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    CAD $400.00

    Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa, and Humours of the Valley. South Hull and Aylmer Edition. by GARD, Anson

    Ottawa. The Emerson Press. n.d. [1907].. Hardcover. 22.5cm, in four parts, 49,78,107,& 84p. numerous illustrations, drawings and portraits, in the original red cloth, gilt titles, new endpapers, some wear on the top and bottom spine edges else a very good to fine association copy. (on) This copy belonged to Philemon Wrights brother Thomas descendants. With the following presentations in ink on the free fly To My dear Son, Marcus Colburn Wright, Wishing him, A very merry Xmas, Dec. 25th, 1903. [Reference to family genealogy - in a different hand ]. p.70. Caroline Wright nee Knapp. [In a different hand]. And to my son, S. Arthur Wright, Aug. 19th, 1940. Morley p71. The parts consist of 1. - South Hull. 2. - Aylmer, 1830-1904. 3. - The Humours of the Valley. 4. - Genealogies. The author spent a great deal of his time researching this book; interviewing the children and families of the pioneers for anecdotes and reminiscences of those bygone times and of the people. .



    Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Deception (Jason Bourne Novels (Large Print)) by Lustbader, Eric Van

    Paperback. Acceptable.



    Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures by Bromer, Anne C. and Julian I. Edison

    NY: Abrams and the Grolier Club, 2007. Wilcox, Michael. Small quarto. 215pp. One of 250 deluxe copies, of which 200 were for sale, signed by the authors, Anne C. Bromer and Julian I. Edison, and including a facsimile of the book in miniature format. This unique set features a remarkable pair of designer bindings by Michael Wilcox, the leading art binder in North America. The designs on the two books vary, complementing each other. Wilcox explains that he decided to use different binding tools for the larger and smaller books "to reflect something of the considerable variety of binding treatments illustrated in the text." On the front cover of the large volume is the image of a woman holding a miniature book, who, according to Wilcox, " dressed in a modest version of a style found in the 16th century French Court. She represents a time when the making of miniature books might more easily have been associated with miniature beings," like fairies. In contrast, the gentleman on the back cover is purely 21st century: President Barack Obama holds a miniature book opened to reveal the word "Hope." Instead of fairies hovering over his right and left shoulders, he has miniature books in the form of satellites. Below the noblewoman on the front cover is a toy soldier reading a miniature book; the rear cover has a miniature robot on a laptop computer. This juxtaposition of past and present is also evident between the large and small books. According to Wilcox, "The traditional looking design surrounding the ovals with the portraits [on the large book] are composed of leaves, fruits, wrens, and small books, which support my main theme: the amusement to be found in the astounding proliferation of miniature books." On the miniature version, the design was inspired by the inner circuitry of a computer, although Wilcox remarks that "surprisingly, it looks remarkably old-fashioned." The ovals on the facsimile miniature book contain the same hands holding the same miniatures as those seen on the larger book. Wilcox notes that a subtle secondary theme for the binding was the "Hope and Heart required to continue all worthwhile endeavors, even ones concerning small things such as miniature books." This is reflected in the motif of hearts and stars that is carried throughout. Both bindings have been executed with creativity and superlative skill, and express a sense of delight in the subject. Wilcox has employed elaborate gold tooling and masterful, brightly-colored morocco onlays on backgrounds of blue and black morocco. Both books are housed together in a specially designed box that includes a lidded compartment. According to Wilcox, the compartment "could be used to hold a magnifying glass... or a pair of strong glasses," and it presently contains copies of Wilcox's concept drawings for the two bindings. Profusely illustrated with more than 260 full-color images. A comprehensive history of the miniature book that is as informative as it is fun to read. The only copy commissioned by the Bromers for a designer binding. (Miniature book measures 3 by 2 7/8; 76x73mm).



    Game Over (Severn House Large Print) by Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia

    Hardback. Good.


    CAD $50.00

    The Faculties of Birds. The Library ofEntertaining Knowledge. by [RENNIE, James]

    London. Charles Knight. 1831.. Hardcover. Book 16mo, 15.5cm,xii,414,[2]p., ads., with 119 text illustrations, index, in contemporaryhalf calf and marbled boards, double black leather title labels, moderatefoxing, a very good to fine set (snds). - Freeman 3172. .



    Baking Cakes in Kigali [ Large Print ] by Gaile Parkin

    Paperback. Acceptable.


    CAD $250.00

    The Great Fight. Poems and Sketches by. Edited with a biographical sketch by May Harvey Drummond. With Illustrations by Frederick Simpson Coburn. by DRUMMOND, William Henry

    New York & London. G.P. Putnam's Sons. 1908.. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s) 19.5cm, xxii,158p. ads., 10 plates, original green cloth with photo illustrations laid down on the upper cover, worn at the edges. (Cdn) Contains a photographic postcard of the "Drummond Mines, Early in 1906" which belonged to the author. "Happy home of the Silver Gnome! Best regards. signed (W.H. Drummond), Jan 16/'07. Cobalt, Ontario. a nice association copy. .



    The 5th Horseman (Charnwood Large Print) by Paetro, Maxine

    Hardback. Acceptable.


    CAD $200.00

    David. In Twaalf Boeken. Tweede Drukkk. by VAN MERKEN, Lucretia Wilhelmina

    Amsterdam. Pieter Meijer. 1768.. sm4to. 20cm, [2],395p., copper engraved frontispiece, title vignette, 11 engraved plates, in later quarter calf, binding rubbed and worn, trimmed, internally fine, a very good copy. (ds1) .



    Lesbian Twins; "Obedient to Mom's insistence, Hilda started upstarirs to join Jane for a nap." by (Vintage Paperbacks) PETERS, Willi

    Fresno, CA: Vega, 1960. Paperback Original (1st). Original wraps. Near Fine. 4 1/8 X 6 3/4 Inches. 158 PP. Original first printing copy. Light scuffing. This copy appears unread.



    Roderigo of Bivar by Moore, T. Sturge

    Mount Vernon, NY: William Edwin Rudge, 1925. Franck, Peter. Octavo. 51pp. One of 500 copies. A one-act play, set in Medieval Spain, by the English poet and dramatist T. Sturge Moore. Designed by Bruce Rogers and bound in full golden morocco by Peter Franck, who at one time executed tooled leather bindings for the Roycroft Shop, where he worked alongside Dard Hunter, Louis Kinder, and Sterling Lord. Franck later went to work for Rudge before opening his own bindery in Connecticut, where he bound a number of Dard Hunter's Mountain House Press books. This binding features a center gilt-tooled design to both boards, fashioned of printers' ornaments that were probably designed by Rogers. Some of the ornaments are repeated in a gilt border to the outer edges of the boards, on the turn-ins, and on the spine, which is in five compartments with gilt lettering to the center compartment. Franck's imprint appears in gilt at the bottom of the spine and on the rear turn-in, which also bears the publisher's imprint. Endpapers marbled. Some uniform toning to spine, else fine. T.e.g. Housed in a fleece-lined morocco and decorated-paper folding case, lettered in gilt on the spine. Case shows some wear, with a two-inch split to the bottom hinge as well as some chipping and rubbing to the spine and corners.



    Profiles In Courage. by Kennedy, John F

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956. First edition, early printing. Octavo, original half black cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Anthony Amari best regards John Kennedy." Light rubbing to the bottom cloth, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book was written when Kennedy was the junior senator from Massachusetts, and it served as a clarion call to every American. The inspiring accounts of eight previous heroic acts by American patriots inspired the American public to remember the courage progress requires. Now, a half-century later, it remains a classic and a relevant testament to the national spirit that celebrates the most noble of human virtues. Kennedy relates these heroisms to sketches of American politicians who have risked their careers for principle. "A man does what he must," he wrote, "in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all human morality."



    Daddy's Little Girl Large Print by Mary Higgins Clark

    Simon & Schuster., 2002. 448 pages. There are no marks or writing in the book. Light wear on the corners. Light wear top and bottom of spine. Gilt lettering on spine is bright. Spine is tight and there are no loose pages. Dust jacket has light shelf wear. Reddish discoloring at the top of the dust jacket on the inside at the spine. does not intrude onto the book.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    Roscoe. by Kennedy, William

    New York: Viking, 2002. Uncorrected proof of the first edition. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by William Kennedy on the title page. Fine in wrappers.


    CAD $87.50

    Elisha. Revised by R.F. Walker. by KRUMMACHER, Dr. F.W

    London. Religious Tract Society. 1838.. Hardcover. Book 12mo. 18cm, [ii],252p., in contemporary half calf, gilt and blind ruled raised bands, blind decorations in the panels, titles faded, marbled boards, some wear at the edges but a very good to fine sound copy (lds). .



    Profiles In Courage. by Kennedy, John F

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956. First edition of Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To my favorite God-mother with love and best wishes- John Kennedy." The recipient was John Kennedy's paternal aunt and godmother Loretta Connelly. An excellent example with some offsetting to the endpapers in a near fine dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Familial association copies of Profiles In Courage seldom enter the marketplace. An exceptional inscription, most rare and desirable. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book was written when Kennedy was the junior senator from Massachusetts, and it served as a clarion call to every American. The inspiring accounts of eight previous heroic acts by American patriots inspired the American public to remember the courage progress requires. Now, a half-century later, it remains a classic and a relevant testament to the national spirit that celebrates the most noble of human virtues. Kennedy relates these heroisms to sketches of American politicians who have risked their careers for principle. "A man does what he must," he wrote, "in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all human morality."


    CAD $65.00

    The Gipsy: A Tale. (Together With) The Robber: A Tale. (Together With). One in a Thousand; or, The Days of Henri Quatre. (Three Novels in One Volume). by JAMES, G.P.R

    London. Simms and McIntyre. 1849-1850.. 1850. Hardcover. Book thick12mo, 16.5cm, viii,384 & 288 & 304pp., with 3 title pages, in contemporary half calf, gilt ruled raised bands, black leather label gilt, marbled boards, some general wear and some rubbing at the edges, good to very good sound copy (Lds). - George Payne Rainsford James (1799-1860), English novelist, was noted for his historical romances , of which he is reputed to have published over one hundred. He was influenced and advised by, Washington Irving and Sir Walter Scott, and was compared to Dumas. .



    The California and Oregon Trail: Being sketches of prairie and Rocky Mountain life (Classics of the Old West) by Parkman, Francis

    Time-Life Books. LEATHER BOUND. 0809443546 Item in acceptable condition including possible liquid damage. As well, answers may be filled in. Lastly, may be missing components, e.g. missing DVDs, CDs, Access Code, etc. . Fair.


    CAD $300.00

    Les Pensees de L'Eternite. by Puget de la Serre, Jean

    Rouen. Antoine Ferrand. 1667.. Very Good/Dust Jacket Included. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s) Book 16mo. 15.5cm, 226p., double page copper engraved frontis plate illustrations, title page vignette, 3 copper engraved plate illustrations, in full calf, rasied bands, spine chipped with upper 2cm missing, boards rubbed and worn, trimmed, internally very good. (ds1). La Serre, French dramatist and author, was born at Toulouse in 1600. His most notable success was the prose tragedy "Thomas Morus, ou le triomphe de la foi et de la constance." (1641). This book has an interesting inscription on the front free-end paper: "Found in the Ruins of Ypres. Oct 2nd 1915. By Cpl. F. Lloyd". .



    Fernando Leal Audirac: Obra de 1975 a 1993. by Leal Audirac, Fernando

    Espejo de Obsidiana Ediciones, 1993. 518 pages. Includes 168 pages of text followed by colour plates of the artist's drawings and paintings, including fold-outs, Catalogue Raisonne, and Curricluum Vitae. Bilingual text in Spanish and English. Burgundy endpapers. Brown cloth covered boards with blind stamped lettering on the front. The colour illustrated dust jacket is wrapped in a Brodart archival jacket cover. A very heavy book that will require extra shipping charges.. First Edition / First Printing. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.



    Shakespeare's England by Winter, William

    NY: Macmillan and Company, 1894. Fitch, E.. 12mo. 274pp. A unique copy with beautifully executed original pen and ink drawings throughout showing the sights and landmarks of Shakespeare's country. Profusely illustrated with hand-drawn vignettes of the thatched cottages of Stratford-upon-Avon, landscape vistas of Warwick and Windsor, and other known British locations. The illustrations are imaginative and romantic: at one point, a flock of birds alights from the rooftop of the Red Horse Inn and wings its way across the open pages to Stratford Church. The text, which is meant to be a guide for the American literary traveler, opens with quotations from Shakespeare and Wordsworth. Fitch has encircled these verses with a set of scenic, cascading post cards, threaded together with a ribbon. Very little is known about the illustrator, E. Fitch: one illustration is signed "E. Fitch Catskill," but no record could be found of an illustrator by that name in the area. Ornately bound in red morocco by the American bindery Bradstreet's. Both covers are decorated with borders of oak leaves and acorns, employing onlays of green morocco and gilt vines. The spine is divided into six compartments, gilt-titled in one, and with gilt roses in the remaining five. Green morocco doublures are decorated with gilt dentelles and a border of leafy vines accented with minute butterflies. Silver moiré silk endpapers bordered with gilt decoration and a rose in each corner complete this sumptuous binding. Extremely fine and housed in a red morocco pull-off case. T.e.g. With a laid-in card bearing a gift note from the Philadelphia rare book dealer A. S. W. Rosenbach; it is speculated that Rosenbach, or another bookseller, might have had this copy specially embellished for an important private client.



    The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi by Smith, Joseph, Jr

    Palmyra, New York: E. B. Grandin, 1830. First edition. Leather bound. Very good. 588pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] in original full brown sheep, with gilt-ruled spine and gilt-stamped black leather spine label, all edges speckled blue. Extremities rubbed; shallow creasing to spine; evidence of discreet professional repair to front joint. Hinges cracked, but holding; contemporary bookplate on front pastedown, along with a clipping of Joseph Smith's image; contemporary ink name on front free endpaper, dated 1834; front free endpaper almost completely disbound; small portion of rear free endpaper has become affixed to rear pastedown and torn free; foxing throughout, as usual for this edition, else text is unmarked. Housed in custom clamshell case of brown leather with black leather spine label. A very attractive example of this important book. The first edition of the Book of Mormon was printed in an edition of five thousand copies by Egbert B. Grandin in upstate New York. Printing took place between August 1829 and March 1830. The type was set based largely on the so-called "Printer's Manuscript," a transcription made by Oliver Cowdery from Joseph Smith's original manuscript. This transcription, like the original, was almost wholly lacking in punctuation, and was not broken into paragraphs; typesetter John H. Gilbert would remedy these issues as he set the type. The edition includes many variant copies with errors in pagination and spelling. Some of these are due to errors in the Printer's Manuscript, some to errors in typesetting. "[E]rrors were caught and corrected," says Peter Crawley, "but the sheets with the errors were not discarded; then books were assembled from signatures in several stages of correction, producing a large number of variant copies." A highly sought-after book, prized by historical, religious and Mormon book collectors alike. Crawley I 1. Flake/Draper 595. Bibliothica Scallawagiana 230. Howes S 631. Mormon 50: 1. Auerbach 1168. Sabin 83088.



    Diario Ecclesiastico para o Reino de Portugal Principalmente para a Cidade de Lisboa, para o Anno de 1813

    Lisbon, 1813. 32mo. (157)pp., + folding map. An elegant embroidered hand-calendar, giving Feast Days, a Court Calendar, phases of the moon, eclipses, lists of kings, bishops, cardinals, and more. Includes the lineage of the Royal Family. Frontispiece is an engraved, hand-colored folding map of Portugal. In a white satin embroidered binding with gold threads, sequins, and silver wire. Both front and back covers are bordered with open floral interlace. In the center of the front is the coat of arms of the Portuguese royal family, surmounted by a crown. On the back is a diminutive scene showing the Tower of Belém. The Tower, still standing today, played an important role in the Age of Discovery and is a shining example of Manueline architecture in Lisbon. Behind the tower, a flock of birds flies above a three-masted ship. The spine is decorated with a sequined interlace. Marbled endpapers and yellow ribbon bookmark attached. Housed in a gilt-decorated leather pull-off case, with the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom and another crest showing two crossed trumpets, wreathed and surmounted with a lyre. Lower edge of upper part of the case is slightly worn and turned up on itself, one loose thread on spine, and slight fraying to edges. A.e.g. An about fine copy of this rare Portuguese almanac.


    CAD $1,500.00

    Order of the Governor in Council, of the 7th. July 1796, for the Regulation of Commerce, between this Province and the United States of America. by CANADA. 1796

    Quebec. Printed by Command of his Excellency the Governor; by William Vondenvelden. 1796.. Hardcover. 4to. 26cm, 16p., bilingual title pages and text, rebound in later half calf, black cloth boards, double crimson and black leather labels, gilt titles, blanks, library stamp on the front endpaper, a fine copy thus. (cdn) Tremaine. Bibliography of Canadian Imprint, 1751-1800. # 994 - T.P.L. 692. Added title page in French; English and French on opposite pages. Even numbers on recto. Odd numbers on verso. Another edition was published in the same year. Cf. T.P.L. 691. .



    The New Encyclopedia of the Horse by Elwyn Hartley Edwards

    The New Encyclopedia of the Horse - Elwyn Hartley Edwards (Easton Press Leatherbound) ISBN: 0789471817 Published by the Easton Press. Copyright 2000, published by A Dorling Kindersley Book (NY). Leather hardcover shows minor wear such as light scuffs and spots. Full gilt textblock is sagging from the weight of the pages and it has a scuff on the bottom edge. Orange satin endpapers and bookmarker. Hard crease at the title page and page 14. No writing or markings. Overall, it is in Very Good Plus (VG+) condition.

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