Alan Foljambe, BooksellerAlan Foljambe
Welcome to the 20th edition of Antique Shows Canada's virtual book fair! This time around I'm offering mostly new-to-the-market books, many of them retrieved from an old Kingston limestone where they have been sitting for decades. Canadian art, Scottish architecture, and nautical themes all make an appearance. Alan Foljambe, Bookseller specializes in illustrated books from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Particular interests include Japanese art, craft, and aesthetics; early twentieth century French culture, especially Surrealism and Art Deco; eighteenth century anatomy books; natural history; fine bindings; letterpress and bookbinding tools and equipment. All prices are in Canadian dollars. For orders shipped within Canada, 5% GST will be added for books, 13% HST for non-books. Shipping will be charged at cost. Anyone is welcome to pick up their purchases in Kingston, Ontario and thereby incur zero dollars in shipping cost. Fellow ILAB members are offered the standard terms. Alan Foljambe is a member of ABAC/ILAB [Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada / International League of Antiquarian Booksellers] and CBBAG [Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild].
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1. David Blackwood etching - "Mummer Family at the Door" - no. 23 of 50 - 1985
24" x 36" etching with aquatint, number 23 from a limited edition of 50. Matted and framed behind glass. Pencil signed and dated 1985 by the artist. David Lloyd Blackwood (1941-2022) was a chronicler of Newfoundland life in images for over 40 years. He met with success as an artist very early, selling a print to the National Gallery of Canada at the age of 23. He went on to pursue a very prolific career, primarily in intaglio printmaking, and was considered one of Canada's most prominent artists by the time of his death at the age of 80 in 2022. This print is one of many that Blackwood made of mummers in various forms, reflecting his ongoing involvement with the traditional culture of Newfoundland. NO SHIPPING is offered for this item. Pick up is available in Kingston, Ontario, or I am willing to deliver anywhere between Toronto and Montreal.
2. David Blackwood etching - "Uncle Elias Feltham's House on Bragg Island" - no. 33 of 50 - 1984
11" x 14" etching with aquatint, number 33 from a limited edition of 50. Matted and framed behind glass. Pencil signed and dated 1984 by the artist. David Lloyd Blackwood (1941-2022) was a chronicler of Newfoundland life in images for over 40 years. He met with success as an artist very early, selling a print to the National Gallery of Canada at the age of 23. He went on to pursue a very prolific career, primarily in intaglio printmaking, and was considered one of Canada's most prominent artists by the time of his death at the age of 80 in 2022. This print utilizes one of Blackwood's favorite compositional themes: a split image with a close figure on the left juxtaposed with a distant scene on the right.
3. A Canadian Art Movement: The Story of the Group of Seven by F. B. Housser - Macmillan 1926 - first edition
Hardcover, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 221 pages, illustrated endpapers, 12 black and white plates. No dust jacket. One tiny dent and one tiny stain to front cover, text block fine.
4. Canadian Art: Its Origin and Development 1820-1940 by William Colgate - Ryerson 1943 - first edition
Hardcover in dust jacket, 7 1/4" x 10 1/2", 278 pages, illustrated in black and white with colour frontispiece. Dust jacket showing wear at tips, repaired tear and surface wear to spine. Book fine.
5. Canadian Landscape Painters by Albert H. Robson - The Studio / Ryerson 1932 - first edition
Hardcover in apple green boards, 7 1/2" x 10", 227 pages, decorative endpapers, 75 tipped in colour illustrations. "The Studio Limited, London" on title page, "The Ryerson Press, Toronto" on copyright page. Light spotting to endpapers, title, and page edges. A few light stains to boards and sunning to binding. Text block fine.
6. Hunter's Ottawa Scenery - 1855-56, w/ Winslow Homer plates
Hunter's Ottawa Scenery, in the Vicinity of Ottawa City, Canada. Ottawa: William S. Hunter. 1855. , 1856. Second edition (with text re-set and signed with letters). The print run on the first edition was small, and when the Canadian Legislative Assembly ordered 140 copies for its members in the spring of 1856 (Ottawa was then being considered as a contender for the government capital), Hunter had to prepare a second edition. Slim folio (10-1/2 by 13-1/2 inches), original blind-stamped black/dark brown cloth. 19 pages of text in double columns. folding map & 15 tinted lithographed plates (13 after text, + 2 - incl. frontis and title page). Spine rebacked with matching book cloth. Page block intact. Text page 17 has a repaired 3" tear leading to a roughly repaired hole in that page only . Virtually free of foxing, touch of acidation to front and rear endpapers, with plates clean throughout. "consists of fourteen (tinted) oval lithographs, measuring 8 3/8" by 11 5/8", they were published by Hunter himself and lithographed in Boston by J.H.Bufford, who produced many early views for Nathaniel Currier. Homer, Winslow (1836-1910). "Probably the first book to include lithographs drawn by Winslow Homer, who was apprenticed to Bufford's of Boston at the relatively late age of eighteen, for a period of two years. The present work includes the apprentice's first substantial published lithograph (the third plate, View of the Locks, Entrance of Rideau Canal) which is initialed by Homer, and the large title vignette and five other plates that are attributable to him on grounds of style". Tatham suggests that "Interests seeking Ottawa's selection as the nation's Capitol may have been behind it or The Ottawa and Prescott Railway, which linked the town to Montreal, might have funded it in an attempt to encourage tourism. ". (Tatham). From 1855 to 1857, Winslow Homer was apprenticed to lithographer John H. Bufford of Boston, whose shop produced the plates for Hunter's Ottawa. Homer favored compositions with a distinct linearity, preferring to execute sketches in the field, and accordingly later switched his print-making technique from lithography to wood-engraving. The apparent purpose of Hunter's Ottawa was to promote the city for selection as the nation's capitol. The plates for his OTTAWA SCENERY, printed by Bufford in Boston, include: (1) Bird's Eye View of Chaudière Falls; (2) Rideau Falls; (3) View of Locks; (4) View from Barrack Hill - Looking Down the Ottawa; (5) View from Barrack Hill; (6) Junction of the Gatineau with the Ottawa river; (7) The Approach of the Suspension Bridge; (8) Suspension Bridge over Chaudière Falls; (9) The Big Kettle; (10) A Portion of the Chaudière Falls, from the North; (11) The Chasm, Chaudière Falls; (12) View from Interior of Chasm; (13) Timber Slide; (14) Natural Curiosity Ottawa River. Among its many attractions, this book represents the earliest known book work of Winslow Homer, who signed one plate for this edition ("View of Locks"); eight are signed by Newell. The five others which are unsigned are "attributable to Homer on grounds of style" (Tatham). Tatham, 289. Peters, 119. Staton & Tremaine 3563. Sabin 33937. Abbey, Travel 628. More photos available on request.
7. Kingston: A City in Canada: Paintings by Robert A. Blenderman
Kingston, Ontario: Heinrich Heine Press at Grass Creek, 2006. Hardcover in dust jacket, 11 1/4" x 9 1/2". 15 page introduction + 120 colour reproductions of street scenes and buildings in Kingston. One tiny tear at top edge of dust jacket, otherwise fine.
8. Wolfe and the Artists: A Study of His Portraiture by J. Clarence Webster - Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1930
Hardcover in dust jacket, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2", 74 pages. Number 342 from a limited edition of 500. Colour frontispiece, black and white plate illustrations. Small 1/4" hole on front hinge of dust jacket, otherwise very near fine. A history of James Wolfe and all the people who painted him.
9. Canadian Art: Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada - two volumes
Volume One: A-F - hardcover in dust jacket, 9" x 10 1/4", 415 pages, extensively illustrated in black and white. Ottawa, 1988. Volume Two: G-K - softcover, 8 1/2" x 10", 401 pages, extensively illustrated in black and white. Ottawa, 1994. An online search revealed no volumes covering L-Z, nor any information about the existence of such volumes. If anyone can explain this, please write and satisfy my curiosity.
10. Picturesque Canada; The Country As It Was and Is - George Monro Grant - Toronto: Belden Bros., 1882 - in two volumes
Two large heavy folio volumes, 10 1/2" x 13", in beveled boards, all edges gilt. Illustrated with over 500 woodcut engravings. Wear to exterior leather, very light spotting to first few pages, overall very near fine. A well-loved classic of Canadian art, often found in pitiable condition, but happily not this time!
11. The Old Architecture of Quebec by Ramsay Traquair - Macmillan 1947 - first edition
Hardcover in blue boards, 8 1/2" x 12", 324 pages, extensively illustrated with black and white photographs and plans. "A study of the buildings erected in New France from the earliest explorers to the middle of the nineteenth century". No dust jacket. Spine cocked, otherwise fine.
12. The Old Country Houses of the Old Glasgow Gentry - scarce 1878 work on Scottish architecture
Written and photographed by Thomas Annan Glasgow: James Maclehose, 1878 Hardcover in green beveled boards with leather spine, 11" x 13 1/4", illustrated with 103 real photographs - 100 houses, one city view, and two maps. Second edition, limited to 225 copies. Surface wear to boards, visible repairs at top and bottom of spine, new endpapers. Text block fine. Scarce.
13. The Antiquities of Scotland by Francis Grose - Hooper & Wigstead, 1797
Two volumes in red leather with marbled boards, 9" x 11 1/2", 176 and 140 pages. Illustrated with 188 black and white plates + 2 illustrated title pages. In very nicely done newer bindings. Scattered foxing, browning, and spotting, overall very good.
14. The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland, illustrated by Robert William Billings, Architect, 1845-52
Published for the author by William Blackwood and Sons, circa. 1855. Four folio volumes, 9" x 12". Green leather spines and corners, marbled boards and endpapers. Bookplate of Scottish architect Alexander McInnes Gardner (1878-1934) to front pastedowns. 240 steel engraved plates. Surface rubbing to boards, spines and text blocks fine.
15. Nicholson's Encylopedia of Architecture - Peter Jackson, circa. 1852
Encyclopedia of Architecture: Being a New and Improved Edition of Nicholson's Dictionary of the Science and Practice of Architecture, Building, Etc. Edited by Edward Lomax, Esq., C.E., Thomas Gunyon, Esq., Arch. & C.E. No date stated, preface to new edition dated August, 1852. Large folio in brown leather spine and corners, cloth boards, 9" x 11 3/8", two volumes bound as one, 516 and 604 pages. Several black and white engraved plates. Heavy wear and neat interior repair to front exterior hinge, damp stain to lower front board, tide lines and spotting to endpapers and title, detritus from removed attachments to endpapers, text block near fine, binding very solid.
16. Modern Athens! Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century - London: Jones, 1829
Modern Athens! Displayed in a Series of Views: or Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century. Exhibiting the whole of the new buildings, modern improvements, antiquities, and picturesque scenery, of the Scottish metropolis and its environs, from original drawings, by Mr. Thomas H. Shepherd. With historical, topographical, and critical illustrations. London: Published by Jones & Co. Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square. 1829. Hardcover in maroon boards with gilt decorations, 8 1/2" x 11", illustrated with 160 architectural views (plates with two views on each page, a few with three). Discoloration to endpapers, spine break between decorative title page and text title page, some very scattered spotting, overall very good +.
17. The Fortified House in Scotland by Nigel Tranter - Oliver & Boyd, 1962 - in five volumes
Five hardcover volumes, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4", 191, 183, 185, 178, and 252 pages. Illustrated with in-text black and white line drawings. Volumes 1 and 5 lacking dust jackets. Volume 1 published by Oliver and Boyd in 1962. Volumes 2, 3, and 4 in facsimile editions by James Thin in 1977, volume 5 by W. and R. Chambers in 1970. Scattered writing in pen and pencil to volume 1 only, otherwise all volumes fine.
18. A Tour in Scotland by Thomas Pennant - Printed for Benj. White, 1790 - three volumes
Three hardcover volumes rebound in cream cloth with black leather spine labels and new endpapers, 8" x 9 3/4". Bindings with light spotting to spines and some staining to leading edges, otherwise fine condition. Endpapers fully functional but oddly done, with stitching in gutters and cancels between ffep and titles. First volume: A Tour in Scotland; MDCCLXIX. 400 pages. Fold-out map prior to title page with slight browning, repaired tear, and some edge creasing, overall very good. Illustrated with 42 plates. Some transfer from plates, otherwise text block fine. Second volume: A Tour in Scotland, and Voyage to the Hebrides; MDCCLXXI, Part I. 440 pages. Illustrated with 44 plates. Some transfer from plates, otherwise text block fine. Third volume: A Tour in Scotland. MDCCLXXI. Part II. 487 pages. Illustrated with 45 plates. Some transfer from plates, otherwise text block fine.
19. Cottage, Lodge, and Villa Architecture by W. & G. Audsley - London, Glasgow, Edinburgh: William Mackenzie, c. 1870
Folio in pebbled boards with dark brown leather spine and corners, 9 1/2" x 12", colour lithographed title page, 58 page introductory essay followed by 151 architectural plates, interspersed with descriptive text, fold-out "Table of Geometrical Figures for Purposes of General Reference" at back of book. Scattered spotting, rear endpapers loose and creased, overall very good.
20. The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland in 5 vol., [together with] The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland in 3 vol. - Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1887-97
Eight volumes in cloth, 6 3/4" x 10 1/4". Gilt thistle device to all covers, top edges gilt. By David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross. Published in Edinburgh by David Douglas. Hundreds of black and white in-text illustrations. The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century Five volumes, 1887-92. Book catalog at rear of vol. 5. Owner bookplates to front pastedowns. Spotting to page edges, a few small flaws to boards, text blocks fine. The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland from the Earliest Christian Times to the Seventeenth Century Three volumes, 1896-97. Fine.
21. Scottish Castles of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries by Oliver Hill - London: Country Life, 1953
Large folio in red cloth with no dust jacket, 10 1/4" x 13 1/4", 280 pages including 139 pages of black and white plates. Article on Wemyss Castle exerpted from Country Life January 6 1966 laid in at back. Surface rubbing and small flaws to boards, wear to front interior hinge, text block fine.
22. The Work of Sir Robert Lorimer, K.B.E., A.R.A., R.S.A. by Christopher Hussey - London: Country Life, 1931
Hardcover in cloth boards with black leather titles to upper board and spine, 10 1/4" x 13 1/2", 111 pages of text + 129 pages of black and white photographs. The dust jacket for this book perished, was rebuilt by a former owner preserving the text and photo on a new backing, which also perished, leaving the front cover of the rebuilt dust jacket laid in at the back of the book. The sacrifices of these dust jackets were not in vain; the book remains largely fresh and clean after 92 years. Small spot of damage at top of front hinge, a few crunches in the margins of the text block, small spine break prior to introduction, a few other minor imperfections. Overall a solid and appealing book, and difficult to find.
23. Miscellanea Scotica: A Collection of Tracts Relating to the History, Antiquities, Topography, and Literature of Scotland [in 4 vol.]
Glasgow: John Wylie, 1818. Four volumes in brown leather, 4 1/4" x 7 1/4", Heavy wear to hinges, spine strips starting to separate at a few points. Text blocks fine. A scarce complete set.
24. Major Work on Monastery Architecture: The Plan of St. Gall by Walter Horn & Ernest Born - 1979
The Plan of St. Gall: A Study of the Architecture and Economy of, and Life in a Paradigmatic Carolingian Monastery by Walter Horn and Ernest Born Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979 First edition, folio, hardcover in cloth. Vol. I (ISBN 0520035909): xxviii, 356 pp., illus. + 1 folding plate; Vol. II (ISBN 0520035917): xii, 359 pp., illus.; Vol. III (ISBN 0520035925): xxxii, 267 pp., illus. with corrigenda and errata addendum sheet loosely inserted. With a foreword by Wolfgang Braunfels, a translation into English by Charles W. Jones of the Directives of Adalhard, 753-826, the Ninth Abbot of Corbie, and with a note by A. Hunter Dupree on the Significance of the Plan of St. Gall to the History of Measurement. Bound in cream coloured linen cloth with red leather spine labels. A few corners lightly bumped, some soiling to front panel of Vol. I, some wear to spines, lettering on spine label of Vol. II is faded. Housed in three separate chemises within cloth covered slipcase. Scattered minor flaws including small tears to inside lining of slipcase and a few stains on the exterior. A substantial set weighing in at 38 pounds.
25. J.M.W. Turner - Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England - London: John & Arthur Arch et. al., 1826
Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England, From Drawings Made Principally by J.M.W. Turner, R.A., and Engraved by W.B. Cooke, George Cooke, and Other Eminent Engravers. Two volumes bound as one, hardcover in half leather, 48 engraved plates with tissue guards and 32 vignettes. Wear to corners and hinges, text block near fine with some scattered spotting. More photos available.
26. Greenwich Hospital with illustrations by George Cruikshank - London: James Robins, 1826
Greenwich Hospital, A Series of Naval Sketches, Descriptive of the Life of a Man-Of-War's Man. By An Old Sailor. With Illustrations by George Cruikshank. London: Published by James Robins and Co. Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row; and Joseph Robins, Jun. and Co. Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin. MDCCCXXVI. Folio beautifully bound in blue morocco with gilt ship motif and borders by The Monastery Hill Bindery, Chicago. Silk (?) endpapers with leather interior hinges and gilt borders around pastedowns. Twelve hand-tinted illustrations by George Cruikshank. A rare find. Wear with small spot of loss at top of spine, some transfer off of plates, very scattered spotting, overall fine.
27. Sailors by Grant Macdonald - Macmillan 1945 - signed first edition
Hardcover in blue boards with partial dust jacket, 8 1/2" x 11", 153 pages. Illustrated with 100 sepia sketches (99 sailors + one dog) by Macdonald, the Royal Canadian Navy's official artist during WW II. Dust jacket creased and folded, with most of the back missing. Book showing significant surface wear to boards and spine. Text block fine. Signed by Macdonald on front free endpaper: "Grant Macdonald / February, 1947".
28. The Naval History of Great Britain by William James - 6 vol. - London: Bentley, 1837
The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Declaration of War by France in 1793, to the Accession of George IV. A New Edition, With Additions and Notes, and an Account of the Burmese War and the Battle of Navarino, by Captain Chamier, R.N. London: Richard Bentley, 1837 Six hardcover volumes in red leather with marbled boards, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". 28 fold-out charts, several at the end of each volume. Illustrated with black and white portrait plates (frontispiece + 1 or 2 in each volume). Scattered light pencil underlining and notes, wear at tops of spines, overall very good +.
29. Liber Nauticus and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing by Dominick and John Thomas Serres - 1979 reprint of 1805 work
London: Scolar Press, 1979 Oversize folio in dust jacket, 13" x 18", 26 pages + 41 plates. Book very good +, dust jacket fair with darkening, spots, some evidence of dampness, and small tears.
30. Souvenirs de Marine - Amiral Paris - Grenoble: Editions des 4 Seigneurs, 1975 - 3 vol.
Souvenirs de Marine: Collection de Plans ou Dessins de Navires et de Bateaux Anciens ou Modernes Existants ou Disparus Avec Les Elements Numeriques Necessaires a Leur Construction, par le Vice-Amiral Paris, Grand-Croix de la Legion d'Honneur, Membre de l'Institut et du Bureau des Longitudes, Conservateur du Musee de Marine. Grenoble: Editions des 4 Seigneurs, 1975 Number 1139 from a limited edition of 1700. Text in French. Three large volumes in dust jackets, 13" x 17 1/2". Illustrated with 360 ship plans. Dust jackets showing spitting, discoloration, and small tears. Books near fine.
31. Four books on yachts by sailing expert Uffa Fox
Racing, Cruising and Design - Ashford Press (UK) and International Marine Publishing (USA) - 1985 reprint of 1937 original. With over 400 plans, photographs, and diagrams. Hardcover in dust jacket, 340 pages. Sailing, Seamanship and Yacht Construction - London: Peter Davies, 1934 first edition. With over 300 photographs and diagrams. Hardcover without dust jacket, 271 pages. Uffa Fox's Second Book - A Companion Volume to "Sailing, Seamanship and Yacht Construction" - London: Peter Davies, 1937 reprint of 1935 original. With over 350 photographs and diagrams. Hardcover without dust jacket, 376 pages. Thoughts on Yachts and Yachting: Design, Construction, Handling - London: Peter Davies, 1952 reprint of 1938 original. With over 400 plans, photographs and diagrams. Hardcover without dust jacket, 349 pages.
32. The Makers of Canada - Oxford University Press, 1928 - 12 volumes
London and Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1928 Twelve volumes in orange cloth. Illustrated with black and white frontispiece portraits and other black and white plates. Thirty biographies in 12 volumes. Spines faded, signs of chewing to edges of four volumes, text blocks fine. Vol. I: Champlain / Bishop Laval Vol. II: Count Frontenac / Wolfe and Montcalm Vol. III: Lord Dorchester / Sir Frederick Haldimand Vol. IV: John Graves Simcoe / General Brock Vol. V: Mackenzie / Baldwin / Lafontaine / Hincks / Panineau / Cartier Vol. VI: Lord Sydenham / Lord Elgin / Edgerton Ryerson Vol. VII: George Brown / Sir John A. Macdonald Vol. VIII: Joseph Howe / Sir Charles Tupper / Lemuel Allan Wilmot / Sir Leonard Tilley Vol. IX: Mackenzie / Selkirk / Simpson / Douglas Vol. X: Lord Strathcona / Sir William Van Horne Vol. XI: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Vol. XII: The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Canadian History
33. The Works of Francis Parkman - Little, Brown, 1923-29 - 11 of 13 volumes
Hardcover in blue cloth, 5 1/2" x 8 1/4". A bit of chewing at edges of vol. VIII, minor flaws to boards, text blocks fine. Extra paper spine labels tipped in at back of eight of the 11 volumes. Vol. I: Pioneers of France in the New World Vol. II: The Jesuits of North America Vol. IV: The Old Regime in Canada Vol. V: Count Frontenac and New France under Louis XIV Vol. VI: A Half-Century of Conflict I Vol. VII: A Half-Century of Conflict II Vol. VIII: Montcalm and Wolfe I Vol. IX: Montcalm and Wolfe II Vol. X: The Conspiracy of Pontiac I Vol. XI: The Conspiracy of Pontiac II Vol. XIII: A Life of Francis Parkman lacking: Vol. III: La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West Vol. XII: The Oregon Trail
34. Canada in the Great World War - Toronto: United Publishers, 1917-21 - 6 vol.
Canada in the Great World War: An Authentic Account of the Military History of Canada from the Earliest Days to the Close of the War of the Nations" Six volumes in marbled boards with leather spines and corners, Memorial Edition, 6" x 9", illustrated with black and white plates and fold-out maps. A heavily used but solid set. Various spine breaks, flaws, and dents and dings, but solid and complete. Vol. I: Military History of Canada, 1608-1914, 380 p. Vol. II: Days of Preparation, 374 p. Vol. III: Guarding the Channel Ports, 403 p. Vol. IV: The Turn of the Tide, 405 p. Vol. V: The Triumph of the Allies, 410 p. Vol. VI: Special Service, Heroic Deeds, Etc., 393 p.
35. Two signed volumes by renowned Canadian poet Susan Musgrave
Songs of the Sea-Witch Vancouver: Sono Nis, 1975, first paperback printing Signed on ffep. Two tiny ink marks to page edges, otherwise fine. Selected Strawberries and Other Poems Victoria, BC: Sono Nis, 1977 Signed on half title. Fine.