Webster's Fine Books & MapsMegan Webster
Webster’s Fine Books & Maps offers original antique maps and books, no reproductions. All products are guaranteed as described. We value transparency and integrity, which is reflected in the quality of our material, appraisals, and personal customer service. We continue to be members in good standing (for over 20 years) of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Canada (ABAC) and the International League of Booksellers (ILAB). For the purposes of this catalogue all prices are in C$.
1. Scandinavian beauty
Wells, Edward/ Moxon, Joseph. A New Map of Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Muscovy Shewing Their Present General Divisions, Chief Cities or Towns Rivers, Mountains &c. Published in Edward Well’s Atlas “A New Sett of Maps both Ancient and Present Geography” c. 1700-38. 14-1/2" x 1-1/2"-36.8 x 39.5 cm. Copperplate engraving with hand colouring. Left margin a little ragged and browned otherwise very good A very good map of Scandinavia including parts of Poland, Livonia and Russia. Towns, universities and bishoprics are shown. The Great Northern War was in full swing during the publication of this map where Sweden was reinforcing its stronghold against the King of Poland, the King of Denmark and the Tzar of Russia. Dedicated to the Duke William of Gloucester. Erik van Mingroot, Eduard van Ermen, Tony Mackrill: Scandinavia in Old Maps and Prints, Knokke 1987, pp. 105Shirley. BL Atlases T.WELL-1a, #26.
2. Royal Academy Artist
Lowry, H.D. [ed]. The Happy Exile. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1898. Illustrated with 6 etchings by E. Philip Pimlott. xii,  pp.. 8vo, half green morocco and marbled boards, gilt floral stamped spine panels, t.e.g. Light rubbing and bumping to corners, front hinge starting with tear to endpaper, titlepage spotted and light sporadic spotting throughout mostly confined to the blank margins, generally good. Bookplate of Elise West Ames. Pimlott was a British artist who was active during the late 1890's. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, and at the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
3. Where enemy ships are burned
Dheulland/Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Plan Du Port Et De La Ville De Nangaski. Published in "Histoire Generale des Voyages". 7-3/4" x 13-1/2"- 19.6 cm. x 34.2 cm. Copper engraved map with hand colouring. Offsetting, short tear to right margin (trimmed at the top and a bit ragged at the bottom) ,else very good. A detailed plan of the city of Nagasaki including the Emperor's Palace, Governor's houses, temples, the house of the Port inspector and the Chinese quarter. The port indicates an area where Dutch ships were docked and the Desima, an artificial island in the bay of Nagasaki is located. This was where the Dutch East India Company was permitted to conduct trade with the Shogun's representatives from Edo (Tokyo). Below the compass rose is an " intended place where enemy ships are burned". Walter. Japan A Cartographic vision. #101.
4. All the News that's fit to print
[Leonard Scott Pub.] Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. Vol XCVii. January-June, 1865. No. DXCI-DXCII . New York: Leonard Scott, 1865. American edition-Vol. Lx. 778 pp. 8vo, 1/2 calf and marbled boards with leather spine labels. Boards worn and rubbed, front hinge cracked with darkening to perimeter of ffeps and title, one or two spots to margins or gutter or light age toning but generally clean. A compilation of historical and literary articles including: Civil War related material-"A Visit to the Cities and Camps of the Confederate States, 1863-64"; Descriptions of Capri Island, the Nile Basin; Demonology; biographical sketches on William Gladstone, Earl Russell, William Blake; rate of Interest and monetary crises; "Thirty Years Policy in New Zealand" and the first appearance of serialized work by Margaret Oliphant "Miss Majoribanks".
5. Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
[S.D.U.K.]. Starling/T. Liverpool. London: Baldwin & Cradock for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, 1836. Steel engraved map with hand colouring. 12" x 14.5"- 30.4 x 36.8 cm. Margins creased with short tears, small pinhole lower margin else very good A detailed map of Liverpool showing the Mersey River, streets, buildings, docks and engraved vignettes of comparison of the principal buildings of Liverpool to lower margin. Views of Liverpool in 1729, the Blackrock Lighthouse and a plan of Liverpool in 1729 to upper portion of map. Liverpool at the time of the publishing of this map did not have a central focal point but rather four distinct areas which were connected by a series of irregular narrow city blocks. Long before the Beatles made it famouse, and even before the Industrial Revolution took hold Liverpool was a fast expanding urban area, especially the docklands area where trade within the United Kingdom and overseas became a focal point of the economic makeup of the city. Raw goods, manufactured goods and slaves were all being transported through Liverpool. Economic development took precent over decent living quarters. It was noted that 'In Liverpool one-sixth of the population lived in "underground cellars" , overcrowded damp dirt dwellings which had a devastating affect on public health-at the time of this map being published the life expectation for Liverpool was 26! Branch. An Atlas of Rare City Maps. Comparative Urban Design, 1830-1842.p. 28.
6. Amsterdam in Miniature
Mallet, Alain Manesson. Amsterdam. Paris: Published in Mallet's "Description de l'Univers", 1683 Copperplate engraving. 5.75" x 4.25"-14.6 x 10.7 cm. Fine. First edition. A charming early view of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands with ships in the foreground and the town in the background. Founded in1275, Amsterdam became one of the most important maritime trading cities of Europe. The 17th century was considered the Golden Age for Amsterdam and Holland as a nation as economic prosperity through trading continued as the network of canals were established. But by the end of the 17th Century the city's fortunes were starting to wane amongst political corruption and the increasing divide between the rich and the poor.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean
Rapkin, John/Tallis, John. West India Islands. Published in Martin's "The Illustrated Atlas, And Modern History Of The World Geographical, Political, Commercial & Statistical" London & New York, c. 1851 9-3/4" x 13"-24.7 x 33 cm. Steel plate engraving with hand colouring in outline. Light browning along centrefold but generally very good A decorative map of the Caribbean extending from Florida and the Bahamas to Trinidad. Lovely steel engraved vignettes of the Kingston Jamaica, native inhabitants, the seal of Jamaica and ships in the Caribbean Sea.
8. In 1492.....Argonaut Press
Jane, Cecil. The Voyages of Christopher Columbus Being the Journals of His First and Third, and the Letters concerning his First and Last Voyages, to Which is Added the Account of His Second Voyage Written by Andres Bernaldez. London: The Argonaut Press, 1930. Illustrated with 5 maps. [vi], 347, [i] pp, 4to, vellum backed cloth with heraldic shield device, spine yellowed, else very good, uncut. Cox II, p. 235. Limited to 1050 numbered copies. A detailed account of Christopher Columbus's Four Voyages to the New World.
9. Home of the Gods
D'Anville, Jean Baptiste Bourguinon. Graeciae Antiquae Specimen Geographum. Published in "Géographie Ancienne", 1769. 20-1/2" x 19-1/2"-52 x 49.5 cm. Copper engraved map hand coloured in outline. Fine. A good detailed map of Greece with an inset map of Macedonia and the Illyrian coast. D'Anville was a leading French cartographer of the 18th Century. His eye for detail and accuracy gained him widespread respect and the title of Geographer to the King at the tender age of twenty two.
10. Art Imitates Life
Findley, Timothy. Famous Last Words.Toronto/Vancouver: Clarke, Irwin & Company, . Later printing. 8vo, cloth and dustjacket. Inscribed on the title page. Narrator Hugh Selwyn Mauberly is found in the dying days of the Second World War in an Austrian Alp hotel room with an ice pick through his eye. His notes describing various government conspiracies are burned but his tales of treason are found scrawled on the walls. Part thriller part social commentary Findley's work explores fascism, treason, and political corruption.
11. Architectural design elements
Burn, Robert Scott (ed). Ornamental Drawing and Architectural Design. With Notes, Historical and Practical. London: Ward and Lock, 1857. Profusely illustrated throughout. vii, 124 pp. 4 pp. ads. 8vo, original green and gilt embossed cloth, spine sunned, minor rubbing, a few chips to corners and a couple pages with browning, else a very good copy. Examples of ornaments containing straight and curved lines, mechanical and freehand architectural rend
12. Where great artists and authors hang out
[The Pierpont Morgan Library]. William Morris and the Art of the Book. New York, London, etc.: Oxford University Press, 1976. Illustrated. 140 pp., cxiv [plates]. 4to, green printed wraps. Near fine. Catalogue for an exhibition of Morris' works on paper, held at the Pierpont Morgan Library.
13. Homespun and hand printed
Findley, Timothy. If Stones Could Speak. With a Foreward by William Whitehead. Stratford: 1999. Illustrated with 33 wood engravings by Gerard Brender a Brandis. Square 8vo, hand woven linen cloth (from homespun yarn) covers, printed on hand set 'libra' type on hand-made paper and housed in a cloth clamshell slipcase. Limited to 130 copies, the first 30 being 'hors de commerce'. Signed by Whitehead, Findley and Brender a Brandis and numbered [Xi]. Slipcase a little faded, else fine. Charming essays first appearing in Harrowsmith Magazine, describing Stone Orchard farm in Cannington, Southern Ontario which was Timothy Findley's and Bill Whitehead's home for 33 years. Gerard Brender a Brandis was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to Canada in the 1940's. Studying Fine Arts at McMaster he was drawn to the art of wood engraving. He has illustrated and produced over 40 books both contributing to the illustrations as well as spinning, dyeing and weaving fabrics for book covers.
14. The only Canadian writer ever charged for selling his own writing
Kilodney, Crad [Trifon, Lou]. Mental Cases. [Toronto]; . Illustrated by Bruce Hutchinson. 39 pp. 8vo, original printed wraps. Very minute dog earing to front wraps but basically fine. Inscribed on the title with original mimeographed order form with ink telephone number. The author's first book. Described as "Torment, ecstasy, passion, vice, hope, despair..." the author's first of over 20 collection of self published short stories. Kilodney was a fixture in the downtown Toronto core during the late 70's through the 90's selling his books on the street with either catchy titles like "Blood Sucking Monkeys from North Tonawanda" or mocking descriptions of his books like "Slimy Degenerate Literature". Originally from New York, Kilodney escaped the antagonistic climate of the United States during the Watergate scandal and moved to Toronto. In 1991, Kilodney was charged with selling commercial goods without a licence, thus being the only Canadian author ever charged for selling his own works! The event sparked a 7" vinyl record by a local indie band "Crad Kilodney Was Innocent". Considered a cult legend in the city, Kilodney's work is eccentric, anti-establishment and often controversial.
15. Tales of Derring-Do on the High Seas
Byron, John. The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron (Commodore in a Late Expedition Round the World) Containing an Account of the Great Distresses Suffered by Himself and His companions on the Coast of Patagonia, From the Year 1740, till their Arrival in England, 1746. With a description of St. Jago de Chili, and the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants. Also a Relation of the Loss of the Wager Man of War, One of Admiral Anson's Squadron. London: S. Baker and G. Leigh, 1768. First edition. Illustrated with engraved frontis and half title.[iv], viii, 257 pp. 8vo, rebound in half leather and marbled boards with new endpapers. Half title perimeter repaired with tissue, some soiling to gutter of frontis and title page not affecting image or text, otherwise a very good clean copy. Cox II p. 281, Sabin 9730. John "Foulweather Jack" Byron entered the Royal Navy in 1731. As midshipman he sailed to South America on HMS Wager, part of George Anson's squadron. Upon approaching Patagonia the Wager encountered a terrible storm and the crew was shipwrecked. Sabin notes "Admiral Byron's narrative of the loss of the Wager is one of the most thrilling accounts in the language, and supplied his illustrious descendant with many particulars for the shipwreck in 'Don Juan'". Miraculously he lived to tell the tale, and later went on to assume the position of Governor of Newfoundland. Incidentally, in December of 2006 the British Scientific Exploration Society with the help of the Chilean Navy , located what they believe to be a section of the hull of the wreck of HMS Wager.
16. Nativity Story
[Angelo, Valenti]. The Second Chapter of the Gospel According to Saint Luke in Which There is Told The Nativity. [New York]: P.J. Perrusi for the friends of Advertising Agencies' Service, Christmas 1956. Decorations printed in red by Valenti Angelo. 21 pp. 8vo, cloth backed patterned boards in a slipcase. Upper spine of slipcase lacking, else fine. Limited to 700 numbered copies. Included is a printed greeting from the publisher. Angelo was an Italian American graphic artist who made his first illustrations for the Grabhorn Press in San Francisco. He illustrated over 250 books throughout his long career.
17. Illustrations by Frederic Remington
Ralph, Julian. On Canada's Frontier Sketches of History , Sport, and Adventure of the Indians, Missionaries, Fur -Traders, and Newer Settlers of Western Canada. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1892. First edition. Illustrated with plates by Frederic Remington. 325 pp. Lrg. 8vo, original gilt decorated cloth, small tear to upper cover cloth, bookplate, a nice clean copy. An American view of the frontiersmen, voyageurs and indigenous people based more on stereotypical portraits rather than accurate research. Nevertheless, it opened up a glimpse of the Canadian west to an American audience as many of the writings appeared in the Harper's publication before the book was published. Lowther 1000; Peel 1280; Whale 1217
18. A celebration and condemnation of contemporary society
Eco, Umberto. How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays. San Diego, New York, London Harcourt Brace Jovanovich . First edition. 248 pp. 8vo, cloth and dustjacket. Light scuffs and light edge creasing to d/j, else fine. Signed on the half title. A compilation of humorous essays by Italian novelist, social and political commentator and semiologist. Considered a "polymath of towering cleverness" Eco penned these essays for a literary column entitled 'diario minimo'