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A selection of the books we will display at the 2022 Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair can be found below. The lineup features a dazzling new collection of Indigenous history and linguistics, some unique Canadiana, and a miscellany of interesting items that catch my fancy, including a Star Wars pop-up, signed Nick Cave, some good literature, unexpurgated T. E. Lawrence, cute animal pictures (at the end!), etc.
*Items subject to prior sale; prices in USD; further details happily provided on request.
Early 20th century Ukrainian pamphlet, printed in Winnipeg
- HITLER Main Enemy of Ukraine. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Friends Helping Liberation Movement of Western Ukraine, 1939. pp. 52. 8vo (19 cm). Striking b&w illustrations, map, photos. Some creasing and spotting to covers, a few small chips to edges, contents age-toned but clean and unmarked; good+. Stapled Wraps.
All text in Ukrainian. A rare and interesting early Ukrainian Canadian publication. (#075434) [SOLD]
- Photograph Album: Canadian Canoe Trip Through Indigenous Lands. [Quebec], ca. 1911-1913. Oblong 8vo. Worn and curling limp-canvas binding, black paper leaves, with 92 silver print photographs mounted with black photo-corners. Typed captions below most photographs, and a few handwritten corrections/additions.
An engaging and delightful album of personal snapshots of canoe trips through Northern Quebec, 1911-1913. Typed captions pasted-in include information such as locations, dates, names, and the photographer’s relationship to the subjects. Many depictions of Indigenous
peoples, their settlements, families, activities, and homes, including “Indian Women”, “Indian Burial Ground in the Wilderness”; “Indian Family Summer Camp”; an “Indian Cache in the Wilderness”; the content of the captions and ease of the subjects suggesting a friendly and familiar relationship with the photographer (ex. “Kapedkedeutchi — Foam falls — never before photographed — I was probably the Third White Man to see it”). Hudson’s Bay Company Posts and Trading Houses, churches, a Lumber Camp, French Habitant farms; a few showing the photographer himself, his canoe, tent, dog (“Mr. Del. Smalley”). One portrait of the photographer is captioned “On Indian Trail along Miskokan River”: this bears a Greek annotation translating roughly as “your dear” (- translation c/o Maggs Bros.). Many of the depicted areas and settlements were flooded in 1918 with the installation of the La Loutre Dam. Included is a portrait of a smiling Chief Gabriel Awashish in a birchbark canoe, whose descendants continued to push for compensation of the flooding of their land through 2016 when at long last, they won a Tribunal ruling.
Locations mentioned include: Portage de la Montagne; St. Maurice River; Obijuan Lake; Cootijiwasten Lake; Kekendatch; Weymontechene (Wemotaci); Post de Roi on Chamouchouan Lake; La Riviere Croche, Manuan River; Mondonock River; Chaudiere Falls on St. Maurice River; Escalana River; Memmicassiouimany. (#064723) $10,000.00
A photographer’s record of the city
- Winnipeg Photo Album. Hand-decorated suede album of 24 leaves tied with string, containing 96 captioned photos. Some photos pasted-in (additional captioned photos once present now missing). Limp leather.
Some photos include captions detailing exposure time, and light level/flash use. Photo subjects include: Floods in Norwood 1916, and St. Boniface, 1917; the interior of the Eaton’s store; Morse Place Methodist Church congregation; Continental Oil Company fire; Swift Canadian Co Plant (Swift later donated the land to the city for the establishment of a park, and became Ernie O’Dowda park) -mhs.mb.ca.; YWCA ladies; Winnipeg Beach scenes; Assiniboine Park Zoo and grounds; Tuxedo Park; a house on Lipton St; several of a house on Montrose Ave (now Larsen Ave., in East Kildonan), looking east; farming scenes at Treherne; 1914 photo of soldier Frank Haywood (presumably he of the Canadian Infantry, Manitoba Regiment, 44th Bn, d.1916). (#073261) $300.00
The Little Red Book
- Alcoholics Anonymous. An Interpretation of The Twelve Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous Program. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Coll-Webb Company, 1948. pp. 123. 12mo. Bound in burgundy cloth. Corners bumped, edges rubbed, ink name to endpapers; good. Hardcover.
The “Little Red Book” provides a summary of the recovery program outlined in the “Big Book”; and came from a series of notes originally prepared for the instruction of beginners, and as a source of ideas for meetings. (#074132) $300.00
- Anderson, David. Notes of the Flood at The Red River, 1852 By The Bishop of Rupert’s Land. London: Hatchards, 1852. pp. 124. 12mo. Bound in the original patterned brown cloth, gilt titles on the spine and front cover. Black & white frontispiece of bishop’s residence. Light edgewear, cloth worn at spine ends and split along joints, tear across spine (with old repairs). Occasional foxing, contents otherwise unmarked; good. Hardcover.
Author’s presentation copy. Front endpaper inscribed in ink as follows: “Miss Simcoe With the Bishop’s Christian Regards March 8th, 1857. Isaiah XXXV.1″. Also reads: ” P. J. Simcoe 1866- “. Written in the form of a diary, by Bishop David Anderson (1814-1885), the narrative gives a detailed description of the great flood of 1852 at the Red River Settlement. A second edition appeared in 1873. Peel 286. Sabin 1393. (#054900) $550.00
- [Anonymous]. Observations on the Greek and Roman Classics: In a Series of Letters to a Young Nobleman Together with: ‘Remarks on the Italian Language and Writers in a Letter from Sir Joseph Barrett to an English Gentleman..’. London: Dan Browne et al, 1753. 1st edition. pp. 266, 24. 12mo. Our copy has been recently re-backed, with the original spine label laid down. Bookplate of famous bibliophile A. Edward Newton attached to inside front board. The hinges are strong. Boards show some wear to edges. Contents clean and tight: a good copy. Hardcover.
The identity of the author is in dispute. The Gentleman’s Magazine of 1848 suggests it might have been Tobias Smollett. Other suggest it was ‘Sir’ John Hill (1716-1775), an English author and botanist, who edited the ‘British Magazine’ from 1746-1750, and for two years (1751-1753) wrote a daily letter, ‘The Inspector’ for the London Advertiser and ‘Literary Gazette’ (see Wikipedia). There is also an anonymous three page Preface to this book, which a pencilled note on the front free endpaper which suggests the Preface ‘is undoubtedly by Samuel Johnson’. However, a typed card laid-in loose contradicts this assertion. (#9900037255) $500.00
- [Anonymous][Ambrose Serle]. The Happy Negro and two other vignettes. [USA], ND (ca.1825). p. 8.12mo. An original stitched printed pamphlet. Shows some foxing, edges chipped and corners turned. Bottom half of last page absent, not affecting the completeness of these three vignettes. Stitched pamphlet.
A four page vignette of an Englishman and a Negro engaging in conversation as they walk along a road. The text tells how this English gentleman, walking in rural New York, meets a Negro on the road. ‘I wished him to tell me whether his state of slavery was not disagreeable to him. ‘Massa’ said he.’I have a wife and children; my Massa take care of them and I have no care to provide any thing; I have a good Massa who teach me to read’. No author is shown but it was Ambrose Serle, one of the British under-secretaries of state for the colonies. According to the Dictionary of national Biography, he went to America in 1774, and accompanied the British army from 1776 to 1778.’ DNB XVII, p. 1192. No date publication is shown but it appears to be about 1825, suggesting that this is a very early reprint, possibly published by the American Religious Tract Society. Included are two other vignettes: ‘On Vital Religion’ and ‘The Profligate Reclaimed’. (#9900044889) [SOLD]
Canadian first edition
- Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. Toronto: McClelland And Stewart | O.W. Toad Limited, 1985. First edition. ISBN: 9780771008139. pp. 324. 8vo. Bound in cream and maroon paper boards with cream lettering to spine, maroon endpapers. Minor wear to edges, spine slant, contents clean and unmarked; very good-, in lightly rubbed, very good dustjacket showing a few short closed tears to edges. Hardcover.
True first, Canadian, edition of this multiple-award-winning, bestselling dystopian novel, which inspired an opera, a movie, and, most recently, a web tv series. (#078641) $150.00
Baedeker, in dustjacket
- Baedeker, Karl. The Dominion of Canada with Newfoundland and an Excursion to Alaska. Leipsic: Karl Baedeker, 1922. pp. lxx, 420. 12mo. Bound in limp red cloth with gilt lettering to front board and spine. 14 maps and 12 plans. Marbled page edges. Two ribbon page markers. Remarkably clean and crisp with minor edgewear; retaining the scarce dust jacket which shows a few light spots and some small chips and tears at edges. Hardcover. (#078155) $200.00
Second edition of the earliest bible in a European language to be printed in America
- [Bible] Martin Luther, trans. Biblia, Das ist : Die Heilige Schrift Altes und Neues Testaments / nach der teutschen Uebersetzung d. Martin Luthers, mit jedes Capitels kurtzen Summarien, auch… Germantown PA: Christopher Sower [Christoph Saur], 1763. Second edition. pp. 992; 277 . Thick 4to. Contemporary calf over reverse-bevelled wooden panel, with plain spine showing 5 prominent raised bands, and remains of clasps to foredge. Old leather band attached across spine head, presumably for reinforcement. Copious (family history) notes to front pastedown, some tide marks, closed tears, and the like throughout; p. 173 of NT shows corner torn off and laid in, last page tattered and only laid-in with some loss to edges; binding remarkably sound, text complete but end-matter and front free endpaper missing. Leather Bound.
Text printed in double columns in Gothic font. Family correspondance and photo laid in. Darlow & Moule 4240: “On Saur’s death in 1758 he was succeeded by his only won, who bore the same name. Christoph Saur the younger enlarged the business, and in 1763 issued a second quarto edition (2000 copies) of the Bible. In 1776 he had just completed a third edition (3000 copies) when the outbreak of the American War of Independence interrupted the work, and nearly the whole of the unbound sheets were used to make cartridges.” Sabin 5192. OCLC 2996651. (#079333) $2,500.00
- 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. Faint moisture mark near spine, minor edgewear, slight musty odour, internally clean and unmarked, binding sound; very good. 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. (#078594) $250.00
- Bukowski, Charles . Factotum. London: W. H. Allen, 1981. ISBN: 9780491028059. pp. 205. 8vo. Bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Light edgewear. Dustjacket showing light shelfwear, protected with plastic brodart sleeve; contents clean and bright. Hardcover.
SIGNED by Bukowski. First British Edition. (#079368) $2,000.00
- Camus, Albert [Justin O’Brien, trans.]. The Myth of Sisyphus. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1965. Reprint. pp. 169. 8vo. Blue cloth with silver lettering to spine. Slight spine slant, rubber stamp to front pastedown, offsetting to endpapers, binding sound, internally clean and unmarked; very good, in price-clipped jacket showing small chips at corners and slight darkening and spotting to spine. Hardcover. (#070253) $200.00
Signed by Johnny and June Carter Cash
- Cash, June Carter [with Johnny Cash autograph]. From the Heart. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1987. First edition. ISBN: 9780135307670. pp. 197. 8vo. Red cloth spine over grey boards with silver lettering to spine. Contains black and white illustrations. Light shelfwear, with minor bumping to top edge, very faint spot to head of spine and light marking to front board; very good in very good, lightly worn dustjacket, protected in Brodart sleeve. Hardcover.
SIGNED by June Carter Cash -and- Johnny Cash, on front free endpaper. Flat-signed, with no inscription. (#071549) $400.00
Signed Nick Cave
- Cave, Nick . The Death Of Bunny Munro. Toronto: Harper Collins, 2009. ISBN: 9781554685400. pp. 278. 8vo. 1/4 red cloth, with silver lettering to spine. Light edgewear. Dustjacket shows lightest shelfwear, protected with plastic brodart sleeve; very good+. Hardcover.
First Canadian Edition. (#079370) $175.00
Little leather Quixote
- Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de [T. Smollet, M. D., trans.]. History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote / 4 Volumes, Complete translated from the Spanish…. to which is prefixed, some account of the author’s life. In Four Volumes. New York: Huntington, 1814. pp. 221; 298; 315; 297. 13 cm. Bound in tan leather. Spines show raised bands and gilt lettering; rules to boards: a handsome, simple binding, stamped OLDACH [Philadelphia, likely ca. 1900]. Marbled endpapers, engraved frontispieces and vignette titles with a tissue guard between. Charming bookplate to each front pastedown. Leather remarkably fresh, though sunned in areas and with a couple of light spots. Surface crease to spine of Vol. I, page edges discoloured, bindings sound, contents unmarked; very good. Leather Bound.
Scarce early American edition, following the 1st US of 1811, which is very rare indeed. Gift inscription to each volume: “Charles R. Lawrence from his Father. 1856”, and with Charles’ signature to each vignette title. (#079365) $500.00
- Charnofsky, Michael; Harry Lang . Jewish Life in the Ukraine A Family Saga. New York: Exposition Press, 1965. pp. 277. 8vo. Bound in orange cloth. Black and white frontispiece and black and white illustrated map. Light shelfwear; very good+ in good dustjacket with significant ships, tears, and scuffing. Hardcover.
Preface by Harry Lang. “In this book, the literary equivalent of a family album, the author, with much warmth, drama and humor and with charming simplicity, captures the atmosphere of life in the Ukraine of long ago.” (#077579) $60.00
- Chatwin, Bruce and Paul Theroux. Patagonia Revisited. The Chantry, wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire: Michael Russell, 1985. Limited edition. Slim 12mo. Rust cloth spine over patterned cloth boards; gilt lettering to spine. Illustrations by Kyffin Williams. Light bumps to corners; near fine in original glassine wrapper showing a few minor creases. Hardcover.
Limited edition of 250, this being numbered 161, signed by both authors. (#079494) $250.00
- Churchill, Winston [Randolph S. Churchill, comp.]. Arms and the Covenant. London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1938. First edition. pp. 465. 8vo. Bound in navy cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Publisher’s topstain. Portrait frontispiece. Some general shelfwear, a couple of bumps, spine dry, offsetting to half-title and rear endpaper (often seen in this edition and presumably from binder’s glue), ink name, contents otherwise unmarked; very good in the original, unclipped pale blue dustjacket which shows discolouration to the spine, some scuffing, and chips and tears at edges. Hardcover.
“Each speech is preceded by its individual divisional half-title and diary of events”. Only 5000 copies of this edition were printed. Woods A44(a). (#053959) $2,000.00
Inscribed by author
- Clay, Charles. Swampy Cree Legends. Toronto: Macmillan, 1938. 1st edition. pp. xvii, 95. 12mo. Shelfwear, top edge dusty; very good, in scuffed, very good- dustjacket showing small chips to extremities. Hardcover.
INSCRIBED, SIGNED and dated by author in ink on ffep. With key to pronounciations and meanings of Swampy Cree words. ‘Being Twenty Folk Tales from the Annals of a Primitive, Mysterious, Fast-Disappearing Canadian Race’, as told to Charles Clay by Kuskapatchees, the Smoky One. (#078883) $75.00
- Cohen, Leonard. The Energy of Slaves. New York: The Viking Press, 1972. First American edition. pp. 127. 8vo. Bound in green cloth with blue lettering to spine. Sunning to spine and edges, blindstamp to ffep. Dustjacket shelfworn, small nicks and tears to edges; very good. Hardcover. (#079369) $65.00
- Cohen, Leonard. The Favourite Game. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. First UK edition. pp. 222. 8vo. Bound in green cloth with silver lettering to spine. Lightest edgewear, tiny marks to front pastedown. Dustjacket shelfworn, price-clipped, tiny nicks and tears to edges, creasing to spine. Hardcover. (#079367) $200.00
- Colombo, John Robert, ed. Windigo An Anthology of Fact and Fantastic Fiction. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1982. ISBN: 0888330979. pp. 208. 8vo. Black & white illustrations. Light shelfwear, with slight bump to head of spine; very good, in very good dust jacket showing some light scuffing and short tears at extremities. Hardcover.
“This anthology… brings together, for the first time, accounts of encounters with the dread Windigo: the horrible and terrible spirit of cannibalism which haunts the Algonkian-speaking Indians of Canada and the imagination of mankind. Here are forty-four passages of fact and fantastic fiction – legends and lore, stories and poems, descriptions and interpretations – all concerned with the most fearsome of fabulous beings.” (#068025) $120.00
- 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. (#9900044464) $550.00
- Curry, Manfred; Louis Breguet (Preface). A Travers Les Nuages. Paris: Arts Et Metiers Graphiques, ND . pp. 99. 4to. Bound in greyish cloth with dark blue lettering to spine and boards. Black and white photographs and illustrations. Some minor soiling, boards very slightly bowed; good+. Text is in French. Hardcover.
A gorgeous album of aerial photos, featuring planes, air balloons, and more, and accompanied by an introduction with cloud formation details and diagrams. (#074130) $100.00
History of the Midéwewin
- Dewdney, Selwyn H. The Sacred Scrolls of the Southern Ojibway. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1975. ISBN: 9780802033215. pp. 199. Oblong 4to. Bound in decorated cream cloth. Illustrations thoughout. Some yellowing, corner bumped, ink name, else very good; jacket is rubbed with some areas of darkening; good+. Hardcover.
“provides a previously unavailable chart of the emergence, development and decline of a unique religious nexus known as the Midéwewin, an untranslatable Ojibway word inadequately rendered in English as the ‘Grand Medicine Society.’ The Midé cult was introduced by a young visionary late in the eighteenth century, and later spread from lake Superior as far as Lake Winnipeg.” Text mostly in double columns. (#079242) $700.00
1st edition Pickwick
- Dickens, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837. 1st edition. pp. xiv, 609. Thick 8vo. All 43 plates are present, as described in Smith, ‘Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth’, although five of the plates are placed one page earlier than called for, and one plate is placed ten pages later. Seven of the plates are by Seymour, two by Buss, and the remainder by Phiz. Vignette title page plate shows ‘S. Veller’ and ‘Phiz fecit’. As is always the case with a bound first edition of this title, each of the plates is a ‘mixed bag’ of first state, first plate, second plate etc. varieties of the plates. Our copy contains at least 33 ‘matches’ to the status of plates found in most first edition copies, as stipulated by Smith; but it also contains 10 plates where the points are different, the majority of the differences suggesting a first plate, first state status. See also Eckel, ‘Bibliography of the Original Writings of Charles Dickens; Fitzgerald, ‘The History of Pickwick’; Hatton and Cleaver, ‘Bibliography of the Periodical Works of Charles Dickens’; Clendening, ‘A Handbook to Pickwick Papers’. The contents of our copy show foxing, and there are a few very small (less than one inch) closed tears to the margins. The binding is tight and the contents are untrimmed. Overall, a very good copy with a highly desirable number of first state ‘points’. Leather Bound.
Recent rebind in full brown leather with gilt rules to spine and red morocco spine label. A most handsome presentation. (#9900038308) $3,500.00
Lovely Didion First Edition
- Didion, Joan. The White Album. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1979. 1st edition. pp. 222. 8vo. Dark blue cloth spine over red boards. Lightly shelfworn, slight discoloration to bottom edges of binding. Dustjacket rubbed, a few tiny nicks tears to edges, now protected with a plastic brodart sleeve. Hardcover. (#079366) $200.00
- [Dominion of Canada]. Schedule of Indian Reserves in the Dominion Supplement to Annual Report of the Department of Indian Affairs for the Year Ended June 30 1902. Ottawa, 1902. pp. 93. 8vo. Cover missing, exposing staples. Some dog-earing (minor, considering), age-toned, contents unmarked, binding sound. Paperback.
Sessional Paper No. 27a. A listing of the Indian Reserves in Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and NWT, Yukon, and British Columbia (comprising pg 22-93). Includes variable information from one area to the next, including Agency giving number, name, where situated, tribe or band, area in acres/miles, and remarks. Index to Schedule of Indian Reserves in BC,being an alphabetical list of Tribe/Band Agencies. (#067302) $300.00
- Edward W. Said. Orientalism. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978. First edition. ISBN: 9780394428147. pp. xi, 368. 8vo. Light shelfwear, tiny rubber stamp to ffep; very good in very good price-clipped dustjacket with small chip to top of spine. Hardcover. (#079313) $175.00
Handbook for Canadian missionaries
- Gould, S. [Sydney]. Inasmuch Sketches of the Beginnings of the Church of England in Canada in Relation to the Indian and Eskimo Races. Toronto: Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada, 1917. pp. xiv, 285. Bound in blue-grey cloth with gilt lettering and rules. B&w frontispiece, maps. Light edgewear, two ink names to front endpaper, tide mark to top corner of first 20 pages, light foxing, contents unmarked, binding sound. Hardcover.
“Handbook No. 1”. A compilation of accounts of missionary work in Canada, with the purpose of providing a history, and a text book for missionary use. OCLC 855345780. Scarce. Not in Peel. (#077212) $100.00
- Grossman, Vasily; Robert Chandler (trans.). Life and Fate. New York: Harper & Row, 1985. First US Edition. ISBN: 0060153652. pp. 880. 8vo. Bound in green cloth with white lettering to spine. Light edgewear, contents clean, binding sound. Dustjacket shows light scratches to panels, creasing to head of spine; overall very good. Hardcover. (#079624) $100.00
1776 Physiology tract
- Haller, Albrecht [Victor Albrecht von, 1708-1777]. Elementa physiologiae corporis humani / Tomus Nonus / Muliebria. Fetus. Neapoli: Apud Vincentium Ursinum, Expensis Stephani Manfredii, 1776. pp. xvi, 284. 4to. Gorgeously patinated vellum binding, speckled edges, text on rag paper. No illustrations save for printer’s devidce on title page. Expected patina/discolouration to the pigskin binding, spine lables missing, text block shows a few spots but is generally bright and unmarked, binding remarkably sound; very good. Leather Bound.
Editio Prima Neapolitana (early reprint). Volume nine of a ten volume set. “Historians agree that, of the vast amount of scientific literature produced by this gifted genius, this … is his greatest and most important contribution. The work has had a lasting influence on the development of anatomy and physiology.” – Heirs of Hippocrates 557. Garrison/Morton 580. (#065464) $250.00
- Hamilton, T. M.; Nancy Bagby (Ed.). Native American Bows. York, PA: George Shumway Publishers, 1972. ISBN: 087387. pp. xiii, 148. 8vo. White lettering and decoration to spine and front board. Black and white illustrations. Light shelfwear, minor cocking to spine, slight bumping to spine ends and corner of rear board, rubbing to extremities; very good-. Hardcover.
“1250 copies case bound”. (#073045) $100.00
Influential gay American novel
- Holleran, Andrew [Eric Garber]. Dancer from the Dance. New York: William Morrow & Company, 1978. Second printing. ISBN: 9780688033576. pp. 250. 8vo. Ink name, light shelfwear, minor indentation to front board; very good, in price-clipped, rubbed, very good dustjacket. Hardcover.
1978 second printing, with number line showing 2 through 10. An influential gay American novel, “known for its vivid imagery, lush language, and captivating depiction of gay men searching for love and acceptance in a harsh, dreamlike urban landscape” – Wikipedia. (#078857) $150.00
- Horden, John, trans.; William Pinnock and Isaac Watts, info. Bible and Gospel History in Saulteux. London: W. M. Watts, ND [ca. 1860]. pp. 72. Slim 12mo. Leather spine over cloth boards. Edgewear, some soiling to binding, internally clean, binding sound; very good. Hardcover.
Pilling, Algonquian, 236. Peel 408: “John Horden’s translation of William Pinnock’s Catechism of Bible and gospel history , first published in 1855. Text in Saulteux dialect of the Chippewa language, in syllabics; English title. Includes Watts’ Catechism of scripture names and First Catechism.” In Chippewa syllabics, with title and printer information in English. No title page. (#079074) $350.00
- Horden, Rev. John, trans. Isaki Tisateminata: ki tepelichikeminaw neshata ki pimachiiweminaw chisese karasetax / The New Testament, translated into the Cree language. London: British and Foreign Bible Society, 1876. pp. 425. 8vo. Contemporary brown calf with gilt syllabics on spine. Handwritten (calligraphy) syllabics to front pastedown, gift inscription on front free endpaper “From J. L. Colter, Rupert’s House 1877 / to Professor [John] Galbraith Moose Factory 11 July 1881”. Boards bowed, significant loss to leather at spine, boards hanging on but binding tender at best; contents complete, clean, and unmarked. Leather Bound.
Peel 782. Darlow & Moule 3123. Pilling Angonquian 236-237: “some copies… end on p. 245… In the complete copies Romans begins on p. 246”, as in this copy. Title page in English and Cree symmlaics, text almost entirely in Cree syllabics (Moose dialect). (#079261) $750.00
- Hunter, James. Oo meyoo ahchemowin S. Matthew [The Gospel According to St. Matthew]. London : Church Missionary House, 1853. pp. 148. Slim 12mo. Bound in patterned brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Edges worn, foxing to text block; very good. Hardcover.
Pilling Algonquian p. 243. OCLC 31328007. Darlow & Moule 3112 (being the earliest Eastern Cree publication listed therein): “All the translation-work in Eastern Cree was done by Hunter or his wife, Jean Hunter, with some assistance from Henry Budd, the earliest convert of John West (pioneer missionary to the Cree Indians), and the first native pastor if this Mission.” Peel 289: “The first scriptures in the Eastern Swampy Cree dialect of Cree, Central”. Text in Roman characters. A very rare book. (#079275) [SOLD]
The Book of Common Prayer, in Swampy Cree
- Hunter, James and John Alexander Mackay. Ayamiawiw masinahikatow: The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church According to the Use of the Church of England in Canada. Translated into the language of the Cree Indians. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1917. pp. viii, 299. 12mo. Bound in pebbled black leather, with gilt lettering to spine. Page edges gilt, ribbon page marker. Lightest edgewear: a beautiful copy. Leather Bound.
Peel 4314. “In the Eastern Swampy Cree dialect of Cree. Title in English and Cree syllabics; text entirely in Cree. Pages 1-65 and 172-217 in syllabics with text in Roman characters on facing pages; rest of text only in Cree syllabics. Includes tables and key to orthography.” Inscribed: “A memento of Christmas 1919 at the Mackay Indian Boarding School”, and with ALS from Mackay to “My dear Miss Phillips”, thanking her for a donation to the school. (#079263) $500.00
- Iamblichus [Taylor, Thomas, trans.]. Iamblichus on The Mysteries of the Egyptians, Chaldeans, and Assyrians. London: The Theosophical Publishing Society, 1895. Second edition. pp. xxvi, 365. 8vo. Navy cloth with paper spine label (chipped). Edges scuffed, boards curled and mottled, some foxing to text block, contents unmarked, binding sound. Hardcover.
Bookseller’s label to rear endpaper. “It appears to me that there are two descriptions of persons by whom the present work must be considered to be of inestimable worth, the lovers of antiquity and the lovers of ancient philosophy and religion.” – Intro. (#069782) $800.00
Maybe it was Cheap then…
- [International Colportage Mission]. A Cheap and Concise Dictionary of the Ojibway and English Languages, Compiled for the use of the Ojibway Indians / 2 volumes Part I: English and Ojibway; Part II: Ojibway and English. Toronto: International Colportage Mission, 1903 & 1907. First edition. pp. 115; 177. 12mo. Spines lightly sunned and creased, internally clean and unmarked; very good. Paperback.
“Compiled and Abridged from Larger Editions by English and French Authors”. Printed in two columns. Peel 3069. (#078896) $200.00
Contemporary Indigenous Art Exhibition Catalogue
- Isaac, Jamie; Julie Nagam. Insurgence Resurgence. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2017. ISBN: 9781773070018. pp. 168. 4to. Colour photographs. Light shelfwear; near fine. Hardcover.
Catalogue of an important, groundbreaking and beautiful 2017-2018 exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery: their first exhibition featuring contemporary Indigenous artists. (#078322) $75.00
Rasselas, in sumptuous calf
- Johnson, Dr. Samuel [writing anonymously]. The Prince of Abissinia, A Tale in Two Volumes [Rasselas]. London: R. & J. Dodsley, W. Johnston, 1759. Second edition. 12mo. Both volumes have been freshly restored and re-bound in full calf with five raised bands to each spine, and gilt lettering and rules. Vol. II contains final blank leaf (M4). The contents are clean throughout with only the very occasional spot of foxing. Overall, a magnificent set. Hardcover.
Leaf A2, vol. II, reads ‘Contents of the second volume’. ‘Indiscerpible’ p. 161, vol. II; pp. viii, 159; viii, 165. This is the second edition of the work now universally known as ‘Rasselas’, and it is almost in every respect identical with the extremely rare first edition issued a few weeks before it, on April 19, 1759. It is a philosophical novella which describes the life of Prince Rasselas and Nekayah, his sister, who are kept in a place called the Happy Valley in the land of Abyssinia. The Valley is a place free of problems, where any desire is quickly satisfied. The constant pleasure, however, does not lead to satisfaction; and, with the help of a philosopher named Imlac, Rasselas escapes and explores the world to witnes how all aspects of society and life in the outside world are filled with suffering. They return to Abyssinia, but do not wish to return to the state of constantly fulfilled pleasures found in the Happy Valley. ‘Rasselas’ was written during the evenings of one week, in order for Johnson to raise enough money to bury his mother, and to pay some of her debts. It was published anonymously, and Boswell says of it that it contains ‘all the force and beauty of which the English language is capable’. Our little set contains the Chippendale bookplate of John Buller, of Morval, and the signature of Anne Lennon, his wife (c. 1770), the predecessors of Sir Redvers Buller. ESTC T57339 and T139510. (#9900038478) $1,250.00
- [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. (#9900037261) $550.00
- Kroetsch, Robert. The Ledger. London: Applegarth Follies, 1975. Unpaginated. 4to. Light shelfwear, slight bend to outer top corner, small chip to rear cover; very good-. Paperback.
SIGNED by author, with personalised inscription. (#077620) $85.00
- Kuehl, Gerald. Portraits of the Far North. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Vidacom, 2019. ISBN: 9781988182407. pp. 247. 4to. Black & white illustrations. Light shelfwear; very good in very good dustjacket. Hardcover.
SIGNED by Gerald Kuehl, with personalised inscription, to ffep. (#067371) $50.00
- Lacombe, Rev. Pére Albert. Dictionnaire de la langue des Cris / and / Grammaire de la langue des Cris. Montreal: C. O. Beauchemin & Valois , 1874. pp. xx, 711; iii, 190. 8vo. Half black leather over cloth boards; gilt-letttered brown title label, raised bands and gilt rules to spine. Folding map, fold-out verb table at rear. Minor edgewear, some discolouration and short tears to the edge of the fold-out table; generally clean and unmarked and in a sound binding. Leather Bound.
With the ownership inscription of “Chas. A. Cooke, Dep’t of Indian Affairs”: Charles Angus Cooke (Thawennensere), whose ” life was an exceptional journey, from his ancestral roots to the intellectual and political front in Ottawa. He recruited his fellow Onkweonwe to join the armed forces for the First World War, was the cultural bridge for Barbeau’s research, and finally travelled and performed his Kanien’kehá:ka songs and dances throughout Canada and the United States. Cooke and his legacy are not forgotten by Onkweonwe today; he lives on through the important work he did, which is still accessible for the ongoing efforts of language and culture revitalization.” – Library and Archives Canada Blog. Pencil annotations record the book’s purchase in Ottawa in 1980 and the name of a subsequent owner, a Winnipeg linguistics professor. Peel 708 and 709. Pilling Algonquin p. 283. Pagination error with no. 709-710 omitted as noted in bibliographies and OCLC. Text in double columns. Scarce: the most recent auction result for this volume is from 1972. (#078160) [SOLD]
Later published by The Champlain Society as “Customs of the American Indians”
- Lafitau [La Fiteau], Joseph-Francois. De Zeden der Wilden van Amerika (2 volumes in one). The Hague: Gerard Vander Poel, 1731. First Dutch edition. pp. (14), 36, (18), 300 (4), 301-555; some erroneous numbering of pages (as is often noted regarding this edition; text is complete and contin1731, Dutch 1st Edition, De Zeden der Wilden van Amerika, Written by Joseph- Francois Lafitau, Vellum Bound, Two Volumes in Oneuous notwithstanding). Both half titles and title pages are present, with titles in red and black; also the map, and 41 of the 42 called-for engraved plates (missing plate 29). Folio (330 x 200 mm). Contemporary vellum binding with blind-tooled central arabesque to boards, rules to boards and spine, title hand-written on spine, rubbed but legible. Some discolouration and wear to boards, corner torn from front pastedown, first signature loosened, tear to title page (from gutter into centre, about 10 cm in total), occasional spotting; very good copy in contemporary binding. Vellum.
Lafitau (1681-1746) was a French Jesuit missionary who worked amongst the Indigenous tribes of Canada (chiefly the Iroquois) from 1711-1717, carrying out an unusually scientific study of their customs; “a voyageur in the mainstream of empirical ethnography” – DCB. This first Dutch edition followed the 1724 French edition titled “Moeurs des Savages Ameriquains”; the English-language edition was published in 1974 as part of the Champlain Society’s General Series. “Gives very extended and very exact details of the customs, manners, and religion of the Savages of North America, though principally of the Indians of Canada” – Sabin. Sabin 38598; Howes L22; Streeter I, 121; DCB III p.334-338. (#060639) $1,750.00
- 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. (#9900044408) $300.00
- LaViolette, Gontran. The Sioux Indians in Canada. Regina, Saskatchewan: The Marian Press, 1944. Limited edition. pp. 138. 8vo. Utilitarian brown cloth binding with black lettering to spine. Frontispiece, b&w plates, portraits, folding map at rear. Minor edgewear, former owners’ names pencilled to front endpapers, contents a bit age-toned but unmarked, binding sound; very good. Hardcover.
SIGNED by the author on half-title page. No. 408 of a limited edition of 500 copies. Scarce. With corrigenda slip tipped-in. The only other copy we have seen in 25 years, was in paperback. Peel 6645. (#078152) $450.00
Unexpurgated Lawrence of Arabia
- Lawrence, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph. The Complete 1922 Text. Fordingbridge: Castle Hill Press, 1997. ISBN: 9781873141137. 4to. Vol’s 1 and 2 bound in 1/4 cream cloth over dove grey paper covered boards, with gilt-lettered leather spine labels, and publisher’s sage green topstain. Vol. 3 in full cloth with gilt lettering to spine. All three volumes are in simple beige dustjackets, and housed in a crimson cloth slipcase. Folding colour maps in pocket of Vol. 1. The lot showing negligible general shelfwear; near fine with some rubbing to slipcase. Hardcover.
Hand-numbered “546” of 752 copies, 650 printed in this format. “This earlier Seven Pillars is one third longer [than the subscriber’s edition of 1926], containing an additional 83,000 words”. (#079497) $750.00
- Lawrence, T. E.; J. M. WIlson, ed and intro.; D. B. Harden, memoir; Richard Kennedy, ill’s. T.E. Lawrence: Letters to E.T. Leeds, with a Commentary By E.T. Leeds. The Whittington Press, 1988. Limited edition. pp. 140. 4to. Bound in 1/4 buckram over printed paper; gilt lettering to spine. Matching slipcase. Line drawings by Richard Kennedy. Frontispiece photo and 12 plates. One tiny bump to foredge of front board; near fine in very lightly rubbed slipcase. Hardcover.
Copy no. 78 of 650. (#079492) $200.00
- Lawrence, T. E.; Jeremy Wilson, preface; Don Stewart, foreword. An Invitation to British Columbia A letter from T. E. Lawrence to Martin A. Grainger. Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey, 2005. Slim 8vo. Bound in limp parchment wraps with lettering to spine, and black block letters “T.E.L / M.A.G” to cover. Woocut frontispiece by George Kuthan; fold-out facsimile of letter on parchment. Set by hand in Garamont, printed on HM Text paper with a Washington handpress. Covers slightly splayed, no other detectable flaws; near fine. Paperback.
No. 49 of fifty numbered copies. signed by Wilson and Stewart. (#079325) $850.00
Sabuda tackles Narnia
- Lewis C. S.; Robert Sabuda (Pop-ups). The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up Based on the Books by C. S. Lewis. New York: Harper Collins, 2007. ISBN: 9780061176128. Still in publisher’s original plastic wrapping. Light shelfwear, short closed tear to rear board; very good. Hardcover. (#077631) $50.00
- Livingstone, David. Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa: Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years Residence in the Interior of Africa, and a Journey From the Cape of Good Hope to Loanda on the West Coast; Thence Across the Continent, Down the River Zambesi to the Easter Ocean. London: John Murray, 1857. 1st edition. pp. ix, 687. Thick 8vo. Handsomely bound in contemporary 3/4 leather over marbleds boards. With folding lithographed frontispiece of Victoria Falls (signed in the plate by Whymper), a steel engraving of the author facing page 1, (untinted) full-page engravings and line drawings in the text, and two folding maps tabbed-in at the end. Three page 8s, second marked with an asterisk, and third with ‘dagger’. No advertisements at end of book. Three book plates of previous owners: the first, a small (one inch by one inch) armorial leather label, is of Robert Hoe (1839-1909, a New York printing press manufacturer, book collector and founder of the Grolier Club. The second, a more conventional armorial bookplate printed on paper, is of Lewis Montgomery Bond, a Philadelphia tea merchant. The third, a printed label affixed to the inside of the rear board, is of Charles Williston McAlpin (1865-1942), a member of a prominent family involved in the industrial and social development of New York City in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The extremities of the boards are modertaely rubbed, as is the marbled paper on the front board. The hinges are tight, and the contents tightly bound and free of foxing or soiling. Overall, an interesting association copy of the second state of the first edition in good+, to very good, condition. Hardcover. (#9900040730) $250.00
- 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. , 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’. (#9900037045) $400.00
- Lovecraft, H.P.; August Derleth, ed.; [and Others]. Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. Sauk City: Arkham House, 1969. pp. xii, 407. 8vo. Bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Light shelfwear, contents clean and bright; very good in very good- dustjacket showing some spots to rear panel, light scuffing to spine, and minor age toning to edges. Hardcover.
In this collection, compiled by August Derleth, dozens of skilled writers join forces to create a lasting tribute to the genius of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Jacket design by Lee Brown Coye. (#078253) $175.00
- Lovecraft, H.P.; August Derleth, select. and intro. Dagon and Other Macabre Tales. Sauk City: Arkham House, 1965. pp. ix, 413. 8vo. Bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Light shelfwear, contents slightly age-toned; very good in very good- dustjacket showing light rubbing to rear panel, minor edgewear, age-toned edges. Hardcover.
Jacket design by Lee Brown Coye. (#078265) $125.00
- Lysenko, Vera . Yellow Boots. Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1954. pp. ix, 314. 8vo. Light edgewear, slight spine slant, bookplate to front pastedown, contents clean and unmarked, binding sound. Dustjacket shows some general rubbing/scuffing and chips to edges, the largest of which is at the tail of the spine (3 cm sq). Hardcover.
Association copy. Inscribed “Kindest Regards to Nan Shipley / from / Vera Lysenko”. “Born Vera Lesik in Winnipeg to Ukrainian Baptist parents, [Lysenko] was educated at the University of Manitoba, receiving her BA in 1929. She worked as a nurse and school teacher in the West, then as a journalist on the Windsor Star until 1943, when she became a freelance journalist and writer. She wrote under the names Vera Lysenko and Luba Novak … Lysenko’s work tended to confound standard critical categories and has therefore been much neglected.” – Manitoba Historical Society. Nancy Evelyn Sommerville “Nan” Shipley was also a Winnipeg based author, who wrote history, biography and children’s books, published between 1955 and 1983. (#069341) $65.00
59a. Mackenzie, Alexander. Voyages From Montreal, on the River St. Laurence, Through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans; in the Years 1789 and 1793. With a Preliminary Account of the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the Fur Trade of That Country. London: T. Cadell, Jun. & W. Davies, 1801. First edition. 4to. 20th century fine leather binding. Folding maps with expert repairs. Leather Bound.
Wagner-Camp notes that ‘Mackenzie discovered the river that now bears his name, and descended it to the Arctic Ocean in 1789. In 1793, he became the first European to cross the North American continent north of Mexico’. Peel 55: “After the preface there follow 132 pages on the history of the fur trade in the North West. Some authorities think this was written by his cousin, Roderick MacKenzie. According to the Dictionary of National Biography , Voyages , 1801, was compiled by William Combe from Mackenzie’s notes. Includes vocabularies of the Knisteneaux, Algonquin, Chepewyan, Nagailer, and Atnah Indian languages.” Sabin 43414 calls this the “first and finest edition”. (#079699) Price TBA.
- Maeterlinck, Maurice. The Intelligence of the Flowers. Toronto: The Musson Book Co., 1907. pp. 179. 8vo. Cloth spine with gilt lettering, floral-printed paper-covered boards with title label to front board, patterned endpapers. Decorated by William Edgar Fisher. Illustrated from photographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Edgewear, title label scuffed, contents mildly age-toned, a few pages show 1″ closed tears to margin; very good-. Hardcover.
Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos. (#071384) $100.00
Chromolithographs to turn heads
- Mapleson, T. W. Gwilt. Esq. Pearls of American Poetry. New York: Wiley & Putnam, ca. 1848. Square 4to. Leather bound, rebacked in 1999 and new endpapers furnished. Gilt crest to front board and lettering to spine. Gorgeous tissue-guarded gilt and full rich colour chromolithograph plates. Pages are on hinges. Leather Bound.
Sabin 44455, “A fine specimen of book-making, every page being illuminated in gold and colors.” Lithography by A. Brett and T. Sinclair of Philadelphia. Gift inscription dated Christmas Day 1848. (#075800) $1,000.00
- Mason, Sophia Thomas, William Mason, and John Sinclair, trans. [Rev. Mr. Steinhauer]. Oski Testement ketipeyichikeminow mina kipimachiyiweminow Chisas Knist (New Testament in Cree). London: Printed by William Mavor Watts for the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1859. pp. 612. 8vo. In the original plain brown leather binding, with Watkins bindery sticker to rear pastedown. Joints tender, some loss at spine ends, internally clean and unmarked. Leather Bound.
Peel 387: “Title also transliterated as Otiki tititemitot. Title and text in syllabics devised by James Evans; only imprint is in English. Cree is Western (or Plain) Cree dialect.” Printed in two columns. “Although the three works last titled have the name Rev. Wm. Mason on their respective title pages, denial has been made in a number of instances that they were translated by him…”, instead haveing been translated by John Sinclair and Rev Mr Steinhauer, the manuscript of their translations entrusted to Mason, who took it to England for printing. – Pilling Algonquin p. 339-340. Darlow & Moule 3129. Extremely scarce on the market, with no copies of the 1859 printing showing in auction history, or for sale commercially as of this writing. (#078156) [SOLD]
1859 Cree New Testament
- Mason, Sophia Thomas, William Mason, and John Sinclair, trans. [Rev. Mr. Steinhauer]. Oski Testement ketipeyichikeminow mina kipimachiyiweminow Chisas Knist (New Testament in Cree). London: Printed by William Mavor Watts for the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1859. pp. 612. 8vo. Original plain brown leather binding, with Watkins bindery sticker to rear pastedown. Loss to leather at spine ends, joints and front corner. Some moisture damage: paper residue stuck to top 2 cm of front board, some rippling (mostly to first few pages), discolouration to endpapers, top 2 cm of title page torn away and stuck to front pastedown. Contents unmarked, binding serviceable. Leather Bound.
Peel 387: “Title also transliterated as Otiki tititemitot. Title and text in syllabics devised by James Evans; only imprint is in English. Cree is Western (or Plain) Cree dialect.” Printed in two columns. “Although the three works last titled have the name Rev. Wm. Mason on their respective title pages, denial has been made in a number of instances that they were translated by him…”, instead haveing been translated by John Sinclair and Rev Mr Steinhauer, the manuscript of their translations entrusted to Mason, who took it to England for printing. – Pilling Algonquin p. 339-340. Darlow & Moule 3129. Extremely scarce on the market, with no copies of the 1859 printing showing in auction history, or for sale commercially as of this writing. (#079083) $3,500.00
- Masta, Henry Lorne (1853-1943). Abenaki Indian Legends, Grammar and Place Names. Victoriaville Quebec: La Voix des Bois-Francs, 1932. pp. 110. 8vo. With portraits and music. Covers a bit age-toned and rubbed, contents clean, binding sound; very good+. Paperback.
Part I: Legends and Stories; Part II: Grammar; Part III: The Meaning of Indian Names of Rivers, Lakes, etc. Masta was an Abenaki Chief, schoolmaster, writer and linguist. OCLC 464230035. Rare! (#078059) $250.00
A history of standards of beauty
- 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. (#052213) $250.00
AA: The Akron Manual
- [Members of Alcoholics Anonymous of Akron, Ohio, “A. A. Group #1”]. A Manual for Alcoholics Anonymous [The Akron Manual]. Fifth revised edition. pp. 29. 19 x 9 cm. Pale blue-green cover with brown lettering to cover, and Union label at bottom. Cover sunned with a few spots, staples a bit corroded, contents clean and crisp and complete, with coupons to mail in for additional copies included at the end. Stapled Wraps.
Rare. Ends with a summary of the Twelve Steps, and a list of suggested reading. (#074104) $300.00
66a. Montgomery, L.M. The Watchman and Other Poems. 1916: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart Publishers, Toronto. pp. 159. 8vo. Bound in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering to front board. Hardcover.
Spadoni & Donnelly 245. (#076551) Price TBA.
- Moore, Brian. Wreath for a Redhead. Toronto: Harlequin Books, 1951. pp. 128. Mass market paperback. Page edges show publisher’s red stain, with some transfer to top of rear cover. Slight spine slant, spine bumped at tail, some scuffing to edges, contents age-toned. Binding a bit dry and falls open to p.31, but sound. Paperback.
Harlequin 102; published in the USA as “Sailor’s Leave”. This is the first book written by Moore, who wrote a couple of pieces of pulp fiction while living in Montreal and working as a journalist; he later disowned these and considered “Judith Hearne” (1955) to be hist first novel. – Wikipedia. (#077953) $500.00
Association Copy; History of Abortion Law
- Morgentaler, Dr. Henry. Abortion and Contraception Association Copy. Toronto: General Publishing, 1982. ISBN: 9780773601093. pp. xvi, 201. 8vo. General shelfwear; ink underlining to first half of text; else very good in good dustjacket showing some creasing, and small chips and tears to edges. Hardcover.
Inscribed by Morgentaler to his Winnipeg criminal defence lawyer Greg Brodsky “with my compliments”, dated 1983: the year Morgentaler opened a clinic in Winnipeg to challenge Manitoba’s anti-abortion laws. Morgentaler was “Canada’s most heralded and vilified abortion doctor, who was assaulted and imprisoned for defying restrictive laws but who won the landmark Canadian Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationally in 1988” (- New York Times, obit); Greg Brodsky, his Winnipeg defence lawyer, who passed away early in 2022, was perhaps the most well known lawyer in Manitoba. During his 50-year career he was was both prolific and influential. He litigated over 1,000 homicide cases, and played a role in many of the most high-profile cases to be tried in Manitoba, including defending Morgentaler, Thomas Sophonow, and Andrea Giesbrecht. There is some underlining to the text, underscoring data which illustrates the consequences of illegal abortion. Morgentaler herein addresses, “the practical, legal, religious, and moral questions abortion raises”. (#070201) $350.00
- Ondaatje, Michael . The Collected Works of Billy the Kid Left Handed Poems. Toronto: Anansi, 1970. First paperback edition. ISBN: 0887840183. pp. 105. 8vo. B&w illustrations. Bump at spine, internally clean and unmarked, binding sound. Unusually crisp. Paperback.
First paperback edition, first state: cover is free of the later-added Governor General’s Award notice. (#070474) $150.00
- 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, wear to 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. (#9900041630) $500.00
The One War That Can End War
- “Partridge of Sintaluta” [Edward Alexander Partridge]. A War on Poverty The One War That Can End War. Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Wallingford Press Limited, 1925. pp. xii, 225. 8vo. Bound in green cloth with black lettering to front board and spine. Black and white photograph of the author. Light wear and rippling to spine, boards slightly bowed, front hinge starting, ink name, contents clean and unmarked with sound binding; good+. Hardcover.
“The War on Poverty – with which, to form this volume, is bound in, besides a preface, the contents of a previously published pamphlet entitled, “A CALL TO A POLITICO-SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONFERENCE,” re-appearing under the caption – A Call to Conference – and which should be read, even re-read, if read before, as serving as a General Introduction to the Book proper.” Peel 5018. (#054334) $60.00
Pickering’s American Vocabulary
- Pickering, John. A Vocabulary, or Collection of Words and Phrases Which Have Been Supposed to be Peculiar to the United States of America. To Which is Prefixed an Essay on the Present State of the English Language in the United States. Boston: Cummings and Hillard, 1816. pp. vii, 206, errata. 8vo. Full brown leather with gilt-lettered red leather title label to spine. Leather splitting at joints (intact but tender), light occasional spotting to contents, old ink name to title page. Leather Bound.
Sabin 62638. (#078163) $650.00
Pop-up Star Wars!
- Reinhart, Matthew. Star Wars a pop-up guide to the galaxy. New York: Orchard Books, 2007. ISBN: 9780439882828. Still in publisher’s original plastic wrapping. Hardcover.
30th anniversary sticker to plastic wrapping. (#077554) $60.00
A defense of polygamy
- RICHARD, AP / With Appendices by Prof. David Swing and others. MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE: An Inquiry into The Moral, the Practical, the Political, and the Religious Aspects of the Question. Chicago, IL: Rand, McNally & Company, 1889. 1st edition. pp. xviii,208.,Small 8vo,,,Quite a scarce title, none currently listed for sale, and WorldCat locates only one copy held in The British Library. Our copy was once held by the ‘H. Parmelee Traveling Library System’ of Des Moines, Iowa, with its stickers on the the front and inside of the front board. The sturdy library binding is still strong, although quite worn, and the contents are a bit shaken, with very light marginal soiling. Hardcover.
A defence of polygamy, amongst other matrimonial matters, with reliance on scriptural interpretation. (#9900040444) $50.00
Fold-out star charts
- Rosser, W. H. [William Henry]. The Stars How to Know Them, and How to Use Them; with Copious Astronomical Definitions, and numerous problems and tables: illustrated with diagrams, and four large maps of the stars. London: James Imray and Son, 1866. pp. viii, 59 + four fold-out star charts: Northern Constellations, from the Pole to Declination 40 degrees N.; Southern Constellations from the Pole to Declination 40 degrees South; Constellations from Declination 40 degrees N. to 40 degrees S., and showing the Northern Signs of the Zodiac; Constellations from Declination 40 degrees N. to 40 degrees S., and showing the Southern Signs of the Zodiac. The charts show the stars on a black background. Slim 8vo. Bound in newer black cloth with original gilt-lettered teal cover laid on to front board. Spine lettered in gilt. With figures in-text, tables and charts at rear. Binding sound, internally clean and unmarked, complete. Hardcover. H. Rosser wrote a handful of books about navigation, nautical astronomy, and meteorology. This title is scarce! A (36 pg) reprint of this book sold at auction in 1907; no other auction has recorded a sale; there is only one extant copy noted in Worldcat, located at The British Library. OCLC 1050471737. (#068542) $750.00
Signed by Lt. Whittaker
- Russenholt, E. S., comp. & ed. Six Thousand Canadian Men Being the History of the 44th Battalion Canadian Infantry 1914-1919. Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Forty-Fourth Battalion Association, 1932. First edition. pp. xii, 364. 8vo. Bound in green cloth with gilt decoration to spine and front board. Maps and black-and-white photographs. Cloth splitting at joints (binding remains sound), sunning and edgewear to binding, a few ink markings, otherwise internally clean and unmarked. Hardcover.
Peel 4527. Cooke p. 206. SIGNED by Military Cross-winning Lieutenant L. R. [Lorne Ray] Whittaker (1896-1971) of the CEF 62nd Regiment. Rare book: increasingly so, with no copies available on the market at the time of writing, nor in recent auction history. (#079197) [SOLD]
- Sabuda, Robert. The 12 Days of Christmas Pop-up Anniversary Edition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. First edition. ISBN: 978978146927920. Still in publisher’s original plastic wrapping. Ornament still present. Hardcover. (#077718) $50.00
Shakespeare, in vellum and gilt
- Shakespeare, William. The Sonnets of Shakespeare. Leigh-on-Sea: Chiswick Press for F. Lewis, 1950. Limited edition. 4to. Vellum with gilt lettering. Colour and b&w illustrations. Page edges untrimmed. Faint darkening to bottom 1 cm of spine, light foxing to endpapers, else a lovely, clean, unmarked copy with slightest hint of bowing to the front board. Hardcover.
“This is one of an edition of one hundred copies… illustrated by Steven Spurrier, A.R.A., printed at the Chiswick Press on English hand-made paper, and published by F. Lewis, Publisher, Limited, for Cuthbert R. Halsall, and presented by him to” Pearl. (#079254) $325.00
Inuit games, in line drawings
- [Simpson, D. W., Assistant Director, Education Branch]. inuit pinnguarusingit. Canada [Yellowknife?], ND [ca. 1980s]. pp. 26. 8vo. Some spotting and light creasing to front cover, scuff to upper corner of cover, last few pages creased at top edge; good. Comb binding.
Brief descriptions of twenty-six Inuit games (Inuktitut text in syllabics), with line-drawn illustrations accompanying each. OCLC number 987758512. (#066752) [SOLD]
- Skeavington, George and John Sherer. The Horse and Modern Veterinary Practice; Dogs, Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, and Poultry; Their Treatment in Health and Disease, &c. London: The London Printing and Publishing Company, ca. 1850. ISBN: 9780660102337. pp. xvi, 1010. Heavy 4to. 3/4 brown leather over cloth boards. Raised bands, gilt lettering to spine, marbled page edges and endpapers. Heavily illustrated with engravings by Landseer, some fold-out. Light edgewear, binding sound and handsome, internally clean and unmarked; remarkably good. Hardcover. (#078153) [SOLD]
- Stevens, James. Sacred Legends of the Sandy Lake Cree. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1971. First printing. ISBN: 0771083556. pp. xii, 144. 8vo. Bound in yellow cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Black and white illustrations. Blank bookplate to ffep, small tide marks to half-title at bottom edge; very good+ in very good, scuffed dustjacket showing short closed tears to edges. Hardcover.
Signed by illustrator on title page using both latin alphabet and syllabics. (#077396) $75.00
- Sutton, Margaret. We Love You Beatles. New York: Doubleday & Company Inc, 1971. First edition. Oblong 4to. Light bump to tail of spine, a few faint tiny spots here and there; near fine, in very good, unclipped dustjacket showing some overall rubbing, a few tiny tears at edges, and some light scuffing to rear joint. Hardcover. (#062818) $250.00
- Tims, John William; Cust, Robert (preface). Grammar and Dictionary of the Blackfoot Language in the Dominion of Canada: For the use of missionaries, schoolteachers, and others. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1889. pp. xii, 191. Slim 8vo. Green cloth with black lettering and rules. Fold-out table. Some wear to corners, half-title stuck to front pastedown, contents clean and unmarked; very good. Hardcover.
Peel 1823: “Grammar,” pages 1-103; English-Blackfoot dictionary, pages 105-191. Preface dated July 5, 1889. Pilling Algonquian p. 489. Rare! (#078898) $750.00
- [United Native Americans Inc.] . The Warpath / Vol. II, No. 3 United Native Americans Liberation News Service. San Francisco: [United Native Americans Inc.], n.d. [ca. 1970s]. pp. 16. Folio. Black and white illustrations. Light general shelfwear, age-toning, short closed tears to edges; overall, good+. Folded leaves.
“United Native Americans, Inc. (or U.N.A.) is a non-profit, tax exempt, corporation that was formed in 1968 in San Francisco, California to promote the general welfare of Native Americans. U.N.A. was founded by Indians for Indians and is controlled by Indians; there are no paid staff or officers in U.N.A. and all work is donated. U.N.A. is not funded by any of the funding agencies (Federal, State, or private) and exists solely on the support derived from membership dues, the sale of Warpath, the monthly newspaper, and from the sale of bumper stickers, buttons and posters, plus the few donations that have been received.” (#070378) $200.00
This one is an absolute delight
- Valentini [Valentinus], Michael Bernhard [Michaele Bernhardo] (1657-1729). Amphitheatrum Zootomicum Tabulis Aeneis Quamplurimis Exhibens Historiam Animalium Anatomicam … è miscellaneis S. R. I. academiæ naturæ curiosorum, diariis Societatum Scientiarum Regiarum, Parisiensis, Anglicæ & Prussiacæ, actis Hafniensibus & Lipsiensibus, zootomiis anatomicorum celeberrimorum aliisque scriptis rarioribus collectam. : Accedit methodus secandi cadav. humana cum enchiresibus iniiciendi ceram, hydrargyrum & stannum in vasa sanguisera & lymphatica, ut & ars dealbandi ossa pro sceletopoeia, cum osteologia, tabulis myologicis aliisque mss. Rauianis, hactenus summoperè expetitis. Frankfurt: Zunnerianorum et Joh. Adami Jungii [Published by heirs of Johann David Zunner and Johann Adam Jungen], 1720. Pagination:  231, , 231, , 114, . Complete, and retaining 102 of the 105 plates (missing 30, 43, 66), plus engraved title. 4to (33 cm). Hand-lettered vellum spine, over raw boards (covering material having fallen by the wayside with the exception of a few fragments here and there). Boards heavily worn, some tattering, engraved title laid-in loose, a handful of plates are on paper wider than the text block which has caused the edges to be a bit tattered, occasional worming and spotting, but clean and bright overall, text block sturdy and sound. Vellum.
Generously illustrated with engravings, presumably the more exotic created from descriptions, in that they are not *quite* right but more or less accurate: i.e. a heavily anthropomorphised elephant face, a camel with more of a tuft than a hump, and some proportional inaccuracies, which lend no small amount of charm thereto. Stunning depictions of the animals which would have been more familiar in the region, such as the horse. Including depictions of animals, their skeletons, organs, partial dissections and the like. Text in double columns. Printed on rag paper, by Zunner, who is noteworthy for being the first Christian publisher to become a partner with a Jew, bookseller Meyer Abraham Beer – Casey Wood. By the author of “Museum Museorum” (Sabin 98357), considered one of the great illustrated books of the era, a repertory of all of the then-known cabinets of curiosities. OCLC Number 1114793608; Garrison & Morton 303. (#061414) $2,500.00
- Warhol, Andy. A. New York: Grove Press, 1968. First edition. Corner bumped, minor shelfwear; very good, in rubbed jacket showing price-clipped flap, some yellowing, and a few short closed tears. Hardcover. (#079319) [SOLD]
- Widnall, S. P. [Samuel Page]. A Mystery of Sixty Centuries, Or, a Modern St. George and the Dragon. Grantchester, Cambridge, UK: Published by the author, 1889. 1st edition. pp. 195. 12mo. In original binding of marbled boards over half wine-red cloth spine with paper spine label and yellow endpapers. Black & white photo, and line drawings. Boards are worn at the edges, especially at the corners. Paper spine label partially chipped away. Joints tight, endpapers renewed, although binding remains slightly sprung (but intact). The photo (of a pterodactyl skull?), pasted down as frontispiece, is in excellent condition. A few spots to text, which is otherwise clean and unmarked. Previous owner’s name (in pencil) to front free endpaper. A good copy of a scarce fantasy title. Hardcover.
Not in Bleiler.Ink inscription on reverse of frontispiece page reads: ‘For Sarah and Clifford in Canada / August, 1898’. (#9900040528) $350.00
- Wood, Ernest E. Mind and Memory Training. New York: Occult Research Press, 1956. 5th printing. pp. viii, 188. 8vo. Diagrams. Slight spine slant, light shelfwear; very good, in very good- dust jacket showing small chips at extremities, and a light tide mark along top edge of front panel. Hardcover. (#075831) $100.00
- Woodsworth, James S. [Shaver] . Strangers Within Our Gates, or Coming Canadians. Toronto: F. C. Stephenson, 1909. First edition. pp. 331. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and b&w pastedown photo to front board. Many tables, photos, illustrations, etc. Edgewear, bookplate and ink notation to front endpaper, one page sliced out and laid-in, and showing paperclip indent and rust, some ink underlines and ticks to margins. Hardcover.
“Observing the grim results of industrial capitalism in Canada and Britain, Woodsworth concluded that his church’s stress upon personal salvation was wrong. Moving from middle-class pulpits to a city mission, All People’s, Winnipeg, he worked with immigrant slum dwellers 1904-13… By 1914 he had become a controversial supporter of trade-union collective bargaining and an ardent democratic socialist – on Fabian and British Labour Party lines. He was also adamantly pacifist, seeing war as a product of capitalist and imperial competition, and he was fired from a governmental social-research position in 1917 for openly opposing conscription.” – Canadian Encyclopedia. Despite his then-progressive stance, through a 21st century lens, the ideas and terminology herein are difficult to read; as such this is an important, neglected, piece of Canadian history. Introduction by J. W. Sparling; Author’s Preface.The Missionary Society of the Methodist Church, Canada; The Young People’s Forward Movement Department Text-Book No. 5. Scarce. Peel 3353. (#078054) $500.00
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