Toronto: Stoddart Publishing Co. Limited, 1995. Hardcover. Near mint thick 8vo. (some light scuffing and markings to page edges), black paper boards w/bronze gilt to spine; in fine d.j. Interior is crisp and clean, except for Library of Congress Duplicate stamp on ffep.746 pp. Canada. CAN/5293. Near Fine.
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Victoria, BC: Prescott Publishing Co, 1963. Hardcover. First Edition, First Printing. Includes 40 pages of illustrations and a bibliography, maps, and an index. Green cloth boars with gilt title to spine. Includes two typed, signed, laid-in letters from the author to Doubleday regarding publishing books. Occasional spots of soiling / smudge marks, but clean and bright overall. A few spots to covers and minor wear to corners and edges of boards. 557 pages. CAN/041520. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Tross, 1863. Hardcover. This is a later edition of this book which was originally published in 1545. Explorer Jacques Cartier made three voyages to Canada, the first in 1534. This volume in French recounts his voyages, makes corrections and additions to the original book, and provides other notes about their encounters. Bound in three quarter leather with marbled brown paper boards. Leather is scuffed along spine with wear to hinges and corners rubbed. Crack / bump to front board near edge with chipping to paper. Marbled endpapers. The recto of the ffep has a stamp that is partly rubbed out. Interior is in very good condition. Measures 5 x 8 inches. 69 pages. TRAV/122820. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1929, Later Printing. Hardcover. Very good+ in grey cloth covered boards with dark blue title to front board and to spine. Slight foxing to frontis, title page, and pages opposite illustrations. Else is clean and bright. 68 pages. Canadian History. CAN1110191. Very Good +.
Paris: Librairie Tross, 1867. Hardcover. Bound in dark green three quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards. Front hinge is cracked and board is nearly detached. The rear hinge is starting with a one and a half inch split at the foot of the hinge.Wear and rubbing to edges, spine ends, and corners. Partially removed library marking from first few pages, else clean interior. Includes two full page illustrations. Marbled endpapers with top edge gilt. Part I is 76 pages; Part II is 54 pages. CAN/011221. Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1825. Hardcover. First Edition of this engrossing account of Captain Lyon's explorations in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to find Repulse Bay. George Francis Lyon (1796 – 1832) was an English naval officer and explorer of Africa and the Arctic. While not having a particularly distinguished career, he is remembered for the entertaining journals he kept and for the pencil drawings he completed in the Arctic; this information was useful to later expeditions. This book offers an excellent example of such journals and illustrations. In 1824, he was given command of HMS Griper, a ship that had proved itself a poor Arctic vessel on William Edward Parry's 1819 expedition. His goal was to sail to Hudson Bay and then north through Roes Welcome Sound to Repulse Bay and then go overland through unknown country to reach John Franklin's furthest east at Point Turnagain on the Kent Peninsula. The Inuit had told Parry that there was salt water three days' walk to the west, but this was apparently the Gulf of Boothia. Hudson Bay was unusually ice-filled, and on 1 September 1824, near Cape Fullerton, just west of the entrance to Roes Welcome Sound, a storm drove the ship onto a rock or iceberg. All hands expected the ship to sink but when the gale died down it was still afloat. On 12 September, Griper was forced to anchor offshore in a gale with heavy seas and snow. It lost its anchor cables and the masts and rigging were badly damaged. Lyon took three weeks to work the hulk out of Hudson Bay. Arriving at Spithead without anchors the ship only stopped when it fouled a three-decker's mooring cables. Unsurprisingly, he never had another command of a ship. Bound in three quarter brown leather with brown and red marbled paper. Gilt titling and ship ornaments to spine compartments. Leather is rubbed and worn along spine and top and bottom edges. Top of spine is starting to split but still firm. Interior pages are generally very good. Some occasional foxing and some offsetting from the fold-out map and the seven plates. Book plate of Paul Warren affixed to front pastedown. There is a loose bookplate of William P. Sheffield that apparently had been attached to the free front endpaper as there is glue residue there. There is a small square at bottom of another free front endpaper with text erased. A very nice copy of this relatively scarce narrative of Lyon's voyage. Pages 1 - 144 text; Pages 147-198 appendix, which includes navigation information and a botanical appendix. TRAVEL/123120. Very Good.
New York: The Platt & Munk Co., Inc, 1935. Hardcover. Good+ Green cloth backed beige and brown illustrated paper covered boards with brown title to front board. Front board is detached though binding remains tight. Edgewear and browning to exterior. Minor toning to interior though text and illustrations remain bright. Photographic illustrations throughout. American Biography. AMBIO/6172. Good +.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1835. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in worn three quarter brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Heavy rubbing to boards and wear to edges. Partially removed call number to foot of spine. Previous ownership signature dated 1858 to front free endpaper. Library call number and red star to copyright page and stamp to bottom margin of dedication page. Evidence of removed library pocket to rear pastedown. Includes five fold-out engravings - most with closed tears to creases, repairs to versos, foxing, and browning. Several additional engravings are included. Foxing, browning, and occasional small spots of soiling. Occasional pencil notations. A suitable reading copy. 560 pages. TRA/010720. Very Good.
New York and Auburn: Miller, Orton, & Co., 1857. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in the original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed designs to both boards. Faded gilt illustration of a ship to spine. Chipping and fraying to book cloth along spine ends and corners. Lacks front free endpaper. Previous owners signature to second free endpaper, dating from the late 1800s. More modern blue pen marking to top of title page and top of front pastedown, which appear to be call numbers; however, this is the only evidence of an ex-library marking. Foxing, smudge marks, and occasional spots of soiling throughout - mostly to margins. Slight roll to spine and bumped corners. Includes two frontispieces as well as numerous full page engravings. 517 pages plus 5 pages of ads. ARC/010721. Very Good.
Canadian-Croatian Folklore Festival Sudbury Centennial, 1983. Paperback. Oblong 8vo. Off white textured paper wrappers with red title to front panel. Light yellowing to edges of wraps. Minor bumping to corners. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 208 pages. Canadian History. CAN/070113. Very Good+ in Wraps.
[Toronto]: George A. Walker, . Hardcover. Number 35 of 39 copies signed and numbered by George Walker. This book is a wordless narrative “written” with 109 wood engravings. It follows the life of Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson until his mysterious death in Algonquin Park in 1917 at the age of thirty-nine. Tom Thomson is one of the most famous nonmembers of the Canadian Group of Seven painters. He actually died before the group was formally named, but has always been included. His early death occurred in wartime when many men his age and younger were losing their lives. His death has troubled many people as much for the mystery of the circumstances as for the tragedy of his brief passionate life. In this book Walker responds to the creative life of Thomson in the language Thomson spoke most eloquently, the grammar and vocabulary of pictures. Walker builds his wordless story by breaking down the colorful paintings and life of Thomson into light and dark, the black and white of a picture text. Walker has also imagined Thomson’s happiness by the lakesides, his loves and passion for the landscape of Algonquin Park and Thomson’s life and work in Toronto, where Walker lives and works. Canadian art historian and author Tom Smart has written the introduction to this work. The beautiful black and white wood engravings are hand printed on Rising Stonehenge 100% rag archival paper. The book is bound in cream cloth with brown title label to spine and engraving of Thomson inset on front cover. Housed in a clamshell box covered by the same beige cloth as the book, with brown spine label and engraving of Thomson inset on front cover. In fine condition. The book is 6.25 x 8 x 2.5 inches. Unpaginated. [232 pages printed recto] PRI/110716. Fine.
[Toronto]: George A. Walker, . Hardcover. Copy A of ten lettered copies done for private distribution. Signed by George Walker, Justin Trudeau, George Elliott Clarke, and Tom Smart. This book was originally a limited edition of 15 signed and numbered copies. A stunning book and fitting tribute to its subject, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who was one of Canada’s most charismatic - and polarizing - politicians. His tenures as Prime Minister during the 1970s and 80s were marked by conflict and crisis but also by a sense of nationalism, the development of multiculturalism and Canadian pride. He is known for invoking the War Measures Act in response to FLQ terrorism during the October Crisis; for introducing the Official Languages Act to improve the position of francophones in Canada; and, perhaps most memorably, for the patriation of the Canadian constitution and the establishment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Trudeau: La Vie en Rose pays tribute to the life and career of this influential Canadian. In a series of eighty wood engravings, George Walker documents Trudeau’s political achievements, events of cultural significance and famous friends while also capturing Trudeau’s confidence, passion and irreverence. Presented without captions and open to interpretation in any language, it is a testament to the multilingual culture of Canada and a celebration of the man whose political legacy has had a profound influence on the definition of Canadian culture. Trudeau’s influence has now been mirrored by his son Justin Trudeau, the also charismatic current Prime Minister of Canada. He wrote a moving tribute to his father, included here, taken from his eulogy at his father’s 2000 funeral. Also included is an eighty item chronology that corresponds to the engravings. The engravings are hand printed on 250 Rising Stonehenge 100% rag archival paper with text and headings in Bembo and Bernhard types. It is bound in full red leather with title in gilt to spine and a rose in gilt to front cover. It is housed in a clamshell in quarter red leather and beige cloth covers. An engraving of Trudeau is inset on the front cover. In fine condition. Book size: 6.25 X 8” X 2.5 inches. Unpaginated. [232 pages printed recto] PRI/110716. Fine.
London: Henry Colburn, publisher, 1846. Hardcover. Second edition, revised. A nice copy of this recount of the author's travels across Canada and the United States. Volume 1 concerns Canada and Volume 2 covers the United States. Both volumes offer interesting anecdotes and observations from the various places Warburton visits. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Light bumping and scraping. Gilt tooling to covers and spine with six compartments with title label and volume number. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Foxing and small tears to both title pages. Volume 2 title page has bookseller stamp, which was erased in Volume 1. Missing frontispiece. Otherwise in very good condition. Small octavo. Volume 1: 318 pages; Volume 2:368 pages. TRAV/011421. Very Good.