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1. (Africa) POWELL, Alexander. In Barbary Tunisa, Algeria, Morocco and The Sahara. 
New York: Century Co., (1926). First edition. Tall 8vo., original brown pictorial cloth, xxii, 483pp. Profusely illustrated. Fine. Account of the author's journey throughout north Africa.
$125.00

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2. (Arctic) BURNEY, James. A Chronological History Of North-Eastern Voyages Of Discovery; And Of The Early Eastern Navigations Of The Russians.
London: Printed by Luke Hansard & Sons....For Payne And Foss And John Murray..., 1819. First edition. Tall 8vo., later 19th century half calf, marble boards, raised bands, single gilt stamp in compartments, leather spine label, viii, 310pp. With two folding maps. A fine copy. "Burney had originally intended to annex an account of the maritime discoveries of the Russians as a supplement to his Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Seas and this book contains his important researches on that subject. The work contains accounts of voyages by the English, Dutch, and Danes in search of the Northeast Passage to Japan and China; the Russian invasion of Kamchatka and discovery of lands in the Arctic seas; various Russian voyages and explorations in eastern Siberia; invasion of the Kurile Islands......voyage of Vitus Bering and Alexei Chirikov to America.....Captain Cook on the northwest of America and through the Bering Strait...." (Hill). Hill I: p.41
$8,500.00

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3. (Arctic) ELLIS, Henry. A Voyage To Hudson's Bay By The Dobbs Galley and California, In the Years 1746 and 1747, For Discovering a North-West Passage; With An accurate Survey of the Coast, an a short Natural History of the Country. Together With A fair View of the Facts and Arguments from which the future finding such as Passage is rendered probable... To which is prefixed, An Historical Account of the Attempts hitherto made for finding a Passage that Way to the East Indies...
London: Printed for H. Whitridge, 1748. First edition. 8vo., full contemporary calf, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather label, xxviii, (1)-336pp. With a folding map at the front 9 engraved plates (5 of which are folding). This copy has been professionally rebacked with a new spine after the period, very minor foxing to the map but o/w a near fine copy. "Pr.1 is a synopsis of twenty-three English voyages to discover the Northwest passage, p.1-96; pt. 2, an account of a voyage under Captains Moor and Francis Smith, finance by private subscription, with Dobbs the leading subscriber; the author, also a subscriber, was hydrographer, surveyor and mineralogist on the expedition which proved finally, the non-existence of a Northwest passage from Hudson's Bay." (TPL).
$2,250.00

Franklin Expedition
 

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4. (Arctic) KING, Dr. (Richard). The Franklin Expedition From First To Last.
London: John Churchill, 1855. First edition. 8vo., contemporary half calf, xxxviii, 224pp. With two illustrations (including frontispiece) and two maps. Some light rubbing o/w near fine. Rare. King's work consists of "correspondence between the author and the British Admiralty and Colonial Office, regarding Dr. King's offers to aid, and his views on, the search for the lost Franklin party; with other letters and newspaper articles, and with excerpts from King's earlier account (1836) of his trip down the Fish (Back) River. Includes considerable comment on the geography, importance of the Back River route to find Franklin, conditions on the activities of those in (in northern Canada and in London) involved in the Franklin search." Arctic Bibliography 8706, TPL 3571.

[BOUND WITH]: (KING, Richard). The Franklin Expedition. [Letter to] The Right Hon. the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
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Richard King, 17, Saville Row, 23rd February, 1857. Tall 8vo., (4)pp. (text on three pages only). Bound in at the rear of the above volume, it has been folded to fit the volume resulting in two fold marks on each leaf, browned on the top half of p.4 (a blank page), a bit of fraying at edges but certainly very good. We locate only one copy in OCLC, not in Arctic Bibliography. Extremely rare. "A Copy of this Letter was sent to the private-address of every Member of the House of Commons, in order to induce Sir Charles Wood, in his place as First Lord of the Admiralty, to grant an Expedition, on the motion of Mr. Napier, of 24th February, 1857, which he declined, and this led to the Private Expedition of Captain M'Clintock."(p.1)
$22,500.00

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5. (Arctic) NARES, Captain Sir George. Journals And Proceedings Of The Arctic Expedition, 1875-6, Under the Command of Captain Sir George S. Nares. In Continuation of Parliamentary Papers C 1153 of 1875, and C 1560 of 1876. Presented to Both House of Parliament ...1877. 
London: Printed For Her Majesty's Stationery Office By Harrison & Sons, ..., (1877).

[BOUND WITH]: Chart To Accompany Papers And Correspondence Relating To The Equipment And Fitting Out Of The Arctic Expedition of 1875.
London: Printed By George Edward Eyre And William Spottiswoode, 1875. Folio., later brown half calf, cloth, raised bands, single gilt decoration in the compartments, vii, 484pp. With 16 maps (some folding and in colour) and with 16 plates (some folding). The British Arctic Expedition (May 29 1875 - November 2, 1876) was sent by the Admiralty to attempt to reach the North Pole by way of Smith Sound. The two ships H.M.S. Alert and H.M.S. Discovery reached Discovery Harbour, on the northern side of Lady Franklin Bay, Ellesmere Island, on 25 August. While this site was chosen as Discovery's winter quarters, Alert continued up Robeson Channel to Floeberg Beach, Ellesmere Island, to 82°28'N, the highest latitude reached by any ship up to that date. In early April, three major sledging parties, which are the main subject of the above report, set out to explore the North Pole, and the north coasts of Ellesmere Island and Greenland. The Pole party, led by Commander A.H. Markham, achieved a record latitude of 83°20'26''N (on May 12) but covered no more than 50km over the ice before turning back on account of worsening scurvy, which also badly affected the other sledge parties. The expedition was nevertheless able to return 'with a large quantity of zoological, geological, botanical, ethnographical, and other scientific observations' The second work "Chart" consists of the titlepage and a large folding chart "Chart of the North Polar Sea" depicting regions north of approx. 55 degrees N., coloured to show the seas first navigated by British expeditions, coasts discovered by British Explorers prior to 1800, and during 1818-1859; also coasts explored by Americans, Germans, Swedes and Australians 1855-1874. Arctic Bib. 45255 and 45252.
$6,000.00

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6. AUSTEN, Jane. Emma.
London: Richard Bentley, 1833. First one volume edition and first Bentley edition, No. XXV in the "Standard Novels." Small 8vo., recently rebound in red half calf, marble boards, raised bands, single gilt decoration in the compartments, leather spine label, (4), 435pp. With an engraved frontispiece and an engraved titlepage. Small tear in titlepage (no loss), some light foxing throughout, in fact a near fine copy.
$2,000.00


The Death of Vice-Admiral Nelson
 

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7. (BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR) The London Gazette Extraordinary. Wednesday November 6, 1805. Vice-Admiral Collingwood's Official Report of the Battle of Trafalgar and the Death of Nelson, off Cape Trafalgar, October 22, 1805, reading in part "SIR, The ever to be lamented Death of Vice- Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, who, in the late Conflict with the Enemy, fell in the Hour of Victory .... " Published in a complete issue of the London Gazette Extraordinary for 6 November, 1805, the report occupying the front page to the third page. 4to., bound in the 20th century with a dark green morocco spine, marble boards, gilt, pp. 1365-1367. A fine copy of this scarce item.
$8,000.00

An Important Edition
 

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8. BAUDELAIRE, (Charles). L'Oeuvre poetique... Introduction et Notes par Guillaume Apollinaire...
Paris: Bibliotheque des Curieux, 1917. First edition thus. Large 8vo., full red morocco, t.e.g. Original preserved by Blanchitiere. With portrait and 12 etchings in two states by Martin Van Maele. Limited to 70 copies of which this is one of 10 on Japan Imperial. An important edition.
$3,500.00


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9. BILLINGTON, Mrs. (Elizbeth). Memoirs of Mrs. Billington, From Her Birth: containing a variety of matter, ludicrous, theatrical, musical and......with copies of several original letters, now in the possession of the publisher, written by Mrs. Billington, to her mother, the late Mrs. Weichsel: a dedication; and a prefatory address.
London: Printed for James Ridgway..., 1792. First edition. Tall 8vo., full contemporary tan calf, leather spine label, inner dentelles gilt, (6), xv, (1), 78pp. Lacking the half title and final blank, light wear to the spine ends but in fact a near fine copy. Elizabeth Weichsel Billington [c.1768-1818] soprano. Born into a musical family in Germany, Elizabeth took voice lessons with J.C. Bach and keyboard with J.S. Schroeter. She went on to become one of the leading soprano soloists in England, performing under her married name, Billington. She toured extensively performing in major theatres throughout Europe. She also composed two sets of sonatas which "demonstrate an impressive understanding of musical intricacies, a judgement later reflected in Haydn's calling her a great genius." Although she attempted to block publication of these "Memoirs" she failed to do so and her personal life was exposed. The book caused a minor sensation and she fled to Italy to escape the embarrassment, returning to England in 1801.
$1,100.00


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10. (Binding) KEBLE, John. The Christian Year.
London: Frederick Warne, n.d. 8vo., rebound in full turquoise morocco, raised bands, gilt compartments, gilt borders on covers with floral designs in gilt and red in the corners, art noveau initials "EMS" surrounded by a floral wreath in gilt and red in the center of the cover, A.E.G. by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. A fine copy.
$750.00

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11. (Binding). MACAULAY, Thomas Babington. Lays of Ancient Rome. With Illustrations, Original and from the Antique, Drawn on Wood, by George Scharf, Jun.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1847. Sq. 8vo., full brown morocco with detailed blindstamped relief design of Roman warriors on upper cover and Romulus and Remus suckling on the she-wolf on rear cover, raised bands, T.E.G., 210, 2pp.ads. With original wrappers bound in at rear. 2” crack at top of upper hinge, otherwise near fine in slipcase.
$750.00

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12. BLAKE, William. Jerusalem. The Emanation of the Giant Albion.
London: Trianon Press, 1974. Limited edition of 500 copies. Folio, morocco spine, marble boards, no pagination. Fine, in slipcase. Facsimile of Blake’s Jerusalem done for The William Blake Trust. Also includes 8pp facsimile “Trial Proofs” and 9pp “Commentary and Bibliographical History”.
$1,500.00

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13. (Business) ANON. How to Operate Successfully in Stocks.
London: Jas. Truscott & Son, no date (ca. 190?). 20th edition. Small 8vo., original red cloth w/ title & dec. in gilt, 138pp. Darkening to the front and rear free endpapers, name blacked out on ffep, light fading along spine otherwise near fine. Part III of the book is titled "The Universal Stock Exchange Company, Limited." 
$45.00

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14. (Canadiana) ANON. Emigration. The British Farmer's And Farm Labourer's Guide To Ontario, The Premier Province Of The Dominion Of Canada. Issued by authority of the Government of Ontario.
Toronto: Printed by C. Blackett Robinson, 1880. First edition. Tall 8vo., recently rebound in blue half cloth, marble boards, 108pp. With upper wrapper bound in. With 11 plates (1 is duplicated, so really 10 plates) and a large folding map. A near fine copy.
$350.00

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15. (Canadiana) BAEDEKER, Karl. The Dominion of Canada With Newfoundland and An Excursion to Alaska HandBook for Travellers.
Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, 1900. Second Revised edition. Small 8vo., original red cloth, lxii, 168pp. With 10 Maps and 7 Plans. Near fine.   
$250.00

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16. (Canadiana) CAMPBELL, Rollo. Two Lectures On Canada; ... Delivered in he Sheriff Court Hall, Greenock, Scotland, ...
Toronto: Reprinted from the Greenock Edition, 1857. First Canadian edition. 8vo., rebound in modern blue half cloth, marble boards, (with the original upper wrapper bound in), 47pp. A very good copy in a fine, modern binding. TPL 8541.
$225.00

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17. CARPENTER, Edward. An Unknown People.
London: A. & H.B. Bonner, 1897. First edition. 8vo., original wallet edge wrappers, 37pp. Wrappers worn at edges with some loss at spine ends and corners, a good copy of a scarce item.
$350.00


The "Motion Picture Edition"
 

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18. CHANDLER, Raymond. The Big Sleep. Illustrated with photographs from the Warner Brothers First National Film.
Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, (1946). "A Forum Book Motion Picture Edition." 8vo., cloth, 165pp. Bookplate otherwise about fine in a dustwrapper with light wear to the spine ends and corners but certainly very good.
$400.00


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19. (Childrens) SMITH, Jessie Willcox. A Child’s Book of Old Verses. Selected and Illustrated by…
New York: Duffield & Company, 1910. First edition, first issue with pictorial endpapers and T.E.G. (second issue had neither). Sm. 4to., orig. navy cloth lettered in gilt with pictorial paper panel on upper cover, T.E.G., ix, 124pp. Name, pictorial panel a touch rubbed, otherwise near fine.
$600.00

First Edition Churchill
 

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20. (CHURCHILL) CHURCHILL, Winston S. Arms and the Covenant.  
London: George Harrap, (1938). First edition, first state dustwrapper. 8vo., original blue cloth, (466)pp. Ownership inscription, otherwise fine in d/w with 2.5" chip from spine head (loss includes entire title), light chipping to spine foot.
$1,500.00

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21. (CHURCHILL) CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Unknown War. The Eastern Front.  
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931. First American edition. Tall 8vo., original brown cloth lettered in gilt, xv, 387pp. Near fine.
$350.00

Tom Thumb - Chruikshank
 

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22. CRUIKSHANK, George and Kane O'Hara. Tom Thumb; A Burletta, Altered from Henry Fielding, By Kane O'Hara. With Designs by George Cruikshank.
London: Thomas Rodd, 1830. First edition, first issue. Small 8vo., late 19th century tan half calf, cloth, leather spine label, 34pp. With the original wrappers bound in at rear. Fine.
$750.00

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23. DICKENS, Charles. Domeby and Son. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne.
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848. First edition, early issue of the text. (the boat is the "Delight" instead of "Joy" on p.284 and "Captain" is spelled incorrectly in the last line of p.324). Extra-Illustrated with 13 additional plates. Tall 8vo., recently rebound in full blue morocco, raised bands, gilt compartments, with a vignette portrait of Dickens in gilt on the upper cover, inner dentelles gilt, A.E.G., by Bayntun, 624pp. A fine copy in a handsome binding.
$1,750.00


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24. DICKENS, Charles. Oliver Twist; Or, The Parish Boy's Progress.
London: Richard Bentley, 1839. In three volumes. Second edition, later issue with "1839" date on all titles. 8vo., full contemporary calf, raised bands, (332), (308), (316)pp. With illustrations. Some scattered foxing, plates foxed, spines slightly faded but otherwise a near fine copy.
$1,500.00


Signed Limited Edition Lawrence Durrell
 

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25. DURRELL, Lawrence. Down The Styx. Preface by F.J. Temple.
Santa Barbara: Capricorn Press, 1971. First of this edition. 1 of 200 copies signed by Durrell. 4to., original pictorial paper boards, 23, (1)p. Spine faded otherwise fine.
$150.00


First Edition - First Issue
 

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26. ELIOT, George. Romola.
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1863. In three volumes. First edition, first issue. 8vo., original green cloth dec. in gilt on spine, iv, 336; vi, 333, 2pp. ads; iv, 292pp. Ownership inscription in each volume, brown stain in lower margin of pages 51-64, at its largest 1 1/2" x 1/2", faint rubbing to boards, spines lightly rubbed with a touch of wear to ends, but certainly a very good copy. Baker & Ross A7.2, Sadleir 817, Wolff 2016. Magee notes Romola is "[p]erhaps the author's least successful book; it is also her scarcest." "As comment on the remarkable scarcity of Romola... I can only quote George Smith: 'Romola did not increase the sale of the Cornhill and as a separate publication it had not, I think, the success it deserved.' Unpopular as a serial, the three-volume edition may have been purposely of modest size and destined to quick replacement by a one-volume cheap." Sadleir.
$2,500.00


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27. (England) (BOWLES, (Carington). (Bowen, Emanuel and Thomas). Bowles's New Medium English Atlas; Or, Complete Set Of Maps Of the Counties Of England and Wales: Divided Into Their Respective Hundreds, Wapontakes, Wards, Rapes, Lathes, & c...
London: Printed for the Proprietor Carington Bowles, at his Map and Print Warehouse, ... (1785.) 4to., full contemporary calf, professionally rebacked with a new spine after the period, contemporary leather spine label. The date has been sanded off the titlepage and "1710--probably" has been written in by a contemporary hand in ink, incorrectly dating the atlas, some minor browning to the first map, some rubbing to the extremities of the binding but in fact a near fine nice example of this atlas. With 44 double-page maps, all with early outline in colour and a pale salmon wash border. The plates for this atlas were first published by Thomas Kitchin in 1767 in "Atlas Anglicanus," the maps engraved by Emanuel and Thomas Bowen. This work appeared in parts, issued monthly. There was one further edition of the Atlas before the plates were acquired by Carington Bowles in 1784. In 1785 Bowles published the above work, with a new title and with the maps heavily revised. Kitchin's imprint on all the maps has been erased, the distances have been erased being replaced by those from London to the major cities and the maps are all numbered in the upper right. This atlas published at a price of L1 16s faced stiff competition from the continued publication of the Ellis atlas and by John Cary's atlas, priced at 10s 6d and L1 10s respectively.
$8,750.00

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28. (Fine Arts) Duncombe's Edition. The Theatrical Album; Or, Comedian At Home: Being an Excellent Collection of Recitations, Comic Tales, New Songs & c... Sketches from Mr. Matthew's Entertainment Of Earth, Air and Water, ...
Holborn: Published by Duncombe Book and Music Store, nd. (182-?) Part I of "Duncombe's edition of Matthew's at Home." Second edition. ( so stated). 8vo., original printed wrappers, 24pp. Some wear to the spine otherwise very good. "Duncombe's Edition of Matthew's at Home" which was published in four parts in 1821, each with a separate titlepage and coloured frontispiece.
$350.00

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29. (French Literature) La Conference Entre Luther Et Le Diable Au Sujet De La Messe Racontee par Luther lui-meme Traduction nouvelle en regard du Texte Latin par Isidore Liseux Ave les Remarques et Annotations des Abbes De Cordemoy et Lenglet-Dufresnoy. Frontispiece grave a l'eau-forte par J. Amiot.
Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1875. From the library of Dr. C.B. Farrar with his bookplate. 12mo., contemporary red calf spine, gilt decoration, marble boards, viii, 91, (4)pp. With the original wrappers bound in at rear. A fine copy. Vicaire II: 589
$1,250.00

Willy Pogany
 

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30. (Illustrated) (POGANY, Willy). WAGNER, Richard. Tannhauser. A Dramatic Poem by ... Freely Translated in Poetic Narrative Form by W.T. Rolleston. Presented by Willy Pogany.
London: G. G. Harrap & Co., (1911). First trade edition (there was a limited edition of 525 signed copies). 4to., bound in full red morocco by Bayntun Riviere, raised bands, gilt borders, inner dentelles gilt, A.E.G., no pagination. Illustrated throughout in black and orange, with 16 colour plates and vignette plate on verso of halftitle. A fine copy of a very attractive book.
$750.00

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31. (Illustrated) (RACKHAM, Arthur). INGOLDSBY, Thomas. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth & Marvels. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
(London): William Heinemann, 1913. Later edition. 4to., blue cloth dec. in gilt, xix, 549pp. Some rippling to cloth along rear cover, otherwise fine.
$750.00


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32. (Ireland) Black's Picturesque Tourist Of Ireland. 
Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1860. Third edition, so stated. Small 8vo., original green cloth with gilt lettering on the upper board and the spine, xiii, 366, 32pp.ads. Illustrated with a map of Ireland and plans of major cities. Bookplate, perforated blindstamp on titlepage and last page of the index otherwise a fine copy.
$150.00

Extra-Illustrated Edition
 

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33. (JOHNSON, Samuel). Johnsoniana; Or, Supplement To Boswell: Being Anecdotes And Sayings of Dr. Johnson, Collected by Piozzi, .....(35 others named on title).
London: John Murray, 1836. First edition. Extra -Illustrated; one volume expanded to two volumes.With 84 additional portraits and plates; 12 of which are coloured. With the bookplate of Abel Berland. Tall 8vo., full contemporary tan calf, raised bands, elaborate gilt compartments, leather labels, inner dentelles gilt, A.E.G. by Wallis. The upper hinge of volume two has been reinforced (rebacked), the hinges are tender but not cracked otherwise this is an attractive set.
$3,000.00

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34. (Kheyyam) PAYNE, John (translator). The Quatrains of Omar Kheyyam of Nishapour…
London: Printed for the Villon Society, 1898. Limited edition, this is no. 93 (limitation not stated). Tall 8vo., full vellum pictorially dec. in red and gilt, lxxi, 206 (1)pp.ads. A fine copy of a lovely book.
$200.00

Edition De Luxe
 

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35. KIPLING, Rudyard. Collected Verse.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1912. First edition. "Edition De Luxe" 1 of 500 copies. 4to., original full limp vellum, T.E.G., silk ties, 477pp. Some soiling otherwise near fine.
$900.00


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36. (LEFEVERE, George William). The Life of A Travelling Physician, From His First Introduction to Practice; Including Twenty Years' Wanderings Through the Greater Part of Europe.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1843. In three volumes. First edition. 8vo., orig. brown cloth with blind stamped design on covers and spine, spine lettering gilt, (xvi), 312; viii, 304; viii, 294, (2)pp.ads. With a coloured frontispiece in each volume. Very slight foxing to frontispieces, inner rear hinge of volume one cracked, there is a 2 1/2 inch split in the outer rear hinge of volume one, purple stains on the rear free e/paper of volume two with a bit on the last page of text, o/w a near fine, bright copy. Abbey 36. George William Lefevere [1798-1846] physician. Lefevere studied medicine at Edinburgh and London, graduated at Aberdeen. Due to illness he was advised to go abroad, and went to Pav. He returned to England and was granted a license to practice but instead decided to go abroad again. He became a physician to Polish nobleman with whom he travelled for nine years; five in France and the remainder in Austria, Poland and Russia. His position gave him the opportunity to see much of the domestic life of the Polish nobility, in many of whose castles he stayed, (much is recorded about this in the above title). Lefevere left the nobleman at Odessa and went on to St. Petersburg where he became physician to the British Embassy there. In 1831 he was in charge of the district during the cholera epidemic and was knight for his services to the Embassy. He was also made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1843 he published the above title, an account of his travels on the continent and residence in Poland • and Russia, and is chiefly interesting for the descriptions of social life in Poland, and of the members of the English Factory at St. Petersburg. He also published "Advantages of Thermal Comfort" (1843) and "An Apology For the Nerves, Or Their Importance In Health and Disease" (1844). Levfevere committed suicide by prussic acid in 1846.
$1,500.00

New York Sun Newspaper Hoax - Life on the Moon
 

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37. (LOCKE, Richard) GRIGGS, William N. The Celebrated "Moon Story," Its Origin and Incidents; With a Memoir of the Author and An Appendix Containing I: An Authentic Description of the Moon; II: A New Theory of the Lunar Surface In Relation to that of the Earth.
New York: Bunnell and Price, 1852. First edition in book form. (published in the New York Sun, August 1835.) From the library of Dr. C. B. Farrar with his bookplate.12mo., contemporary half leather, marble boards, 143pp. With the original wrapper tipped in at the front. A fine copy. On August 25 1835 the New York Sun newspaper published the first in a series of six articles purportedly taken from the scientific journal the Edinburgh Courant which alleges that life on the moon exists. These articles described animals and humans of various strange varieties found with the use of an immense telescope located at the Port of Good Hope in South Africa. The sensation of these articles drove the circulation of the newspaper up. This is the story of that hoax, it also reprints all six articles.
$500.00

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38. MYERS, L. H. The Orissers.
London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1922). First edition. 1 of 250 copies signed by the author. 4to., original decorated paper boards, printed paper label on spine and upper cover. Near fine in dustwrapper with some wear to the spine ends but otherwise very good.
$250.00


Nonesuch Press
 

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39. (Nonesuch Press). WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler. The Lives of Donne Wotton Hooker Herbert & Sanderson. With Love and Truth. Miscellaneous Writings Edited by Geoffrey Reynes. Illustrations by Thomas Poulton and Charles Sigrist.
Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1929. One of 1600 copies (1100 available in England, 500 in the United States). Large 8vo., original full brown niger morocco. Near fine with slipcase that shows a bit of wear to the extremities.
$750.00

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40. ORWELL, George. Animal Farm.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1945. First edition. Bound in full green morocco, raised bands, gilt lettering. A fine copy.
$1,500.00


First Canadian Edition
 

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41. ORWELL, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Toronto: S.J. Reginald Saunders & Co., (1949). First Canadian edition. (the first Canadian edition was actually issued by the Book Club and has the black dot on the rear board). A fine copy in the red d/w (also issued in a blue d/w no priority) which has some wear to extremities still a nice copy.
$200.00


Florence Nightingale - On Nursing
 

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42. (Science - Nursing) NIGHTINGALE, Florence. Notes On Nursing: What It Is, And What It Is Not.
New York: D. Appleton And Company, 443 & 445 Broadway, 1860. First edition. (There is another Appleton issue dated 1860, with the address "346 & 348 Broadway," priority undetermined. 8vo., original brown cloth with title in gilt on the upper board, 140, (4)pp.ads. Bookplate, some wear to the spine ends and a few mark on the upper board but o/w a better than very good copy of this influential work.
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43. (Science - Mathematics) WHEWELL, William. History of the Inductive Sciences. From the Earliest To the Present Times.
London: John W. Parker, ..., 1837. In three volumes. First edition. With the bookplate of Stillman Drake. Tall 8vo., full contemporary calf, prize binding with "Royal Military College Presented For Attention To and Progress In The Study Of Mathematics" on the upper covers, with the coat-of-arms on both covers, raised bands, A.E.G., xxxvi, 438, (i, errata); xii, 534, (ii); xii, 624pp. This copy has been professionally rebacked with calf spines matching the covers, raised bands, with the bookplate of reading "Presented to Gentleman Cadet Morton S. Mansel... 1840." A near fine, attractive set.>
William Whewell [1794-1866] " Whewell, a polymath, wrote extensively on numerous subjects, including mechanics, mineralogy, geology, astronomy, political economy, theology, educational reform, international law, and architecture, as well as the works that remain the most well-known today in philosophy of science, history of science, and moral philosophy. He was one of the founding members and an early president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the Royal Society, president of the Geological Society, and longtime Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. In his own time his influence was acknowledged by the major scientists of the day, such as John Herschel, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell and Michael Faraday, who frequently turned to Whewell for philosophical and scientific advice, and, interestingly, for terminological assistance. Whewell invented the terms "anode," “cathode,” and “ion” for Faraday. Upon the request of the poet Coleridge in 1833 Whewell invented the English word “scientist;” before this time the only terms in use were “natural philosopher” and “man of science.”Whewell is most known today for his massive works on the history and philosophy of science." The above title he focused on the gradual ascension of scientific knowledge from facts, to phenomenological laws and finally to causal laws.
$2,000.00

Bijou Shakespeare
 

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44. SHAKESPEARE. The Bijou Shakespeare. The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Illustrated. With Biographical Introduction and an Essay on Shakespeare and Bacon by Sir Henry Irving.
London: William Collins, Sons, & Co., n.d. (ca. 190-?). In six volumes. 12mo., flex. leather w/ gilt titles on upper cover and gilt decorations along spine, A.E.G. With illustrations. A fine set in a gift box that has some wear to edges. Illustrated with photos of various turn-of-the-century actors in character.
$350.00


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45. SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Complete Poetical Works of… The Text Carefully Revised, With Notes and a Memoir by William Michael Rossetti…
London: Reeves and Turner, nd (188-?). In three volumes. 8vo., half calf, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather spine labels, T.E.G., xxxvi, 460; vii, 456; xv, 443pp. Name in each volume, o/w near fine.
$350.00


Gertrude Stein - Presentation Inscription
 

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46. STEIN, Gertrude. Lectures In America.
New York: Random House, (1935). First edition. With a presentation inscription from Stein to American art patron Emily Chadbourne reading, "To Emily, her America our America and we like it all....Gertrude." A touch of creasing to the top of the spine o/w an about fine copy in d/w which is chipped at the spine ends and has wear along the edges of the upper panel, a 3" tear in the rear panel but is certainly very good.
$3,500.00


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47. TOMILINSON, H.M. War Books. A Lecture Given at Manchester University February 15, 1929.
Cleveland: The Rowfant Club, 1930. First edition. 1 of 215 copies. Slight wear to extremities otherwise fine in slipcase as issued.
$225.00


Toronto Underground Newspapers
 

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48. Toronto New Paper. Numbers 1 to 3.  Mark Trent and Carl Blazina editors.
Toronto: (September 1970-?). First and only three issues.11 1/4" x 17", (46)pp approx for each issue. Typical tanning to cheap newsprint, otherwise complete and near fine. Typical of the underground papers which were proliferating then, this particular one, according to our sources, finished after these three issues, apparently because it was considered too square compared to such others as guerrilla, and Georgia Straight. Our source tells us he sold it in his Yorkville store and watched it fail. This particular paper seems to be quite rare perhaps for this reason. Copies located at LAC, Ryerson and University of Toronto, where the catalogue entry lists only the title and the supposed date but nothing else.

for the complete run of three issues $350.00

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49. WELLS, H. G. When the Sleeper Wakes.
New York: Harper and Brothers,1899. First U.S. edition. 8vo., original pictorially decorated cloth, (330), (6)pp. ads. With illustrations. Name on endpaper, spine slightly faded with a touch of rubbing at ends otherwise a near fine copy.
$600.00

Just Issued

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A. The TRUE and GENUIN ELEGY OF Matthew Gun Bookseller
Printed by Will Rueter at the Aliquando Press in 2014. 1 of 125 copies. 15" x 10 1/2". Printed on Hahnemuble white mould paper in Garamond, ATF Baskerville and XIV Century Roman. This is a reprint of an early 18th-century broadside. The original is held by the British Library and we have been unable to locate another copy. We felt this reprint to be a timely one given the precarious state of the book trade these days; Gun’s lament resonates strongly. A fine work by one of Canada’s foremost designers and private printers.
$50.00

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The Pope's Bookbinder
A Memoir

By David Mason

Biblioasis, 2013.
420 pages. Illustrated.
$37.95(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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Just Published
Why Booksellers Die Broke.
The Collected Aphorisms of Earle M. Mason, Banker.
Edited by David Mason.

(Toronto): David Mason Books, (2014). 8vo., printed wrappers, (24)pp. With illustrations.
Price $10.00.
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A Guide on How to Act in Used Bookstores
 

The Protocols of Used Bookstores. A Guide to Dealing with Certain Perils Which Could be Encountered in a Used Bookstore. By David Mason.
Toronto: The Author, (2011). 3rd (and best) edition, corrected. 8vo., wrappers, 18pp. With illustrations.  Price $10.00. Usual terms to the trade. To purchase please email us at: dmbooks@allstream.net

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