $14 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

57.  Edward Gorey illustrates “The Very Fine Clock” by Muriel Spark.

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Muriel Spark
The Very Fine Clock
Macmillan, 1969. Macmillan. First British edition.

Oblong format, publisher’s original lavender boards, unpaginated; illustrated through in black and white by Edward Gorey. Muriel Spark’s first published story for children, which appeared in the United States the previous year.

Fine in near fine dust jacket with slight rubbing to spine ends and corner tips.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $15 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

58.  Edward Gorey – “The Worsted Monster” – in the Rainy Day Sunday Funbook

Item Price: $20

Item Description: Edward Gorey – “The Worsted Monster”
Published in National Lampoon Rainy Day Sunday Funbook Issue.
June 1974.

Includes rare cover art by Gorey, as well as The Worsted Monster, a melodarma.
2 pp text, plus four pages of colour character figures to be cut-out and used.

Stapled wrappers, complete and uncut. Light rubbing to the covers, else near fine.

13% HST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $8 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

59.  Edward Gorey – The Dwindling Party – macabre, melancholy Pop-Up Book.

Item Price: $65

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
The Dwindling Party.
New York: Random House, 1982. First edition.

Quarto, publisher’s pictorial boards, unpaginated; moveable illustrated card structures, all printed in colour.

Fine condition and in perfect working order.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $15 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.

60.  Edward Gorey – The Sopping Thursday.

Item Price: $20

Item Description: Edward Gorey.
The Sopping Thursday.
Santa Barbara : Capricorn Press [Capra Press], 1971. Second printing [edition]. .

Oblong format, publisher’s original card covers, unpaginated; illustrated throughout in b&w by Edward Gorey

This title was originally published December 1970 by Gotham Book Mart and Gallery, Inc., as part of it’s Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration in a signed. limited edition which is now scarce.

This second edition is in near fine condition.

5% GST and shipping are extra. Shipping is CAD $8 to Ontario or Quebec; elsewhere to be determined based on destination and delivery standard required. Curbside pick-up or delivery within the Greater Kingston, Ontario area may be arranged.