David Mason Books eList #51


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1. (Arctic) PARRY, William Edward. Journal of a Second Voyage For The Discovery of a North-West Passage From The Atlantic to The Pacific; Performed in the Years 1821- 22-23, In His Majesty's Ships Fury and Hecla.
London: John Murray, 1824. First edition. 4to., recently rebound with a brown calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather spine label, [8],xxx,[2],571,[1]pp. With thirty plates (some folding) and nine maps (four folding). Foxing to the plates with offsetting on the facing page, some scattered foxing throughout otherwise a very nice copy. Arctic Bib. 13142. Field 1184. Hill p. 226. Lande 1385. TPL 1295; Sabin 58864.
$1,850.00

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2. VON TROIL, Uno. Letters on Iceland: Containing Observations on the Civil, Literary, Ecclesiastical, and Natural History; Antiquities, Volcanos, Basaltes, Hot Springs; Customs, Dress, Manners of the Inhabitants, &c. &c. Made During a Voyage Undertaken in the Year 1772 By Joseph Banks... To Which are Added the Letters of Dr. Ihre and Dr. Bach to the Author, Concerning the Edda and the Elephantiasis of Iceland.
London: Printed By And For W. Richardson,... 1780. First English edition. Tall 8vo., full contemporary calf, gilt, leather spine label, xxvi, 400pp. With an engraved frontispiece depicting a "Geyser" and with a folding map. Spine rubbed, outer front hinge cracked and tender but certainly a very good copy. After accompanying Cook on his first voyage, Banks intended to go with Cook on the second voyage but disagreements with the Navy Board led to his withdrawal from the second voyage. “Banks proposed to take a dozen or so assistants, but he fell out with the Navy Board over accommodation and withdrew, finding compensation in leading an expedition of his own in 1772 to the Isle of Wight, the western islands of Scotland and Iceland."

$850.00


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3. Britain in Pictures Series
We have a list of 65 titles available from this 1940s series edited by Walter James Turner. The series began publishing at the start of World War 2 and was intended to instill a sense of pride and accomplishment into the population. Some of Britain's foremost authors wrote for the series including John Betjeman, Francis Meynell, George Orwell, Vita Sackville-West, and Edith Sitwell.
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4. (Canadiana - Cabinet Card) LOUIS RIEL “RESSEMBLANCE PARFAIT” CABINET CARD.
Approx. 3 ½”x 4 ¾” albumin photo of a painting of Riel pasted on a 4 ¼ x 6 ½ card. There is a statement authenticating the image as a true likeness which roughly translates to: “We, the undersigned, declare and certify that this photograph is the true copy of the portrait of Louis ‘David’ Riel, whose original is the property of Abraham Guay. Signed Widow Julie Riel; Joseph Riel; Alexander Riel; Widow Marguerite Riel; Octavie Lavallee; Henriette Poitras. Date at St. Vital, January 12, 1886. I hereby certify that the portrait of Louis Riel, which was shown to me by M. Guay, is a perfect resemblance. Signed John Lee. Montreal, February 24, 1886. Recorded in accordance with the Act of the Parliament of Canada in the year 1886 by Abraham Guay, in the office of the Minister of Agriculture.” The card was created just months after Riel’s death, supposedly to dispel confusion about what Riel had looked like (though we cannot ascertain why that was of concern to the family). The painting depicted is in fact done from a photograph held in Library Archives Canada (C-0180820), but the creator of the photo, as well as the painter are unknown (perhaps Guay had it commissioned). Right corners chipped, still a clean, bright example of a curious Riel artifact.
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5. (Ceylon - Sri Lanka). TENNENT, James Emerson. Ceylon. An Account of the Island, Physical, Historical and Topographical with Notices of its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions. Illustrated by Maps, Plan and Drawings.
London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860. In two volumes. Fourth edition, thoroughly revised (published the same years as the first edition). Tall 8vo., recently rebound with blue calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, gilt compartments, and 19th-century leather spine labels, with new endpapers, xxxix, 643; xvi, 663, (1)pp. With the halftitles. With illustrations and four maps (including two folding). Very faint dampstain on the edge of the half-title and frontispiece of volume two, but otherwise a near fine copy. “Tennent’s two-volume study Ceylon, a richly documented, superbly written work, went through five editions and lasted well into the twentieth century as the standard book on the island. Its success owed as much to the conceptual boldness as to its masterly handling of disparate sets of source materials, for Tennent understood, as did few of his contemporaries, the revolutionary change in the economy of the island that had followed upon the successful cultivation of coffee in the 1830s. Tennent mastered the chronology of the history of ancient and medieval Sri Lanka, understood the processes of state-building under the Sinhalese kings, and above all was full of admiration for the technological skills demonstrated by ancient engineers in irrigation, urban planning, and construction of public buildings and monuments. Ceylon became a classic virtually from the time of first publication...” (Oxford History of the British Empire, p. 244).
$1,250.00


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6. CHANSLOR, Roy. The Ballad of Cat Ballou.
Boston: Little Brown, (1956). First edition. Fine in very good dustwrapper with mark and tearing on the front panel from the removal of a sticker, and some wear.

$200.00

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7. (Cooking) Culinary Art.
Montreal: Reckitt & Colman (Canada) Ltd, nd. (194-?). 8vo., colour pictorial wrappers, 28pp. With colour illustrations. With slight wear to corners otherwise near fine. A colourful cooking guide for the homemaker, with all recipes (and a few health tips) incorporating Keen's Mustard.
$75.00

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8. COZZENS, Frederick S. The Sparrowgrass Papers: Or, Living In The Country.
New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856. First edition. With a presentation inscription from the author. 8vo., original green cloth with blindstamped design on boards, gilt on spine, xii, 328, (8)pp.ads. A fine, bright copy. BAL 3998.
$350.00

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9. DU MAURIER, Daphne. Mary Anne.
London: Victor Gollancz, 1954. First edition. Fine in dustwrapper which is slightly darkened on the spine but is otherwise near fine.
$125.00

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10. DULAC, Edmund. Lyrics Pathetic and Humorous from A to Z.
London, New York: Frederick Warne & Co., (1909). First American edition (conforming to the first edition, but with date omitted from the title and the verso of the title blank). 4to., orig. cloth-backed paper boards pictorially decorated in yellow, green, orange, and gilt, unpaginated (24 glossy leaves, printed on recto only). Traces of foxing throughout (though primarily to the blank versos), a touch of wear to one of the images where it has stuck to the previous leaf, inscription removed from front-free endpaper, light wear, a very good copy. Hughey 18b.
$1,000.00

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11. ELIOT, George. The Novels of...
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons, nd. (190-?). 8 volumes bound in 7. "A New Edition." [WITH] CROSS, J.W. George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Journals. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons, nd. (189-?). 8vo., uniformly bound in green half morocco, cloth boards, raised bands, gilt details, t.e.g. Fine.
$2,000.00

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12. ELTZE, Frederick. The New Table Book Or Pictures for Young and Old Parties By... With “A Copy of Verses” to each Picture, and a Page For “Everybody’s Favourite.” Edited by Mark Lemon.
London: Bradbury, Evans and Co., 1867. Large 4to., orig. green cloth with pictorial decoration in gilt on the boards, A.E.G., no pagination. With 25 hand-coloured illustrations (24 plates and a frontispiece). Ownership inscription, this copy has been professionally recased, with wear to the spine repaired with matching green cloth and with the inner front hinge reinforced, but still a not quite near fine copy of an interesting book that is also a parlour game. Each one of the twenty-four sections includes a full-page colour illustration, a page of verse, and a page printed on both sides in two columns for the recording of “my favourites”--with space for the entry, and the initials of the contributor. For example the section “The Slide” contains an illustration of the same name, depicting boys sliding down a bannister; a verse titled “Dangers of the Rail” and a “My Favourite Statesman” under which various people have written in their “favourites”---Gladstone; Palmerston; Balfour are among those listed. Another section “Seaside Adventures” has a plate (depicting children at the seaside) and poem of the same title, and a page for “My Favourite Opera.” Other examples of the 24 sections include, “Wild Ducks”, “The Autumn Meeting”, “Croquet”, “A Merry Christmas”, “Dressing for the Charade”, and “The Christmas Dinner.” The lists of “Favourites” includes “Kings”, “Authors”, “Books”, “Songs”, and “Actors.” In addition to furnishing the illustrations for the above work, Ertze also contributed illustrations to “Once a Week”, “Punch’s Almanack”, and “The Illustrated Midland News.”
$1,250.00


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13. (Fine Art) BAYEFSKY, Aba. Legends. Twelve original colour block prints by… with a foreword by Humphry Milnes.
(Don Mills): Heinrich Heine Press, (1969). No. 19 of 150 copies. 17” x 22” cardboard and wood portfolio containing title sheet, six hand-printed leaves of text (text in English, and French, some text in Cree), and twelve limited prints numbered 19/150, signed and dated “1968” by Bayefsky. Fine in about fine portfolio. “Aba Bayefsky was born in Toronto in 1923 and died there in 2001. He studied at the Toronto Central Technical School and at the Académie Julien in Paris. In 1944, he was appointed Official War Artist for Canada, in Europe. Bayefsky received a French Government Scholarship in 1947 and a Canada Council Fellowship for travel in India in 1958. After spending some time in Japan, Bayefsky became interested in the art of “tattoo”. Bayefsky’s paintings of Toronto’s Kensington Market area are also well-known. The artist was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (Pres., 1956-57), the Canadian Group of Painters (Pres., 1962-63), the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists (Pres., 1956-57) and the Federation of Canadian Artists (Pres., Ontario Region 1949-53). He taught at the Ontario College of Art from 1956 to 1988.” -The Archives of Ontario.
$750.00


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14. (Fine Press) POWELL, F. York (translator). Quatrains From Omar Khayyam Done Into English By...
Oxford: Howard Wilford Bell, 1901. First of this translation. Printed at the Chiswick Press. Tall square 8vo., rebound in contemporary three-quarter red morocco, cloth, raised bands, gilt compartments by Morrell, (46)pp. With the original grey wrappers bound in. A fine copy.
$350.00

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15. (France) CARR, Philip. The French At Home In the Country and in Town.
London: Methuen and Co., (1930). First edition. With a signed presentation inscription from the author to his wife reading, "For my dear Lucie, the first copy, Phil. Sept. 29/1930." 8vo., cloth, 210pp. With illustrations. Fine in a lightly rubbed but nice dustwrapper.
$200.00

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16. HIGHSMITH, Patricia. Ripley Under Water.
(London): Bloomsbury, (Limited Editions), (1991). First edition. 1 of 150 copies signed by Highsmith. Fine in glassine as issued.
$350.00

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17. HOUSMAN, Laurence and W. Somerset Maugham. The Venture An Annual of Art and Literature Edited by...
London: At John Baillie’s..., 1903. Small 4to., original cloth backed pictorial paper boards with design by Housman on the upper board, 249pp. Woodcuts throughout by Ricketts, Housman, Pissarro and others. Bookplate, inner front hinge cracked, perimeter of the boards slightly darkened but in fact a near fine copy. Includes contributions by Chesterton, Hardy, Housman, Masefield, Maugham and others.
$650.00

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18. HUIE, William Bradford. The Execution of Private Slovik.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1954). First edition. A fine copy in a dustwrapper faded on the spine and with chipping to spine head, but still nice. Basis for the 1974 TV movie starring Martin Sheen. “The hitherto secret story of the only American soldier since 1864 to be shot for desertion.”
$100.00

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19. (Illustrated) VARIOUS. Eve’s Daughters. Compiled by a Mere Man and Portrayed by Arthur G. Learned.
Boston: Dana Estes and Company, (1905). First edition, trade issue. Sm. 4to., orig. cream cloth pictorially dec. in gilt, 192pp. Profusely illustrated. Faint darkening to spine, cloth lightly soiled, else near fine. An elaborately-illustrated anthology of quotations about women, from authors including Johnson, Ruskin, Byron, Thackery, and many, many others.
$150.00

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20. LEMPRIERE, Charles (edited by). The Factories And Industries Of The World. Illustrated. Published Monthly... A Pictorial, Descriptive, Scientific and Historical Epitome of the Principal Factories and Industries of the World.
London: Publishing Offices, Three Tuns Passage... (1882). Vol. 1, No. 1 (all published). Tall 4to., original printed wrappers, 1 page advert, (2), 8, (4)pp. ads. With four chromolithographs. Some chipping along the spine, small chip out of the lower edge of the upper wrapper which also has a 4” closed tear, a few short tears, and a crease down the centre where it has been folded in half—still, a better than very good copy of the only issue of this periodical. Only one location (British Library) in OCLC. The originators of this magazine hope to disseminate information about factories and industries that “now reaches the public in an isolated, and perhaps scant form” by “concentrating in a collection of articles, the materials for which, together with illustrations of factories, exterior and interior, and other public works of industry and specialities...” Each lithograph is accompanied by descriptive text on the facing page. The illustrations in this issue show “The Cunard Line, Royal Mail ship Servia”, “South View Gidlow Works, Wigan”, “Heapey Bleach Works” and “John Brinsmead & Son, Pianoforte Works, Grafton Road-London.” The editor, Charles Lempriere (1818-1901) was educated at Oxford and was called to the bar in 1844. He became involved in Conservative politics, acting as the Tory agent for the Oxford University seat. He engaged in “risky financial ventures, the consequences of which involved him in difficulties lasting almost until his death.” His financial schemes led him to travel extensively in Egypt, the Near East, Mexico and the United States. His book The American Crisis Considered gave vigorous support to the Confederacy. Involvement in an election scandal in 1867 caused him to leave for America where, in 1872, he founded a colony of young Englishmen in Virginia, along the lines of that attempted by Thomas Hughes in Tennessee. “The colony failed, the colonists were half starved” and he returned to England in 1879.
$650.00


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21. LAMPADIUS, Jacob. Tractatus de consitutione imperii Romano-Germanici. Lugduni
Batavorum: Ex officinia Ioannis Marie, 1634. Sm. 8vo., contemporary vellum with title in ink on the spine,380pp. [A-Z8, Aa6] Stamp on the engraved title and title o/w a near fine copy. Title information is from the dated engraved title, there is an additional undated title which reads “Tractatus de Republica Romano-Germanica...”

$400.00

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22. LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. Nature Poems. Illustrated by Paul de Longpre,
London: Ward, Lock & Bowden, nd. (189-?) Tall sq. 8vo., orig. wine cloth pictorially decorated in gilt, A.E.G., 102pp. With illustrations throughout. Gift inscription imprinted in gilt on front pastedown, otherwise a fine copy. BAL 12868. An attractive publisher’s binding.
$150.00

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23. MACK, Willard. Old Clothes. A Sequel to “The Ragman” Based on the Motion Picture Story. With Illustrations Produced and Filmed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
New York: Jacobsen-Hodgkinson-Corporation Publishers, nd. (c. 1925) “Popular Plays and Screen Library”. 8vo., orig. pictorial printed wrappers, 188pp. Illustrated with three glossy plates of stills from the film. Upper cover partially detached, wear to extremities, a very good copy.
$45.00

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24. (Military - World War 1) CHAPPLE, Joe Mitchell. “We’ll Stick To the Finish!” “C'est La Guerre.”... A Voice from the Solders and Sailors Overseas People and Places Visited in the War Zones.
Boston: Chapple Publishing Co., 1918. First edition. With a presentation inscription from the author. Tall 8vo., original cloth, 303pp. With illustrations. Near fine.
$75.00

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25. (Netherlands) TEMPLE, Robert. Observations Upon The United Provinces of The Netherlands.
London: Edward Gellibrand, 1680. Fourth edition, corrected and augmented (first published 1673). 12mo., rebound with a calf spine, marble boards, (16), (1)-320pp. A nice copy.
$400.00

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26. PURDY, Al. Moths in the Iron Curtain.
Cleveland: Black Rabbit Press, 1977. “An abridged edition limited to 200 copies, printed by tacit arrangement with Peter Brown, Little Press and Gallery Editions, Ontario, Canada, whose unabridged, roughly simultaneous printing of these poems predates the American edition by virtue of conception and intent and remains the original”. Despite this printed statement, we have found no record of the supposed Peter Brown, Little Press and Gallery edition and believe this to be the first edition, preceding the trade edition (Cleveland: Black Rabbit Press, 1979). 4to., orig. blue metallic wrappers printed in black, 16 mimeographed leaves (recto only). Creasing and rubbing to extremities, very good.
$350.00

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27. (Record) BISSETT, Bill, Gerry Collins, Peter Denny & Murray Favro. Luddites.
London, ON: West Carrel Records, c. 1989. Long-playing 33 1/3 record. Still shrink-wrapped, single LP record. Some wear to top right corner.
$45.00

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28. (Record) LAYTON, Irving. Layton Reads Layton.
West Hill, ON: Astro Custom Records, (1981). Long-playing 33 1/3 record. Still shrink-wrapped, single LP record. Slight wear to corners. "The poetry of Irving Layton as read by the poet himself. Recorded live at the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Public Library, November 10, 1981."
$50.00

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29. (Record) NOWLAN, Alden. Alden Nowlan's Maritimes.
(Toronto): CBC, c. 1972. Long-playing 33 1/3 record. Still shrink-wrapped, single LP record. Slight wear to corners, slight wear to album front cover.
$65.00

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30. (Record) PURDY, Al. Al Purdy's Ontario.
Toronto: CBC Learning Systems, c. 1971. Long-playing 33 1/3 record. Still shrink-wrapped, single LP record. Slight wear to album front cover. "In the fall of 1970 I commissioned Al Purdy to prepare a program consisting of a selection of his poems about Ontario with comments about the poetry and his life in the province..." Robert Weaver from the back cover notes.
$75.00

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31. (SAMBLANX BINDING) Limojon de Saint-Didier, Alexandre-Toussaint. La Ville et La Republique de Venise.
Amsterdam: Daniel Elsevier, 1680. Third edition, reviewed and corrected by the author. 12mo., bound in full turquoise morocco signed by Samblanx, raised bands, elaborate gilt compartments, boards bordered with multiple gilt rules and elaborately decorated in gilt with delicate red and brown inlays, inner dentelles gilt, A.E.G., (xviii), 418, (30)pp. Charles de Samblanx (1855-1943), Belgian.
$2,250.00

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32. SCHULBERG, Budd. Waterfront.
New York: Random House, (1955). First edition. 8vo., cloth with dustwrapper. A bit of discoloration to edges of covers but still a near fine copy in a dustwrapper with a few marks but still very nice. Basis for the Marlon Brando movie On The Waterfront.
$300.00

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33. (Scotland). STRATHESK, John. (editor). Hawkie. The Autobiography of a Gangrel.
Glasgow: David Robertson & Co., 1888. "Fifteenth Thousand." 8vo., original pictorial rust cloth, 128, 16pp.ads. Some offsetting on front endpaper otherwise a near fine copy.
$125.00

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34. (South Pacific). TURNER, George. Nineteen Years in Polynesia: Missionary Life, Travels, and Researches in the Islands of the Pacific.
London: John Snow, 1861. First edition. Tall 8vo., original blue blindstamped cloth, spine lettered in gilt, xii, 548, 16pp. ads. With illustrations including a chromolithograph frontispiece, and a folding chart at the rear. Spine slightly faded, some light rubbing otherwise a near fine copy.
$750.00

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35. STEVENSON, Robert Louis and Fanny Van de Grift. The Dynamiter.
Cleveland: Arthur Westbrook, nd. (191-?). "American Detective Series No. 12." 8vo., original pictorial wrappers, 164, (4)pp.ads. Cheap paper browned as usual, a couple of nicks in the spine ends otherwise a near fine copy of a delicate item.
$75.00

   

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The Pope's Bookbinder
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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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