March Virtual Book Fair Mini Catalogue

Join us on the first weekend of March for the Antique Shows Canada Virtual book & antique fair; below is a preview of our mini catalogue, including many newly-acquired items!

Additional photos and information will be available on their website for the duration of the show, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.


The Gospel According to St. Mark, in Cree

Hunter, James. Oo Meyo Achimoowin St. Mark. [The Gospel According to St. Mark] Translated into the Language of the Cree Indians, of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land, North-West America. London : The British and Foreign Bible Society, 1876. Second edition. pp. 89. Slim 12mo. Flexible green cloth covers. Minor edgewear, Small chip out of the corner of front front free endpaper and with corresponding moisture spot to front pastedown, else clean, clear and unmarked. Paperback. Pilling Algonquian p. 245. Peel 11149. Reprint of the 1855 edition.

Souvenirs of the Mi’kmaq

Pacifique, F. Rev./Pere, OMC; Rev. D. MacPherson . La Tribu des Micmacs; Souvenir d’un IIIe Centenaire en Pays Micmac / Sist Gasgemtelnaganipongegeoei Migoitetemagani Oigatigen / Souvenir of the Micmac Tercentenary Celebration; une Tribu Privilégiée: Souvenir du IIIe Centenaire des Micmacs Three titles bound together. Saint-Anne de Ristigouche, 1910; 1910 ;1910. pp. [65-84]; 88; 20. 8vo. Second title showing b&w photographs. Red leather spine with gilt lettering [“Les Sauvages du … Restigouche”], over marbled paper covered boards. Contents age-toned. Hardcover. First title appears to be a fragment, and is in French but for some footnotes. Second title in French, Micmac, and English; includes a lecture by Rev. D. MacPherson setting out a history, extracts from Pacifique’s speech upon the erection of a monument, a census, chart of ideograms, etc.; see Pentland & Wolfart, Bibliography of Algonquian Linguistics p. 189. Third title in French; OCLC 28366561.

Ojibway Dictionary

Campbell, George Monroe. Campbell’s Original Indian Dictionary of the Ojibway or Chippewa Language. Minneapolis, MN: Campbell Publishing, 1940. pp. 80. 12mo. Edgewear, moisture soiling to edges; good. Paperback. Scarce. Not in Pilling. Pentland & Wolfart p. 34.

Views of Ottawa, 1855

Hunter, William S. Hunter’s Ottawa Scenery, in the Vicinity of Ottawa City, Canada. Ottawa: William S. Hunter, 1855. Second edition. pp. 19. Folio. Rebacked blind-stamped brown cloth with gilt lettering to front board, page edges gilt. Newer endpapers. 15 engravings and a map: frontispiece, vignette title, fold-out map, 13 tinted lithographed plates with tissue guards. Some foxing to tissue guards. Hardcover. An important early view book of Ottawa, this edition with the addition of railroad routes to the folding map. Lithographs by John Perry Newell and John Henry Bufford; after William S. Hunter. With 6 of the views attributed to Winslow Homer, thus representing his earliest book illustrations. Text in double columns. Sabin 33937. TPL 3563

Rare First Edition

Moodie, Susanna. Roughing it in the Bush, or, Life in Canada / 2 volumes. London: Richard Bentley , 1852. First edition. pp. xiii, 293, ads; 294, ads. 8vo. Newer green cloth bindings with off-white spine labels showing hand-lettering (a bit chipped at edges). Spines slanted, minor edgewear, bumped at bottom corners. A couple of signatures of Vol. I standing proud (sewing a trifle loose), front endpaper of Vol. 2 showing some soiling, contents show dogearing and the occasional spot, but generally unmarked, and bindings perfectly serviceable. Hardcover. Sabin 50306. “The glowing narrative of personal incident and suffering which she gives in the present work, will no doubt attract general attention. It would be difficult to point out delineations of fortitude under privation, more interesting or more pathetic than those contained in her second volume.” -from the preliminary “Advertisement”.

Winnipeg Hardware Catalogue, heavily illustrated

J. H. ASHDOWN HARDWARE COMPANY Limited. Complete General Hardware Catalog of The J. H. Ashdown Hardware Co. Limited 1935 Revised. Winnipeg, MB: J. H. Ashdown Company, 1935. Paginated by section, with Index + 10 sections of 60-180 pages each. Heavy 4to. Bound in original printed cloth boards. Edges worn, front board slightly torn, some discolouration and edge-tattering to title page and the occasional content page, generally clean and unmarked. Hardcover.
The contents are heavily illustrated with all the goods offered through the Ashdown warehouse. With a comprehensive index of contents at the beginning of the catalogue. A fascinating, and very scarce, historical item, illustrating the trade and commerce of the time. James Henry Ashdown (1844-1924) was known as the ‘Merchant Prince of Winnipeg’, having arrived in that city in 1868 to begin business as a tinsmith. In 1870 he purchased two lots on the corner of Main Street and Bannatyne Ave., where Ashdown’s maintained a retail store for over 100 years. He developed and operated both successful retail and wholesale operations throughout Western Canada and, in 1907, was elected Mayor of Winnipeg. Throughout the years Ashdown’s Warehouse supplied every conceivable kind of merchandise, including its own ‘Diamond A Brand’ of goods, which are prominently featured in this catalogue.

Icelandic-Canadian Journal

Bjarnason, John, ed.; Jon J. Vopni. Sameiningin (“Unification”) 102 issues, 1889-1926. Mánaðarrit til studnings kirkju og kristindomi Islendinga, gefið út af hinu ev. lút. kikjufélagi Ísl. í Vestrheimi. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Prentsmidja Logbergs, 1889-1920. Stapled Wraps. Monthly journal of the Icelandic Lutheran Synod. 1889-1900: 19 issues; 1901-1910: 26 issues; 1911-1920: 56 issues; plus one issue from 1926.

Collectable Heinlein (contact us for additional titles from this collection)

Heinlein, Robert A. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1966. 6th printing. ISBN: 399105565. pp. 383. Blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board. Light edgewear, else near fine, in very good+ dust jacket showing some minor scuffing and two tiny closed tears to the front panel. Hardcover. $6.95 price on flap.

Heinlein, Robert A. Project Moonbase and Others. Burton, MI: Subterranean, 2008. First edition. ISBN: 9781596061866. pp. 546. 8vo. Dove grey cloth with silver lettering to spine. Colour plates. Tiny bump to top edge of rear board, no other detectable flaws, slightest rubbing to rear panel of jacket; near fine/near fine. Hardcover. Signed limited edition number 197 of 750. Signed by Bob Eggleton and John Scalzi.

Pristine OED

Simpson, J. A.; E. S. C. Weiner . The Oxford English Dictionary (20 Volumes). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. Second Edition. ISBN: 9780198611868. Thick 4to. Bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spines. Light shelfwear, a few smudges/creases to page edges, occasional minor spots/scuffs to jackets; very good+ in very good+ dustjackets. Hardcover. The dictionary that defines itself as “the definitive record of the English language”; in the version which celebrates the comprehensive splendor thereof in all it’s 20 volumes; and in lovely condition, to boot.

Folio Society’s Kelmscott Chaucer

Chaucer, Geoffrey; William S. Peterson. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer With an Essay by William S. Peterson on “The Kelmscott Chaucer.” London: The Folio Society, 2002. First edition. pp. ii, ii, 552, 8. Folio. Bound in cream-coloured goat skin with gilt decoration to front board and spine. Gilt top edge. Six raised bands to spine. Magnificent black and white illustrations. String-bound facsimile essay in pocket. Light shelfwear, small spots to bands of spine; very good+ and housed in a very good+, lightly shelfworn navy blue, cloth-bound clamshell box with gilt-lettered spine label. Leather Bound. Number 216 of an edition of 1,000 copies.

Early CCF / NDP Ephemera, five items

Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. CCF Handbook. Ottawa: CCF National Office, 1948. pp. 99. 12mo. The first national CCF handbook. Sunning to spine, owner’s inscriptions in ink to both sides of front cover, small scuff to title page. Very good. Stapled Wraps.
An important and illuminating artifact of Canadian political history.

New Democratic Party. The Federal Program of the New Democratic Party. Ottawa: New Democratic Party, 1961. pp. 29. Political pamphlet elucidating NDP platform; very good. Stapled Wraps.
Adopted by its Founding Convention Ottawa, July 31-August 4, 1961.

National Committee for the New Party. The New Party Draft Program. Ottawa: National Committee for the New Party, 1961. pp. 30. Amendments to the New Party Program; very good. Stapled Wraps.

National Committee for the New Party. Study Paper on Programme of the Proposed New Political Party for Canada. Ottawa: National Committee for the New Party, 1960. pp. 19. Outline of the possible philosophy and political programme for the future NDP; very good. Stapled Wraps.

National Committee of the New Party. Study Paper on Constitution of the Proposed New Political Party for Canada. Ottawa: National Committee of the New Party, 1960. pp. 14. Some yellowing to top edge; very good. Stapled Wraps.

Linnaeus, in four volumes

Linnaei, Caroli [Carl Linnaeus]; Curtio Sprengel, ed. Systema Vegetabilium / Volumes 1-4. 4 volumes (of 5), with Vol. 4 in two parts bound together. Gottingae: sumtibus Librariae Dieterichianae, 1825 – 1827. 16th edition. Thick 8vo. Green cloth spines over paper-covered boards. Gilt-lettered black spine labels. Hardcover.
OCLC 3980056. A handsome set! The father of modern taxonomy, Linnaeus was “the first to frame principles for defining natural genera and species of organisms and to create a uniform system for naming them”. – Britannica.

Arnot’s Criminal Trials

Arnot, Hugo, Esq. A Collection and Abridgement of Celebrated Criminal Trials In Scotland, From A.D. 1536, to 1784. With Historical and Critical Remarks. Edinburgh: William Smellie, for the author, 1785. pp. xxiii, 400. 4to. Recent 1/2 leather with gilt lettering to spine. Minor edgewear, unusual endpapers, some spotting to first and last few pages, contents clean and readable, binding sound; overall very good. Leather Bound.
List of Subscribers; Preface; Table of Contents; Errata; Chapters on Treason, Leasing-Making, Parricide, Murder, Tumult Within Burgh, Piracy, Forgery, Breaking of Gardens, Incest, Adultery, Fornication, Blasphemy, Other Crimes Against Religion and the State, and Witchcraft; Conclusion; Appendix; Index. Omitted Subscribers list not included in this copy – ESTC T142881.

A Nonconforming Moderate

Baxter, Richard. The English Nonconformity As under King Charles II and King James II. Truly Stated and Argued by Richard Baxter Who earnestly beseecheth rulers, and clergy, not to divide and destroy the land, and cast their own souls on the dreadful guilt and punishment of national perjury, lying, deliberate covenanting to sin against God, corrupt his Church and not amend, nor by laws or blind malignity, to reproach faithful Ministers of Christ, and judge them to scorn and beggery, and to lie and die in jails as rogues, and so to strengthen profaneness, popery and schism, an all for want of willingness and patience to read and hear their just defence; while they can spend much more time in sin and vanity. The author humbly begs that he and his books books of unconfutable defence of a mistaken persecuted cause may not be witnesses against them for such great and wilful sin to their condemnation. London: Printed for Thomas Parkhurst, 1690. Second edition. pp. 304. 8vo. Leatherbound. Front board separated from spine. Evidence of early reback. Text complete, clean and unmarked. Leather Bound.
ESTC R17335. OCLC 1203757371. Scarce, with no copies at auction since 1962, and none on the market at the time of writing. Richard Baxter was a controversial English theologian, loosely associated with the Puritans, who described himself as a “mere Nonconformist”. He tentatively supported, and occasionally preached to, Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War, though he would later support the Restoration. With his theology being too conserative for the radicals, but too unorthodox for the Anglican episcopacy, Baxter suffered the plight of many a moderate, spending much of his adult life defending his beliefs from the attacks of both sides. Written shortly after the Glorious Revolution, and the subsequent passing of the Toleration Act, which brought him some respite from his persecution. The English Nonconformity primarily utilizes the form of a dialogue to elucidate the theological positions of the nonconformists and their defenses against the accusations of the Anglican ecclesiastical hierarchy. The social and political consequences of being nonconformist during the reigns of the late Stuarts are described, and the book closes with 50 polemical questions directed towards the English establishment.