JUNE 2020  - 40 items offered... 
Duncan McLaren
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       9 COLLECTIONS   
     16 BOOKS
       1 PHOTO    
     10 EPHEMERA   

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WELLS, Carolyn (1862-1942)

Carolyn Wells was a prolific American poet, mystery novelist, and children's author, who married Hadwin Houghton, the heir of the Houghton-Mifflin publishing empire. Wells often traveled to England and cultivated a wide circle of literary friends on both sides of the Atlantic. She wrote approximately 170 books. Several of her books have been turned into films, "Dearie" (1927), "The Woman Next Door" (1919), "The Mark Of Cain" (1917), "The Countless Charming" (1917), and "He Got There After All" (1917).

The collection contains 13 items dating from 1900 to 1939, specifically, 1 partial manuscript, 4 letters, 3 books, 2 cards, 1 note, 1 decorative envelope, and 1 title page... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,500 USD OR $ 2,050 CDN  #8239

POTE, Winston H. (1899-1989)

The collection is comprised of 24 items dating from 1929 to 1983, specifically, 11 photos, 7 letters, and 5 postcards.

Winston H. Pote was one of America's earliest ski photographers. His career in the 1920s paralleled the rise of alpine skiing in America. For example, he took photos of Charley Proctor, the only native-born American, on the 1928 US Olympic team. He began working as a druggist in Swampscott, Mass., was as an amateur guide and photographer, and then became a winter mountaineer and lecturer specializing in aerial photography of the New Hampshire mountains during winter... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,000 USD OR $ 1,370 CDN  #8235

POST, Emily (1872-1960)

Emily Post was an American novelist, author, columnist, socialite, and an authority on etiquette. "Etiquette," she once said, "is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is the code of sportsmanship and of honor. It is ethics." More than half a century after her death, her name is still used in titles of etiquette books.

The collection includes 40 items dating from 1925 to 1951 specifically, 3 letters, 24 mimeo radio transcripts, 2 books, 2 photos, 4 postcard/prints, 4 brochures/leaflets, and a card... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 2,000 USD OR $ 2,740 CDN  #8233

BLAKENEY, Allan (1925-2011)

Allan Blakeney Collection consists of 7 items dating from 1979 to 1981, specifically, four typed letters on Saskatchewan Office of Premier signed, two of the same color photographs signed and 1 colour printed portrait autopen signed. All in near fine condition.

Allan Blakeney was the Tenth Premier of Saskatchewan from June 30, 1971 to  May 8, 1982 and leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. Blakeney served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Tommy Douglas and Woodrow S. Lloyd, until the government's defeat in 1964... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 150 USD OR $ 205 CDN  #8179

KIRBY, Capt. Richmond (Rip) Hill (1929-2006)

Collection of a group 14 items of miscellaneous, ephemera, letters and photographs of Navy ships relating to Canada including HMCS Provider, HMS Ariadne, other Ships and Bou-Mahni Mines Algiers materials. Dates on photos are period dates not we believe when the prints were made... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 190 USD OR $ 260 CDN  #8178

LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth [1807-1882]

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the author of Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha, and many poetry collections, Longfellow (1807-1882) was America's greatest poet of the nineteenth century. He was also a translator, educator, and novelist.

The collection consists of 52 items dating from 1850 to 1911 specifically, 2 letters, 4 books, 2 Autograph albums, 27 Photo cards (6 CVD's, 4 Cabinet Cards, 19 Post cards), 5 pieces of sheet music, 4 others (card, first day of issue envelope with 3 Longfellow stamps and reading circle/statue association memberships, 2 calendars, 2 cigar labels and 2 Engraved Prints... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 3,800 USD OR $ 5,210 CDN  #7965

JEROME, Jerome K. [1859-1927]

Jerome K. Jerome was an English author best known for his comic masterpiece Three Men in a Boat. He had a number of occupations then including journalism and school teaching, and a number of disappointments with the rejections of many short stories and satires he wrote.

This collection covering a period 1888-1929  consists of 7 pieces of ephemeral and 21 books in total... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 2,800 USD OR $ 3,840 CDN  #7618

AUSTIN, Alfred (1835-1913)

Austin Alfred was an English critic, novelist and political journalist and appointed UK Poet Laureate in 1896.
"He was included in a famous anthology of bad poetry, but the kind view is that at his best he was 'a true but not a great poet." quoted from The Thoresby Society, The Leeds Library.

The collection contains 16 items in total: 2 signed manuscripts of poems; 12 Autographed Letters Signed and 3 Ephemera all covering time from 1895 to 1910... Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 2,000 USD OR $ 2,740 CDN  #7751

CAMPBELL, John George Edward Henry Campbell,  Marquess of LORNE and 9th Duke of ARGYLL [1845-1914]

John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, Marquis of Lorne collection includes 26 items dating from 1868 to 1911 specifically, 7 holograph letters, 2 holograph ephemera and 17 Albumen Photo Cards (all CVD's except one signed Cabinet Card)... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,750 USD OR $ 2,400 CDN  #7949
16 BOOKS ...
ROBERTS, Sir Charles George Douglas [1860-1943]

Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts Known as the Father of Canadian Poetry, Charles G.D. Roberts was a poet and prose writer who inspired creativity in other poets of his generation, among them Bliss Carman (his cousin), Archibald Lampman and Duncan Campbell Scott. Together, these four poets became known as the "Confederation" poets.

Charles G. D. Roberts collection contains 10 items dating from 1892 to 1930, specifically 9 Books & 1 signed inscription... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,200 USD OR $ 1,645 CDN  #8237

CHARNOCK, John  [1756-1807]

18cm x 11cm, (6.75" -  3.75"), v, [2], [8]-p.274, appendix to p.312, Original binding of full brown leather with red label and gilt type on spine. Spine edge along front board is starting to crack but attached. General wear to boards. Browning to endpapers. Foxing throughout - type readable. Hand colored frontispiece portrait (not professionally done) of Nelson. Fold out map present (p.90) but with 2" tear at bottom into the river.  1/4" tear in page effecting type. on p.305 to p.312. Overall condition is good... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 175 USD OR $ 240 CDN  #1312

LESSING, Doris May (1919-2013)

Doris Lessing was a British-Zimbabwean (Rhodesian) novelist. She was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. In awarding the prize, the Swedish Academy described her as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny". In 2001, Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British literature. In 2008, The Times ranked her fifth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945"

The collection has 8 signed books dating from 1957 to 2000... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,000 USD OR $ 1,370 CDN  #8234

Wellington Field Naturalists' Club

First edition. 5-7/8 x 5-1/2 inches. No. 2 booklet. 52 pages plus soft purple cover. Xlibrary with only marking on top of booklet. Soft cover paper well worn and missing pieces on spine. Pieces missing from bottom right of cover and tp page 2 internally. Fair condition of a scarce to market booklet... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 60 USD OR $ 80 CDN  #8161


1905. London, S.W. Partridge & Co. First edition. 5-1/4 X 7-3/4, (6),[5]-288pp; 32pp (adverts). With 20 Illustrations and including a small map of Moravian missions on the Labrador Coast. Spine ends crushed, corners lightly bumped. Inside pages agetoned and very sporadic very light foxing to a few pages, 32pp. of adverts at end are tanning otherwise overall condition, very good... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 750 USD OR $ 1,025 CDN  #7716

JOMINI, Antoine Henri, baron de (1779-1869)

First edition. 8 x 10-1/2 inches.  With large engraved 'Carte Generale Pour l'Intelligence de la Guerre de Sept-Ans' and related Battle Plans for Lowositz, Prague, Kollin, Roisbach, Breslau, lagemdorf, Leuthen, Zomdorf, Hohenkirch, Cunersdorf, Minden, Zullichau, Maxen, Landshut, Lignitz, Torgau, Reichenbach, Freyberg (lacking Plate XIII --Battle of Krefeld). (19 of 20 plates, virtually all folding).  Comtempoary worn leather spine and leather  label with gilt type and 5 gilt stars and double rules. Paper covered boards with worn edges, cover is in fair condition and needs rebinding. Internally one map, #6, has a 2"  border tear with 1 inch going into map, a few maps with light foxing on outside borders, otherwise the engravings are very good, fresh, dark impressions... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 495 USD OR $ 675 CDN  #4331



Later UK edition. 14.5cm x 11.5cm, (5 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches),  (4), [6]-62pp., with 7 hand-coloured full-page illustrations, including frontis - no ads. Light fraying to corners and spine extremities and small corner bumps.  Slightly faded olive green original cloth binding with gilt stamped titles on front board, and decorative borders in blind; front and rear. Some fading to spine and edges of boards, and minor soiling to rear board. Small bookseller sticker on the front pastedown (L. Merriam, Greenfield). Previous owner's gift inscription  the front free endpaper. Inside is very clean. Attractive hand-coloured plates. Illustrations by T.H. Jones after Whatman... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 350 USD OR $ 480 CDN  #4393

ATWOOD, Margaret  [1939 - ]

First Edition. 8pp., 16 x 12 inches. This is the promotional mock-up of ALOUD - A Literary Quarterly that was supposed to be an annual quarterly published by the Harbourfront Reading Series.

Due to lack of funding, this quarterly was never published. This issue was edited by Greg Gatenby and featured a cover image of Margaret Atwood as well as a two page excerpt by Atwood  "Tropical Botany Cafe Con Carbon" from a "Novel in Progress."...  Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 245 USD OR $ 335 CDN  #7850

TRAILL, Catharine Parr (Strickland Mrs. Traill C.P.)  [1802-1899] & NICOLAY, Rev. Charles Grenfell [1818-1897]

2 volumes in one. 9cm x 14cm, (3-5/8" x 5-5/8"), Backwoods circa 1846 iv,prelims,[1] illust.list, [9]-233pp., [1]blank, 235-242pp.; [Bound with] Oregon 1860, [6]prelims, [7]-237pp., [1]ad.
Backwoods with 12 wood cut illustrations (all called for) plus Niagara Falls from the Ferry engraving at front. Oregon with the frontis image of the Mouth of the Columbia River two maps (full page and folding)... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 195 USD OR $265 CDN  #0459

TRAILL, Catharine Parr (Strickland Mrs. Traill C.P.)  [1802-1899]

Later US edition. 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, Rebacked preserving original brown cloth spine, front and back boards. Black and faded gilt type on soiled boards. New endpapers. (6), [5]-240pp. Nice woodcut full title page illustration of two squirrels. Inside pages age toned pages. Overall condition is Good+
Scarce edition of this particular title... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 150 USD OR $ 205 CDN  #2656

DU RYER, Pierre, (d.1658)

1670. Paris, au Palais, par la Compagnie des libraires associez au privilege Volume #10 only of 12 volumes originally published.
6.5 x 4 inches. Pages: complete with all 499 pages in this Vol. X only; generally free from markings or foxing.

Tusculanae Disputationes is a series of books originally written by Cicero, around 45 BC, attempting to popularise Stoic philosophy in Ancient Rome... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 125 USD OR $ 170 CDN  #2819

STIMSON, Rev. E. R. (Elam Rush) [1824-1888] (edited by)

3rd edition, viii, [9]-201pp.   7-1/8 x 4-3/4 inches. viii, [9]-201pp.  Red pictorial cloth with black and gilt type on spine and front boards. Backboard with stain, crushed spine ends. Internally very good condition. Overall condition very good.
Inscribed and signed by editor... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 125 USD OR $ 170 CDN  #5072

SINCLAIR, Samuel Bower (1855-1933)

First Edition. 5-1/2 x 7-3/4 inches. iv, 126pp. Dark brown cloth cover with gilt type on spine and front cover. A signed note is pasted in the front fly leaf "with the compliments of the author SB Sinclar" Very good condition.

Samuel Bower Sinclair, was a Vice-Principal Normal School, Ottawa, Canada when he wrote this book... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 125 USD OR $ 170 CDN  #5090

FRY, Alfred A. (Augustus) (d1853)

1891. London, HMSO. 6 x 9 inches disbound. 37 pages, printed in double columns.
Case of Leonard Watson and others; In the matter of Parker and others ; Reg. v Batcheldor. In the court of Exchequer in January and May of 1839... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 125 USD OR $ 170 CDN  #8010


1931. Owen Sound, Fleming Publications. First Edition,  9 x 5-3/4 inches, grey cloth soiled with gilt lettered. pp (8), 487 with 24 plates. Frontispiece is a black and white photographic illustration of Eugenia Falls on the Beaver River in Grey County, Ontario. Over fifty other illustrations. Three Appendices-"Alphabetical Directory of 1865", "Those Who Served in the Great War", and, "County Officials, Wardens and County Councillors"  Inside hinges weak. Good condition.

Signature of William H. Sing of Meaford Ontario 1947 on inside front end paper. Sing family photo next to page 288 in this book. Nice William Sing association provenance... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 100 USD OR $ 135 CDN  #0716

PARKER, Sir [Horatio] Gilbert [George] [1862-1932]


1903. Toronto, Copp Clark. First Canadian edition. 6-1/4 x 9 inches. xxiv,(1),[1]-486pp. Original red cloth with gold lettering and an illustration of buildings; The title page reads Old Quebec, The Fortress of New France by Gilbert Parker and Claude G. Bryan, with illustrations,  There are 25 plates, 97 Illustrations and 5 maps.  Signed note from Gilbert Parker laid in book to "Lieut. Col. Denison with the admiring regards of Gilbert Parker"...  Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 100 USD OR $ 135 CDN  #0518
STANLEY, Edward Henry, 15th Earl of Derby [1826-1893]

Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby Autograph Letter Signed to Benjamin Disraeli. One page, 4-3/8 x 7-3/8 inches. Dated London, Tuesday.
Dear D. Acknowledging a robbery, extending apologies, and ensuring immediate restitution. Signed S.
Bottom with darker marks across bottom and right corner torn off, otherwise good condition... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 95 USD OR $ 130 CDN  #8189

YOUNG, George (1910-1972) & RAVIOR, Margaret

Small card, 3-1/8 x 1-1/2 inches, signed in pencil by George Young and his first wife, Margaret Ravior, also a successful marathon swimmer, written, Aug. 16/34 Sincerely George Young Catalina Kid Margaret Ravin Young 193 21-32 marathon 1934. Reverse of trimmed printed card for Gordon A. McIntyre of Toronto. Very good condition... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 40 USD OR $ 55 CDN  #8182

MARTIN SR., Paul (1903-1992)

Autograph letter signed. One page, 5 x 8 inches. Dated July 29th, 1943 on Chambres des Commons letterhead with emblem signed Paul Martin.
Sending wedding congratulations to Keiller MacKay (married 1943) and extending an invitation to visit Martin in Windsor. Some yellowing to paper otherwise near fine condition... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 135 USD OR $ 185 CDN  #8180

RICHARDS, Sir William Buell (1815-1899)

Autograph Manuscript Signed (AMS), of W.B. Richards, the first Chief Justice of Ontario.  To the Honorable the Justices of the Superior Court for Lower Canada, in and for the district of Montreal. / The petition of Henry James Morgan of the City of Ottawa, in the Province of Ontario, advocate. Toronto, 1st of July, 1875. Folio, 2 pages. Fold marks. Written in William Buell Richards hand.

Sir William Buell Richards, PC was a politician and jurist. Richards was born in Brockville, Upper Canada... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 345 USD OR $ 470 CDN  #8107
George Augustus Yeomans inscribed on reverse Carte-de-Visite (CDV)

2-3/8 x 3-1/2 inches. Carte-de-Visite (CDV). Front with type affixed "G. Augustus Yeomans, Odessa, C.W. Queen's College, 1862.  On reverse inscribed, "Yours truly, Geo. A. Yeomans Odessa, Kingston, Ontario.
Very good condition.

Yeomans made a public confession of faith in the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton,N.J., at the age of twenty. His preparatory studies were pursued in the Queen's College Preparatory School, Kingston, Can., and he graduated from Queen's University, Kingston, in 1863... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 95 USD OR $ 130 CDN  #8165
VARIOUS newspapers

15 issues from 1812 to 1815 of various USA newspapers. 100% with some written content descriptions, all with some War of 1812 related content. The papers are in only fair to good condition, heavy rag paper with some foxing and tears.

5 Columbian Centinel [Boston] newspapers
* 1814 February 23, P.2, col 2, - "EVENTS OF THE WAR" on the Canadian border. New York, Plattsburg. Feb. 6th 1814. The last movements from French Mills appears to me to the right plus more about French Mills. 5-1/ col. inches. NIAGARA FRONTIER" Geneva NY Feb 9. General Hall HQ are at Williamsville, 11 miles from Buffalo. Two American prisoners escape from Fort George and provide short reports. "ON LAKE ERIE" Pittsburg Feb 9th. Some volunteers returned from Lake Erie reporting Lake was still open, 2,000 troops at Erie. Comments on Army reports and orders from Secretary of War to General Dearborn. 8 col. inches... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 345 USD OR $ 475 CDN  #8238

Portland Advertiser and Gazette of Maine newspapers

Two (2) Portland Advertiser and Gazette of Maine newspapers 1837 Lower Canada Rebellion articles.
1) 1837 August 25, P.2, col. 7 - "The Canadian Agitor" L.J. Papineau and Lord Gosford correspondence 5 col. inches.
2) 1837 September 1, P.3, Col. 4, - "LOWER CANADA" response to Lord Gosford (dismissed) as well Papineau. 4-1/2 col. inches....  Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 45 USD OR $ 60 CDN  #8218

The Albion, Or, British, Colonial, and Foreign Weekly Gazette

#1) May 7th, Vol 47,  P.7, [375], col. 2 - "Welland Canal" - ...the whole of the stock appropriated to New York was taken up before the day for opening the books arrived. This is undoubtedly one of the best speculations now before the public." - Complete Text of".- Four Lines... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 35 USD OR $ 45 CDN  #8219

Four pages,  printed legal document, folded  3-3/8 x 8-3/8 inches. Flat 8-3/8 x 13 inches. No. 318. 1st Session, 5th Parliament BILL  Act to amend the Imperial Act re-uniting the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada. Received and read 1st time, Friday, 16th March, 1855
Second reading, Friday, 23rd March 1855 Hon. Mr. Cauchon S. Derbishire & G. Debarats, Queen's Printer.
With integral address panel to Henry Latshan, Esq. Paris PO, and ownership signature written by D. Christie, M.P. Two postal marks, one Québec.
Good condition... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 450 USD OR $ 600 CDN  #8171

National Education Association

2 Ribbons:
1) N.E.A. Canada. 1891 gold cloth ribbon 2-1/4 x 5 inches.
2) Canada blue cloth ribbon 1-3/4 x 3-1/8 inches.
National Education Association Annual Meeting meet at 2:30 p.m., July 14, until 17th, 1891 held at Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the Mutual Street Rink. The meeting was called to order by Inspector James L. Hughes, Chairman of the Local Executive Committee... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 125 USD OR $ 165 CDN  #8163

YUZBASIYAN, Arto (b1948)

8-1/2 x 5-7/8 inches folded.  Arto Yuzbasiyan signed in black marker on front and Al Rain & Family signed inside.
Image on front of card is a printing of his Carlton Street Car Oil Painting, image size, 6-7/8 x 4-1/2 inches. Hallmark holiday card, Painters of Canada Series Arto Yuzbasiyan. Circa 2000's... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 110 USD OR $ 145 CDN  #8160

VANKOUGHNET, P. M. (Philip Michael Matthew Scott) (1822-1869)

First edition. Rare Broadside (appears to be unrecorded, we could find no other copies), 26 x 16 inches. Folds, some professional restoration, mainly in the middle upper part, otherwise very good condition. A circular was issued to the Heads of Municipalities in Upper Canada in January 1857 requesting the number of Farm Labourers (and Domestic Servants, Men and Women, Boys and Girls, and Mechanics) needed in each Municipality for the next season.

This Broadside presents the wording of that circular and shows the Number of Farm Labourers asked for by Township, Town or Village Municipality, and County, with the Name of Mayor, Reeve, or Town Clerk applying... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $3,000 USD OR $ 4,100 CDN  #8032

TURNER, Brigadier-General William W. Turner (1921-2016)

Brigadier-General William W. Turner three typed letters signed (1 June, 1976 one a reproduction signature probably) and one signed First Day Cover. All single page 4to, containing considerable biographical detail on the First Day cover stamp and the Royal Military College (RMC). Near fine condition ...  Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 25 USD OR $ 30 CDN  #8201

GILLIAT, Martin John (1913-1993)

Fascinating correspondence as the Queen Mother's Secretary concerning a flag acquired by John F. Meeks following a visit of the Queen Mother to Canada, and Gilliat's attempts to have it returned. Four letters from Gilliat, and other letters enclosed.
All in very good condition...  Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 50 USD OR $ 65 CDN  #8197

MOORES, Frank Duff (1933 -2005)

Frank Duff Moores, second Premier of Newfoundland, typed signed 1979 letter on Newfoundland Premier's letterhead and litho 6-1/2 x 8-3/4 inches signed portrait. Near fine condition... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 40 USD OR $ 50 CDN  #8183

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