Romas Zabas, Toronto

RZabasBooks.. Romas Zabas.. sharing with the visual on paper; art, photography, design, graphics, artists books, typography. Also the old and unusual whenever we can find them. And of course the occasional written word. Handling books and attending fairs for more than a decade but it feels like just a few months. Can be found at abebooks.com under sellers RZabasbooks. With recent finds of interest postings on Instagram at, not surprisingly, rzabasbooks. Enjoy the show.

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1.  A Pride of Rabbis A Cycle of Prints and Words

Item Price: $150

Item Description: A Pride of Rabbis, A Cycle of Prints and Words by Cyril Satorsky, The Aquarias Press, Baltimore MD, 1970. Signed. Limited Edition, this being #5 of 250. Twelve prints handprinted on full rag paper. A collection of satirical and ribald poems regarding rabbis. Sheets are folded 23 x 17.5 inches with a poem on one half and the illustration on the other. Illustrations in near fine condition. Portfolio is in very good condition with slight splits to paste downs on the inside at the spine. Slipcase is moderately worn with rubbing at corners.

2.  Francois Berthoud Fashion Illustrations

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Francois Berthoud Fashion Illustrations, Galerie Bartsch&Chariau, Munich, 1997. This number 337 of 600 copies. Stapled card binding. No jacket. Folio. 24 coloured plates. One page introduction “X-Raying Fashion” by Anna Piagi. A few small marks to front cover and mild rubbing to corners. Interior illustrations near fine.

3.  Asahi: A Legend In Baseball

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Asahi: A Legend in Baseball A Legacy from the Japanese Canadian Baseball Team to its Heirs, Pat Adachi, Asahi Baseball Organization, 1992. Etobicoke, Ontario. Oblong 8vo, 228 pages. There are seven signatures of players who played in the league which was recently featured on a Canadian postal stamp. Condition near fine.

4.  The Reproductions of The Exhibits In The Fine Art Building of The Fifth National Industrial Exhibition

Item Price: $500

Item Description: The Reproductions of The Exhibits In The Fine Art Building of The Fifth National Industrial Exhibition, Osaka, Japan, 1903. Hardcover, oblong 4to. Condition: Good. No Jacket. Front page detached/torn containing “With compliments” and signed by 13 artists. String binding. Green boards with gilt title that is fading. Boards are quite worn with some paper loss at the binding. Text is in Japanese but illustrations use English text. Final page is torn and creased. Some foxing throughout. Small moisture mark to front pastedown. A few small tears on pages. Overall good condition with some tears and wear.

5.  Norval Morrisseau

Item Price: $150

Item Description: The Art of Norval Morrisseau, Authors; Lister Sinclair, Jack Pollock. Methuen, Toronto, 1979; First Edition. ISBN; 0458938203. Hard cover with dust jacket. 200 pages. Very good condition. Some minor wear to dust jacket with a small nick to back top cover. A book on the Indigenous Canadian artist that is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

6.  Gijigong Enamog Mikana

Item Price: $180

Item Description: Gijigong Enamog Mikana Katholik Anamie-Masinaigan Nagamonan Gaie Wetchipwewissing, A Catholic Prayer and hymn Book In The Otchipwe-Indian Language by A Missionary of the Society of Jesus, Nipigon, Ontario Canada, 1931. A second edition revised and enlarged with musical notation for each hymn. (Made in Belgium). 370 pages. 12mo. Maroon, hardcover. Slight split to top hinge of cover. Wear around edges of boards. Internally a slight crease to pages 329 to 356 with a small tear.

7.  Flore Laurentienne

Item Price: $180

Item Description: Flore Laurentienne, from Frere Marie-Victorin, First Edition, 1935, 4to, hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Rare 1st Edition. 917 pages, text in French. Illustree de 22 Cartes et de 280 Dessins par Frere Alexandre. There is a front endpaper that is partially unglued. Burgundy boards sunned around edge on front (Appears a book was left lying on it for a while).

8.  jambes nues et bas de soie

Item Price: $200

Item Description: jambes nues et bas de soie, 1 novembre 1930, cet album contient 34 photos et documents inedits. Cover has writing in ink on it. Page 1, 5, 7, 9, 17 have a previous one-inch round owner’s stamp. Several pages have tape residue. Page 17/18 appears to have been badly torn and reglued. French text Interior binding appears to be reinforced. Very interesting, artistic nude photos including two photomontage; one with what appears to be a crab claw, the second with a pair of plyers that is the same size as the nude female. Photos are by Studio Manasse; From the flap of “Divas and Lovers,” which is included; “The Manasse’s, a husband-and-wife team from the Viennese beau Monde, used retouching techniques to create curreal and noir images that seethe with erotic symbolism…”
Divas and Lovers The Erotic Art of Studio Manasse, Story by D. H. Lawrence, Essay by Mnika Faber, Universe Publishing, 1998, New York.

9.  The Jealous Husband

Item Price: $200

Item Description: The Jealous Husband, Miguel De Cervantes, Prologue By Walter Starkie, Illustrated Edition with Etchings and Typographical Ornaments By Andres Lambert. This number 145 of 150 copies printed in English. The Spanish edition was 250. The French edition 150. Edition based on the translation of Jame Mabbe made in 1640 and edited in 1900 by S. W. Orson. 119 pages. Ten etchings by Andrea Lambert (tissues present). Many pages still uncut. Separate Spanish text of 55 pages also present. In box. Box is a little worn and has fairly heavy foxing. (No foxing in the book. One small quarter inch tear to joint of spine and front cover.


Item Price: $200

Item Description: Le Petit Voyeur – Photo Album Volume 1, Kristian Rosen, Copenhagen, 2017. First Edition of 250 of which this is number 49. Hardcover. Unpaginated with colour and black and white full-page plates. 34 x 24 cm. Highly erotic. A few small marks to white covers.

11.  Pauline’s

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Pauline’s Memoirs of the Madam On Clay Street, Pauline Tabor, Signed Limited Edition this being 1,619 of 5,000. David Stone Martin Illustrator. Touchstone Publishing, Louisville, 1972. Fuzzy red cloth boards with a clasp and gilt title. Gilt edges. 295 pages. 4to. Very good condition with slight rubbing to corners of boards.


Item Price: $200

Item Description: The Development of William Butler Yeats, V. K. Narayana Menon, Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, 1942. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8vo, 92 pages. Signed by Menon “Morgan with much love Naryana.” Sticker “This book belongs to E. M. Forster.” The two men had a life-long friendship after E.M. Forster reviewed the book favourably on BBC radio.  Blue boards are in very good condition with mild rubbing to corners. Dust jacket has several chips and tears around edges.

13.  Democracy’s Negroes

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Democracy’s Negroes, A Book of Facts Concerning the Activities of Negroes In World War II, Arthur Furr, The House of Edinboro, Boston, 1947. 315 pages, 8vo. Very Good. Signed with a gift inscription by Arthur Furr to Mr. Monroe Mason with whom Furr wrote “The American Negro soldier with the Red Hand of France”; 1920. Blue boards just mildly rubbed. Small sticker on back pastedown.

14.  Some Chinese Ghosts

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Some Chinese Ghosts, Lafcadio Hearn, Roberts Brothers, Boston, 1887. 185 pages, 12mo. First Edition. Mustard boards. No dust jacket. Very good. Rubbing to edges, head and tail of spine. Front pastedown/endpaper is split but binding not affected. Folk-tales and ghost stories.

15.  Alberta photo album 1909

Item Price: $200

Item Description: R.M.B. Hospital ’09 Vegreville Alberta, photo album from 1909. Ten pages plus brown card covers, string binding. 31 photos still pasted in, (not well as some glue has torn away tissue paper and at least one photo has come off. Nine loose photos and one loose postcard. Images are black and white; some nurses, children, hospital, carriages, homes and a group photo of boys at the the Home Vegreville (dated)1911-1912. Album cover is dated 1909 but it is not known when the album was put together. Overall condition good.

16.  Ordination Photo Album

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Appear to be ordination or first mass photos of a priest. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania circa 1950’s in spiral album. 24 8 x 10 black and white photos. Front hinge of binding is split.

17.  picture frame catalog

Item Price: $180

Item Description: Munn, Abe Munn Picture Frame MFG. Inc. sample book of picture frames. Spiral binder. 84 photos/illustrations. No date. Some browning to edges and the last dozen have some damage, staining. Company is still in business, from their website:

“In 1955, Abe Munn co-founded APF with his brothers Morris and Ben after developing his craft with master framers Julius Lowy and Robert Kulicke. After a few years of work at APF, Munn opened his own business, Abe Munn Picture Frames, in 1959. The sole product of the business was unfinished mouldings, which would be gilded or painted later by the buyer. With the addition of new employees a few years later, Munn expanded the operation to include specialty carved frames and eventually hand-laid gold leaf finishes.”

18.  Histoires Naturelles

Item Price: $1000

Item Description: Histoires Naturelles de Jules Renard. Illustrees de lithographies originals en couleurs par Hans Erni. Publisher: Andre Gonin, Lausanne, 1953. This number 28 of 220 copies. Signed by publisher Andre Gonin and Hans Erni. Text in French. 208 pages. 29 colour lithographs by Hans Erni; 4to, loose as issued in pictorial lithographed wrappers. Lithographs in fine condition. Slipcase is split at the bottom and rubbed around edges.

19.  Blind Date

Item Price: $800

Item Description: Blind Date, etchings and embossed prints designed by John Furnival, text by Thomas Meyer, Circle Press Publications, 1979. Signed by John Furnival. 10 etched plates within embossed borders, each numbered and initialed in pencil. Limited signed edition, this one of 30 Artist’s Proof copies from a total edition of 300. Condition Near Fine. Included: An extra etched watercolour “Omphale goes out walking” signed by the artist. All loose as issued in original cloth portfolio, slipcase. 4to. Also included, ephemera: a postcard from John Furnival to Joan Tucker ( of Alan and Joan Tucker’s Bookshop, Stroud, Gloucestershire) 2002, inquiring if some books are still available.

20.  Furnival Plakat

Item Price: $130

Item Description: plakat 3 semiotic drawing john furnival, openings press Nov. 65, Rooksmoor house, woodchester; glos. first published in “ou”, dec. 64. 26 x 20.2 cm. Third from a series of ten plakats published by Openings Press of various concrete poets. Condition is near fine.

21.  Plakat b.p. nichol

Item Price: $150

Item Description: plakat 4 calendar b. p. nichol openings press May 66 rooksmoor house, woodchester: glos. Number 4 of ten plakats published by Openings Press of concrete poets. 20 x 26 cm. Near fine condition. Red and black on white card.

22.  oblique strategies

Item Price: $450

Item Description: Oblique Strategies Over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas, Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, 1979. Third Edition, again slightly altered. Black box with gilt lettering; 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches. 126 cards including title and instruction cards. One top corner of box split. Rubbing to edges of boxes. Cards are in very good condition. Cards were designed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt to spark creativity. Each card has a short phrase meant to create action or thought and erase creative blocks.


Item Price: $120

Item Description: Mono-Lino Typsetting Company Ltd. Typ O Log, 263 Adelaide W. Toronto, Ont. Spiral binding. Approximately 250 pages, broken down into sections. 1952 Fortieth Anniversary. Condition very good. One tab is torn off and missing. Pages overall clean and very good.

24.  Rules and Regulations Toronto Police

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Rules and Regulations for the Toronto City Police Department, Lieut.-Colonel H.J. Grasett, Chief Constable, The Copp Clark Company, 1890, 12mo, 140 pages. Some sunning around edges. Small stain to front cover. Small moisture mark to last five pages. Rubbing to board edges and head and foot of spine.

25.  Chess Euclid

Item Price: $200

Item Description: The Chess Euclid; A Collection of Two Hundred Chess Problems and End-Games, Composed by Herr Kling. H. Hurst and Co., London, 1849. 8vo. Rubbing to board edges and corners. General wear to board with a small something written at top corner close to the spine on the leather. Small paper loss on front board. There is some illegible ink on front flyleaf from something that was at one point laid in. Front paste down to flyleaf paper is split but no hinge showing; Binding is still strong. Bottom corner of title page at spine is torn about three-quarters of an inch. There is foxing to endpapers with some in the text.


Item Price: $400

Item Description: Columbia Chess Chronicle Vol. 1 July-December 1887, Edited by C. Schubert; O.F. Jentz: C. Devide: F. M. Teed; S. Lipschutz: J. H.. Columbia Chess Club, New York, 1887. 8vo, 280 pages. Blue boards with gilt titles to front and spine. Spine is darkened. Corners and top and tail are all rubbed as well as. Small sections of joints of spine also rubbed First page before title page is torn out. Moisture stain- one-inch-round- to back cover at page 88. Page 143 misnumbered as page 148 (There is a page 148). Pages overall clean. Binding is very good. Fairly rare chess item.

27.  Houdini Conjuring

Item Price: $400

Item Description: The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic, How To Become A Wizard, Robert-Houdin; Translated and Edited, with notes, by Professor Hoffmann. George Routledge & Sons, Limited, London 1878. 8vo, 373 pages. Boards are rebacked with new pastedown and endpaper. Blue decorated boards show wear on front cover. Corners, head and foot of spine moderately worn. Spine is very darkened. Interior pages are very clean.

28.  Hypnosis Magic

Item Price: $130

Item Description: A group of ten magic booklets – ephemera that concentrate on Hypnosis in Magic. Generally good condition. Range from 1880 — The Secrets of Clairvoyance to Happy Hypnotics.. 1975. If you want to hypnotize someone… these may get you there.

29.  Magic Ephemera

Item Price: $130

Item Description: A group of ten magic booklets – ephemera from Demon Magic to Magic for Monsters to Ten Ways to Make Money in Magic. Generally good condition with some marks and stickers and slight foxing. Mostly stapled bindings. Mostly mid-century.

30.  Drinks

Item Price: $150

Item Description: … last call…….
“Drinks” Jacques Straub, The Hotel Monthly, Chicago, 1914. 12mo, 96 pages. Leatherette. ‘Drinks’ in gilt on front cover. Split at bottom of spine and inside hinge. Half inch loss of cover at bottom of spine. Previous owner’s signature on front endpaper. Price of one dollar on title page. Spine is showing on some of the pages.
Hope you enjoyed looking through the books. Enjoy the show. Cheers.