David Mason Books eList #49


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Canadian Advert for Grape-Nuts
 

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1. (Advertising) Grape-Nuts. A Perfect Food for Brain and Body...
Windsor: Canadian Postum Cereal Co., Ltd., no date (ca. 1930s). Small 12mo., pictorial wrappers, (8)pp including wrappers. Staples rusted otherwise near fine. A small pamphlet printed in Canada promoting Grape-Nuts cereal.
$45.00

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2. (Africa) ANDERSSON, Charles John. The Okavango River.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1861. First U.S. edition. Tall 8vo., original green cloth with a small gilt pictorial decoration of a rhinoceros on the upper board, (xx), (21)-414, (2)pp.ads. Some scattered foxing, cloth a bit rubbed but otherwise a better than very good but not quite near fine copy.
$650.00

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3. (Africa) LIVINGSTONE, David and Charles. Narrative Of An Expedition To The Zambesi And Its Tributaries; and of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa 1858-1864.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. First U.S. edition. Tall 8vo., recently rebound with a wine calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather label, xxii, 638, 6pp.ads. With illustrations and a large folding map at rear. A fine copy.
$850.00

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4. (Americana) ARMS, Edward W. A Genealogical Record Of The Arms Family In This Country, Embracing All The Known Descendants of William First, Who Have Retained the Family Name, And the First Generation of the Descendants of Other Names.
Troy, NY: Published by the Author, 1877. First edition. Tall 8vo., original flexible cloth boards, 57pp. Very good.
$185.00

Stephen Foster - A Canadian Edition?
 

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5. (Americana) Susannah Don’t You Cry For Me.
Single sheet measuring 9 ¾” x 7 ¼” headed with an English (Canadian?) Coat of Arms. NP: no publisher, probably circa 1850-70. Some very light dampstaining but in fact fine. This is a variant version of Foster’s classic tune, first written in 1847. Foster did not have it immediately printed or copyrighted. This version has six verses, the original has three, with verses 1, 3, and 4 of our copy matching fairly closely with the original. There is slight variation in the wording, this version is particularly heavy in a Southern dialect and spelled phonetically (“wid” for “with). Given the date Foster wrote the piece, the coat of arms is odd as this version was discontinued in 1801—used by the first of the three Georges and then changed. The only other copy we have seen a record of is held by Brown University, who call it “possibly an English imprint.” We believe it is more likely of Canadian origin given that we have found no record in English institutions, and the heavy Southern dialect would likely have been incomprehensible to an Englishman. A rare broadside with only one recorded example.
$1,250.00
 

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6. ANON. The Flea. By You.
New York: (Thomas O'Kane), 1870. (Also published the previous year by George S. Wilcox.) Tall 12mo., original cloth-backed paper boards with paper label on upper cover, 24, (8)pp. ads. With frontispiece and four additional plates. "The flea follows its main character as he hops onto various hosts, finally landing on an attractive sleeping woman, whose slumber he interrupts. Through double entendre and metaphor, the writer explores the woman's body through the travels of a flea. The storyline employs the familiar literary device of the perspective of a flea or a piece of bedroom furniture, allowing an author to invade the inner sanctum of the bedroom or other intimate events. Although hardly explicit in text or illustrations, such works had the opportunity to introduce a reader to more substantial forms of erotica." A focus of Anthony Comstock's ire, many copies of this title were destroyed. 
$450.00
 

A Lovely Association Copy
 

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7. BALDERSTON, John L. Berkeley Square A Play In Three Acts.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1929. First edition. With a presentation inscription dated ‘Nov. 11, 1929' from the author to the Welsh-born actress, ‘Miss Alice John'(1881-1956), who played opposite Leslie Howard in the 1929 Broadway production of the play of the same name. Tipped on the front pastedown the original Western Union telegram that John received from Balderston on opening night: ‘Alice John. Lyceum Theatre. Good luck you give a beautiful performance. John Balderston.' With two Christmas cards from Ruth and Leslie Howard to Alice John laid in, each with a printed message and greeting from the Howards, with one card bearing a short holograph inscription reading ‘to you & all your family', in an unknown hand. Some offsetting from the telegram on the front e/paper, some slight darkening to the spine but o/w the book is near fine. The paper of the telegram is somewhat browned and slightly brittle, the Christmas cards are near fine. A lovely association copy. John L. Balderston (1889-1954) began his career as a journalist in 1912 while still a student at Columbia, he acted as the New York correspondent for the Philadelphia Record. From 1914 to 1918 he was the foreign correspondent for the McClure News Syndicate, and then worked for the New York World, becoming the head of its London Bureau. While still a journalist Balderston became a successful playwright, achieving success with the 1926 play, Berkeley Square, which premiered in London that same year. The author suggests that the plot of the play was ‘suggested by James posthumous fragment Sense of the Past.' The play relates the story of a young American transported back to London at the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors, with one contemporary critic describing it as ‘a velvety play, unfolding gently, skillfully a sympathetic tale of an American.... who fell in love with a girl of 1784 and had to leave her to come back to the age in which he belonged.' The 1929 Broadway production, which starred Leslie Howard (who also acted as the co-producer) as ‘Peter Standish', Valerie Taylor as ‘Kate Pettigrew' and Alice John as ‘Lady Ann Pettigrew' was extremely successful, running for 229 performances at the Lyceum Theatre. Howard would later reprise his role in the 1933 American film of the same name, with the screenplay co-written by Balderston, but Alice John did not repeat her performance as Lady Pettigrew, as the part was played in the film by Irene Browne. Balderstone continued to work as a screen writer, adapting several novels for the screen, including, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) for which he won his first Academy Award The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), and Gaslight (1944).
$1,500.00
 

Anthony Burgess Autograph Postcard
 

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8. BURGESS, Anthony. Autograph postcard.
(4” x 5¾”), signed, to Mr. J. R. Nielson in Edmonds, Washington. Nd. (197-?) Postmarked Monaco. “…But I will now confront that Cornish bastard with evidence of disaffection and slander. I do not drink Löwenbrau and have not done so for years. A foul libel…” Almost certainly referring to A. L. Rowse, whom Burgess despised. Card depicts the Monte Carlo Casino. Corners bumped, very faint dampstaining causing a few letters to bleed. Near fine. Burgess spent the final years of his life in Monaco, having settled there in 1976.
$500.00
 

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9. (Capital Punishment) SPEAR, Charles. Essays on the Punishment of Death.
Boston: Published by the Author/London: John Chapman, 1845. Twelfth edition. 8vo., calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, leather spine label, gilt details, xii, 237, 10, (4)pp ads. Fine. Spear (1801-1863) was a Universalist minister and anti-capital punishment activist who is known primarily for -- along with this title -- publishing the newsletter "The Prisoners' Friend" (originally "The Hangman"), and working with newly released criminals in what would be Boston's first form of parole visitation. Sabin 89066.
$350.00

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10. (France) ALLOM, Thomas and G.N. Wright. France Illustrated, Exhibiting Its Landscape Scenery, Antiquities, Military and Ecclesiastical Architecture, & c. Drawings by Thomas Allom, Descriptions by The Rev. G.N. Wright.
London: Fisher, Son, & Co., nd. (1845-7?). Four volumes bound in two. 4to., full contemporary green morocco, raised bands, gilt compartments, elaborate gilt decoration on the covers, inner dentelles gilt, a.e.g. With 132 plates (128 full page engravings and 4 vignettes on the engraved titlepages) as called for. Some foxing to the plates, mostly in the margins but in some cases the foxing has affected the image itself; some light rubbing o/w a near fine, attractive set. Volume four is the ‘supplement’, titled ‘France Illustrated, Comprising a Summer and Winter in Paris.’
$1,750.00

Signed Edward Gorey
 

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11. GOREY, Edward. The Water Flowers.
New York: Congdon & Weed, (1982). First edition. Signed by the author on the titlepage. Small square 8vo., original pictorial paper boards, (64)pp. With illustrations by Gorey. Fine in an about fine dustwrapper.
$350.00

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12. (India) COOK. India, Burma, And Ceylon. Information for Travellers and Residents. With Four Maps.
(London): Thomas Cook & Son, 1924. Revised. 12mo., original flexible rust cloth, (240)pp. With four maps. Touch of wear to the foot of the spine but in fact near fine.
$150.00

With Presentation Inscription
 

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13. LONGFELLOW, Henry W. (Wadsworth). Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie. With illustrations by F.O.C. Darley.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867. First of this edition with illustrations by Darley. With a presentation inscription from the author to ‘Miss Fanny Traub’ dated ‘November 14, 1866.’ Small 8vo., original green cloth, (vi), (7)-157pp. With illustrations. Dampstain affecting the outer margin of the pages throughout, wear to the spine ends, otherwise a very good copy. Fanny Traub [1824-1909] an unpublished poet who lived in Bremen. BAL 12496.
$2,000.00

A Signed Picasso Exhibition Catalogue
 

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14. (PICASSO). BARR, Alfred H. (editor). Picasso 75h Anniversary Exhibition. The Museum of Modern Art, New York May 22-September 9, 1957...
New York: Published by the Museum of Modern Art, (1957). Signed and dated in blue oil pastel by Picasso on the upper wrapper. Small square 4to., cream wrappers, 116pp. Profusely illustrated. Wrappers browned on the spine and around the perimeter otherwise very good.
$1,250.00

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15. POLLOCK, Jack. We All Are All (and other thoughts on days alone).
Toronto: Privately published by Jack Pollock & Louise Levitt, 1981. Second edition. Inscribed by the author on the half-title. 8vo., cloth, unpaginated. Profusely illustrated by the author. Fine in dustwrapper which has a small mark on front cover otherwise fine.
$65.00

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16. (Port Royal) SCHIMMELPENNICK, M.A. (Mary Anne). Select Memoirs of Port Royal. To Which Are Appended Tour to Alet, Gift of An Abbess, Visit to Port Royal. Biographical Notices, Etc. Taken From Original Documents.
London: Longmans, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858. In three volumes. Fifth edition. 8vo., original rust cloth, xxxiv, 324, vi, 334, (2)pp ads, (iv), 327pp. A fine bright copy. Mary Anne Schlmmelpennlck (1nS-1856) author, born in Birmingham. Both parents were members of the Society of Friends and Mary Anne was raised quite strictly. A timid and imaginative child, she expressed here flair for writing in her teens when she wrote fake Elizabethan manuscripts connected with Mary, Queen of Scots, and buried them with two skull and planted an oak tree to stall their discovery for 300 years. Her parents encouraged her literary pursuits and Mary went to visit Mrs. Barbauld in London. In 1806 Mary Anne married but by 1811 her husband was experiencing extreme financial difficulties, and a quarrel led Mary Anne to break with her family. Schimmelpennick turned her full attention to writing in order to earn a living. About this time, Hannah More sent her some of the writings of the Port Royalists. In 1813 Schimmelpennick published a compilation based on one of the volumes, "Narrative of a Tour to La Grande Chartreuse and Alet, by Oom Claude Lancelot." This was soon followed by a second edition. She continued her investigations into the Port Royalists and in 1815 she visited Port Royal. In 1816 she published "Narrative of the Demolition of the Monastery of Port Royal Des Champs." In 1829 this work and its predecessor were published with additions under the above title, 'Select Memoirs of Port Royal" which included sketches of the most celebrated Port Royalists.
$450.00
 

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17. (Science) FESTSCHRIFTS. Spine title: Memorials, Cajal, Adolph Meyer, Jelliffe, & Pollock. Contents: Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatria. T. XV, No 2. “Homenaje a Saniago Ramon Y Cajal”. Lima: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 1952. [BOUND WITH] KATZENELBOGEN, S. Contributions Dedicated to Dr. Adolf Meyer by his Colleagues, Friends and Pupils. Edited by… Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1938. [BOUND WITH] The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Vol. 106, No. 3. “In Memoriam Smith Ely Jelliffe”. (New York): Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 1947. [BOUND WITH] The Psychiatric Quarterly Supplement. Vol. 18, No. 1. New York: State Department of Mental Hygiene, 1944. Containing: “Horatio M. Pollock, Ph.D. A Review of His Career” and “Friends and Associates from Coast to Coast Pay Tribute to Dr. Pollock.”
Bound together by Dr. C.B. Farrar, and containing his bookplate. 4to., full red leatherette, lettered in gilt, 284, 115, 221-414, 21, (158)pp. Fine. The portion of Psychiatric Quarterly Supplement about Dr. Pollock has been added in extract prior to the complete journal volume (thus duplicating the content).
$200.00

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

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19. (Science) STEVIN, Simon. Principal Works of Simon Stevin. Edited and Annotated by a Committee of Dutch Scientists.
Amsterdam: Swets & Zeitlinger, 1955-1966. With the bookplate of Stillman Drake. Small 4to., cloth. Volume I: Mechanics; Volume 2A and B: Mathematics; Volume 3: Astronomy, Navigation; Volume 4: The Art of War; Volume 5: Engineering, Music, Civic Life.
$2,250.00

Dr. William Osler Related Pamphlets
 

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20. (Science) (OSLER, William). 11 pamphlets and journal extracts bound together. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1893-1943 A Brief Account of Its Founding and of Its Achievements During the First Fifty Years of Its Existence. (Baltimore): Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1943. [BOUND WITH] The Johns Hopkins University Circular. No. 194. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University, 1907. [BOUND WITH] Alexander Blain Hospital Bulletin. Vol. 9, No. 3. Detroit: Alexander Blain Hospital, 1950. [BOUND WITH] Bulletin of the Academy of Medicine Toronto. Vol. XXIII, No. 10. Toronto: Academy of Medicine Toronto, 1950. [BOUND WITH] University of Western Ontario Medical Journal. Vol. 20, No. 4. London: University of Western Ontario, 1950. [BOUND WITH] University of Toronto Medical Bulletin. Vol. X, No. 4. Toronto: University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, 1930. [BOUND WITH] CULLEN, Thomas S. Max Brodel, 1870-1941, Director of the First Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in the World. NP: Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 1945. A copy of a typed letter from C. B. Farrar to Cullen regarding the piece is inserted. [BOUND WITH] (Extract). GWYN, Norman G. Dr. Thomas McCrae—A Commentary. “Reprinted from the University of Toronto Medical Journal, February 1936.” [BOUND WITH] (Extract). The Passing of Sir William Osler. “Reprint from the Southern Medical Journal… January 1920.” [BOUND WITH] (Extract). BETT, W. R. William Stewart Halsted (1852-1922) Cocaine Pioneer and Addict. “The British Journal of Addiction Vol. 29, Nos, 1& 2.
Sm. 4to., blue cloth reading “The Johns Hopkins Hospital” on spine, 46, (54), 172-185, 161-170, 127-144, 14, 29, 4, (2), 53-60pp. With the bookplate of C. B. Farrar and two news clippings about the death of Dr. Harry Clary Jones pasted in at rear. Eight of the publications contain pieces about Osler specifically; while the piece on Brodel talks in part about his famous cartoon “The St. Johns Hopkins Hospital” in which Osler is depicted with a halo and wings, floating above the hospital; and the piece about Thomas McCrae talks prominently about McCrae’s relationship with Osler. The final piece on William Halsted does not talk about Osler, but relates to the founding of Johns Hopkins. Compiled by Dr. C. B. Farrar who studied with Osler at Johns Hopkins and went on to be the editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry and the first director of the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital.
$200.00
 

Flicker Films of Exercises for Women
 

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21. (Science) VAN DE VELDE, Th.H. (Theodoor Henrik). Sex Efficiency Through Exercises Special Physical Culture For Women. With 480 Cinematograhpic and 54 Full-Page Illustrations.
London: William Heinemann (Medical Books) Ltd., 1933. First edition. Tall 8vo., original blue cloth lettered in gilt, (xviii), (1)-163, (164 blank). With 54 black and white plates. With a Cinematographic Supplement consisting of 12 ‘flicker films’ which are comprised of 40 black and white photographic reproductions printed on stiff card, when the outer edge is flicked with the thumb, gives the illusion of a ‘moving picture’ each depicting a woman demonstrating one of the exercises. There are two tears to the page separating the first set of 6 ‘cinematographs’ from the second, which have been repaired with tape, but otherwise this is a fine copy of an interesting and uncommon book. Theodor van de Velde [1873-1937] Dutch physician and gynaecologist, who served as director of the Gynaecological Institute in Haarlem. His 1926 publication, Het Volkomen Huwelijk, published in English as Ideal Marriage: Its Physiology and Technique, gained him international notoriety. In this work on sexuality, Van de Velde argued that the ‘critical goal of marriage consists of sexual pleasure shared by husband and wife’ and sought the ‘cultivation of the technique of eroticism as an art in marriage.’ The book went through multiple printings in several countries, becoming one of the best known works on this subject, and it was also placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum by the Roman Catholic Church. Van de Velde’s other works, Sex Hostility in Marriage and Fertility and Sterility in Marriage were both published in English in 1931. The above title, Sex Efficiency Through Exercises, builds on his previous work, and aims to provide ‘a guide for women and those who help them (whether as doctors, midwives, nurses and gymnastic instructresses) in the full evolution and utilization of the feminine sexual capacities and faculties. These capacities and faculties are generally quite inadequate in practice; they should include both appropriately active participation in the act of sexual congress and appropriate voluntary muscular action that assists the act of birth.’ In consultation and collaboration with a gymnastic instructor, Van de Velde has created a system of exercises to achieve the desired results for women, both before and after pregnancy. He notes that while his previous work ‘Ideal Marriage taught men the technique of physical love, so I hope that this book will give women the key to complete erotic stimulation.’
$750.00
 

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22. (Science) WEISSE, Franeuil D. Practical Human Anatomy A Working-Guide For Students Of Medicine and a Ready-Reference For Surgeons and Physicians.
New York: William Wood & Company, nd. (1888). One volume bound in four. Third edition. Tall 8vo., rebound in stiff maroon fabicoid printed in black, 106; 107-192; (193)-316, 317-456pp. With 222 plates. Bookplates, some rubbing otherwise very good.
$250.00

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23. (Science - Nature) GIBSON, William Hamilton. My Studio Neighbors. Illustrated by the Author.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898. Tall square 8vo., original green cloth with butterflies in gilt, 245pp. Some wear to lower edge otherwise very good.
$75.00

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24. (Science - Phrenology) SPURZHEIM, G. Outlines of Phrenology... Being a Manual of Reference for the Marked Bust.
Boston: Marsh, Capen and Lyon, 1832. First U.S. edition. Small 8vo., original cloth backed paper boards, printed paper spine label, (viii), (98)pp. Light foxing, small dampstain on upper corner of pages throughout, spine label has a few nicks, spine is slightly faded with a few marks but this is still a near fine copy of a delicate book.
$300.00

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25. (Science - Psychiatry) Welt und Gehirn (spine title), six monographs bound together: EDINGER, L. Hirnanatomie und Psychologie. Berlin: August Hirschenwald, 1900. [BOUND WITH] HITZIG, Eduard. Welt und Gehirn. Berlin: August Hirschwald, 1905. [BOUND WITH] LADENBURG, Albert. Über den Einfluss der Naturwissenschaften auf die Weltanschauung… Leipzig: Veit & Comp., 1903. [BOUND WITH] STUMPF, C. Leib und Seele. Due Entwicklungsgedanke in der gegendanke Philosophie. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1903. [BOUND WITH] VERWORN, Max. Naturwissenschaft und Weltanschauung. Leipzig: Johan Ambrosius Barth, 1904. [BOUND WITH] ZIEHEN, Th. Über die Allgemeinen Beziehungen Zwischen Gehirn und Seelenleben. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1902.
Bound together by C. B. Farrar with table of contents in his hand, and his bookplate. 8vo., half red cloth, marble boards, spine lettered in gilt, (1) handwritten table of contents, 25, viii, 67, (36), 72, 48, 67pp. Fine.
$250.00
 

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26. (Science - Psychiatry) HURD, Henry M; William F. Drewery, Richard Dewey, Charles W. Pilgrim, G. Alder Blumer and T.J.W. Burgess. The Institutional Care of the Insane in The United States and Canada. By... Edited by Henry M. Hurd.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1916. In four volumes. First editions. From the library of Dr. C.B. Farrar with his bookplate. A fine copy.
$1,000.00

"New York's Street Waifs"
 

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27. (SMITH, Elizabeth Oakes). The Newsboy.
New York: J.C. Derby, .... 1854. First edition. 8vo., original light green blind stamped cloth, gilt decoration on the spine, 527pp. Spine slightly faded and a little cocked o/w a near fine copy. Elizabeth Oakes Prince Smith [1806-1893] author, lecturer and reformer born in Maine. Of Puritan descent on her father’s side, Elizabeth was influenced by her ‘Universalist and free-thinking maternal grandmother.’ An avid reader, she was educated at a private school run by Mrs. Rachel Neal, but was then married off at age sixteen to the thirty-one year old Seba Smith, the editor of the Portland Eastern Argus. While raising five children and managing the household, she became a ‘firm believer in greater opportunity and freedom for women’ and began writing poems and short pieces for local periodicals. In 1839 her husband’s involvement in an unsuccessful business venture resulted in a relocation to New York city, where Elizabeth embarked on a literary career. An early volume of poems received praise from Poe, and she continued to produce poetry and stories for children. She cam to know Poe, Bryant, Horace Greeley and Margaret Fuller and others. Her involvement in the women’s movement led her to write a series on ‘women’s rights’ for Greeley’s New York Tribune, in which she ‘advocated for political emancipation’ and argued that ‘women should be free to develop their talents to the fullest.’ In 1851 she began to tour giving lectures primarily on the woman questions. Smith contributed to Paulina Wright Davis’ feminist journal, ‘Una’ and in 1854 she published a woman’s rights novel, Bertha and Lily. The above title published in the same year ‘grew from her work with the Young’s Men’s Christian Union and is said to have stirred a wave of popular indignation over the condition of New York’s street waifs.’ (Notable American Women. Vol. III). Wright II: 2257, Sabin 82513.
$450.00
 

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28. (Travel) CROAL, Thomas A. A Book About Travelling Past and Present Compiled and Edited by...
Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo & Co., 1880. "Nimmo's National Library." 8vo., original blue cloth stamped in gilt and black, 608pp. double columns. A fine copy. "...it has been the aim simply to produce a series of pictures, sketchy, perhaps, in some parts, but fairly accurate, of the modes of travel that have been, or still remain in use in this country..."This work is divided into the following sections: "The Sedan Chair," "The Coach," "The Stage Coach, " "The Canal," "The Steamer," and "The Railway."
$250.00

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29. (Travel) NEWBY, Eric. A Traveller's Life.
Boston: Little Brown, (1982). First U.S. edition. Inscribed by the author. Cloth backed boards, 302pp. With illustrations. Fine in dustwrapper.
$125.00

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30. (Travel) NEWBY, Eric. On The Shores of the Mediterranean.
London: Harvill, 1984. First edition. Inscribed by the author. Fine in dustwrapper.
$150.00

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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 NOW AVAILABLE in TRADE PAPERBACK!
Updated with new chapter "Hemingway Heist"!
 

The Pope's Bookbinder
A Memoir

By David Mason

Copies are now available in our store for $24.95 (Canadian). Call (416 598-1015) or email to order your copy.

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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.

The added chapter on the Hemingway / Fitzgerald / Callaghan robbery explains what happened and why the author chose not to put it in the original edition.

“For anyone who loves books too well – who lusts after them, lives in them, mainlines them – David Mason's memoir will be a fix from heaven. Heartful, cantankerous, droll, his tales of honour and obsession in the trade gratify the very book-love they portray. An irresistible read.” – Dennis Lee

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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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Now in its Third Edition!
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