Catalogue for the 2018 Toronto Book Fair




  1. Louis Riel Carte De Visite Certificat Ressemblance Parfait (Certified “true likeness”). Winnipeg, Manitoba [St Vital]: Abraham Guay, at the office of the Minister of Agriculture, 1886. 3.5 x 4.75″ albumen photo of a painting of Riel, on a 4.25 x 6.5″ card. Under the photo is a declaration of the authenticity of the likeness, in French, roughly translated to: “We, the undersigned, declare and certify that this photograph is the true copy of the portrait of Louis ‘David’ Riel, as per the original as owned by Abraham Guay. Signed Widow Julie Riel; Joseph Riel; Alexander Riel; Widow Marguerite Riel; Octavie Lavallee; Henriette Poitras. Date at St. Vital, January 12, 1886. I certify that the portrait of Louis Riel, as shown to me by M. Guay, is a perfect resemblance. Signed John Lee. Montreal, 24 February, 1886.” Right corners chipped, crease to top left corner; else very good. (#52406)                     $800.00


  1. A Welcome: Original Contributions in Poetry and Prose. London: Emily Faithfull, Printer in Ordinary to Her Majesty, at the Victoria Press, 1863. pp. vi, 291. 8vo. Bound in a royal blue cloth. With gilt lettering and floral decoration to spine, gilt title in decorative cartouche on front board, boards blind-stamped. All edges gilt. Terracotta-coloured endpapers. Spine slant, some fraying to edges, a few rubber-stamped names, one signature standing proud at foredge, a few spots of moisture soiling; good-. Hardcover.

Published on the occasion of the arrival of Princess Alexandria, and dedicated to her. Printed by suffragette Emily Faithfull’s Victoria Press, three after she founded a printing establishment for women. With original writings by Trollope, Christina Rossetti, George MacDonald, Dante Rossetti, Charles Kingsley, etc. “A story by Anthony Trollope entitled Miss Ophelia Gledd occupies pp. 239 to 283. This is the first appearance of a story later included in Lotta Schmidt and other Stories.” – Sadleir p 72. (#051185)                       $350.00


  1. ALIGHERI, Dante. LA DIVINA COMMEDIA di Dante Alighieri compendiata nella parte narrativa e descrittiva ad illustrazione dell’ opera. Monaco: Bernardo Schuler, 1893. pp. 132. Tall 4to. In-text illustrations. Boards rubbed at edges, with light soiling. Hinges tight. Text printed on ‘newsprint’ stock, now age-toned; else gd/gd+ cond. Hardcover. (#GB36204) $75.00


  1. Anburey, Thomas. Journal d’un voyage fait dans l’interieur de l’Amerique Septentrionale [Travels Through the Interior Parts of America] / Complete two volume set. Paris: La Villette, Libraire, 1793. pp. 336, 453. 8vo. Bound in 3/4 leather over marbled boards. Volume I contains three nicely-done copper engravings: a detailed folded plan of a fort, a folded view of ‘Les Americains y mirent le Feu a l’approche de l’Armee Burgoyne’, and a striking image of an ‘Indian warrior’. Volume II contains a folding map of Anburey’s travels. It appears these volumes were re-bound sometime in the 19th century. The first original blank page of volume I contains some booksellers’ notes (in pencil). The contents show some foxing and the paper is a bit rolled. The binding is tight, but the leather is quite rubbed and the rear joint of Vil. II is rather weak. Overall, a good set. The text is in French.

Leather Bound.

Anburey was a British soldier and the author of a disputed narrative of his travels in North America from 1776 to 1781. He sailed from Cork in 1776 in charge of Irish recruits of the 47th regiment, and served under General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga. Taken prisoner, he was sent back to Britain in 1781. He stayed in the army one more year; then returned to private life. Anburey wrote ‘Travels Through the Interior Parts of America’, which was first published in London in 1789, and then again in London in 1791 as a ‘New Edition’. It is written as a series of 79 letters addressed ‘to my dear friend’ and described by its author as ‘the rapid effusions of a confessedly inexperienced writer’. The book proved popular in England and was translated into French ‘et enrichi de notes par M. Noel ancien Professeur de belles-lettres au College de Louis-le-grand’ (in the 1793 edition). The first letter is dated August, 1776, and the last December, 1781. Sabin 1369. Wagner-Camp 226. (#GB43582)                     $350.00


  1. ATTLEE, Helena (trans.) / Illustrations by Ann Brunskill. THE GIRL IN THE APPLE From a Tuscan Folk Tale. (Egerton Ashford, Kent, UK): The Worlds End Press, 1984. ,Tall 4to,,,A quite lovely and charming book, being a children’s story drawn from an old Tuscan folk tale. Translated from the Italian by author and journalist Helena Attlee (the author of ‘Italian Gardens: A Cultural History’). The illustrator, Ann Brunskill, is a British printer, artist and etcher, who owns and operates The Worlds End Press (the publisher of this book). She cut the wood blocks for the illustrations in this book with a Japanese knife and hand coloured them. This is no 65 of an edition of 120 copies, set in Membo 24 point. Printed on a Lions Hand Press. Signed by the illustrator. Very scarce book. Hardcover.

Miniscule shelf wear to board edges; else in near fine condition and in original, slightly scuffed, slipcase. (#GB37831)                $250.00


  1. Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. Toronto: McClelland And Stewart, 1985. First edition. ISBN: 9780771008139. pp. 324. 8vo. Bound in cream and maroon paper boards with cream lettering to spine, maroon endpapers. SIGNED on half-title by Atwood, with personalized note; facing page shows a long, breathy, red-ink gift inscription from a student to her teacher. Corners bumped, contents clean and unmarked, binding square and sound; very good, in very good- dust jacket showing some creasing and a few very short tears at spine ends. Hardcover.

True first, Canadian, edition of this multiple-award-winning, bestselling dystopian novel, which inspired an opera, a movie, a ballet, and recently, a web tv series. Printed by T. H. Best. Spadoni & Donnelly 3587. (#52207)                     $300.00


  1. Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. Toronto: McClelland And Stewart, 1985. First edition. ISBN: 9780771008139. pp. 324. 8vo. Bound in cream and maroon paper boards with cream lettering to spine, maroon endpapers. Very light edgewear, small nick to front endpaper; very good+, in very good dust jacket showing very light rubbing, one tiny chip, and a closed tear at the rear jacket fold. Hardcover.

True first, Canadian, edition of this multiple-award-winning, bestselling dystopian novel, which inspired an opera, a movie, a ballet, and recently, a web tv series. Printed by T. H. Best. Spadoni & Donnelly 3587. (#53019)                     $65.00


  1. Beattie, Kim. 48th Highlanders of Canada 1891-1928. Toronto: 48th Highlanders of Canada, 1932. pp.434. Royal 8vo. Bound in blue faux-leather, with embossed crest to front board and gilt lettering to spine. Decorated endpapers, colour frontispiece with tissue guard, maps, b&w photos, all present as called-for. Light scuffing to edges, endpapers split at hinges (binding sound), contents clean and crisp; very good. Hardcover.

Maps by E. W. Haldenby. Cooke p. 220. (#049805)              $300.00


  1. Binney, George [W.W. Perrett; Dr. S.K. Hutton, trans.]. The Eskimo Book of Knowledge / Aglait Ilisimatiksat Inun Ilingnajut Rendered into the Labrador Dialect by the Reverend W.W. Perrett with the Assistance of Dr. S.K. Hutton. London: Hudson’s Bay Company, 1931. pp. 237. 8vo in original paper-covered boards with illustrated pastedown to front board, blue lettering to front board and spine, and Hudson’s Bay Company flag to rear board. Map endpapers. Photographic frontispiece, black and white photos. Spine slant, some scuffing, top of spine torn and repaired, half-title coming away from binding at gutter, contents clean, binding remains tight. Hardcover.

Dual language text. A condescending colonialist treatise containing “information useful to the Labrador and other Canadian Eskimos, in adjusting to the white man’s administration; includes sections on the British Empire, health, and work (trapping, handicrafts, etc.)” – Arctic Bibliography 1569. Scarce. Provenance: ink inscription reads “Gordon Tennet Donator/ III : MCMLXVI … / ex Libris Dermot F Collis”: likely the Collis who was translator of “Ulirnaisigutiit: An Inuktitut-English Dictionary of Northern Quebec, Labrador and Eastern Arctic Dialects”. (#049694)             $400.00


  1. BOURRIT, M. T. A RELATION OF A JOURNEY TO THE GLACIERS IN THE DUTCHY OF SAVOY. London: G. Robinson, 1776. 2nd edition. pp. 266. With armorial presentation plate from the translators to Mrs. Richard Walpole; followed by Editor’s Preface, Postcript, Author’s Advertisement, A Table of the Drawings, Table of Contents, Table of Heights Above the Level of the Mediterraean Sea, complete List of Subscribers, and The Author’s Preliminary Discourse (pp. i – xxi). 12mo. Recently re-bound in full black leather, with new endpapers, the spine in compartments, with raised bands and gilt rules. The three copper engraved plates are foxed; the contents less so (although with typical age-toning to margins. The text is otherwise clean and tight, save for a blotchy old copperplate ink signature to the top right of the title page (not affecting text). Overall, a most handsome book in excellent condition, having regard to age. Leather Bound.

First published in French in 1773, and in English in 1775. Marc-Theodore Bourrit (1739-1819), a Geneva naturalist, raconteur, and painter – but not much of a climber (except, perhaps, of the social variety) was, at the time this book was first published, the Presentor of the Cathedral Church of Geneva. Translated from the French by Chas. and Fred. Davy [sic]. (#GB30209)             $750.00


  1. [BROWNE, Martha Griffith] [Mattie Griffith]. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FEMALE SLAVE. New York City: J. S. Redfield, 1857. 1st edition. pp. 401, ads. Small 8vo. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt spine lettering. Boards worn & bumped, with noticeable soiling. Rear hinge cracked, binding a bit sprung, ffep removed; still a good copy. Hardcover.

Martha Griffith Browne (also known as Mattie Griffith) was a white woman who, prior to her conversion to abolitionism, had owned slaves. She wrote sketches and poems for ‘The National Anti-Slavery Standard’, before writing this fictionalized slave narrative in 1856. ‘Autobiography of a Female Slave’ is one of several noteworthy antebellum novels about slavery that were written by abolitionist authors. In some cases these novels reflected the storytelling style and conventions of the slave narrative so convincingly that they were mistaken for actual autobiographies of former slaves. The effectiveness of these novels in representing slavery, and the point of view of slaves, made them useful weapons in the antislavery struggle. (See: ‘Documenting the American South. North American Slave Narratives’, University of North Carolina [Chapel Hill] – available online; also ‘Black Slave Narratives’, John F. Bayliss (ed.) Macmillan, 1970). The title has recently been reprinted a number of times. Although the copyright page shows the date of 1856, when the novel was written, it was not published until 1857. This is the first edition, and a very scarce title, in its original, unsophisticated, binding. (#GB30468)                      $1,950.00


  1. BRUCE, Major The Hon. C. G.,. TWENTY YEARS IN THE HIMALAYA. London: Edward Arnold, 1910. 1st edition. pp. xiv, 335. Royal 8vo. Handsomely re-bound with a polished calf spine over marbled boards and new endpapers. Text is profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs and the large, folded, colour map bound in at the end of the book is in excellent condition. The spine of the book is nicely tooled, with five raised bands. The board edges are a bit rubbed. The endpapers are unmarked. The tissue guard for the frontispiece photo of the author (in local costume) is present. Overall, in very good condition. Hardcover.

Charls Granville Bruce (1866-1939) was a soldier, mountaineer, and traveller. He was educated at Harrow and Repton, commencing his military service in England before transferring in 1889 to the 5th Gurkha Rifles (spelled ‘Goorkha’ in his book), where he evolved a system of training for mountain warfare. He saw service in the North-West Frontier of India and travelled extensively in the Himalayas, and was part of the Nanga Parbat expedition in 1895. During the War he was wounded at Gallipoli and commanded the Independent Frontier Brigade. In 1920, he was invalided out as a brigadier-general. He then organized and led the Mount Everest expeditions of 1922 and 1924. In this book, Bruce attempts ‘to give those interested in Mountain Travel and Mountain Exploration, who have not been so luckily placed as myself, some account of the Hindu Koosh and Himalaya Ranges. … My object is to try and show the great contrasts between people, country, life, etc. that exist in the different districts, from the Kafir border on the west to the Bhootan border on the east.’ (#GB42556)                $750.00


  1. Catlin, George. Illustrations of the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians, With Letters and Notes. London: Chatto & Windus, 1876. Royal 8vo. Our offering is a disbound collection of the famous illustrations taken from volume one of this two volume set. Also included are the boards and text pages (pp.viii, 264), and the desirable full-colour ‘Map of Indian Localities embraced within the Author’s Travels’. First Published by the author in london 1841, in two volumes. The plates, text pages and boards have been inserted into clear acetate sleeves contained within a three-ring binder. The plates within this edition are numbered consecutively to 114 (sometimes one, two, or four to a page). Our offering contains the frontispiece and 108 of those plates on 69 pages, lacking numbers 2-3, 7, 23, 51, 60, 86 to 90 (i.e. seven pages). (Plate 65 actually consists of four separate pages depicting pictographs; there is also a plate 101 and a plate 101 1/2). Most of the Plates are in excellent condition; some show traces of the binders glue at the gutter edge, and a number of plates show marginal smudging. The map has a few small closed tears at the margins (one repaired on the inside), some marginal smudging and a few spots of marginal soiling; else it is in very good condition. Note: the image of the map only depicts a portion of the whole map. Ring Bound. (#GB44861) $450.00


  1. Chasseaud, George Washington. The Druses of the Lebanon Their Manners, Customs, and History. With a Translation of Their Religious Code. London: Richard Bentley, 1855. pp. xv, 422, ads. 8vo. Contemporary half calf over cloth boards. Engraved map frontispiece with tissue guard (which is foxed). Binding scuffed with some spots of loss, text generally clean with a few spots, tide marks to frontispiece, rippling to front endpaper and two blank front pages, slight separation between title page and frontispiece; good+. Leather Bound.

“_ Chasseaud, who was born and lived in Syria, dedicated this work to Lady Franklin. The translation of the religious code is taken from an Arabic manuscript obtained by the author from a Maronite in the village of Hadded” – Bloomsbury Auctions. (#049710)                        $500.00


  1. CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley. THE WORST JOURNEY IN THE WORLD Antarctic 1910-1913 / Two volumes. London: Constable and Company, 1922. 1st edition. Pagination: lxiv, 300, [4]; viii, 301-585, [blank leaf]. 8vo. Two volume set in publisher’s original blue-grey cloth binding. Armorial bookplate in volume I of H. Smith Turberville (a lion rampant with the motto ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ [‘While I breathe I hope’ – also the motto of the State of South Carolina] on an encircling belt). The outline of the bookplate has offset to the front free endpaper, which is now discoloured. The spine of volume I is sunned, front board a bit bowed, light shelf wear. Binding tight, contents unmarked. Vol. II spine not sunned and gilt lettering bright. Foredge of text block shows age spotting with occasional spots to extreme outer margins of text, ink gift inscription dated 1922. Binding tight and no internal markings. Hardcover.

Printed in Great Britain by R. & R. Clarke, Edinburgh. Note: we bought these volumes as a set, but due to the presence of a bookplate in one and an inscription in the other, plus the sunning to one spine and not the other, we believe that this is a ‘made-up’ set. Notwithstanding, the bindings match and all plates and maps are present and placed as stipulated. This set is described in Rosove 71.A2, who indicates that it is ‘significantly scarcer than the previous’ [first listed printing]. See also Bonhams March 30, 2012 catalogue lot 117, Spence 278. ‘Being an account of Scott’s last Antarctic expedition 1910-1913, especially of the winter, polar, and search journeys; with the diaries of those who took part, panoramic and other illustrations and sketch maps by the late Dr. Edward A. Wilson and others.’ (#GB43978)                 $2,000.00


  1. Cohen, Leonard. Selected Poems, 1956-1968. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1969. Sixth Printing. pp. x, 245. 8vo. No detectable flaws; near fine. Paperback. (#044368) $45.00


  1. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor [Harry Brockway, ill.]. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Three Other Poems. London: The Folio Society, 2010. Limited edition. Hand-bound: vellum spine over red cloth boards with vellum-tipped corners. Gilt title to spine. Front board beautifully decorated in black, silver, gold and bronze. Top edge gilt. Decorated endpapers. 16 tipped-in coloured wood engravings by Harry Brockway, one signed and numbered engraving, and many in-text illustrations. In black/gold cloth solander box with red spine label beautifully lettered in gilt. Hardcover.

Limited edition; this is No. 927 of 1000. (#047235)              $600.00


  1. CONAN DOYLE, Arthur. THE LOST WORLD. London: George Newnes Ltd., 1912. 8vo. Two volume set bound in maroon ‘pebbled’ buckram with gilt rules. The stitching of both volumes has been stressed a bit, as from being opened carelessly, but there are no loose pages, or signatures. Both volumes show minor rubbing to extremities. Contents sl. shaken, but hinges & joints tight. Overall, very good condition. Hardcover.

This is the complete, first appearance in print, of the famous fantasy novel, wherein the character of Prof. George Challenger is first introduced. Published in monthly parts, as the leader in the Strand Magazine, by George Newnes, Ltd., London, commencing in April, 1912, and then in consecutive monthly parts until November, 1912. The extraordinary illustrations are by Harry Rountree and the ‘late Maple White’ [actually ACD, using his own faked photos]. Some of these illustrations are unique to this issue. The first book edition appeared in October of the same year under the imprint of British publisher Hodder & Stoughton. A General Index precedes volume I. Both volumes have individual monthly Tables of Contents. The first volume contains pp. 363 to 720 of volume XLIII, and pp. 1 to 120 of volume XLIV. The second volume contains pp. 123 to 600 of volume XLIV. G&G A34. The complete text of each issue is included; thus many other notable stories are also set out: by P. G. Wodehouse, Morley Roberts, ‘Ouida’, E. Phillips Oppenheim and others. (#GB460)                    $1,000.00


  1. Cook, Dr. Frederick A. Through the First Antarctic Night, 1898-1899: A Narrative of the Voyage of the ‘Belgica’ among Newly Discovered Lands and over an Unknown Sea about the South Pole With an Appendix containing a Summary of the Scientific. London: William Heinemann, 1900. 1st edition. pp. xxiv, 478. Royal 8vo. Bound in original grey-green cloth with gilt spine lettering. The white lettering and ‘ship in the ice’ design to the front board are bright. All colour plates, maps, photos present. Bookplate of C. W. Blackburn affixed to inside front board. The cloth shows some soiling and rubbing to the extremities. The binding is shaken. The rear hinge is just starting but holding nicely. Some spotting and soiling to interior pages, mainly to the first 75, or so, where it occurs. In all, still a good copy of a scarce edition, and a cracking good read. Hardcover.

Renard 359 notes that ‘apart from the imprint the book is identical to the first (U.S.) edition and the sheets were printed in America. This issue (i.e. the Heinemann imprint) appears to be considerably scarcer than the U.S. imprint’. This copy compares to Rosove 76.A3.,variant b. (#GB44464)                      $650.00


  1. D’Eschambault, Antoine; Henri Bourque; Aemilius Yelle. Eugenical Sterilization. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Canadian Publishers Limited, 1936. pp. 147. 8vo. Bound in full navy blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Very light general shelfwear, contents remain clean and unmarked with tight, sound binding. Overall, very good+ in good+ dustjacket showing various chips and tears along edges. Dustjacket now housed in protective mylar sleeve. Hardcover. (#046912) $75.00


  1. DITTON, Humphry. A TREATISE OF PERSPECTIVE Demonstrative and Practical Illustrated with Copper Cutts. London: B. Tooke and D. Midwinter, 1712. 1st edition. Pagination: pp. xvi, 1-48, 49-50 absent but text continuous, 51-164, 167-168, 165-166, 171-172, 169-170, 6 plates, 173, [1]. Small 8vo. Recent professional re-bind in full decorated turquoise goatskin. Fold-out schematics within. Our copy of ‘A Treatise of Perspective’ is complete, with Errata page, although some of the latter pages are bound out of order. The last part of the book is ‘An Appendix containing a brief Account of some Things of Use, in the Art of Perspective’, and includes comments and suggestions on stage design, ‘lights and shadows’, ‘pictures in pictures’, etc. The last page of the book contains an advertisement. The book is dedicated to Francis Nicholson ‘General of Her Majesty’s Forces in North America’. On the blank page, on the reverse of the dedication page, a 19th century former owner has practiced his signature. There is a signature to the bottom margin of the title page. The text shows some foxing, mainly to the margins. The six folding plates are foxed and have been repaired by our conservator. Our master binder has hand-tooled a geometrical design from one of the plates on to the front board, and has sewn hand-made headbands on to the book. The book is now bound in full blue goatskin, with the spine in compartments: a very fine presentation. Hardcover.

Ditton (1675-1715) was a mathematician, and master of a new mathematical school at Christ’s Hospital for which this book was written. With William Whiston he derived an impracticable scheme for the determination of longitude by the firing of a shell set to explode at a certain height. He published several other noted works including ‘The General Laws of Nature and Motions’ (London, 1705, a commentary on Newton’s ‘Principia’), and (with Whiston), ‘A New Method for Discovering the Longitude both at Sea and Land….’ (London, 1714). (#GB34350)             $2,000.00



  1. Georges Alfred Pavis 1886-1979; Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (“Crébillon Fils”). Lettres de la Marquise de M*** au Comte de R***: A suite of 46 erotic watercolours. Paris. 46 beautiful original watercolours, almost all hand-numbered and -titled; plus 53 pencil sketch studies and a handwritten list. 44 of each are pairs, showing, in some cases, remarkably faithful multiple renderings, and in other cases, some departures: an interesting peek into Pavis’ artistic process. Painted to illustrate a never-realeased edition of the book, by Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (“Crébillon Fils”). (#53088) $3,000.00


  1. Grancini, Michel’Angelo. Messe e salmi ariosi: Che Si Cantano Alli Vesperi nelle Solennita di tutto l’Anno, con le Letanie Della Madonna. Milan, Italy: Giorgio Rolla, 1647. 8vo. Michel’Angelo Grancini (or Michelangelo Grancini) was born in Milan in 1605 and died in that city in 1669. He was an organist and composer of sacred music, including six books of psalms, of which our offering is one. It is a collection of masses, psalms, and airs, to be sung in four parts, with organ accompaniment. The book is dedicated to the Reverend Father Nicolo Bozali, the Inquisitor of Padua and contains a printed dedication page from the printer, Giorgia Rolla, which is dated 1647. This appears to be the tenor part, and has a curious collation: [2], C2, C, C2, C1, C1 to C10 and then it leaves off for the next 28 pages. The last page is numbered ’46’ and contains a ‘Tavola’ or table of the music. The book is bound in what appears to be contemporary printer’s covers, on the front cover of which is hand-lettered the word ‘Tenore’. Inside the front cover is an inscription: ‘To Mr. C. A. Basset (or Masset) / as a remembrance from / C. (indecipherable) / La Salina Venez(?) Nov. 19th 1928’. Each psalm or mass begins with a rubricated initial letter. The musical notation is, of course, consistent with that used in the first part of the seventeenth century. The text block is thumbed at the corners, and there is some foxing throughout, but it is not untoward. The binding remains intact, although this is a delicate item and should be handled with care. (#GB43737)             $350.00


  1. Griffiths, Julia, ed., for The Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society [Frederick Douglass]. Autographs for Freedom. Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1853. First edition. pp. viii, 263. 12mo. Bound in teal-green cloth with gilt lettering, and gilt rules and decoration to boards. Three full-page engraved plates including portrait frontispiece. Cloth worn through at corners and spine ends, front free endpaper excised, one quire sprung, foxing, damage to frontispiece, intact and complete, but only fair. Hardcover.

A collection of anti-slavery essays, stories, and poems, collected by The Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society, and with the only known published fictional work by Frederick Douglass. With authors’ signatures appended. Sabin 28835. (#049175)                $1,000.00


  1. HAENFFLER, M. Johann [Johann Hanflers]. DER VERSCHMACHTENDEN SEELEN, HERTZENS TROST und THEIL: Aus den Sonn-und Fest-Tags-Evangelien, Durchs gantze Jahr [etc.]. Frankfurt, Germany: Friedrich Eichorns., ND [1692]. pp. 1072, [16]. Thick 4to. Bound in period full leather over wooden boards. Title page in red and black letters. The text is in the Suelterlin form of German, and the pagination is continuous to page 1,072, when follows sixteen pages of unnumbered text, ending abruptly, thus lacking following pages, the quantity unknown. The only copy of this title, shown on WorldCat, is being held by the university library in Halle / Saale, Germany, and indicates a pagination of [4], [588]. Our copy is bound in full brown leather, with evidence of some very early repairs. Both the binding, and the edges of the pages, show considerable wear. Preliminary and end pages, in particular, are chipped at edges, and darkened. Front blanks, and inside rear board contain hand-written notes, in various early hands, describing what appears to be a family genealogy. The binding is weak but intact, and the text may be read without undue trepidation. A very scarce work. Leather Bound.

A German book of days, and prayers. The title translates as: ‘To the Sweltering Souls / Hearts Consolation and part/ out of the [?] and / festive days gospels / Through the entire year / and several sayings (or proverbs) for/ the High Festive Days and Afternoons / Next to two preachings at the End / for Preparation [?] Holy Communion and blissful death / introduced / In which everything is briefly explained / and directly to be used for edification’. (#GB40798)              $1,250.00


  1. Hederich, Benjamin [M. Benjam. Hederici]. Lexicon Manuale Graecum, omnibus sui generis Lexicis quae quidem extant longe locupletius, eaque ratione in tres partes. Londini (London): Excudit: S. Palmer, 1727. First edition printed in England. Unpaginated. Thick 4to. Freshly re-bound in 1/2 calf over marbled boards; raised bands and morocco label to spine. Archival quality repairs to preliminary pages, title page printed in red and black ink. Contents generally clean, binding sound. Overall, a most handsome book in very good condition. Images available upon request. Hardcover.

Recensitum & plurimum auctum a Sam. Patrick (reviewed and greatly enlarged by Samuel Patrick). The text in three parts: Greek vocabulary, in alphabetical order, with Latin translation; a vocabulary of difficult words, with grammatical resolutions; and a vocabulary of Latin words and phrases, with Greek translations. (#GB16866)                $350.00


  1. Helen J. Dow; Alex Colville. The Art of Alex Colville [1920-2013]. Toronto: Mcgraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, 1972. Limited edition. ISBN: 9780070924970. pp. 231. 4to. Bound in full cream linen with gilt lettering to spine and front board. Tipped-in colour photographic reproductions, and in-text illustrations. No detectable flaws; near fine and housed in very lightly rubbed brown “leatherette” slipcase featuring a colour pastedown of his iconic painting “To Prince Edward Island”. Overall, a very good+ to near fine copy of this increasingly scarce title. Hardcover.

“This volume is number 39 of a limited signed edition of 200 copies.” Signed by Helen J. Dow and Alex Colville on title page. (#046693)                    $400.00


  1. Jacquin, Baron Nicolaus Joseph L. B. A. Stapeliarum In Hortis Vindobonensibus Cultarem. Johannesburg: Constantia Classics, 1982. Limited edition. ISBN: 9780620058704. Folio. Forest green morocco leather spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, over cloth boards, with matching cloth slipcase. Beautiful colour plates with Latin captions. Internally pristine, binding unmarred but for a couple of scuffs to the spine and a bump to one corner. Slipcase shows some wear to edges but remains sound and presentable. Hardcover.

Facsimile Reprint – Botanic Classica Series. This no. 132 of a limited edition of 150 copies. De luxe edition, bound by Peter Carstens Johannesburg. (#52727)                $350.00


  1. [JUVENAL] JUVENALIS / D. Junii [Decimus Junius Juvenalis] [together with] Auli Persii Flacii [Aulus Persius Flaccus]. SATYRAE [together with] SATYRARUM. Amstelaedami (Amsterdam): Henricum Wetstenium, 1684. Thick 8vo. The text encompasses 525 pages, but the index is unpaginated. Bound-in after this is the ‘Satyrarum’ (Satirarum) of the 1st century AD Roman satiric poet Auli Persii Flacci (Aulus Persius Flaccus); in six books of 112 pages with an unpaginated index at end. Text throughout is in Latin. All pages clean, althought there is some rippling. One small burn hole (?) to front cover, usual staining to vellum, although less than might otherwise be expected. Binding is good, although front hinge starting. Overall, a good, to good plus, copy. Leather Bound.

This is a new edition (‘Editio Nova’), with commentaries, a life of Juvenal, and a bibliography of various editions. Decimus Junius Juvenalis, known in English as Juvenal, was a Roman poet (1st to 2nd century AD), who wrote a series of poems which, together, are called the ‘Satires’ (‘Satyrae’). He wrote at least 16 poems in dactylic hexameter form, which were divided between five books, and which covered many, if not most, aspects of life in pagan Rome. There is no complete list of Juvenal’s manuscripts but at least 500 medieval copies are known to exist. This copy is bound in vellum with an eleborate device embossed in gilt on the front board. As was the practice then, the spine is hand-lettered with the title, year, and showing was appears to be a Roman soldier, flanked by two maidens in front of whom kneels a satyr. All 16 of the poems are present, followed by a comprehensive index. (#GB37261)                      $650.00


  1. [King James Bible]. Leaf from the 1611 First Edition of the King James Bible: Psalm 23. London: Robert Barker, 1611. Folio: 15.5 x 11.75″. Gothic-style type on hand-laid rag paper. Printed in double columns outlined in rules, and with three ornamental capital letters to recto and two to verso. A bit grubby at one corner, small spot of offsetting at margin from (now-removed) spot of tape, a few spots, tiny holes along the left-hand margin. (#53053) $750.00


  1. [King James Bible]. Leaf from the 1611 First Edition of the King James Bible: The Ten Commandments. London: Robert Barker, 1611. Folio: 16 x 11.75″. Gothic-style type on hand-laid rag paper. Printed in double columns outlined in rules, and with an ornamental capital letter to each side. Tide mark across the page, small spot of offsetting at margin from (now-removed) piece of tape, tiny holes along the left-hand margin. (#53054) $750.00


  1. Laurence, Margaret. A Jest of God. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1966. First edition, second state. pp. 202. 8vo (21 x 14 cms). The binding is not stitched. The book has two small dark spots from tape remains to the front free endpaper. There are few tiny nicks to the board edges, else the book is in near fine condition. The dust jacket shows the original published price. There is very modest wear, else it is in very good condition with no significant flaws. This copy from the library of the late Dr. Doris Saunders, and it is signed by her. Laid-in loose is a copy of the obituary notice for Dr. Saunders, who led a distinguished academic career in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Hardcover.

SIGNED by the author on the title page without date or inscription. (#GB44408)             $350.00


  1. Locke, John. The Conduct of the Understanding: To Which Is Added, an Abstract of Mr. Locke’s Essay on Human Understanding. Cambridge, England: J. Nicholson et al, 1781. pp. [8], 292, 4. 8vo. Nice original full leather binding with professionally re-backed spine, and repairs to corners. Our copy contains the List of Subscribers, the two pages of advertising at the end, and is printed on water-marked paper with the chain lines clearly showing. The signature of ‘Caroline Fox 1789’ appears across the top edge of the title page and there is a nice little bookplate on the front pastedown, with the words ‘Holland House’ printed thereon (and over which some miscreant has scribbled a few letters in red pencil). It is possible that the signature is that of a descendent of the famous Georgianna Caroline Fox, first Baroness of Holland House, (although she died in 1774), and that the bookplate indicates this book is from the library of the famous castle, built in 1605, in Kensington, London. In the Abstract, a few passages have been lightly marked in the margins, or by underlining, in what appears to be an early pen. Yolton 304. Contents clean and tight. A straight-up copy in good condition. Leather Bound.

Locke (1632-1704) first published ‘An Essay Concerning Human Understanding’ in 1690, as a folio in four books, with a second edition, containing large additions and an index, in 1694, and a third edition in 1695 (see Lowndes, part V). It has been translated into many languages, and reprinted many times. ‘The Conduct of the Understanding’ has never achieved quite the same popularity, and exists in fewer editions. The first edition, according to WorldCat and the British Museum catalogue, was in 1762, followed by Glasgow editions a year or two later. It is often combined with other works of Locke, although it appears that this is the only edition to be published with an abstract of ‘Essay on [sic] Human Understanding’. (#GB37045)                 $700.00


  1. [Louis Riel]. Louis Riel Carte-de-Visite Portrait. Card measures 105 x 63 mm. Early reproduction of a portrait taken circa 1873, showing Riel in a dark vest and lighter-coloured jacket, hair touseled; with an added oval portrait frame complete with hanging wire. Bookseller label to verso. No printed text. Light crease, small abrasion to edge ot ‘frame’ portion of image, a few small spots and fingerprints. (#GB45232) $650.00


  1. McDermot, Martin. A Critical Dissertation on the Nature and Principles of Taste. London: Sherwood, Jones & Co., 1823. pp. xiii, 408. 8vo. Title page excised. Edgewear, some intermittent soiling, cracked at gutter of pg. 404: fair. Leather Bound.

Printed by W. Catline. Scarce! Most recent auction record discovered is from 1918. With a binder’s ticket from P. G. Laurie, Bookbinder, Winnipeg; and the pencil notation “Mayor Logan, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada”. A discourse on esthetic appreciation, including a history of standards of beauty, how emotion and habit relate to taste, the role of criticism, etc. (#52213)                     $250.00


  1. Monsieur Le Sage (Alain Rene Lesage). LE DIABLE BOITEUX / Nouvelle Edition / Augmentes D’Une Journee des Parques, et Des Bequilles du Diable Boiteux. Paris and Edinburgh: Chez Musier, Chez Hill, 1789. Pagination: vol. I, pp. xxii, 201; vol. II, pp. iii, 159; vol. III, pp. iii, 153; vol. IV, pp. 147 (3). No illustrations. 12mo. Four volumes bound in two, in original full leather with labels. Our set is in very good condition, the leather showing some scuffing, but the binding remains tight and the contents relatively unmarked except for occasional interlineations in light, almost faint, pencil (easily erased). On the front free endpapers of both volumes is an inscription: ‘To Jessie Muir Fraser / 1840’. At the top of the first page of text of the third volume is written the name ‘William Fraser’. Leather Bound.

Lesage, or Le Sage, (1668-1747) was a French novelist, dramatist, and translator. He is probably best known for his literary writings. In 1715 the first two parts of his Spanish picaresque novel ‘Gil Blas de Santillane’ were published to be followed in 1724 and 1735 by the remaining two parts. However, although this novel is viewed as Lesage’s best work, his contemporaries preferred ‘Le Diable Boiteux’. Lesage occupies a unique place in literature in that he stands somewhat apart from his native France, his literary ancestors being Spanish, his successors English. (qv Kunitz & Colby, ‘European Authors 1000-1900’, p. 552). The title translates as ‘The Devil with a Limp’, or ‘The Devil upon Two Sticks’. (#GB44901)                    $125.00


  1. Morris, Herbert W. Present Conflict of Science with the Christian Religion; or, Modern Scepticism Met on Its Own Ground. Philadelphia: P. W. Ziegler & Co. , 1875. pp. 686. Thick 8vo. Brown leather over bevelled boards, with embossed gilt lettering and decoration. Page edges gilt. Illustrated with maps and engravings, tissue-guarded. Scuffing, binding sprung, front endpaper split at hinge (binding intact), endpapers a but discoloured and creased, occasional grubby fingerprints; overall appears well-read with no egregious defects: good. Ink gift inscription dated 1897. Leather Bound. (#52005) $200.00


  1. MURRAY, L. THE YOUNG MAN’S BEST COMPANION, and Book of General Knowledge. London, 1834. pp. 574. 8vo. Spine partially detached. Wear and soiling to boards. Rear board detached (but present). Front board bowed. Contents complete and relatively tight but foxed throughout. A decent reading copy, notwithstanding, and priced accordingly. Hardcover.

Sections on English grammar, writing, short hand, accounts, mensuration, gauging, drawing, geography, chronology, etc., plus ‘General Observations on Gardening’ and ‘A Brief Sketch of Naval and Military Affairs, an Account of the Various religious Sects, with Lists of the most approved Books on each subject, Obersvations on Behaviour and Manners, with Rules for Converation, also a Choice Selection of the Most Useful and Important Receipts in the different branches of Art and Science.’ First published in 1814. This edition printed for Thomas Kelly, London. (#GB37170)                   $35.00


  1. [Myles Couerdale / Coverdale Bible]. The New Testamen / a leaf from the Coverdale English-Latin diglot New Testament: Acts of Apostles 18:1, Fo. cxiv. Paris: Fraunces Regnault for Richard Grafton and Edward Whitchurch, 1538. 6 1/8 x 3 1/8″. With two decorated initial letters to one side. Gothic-style type on hand-laid paper. Light tide marks; very good.

49 lines per column as per Darlow & Moule. Numbered on recto only (Fo. cxiv). English column is 1 7/8″ wide, Latin 1 1/16″. STC 2817. ESTC S4153. (#53024)                  $250.00


  1. Palliser, John. Solitary Rambles and Adventures of a Hunter in the Prairies. London: John Murray, 1853. 1st edition. pp. xix, 326. 8vo. Bound in original grey-brown speckled cloth with gilt lettering to spine, and gilt-embossed buffalo on the front board. With the original pictorial title page and seven other tissue-guarded, black-&-white illustrations. Two pages of advertising at end removed. October, 1853, signature of former owner inside front board; gift inscript. dated 1895 opposite. Book shows spine slant, with small tear to cloth at top of front joint. Minor wear to board edges. Hinges split but binding holding. Very minor foxing to margins. Overall, in quite good condition for age, now seldom seen in original binding. Hardcover.

An early classic of western adventure, hunting and exploration. Howes P43; Rader 1578; Sabin 58333; Smith 7856; Storm 3168. (#GB41630)                     $500.00


  1. PAR Mr. C. *** [probably Zacherie Chatelain] / Avec des Dissertations sur l’Histoire de chaque Etat. Par Mr. Guedeville. ATLAS HISTORIQUE, or Nouvelle Introduction a l’Histoire, a la Chronologie & a la Geographie Ancienne & Moderne; Amsterdam.: Zacherie Chatelain,, 1737. Tall folio. Bound in full contemporary calf, with seven raised bands and the spine ornamented in gilt. The binding shows minor wear but is otherwise strong and the contents are in remarkable condition. There is an elaborate engraved plate preceding the formal title page (printed in red and black). Leather Bound.

Measures 47 x 29.5 cms. Zacherie Chatelain (d.1723) was the father of Henri Abraham (1684-1743) and Zacherie Junior (1690-1754). They worked as a partnership publishing this atlas under several different Chatelain imprints, depending on the Chatelain family partnerships at the time of publication. The original atlas was published in seven volumes between 1705 and 1720, with a second edition appearing in 1732. The maps were accompanied by information pertaining to cosmography, geography, history, chronology, genealogy, topography, heraldry, and costume of the world. The maps in the Atlas Historique were based on those of the French cartographer Guillaume De L’Isle, but were presented by the Chatelains in an encyclopedic format. The text is in French and is printed in two columns on the page with maps and other illustrations interspersed. Each map and table is numbered consecutively (see MapHist dot com). Our offering is described as ‘Tome II, Seconde Partie, ou Tome III’ of the ‘Nouvelle Edition’ which has been ‘Revue, corrigee, & considerablement augumentee’. It covers Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Savoy, Lorraine, and the Republic of Venice. It contains 26 folding maps, and ten genealogical tables or charts. (#GB42889)                $5,000.00


  1. Phaedri [Phaedrus / Fedro] [Aesop]. [Aesop’s Fables] Phaedri Aug. Liberti Fabularum Aesopiarum Libri V. Notis illustravit in usum serenissimi principis Nassauii David Hoogstratanus. Accedunt ejusdem opera duo indices, […], quae observatu digna in notis occurrunt. Amsterdam: Typographia Francisci Halmae (F. Halma), 1701. 4to. Original vellum, hand-laid paper. Engraved half-title, letterpress red & black title page with allegorical engraved vignette. 18 full-page copper-engraved plates by Jan van Vianen (1660-1703), each featuring six circular images; plus 38 in-text reproductions, engraved decorative initials, and many head- and tailpieces. This copy includes the oft-missing fold-out engraved portrait of Joannes Gulielmus, Prince of Nassau. Front board slightly bowed; overall in excellent condition. Leather Bound.

Phaedrus (15 BC – AD 50, Italy), was a “Roman fabulist, the first writer to Latinize whole books of fables, producing free versions in iambic metre of Greek prose fables then circulating under the name of Aesop.” (- Britannica). Rare and luxurious 1701 edition, specially made for the Prince of Nassau, and profusely illustrated with sharp, charming, exquisite engravings. Dibdin: “I have always considered this as a correct and very sumptuous edition. It is ornamented with a great number of small plates, or medallions, in which the subject of the fable is very ably and spiritedly executed. The type is peculiarly rich and bold, and is hardly equalled by any Dutch edition of a classic.” (p 285); OCLC, 2519971. (#042853)              $1,000.00


  1. PLEASONTON, Gen. A. J., and others. THE INFLUENCE OF THE BLUE RAY OF THE SUNLIGHT AND OF THE BLUE COLOUR OF THE SKY In developing vegetable and animal life. In arresting disease, and in restoring health in acute and chronic disorders to human and domestic animals. Philadelphia, PA: Claxton, Remsen Haffelfinger, 1877. pp. iv, 185. 8vo. Bound in original blue cloth with gilt lettering. Corners bumped, light shelf wear, small blank label inside front board, binding tight, contents unmarked: a good plus copy. Hardcover.

Augustus James Pleasonton (1801-1894) was a union general during the American Civil War, and the author of this book, which has been described as pseudo-scientific. It was first published in 1876, and was an early exploitation of the use and exploitation of chomotherapy (an alternative medicine therapy with states that certain colours can influence a person’s health). Pleasonton’s theory, which arose out of the greenhouse experiments he conducted between 1861 to 1876, postulated that the blue wavelengths from the sun are inherently unique and influential in the growth of plant and animal life. He also argued that blue light was a particularly positive factor in maintaining human health and preventing disease. His theories were never taken seriously by mainstream science or medicine. (#GB26209)                 $125.00


  1. RICHARDSON, Sir John. ARCTIC SEARCHING EXPEDITION / Two Volumes A Journal of a Boat-Voyage Through Rupert’s Land and the Arctic Sea, in Search of the Discovery Ships Under Command of Sir John Franklin With an Appendix on the Physical Geography of North America. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851. pp. viii, 413, (32 pg publisher’s catalogue); vii, 426. 8vo. Bound in the original brown cloth with gilt lettering to spines. Patterned endpapers with publisher’s ads to pastedowns. Bookseller’s ticket to front endpapers. Colour frontispieces, lithographs and coloured fold-out map, all present as called-for (map now detached with some tearing, mostly at creases); woodcuts in text. Edges worn with some fraying, 2″ split to cloth at rear joint of Vol. II, offsetting to endpapers (presumably from binder’s glue), previous owner’s ink inscription dated 1853, slight separation at title page of Vol. 1 and at p. 423 of Vol. II; good. Hardcover.

Richardson was attempting to collect evidence of the fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew, while conducting numerous scientific observations. Sabin 71025: “Filled with details of personal experiences of Indian life. The appendix contains a comparative table of dialects spoken by the Eskimo.” (#53071)                       $1,500.00


  1. Riel, Louis ‘David’. Poesies / religieuses et politiques. St. Vital, (Winnipeg), MB: Published by the Riel family, 1886. 1st edition. 51 pp. 11 1/2 x 18 cm. Stapled wraps chipped & somewhat sunned. Frontispiece of Riel. Contents clean & unmarked. The last (unnumbered) page contains a printed certificate from the Riel family stating (our English translation): ‘We, members of the Riel family, declare and certify that this is a true copy of the documents written and composed by Louis ‘David’ Riel’. The certificate is dated January 12, 1886, shortly after Riel’s execution for treason on November 16, 1885. Two longish poems are set out, composed in 1879 while Riel was in exile in Montana. As there was at that time some uncertainty as to their authenticity (the poems not having previously been published), the Riel family was persuaded to attest to Riel’s authorship. Few copies remain outside of academic or government collections, and with the rehabilitation of Riel, which has recently taken place, material associated with his name will only become more sought after. See Peel #960. For a study of Riel’s poetry, one should refer to Glen Campbell’s article ‘A Survey of Louis Riel’s Poetry’, which appeared in the Riel Mini-Conference Papers, published in 1988 (reprinted 1991) by Pemmican Press. Stapled wraps.

A scarce and important historical item. Printed in Montreal by Imprimerie de ‘L’Etendard’. (#GB11883)                        $350.00


  1. Sale, George (Ed. & Trans.). The Koran, Commonly Called The Alcoran of Mohammed (Two Volumes). London: Longmans, Rees, & Co. and Printed by Gilbert & Rivington, 1836. New Edition. pp. xvi, b, 219; iv, b, 467. Bound in 3/4 green leather over cloth boards. Five raised bands to spine, six compartments. Marbled foredges. Scuffing to leather at extremities, top edges darkened, bookplates to front pastedowns, offsetting to endpapers at edges, occasional fingerprints/scuffs to text. Front hinge of Vol. I is a little tight, first few pages of Vol. I show short tears and chips at foredges, very faint tide mark to foredge of Vol. II (not affecting pages). Overall a nice set with clean text and sound bindings. Leather Bound.

“Translated from the original Arabic. With explanatory notes, taken from the most approved commentators. To which is prefixed, a preliminary discourse. By George Sale.” “New edition”. (#051141)                       $175.00


  1. SHACKLETON, Sir Ernest. South: The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917 with eighty-eight illustrations and diagrams. New York City: Macmillan, 1920. First American edition. pp. xvi, 380. 8vo. The ribbed green cloth, with gilt lettering, shows a few very small spots, with some darkening to top of rear board. Spine reinforced (virtually unnoticeable), and endpapers replaced. Coloured frontispiece, with titled tissue paper guard is present and in very good condition. ‘South’ is graced throughout by breathtaking photography; expedition member George Marston supplemented the book with illustrations where photography was impossible’. The large, folding, coloured map at end has a few small brown stains across the top edge, otherwise it is in very good condition. Rectangular ‘shadow’ to page 29, probably from a newspaper clipping having been laid-in (no longer present). A good, tight, copy in the original cloth binding. Hardcover.

The first American edition, following the first British edition (published December, 1919, by Heinemann). Rosove 308.B1, who notes: ‘Shackleton’s account is a classic and one of the finest in the Antarctic literature, With his inimitable style he chronicled a great tale – an epic of leadership, loyalty, and survival. Shackleton covers the expedition’s preliminaries in a concise, nine-page preface; he then immediately immerses us in the far south as the Endurance plies its way through the waters of the Weddell Sea, its shifting skies, winds, waves and ice. The story quickly unfolds. (#GB28469)                     $400.00


  1. Shakespeare, William; Edmund Dulac (Illus.). Shakespeare’s Comedy of The Tempest. London: Hodder and Stoughton, N. D. [ca. 1908]. pp. xxiv, 143. 4to. Bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration to spine and front board. With 40 colour plates, including frontispiece, tipped-in and with captioned tissue guards. Some edgewear, slightly “shaken” but binding sound, text remarkably clean and unmarked; very good. In partial dustjacket, missing portion of spine and rear panel. Jacket has been enclosed in a protective sleeve. Hardcover.

Enclosed is a notice of a Dulac exhibition, to be held at the Leicester Galleries in 1908. (#52417)              $125.00


  1. Shakespeare, William; W. Heath Robinson (Illus.). Shakespeare’s Comedy of Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Toronto: The Musson Book Company Limited, N. D. [ca. 1910]. pp. xxiv, 143. 4to. Bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration to spine and front board. With 40 colour plates, including frontispiece, tipped-in and with captioned tissue guards. Some edgewear, slightly “shaken” but binding sound, text remarkably clean and unmarked; very good in scuffed, good dustjacket showing tears and chips to edges, and some creasing. Jacket has been enclosed in a protective sleeve. Hardcover. (#52416) $125.00


  1. SOMERVELL, Arthur. THE TWINS’ TUNE BOOK Selections from the Poems of R. L. Stevenson and Others. London: McDougall’s Educational Co., ND (c. 1911). 1st edition. pp. 27.,4to. Sir Arthur Somervell (186-1937) was an English composer and, after Hubert Parry, was one of the most successful and influential writers of art song in the English music renaissance of the 1890s-1900s. Our copy has a photo pastedown of the ‘Twins’ to the front board. The tips of the boards show wear, and there is light overall scuffing. Rubber stamp of Transcona Central Public Library to front board – no other markings. Good plus overall condition. Hardcover.

Contains twelve poems set to music by Somervell. Scarce item: WorldCat shows only one institutional holding. (#GB42719)             $50.00


  1. SPRIGGE, Joshua. Anglia Rediviva; or, ENGLANDS RECOVERY. London, 1647. 1st edition. Pagination: [full page engraved armorial crest of Fare Fac (Fairfax)], [large folding engraving of Fairfax mounted showing placement of Parliamentary troops on battlefield], [title page], [blank], [ii-iv ‘Epistle Dedicatory’], [blank], [vi-viii ‘An Apologie’], [blank] [x-xiv ‘To All True English-Men’], [blank], [xvi-xix ‘The State of the Kingdome, when His Excellencie Sir Tho. Fairfax marched forth, May. 1645. Exhibited in Two Tables.’], [blank], [errata page], pp. 1-335, [i-iv Table of Contents]. Note: Between pp. 334/335 is a large folding ‘Table of the Motion and Action of the Army under the Command of His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, from April 15, 1645. To August 19, 1646.’ Note: the Streeter map of the placement of troops is not present in this copy. Tall 4to. Professionally re-cased with new spine and endpapers. Original boards. Contents occasionally foxed, but o/w in vg condition. Leather Bound.

Joshua Sprigge (1618-1684) was educated at Oxford University. He became rector of the Church of St. Pancras before the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642, at which time he became a retainer of Sir Thomas Fairfax (1612-1671), the general of the parliamentary army. After the war, he became a Fellow of All Saints College, Oxford, and appears to have opposed the execution of King Charles I. The title to this book continues’ ‘Being the History of the Motions, Actions, and Successes of the Army under the Immediate Conduct of His Excellency Sir Thomas Fairfax, Kt. Captain-General Of all the Parliament’s Forces IN ENGLAND.’ ‘Compiled for the Publique good by Joshua Sprigge, M.A.’ ‘Printed by R.W. for John Partridge, and are to be sold at the Parot in Pauls Church-yard, and the Cock in Ludgate-streete. 1647.’ (#GB31474)                $5,000.00



  1. SVENGARRO, Prof. (ed.). WIZARDS’ MANUAL A Practical Treatise on Ventriloquism and Hypnotism, Tricks and Magic. Baltimore, MD: I. & M. Ottenheimer, ND (c. 1900). pp. 88, ads.,12mo,,Text block printed on newsprint quality paper,Paper wrappers printed on front in red and black showing practitioners performing various tricks. With full page ads for other titles. Contents age-toned, as to be expected. Covers turned at edges and sl. soiled; else in good plus, to very good, condition overall. Scarce title.

‘Containing a choice selection of tricks and games for parlor entertainment’, including instructions on how to hypnotize. (#GB32617)                      $75.00


  1. SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles / Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. THE SPRINGTIDE OF LIFE Poems of Childhood. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926. pp. ix, 132.,Small 4to,,Bound in original green cloth. No dust jacket, Hardcover.

With a Preface by Edmund Gosse. Boards bumped at tips. Light scuffing & soiling. Bookplate. Contents clean. A good plus copy. (#GB37186)                        $50.00


  1. Taylor, Griffith. With Scott: The Silver Lining. New York City: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1916. First American edition. pp. xiv, 464. Royal 8vo. Bound in original green cloth with penguin design on front board. With nearly 200 illustrations and maps; all maps and plates present. The binding of our copy is a bit shaken but still holding nicely. The boards are bumped at the corners, and there is minor evidence of wear to the extremities. The number 86759 is stamped at the bottom of page iv – no other such markings inside, or outside, of the book. A good+ copy.


First published in England by Smith, Elder in 1916, and in the same year, from the British plates, by Dodd, Mead [viz. Rosove 324.A3]. Taylor joined Scott’s ‘Terra Nova’ expedition (1910-13) and is described by Rosove ‘as its wittiest member. He had devices and notebooks hanging out of every pocket and a passion for being well-equipped. He was enraptured with geology and would immerse himself into any debate.’ His chief interest was the action of glacial ice in molding alpine landscapes. Taylor’s manuscript for this book was edited by Leonard Huxley (who had edited ‘Scott’s Last Expedition’). The narrative includes details of the western parties of both seasons, and the author’s comments on the gale at sea, the ambience of the ship’s wardroom at mealtime, the arrival and settling in at Cape Evans, life at Hut Point during March-April, 1911, and winter life at Cape Evans in 1911. Rosove observes that ‘The book was less popular than other primary accounts, probably because it was more difficult to read – but as a result it is also the scarcest of the expedition’s firsthand narratives.’ (#GB44070)                    $500.00


  1. Trollope, Mrs. [Frances Milton “Fanny”]. The Refugee in America, A Novel. Three volume set. London: Whittaker, Treacher, and Co., Ave Maria Lane, 1832. pp. 294; 311; 302. 8vo. 19th century half navy leather binding, over marbled paper boards. Gilt lettering and decoration and raised bands to spines. Page edges speckled. Bookplates to front pastedowns have caused some foxing and offset to free endpapers. Some scuffing, surface cracking to spines, bindings sound, contents clean and unmarked; very good-. Leather Bound.

With the bookplate of Mrs Hamilton Nisbet. This is the author’s first of 34 novels, published on the heels of her controversial, highly successful, gossipy treatise “Domestic Manners of the Americans”. Trollope supported her family on the income from her writing, saving them from the penury which had been impending upon their return from America. Trollope had progressive views, and an impressive intellect, but wrote mostly satire and romances in order to maintain her success and support her family. (#53007)                   $650.00


  1. Trollope, Mrs. [Frances Milton]. Domestic Manners of The Americans. Two volume set. London: Whittaker, Treacher, & Co., Ave Maria Lane, 1832. Third edition. pp. 300; 303, ads. 8vo. 19th century half navy leather binding, over marbled paper boards. Gilt lettering and decoration and raised bands to spines. Page edges speckled. Captioned b&w plates with tissue guards. Bookplates to front pastedowns have caused some foxing and offset to free endpapers. Some scuffing, surface cracking to spines, bindings sound, contents clean and unmarked; very good-. Leather Bound.

With the bookplate of Mrs Hamilton Nisbet. The third edition of this wildly successful treatise, published in the same year as the first edition. In the preface the author implores the British to hold fast to their political system to avoid the “jarring tumult and universal degradation which invariably follow the wild scheme of placing all the power of the State in the hands of the populace”. Trollope henceforth lays out her strong disparaging opinions on a wide range of topics, including slavery, education, food, fashion, religion, theatre, climate, dances, etc. (#53008)                        $125.00


  1. TYRRELL, J. W. ACROSS THE SUB-ARCTICS OF CANADA A Journey of 3,200 miles by Canoe and Snowshoe through the Barren Lands. Toronto: William Briggs, 1897. 1st edition. pp. vi, 280. 8vo. Bound in original grey cloth with caribou design to front board. Boards rubbed at edges. Gilt lettering and green designs to front board and spine: remain bright and unmarred. Endpapers replaced. Contents in excellent condition. A good plus, to very good, copy. Hardcover.

‘Narrative of a trip for exploration and survey of regions west of Hudson Bay, May-December, 1893, (on which the author served as topographer and Eskimo interpreter), from Lake Athabaska [sic] to Chesterfield Inlet, along Hudson Bay and coast to Hayes River; [with] observations on Indians and Eskimos, also on game, conditions of travel and physical features of the regions.’ With a vocabulary of Eskimo words and a map showing the expedition’s route. Arctic Biblio. #18137. (#GB42648)               $150.00


  1. Walsh, Meeka [Ed.]. The Winnipeg Alphabestiary. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Border Crossings, 2008. ISBN: 9780981028606. pp. 101. 4to. Bound in 1/4 maroon cloth over pictorial boards. Black and white and colour fold-out illustrations. Negligible shelfwear; very good+. Hardcover.

Featuring 26 quirky drawings of animals, one for each letter of the alphabet, done by 26 of Winnipeg’s internationally renowned visual artists, including Marcel Dzama, Sarah Anne Johnson, Simon Hughes, Michael Dumontier, Neil Farber, Andrew Valko, and, well, 20 others who are also well worth a mention but the list can only be so long before one stops paying attention. (#045720)                $100.00


  1. Walters, Dorothy. Dorothy Walters’ Scrapbook. Canada, 1949-1956. ,4to,,Edgewear, a few photos missing; good,Walters was one of few Canadian students awarded Beaverbrook scholarships in 1949, to do post-graduate work at the University of London. She earned her M.Sc (Economics) at the London School of Economics and went on to a successful career, including positions for the Canadian and British governments, and positions at the United Nations. This scrapbook includes over 55 leaves, decorated with photographs and epemera dating 1949-1956, including images and information from New Brunswick; Walters’ Atlantic crossing; England, Scotland; pages of memories from European trips including Belgium, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy; telegrams; cards; invitations to events; images from a trip to the USA; RCAF ephemera and photos, etc. (#GB45383) $200.00


  1. Watkins, _Edwin Arthur. A Dictionary of the Cree Language As Spoken by the Indians of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Territories. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1865. pp. xxiv, 460. Square 12mo. Recently rebound in brown cloth with original embossed titles laid onto front board, new endpapers. Offsetting to first and last few pages from old tape repairs, one or two pages creased or slightly chipped at edges, contents otherwise clean and unmarked. Hardcover.

Part I. English-Cree (pages 1-183). Part II. Cree-English (pages 184-460). Peel 464. Compiled since 1853. “working with the Anglican Missionary, John Horden, he compiled the first Cree Dictionary, with 6,000 words” – Anne Dunford. (#036018)              $500.00


  1. WILSON, Rev. Edward F. THE OJEBWAY LANGUAGE: A Manual for Missionaries and Others Employed among the Ojebway Indians / In Three Parts: Part I : The Grammar. Part II: Dialogue and Exercises. Part III: The Dictionary. Toronto: S. P. C. K., 1874. 1st edition. pp. v, 412. Square 12mo. Bound in original black cloth with lettering embossed in blind. TThe title is embossed in blind on the front board. The cloth is chipped but with no major defects. The spine has been very skillfully re-backed (the repair is virtually unnoticable) and the tender hinges have been professionally repaired. There is an early ink signature on the front free endpaper. There are a few spots of foxing to the margins, otherwise the contents are in exceptionally clean condition. A very nice copy of a scarce text in its original format. Hardcover.

he Reverend Edward Francis Wilson (1844-1915) was a prominent Anglican missionary and clergyman who emigrated from England to Canada in 1865 with the intention of becoming a farmer. However, he decided to undertake religious studies instead, and attended Huron College, in London, Ontario. He was ordained a deacon in 1867 and joined the Anglican Church Missionary Society serving indigenous communities in Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas, eventually becoming principal of Shingwauk Indian Residential School, where he served from 1873 to 1892. In preparing this Grammar, Rev. Wilson relied on an earlier French language Grammar. He notes, in the Introduction, the occasional similarities between the Ojebway and Hebrew languages. This is the first (and, we believe, the only) edition published on behalf of The Venerable Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. (#GB44561)                      $1,250.00



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