December Mini Catalogue: Gifts for You and Yours


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Barker, Cicely Mary; Olive Linnell. Flower Songs of the Seasons. London: Blackie & Son Limited, N.D. [ca. 1930]. Unpaginated. 4to. Illustrated plate to front board. Tipped-in colour plates and frontispiece, black and white illustrations. Light shelfwear; very good. Hardcover.
Includes music by Olive Linnell. (#080455) $85.00

Burton, Captain Sir Richard Francis; Albert Letchford; Leonard C. Smithers (Ed.). The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night. London: H.S. Nichols Ltd., 1897. A set of twelve quarto volumes (26 x 18 cms), each uniformly-bound in 3/4 wine-red leather over woven green cloth, with marbled endpapers and the top edges gilt. All volumes remain tightly-bound, with minor evidence of rubbing to the extremities. Each volume carries a rather nice bookplate of J. H. Burton, depicting a schooner in full sail bordered by mermaids. The bookplate is initialled “HN” (Harold Nelson, famed British bookplate designer, artist, and engraver). Internally, all volumes are in excellent condition and appear to have been seldom read or even opened. The words “Kamashastra Edition” appear at the bottom of the spine of each volume. Leather Bound.
The magnificent “Library Edition” of The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night translated from the Arabic by Captain Sir R. F. Burton and reprinted from the original 1885 privately-circulated Kamashastra Society edition. It is edited by Leonard C. Smithers and illustrated by a series of seventy-one inserted original illustrations reproduced from the original pictures in oils specially painted by Albert Letchford. (#053671) $750.00

Daggy, Robert E. (ed.). Monks Pond: Thomas Merton’s Little Magazine. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1989. ISBN: 0813116945. pp. 349. Royal 8vo. Bound in black cloth with silver lettering to spine. Contains black and white illustrations and photographs. Light edgewear, corners slightly bumped. Dustjacket lightly shelfworn, one small puncture to rear panel; very good+. Hardcover.
Introduction by Robert E. Daggy. Afterword by Patrick Hart. (#079950) $250.00

Halfmoon, Charles [Nun, Kayshohweesh]. A Collection of Hymns, in Muncey and English for the use of the Native Indians / Minseewee, Loonzwaywaukunnul. Toronto: Wesleyan Missionary Society, 1874. pp. 102. 12mo. Bound in textured plum cloth with gilt lettering to front board. “United Church Archives” bookplate to front free endpaper, and their rubber stamp to top edge and title page; contents otherwise clean, binding sound; very good. Hardcover.
With English and Muncey text on facing pages. Follows the 1842edition. Pilling, Algonquian p. 220. OCLC 5741525. Scarce on the market. (#078895) $200.00

[Humphrey, Mr. J. W. , Manager]. A History of No. 35 E.F.T.S., R.A.F. Neepawa. Neepawa, MB: Neepawa Press, ND [ca. 1944]. No pagination. Pictorial card cover, b&w photos throughout. Some minor rubbing/creasing to covers, scuff to front, internally clean and unmarked. In a scuffed plain white slipcase marked “W R CHAPPEL 1 each”. Spiral Bound.
OCLC 841625931. Signed: “To “Jim” Stewart / with best regards / “J.W.” 17/6/44. “The RAF opened an Elementary Flying Training School at Neepawa March 30, 1942. On August 24, 1942 the school was taken over by the Moncton Flying Club and thusly incorporated into the BCATP. It was later redesignated No. 26 EFTS on January 30, 1944” – Rare. Most pages show a portrait (single or group) with a writeup on the facing page. Written to bring back fond memories of the station and it’s people. (#079045) $400.00

Jones, Peter, trans., with James Evans, George Henry. A Collection of Ojebway and English Hymns, for the use of the Native Indians / Ojebway nuhguhmonun, kanuhnuhguhmowahjin egewh uhneshenadbaig. Toronto: Methodist Missionary Society at the Methodist Conference Office, 1877. Reprint. pp. vi, 234. 12mo. Newer navy cloth binding with gilt lettering and decoration to front board. A few small rubber stamps (United Church), contents clean, binding sound. Hardcover.
Ojibway and English on facing pages. See Peel 206. Pilling Algonquian p. 271. (#078901) $250.00

de La Fontaine, Jean [Gustav Doré]. Fables de la Fontaine. Paris: Libraire de L. Hachette et Cie, 1868. 4to. Bound in half burgundy leather over marbled boards. Gilt lettering and raised bands to spine. Marbled endpapers. Spine a bit sunned, minor scuffing to edges, a few surface abrasions to boards, binding tight and sound, pages unmarked apart from some occasional foxing; very good. Leather Bound.
La Fontaine’s famous classic fables are herein lavishly illustrated with Gustav Doré full-page plates, many in-text illustrations, head- and tail-pieces. All this housed in a handsome and solid leather binding. Text is in French. (#035028) $400.00

Laurenza, Domenico and Martin Kemp, eds. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester: a New Edition / 4 volumes. Oxford University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780198832867. 4to. Still in publisher’s shrinkwrap with a few scuffs but remaining near fine overall. Hardcover.
A facsimile reproduction of Da Vinci’s most significant scientific texts; serious reconstruction of Leonardo’s legacy as a scientist; a new transcription and English translation of the Codex Leicester, offering context and explanations for every note, drawing, and meaningful word. (#079502) $325.00

Layton, Irving. The Love Poems of Irving Layton With Five Original Lithographs by Graham Coughtry. Toronto: Canadian Fine Editions, 1978. p. 101. Large 4to. Bound in full brown suede, with the title stamped in gilt to the front board, over and under a smaller reproduction of one of the artist’s lithographs, which has been tabbed to the board. All edges gilt. Each page of the text printed on an uncut quarto sheet. Each of the five tipped-in lithographs are hand-numbered and signed by the artist. Spine shows a bit of sunning. Small (one inch) ‘ghost’ of tape (?) to lower left of rear board, causing darkening to the suede. Pastedown to front board shows a touch of soiling. Binding otherwise tight and in very good condition. Contents pristine. A magnificent copy. Leather Bound.
Printed in 1978 in three editions: an unremarkable trade edition, a limited edition of two hundred copies, signed by author and artist, and bound in quarter suede and brown cloth, and this extraordinary – very special – edition, limited to thirty copies of which this is copy number 23, signed by both Layton and Coughtry at the colophon. (#9900040767) $800.00

Leclerc, Georges-Louis; Comte de Buffon. Buffon’s Natural History Of Birds, Fish, Insects, and Reptiles (Six volumes bound in three). London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1816. pp. vii, 332; v, 332; viii, 320; viii, 323; vii, 386; xii, 332. Thick 8vo. Bound in half green leather over marbled boards with gilt lettering, rules, and decoration to spines, five raised bands and six compartments. Black and white engraved plates, marbled page edges and endpapers. One plate missing from volume three, edgewear, occasional foxing, a few pencil marks to margins, shelfwear; very good-. Leather Bound.
Written by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopédiste, with the help of Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, Philibert Guéneau de Montbeillard, Gabriel-Léopold Bexon, and numerous artists. Leading evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr wrote that Buffon “was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century.” Histoire Naturelle was translated into many different languages. (#061392) $400.00

Leistikow, Klaus Ulrich and Romeyn Beck Hough. The Woodbook The Complete Plates. Cologne: Taschen, 2002. ISBN: 9783822817421. pp. 864. Thick 4to. Black pictorial boards with gilt lettering to spine and front board. Lavishly illustrated with high-quality, full-colour (and some black & white) photos. Negligible shelfwear, appears unread; near fine. No dustjacket, as issued. Housed in near fine, wood box with a sliding top on which is printed the title of the book and the publisher’s name. Hardcover. (#059472) $52.50

Lewis, John. Mackenzie King The Man; his Achievements. Toronto: Morang and Company, 1925. Limited edition. pp. 139. 8vo. Bound in maroon leather with gilt lettering and gilt portrait to front board, uncut page edges, SIGNED by Mackenzie King. Light shelfwear, small indent and scuff to spine; very good- in good slipcase showing scuffs, and clear tape to edges. Hardcover.
Unnumbered copy of limited edition. (#080367) $300.00

[Manitoba]. Evidence Given before the Public Accounts Committee Relating to the Expenditures, etc., on the New Parliament Buildings. Winnipeg, Manitoba: [Province of Manitoba], 1915. pp. 400. 8vo. Loss at spine ends, covers creased, age-toned, unmarked; very good. Paperback.
The Manitoba Legislative building, originally called the Manitoba Parliament Building, has a controversial, mysterious history, quite aside from the rumoured Masonic connections, the building went over budget by nearly 500%. “Construction began in the summer of 1913. The work suffered setbacks and would take almost 7 years to complete. Obstacles included labour and funding shortages connected with the First World War, a scandal involving the original contractor, a Royal Commission called to investigate the building’s construction, the subsequent resignation of a Premier and a change of government, and labour unrest during the Winnipeg General Strike… The Winnipeg Tribune, in 1917, argued that the new “government would have been well advised when it took office if it had caused the structure to be torn down, and a sensible building, commensurate with the requirements of the province substituted… Final costs were $9,379,000. [vs. a planned expenditure of $2,000,000.] An itemized statement issued by the Public Works department included $150,000.00 for furnishings and finishings, $219,551.29 for plumbing, heating and ventilation, $157,172.72 for electrical work and $296,023.59 for repairing defective work.” – . This book consists of transcripts of examinations of figures involved in planning and building.
(#080288) $300.00

Marx, Karl; Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling (trans.). Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. (Three Volume Set) Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1983. pp. 767, 551, 948. 8vo. Bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spines. All volumes lightly shelfworn, with ink inscriptions to ffeps. Volume 1 slightly shaken, with bumped corners and sparse underlining and marginalia in pencil throughout. Volume 3 slightly shaken. All three dustjackets with nicks and tears to edges. Volumes 1 and 2 dustjackets have been corner-clipped, Sunning, predominantly to Volume 1 and 3, but also to spine of Volume 2; very good. Hardcover.
Edited by Friedrich Engels. Translated from Third German Edition. (#080537) $200.00

Mead, Taylor. Son of Andy Warhol Volume Four: Excerpts from the Anonymous Diary of a New York Youth. New York: Hanuman Books, 1986. First edition. ISBN: 0937815039. pp. 90. 32mo. Textured cream paper binding with gilt lettering, slightly rippled at spine and showing small mark to bottom page edge; very good condition, in dustjacket showing some rubbing, a crease to spine, and scuff to rear panel. Paperback.
A portion of this work originally appeared in Shiny International. Cover photo by Raymond Foye. An early title in the first Hanuman series, which was published out of NYC’s Chelsea Hotel in the 1980’s and 90’s, and featured major figures from the avant-garde scene. (#080356) $125.00

Moreau, Achile. Exil et Captivite de Napoleon : extraits du Memorial de Saint-Helene par le Comte de Las-Cases [etc.] [Bound together with] ‘Souvenirs de la Vie Politique et Intime, Anecdotes, Episodes faits et Paroles Memorables du Grand Homme et du Grand Empereur’. Paris: Renault et Cie., ND (1857). 1st edition. pp. iv, 224; pp. 90. Royal 8vo. Originally issued in green illustrated card covers, now recently re-bound, retaining the original wraps, in a beige cloth hard-cover binding, with gilt lettering to the spine. Woodcuts. Contents show occasional light foxing, but are otherwise quite bright and unmarked, except for a former owner’s name (M. E. Bassett, Bordeaux, 1931), written in red pencil on the side of the title page, and a small (25 cent piece size) circular rubber stamp, also on the title page. The original front cover appears to have been glued to the frontispiece, and the glue has darkened portions of the margins of the latter. The boards are only very slightly soiled. Overall, in good plus, to very good, condition. Hardcover.
The text is in French. (#9900033797) $300.00

Mueller, Cookie. Fan Mail, Frank Letters, and Crank Calls Volume Four: Excerpts from the Anonymous Diary of a New York Youth. New York: Hanuman Books, 1989. First edition. ISBN: 0937815144. pp. 79. 32mo. Textured paper binding, colour illustrations. Light edgewear; very good condition, in dustjacket showing some rubbing, small red mark and sticker ghost to rear panel. Paperback.
No. 15 in the third Hanuman series, which was published out of NYC’s Chelsea Hotel in the 1980’s and 90’s, and featured major figures from the avant-garde scene. (#080357) $150.00

[Raphael Tuck & Sons]. In the Wilds A Book of Pictures and Tales about Animals. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1915. Unpaginated. Royal 8vo. Raised/stuffed cloth deer illustration to front board. Colour frontispiece, black and white and green illustrations. Light shelfwear, ink gift inscription to rear pastedown, some creasing to endpapers: good+. Hardcover.
Father Tuck’s “Life Like” Series. Contains racist caricature. (#080464) $100.00

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

Waugh, Evelyn . Penguin Classics Waugh (24 Volume Set). London: Penguin Classic, 2011. Various pagination. 8vo. Numerous volumes contain black and white photographs, illustrations, and maps. Light shelfwear, scuffing and small spots to extremities of some volumes, contents clean and bright; very good+ in very good- dustjackets. Hardcover.
A complete 24-volume set in iconic, baby blue Penguin Classics dustjackets. An aesthetically pleasing addition to any shelf. (#078897) $400.00

Whitehead, Alfred North and Bertrand Russell. Principia Mathematica / 3 volumes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1959, 1963. Reprint. pp. 674; 742; 491. Royal 8vo. Classic navy hardcovers, handsome gilt-lettered spines, no jackets. General shelfwear, ink owner’s names, faintly smoky, internally unmarked, bindings sound. Hardcover.
Reprints of the second edition (1963, 1959, 1963) of this landmark work on the foundations of mathematics. (#080614) $300.00

Wilson, Rev. Edward F. [Francis]. 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., 1975. Reprint. pp. v, 412. Square 12mo. Bound in dun coloured paper covers. Covers creased and showing some spotting, a rubber stamp, and a faint name; internally clean and unmarked with sound binding. Paperback.
The 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 edition “Reprinted at the request of Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.” (#078647) $200.00