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1. Books $50.00 and under - 19th century American Literature.
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2. (Africa) DU CHAILLU, Paul B. Explorations & Adventures in Equatorial Africa; With Accounts of the Manners and Customs of the People, and of the Chace of the Gorilla, Crocodile, Leopard, Elephant, Hippopotamus, and Other Animals.
London: John Murray, 1861. Second edition (same year as the first, and the same but for the “Notice to the Second Edition, June 1861” added after the Preface). Tall 8vo., orig. brown cloth dec. in blindstamp and with image of an ape in gilt on upper cover, xviii, 479, 32pp. ads dated “April 1861”. With folding frontispiece, illustrations, and folding map. Dampstain, which runs throughout the text but is most noticeable on the stiffer paper of the plates and titlepage, map at rear has been supplied from another copy and has some foxing and closed tears repaired with archival tape, gift inscription, rebacked with the original spine laid down, light wear to extremities, a very good copy. Paul Du Chaillu (1831-1903), French-American explorer, author, and hunter, and “the first literate observer to venture far into the interior of western equatorial Africa on foot and to describe living gorillas.” This work, directed and a “Victorian mass audience” was extremely popular, though it was discounted by intellectuals and scientists of the period for its lurid and sensationalist content. “Although opinion on Du Chaillu's veracity is nearly as divided today as it was in his own day, much in his accounts of animals, African customs, and the geography of region has been shown to be accurate. Du Chaillu's contributions to African zoology and ethnography were substantial.”
$1,650.00


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3. (Africa) DU CHAILLU, Paul B. A Journey to Ashango-Land and Further Penetration Into Equatorial Africa.
New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1867. First American edition. Tall 8vo., orig. brown cloth with pictorial vignette in gilt on upper cover, xxiv, 501, 2pp. ads. With 22 plates, and folding map at rear. Name, spine foot chipped, wear to extremities, very good.
Paul Du Chaillu (1831-1903), French-American explorer, author, and hunter, and “the first literate observer to venture far into the interior of western equatorial Africa on foot and to describe living gorillas.” This is an account of his second journey to the Gabon from 1863 to 1865. Having been ridiculed by the scientific community after the publication Explorations & Adventures in Equatorial Africa “he returned to Africa to prove some of his previous statements by scientific observations. His experiences of this two-year trip, including the story of his discovery of the pygmies of the Black Forest” are included in this work. DAB

$425.00

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4. (Arctic) PEARY, Robert E. Northward Over the “Great Ice.” A Narrative of Life and Work along the Shores and upon the Interior Ice-Cap of Northern Greenland in the Years 1886 and 1891-1897. With a Description of the Little Tribe of Smith-Sound...
New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1898. In two volumes. First U.S. edition. Small 4to., original blue cloth stamped in white, xxiv, 521; xiv, 625pp. Profusely illustrated. Ownership inscription, a bit of very faint mottling on the spine of volume one, otherwise a fine copy.

$500.00

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5. BURKE, Edmund. Three Memorials On French Affairs. Written In The Years 1791, 1792 And 1793.
London: Printed for F. and C. Rivington..., 1797. First edition, second printing. Tall 8vo., cont. calf spine, boards, (2), (i)-(xxxi) (xxxii blank), 4*, 199, (1) blank, (10)pp.appendix. Titlepage mounted showing only at left edge and a tiny bit along the foredge, spine ends chipped, outer hinges rubbed but still a very good copy. Todd 69b (with press figures on p. 141, 151 & 181 as called for).

$450.00

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6. BURROUGHS, William S. Cities of the Red Night.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1981). 1 of 500 copies signed by Burroughs. Fine in slipcase as issued.
$275.00

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7. (Canadiana) First Parliament, Third Session. Laws of the Province of Upper Canada , 34th Geo. 3, C. 12. A.D. 1794 (1803). An Act For Regulating the manner of Licencing Public Houses, and for the more easy Convicting of Persons Selling Spirituous Liquors without Licence.
4to., self wrappers, (4)pp. Some browning with slight wear to outer edge but o/w an about fine copy of a delicate item. There seems to be some differences about the actual printing date of this Act. While Lande 864 gives 1794, Fleming 21 gives 1803. Fleming notes “On 19 March 1803 two hundred copies of each of six acts were ordered printed. Four have been located and can, on the basis of physical evidence, be matched to this documentation and recorded as 1803 imprints rather than 1794, 1796, and 1797.”
$500.00

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8. (Canadiana) BEGG, Alexander. History of British Columbia from its Earliest Discovery to the Present Time.
Toronto: William Briggs, 1894. First edition. Tall 8vo., original green cloth, xvii, (1), (7)-568pp. With numerous illustrations in the text and a folding map. Fine.
$200.00

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9. (Canadiana) HIND, Henry Youle. Explorations in the Interior of the Labrador Peninsula the Country of the Montagnais and Nasquapee Indians.
London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. In two volumes. First edition. Tall 8vo., orig. green pebbled cloth bordered in blind, recently rebacked with the original spine laid down, new endpapers, xv, (1), 351; xiii, (3), 304pp. 12 chromolithographs, 2 maps (1 folding). Foxing to chromolithographs and adjacent leaves, rebacked with the original spine laid down, faint rubbing, light wear to corners, still near fine. Lande 442, TPL 4069, Arctic Bib. 7105, Sabin 31933, Watters p. 9696. Uncommon in original cloth. This work describes Hind’s 1861 expedition, which “covered the Moisie River basin, for the most part south of the 52°N parallel.” Hind looks at the history and geography of Labrador and northern Quebec, paying particular attention to the indigenous populations including the Montagnais, “Esquimaux”, Cree, Iroquois, and Nasquapee. Hind’s younger brother, William G. R. Hind (1833-1839), accompanied him on the expedition, painting the watercolours from which the striking chromolithographs were produced.

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10. (Canadiana) TUTTLE, Charles E. The Dominion Encyclopaedia of Universal History and Useful Knowledge.
Montreal: H.B. Bigney & Brother, 1877. In two volumes. Tall thick 8vo., orig. cloth dec. in gilt, xiv, 804; 701pp. Some rubbing along the spines otherwise a near fine set.
 
$250.00

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11. (Canadiana) (SMITH, Goldwin). The Bystander. A Monthly Review of Current Events, Canadian and General. Vol. 1 January To December 1860; Vol. II January to June 1881; Vol. III January to October 1883.
Toronto: Hunter Rose, 1880-1883. Complete in three volumes as publication was suspended from July 1881-Dec. 1882, 1884-1888. A fourth volume, New Series, was published Oct. 1889-Sept. 1890. Tall 8vo., contemporary half calf, cloth, raised bands, leather spine labels. Cloth mottled otherwise near fine. It is unusual to find the three volumes together. In his entry for Goldwin Smith in the DCB, Ramsay Cook states that this periodical was Smith's "own one-man show, The Bystander, subtitled 'A monthly review of current events, Canadian and general.' The performance was a breathtaking one. For three years Smith's outpourings filled its pages with brilliant, opinionated comment on virtually every political, cultural, and intellectual development in Europe and North America. He was determined to broaden the mental horizons of Canadians and by 1880 was pleased to admit that the great questions of religious philosophy are beginning to engage a good many Canadian minds. He expounded Adam Smith's political economy, denounced women's suffrage as a threat to the family, warned of the dangers of Herbert Spencer's social Darwinism, castigated Bismarck, expatiated on the Eastern Question, and sniped at Disraeli. He even found space, when Sarah Bernhardt visited Canada in 1881, to agree with Bishop Édouard-Charles Fabre and the Presbyterian (Montreal) in condemning her for her unsanctified liaisons. The Bystander's suspicious eye frequently detected clerical power in Quebec and Ireland, and Jewish control over the European press. When Smith decided to give his active pen a rest in June 1881, he had established himself as a vigorous intellectual voice in Canada. A second series of the Bystander, this time published quarterly from January to October 1883, began after his return from another lengthy stay in England."

$1,250.00


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12. (Children’s) Riddle Monthly. June, Vol. 1. No. 1.
Baltimore, Md.: Walworth & Co., nd. (188-?) 12mo., orig. blue printed wrappers, stitched, 8, (4)pp. ads for Baltimore businesses. Light edge wear, spine partially split, otherwise a near fine copy of a delicate item. We have found no record of this publication anywhere. The wrappers indicate that children could “make money fast” by enlisting subscribers in “clubs” at a rate of 10 cents per year; a club rate would be established based on the number of subscribers, and the child would then keep the mark-up. Curiously, only two records for Walworth & Co. are listed in WorldCat—a single piece of sheet music, and a book titled The climate of the eastern shore of Maryland.
$165.00

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13. DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Valley of Fear.
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1915. First English edition (preceded by American issue by four months). 8vo., red cloth, titles on spine and upper board gilt, (8), 306, (6)pp.ads. Some Light foxing to fore edge, e/papers a bit browned, gilt on imprint very slightly rubbed but this is in fact a fine bright copy, rather uncommon in such nice condition. Green & Gibson A39a.

$3,500.00

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14. (Fine Arts) HOLBEIN, H (Hans) and W. (Wenceslau) Hollar. The Dance of Death; Painted by...
London: Printed by C. Whittingham,... For John Harding..., 1804. Later edition. 4to., original paper boards, this copy has been rebacked with the remnants of the original paper spine laid down, 70, (2)pp. ads. With 32 leaves of plates, (30 “Dance of Death”, and portraits of Holbein and Hollar). This copy has been rebacked with the remnants of the original paper spine laid down, there is some light foxing throughout, occasionally affecting the plates, but the foxing to the leaves of plates is mostly confined to the margins. Overall a very good copy of one of the more uncommon editions of Hollar. “The theme of the 'Dance macabre' dates back to the medieval morality tales of a dialogue between Death and representatives from all classes of society.” (Fisher/Hollar Collection) Hollar’s prints, which re-interpreted Holbein’s designs, first appeared in 1651. There were 30 prints, each within decorative borders designed by Abraham Diepenback. They were reissued in 1680 with some changes made to the decorative borders. In 1780 an edition was issued in Basel, the plates lacked the decorative borders, and the portraits of Holbein and Hollar were added, along with an explanatory text to accompany the plates. In the edition of 1804 (offered here) the plates are in the “third state”, “showing some reworking, and the addition of a sequential number in the lower left corner.” The plates were issued once again in 1816 (the 4th state) having been reworked once again.

$950.00


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15. (Fine Arts) (POGANY). LOUYS, Pierre. The Song of Bilitis English Version By Alvah C. Bessie. Illustration By Willy Pogany.
New York: Privately Printed for Subscribers by Macy Masius, no date. One of 2000 copies signed by Pogany. Small 4to., original black cloth, 180, xii pp. Illustrated. Bookplates, someone has neatly coloured in some of the figures on the front endpaper and pastedown otherwise a fine copy.

$450.00

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16. (Fine Arts) RALEIGH, Walter. The Last Fight of the Revenge. With An Introduction by Henry Newbolt, and Illustrations by Frank Brangwyn.
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., (1920). First of this edition. Small 4to., original grey cloth with title decoration in gilt and purple within a rectangular box on the upper board, (130)pp. With illustrations. A fine copy.
$150.00

   


Fur and Feather Series - Hunting
 

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17. HARTING, James Edmund and Alexander Innes Shand. The Rabbit... With a Chapter on Cookery.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1912. Second impression. “Fur Feather and Fin Series.” 8vo., original pictorial cloth, 256pp. Illustrated. Fine in a near fine dustwrapper.

$125.00

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18. MacPHERSON, H.A.; J. Stuart-Wortley, George Saintsbury. The Grouse. Natural History... Shooting...Cookery.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1894. “Fur Feather and Fin Series.” 8vo., original pictorial cloth, 276, 32pp. ads. Illustrated. Fine.

$85.00

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19. MacPHERSON, H.A.; Gerald Lascelles, Charles Richardson, J.S. Gibbons and G.H. Longman; Kenney Herbert. The Hare. Natural History... Shooting... Coursing... Hunting... Cookery.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1912. Third impression. “Fur Feather and Fin Series.” 8vo., original pictorial cloth, 263pp. Illustrated. Fine in a near fine dustwrapper.

$125.00

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20. MacPHERSON, H.A.; J. Stuart-Wortley, George Saintsbury. The Partridge. Natural History... Shooting... Cookery.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1896. Third edition. “Fur Feather and Fin Series.” 8vo., original pictorial cloth, 276, 32pp.ads. Illustrated. Fine.

$85.00

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21. MacPHERSON, H.A.; A. J. Stuart-Wortley, Alexander Innes Shand. The Pheasant. Natural History... Shooting... Cooking.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1895. “Fur Feather and Fin Series.” 8vo., original pictorial cloth, 265, (2)pp. ads. Illustrated. Fine.

$85.00

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22. SHAW, L.H. De Visme; W.H. Pope, Alexander Innes Shand. Wild-Fowl. With Chapters on Shooting the Duck and Goose... Cookery.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1912. Reissue. “Fur Feather And Fin Series.” 8vo., original pictorial cloth, 278pp. Illustrated. Fine.

$85.00

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23. SHAW, L.H. De Visme; Richard J. Ussher, Alexander Innes Shand. Snipe and Woodcock. With Chapters on Snipe and Woodcock in Ireland... Cookery.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1912. Reissue. “Fur Feather And Fin Series.” 8vo., original pictorial cloth, 298pp. Illustrated. Fine.

$85.00

 

 

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24. GUERLIN, Henri. Nos Origines Nationales.
Tours: Maison Alfred Mame et Fils, nd. (189-?) 4to., orig. red cloth pictorially dec. in grey, blue, beige, black, and gilt, 391pp. Illustrations throughout the text. Stamps on halftitle and rear free e/paper, student’s award of merit bookplate, spine faded with wear to the extremities, still a near fine copy of a very attractive publishers’ binding.

$200.00

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25. HUME, Fergus. The Dwarf’s Chamber and Other Stories.
London: Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1896. First edition. 8vo., original black cloth decorated in red and white, viii, 386, 6pp. Ownership inscription, offsetting on the front endpaper and pastedown, otherwise a fine copy. Wolff 3361 misidentified as “The Dwarf’s Cousin”, Greene & Glover 270 (later edition).

$750.00

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26. (Illustrated) GREENAWAY, Kate. Calendar of the Seasons for 1881.
London: Marcus Ward, (for 1881). 16mo., original chromolithograph cards, (8)pp. including covers. With four unsigned illustrations by Kate Greenaway. A fine copy of this pretty calendar. The upper cover has an illustration for “Spring” by Greenaway; pages 2 & 3 “Calendar of the Season for 1881” printed in colour; pages 4 & 5 are full page chromolithographs showing “Summer” and “Autumn” both illustrations by Greenaway; pages 6 and 7 are colour printed and contain postage information and an advertisement; page 8 (the rear cover) is a chromolithograph illustration by Greenaway “Winter.”

$400.00

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27. (Illustrated) LOTI, Pierre. An Iceland Fisherman. Translated from the French by Guy Endore and Illustrated by Joe Mugnaini.
(Alhambra, CA: C. F. Braun & Co., with permission of the Limited Editions Club), 1957. Tall 8vo., blue morocco spine, marble boards, (162)pp. With illustrations. Spine very slightly faded otherwise a fine copy.
$250.00

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28. JONES, D.G. (editor). Lines of the Poet. Edited by D.G. Jones. 13 Poems. 14 Portraits of the Poets by Rosengarten.
Toronto & London: Monk Bretton Books, 1981. Of a total edition of 130 copies this is one of 100 for sale. (The remainder were for the use of the artist and the authors.) Folio; 16 loose sheets folded to and inserted are the original lithographs which are signed and numbered by the and also signed by each poet, except A.J.M. Smith, who died before publication. The whole is contained in a buckram folding box with label. All the original lithograph plates were destroyed after printing. Poets included are: Margaret Atwood, Earle Birney, Leonard Cohen, Ralph Gustafson, Irving Layton, John Newlove, Alden Nowlan, Michael Ondaatje, P.K. Page, Al Purdy, F.R. Scott, A.J.M. Smith, and Phyllis Webb. Published in 1981 at $3,000.00 Canadian. Fine.
$2,500.00


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29. MORRIS, William. The Earthly Paradise. A Poem.
London: Reeves and Turner, 1890. Later edition, but the first appearance of the revised text of The Earthly Paradise used in the Kelmscott edition in 8 volumes, which was in process of printing when he died. Tall squarish 8vo., bound in full contemporary brown morocco, raised bands, gilt compartments, both covers have decorative gilt borders with a floral decoration in the corners, inner dentelles gilt, a.e.g., viii, (1)-445pp. double columns. Ownership signature on the verso of the front free enpaper otherwise an about fine copy in an attractive binding. Forman 35, Colbeck 1: p.582.

$450.00


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30. ROBERTS, Charles G.D. In Divers Tones.
Boston: D. Lothrop, (1886). First edition. With a presentation inscription from the author. 8vo., original brown cloth, viii, 134, (2)pp. ads. Some light wear to the spine ends but still near fine.
$450.00


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31. (Sports and Pastimes) (DAVIES, Edward William). Wolf-Hunting And Wild Sport in Lower Brittany.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1875. First edition. Tall 8vo., orig. green cloth decorated in black, (x), 325, (2)pp. ads. With illustrations. Bookplate, some light wear to the foot of the spine, hinges and extremities rubbed but still a very good copy.
$250.00


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32. (Sports and Pastimes) HAHN, Archie (editor). How To Sprint. The Theory of Sprint Racing Being a Compilation of the Best Methods of Competition and Training...
New York: American Sports Publishing Company, nd. (1929?) 8vo., orig. pictorial wrappers, 245, (1)p. ads. With illustrations. A bit of rubbing otherwise a near fine copy.
$65.00


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33. (SWIFT, Jonathan.) Voyages du Capitaine Gulliver en Divers Pays Eloignes.
La Haye: Jean Swart, 1773. In three volumes. Eighth French edition. 12mo., full contemporary calf, gilt decoration on the spines, leather spine labels, (4), xvi, (4), (1)-(154); (4), (184); (22), (1)-238pp. With six engraved plates. Some occasional foxing, bookplates partially removed from the front pastedowns, heads of the spine of volume one and three chipped, some rubbing but in fact a very nice, certainly very good copy with slipcase. Teerink 379 noting “the plates and text are the same as the fifth edition, the first Swart edition, of 1762.” First published in French in 1727.

$850.00


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34. SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Charles Dickens. With a Preface and Illustrative Notes by the Editor.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1913. First edition. (2000 copies). 8vo., original blue cloth, xx, 84pp. Offsetting to front and rear free endpapers otherwise a fine copy. Wise 154.
$150.00


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35. SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. A Study of Victor Hugo.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1886. First edition. (1000 copies). 8vo., original blue-green cloth, vi, 148, (1)p. ad, 32pp. ads dated “January 1886.” A fine copy. Wise 81.

$200.00

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36. (VICTORIAN CUBE PUZZLE).
Six-sided puzzle, approx. 8.5” x 12”, in 35 pieces, with five chromolithograph guide sheets. Housed in original wooden box with guide to the sixth side on the lid. Complete. Manufacturer not identified. (188-?) Near fine, guide sheets have light wear to extremities, box very good—though someone has crudely restored the face of the dog—with original metal clasps. Scenes depicted are of circus performers, a small boy with a dog, a small girl with a dog, young people with artists’ materials in a pastoral setting, a boy showing a damaged kite to an old man, and a woman and children feeding a beggar outside of a cottage.
$950.00

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37. WODEHOUSE, P.G. The Intrusion of Jimmy.
New York: W.J. Watt & Company, (1910). First edition. 8vo., pictorial cloth. A fine copy.
$1,500.00

   

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The Pope's Bookbinder
A Memoir
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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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