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14 authors are represented in this collection including 33 items dating from 1842 to 1982 specifically 19 letters, 6 photos, 6 books, 1 note, and 1 brochure....
Price: $2,400 USD or $2,995 Cdn #8469
PRUDHOMME, (Sully) René François Armand [1839-1907]
Sully Prudhomme was a French poet and essayist, associated with the Parnassus school of French writing in the nineteenth century. Elected to the Académie française in 1881 and esteemed as a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 1895, he was the first recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded to him in 1901.

The collection has 19 item dating from 1865 to 1914, specifically 1 letter, 1 piece of sheet music, 1 calling card, 1 post card, 8 photo postcards/cards, 1 bronze medal and 7 books....
Price: $1,400 USD or $1,740 Cdn #8482
ROBERTS, Cecil (1892-1976)
Cecil Roberts was a prolific English journalist, editor, poet, dramatist, and novelist. During World War II, he worked in the USA for the British government in the war effort. He lived among the rich and famous

The collection contains 16 items dating from 1913 to 1975 specifically, 13 letters and 5 books...
Price: $1,200 USD or $1,495 Cdn #8481
DRABBLE, Margaret (b.1939)
Margaret Drabble is an English novelist, biographer, and critic. She was promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008. In 2011, she was awarded the Golden PEN Award by English PEN for “a Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to Literature”.

The collection contains 16 items dating from 1965 to 1999 specifically, 6 letters, 5 books, 2 photos, 2 post cards, and 1 sketch...
Price: $1,400 USD or $1,745 Cdn #8479
RITCHIE, Lady Anne Isabella, [née Thackeray], (1837-1919)
Lady Anne Isabella Ritchie was an English novelist and essayist. She was the eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863), a custodian of his literary estate, and a step aunt of Virginia Woolf.

The collection contains 5 items dating from 1869 to 1908, specifically 3 letters and 2 books. One of the books has the signature of William Makepeace Thackeray, the author of Vanity Fair and other celebrated works....
Price: $1,200 USD or $1,495 Cdn #8478
GLYN, Elinor (née Sutherland) (1864-1943)
Elinor Glyn was an English author, journalist and screen writer and best known for Three Weeks (1907) a steamy romance novel which was shocking for its time. She specialised in romantic fiction which was considered scandalous for its time, although her works are relatively tame by modern standards. Her vibrant romances dealt with aristocracy and issues of morality in society. She popularized the concept of the It-girl and had tremendous influence on early 20th-century popular culture and, possibly, on the careers of notable Hollywood stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson and, especially, Clara Bow.

This large collection contains 165 items dating from 1902 to 2009, specifically, 58 Ephemera and archives, 102 Books and 5 Books about Elinor Glyn and related material....
Price: $8,000 USD or $9,985 Cdn #7893
New England Palladium newspapers
24 issues from 1813 on the War of 1812 from the New England Palladium, Boston, newspapers. About 40% with some written content descriptions, virtually all with some War of 1812 related content. The papers are in only fair condition, heavy rag paper with foxing and tears...
Price: $370 USD or $460 Cdn #2705
GRENFELL, Sir Wilfred Thomason [1865-1940]
Sir Wilfred Grenfell was an author and a medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador from 1892-1940. He was an author and a member of Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. Grenfell established the Labrador Medical Mission and the International Grenfell Association.

This collection includes 26 items dating form 1884 to 1940.: 6 Wilfred Genfell Typed Letters Signed (TLS) ; 6 Lady Anne Grenfell Typed Letters Signed (TLS) ; 2 Photos ; 7 Ephemera and 1 Artifact and two signed books, one with 2 B&W photos....
Price: $1,600 USD or $1,990 Cdn #7659
COUGHLIN, Father Charles Edward (1891-1979)
Father Charles E. Coughlin was an American Canadian Roman Catholic Priest born in Hamilton, Ontario and ordained to the priesthood in Toronto in 1916 with the Basilian Fathers. He taught at Assumption College, also operated by the Basilians, in Windsor, Ontario.
When his religious order was re-organized in 1923, he moved to Detroit. In 1926, he ministered at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan, and began his radio broadcasts, reaching an audience of 30 million people. In 1934, he organized the National Union for Social Justice (later the Christian Front) ...

Collection material dates from 1931 to 1966 and includes 146 items, specifically, 129 Social Justice Newspapers, 4 Books, 9 B&W Photos, 3 Ephemera and 1 Medal....
Price: $1,600 USD or $1,990 Cdn #7883
GALE, Zona (1874-1938)
Zona Gale was American novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and Pulitzer prize winner for drama in 1921.

The collection consists of 13 items dating from 1906 to 1937 specifically, 6 letters, 3 books, an autographed note, 2 photographs, and a postcard...
Price: $1,600 USD or $1,990 Cdn #7899
WAIT, Benjamin [1813-1895] & WAIT, Mrs. B (Maria Benjamin)
First edition. 16.5x10 cm (6 x 4 inches), vi, [7]-356pp., Wood-engraved frontispiece and a folding map p.352 titled Van Diemen's Island. contemporary leather-backed boards...

The book comprises mostly letters written from the English penal colony in Tasmania also, letters descriptive of personal appeals in behalf of her husband, and his fellow prisoners, to the Earl of Durham, Her Majesty, and the United Legislature of the Canadas / by Mrs. B. Wait.
TPL 2622 & Lande 2283
Price: $400 USD or $495 Cdn #8483
DE LA PORTE, Joseph, [1714-1799]
First editions. Four volumes, 6, 7, 8, & 9. in duo decimo format, 16.5 × 9 cm. (3-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches). Full contemporary dark calfskin bindings, ribbed spines with gilt tooling, damaged caps lacking leather at the top of the spines... This entire work is a compilation of travelogues, presented in letter form, from a gentleman to a lady, about everything he sees and observes. Vols. 1 to 26 in 12 volumes were compiled by Joseph de Laporte.
• Vol. 9, 1769: le Canada – Colonies angloises (Boston, New-York, Pensylvanie, Virginie, etc.) – la Floride – Jamaïque. 503, [1] pp.
Price: $600 USD or $745 Cdn #8490
HERIOT, George [1766-1844]
First edition. 8-1/4 x 10-18 inches. xii, [1]-602 p.,1 l., New large 1/2 bound calf, marbled paper sides, gold tooled. Usual off-setting from plates to facing text pages, otherwise fine condition. Complete with all 28 plates as called for including; 1 hand coloured folding frontispiece, 26 nice older hand coloured plates (5 folding), plus 1 hand coloured folding map. Hand-coloured plates all very striking and attractive. A very handsome copy. Stored in a brown slip case....
Price: $6,000 USD or $7,460 Cdn #7640
URBAN, Sylvanus [CAVE, Edward] [1691-1754]
First edition. Eight months only, from May 1759 to Dec. 1759. 5.5" x 9", (6), [199]-730pp...

Of note, p 204, Fort Frederick , at Crownspoint. p528-530 have Wolfe’s instructions in 1755 landing article. p466-475 various letter regarding the taking of Quebec 1759 and p.555 &620 more relating to Quebec.
Price: $1,000 USD or $1,240 Cdn #1619
HOAR, Anna E. (1843-1923) provenance

Black paper boards, quarter bound in plum leather, gilt tooling. Damage to the spine (black tape repair) and corners, and front cover separated. Some inside pages torn....
Price: $1,000 USD or $1,240 Cdn #7910
TUPPER, Ferdinand Brock [1795-1874]
Second UK edition. 4.5 by 7.25 Inches, xii, [1]-492pp. Original blind stamped cloth covers with original spine saved and professionally rebacked...

Nice copy of a scarcer book than the first edition published two years prior in 1845 with only 468pp. Additional material in this volume amounts to about one third of the first edition.
Price: $950 USD or $1,235 Cdn #7786
TRAILL, Catharine Parr (Strickland Mrs. Traill C.P.) [1802-1899]
2nd edition. Large folio (14.5"x11"). (3), [6]-86pp. 10 full-page colour plates of paintings of Canadian wild flowers (with tissue guards). Title page is also decorated with colour flowers. ...
For this 2nd edition book, Agnes FitzGibbon created and paid for eleven new stones at Burland L’Africain Chromolithographers, Montreal. The plates were numbered I-X, and the designs of II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII were reversed for aesthetic reasons. FitzGibbon painted 5,500 more sheets with transparent washes; stencils sped the pace of the work...
Price: $925 USD or $1,145 Cdn #3595
TRAILL, Catharine Parr (Strickland Mrs. Traill C.P.) [1802-1899]
7th edition. 12mo., xi, [1], [13]-218pp., 1, [14], 40,14pp., 1(blank), [44]pp. 2 plates, 5 illustrations (including 1 diagram). The brownish red cloth cover looks like it was replaced 50 odd years ago, and is in VG condition...

Classic work aimed at the woman emigrating from Britain to Canada, based upon the experiences of Traill, who by this point had spent over 25 years in 'the backwoods of Canada'. The work provides practical advice on most aspects of emigration, from choosing a ship from Britain, and what luggage to bring, to the finer points of furnishing a log cabin (including how to make an easy-chair from a flour barrel) and the perils of alcohol.
Price: $325 USD or $400 Cdn #1184
TRAILL, Catharine Parr (Strickland Mrs. Traill C.P.) [1802-1899]

4 1/4” x 6 5/8”. viii, [9]-207p. including 3pp. appendix. Illustrated. Rebacked with original mottled burgundy cloth covers...

The nurse, Mrs. Frazer, who was born on the shores of Rice Lake in Upper Canada, describes, in story form, Canadian animals, flowers, fruits, and reptiles to her young charge, Lady Mary, the daughter of the Governor of Canada...
Price: $295 USD or $365 Cdn #1510
RIKER, J.C. (John) (publisher)
First US Edition. Large 8-1/2 x 10-1/2 inch heavy elaborate gilt stamped leather [floral] album c1850 by John C. Ricker NY
Pages unnumbered. c1850 based on date of Riker address...

Approximately 150 pages of primarily white and some coloured blank pages. Inside 24 full page B&W engravings are spaced throughout the different coloured pages...
Price: $175 USD or $215 Cdn #3523
MARSHALL, O. H. (Orsamus Holmes) [1813-1884]
First edition. 6-7/8 x 8-3/8 inches. xxiv, [1]-500pp... The historical writings of the late Orsamus H. Marshall relating to the early history of the West. Contents;
Introduction. ; A sketch of some of the Indian tribes which formerly dwelt on the borders of the Great Lakes. ; Champlain's expedition against the Onondagas in 1615. ; Champlain's expedition of 1615. Reply to Dr. Shea and Gen. Clark. ; ...
Price: $95 USD or $115 Cdn #1022
HIND, Arthur Mayger (1880-1957)
First edition. 9 x 11-1/2 inches. vii, 43 p. Publisher's full black cloth, gilt lettering on spine, gilt lettering, borders and medallion, gilt, on cover; bevelled boards. There are 30 pages of text, including some illustrations. 95 plates. 16 of the 95 are sepia toned photogravures with tissue guards....

David Young Cameron was one of Scotland’s most prolific and influential artists...
Price: $65 USD or $80 Cdn #7936
TRAILL, Catharine Parr (Strickland Mrs. Traill C.P.) [1802-1899]
circa 1923. 5 x 7-1/2 inches, [8], [9]-288 pp. Coloured frontis. and 3 other coloured plates, signed Scott Rankin. 4 attractive colour illustrations. Light green Cover embossed and dark green ink printed title with a swastika on spine and front cover...

C. P. Traill book using Swastika?
The original meaning "that which is associated with well-being," corresponding to "lucky charm" or "thing that is auspicious." The book is circa 1925 before Hitler had effectively “changed” the meaning of the ancient swastika symbol.
Price: $60 USD or $75 Cdn #1598
DETT, R(obert). Nathaniel. [1882 - 1943]

Nathaniel Dett was born in a community of fugitive slaves in Niagara Falls, Ontario, earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory and continued his studies at Columbia, Pennsylvania and Harvard. He toured as a concert pianist, composed and arranged, and was music director at Hampton Institute...
Price: $60 USD or $75 Cdn #1736
TRAILL, Catharine Parr (Strickland Mrs. Traill C.P.) [1802-1899]

2nd edition. Circa 1830. 7 x 4-1/4 inches. Original teal green light card covers, which are worn and chipped with black printing on inside front and back cover... Stories and illustrations differ from the first circa 1825 edition (13 hand-coloured engravings).
Price: $1,200 USD or $1,485 Cdn #4259
ROLPH, Thomas [1801-1858]

First edition. 5-1/4 x 8-3/4 inches. xii, [1]-376pp.
In original dark green cloth neatly rebacked and with most of original back-strip laid down. Lacks half-title and with the list of subscribers.
Inscribed: "To Brother Wyld from the Author Brother Rolph".
Rolph was the emigration agent for Upper Canada and the province of Canada from 1839 to 1843. Very good condition. TPL 2546
Price: $495 USD or $615 Cdn #0547
CAMPBELL, William Wilfred [1860-1918] (signed)

Book dedicated To W.L. Mackenzie King And F.A. Acland. Very nice association copy!

1908. First edition. 5-1/4 x 7-3/4 inches. (10),11-316pp. [3pp ads]. Green cloth with gilt titles and decoration to front and spine with rubbing to corners and spine bottom...
Price: $495 USD or $615 Cdn #7708
MONTMORENCY, Charles de Montmorency, Duke of Damville (1537-1612)
Charles de Montmorency, Duke of Damville (1537-1612). Document on vellum, Paris, 27 August 1608, 37 × 52 cm, 18 lines of text in a secretarial hand signed by Montmorency, folds, 4 holes affecting several lines, small split on the bottom right, otherwise good condition...

Charles de Montmorency was a French nobleman, Baron, later Duke of Damville...A year after Montmorency's death in 1612, Champlain named the Montmorency Falls and River in his honour...
Price: $1,200 USD or $1,485 Cdn #8468
MCCURDY, J. F. (James Frederic) [1847-1935]
4-1/2 x 7 inches. 2pp. holograph letter.
490 Spadina Ave. Toronto, Dec 15, 1892 Dr. D. J. C. Greeny...

James Frederic McCurdy was a professor and an orientalist. He was born in Chatham, New Brunswick, and became Professor of Oriental Languages, University College, Toronto, Canada. He was one of the founding members of the University of Toronto's Department of Near Eastern Studies.
Price: $230 USD or $285 Cdn #5883
BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas [1703-1772]
First edition, second issue. [1790] Paper size: 13-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches Image size: 11-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches. Copper-engraved brigt hand-coloured map of Hudsons Bay, Labrador and neighbouring regions. Includes decorative cartouche. Two pagination instructions at bottom margin: "Tom XIV. In 4. No. 14. Tome 14. In 8. Page 191." Visual scale. Date depicted is 1757 but circa 1790. (Kershaw, #461, p.107)...
Price: $235 USD or $290 Cdn #8463
BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas [1703-1772]
[1780] First edition, 2nd state. Paper size: 15-1/2 x 10 inches Image size: 14-1/4 x 8-3/4 inches. Copper-engraved map, hand colouring in outline. Gulf of Saint Lawrence area. Hand colored antique map of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence showing is the outlet of North America's Great Lakes via the Saint Lawrence river into the Atlantic Ocean. Gulf of Saint Lawrence / Newfoundland / Cape Breton / Anticosti / Prince Edward Island. Attractive cartouche...
Plate nos. lower left and right: Tom XIII in 4°. No. 2; Tome 14 in 8°.First state is 1757 but this second state is circa 1780. (Kershaw, #590, p.218)
Price: $175 USD or $215 Cdn #3046
BOUCHETTE, Joseph [1774-1841]
First edition. 1815 Plan of the Different Channels Leading from Kingston to Lake Ontario printed Aug. 12, 1815, London. Map was folded now flat.
Paper size: 9-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches
Image size: 8-5/8 x 9-7/8 inches
Engraving is in near fine condition. An attractive and historic early map of Plan of the Different Channels Leading from Kingston to Lake Ontario...
Price: $125 USD or $155 Cdn #5612
KOLLNER, Augustus [1813-1906]
1848. First edition. Paper Size: 17.25' x 12.25" Image Size: 11" x 7.5" Colour lithograph, with additional hand-colouring, printed by Cattier.  Some foxing in outer border and border scuffing in a couple of places, otherwise overall very good condition...
This lovely lithograph of Horseshoe Fall, with Terrapin Tower in the distance at left...
Price: $700 USD or $865 Cdn #4547
STANLEY, Sir Frederick Arthur, 1st Baron Stanley of Preston, 16th Earl of Derby (Lord Stanley of Preston) [1841-1908]

No date but probably circa 1880 when he would be about 39 years old. [Frederick Arthur Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby].
"Lord Stanley" engraving London published by Morris & Co. 392 Strand W.C. Drawn by C.W. Walton. Paper size is 17-1/2” x 23-5/8”. Plate mark size is 10-1/2” x 13”. Image size is 5” x 7”.
Signature Imprint: Lord Stanley [facsimile signature], Stanley family motto, "Sans Changer" or without changing...
Price: $500 USD or $620 Cdn #3439
BORDEN, Sir Robert Laird [1854-1937]
No date but circa 1915. Paper size: 17-3/4 inches ; Image size: 11-7/8 x 16 inches. Duotone with dark brown and black printed image of Robert Laird Borden Condition: Agetoned paper with some wrinkling in background. Otherwise, overall condition is good.... Borden was the last Canadian Prime Minister to be knighted (in 1915)...
Price: $195 USD or $240 Cdn #7535
PLOMER, William (1903-1973) (subject)
William Plomer Portrait by Mark Gerson. Silver gelatin black and white photograph, head and shoulders, looking into the camera, signed by Mark Gerson on the mount and inscribed 'London', with photographer's stamp on the verso,
Size of image (full bleed) 6-7/8 x 4-7/8 inches. May 1965 . Fine condition....

William Charles Franklyn Plomer was a South African and British author, known as a novelist, poet and literary editor...
Price: $240 USD or $295 Cdn #7543
BATHURST, Henry Bathurst Earl, (1762-1834)
1825. First UK edition. 14pp. Folio, 7-7/8 x 13 inches. Agetoned paper in very good condition. British Parliamentary Paper HL112. Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, 15 April 1825 Proposals to create a Company to use Clergy reserves to increase settlement in Ontario...
Price: $250 USD or $310 Cdn #7645
BRITISH GOVERNMENT - Act of Parliament
1825. First edition. Folio, 6pp. [629] - 634, drop-head title beneath coat of arms on first leaf, disbound. ["The Canada Company was a large private chartered British land development company, incorporated by an Act of the British parliament on June 27, 1825, to aid the colonization of Upper Canada. Minor spots and offsetting otherwise very good condition
Price: $245 USD or $300 Cdn #5528
HEAD, Sir Edmund Walker [1805-1868]
Roswell O. Darrah (deceased in 1860)
19-3/4 x 14-3/4 inches, was folded now flat, typed and handwritten manuscript and transfer document with docketing information handwritten on verso. Faded seal, agetoned, some creases, otherwise very good condition. Some content and detail...
The Legal Representatives of the Late Roswell A Darrah, in his lifetime of the Township of Brome…One hundred and eighty dollars…...
Price: $245 USD or $300 Cdn #3121
LAY, Janet "Jennie" Lindsey King (1876-1962)
16cm x 13cm (6 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches),. WLMK died on July 22, 1950  
A printed funeral note dated July 1950 from King's family upon his passing. "Funeral service, Wednesday, July 26, 1950 at Ottawa. Interment, Thursday, July 27, 1950 at Toronto.
This printed note has the handwriting of Jennie K. Lay to a family friend, Mary....
"Jennie" Lindsey King Lay (1876-1962). Jennie was the third child and youngest daughter in the King family and Mackenzie King's younger sister.
Price: $245 USD or $300 Cdn #4390
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