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David Mason Books eList #48

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1 . (Americana) DRAKE, Benjamin. Life of Tecumseh And Of His Brother The Prophet; With A Historical Sketch of the Shawanoe Indians.
Cincinnati: H.M. Rulison..., 1856. Later edition. 8vo., original cloth, viii, (9)-235pp. Foxing throughout, spine and perimeter of covers faded otherwise very good. Howes 460 for first edition of 1841.

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2. (Architecture) JOHONNOT, James. School-Houses by... Architectural Designs by S.E. Hewes.
New York: J.W. Schermerhorn & Co., 1872. Later edition of the revised and expanded edition. Tall 8vo., original brown cloth with a small pictorial decoration in black, 271pp. With Illustrations. This copy has "C.W. Bardeen &Co, Syracuse NY" stamped in black on the upper cover and as this is the original publishers cloth we assume it was issued thus. Some light rubbing o/w a better than very good but not quite near fine copy. First published in 1858 as ‘Country School-Houses' this work was revised and expanded, and published under this title in 1871. 

With signed presentation from Atwood

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3. ATWOOD, Margaret. The Robber Bride.
(Toronto): McClelland and Stewart, (1993). First edition. With a signed presentation inscription from Atwood to her friend and fellow Canadian writer, Jay Macpherson reading, "For Jay, with love from Peggy. 'Illusion is the finest of all pleasures. O. Wilde. "Fine in a fine dustwrapper.

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4. BRINE, Mary D. Grandma's Attic Treasures A Story of Old-Time Memories.
New York: E. P. Dutton, (1881). 8vo., original green cloth decorated in gilt, 94pp. With illustrations. Name otherwise a fine copy.

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5. (Calendar/Pollyanna). Pollyana Calendar The Glad Book 1915.
Boston: The Page Company, (1914). 4to., (12" x 8"), glossy pictorial wrappers, tied at the top, with 52 leaves printed in colour (illustrated)--one for each week of the year, with a quotation from ‘Pollyanna.' Lacking one tie o/w a very good copy of this Pollyanna themed calendar. The calendars were issued annually for a number of years, advertised as having a ‘message of cheer on every page' and ‘beautifully illustrated.'

Click to view larger image. 6. (Calendar). (MICKLE, Sara & Mary Agnes Fitzibbon--compilers). The Cabot Calendar 1497-1897. [With Drawings by M. Cary McConnell and Clara Fitz Gearld].
(Toronto: Toronto Litho. Co., 1896.) A lithographed calendar measuring 7" X 9 3/4." The calendar consists of 4 lithographed portraits of Champlain, Frontenac, Wolfe and Monck, and 12 lithographed pages (1 for each month), the month of December comprises the last leaf and the first leaf is a lithographed cover reading "The Cabot Calendar....." The calendar is fastened together with the original cord which passes through two holes at the top of each page. The pages are printed on the rectos only. There is a small stain on the front cover approx. 1/2" X 3" and a corresponding stain on the outside of the last leaf but there are no stains within. The calendar is housed in the original printed slipcase/envelope which is stiff paper with printed and decoration on the front. The calendar is near fine and the envelope is very good. We have been unable to locate a copy of the calendar with the envelope present, though a few Canadian institutions do hold copies of the calendar itself.


From the library of Robert Weaver

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A collection of Canadian poetry journals from the early years of a golden era in Canadian verse. This entire lot of scarce periodicals came from the library of Robert Weaver, who could arguably be referred to as the prime patron of modern Canadian writing. Weaver worked for the CBC producing radio programs on literature and provided many of the most important modern Canadian writers with the money to feed their families by buying their poetry and short stories to be broadcast on the CBC. Because the earliest issues are quite rare and First Statement and Northern Review are scarce we are offering these incomplete runs as lots.
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1839 Tourist Guide to Niagara Falls

Click to view larger image. 8. (Canadiana) DE VEAUX, S. The Falls of Niagara, Or Tourist's Guide To The Wonder of Nature, Including Notices Of The Whirlpool, Islands & c. And A Complete Guide Thro' The Canadas. Embellished With Engravings.
Buffalo: William B. Hayden, 1839. First edition. Small 8vo., full contemporary calf, recent leather spine label, (169)pp. With the bookplate of Canadian politician and writer Victor Morin [1865-1960], who was also the President of the Royal Society of Canada from 1938-1839. A bit of rubbing to the head of the spine otherwise a near fine copy.


An Unrecorded Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto

Click to view larger image. 9. (Canadiana) ROBERTSON, J. Ross. Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto. A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1833 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1893.
Toronto: J. Ross Robertson, 1894. Volume 1. Tall thick 8vo., wrappers, 561pp. With illustrations. In original gray wrappers printed in black, the front wrapper duplicating the title page, the rear wrapper blank, the spine reading “Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto. Volume 1.” The edges of the wrappers are chipped (not affecting the text) and large pieces are chipped from the spine losing a fair bit of the lettering. The spine is vertically cracked in several places and has been lacquered at some point, obviously to stop further chipping. A most curious example. This book was issued in 1894, both in red and blue cloth. The entire series in six volumes, completed in 1914, is the best record of early Toronto compiled by the owner and editor of the Toronto Telegram, John Ross Robertson. The publishing record of the six volume set is complex because each volume seems to have been printed according to the sales success of the previous volume. Therefore, the print runs differed. This copy in original wrappers is a mystery. In the fifty years since I began, including my apprenticeship at Joseph Patrick Books I have seen no other copy in wrappers. It is impossible to ascertain why it was done. We can locate no copy in any record. Perhaps it was a trial binding or perhaps an early example of a review copy. Aside from the chipping and damaging it is in very good interior state. The vertical cracks in the spine denote considerable use; perhaps it was a working copy for the Telegram or for Robertson's personal use. In the absence of any other copy or record it is impossible to ascertain. Very rare, unrecorded, perhaps unique.

Click to view larger image. 10. (Canadiana) ROBERTSON, J. Ross. Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto. A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1833 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1898...
Toronto: J. Ross Robertson, 1898. Volume 3. First edition (with Vol.3. on spine) (only 500 copies done). With the bookplate of Lieut. Col. E.L. Caldwell, Royal Canadian Dragoons. Tall thick 8vo., original blue cloth, xiv, 596pp. With illustrations. Bookplate otherwise an about fine copy. Eugene Lloyd Caldwell served in the Royal Canadian Dragoons in the First World War, and then taught at the College Militaire Royal in St. John's Quebec.

Click to view larger image. 11. (Canadiana) ROBERTSON, J. Ross. Robertson's Landmarks Of Toronto A Collection of Historical Sketches Of The Old Town Of York From 1792 until 1837 and Of Toronto from 1834 to 1904 Also Nearly Three Hundred Engravings of Churches of Toronto, Embracing the Picture of Every Church Obtainable from 1800-1904. Fourth Series--Complete.
Toronto: J. Ross Robertson, 1904. Volume Four of "Robertson's Landmarks." First edition. Tall 8vo., original blue cloth, xvi, 614pp. With illustrations. Name, rubbing to the spine ends otherwise very good.


"A McCall's Book"

Click to view larger image. 12. (Children's) BEMELMANS, Ludwig. Madeline's Christmas.
Np: No publishers, (1956). “A McCall's Book.” 8vo., original pictorial wrappers, (24)pp. Fine. Issued by McCall's Magazine in 1956 as a Christmas supplement.

Click to view larger image. 13. (Children's) GOMME, Alice B. Children's Singing Games. With the tunes to which they are sung. Collected & Edited by... Pictured in Black & White by Winifred Smith.
London: David Nutt, (1894). Second series. First edition. Small square 4to., original tan cloth with pictorial decoration in black, 70, (2)pp. Trace of wear to the spine ends but in fact an about fine copy.

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14. (Children's) WELLS, Edward. The Young Gentleman's Arithmetick; Containing The more Easy and Useful Elements of Artithmetick, both Common and Algebraical.
London: Printed by James Knapton, 1723. Second edition. 8vo., rebound in plain modern brown cloth, (20), 294, (2), (2) With thirteen folding plates. Dampstain on the titlepage which continues through the first 100 pages but it becomes progressively less pronounced, lacking the general title but in fact a nice copy in a plain modern binding.

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15. CORSINI, Bartolommeo. Il Torracchione Di... Con alcune spiegazioni de l'aggiunta del suo Anacreonte Toscano...
Londra: (a spurious imprint, probably Paris), Si trova in Parigi appresson Marcello Prault, 1768. In two volumes. First edition. 12mo., full contemporary calf, (xvi), 383; 375pp. With a frontis and folding table in volume one. Outer hinge of volume II cracked but holding, a very good set. Bartolemmeo Corsini [1606-1673] Italian poet, author of the above comic heroic poem.


Jesse James and his Gang

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16. EDGAR, James. James Boys Deeds of Daring... A Complete Record of Their Lives and Deaths, Narrating Many of Their Stirring Adventures... Compiled in Their Home State of Missouri.
Baltimore: L. & M. Ottenheimer, nd. (1911). “New Border Bandit Series, No. 10.” 8vo., original pictorial wrappers, 182, (10)pp. ads. Cheap paper browned as usual, wrappers chipped at the spine ends, 2” piece out of upper wrapper affecting the ‘AM' in ‘JAMES' but otherwise a good copy.


The Salvation Army "In Darkest England"

Click to view larger image. 17. (England) BOOTH, William. In Darkest England and The Way Out.
London: International Headquarters of the Salvation Army, nd. (1890). First edition. Tall 8vo., original blue cloth, 285pp, appendix, 6pp ads. With a large folding frontis in colour. Inner front hinge cracked, some rubbing to the spine ends, small hole in rear spine gutter otherwise a better than very good but not near fine copy. "William Booth started life as a pawnbroker's assistant in Nottingham. After coming to London in 1849 he became an itinerant revivalist preacher. In 1865 he started a "Christian Mission" in Whitechapel. In 1878 he founded almost by accident the Salvation Army. His passionate preoccupation with the submerged tenth was not confined to their spiritual welfare; he was determined to relieve their physical misery as well. In 1890, the same year that Stanley published In Darkest Africa, Booth published In Darkest England. In this book, he analyzed the causes of pauperism and vice of the period, and proposed a remedy by ten expedients. These included land settlement, emigration, rescue work among prostitutes and at the prison-gate, the poor man's bank, and the poor man's lawyer. Money was liberally subscribed and a large part of the scheme was carried out..."

Click to view larger image. 18. (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.


Limited Editions Club

Click to view larger image. 19. (Fine Press) DUMAS, Alexandre. Camille (La Dame Aux Camelias) by...Translated from the French with an Introduction by Edmund Gosse and twelve drawings by Marie Laurencin.
London: Printed for the Members of the Limited Editions Club at the Curwen Press, 1937. First of this edition. 1 of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. With the original announcement card and newsletter laid in. 4to., original white/cream buckram with a single gilt decoration on the upper cover. With 12 illustrations in colour. Spine slightly darkened, there is a strip approximately 1 1/2" wide running the lengthy of the upper cover where the cloth has yellowed otherwise a near fine copy.

Lawyer for the Stars

Click to view larger image. 20. GIESLER, Jerry (as told to Pete Martin). The Jerry Giesler Story.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960. First printing. 8vo., boards with cloth spine, 341pp., index, illustrated. Bookplate of C. B. Farrar, fine in dustwrapper with a closed tear. "The famous trial lawyer's most fascinating cases over the past fifty years, in which he defended such celebrated clients as Clarence Darrow, Charles Chaplin, Errol Flynn, Bugsy Siegel ..."

Click to view larger image. 21. (GILDON, Charles). The Post-Man Robb'd of his Mail: Or, The Packet broke open. Being A Collection of Miscellaneous Letters, Serious and Comical, Amorous and Gallant. Amongst Which are, The Lover's Sighs: Or, The Amours of the Beautiful Stremunia and Alphonso...
London: Printed for A. Bettesworth..., 1719. 12mo., recently rebound with a leatherette spine, cloth, xvi, 340, (4)pp. Lacking half title and blank? some repairs to the edges of a couple of leaves otherwise a nice copy. Charles Gildon [1665-1724]. "Gained but little reputation as an author and still less as an actor, but Pope has embalmed him in the Dunciad." Gildon "ran through his inheritance at 21 and resorted to the life of a hack writer."


Grey Owl's 1937 United Kingdom Lecture Tour Itinerary

Click to view larger image. 22. (Grey Owl) Grey Owl's Second United Kingdom Lecture Tour. September to December 1937. Itinerary.
Single sheet (9 7/8" x 5 1/2") folded three times. Slight tanning, otherwise near fine. Itinerary of Grey Owl's 1937 U.K. lecture tour listing town, theatre/hall and start time. Scarce.

Click to view larger image. 23. HARDY, Thomas. Old Mrs. Chundle. A Short Story.
New York: Crosby Gaige, 1929. First edition. 1 of 700 copies. Tall 8vo., original cloth backed decorated paper boards, (28)pp. Fine.

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Hemingway - Armed Services Editions

Click to view larger image. 24. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Selected Short Stories of... Editions for the Armed Services, Inc. A Non-Profit Organization Established by The Council On Books In Wartime, New York.
Published by Arrangement with Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, (1945?). First edition. Issued as No. K-9 in the Armed Services Editions. 12mo., original wrappers. Small nick a the head of the spine otherwise a fine copy. Hanneman A20a.

Click to view larger image. 25. HUTCHINSON, Edith Stotesbury. A Pair of Little Patent Leather Boots... With Sixty-three Illustrations.
Philadelphia & London: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1913. First edition. 8vo., original cloth, T.E.G., 260pp. With illustrations. Minor fading along spine otherwise near fine. A romantic epistolary novel with many photos of described scenes.

Click to view larger image. 26. (Illustrated) (BURTON, Richard). LETCHFORD, Albert. A Series of Seventy Original Illustrations To Captain Sir R.F. Burton's “Arabian Nights” And A Portrait of Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton.... Reproduced From the Original Pictures in Oils Specially Painted by Albert Letchford.
London: H.S. Nichols, (1897). First of this edition. “Series D, Ordinary Edition, printed on plate paper.” Tall 8vo., original black cloth with elaborate decoration in gilt on the upper cover, (xvi), 71 plates, each with tissue guards identifying the scene. Bookplates, some light wear to spine ends and corners, small split in outer rear hinge but certainly a very good copy. Penzer p. 124.

Click to view larger image. 27. (Illustrated) (CRANE, Walter). SPENSER, Edmund. The Shepheard's Calendar ... Newly Adorned With Twelve Pictures And Other Devices By Walter Crane.
London: Harper & Brothers, 1898. First edition. Tall square 8vo., original green cloth with pictorial decoration on the covers and spine, (xxiv), (119)pp. Bookplate, some light rubbing to the spines with a touch of wear but in fact a better than very good but not quite near fine copy of a pretty book.


Hakluyt Society

Click to view larger image. 28. (India) FAWCETT, Sir Charles and Richard Burn. (editors). The Travels of the Abbe Carre In India and the Near East 1672 To 1674. Translated from the original manuscript journal of his travels in the India Office by Lady Fawcett and edited by...
London: Hakluyt Society, 1947-1948. Three volumes. First edition. Blue cloth, lvi, 316, xxiv, 317-(676), xxiii, 677-984pp. Frontis in volume one, folding frontis in volumes two and three. A fine set. An account of Abbe Carres travels through Syria, Iraq and the Persian Gulf, Goa, Bijapur, Madras, St. Thome, along with an account of the Sicilian revolution.

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D.H. Lawrence Limited First Edition

Click to view larger image. 29. LAWRENCE, D.H. Apocalypse.
Florence: G. Orioli, 1931. First edition, 1 of 750 copies. “Lugarno Series No. 6.” Tall 8vo., original red paper boards, black spine label. Some minor fading around the perimeter of the boards, more significant fading at the spine ends, else a very nice copy without rubbing or wear, in the dustwrapper which is chipped at the extremities, sunned on the spine and has a stain on the upper panel. Scarce in dustwrapper.

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Click to view larger image. 30 . (MANLEY, Delarivier). Secret Memoirs and Manners of Several Persons of Quality, of Both Sexes. From the New Atlantis an Island in the Mediterranean.
London: Printed for John Morphew… and J. Woodward, 1709. In two volumes. Second edition. 8vo., full cont. calf, raised bands, with more recent leather labels, vi, (2), 246; (12), 272pp. Extremities rubbed with some wear to corners, 2” crack along the upper hinge of volume one, still a near fine set. Delarivier Manley (1670?-1724) was a playwright, journalist, and writer of political fiction. In her time, Manley was a notorious character known for her scandalous past (a cousin seduced her into a bigamous marriage), her sensational writing (ranging from the aggressively political to the erotic), and her appearance (she was badly scarred from a bout of smallpox in her youth and known for being overweight). Manley should be included when discussing the central political and literary circles of the time: friends with Jonathan Swift as well as his successor as editor of The Examiner, satirized by Alexander Pope in The Rape of the Lock, and now usually mentioned alongside Aphra Behn and Eliza Haywood as “the fair triumvirate of wit.” New Atlantis, the title she is best known for, was published anonymously and claims on its title to have been originally written in Italian. “Later critics read it as pornographic; still later critics co-opted it into the development of the novel; but that is not how its author or its original readers understood it. It is political scandal fiction (what was developed first in France as 'chronique scandaleuse'), with elements both of allegory and of propaganda.” Specifically, it was a pointed anti-Whig satire “crammed with offensive personal attacks on individuals (women as well as men); most though not all of them pertain to the misuse of political or sexual power.” The publication resulted in her arrest, as well as the arrest of the two publishers, and the printer; Swift later supported an application to Lord Peterborough for a reward for her service to the Tory cause in the writing of New Atlantis.


Psychological Warfare Division Scrapbook

Click to view larger image. 31. (Military) WWII Scrapbook of the Allies in France. Psychological Warfare Division, “Public Address Units” (American), 1944-1945.
4to., scrapbook, leatherette spine, grey cloth boards, no pagination (144 pages, over half are used). 16 newspaper articles (13 clippings and 3 proofs), 3 original typescript internal reports, 1 typescript article, 35 original photographs, 3 pieces of theatre/event ephemera, two journal (?) articles, and a large folding blueprint map of a French farm. Almost certainly compiled by Howard Crosby Rice (from the Broadcasting Division of the Office of War Information), as his name appears on multiple clippings and documents. A fascinating archive that documents how the Allies curated their public image and contributed to communities in and around Cherbourg during the closing year of WWII. Included are many clippings and proofs about Americans in France, from war reporting to public interest stories. Articles are in French and English, and are from publications including Le Monde Illustré, La Nouvelle Republique, and the New York Herald Tribune. The internal documents appear to be original, perhaps Rice's personal copies as they contain corrections. They concern activities of Public Address cars, and “News from Children” (the delivery of letters from evacuated children to their families). Photos primarily depict officers interacting with French locals in the Cherbourg area, and activities of the PA cars. Some of the photographs include typed descriptions with the concluding line “CERTIFIED AS PASSED BY THE SHAEF CENSOR”, others have information handwritten on the reverse (the photos are held in with photo corners and are easily removed, none appear to be missing). Some of the most interesting photos show the aftermath of an American plane crash in 1942, including part of the wreckage and modest funeral procession being guarded by the Germans—Rice's notes appear on some of the photographs and an article proof telling the story of the funeral, as well as a clipping of the final printed article, are also present. Ephemera includes a programme and ticket for Bastille Day celebrations in Cherbourg in 1944, and the programme for a musical performance by the 35th Special Service Company. Journal articles titled “The Ferry at Langeais” and “A Farm in Champagne” appear to be from the same unidentified publication. Howard C. Rice (1904-1980) was an American academic who primarily studied Franco-American relations, and spent several years towards the end of his career as assistant librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton.

Click to view larger image. 32. (Pop Culture). New Times. May 18, 1970.
(New York): (E.M. Publishing), 1970. Tabloid (14" x 10"), 30pp. Some edge wear, minor soiling to covers otherwise near fine. New York based 1970s underground newspaper with articles on the Black Panthers, Jerry Rubin, and more.

Click to view larger image. 33. (Pop Culture) Zygote. September 17, 1970.
(New York): (Climatic Sound), 1970. Tabloid (17" x 11 1/2"), pp25-48 (24pp including covers). Cheap newsprint slightly tanned, a few small tears, near fine. Rock newspaper from 1970 with cover story on the band Chicago, and a 5 page story on Charles Manson. Scarce.

Click to view larger image. 34. ROUSSEAU, J.J. Eloisa; A Series of Original Letters. Translated from the French of ... To Which are Added the Adventures of Lord B_________At Rome; being the Sequel of Eloisa.
London: Printed for John Harding..., 1810. In three volumes. Later edition. (first edition in English published 1761). 8vo,. contemporary half calf, marble boards, raised bands, recent leather labels, xii, 322; (iv), 336; (iv), (324)pp. With the halftitles. Name on halftitles, small sticker on upper board of volume two, minor foxing on last few leaves of volume three o/w a near fine copy.


Original 1923 Valentine Sample Book

Click to view larger image. 35. (Sample Book) Valentine Samples 1923.
Worcester, Mass: The Geo. C. Whitney Co., (1922?) 4to., wrappers, (40)pp. Catalogue contains 81 sample valentines, approximately 25 cards are missing. Cards in very good to fine condition, light wear to extremities, very good overall. The George C. Whitney Company was in operation from 1888 to 1942, and was one of the finest producers of American valentines and greeting cards of the period (George Whitney himself trained under Esther Howland, the most famous designer of American valentines of the 19th century). This sample book represents the later work of the company, though there are a number of examples of the highly ornate, three dimensional cards that made the company famous. A beautiful sample catalogue, representing a wide range of popular design of the period.


The dangers of mouth-breathing while asleep

Click to view larger image. 36. (Science) CATLIN, Geo.(rge). The Breath of Life or mal-Respiration and its effects upon enjoyment & life of man. (manu-graph).
London: Trübner & Co., 1862. First English edition. 8vo., rebound in plain stiff wrappers, 75pp. With numerous drawings by Catlin throughout the text. Someone has replicated the autograph-style font and written in ink on the first page of text “All life (on earth) is breath All else (on earth) is death”, name, top corner of upper wrapper chipped, otherwise about near fine. On the dangers of mouth-breathing, by the American painter known for his depiction of Native Americans in the Old West. Catlin observes the health and strength of Native North Americans and attributes the ill-health of Europeans to the habit of mouth-breathing while asleep. Later published as Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life.

Click to view larger image. 37. (Science) JACKSON, John. Ambidexterity or Two-Handedness and Two-Brainedness. An Agrument for Natural Development and Rational Education. With an Introduction by Major-General R.S.S. Baden-Powell.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1905. First edition. With a letter from the author, dated ‘27.7.17' presenting a copy of the book to Merton College, Oxford. With a letter from Thomas Bowman, the Warden of Merton College, acknowledging receipt. With a 4 page prospectus (one leaf folded)advertising this book, laid in. 8vo., original brown cloth, xii, 258pp. Some browning to the endpapers, but otherwise a near fine copy.

Click to view larger image. 38. (Science) POUCHET, F.A. The Universe: Or, The Infinitely Great and the Infinitely Little....Illustrated by 343 Engravings on Wood and Eight Coloured Plates.
London: Blackie & Son, 1873. A new edition, embodying the author's latest improvements. Small 4to., contemporary green half morocco, cloth, raised bands, gilt, xx, 818pp. With eight coloured plates, and numerous wood engravings throughout. Some light foxing throughout, heavier on the prelims, a few marks on the cloth but in fact a very nice copy with attractive illustrations.

Click to view larger image. 39. (Science) PEIRCE, Cyrus. Crime: Its Cause And Cure. An Essay.
Boston: Crosby, Nichols & Co., 1854. First edition. Small 8vo., original printed wrappers, 63pp. Very lightly soiled, tiny chip at the foot of the spine otherwise an near fine copy. Cyrus Peirce [1790-1860] American educator, Unitarian minister, and founding president of the first American normal school (now Framingham State University) in Lexington, MA. In 1853 the American Institute of Instruction awarded Peirce their ‘essay prize' for the above title in which he argued that ‘secular instruction by itself was no guarantee against crime.' As a result, Peirce came under attack from teachers who believed that he was questioning their moral influence on students.

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40. (Science) TIMBS, John. Popular Errors Explained and Illustrated.
London: David Bogue, 1856. A new edition. Small 8vo., original brown cloth, viii, 376, dated "February 1856." Name on first page of text otherwise a near fine copy.

Click to view larger image. 41. (Scotland) WISE, Thomas A. History of Paganism In Caledonia, With An Examination Into The Influence of Asiatic Philosophy, And The Gradual Development of Christianity in Pictavia.
London: Trubner & Co., 1884. First edition. 4to., original green cloth, xxvi, 259, (1), (2)pp. appendix, (10)pp. index, (1) “corrections and additions." With the errata slip. With two full page tinted engravings “The Maiden Stone, Aberdeenshire" and “Various Ornaments”; with numerous engravings in the text. A bit of foxing on the endpapers, minor rubbing to extremities but in fact a near fine copy. ‘Dr. Wise divides his volume into three books. The first treats the social character of the inhabitants of Caledonia; the second of the History and Tenets of Buddhism; and the third gives an account of the history of Christianity in Pictland. These books are all divided again into chapters, and the letterpress is abundantly illustrated. That Dr. Wise brings a vast amount of learning to bear upon his subject, and that he has spared no pains to make his treatment of it as complete as possible consistently with the thesis he attempts to prove, we need hardly say. The antiquities of Scotland have rarely been treated so elaborately, and perhaps never before has so much learning been used for their elucidation.' (Scottish Review, 1885).

Click to view larger image. 42. (South Pacific) LUMHOLTZ, Carl. Among Cannibals An Account Of Four Years' Travels In Australia And Of Camp Life With The Aborigines Of Queensland.
London: John Murray, 1889. First edition. Tall 8vo., original green cloth with pictorial gilt decoration on the upper cover and spine, xx, 395, With 29 plates including 4 chromolithographs, and two folding maps (at rear). This copy has been professionally recased with repairs to the spine ends, inner hinges reinforced, some rubbing but certainly a very good copy. Ferguson 11770, Casey Wood 443, Catalogue of the British Museum (Natural History) p.1192. The Norwegian, naturalist, anthropologist and explorer Carl Lumholtz spent four years in Queensland from 1880. First based at Gracemere, he travelled in western Queensland, then to the Valley of Lagoons and finally to the Herbert River area of northern Queensland where he spent long periods travelling, camping and hunting with the Aborigines, in many cases with groups previously untouched by white people. He collected four new species of mammal including Dendrolagus lumholtzii, a Tree Kangaroo, and Pseudocheiris herbertensis, the ù Herbert River Ringtail Possum. His account of his travels, Among Cannibals, contains detailed observations of Aboriginal life. Later he became important as an anthropologist in Mexico and Arizona, then as explorer, naturalist and anthropologist in two yearsÆ travel in Borneo. The Lumholtz National Park in the Herbert River area, including Wallaman Falls; it is a fitting memorial to him. (Queensland Naturalist, 2006).


A Mark Twain Yellowback

Click to view larger image. 43. TWAIN, Mark. The Stolen White Elephant.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1900. “A New Edition”. 8vo., original pictorial paper boards (a yellowback), 285, (2), dated “NOV. 1900.” Corners bumped, upper hinge worn, wear to spine foot, otherwise very good.

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Click to view larger image. 44. (VARANO, Alfonso). Giovanni di Giscala tiranno del tempio di Gerusalemme; tragedia.
Venezia: P. Valvasense, 1754. First edition. 4to., full contemporary vellum, leather spine label, cxxiv pp. With a frontispiece, engraved title vignette and headpieces. Covers warped with the vellum lifting from the pastedowns, one inch piece out of the foot of the spine but this is certainly a very good copy. The dedication is written by Varano.


Click to view larger image. 45. BADENOCH, L.N. Romance of the Insect World. With Illustrations by Margaret J.D. Badenoch and Others.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1906. Reprint. 8vo., original blue pictorial cloth, xviii, 341, (4) With illustrations. Name, a few minor marks on upper cover o/w a better than very good but not near fine copy.
Click to view larger image. 46. BOWIE, Archibald Granger. The Romance of the Savings Bank.
London: S. W. Partridge & Co., 1898. 8vo., original pictorial cloth, 160, 20pp catalogue. With illustrations. Cheap paper browned, wear to covers, very good.
Click to view larger image. 47. GODSELL, Philip H. The Romance of the Alaska Highway.
Toronto: Ryerson, (1944). First edition. Cloth, xv, 235pp. With illustrations. Fine in a nice pictorial dustwrapper. The story of the Alaska Highway by an "Arctic traveller, explorer, and former inspecting officer for the Hudson's Bay Company for Saskatchewan, Athabasca, Peace River, Mackenzie River and Western and Arctic Districts."
Click to view larger image. 48. OXLEY, J. Macdonald. The Romance Of Commerce.
Toronto: Musson Book Co., nd. (1900?). 8vo., original red pictorial cloth, (4), (1)-242pp. Spine faded otherwise a fine copy.
Click to view larger image. 49. PHILIP, J.C. The Romance of Modern Chemistry. A Description in non-technical language of the diverse and wonderful ways in which chemical forces are at work, and of their manifold application in modern life.
London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1926. 8vo., full dark blue calf, raised bands, elaborate gilt compartments, leather spine label, (a school prize binding), (348)pp. With illustrations. Bookplate, some minor rubbing otherwise near fine.
Click to view larger image. 50 . TUCKER, W. Bowman. The Romance of the Palatine Millers. A Tale of Palatine Irish Americans and United Empire Loyalists. Second edition of "The Camden Colony." Revised and enlarged.
Montreal: 1929. Second edition, revised and enlarged. 8vo., original cloth, (370)pp. Fine.

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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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