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KERNAHAN, John Coulson (1858-1943)
John Coulson Kernahan was an English novelist, essayist, poet and editor. He also served as the copy-editor of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891). Kernahan’s wife, Jeanie Gwynne Bettany (née Mary Jean Hickling Gwynne), was a prolific novelist who often wrote under the name, Mrs. Coulson Kernahan

The collection is comprised of 33 letters dating from 1888 to 1940....
Price: $1,600 USD or $1,925 Cdn #8521
LÜDERS, Charles Henry (1858-1891)
Charles Henry Lüders was born in Philadelphia, the son of Thomas L. and Eleanor C. Lüders. He was an American poet, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and a contributor to Our Continent, Life, Puck, Scribner’s Monthly, and Century. It was only in the last few years of his life, however, that he began contributing to periodicals and some recognized him as one of the most promising up-and-coming poets in the United States.

Charles Henry Lüders collection contains 3 items dating from 1887 to 1891, specifically 1 book, 1 manuscript, and 1 magazine excerpt. ...
Price: $700 USD or $840 Cdn #8518
WALPOLE, Sir Hugh Seymour (1884-1991)
Hugh Walpole was a New Zealand-born prolific, best-selling English novelist. He wrote between 1909 and 1941 thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two original plays and three volumes of memoirs.

The collection consists of 18 items dating from 1911 to 1941, specifically 9 letters, 1 quotation, 1 photo, 1 drawing, 1 card, 4 photo post cards and 1 book....
Price: $1,400 USD or $1,685 Cdn #8516
CRONIN, A.J. (Archibald Joseph) [1896-1981]
The collection contains 13 items dating from 1927 to 1964, specifically 3 letters, 2 books, and 1 souvenir typescript, 3 photos, and 4 cards/notes.

A.J. Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician. During World War I, he served as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the Royal Medical Volunteer Reserve. Then he trained at various hospitals in Glasgow and Dublin before accepting a short-term position as Medical Inspector of Mines. In 1930, after being diagnosed with a chronic duodenal ulcer, he took six months of leave and wrote his first novel, Hatter’s Castle (1931). Much of Cronin’s fiction pertains to a doctor’s struggle to balance scientific integrity with social obligations....
Price: $1,400 USD or $1,685 Cdn #8514
OGDEN, C.K. (Charles Kay) [1889-1957] & RICHARDS, I.A. (Ivor Armstrong) [1893-1979]
This collection contains 9 items dating from 1922 to 1979, specifically 6 letters, 1 post card, 1 typed memorial address, and 1 book.

Charles Kay Ogden was an English linguist (the inventor of Basic English), a co-founder of the Heretics Society, philosopher (co-translator of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus), editor (Cambridge Magazine, Psyche, Kegan Paul publishers), bookseller, and bibliophile.

I.A. (Ivor Armstrong) Richards was an English educator, literary critic, poet, and rhetorician. In 1926, on a mountain climbing holiday in Wales, he married Dorothy Pilley (1894-1986), a prominent mountaineer. Ogden and Richards had a fruitful collaboration and wrote several books together, notably The Meaning of Meaning (1923)....
Price: $1,100 USD or $1,325 Cdn #8512
GREY, Zane (1872-1939)
Zane Grey (1872-1939) was a prolific American author who idealized the American frontier, best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Old West.

The collection contains 15 letters (26 pp. + envelopes) written to Grey between 1920 and 1931. Many of the envelopes have “ans x” or another designation in Grey’s hand. One letter has a brief reply from Grey and another is annotated by him....
Price: $1,400 USD or $1,685 Cdn #8519
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 53 items dating from 1850 to 1911 specifically, 3 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...
Price: $4,000 USD or $4,815 Cdn #7965
BELL, Alexander Graham [1847-1922] & BALDWIN, Frederick Walker “Casey” [1882-1948]
Collection of 11 glass plate photos circa 1908, (plates measure 81mm x 100mm) in this collection with all in fine condition except "June Bug" with two cracks. They are housed in their original purpose built box with a leather strap and brass bands and each slide in a small white envelope .

These standard 3.25 x 4 inch glass-mounted lantern slides had likely been used as lecture slides by Alexander Graham Bell’s Aerial Experiment Association group with some slides having applied labels with sequence numbers. Consequently all would be circa 1908 copy photographs rather than originals. These slides are from the estate of the first British subject to fly in a heavier than air powered aircraft, Casey Baldwin and stayed in his family (grandson) until 1995...
Price: $2,500 USD or $3,000 Cdn #3443
CHEEVER, Susan [b1943]
Susan Cheever is a novelist, nonfiction author, journalist, literary historian, teacher, and biographer. Cheever was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1983. She graduated from Pembroke College in Brown University. Her father was a celebrated American novelist and short story writer.

This collection contains approximately 44 pieces with about 150 pages dating from the 1950's to 1977...
Price: $2,920 USD or $3,515 Cdn #7744
EDMONDS, Walter "Walt" Dumaux (1903-1998)
Walter D. Edmonds was an American novelist and author of children’s and historical novels, including his best-selling work, Drums Along the Mohawk in 1936. In 1942 he won a Newberry Medal for ''The Matchlock Gun,'' about a boy in Colonial New York who defends his home against invading Indians. In 1976, he won a National Book Award for ''Bert Breen's Barn,''

This large collection contains 58 items dating from 1935 to 1990, specifically, an archive of 46 Walter D. Edmonds correspondence, post cards and ephemera, 1 uncorrected proof of book galley sheets, 2 Books signed, 5 Letters signed (2 Autographed Signed Letters (ALS) and 3 Typed Signed Letters (TLS) and 1 Photo...
Price: $2,560 USD or $3,080 Cdn #7822
MORE, Hannah [1745-1833]
Hannah More was an English poet, playwright, religious moralist, and philanthropist. Between 1795 and 1817, in opposition to vulgar and indecent penny books, she embarked on a series of Cheap Repository Tracts which emphasized contentment, sobriety, humility, industry, reverence for the British Constitution, hatred of the French, and trust in God and the kindness of the gentry.

“The sorrows of Yamba; or, the negro-woman's lamentations”, one of the most popular and frequently reprinted antislavery poems of its time, is an emotive tale of a woman who was taken from her home and family in Africa’s Golden Coast to be sold as a slave. Some historians have contested More’s authorship of the poem and have suggested that it was written by Eaglesfield Smith, a Scottish laird...
Price: $1,000 USD or $1,200 Cdn #8522
ATWOOD, Margaret [1939 - ]
First edition. Atwood, Margaret [M.E. Atwood]. Double Persephone. Toronto: Hawkshead Press, 1961. Market book series, book 1. [16] p. 172 × 130 mm. 4 leaves. The text block was originally glued with rubber cement into the now slightly yellowing covers. This copy is wire-stitched. A very good copy, however, the third leaf is a cream-coloured facsimile. With a colour photo of Atwood at the 100th anniversary of McClelland & Stewart. The book and photo are enclosed in a handsome black box with Atwood’s drawn motif on the back and front of the box

Plus a typed letter signed to Doug ?. One page. 8 x 11 inches. Dated August 17, 1979..
Price: $800 USD or $960 Cdn #8517
WRIGHT, J.F.C. [James Frederick Church]
First edition. Good+ /Very Good-. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Small 4to. Red cloth, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 292pp. Errata slip. Maps, drawings by A.W. Davey, illustrated endpapers.

The front endpaper bears an warm and heart felt inscription " To Dr. "Sandy" Robertson Saskatchewan's most recent acquisition in the field of Social Medicine from [signed] T. C. Douglas Premier of Sask. Sept 24th 1958" ...
Price: $1,200 USD or $1,445 Cdn #1223
1905. 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....
Price: $750 USD or $900 Cdn #7716
MOODIE, Susanna [Susannah Strickland] [1803-1885]
1852. First UK edition. 2 volumes, 4-3/4 x 7-1/2 inches, xx,[1]-293,[1],[2 ads]; [2 ads]; [4],[1]-294; [2 ads]. Original green cloth with gilt and blind embossed sunned spine and front cover, bumped corners, rebacked with original spine laid down. Vol. 1 with previous owner name neatly written in date Sept. 14/52. Vol. 2 with new front end paper. A few very minor spotting and smudge marks scattered periodically throughout the books. Overall, in very good condition...
Price: $500 USD or $600 Cdn #1555
JOMINI, Antoine Henri, baron de (1779-1869)
1807.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). ...
Price: $495 USD or $595 Cdn #4331
MOODIE, Susanna [Susannah Strickland] [1803-1885]
[1856]. First US edition, probably 2nd issue. 5-1/4 by 7-1/2 inches. iv,[5]-343pp.(5) ads. Rebacked with original blind embossed dark brown cloth to front and back boards and on front board, 2 gilt flowers with two gilt leaves. Spine with gilt type. New end papers. Foxing and marks throughout with in some cases very age toned paper. Book over-all condition is good.
Circa 1856. Complete In One Volume. ...
Price: $395 USD or $475 Cdn #2561

[1847]. 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.

Attractive hand-coloured plates. Illustrations by T.H. Jones after Whatman. Approximate date inferred from Brown, P. London publishers and printers c.1800-1870 and from Osborne (Worldcat). Very Good condition.....
Price: $350 USD or $420 Cdn #4393
The Weekly Register newspaper

This newspaper was published a little more than 4 weeks after the surrender of Detroit! Complete in 16 pages, measures 6 x 9-1/2 inches, type small and overall, in very good condition.

September 19th issue;
The entire front page is taken up with a report headed: "From Canada" which begins: "We are happy to grafity our subscribers with a few official details of the capture of Detroit & General Hull by our little army under Major-General Brock..."
Price: $250 USD or $300 Cdn #8221
ATWOOD, Margaret [1939 - ]
1987. 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."
Price: $165 USD or $200 Cdn #7850
Legislative Assembly & BOUCHETTE, Joseph F. (Francis) Jr. [1800-1881]

1855. Quarto, 2 pages. Disbound, small holes and tears in margin. Signed by R. Bell...
1st Session, 5th Parliament, 18 Victoria, 1855
Petition From Joseph Bouchette, Esquire praying that pecuniary ad may be granted to enable him to publish a Work to be called “The Canadian Atlas”...
Price: $230 USD or $275 Cdn #8078
DU RYER, Pierre, (d.1658) & CICERO, Marcus Tullius [106BC-43BC]

1670.First edition. 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.
Condition: Good, wear to the corners, edges, and spine ends; some rubbing and scuffing to the leather in places; attractive shelf appearance with gold gilt design. Binding: tight and secure leather binding. Publisher: A Paris, : au Palais, par la Compagnie des libraires associez au privilege., M.DC.LXX.....
Price: $125 USD or $150 Cdn #2819
STIMSON, Rev. E. R. (Elam Rush) [1824-1888] (edited by)

1888.3rd 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 would be rated very good....
Price: $125 USD or $150 Cdn #5072
MARSH, E. L. & SING, William Henry [1860-1948], (provenance)
1931.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....
Price: $100 USD or $120 Cdn #0716

[1894].First edition. 9-3/8 x 7 inches, 48 unnumbered pages, 7 pages of ads, Cover is printed paper mounted to boards with full colour on front and black juvenile book ad on back (Dean’s Shilling Toy Books, rebacked. 16 pages of pictures in chromo colours, The Rocking Horse Toy Books). Inside pages have some soiling and one page is missing 2 x 1/4 inch section...
Price: $100 USD or $120 Cdn #1601
PENNEFATHER, R.T. (Richard Theodore) [c1828-1865)
1858. 8x 10 inch holograph letter from R.T. Pennefather...
Richard Theodore Pennefather was from 1848 to 1854 the private secretary of Sir Edmund Walker Head, lieutenant governor of New Brunswick, then came with him, still as private secretary, to the Province of Canada, when Head was made its governor general in 1854. In February 1856, Pennefather became the governor general’s civil secretary and superintendent-general of Indian affairs in the Province of Canada. Pennefather’s greatest contribution to Canada was his chairmanship of a three-man commission which conducted an inquiry from 1856 to 1858 into the Indian Department’s operations....
Price: $45 USD or $55 Cdn #5852
HAMILTON, Bishop Charles [1834–1919] (provenance)
5-5/8 x 9 inches. Manuscript letter to Bishop Charles Hamilton regarding church matters. Paperclip was attached and created small tear to right side bewlow word Bishop. Anther teat at bottom going into the C of the first name of Charles in the signature. Good condition otherwise...

Charles Hamilton was a Canadian Anglican bishop who was the first Archbishop of Ottawa, Ontario and Metropolitan of Canada.
Price: $50 USD or $60 Cdn #5851
A. Campbell
Three printed and signed documents two regarding British forces in the Windward and Leeward Charibbee (Caribbean) islands 1808, & 1817 and One in 1815, Mauritius, East Africa

#1) 1808 pay document, by Deputy paymaster with his majesty's forces in Windward and Leeward Charibbee Islands for A. Campbell, Aide de Campe for General Dalrymple,...
Price: $50 USD or $60 Cdn #5848
BETHUNE, Bishop Alexander Neil (1800-1879)
1875. Manuscript letter signed. 4 x 6 inches. Dated Weston, May 23, 1875. Accepting a dinner invitation from the Lieutenant Governor. Not signed and written in the third person.

Alexander Neil Bethune was a Church of England clergyman and bishop and the second Bishop of Toronto (following John Strachan, his mentor).
Price: $20 USD or $25 Cdn #8496
BURKE, Canon J.W.
Canon J.W. Burke, the Rector of St Thomas’, established St Paul’s Mission in 1874...located at 35 St Paul Street, Belleville, between Church Street and John Street South, closed in 2018.

4-1/2 x 7 inches. Autographed Letter Signed. Dated Rectory Belleville, 21 June 1897. To Lt. Col. Pouton., 15 Battalian City. Thanking the battalion for attending that day's service. Black 1/4 inch border and two 1/4 inch holes at top with one just touching the l in Belleville, otherwise very good condition.
Price: $30 USD or $35 Cdn #8494
H. F. Walling
1875 Condition   Very Good +
Coloring   Original Hand Color
Size:   13-1/2 W x 18 inches H;
Image: measures 10-1/2 W x 14-3/4 inches H.
H. F. Walling made the maps in "Tackabury's Atlas of the Dominion of Canada" in 1875. These detailed, hand colored county maps show the names of counties and cities, rivers, lakes, important landmarks and the names of major land owners. The county of Grey in Ontario is illustrated on this beautiful pastel map....
Price: $145 USD or $175 Cdn #0786
BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas [1703-1772]
1744.First edition. Copper engraved map. Image size to neat line: 6-1/4 x 8-7/8 inches. Small map of the strategic passage in the Upper Lakes system, which was so important to the colonial fur trade. Map details the region between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Starting at Whitefish Bay & Point, the map locates Sault Ste Marie & the course of the St. Mary's River down to Isle St. Joseph showing the course of the St Mary's River down to Isle St. Joseph showing the portage & mission of Ste Marie,Fort Sauvage & Isle St. Georges....
Price: $120 USD or $145 Cdn #7580
BIRKS, William M. (1868-1950)
William M. Birks Montreal businessman; son of Henry Birks, founder of Birks Jeweller.

1922.Typed letter signed. One page, 8 x 10 inches. Henry Birks and Sons letterhead dated Montreal. June 22nd, 1922.
Thanking Montreal journalist C. L. Sibley for the biographical sketch that has been written, of his family history, and requesting the special printing of 50 proofs. A couple of fold slits to letterhead otherwise good condition....
Price: $65 USD or $75 Cdn #8502
LYON, Sterling Rufus (1927-2010)
Sterling Lyon was a lawyer, cabinet minister, and the 17th Premier of Manitoba from 1977 to 1981.

Typed letter signed on Premier of Manitoba letterhead 8-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches, dated February 14, 1979 and enclosing photograph as requested (unsigned, enclosed) with original envelope.
Price: $70 USD or $85 Cdn #8501
THATCHER, [Wilbert] Ross (1917-1971)
Ross Thatcher was the ninth Premier of Saskatchewan, Canada, serving from May 22, 1964 to June 30, 1971.

Typed letter signed on Office of the Saskatchewan Premier letterhead, dated Regina December 5th, 1966. Acknowledging receipt of information on the "Louis Riel Centennial project" and agreeing to pass information along.
Price: $80 USD or $95 Cdn #8500
WELSH, Louis (c1920 -1990)
Louis Welsh.was a Calgary based Canadian horse jumper. The most famous high jumper that Welsh promoted was Barra Lad, a hackney stallion. Barra Lad, who was ridden by We|sh's son Louis, toured across Canada and into the United States, out-jumping all competition.

Signature on 3 x 1-1/2 inch card, accompanied by a W. J. Oliver, postcard 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches of ”Barra Lad” with writing on verso by his mother, Mrs. Peter Welch, noting (in pencil) the history of the name. The autograph postcard signed dates from circa 1935...
Price: $70 USD or $85 Cdn #8499
MARCHAND, Jean (1918-1988)
Jean Marchand was a French Canadian public figure, trade unionist and politician in Quebec, Canada. Under Trudeau he held many senior portfolios.

Envelope and typed signed letter by assistant, 8-1/4 x 11 inches, on Office of the Minister Transport Canada sending a requested Jean Marchand signature and photo.  Signed Card 5 x 3 inches and B&W photo 2-1/4 x 4 inches with Jean Marchand signature on back.
Price: $35 USD or $40 Cdn #8498
LAW, Andrew Bonar (1858-1923)
Andrew Bonar Law was a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from October 1922 to May 1923.

A. Bonar Law signature on card, 3 x 1-1/2 inches. No date.
Price: $60 USD or $70 Cdn #8497
VANIER, Pauline (1898-1991)
1963. 5 x 8 inches. Typed Letter Signed. Government House, Ottawa, letterhead dated 16 April 1963. To J. Keiller Mackay, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, expressing thanks for evidently good wishes for her husband's health. With autograph [postscript, and with original envelope.

Pauline (Archer) Vanier was married to Georges-Philias Vanier 19th Governor General of Canada...
Price: $60 USD or $70 Cdn #8495
VANKOUGHNET, P. M. (Philip Michael Matthew Scott) (1822-1869)
1857. 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...
Price: $2,500 USD or $3,000 Cdn #8032
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