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25 Canadian Transit Adverstising Banners

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1. (Advertising) Collection of 25 Canadian transit advertising banners, 1950s-1980s
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$1,250.00

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2. (Africa) LIVINGSTONE, David. The last Journals of David Livingstone, In Central Africa, From 1865 To His Death. Continued by a Narrative of His Last Moments and Sufferings, Obtained From His Faithful Servants Chuma and Susi, By Horace Waller.
London: John Murray, 1874. In two volumes. First edition. Tall 8vo., original purple cloth with pictorial decoration in gilt on the upper covers and spines, xvi, 360, 6pp. ads dated December, 1874; (viii), 346, 20 pp. ads dated November, 1874. With 21 full page illustrations (including a frontispiece in each volume), smaller illustrations in the text, a folding map in volume two, and a larger folding map in a pocket at the rear of volume one. Inner rear hinges cracked, spines are somewhat faded (but gilt is bright) with some very slight rubbing to the ends, but in fact a near a near fine copy.
$1,250.00

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3. (Americana) (PHILIPS, George). Travels in North America.
Dublin: Printed by Brett Smith, 1824. Later edition. First published 1822, two other editions were published in 1824 by P. Dixon Hardy, and John Jones; there were only Dublin editions. 12mo., recently rebound with a brown calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather label, 180pp. Frontispiece and four full-page illustrations in the pagination. Some scattered light foxing otherwise a fine copy. An early falsified narrative of the Lewis and Clark expedition—perhaps simply a plagiarism of published accounts—Travels in North America “purports to narrate the experiences of one George Philips, an Irishman who left home for an extended tour in America. After visiting the West Indies and Mexico, he arrived in St. Louis, where he attached himself to the Lewis and Clark for the traverse of the continent. On the return he left the party at Fort Mandan to travel in Canada.” Curtright, History of the Journals of Lewis and Clark. TPL 1330, Sabin 62456, Howes P305.
$2,000.00

Margaret Atwood Typed Letter Signed
 

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4. ATWOOD, Margaret. 1 page typed letter signed, to Terry Poulton dated June 1 75.
8 ½ x 11 with Atwood's printed address ‘Box 1401 Alliston, Ontario LOM 1AO' printed at the top right. With three holes punched in the left margin for insertion in a binder, small red stain on the top edge but certainly very good. (WITH) An autograph note (9 lines) signed, to Terry Poulton, dated June 22 (1975). Stiff card, 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, with Atwood's address ‘Box 1401 Alliston, Ontario LOM 1AO' printed at the top right. Four tiny pin holes from removal of staples else fine. Both these letters relate to an interview with Margaret Atwood published in the May 1975 issue of Communiqué, an arts journal funded by the Canadian Conference of the Arts and edited by Terry Poulton. As 1975 was International Women's Year, Communiqué produced a special issue (May) devoted to Women in the Arts in Canada. As part of this issue, Susan Swan, a then unknown writer, was commissioned to interview Margaret Atwood. In the first letter, Atwood thanks Poulton for sending her ‘two issues of Communiqué', which she praises as an ‘attractive & informative issue.' Atwood also expresses her pleasure with ‘Susan Swan as an interviewer', and asks Poulton for Swan's address as the ‘note I wrote to tell her so, care of Communiqué, ... was returned to me.' In the short autograph note that follows Atwood thanks Poulton for sending Swan's address and also thanks her for ‘her kind words.' Atwood expresses the writers' need for positive feedback telling Poulton, ‘You'd be surprised how seldom anyone says them---I guess people think if you're famous your ego is stuffed enough already, or that you have no doubts or problems.'
$1,250.00


Ray Bradbury Signed Limited Editions Club
 

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5. BRADBURY, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. Illustrated by Joseph Mugnaini.
Avon, CT: Printed for the Members of the Limited Editions Club, 1974. 1 of 2000 copies signed by Bradbury and the illustrator. 4to., original decorated cloth. Fine in slipcase as issued.
$500.00

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6. BURKE, Edmund. Two Letters Addressed To A Member Of Parliament, On The Proposals For Peace With The Regicide Directory Of France.
London: Printed For F. And C. Rivington, 1796. First authorized edition, second impression, second issue. (Seventh edition). Tall 8vo., recently calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, leather spine label, (2), (1)-188pp. Bound without the halftitle and lacking the four page insert at p.156*. Signature on titlepage o/w a fine copy. The printing history of this title is quite complicated as outlined by Todd. This copy is lacking the four page insert as is usual; Todd states "the four leaf-insert belatedly provided to complete the text and a necessary feature of an 'ideal copy,' though rarely included in the first nine 'editions.' Although this copy is lacking the halftitle which would provide a statement of "edition," it contains the points common to Todd's 'g' and 'h' issues, and as the press figures do not correspond to 'g' we assume that this is Todd's issue "h." Todd 66h.
$600.00

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7. BURTON, Richard F. Vikram And The Vampire Or Tales Of Hindu Devilry. Adapted by.... With Thirty-Three Illustrations by Ernest Griset.
London: Longmans, Green, And Co., 1870. First edition, second issue binding. 8vo., original red cloth with pictorial decoration in black, gilt lettering, xxiv, 319, (320 blank). Illustrated. Slight rubbing to the spine ends but otherwise an about fine copy.
$1,000.00

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8. (Canadiana). BELL, Archie. Sunset British Columbia and Beyond. An Account of its settlement; its progress from the early days to the present, including a review of the Hudson's Bay Company; its unique cities and attractive towns... the Japanese and the Doukhobors... the Sportsman and the Traveller.
Boston: The Page Company, 1918. First edition. Tall 8vo., original brown cloth decorated in gilt with a circular pictorial paper panel on the upper cover, xii, 320pp. With illustrations and a folding map. Signature otherwise an about fine copy.
$100.00

Ontario Miner Diary West Africa WW2
 

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9. (Canadiana). CANADIAN MINER’S DIARY—GOLD COAST.
Diary of Allan Craig of Timmins for 1941, a year he spent on Africa’s Gold Coast working for the Taquah Aboso Mines company. Craig begins his diary recounting the previous year starting with his work at the Stollinger Gold Mine in Timmins, and the events leading up to his move in the fall of 1940. He is a thorough diarist who, based on how he has filled in the daily journal, seems to have recounted the events of every single day from January 1st (when “a number of the boys failed to turn out to work… much to much (sic) party for them last nite”) up to November 23rd, at which point he has travelled back to North America having arrived in New York by ship. He has pasted in numerous telegraph stubs, postal packet receipts, a few full telegraphs, hostel receipts, visitors permits, and other similar records of his time away. He very charmingly recounts communications with his fiancé back in Timmins, and records a long illness and treatment that he worked through (“Felt perfectly rotten while underground. My legs were trembling and thought my knees would buckle on me… By heck I hope I’ll not have to go to the hospital a fourth time. Also hope the Malaria bugs in my system kick the bucket before I get home. Will go to the University of Toronto for treatment in any case.”) But the most intriguing material is in his accounts of the day-to-day happenings of the mine, as well as his occasional updates on the war as they received news (“We received the very surprising news that British Imperial Forces Occupied Benghazi to-day. That’s another blow for Mussolini and his Italians to recover from…”) A unique account of a young Ontario miner adapting to the climate of West Africa during the war.
$450.00

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10. (Canadiana). KENNEDY, Howard Angus. The Book of the West. Romance, Thrill, History, Reminiscence --From Western Canada As It Was and As It Is.
Toronto: Ryerson, (1925). First edition. 8vo., original pictorial wrappers, (206)pp. With illustrations. Some light soiling otherwise a nice copy.
$75.00

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11. (Children's Illustrated). MOFFAT, Alfred and H. Willebeek Le Mair. Little Songs of Long Ago. "More old Nursery Rhymes". The original tunes harmonized by Alfred Moffat. Illustrated by H. Willebeek Le Mair.
London: Augener Ltd. & Philadelphia: David McKay, (1912). First edition. Oblong 4to., original yellow cloth with a large oval pictorial paper panel on the upper board. With full page illustrations in colour with facing page containing music and lyrics. A fine bright copy in chipped dustwrapper with a few small tears.
$385.00

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12. (Children's Illustrated). MOFFAT, Alfred and H. Willebeek Le Mair. Our Old Nursery Rhymes The original tunes harmonized by Alfred Moffat. Illustrated by H. Willebeek Le Mair.
London: Augener Ltd, (1911). First edition. Oblong 4to., orig. blue grey cloth with a large oval pictorial paper panel on the upper board. With full page illustrations in colour with facing page containing music and lyrics. A fine bright copy.
$300.00

George Cruikshank Original Watercolour Sketch
 

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13. CRUIKSHANK, George. “The Serenade” original watercolour sketch (pencil sketch with blue wash), signed.
4 ½” x 5” sketch on 7” x 8 ¼” sheet. Illustrating a scene from Eccentric Tales (W. F. Von Kosewitz, 1827). With two plans for the same scene sketched on the rear. Matted and bound into an 11” x 14 ½” calf folder dec. in blindstamp and lettered in gilt, with marble endpapers. With the bookplate of Cruikshank collector Albert M. Cohn. Binding rubbed but still near fine.
$2,500.00

Signed by the "Yankee Clipper" Joe DiMaggio
 

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14. DiMAGGIO, Joe. Lucky To Be a Yankee.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, nd. (c. 1951). Signed by DiMaggio. 8vo., printed paper boards, 221pp. Near fine in chipped and worn dustwrapper. With an envelope postmarked ’89 with DiMaggio’s return address in San Francisco written in the corner (not in DiMaggio’s hand).
$350.00

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15. EDWARDS, Jonathan. Two Dissertations, I. Concerning the End for which God created the World. II. The Nature of True Virtue.
Boston: Printed and sold by S. Kneeland..., 1786. First edition. 8vo., recently rebound with leather spine, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather spine label, marble boards, (v), 191pp. Title has been repaired with contemporary paper along inner edge and across top half inch which has been clipped entirely with lose of the word "Two" in the title, pages browned (most significantly from N1 - O4), minor wear to the terminal leaf (no loss to text), binding fine. The scarce first edition of a Calvinist text that is still used by American evangelicals. Edwards argued that God's end in creation "must manifest God's supreme regard for himself."
$4,000.00

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16. (England). (DUNTON, John). The Phenix; Or, A Revival of Scarce and Valuable Pieces From the Remotest Antiquity Down to the Present Times. Being a Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Tracts, No Where to be Found but in Closets of the Curious. By a Gentleman who has Made It. (pseud).
London: J. Morphew, 1707. In two volumes. First edition. 8vo., rebound in 20th century half calf, marble boards, leather spine labels, vi, 570; (xvi), 552pp. Some foxing, some offsetting and browning to the perimeter of a few leaves but o/w a very nice set. A collection of 30 (numbered Phenix I-XXX, with a preface and table of contents in each volume) religious, political and historical tracts from the reigns of Edward I to William III. John Dunton [1659-1732] is chiefly remembered as ‘one of the most prominent London booksellers of the 1690s, an innovative if somewhat eccentric figure, who made a significant contribution to Whig propaganda in the decade after the revolution of 1688. His search after novelties led him to experiment with new literary forms, and his influence may be traced in the rise of the eighteenth-century periodical.’ (DNB) Goldsmiths 4385, NCBEL II: 1344.
$500.00

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17. (England). (WHARTON, Henry). A Treatise Of The Celibacy Of The Clergy, Wherein Its Rise And Progress Are Historically Considered.
London: Printed by H. Clark, for James Adamson..., 1688. First edition. 4to., recently rebound with a calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, leather spine label, (1), (1), (4), 168pp. Name on the titlepage, repair to initial imprimatur page otherwise fine. Henry Wharton (1664-1695) was a deacon and prolific ecclesiastical historian. “In 1688 he made the acquaintance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Sancroft, under whose generous patronage some of his literary work was done. The arch-bishop, who had a very high opinion of Wharton’s character and talents, made him one of his chaplains and presented him to the Kentish living of Sundridge, and afterward to that of Chartham in the same county. In 1689 he took the oath of allegiance to William and Mary, but he wrote a severe criticism of Bishop Burnet’s History of the Reformation, and it was partly owing to the Bishop’s hostility that he did not obtain further preferment in the English church. He died on the 5th of March, 1695, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. (Ency Britannica, 11th edition). Wing W1570.
$750.00

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18. (Fine Arts) STORY, Alfred T. The Life Of John Linnell.
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1892. In two volumes. First edition. Tall 8vo., original blue cloth, (xii), 308; (xii), 284pp. Inner hinges cracked, some light wear but still a better than very good copy. Life of painter John Linnell with an appendix containing list of his works.
$450.00

Orwell's Animal Farm First Edition in Ukrainian
 

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19. ORWELL, George; Ivan Chernyatinskii, trans. Kolgosp Tvarin (Animal Farm).
(Munich): Vidavnitstvi Prometei, (1947). First edition in Ukrainian (it is in Cyrillic), with a new preface by Orwell for this edition. 8vo., orig. pictorial printed wrappers, (91)pp. Dampstain to lower fore edge, about 1/3 of the blank spine is chipped away, rubbing and light wear to upper cover, very good. Fenwick A.10.T25. This edition is notable for Orwell’s new preface. It written after Orwell was contacted by a Ukrainian stateless refugee—Igor Szewczenko, an academic that went on to be a Professor of Byzantine studies at Harvard—who explained that Animal Farm had gained an audience with Ukrainian refugees he was working with in camps across Germany; after he verbally translated passages, they expressed a profound connection with the material, which mirrored the hardships they faced in the Soviet Union. This resulting edition, translated by Szewczenko under a pseudonym, was distributed by a Ukrainian displaced persons organization in Munich. “Rather than an account of the of the immediate origins of Animal Farm, this Preface is an account of Orwell’s early life, his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, his views on Stalinism and the Soviet regime, and his belief in the importance of the Socialist movement.” The original English text of the Preface does not survive.
$900.00

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20. (GUÉNÉE, Antoine). Lettere di Alcuni Giudei Portoghesi, Tedeschi, e Polacchi, al Singor di Voltaire. Con un breve Comentario estratto da uno piú lungo.
Napoli: G. P. Merande, 1791-1792. In three volumes. This Italian edition was preceded by a 1770 Venice edition; first published in French, Paris 1769. 8vo., full cont. vellum, leather spine labels, xlviii, 320; 284; 281pp. Stamps, discolouring to edge of upper cover of volume three, some wear to spines, very good. A response to anti-Semitic passages in Voltaire’s work, called “the wittiest and most effective answer to Voltaire”. “Guénée’s work purported to be a series of letters and commentaries by a diverse group of European Jews. Guénée defended the character of the Jews, the Old Testament, and by extension Christianity against Voltaire, pointing out countless interpretive errors along the way as well as similarities between Voltaire’s beloved Quakers and the Jews” (Cambridge History of Eighteenth Century Philosophy) Voltaire’s anti-Semitism has been the subject of debate, though as Leon Poliakov points out in The History of Anti-Semitism: “During Hitler’s domination of Europe, a history teacher, Henri Labroue, had no difficulty compiling a two-hundred-and-fifty-page book of Voltaire’s anti-Jewish writings.” He wrote a response to this work in 1776 entitled Un Chrétian contre six juifs in which he argued that “if the Jews were as wise and virtuous as Guénée made out, then there would have been no need for Christian dispensation.” (Voltaire and the Century of Light)
$650.00

Haggard... With Annotations and Corrections in Author's Hand
 

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21. (HAGGARD, H. Rider). “Back to the Land” [published in] Addresses Delivered Before the Canadian Club of Ottawa 1903-1909. Edited by Gerald H. Brown, First Vice-President.
Ottawa: The Mortimer Press, 1910. With pencil annotations and corrections to Haggard’s speech (pp.81-86) in the author’s hand, and the last page of an ALs in ink from Haggard to an unknown recipient pasted onto the ffep. 8vo., orig. mustard cloth lettered in black, 227pp. Bookplate on rear pastedown, near fine in cloth custom clamshell case lettered in gilt with some wear and dampstaining along the bottom edges. Three annotations (“after some preliminary remarks” added at the outset; “as a Commissioner from the Government of Great Britain” clarifying “in my present position to-day”; “Loud and long continued applause” at closing) and 21 editorial markings or corrections in Haggard’s hand; these notations correspond with the changes found in the version published as an appendix to Haggard’s autobiography The Days of My Life. Haggard worked on the book between 1910-1912, however it was not published until 1926, one year after his death. The ALs, though incomplete, clearly refers to corrections of text for a book, likely referring to correcting this piece for Days of My Life. Additions and Corrections to the Haggard Bibliography p.25, McKay and Scott. Prior to his career as an author, H. Rider Haggard served in various positions with Britain’s Colonial Office. In 1877, he was attached to the special mission to the Transvaal, led by Sir Theophilus Shepstone, which resulted in the annexation of the Transvaal to Great Britain. He was then appointed the Master and Registrar of the High Court at Pretoria until he returned to England in 1881, where he took up the practice of law, and then began to write adventure novels. In addition to his literary activities, Haggard was quite involved with the increasing migration of the population of rural England to the cities. His belief that ‘a healthy, contented, and prosperous rural population was the greatest asset that a country could possess’ caused him to become a life-long activist for that ‘back to the land’ movement. His work Rural England (1902) described his journey through twenty-seven countries examining the condition of agriculture and labourers. In January 1905, the Colonial Office appointed Haggard as Commissioner, to inspect and report on the Salvation Army agricultural and industrial establishments in the United States. The Salvation Army had been actively resettling displaced English workers in the United States, and through meetings with American government officials, Haggard sought to further and promote this scheme of National Land Settlement. In conjunction with his visit to the United States, Haggard also approached the Canadian government about the possibility of granting land for resettlement—corresponding with Clifford Sifton, Earl Grey and Sir Wilfrid Laurier (then Prime Minister). Both Laurier and Sifton were supportive of Haggard’s scheme and agreed to “set aside ten townships (240,000 acres)” for the purposes outlined by Haggard. Details of his proposal regarding resettlement in Canada appeared in his “Report On The Salvation Army Colonies in the United States and at Hadleigh England, With Scheme of National Land Resettlement”. As part of his journey to Canada, in April 1905, Haggard addressed both the Canadian Club of Toronto and the Canadian Club of Ottawa on subjects connected with Land Settlement—in Ottawa (Saturday, April 15), he was accompanied by Commander Booth Tucker of the Salvation Army. Haggard’s speech was reprinted in almost its entirety on Monday, April 17th, in the Ottawa Citizen. In the above speech, Haggard spoke passionately about the drift of agricultural workers from the land to the cities, and of the importance of maintaining a close association between the people and the land: “The strength of a people, gentlemen, is not to be found in their Wall Streets, it is to be found in the farms and fields and villages.”
$5,500.00

Signed Thoreau MacDonald
 

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22. MacDONALD, Thoreau. Talks with a Hunter.
NP: Woodchuck Press, nd. (1946). First edition. Signed by MacDonald in pencil. Small 8vo., original pictorial wrappers designed by Thoreau MacDonald, (12)pp. Illustrations by MacDonald. With a bookplate also designed by MacDonald. Fine.
$100.00

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23. (McNEMAR, RICHARD). A Concise Answer To The General Inquiry, Who, Or What Are The Shakers.
Printed at Stockbridge, (MA): 1826. First of this edition, with an additional 160 line poetical dialogue. 5½” x 3½”, 16pp. Lacking the wrappers (though there is a narrow strip of the original grey wrapper still present along the edge of the upper wrapper near the spine, but it is impossible to know if they were printed), neat signature on the title page, note on the last page of text but o/w a very good copy. “In 1808 Richard McNemar wrote a poem consisting of 150 lines, entitled A Concise to the General Inquiry, who or what are the Shakers.’ It grew out of an application from an individual in Georgia requesting information concerning the Shakers. It was first published at Union Village in 1823; then again in 1825, with a hymn of 44 lines added, composed by Samuel Hooser, reprinted at Enfield, N.H. with Hooser’s poem retained…It was reprinted in 1826 at Stockbridge, Mass, with Hooser’s hymn and a poetical dialogue of 160 lines, ‘between the church and the old gentleman.’ This edition was reprinted in 1835, 1841 and 1844.” (McLean: Bibliography of Shaker Literature). Richard McNemar [1770-1839] was licensed as a Presbyterian minister while living in Kentucky in 1797, and began preaching at the Cabin Creek church in the fall of that year. Influenced by the events of the Kentucky Revival, McNemar preached ‘free will’ and ‘encouraged unrestrained physical activity’ in the congregation, which led to a split with the church and his move to Turtle Creek Church in Ohio. He met with some opposition and along with four other Presbyterian ministers, formed a new, independent church, ‘the New Light Church.’ McLean states that this was the beginning of the ‘free will’ movement in the West and ‘McNemar’s church sessions became exhortations on the order of the Holy Rollers. Church members had such shaking that their whole body vibrated.’ In 1805, three Shaker missionaries visited McNemar and his congregation and persuaded him to become a ‘Shaker.’ McNemar and his followers started the earliest Shaker colonies in the ‘West’; the Union Village Shaker settlement in Ohio, and the village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. In 1807, McNemar wrote The Kentucky Revival, A Short History, which was the first full length book published by the Shakers. McLean considers him to be the ‘father of Shaker literature.’ According to the Garland Encyclopedia of Music, McNemar became known as as the ‘Father of Shaker music’ as he ‘composed more hymns, anthems, and exercise songs than any other Shaker of his day.’
$850.00

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24. NATIONAL ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY CALENDAR. The Animals’ Calendar for 1928.
London: National Anti-Vivisection Society, 1928. 7 ½” x 8 ½”. 7 sheets of blue card printed on both sides in black and red, gold details on cover, held together with a cord run through two holes across the top edge. Very light soiling, near fine. Each calendar page features a photo of animals, quotes about animals and animal welfare from journals and literature (authors include Darwin, Ruskin, and Longfellow), and occasionally original copy about the animal or common mistreatment of the animal (such as the chaining up of dogs).
$150.00

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25. (Nursing).A selection of books on nurses (the famous and the should be famous), covering the American Civil War, World War 1 and Northern Canada.
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26. PERKINS, Eli. Saratoga. Illustrated with 200 Photo Etchings by Arthur Lumley.
New York: Seldon & Company, 1872. First edition. 8vo., original rust cloth decorated in black, viii, (250)pp. Bookplate otherwise a fine copy.
$175.00

Queen Victoria Autograph Letter Signed
 

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27. QUEEN VICTORIA. Autograph letter signed.
2 page autograph letter (1 page folded) written in the third person, ‘The Queen...' dated ‘May 25, 1856.' On the stationary of Osborne House, headed with an black & white engraving of Osborne House, and her embossed coat-of-arms printed in colour. The letter has no salutation but is presumably to ‘Mr. Labauchere' as the text reads' The Queen has rec'd Mr. Labauchere's letter of the 22nd & returns the Enclosures entirely approving that Rev. Mr. Harper should be appointed to the See of Christ Church in New Zealand. The Queen wishes Mr. Lacauchere to express to Sir George Grey her satisfaction at the Address from the Legislative Council.' Fine. Born in Hampshire, Harper won a scholarship to Queen's College, Oxford, and later accepted a position as a tutor to the sons of Sir Charles Coote. In 1831 he was appointed a chaplain at Eton College, and was ordained in 1832, becoming a Vicar in Berkshire in 1840. In 1854 he received a visit from Bishop Selwyn, who had come to explore the possibility of Harper filling the position at the newly formed See of Christchurch. The citizens of Canterbury petitioned Queen Victoria and he was appointed Bishop of Christchurch in December 1856. In 1868 he was elected the Primate of New Zealand, attending the Lambeth Council in 1878.
$1,000.00

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28. (Science Fiction Paperbacks). A Collection of 1950s Paperbacks.

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29. (Science - Philosophy). HARTLEY, David. Observations On Man, His Frame, His Duty, and His Expectations. In Two Parts..
London: Printed by S. Richardson; For James Leake and Wm. Frederick..., 1749. In two volumes. First edition. 8vo., recently rebound with dark brown calf spines, marble boards, raised bands, gilt, leather spine labels, (xx), iv, (5)-512; (xvi), iv, (5)-455, (456 blank), (11)pp index. Very minor scattered foxing in the index otherwise a fine copy. David Hartley [1795-1757] English philosopher, founder of the associationist school of psychologists. Originally intended for the Church, Hartley instead took up the study of medicine, practicing as a physician in Newark, London and finally, Bath. The above work "Observations on Man" was published in 1749, three years after Conillac's "Essai sur l'origine des connaissances humaines," in which similar themes are expounded. The work is divided into two parts: the first dealing with the frame of the human body and mind, and their mutual connections and influences; the second with the duty and expectations of mankind. His two main theories are the doctrine of vibrations and the doctrine of associations. Hartley tell us that his physical theory was drawn from certain speculations as to nervous action which Newton had published in "Principia." With his physical theory, Hartley gave the first strong impulse to the modern study of the intimate connection between physiological and psychical..."
$4,500.00

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30. (Science - Nature). HOWORTH, Henry H. The Glacial Nightmare and the Flood. A Second Appeal to Common Sense From the Extravagance of Some Recent Geology.
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1893. In two volumes. First edition. With the bookplate of the Fraser Institute, which reads in part ‘Bequest of the late John H.R. Molson.’ Small rubber stamp of the Institute at the foot of the titlepages. Tall 8vo., original green cloth, (xxviii), 376; (xii), (377)-920pp. Inner front hinge cracked, some very minor rubbing but otherwise an about fine copy. Henry H. Howorth [1842-1923] Conservative politician and amateur geologist. In addition to his political career, Howorth was an active amateur geologist, who was made a Fellow of the Royal Society, despite his lack of formal scientific training. He contributed regularly to periodicals and also wrote several books on geology. His books, including the above title, were attacks on the theories of Charles Lyell, in which Howorth argued against the existence of ice ages in favour of the theory of ‘great floods.’ This copy of The Glacial Nightmare was a bequest of the Canadian entrepreneur (brewer) and philanthropist, John H.R. Molson, who along with several other prominent businessmen, set up a fund to pay for the building of the Fraser Institute.
$450.00

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31. (Science - Psychiatry). SECHEHAYE, Marguerite. Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl. Translated by Grace Rubin-Rabson.
New York: Grune & Stratton, 1951. 8vo., original red paper grained boards, lettered in black. First edition, first issue (grained boards). Inscription on the endpaper, there are vertical markings in black pen in the margin of approximately 15 pages, some wear at the foot and along the spine, but this is still a very good copy of this delicate book. Marguerite Sechehaye followed the work of Sigmund Freud and Jean Piaget closely, believing there was a link between psychosis and trauma experienced as a child. One of her most notable cases was undertaken with a psychotic patient referred to as "Renée", a pseudonym used for Louisa Düss, who the Sechehayes eventually adopted. Over the course of their work together, Sechehaye took the unique approach of chronicling Düss' journal entries and personal reflections in tandem with her own clinical commentary. The approach significantly influenced mental illness research by introducing an antipsychiatry framework that positioned the patient's experiences as a valid means of establishing their case histories. In this work, one of the earliest autobiographical accounts of schizophrenia, Dr. Sechehaye records the ‘visions’ of ‘Renee’ along with her clinical commentary.
$350.00

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32. (South Pacific). FENTON, James. A History of Tasmania From Its Discovery in 1642 to the Present Time. With a Map of the Island and Portraits of Aborigines in Chromo-Lithography.
Tasmania: Hobart--J. Walch and Son..., 1894. First edition. Tall 8vo., original green cloth lettered in gilt and black, xvi, 462pp. With a large folding map in colour and 5 plates (4 of which are chromolithographs). Some foxing to the fore edge, light rubbing to extremities o/w a near fine copy. Fergusson 9580.
$400.00

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33. STEVENSON, Robert Louis and Lloyd Osbourne. The Wrong Box.
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1889. First U.S. edition (precedence unknown between English and American editions). George Barr McCutcheon’s copy with his bookplate. 8vo., original brown cloth with yellow paper label on upper board, gilt lettering on spine, vii, 244, (4)pp. ads. A fine, bright copy in a custom half morocco slipcase with raised bands, gilt compartments. Beinecke 500, Princeton 42A (copy no.3 possibly?), McCutcheon 638.
$850.00

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34. SWINBURNE, Algernon. Songs Before Sunrise.
Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1901. First of this edition, 1 of 25 copies on japan vellum. Sm. 4to., orig. paper boards, (286)pp. Crease running the length of the upper board o/w a nice copy in the cream wrapper decorated with three gilt medallions, lettered in red and black. The wrapper is about fine, in slipcase which is very good.
$850.00

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35. WILKINS, John. An Essay Towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language. 
London: Printed for SA. Gellibrand and for John Martin..., 1668. First edition (folio, it was also issued in large paper). Folio, recently rebound with calf spine, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather spine label, marble boards, (20), 454, (2), 158pp. Two plates (one folding), and two tables. Some minor foxing, particularly to the initial and terminal leaves, otherwise fine, with the bookplates of Stillman Drake and Delapre Abbey. John Wilkins (1714-1772), Bishop of Chester and Fellow of the Royal Society. Wilkins was a founder and first Secretary of the Royal Society. He was the author of a number of works including A Discourse Concerning a New Planet in which he used arguments similar to those of Galileo, and Mercury Or, The Secret and Swift Messenger. Philosophical Language, Wilkins's most notable work, was the first comprehensive proposal of a universal language written in English. "Calls for a universal language had increased as a result of the flourishing of vernacular literature and an increasing dissatisfaction with Latin, partly with regard to the difficulty of learning it, but also with regard to its ambiguities and complexities... The vocabulary of this new language was to be built up by systematic modifications of the basic generic terms that were deemed to cover all the major categories of existence. A knowledge of the system would enable the reader, or listener, not just to recognize the signification of a word but also to understand how the referent fitted into the entire scheme of things. This is what made Wilkins's artificial language 'philosophical', not just universal in the sense that a unanimously agreed upon lingua franca would be." ODNB. Wing W2196, Lowndes 2922.
$7,000.00

   

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The Pope's Bookbinder
A Memoir

By David Mason

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The Pope's Bookbinder. A Memoir. By David Mason. Biblioasis, 2016. 464 pages. Index. $24.95(CAD).

A memoir of Mason's forty-five years in the booktrade. After some years in Europe doing odd jobs, including a period doing bookbinding in Spain, and reading incessantly, Mason returned to Canada, apprenticed in the book trade with Joseph Patrick Books and has been selling used and rare books ever since. His memories include the books dealers, collectors, and libraries he has dealt with over that period.

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The Protocols of Used Bookstores. A Guide to Dealing with Certain Perils Which Could be Encountered in a Used Bookstore. By David Mason.
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