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SEPTEMEBER 2019  - 40 items offered... 
Duncan McLaren
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       8 COLLECTIONS   
    15 BOOKS
      3 MAPS
      2 PHOTOS
      2 PRINTS 
      4 EPHEMERA  
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SMILES, Samuel (1812-1904)
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) was a Scottish non-fiction author and a government reformer. His best known work, Self-Help, combined Victorian morality with sound free market ideas into moral tales, showing the benefits of thrift, hard work, education, perseverance, and character. He also drew upon the personal success stories of the emerging self-made millionaires in the pottery industry (Josiah Wedgwood), the railway industry (Watt and Stephenson), and the weaving industry (Jacquard) to make his point that the benefits of the market were open to anyone.

The collection consists of 12 items, dating from 1867 to 1890, specifically, 7 letters, 1 portion of another letter/note, 3 cartes de visite, and 1 book...     Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,300 USD OR $ 1,725 CDN        #8036

HUGHES, Rupert (1872-1956)
Rupert Hughes was an American novelist, composer, musicologist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, military officer and film director. More than 50 movies were written and/or directed by Hughes or were based upon his stories and novels. He was also the uncle of Howard R. Hughes, Jr.

The collection consists of 18 items dating from 1913 to 1951, specifically, 6 signed letters, 2 signed notes, 1 Signed card, 2 photos, 2 programs, 1 b&w print of a painting of Hughes, 1 small color poster, 2 pamphlets, and 1 signed book...   Click for more information and photos;
This collection is on consignment.
Price: $ 1,250 USD OR $ 1,650 CDN        #7834

LEE, Gypsy Rose [Rose Louise Hovick] (1914-1970)

Gypsy Rose Lee was an actress, author, playwright and ecdysiast, famous for her burlesque act (she featured the tease in striptease). Gypsy had something about her, an approachable, self-deprecating demeanor aligned with a quiet self-certainty. She was  perhaps the most singularly likeable stripper in the world in her time. The musical bearing her name guaranteed her lasting show business fame.

An unusual and interesting small ephemera archive of 8 Gypsy Rose Lee items, only one dated, 1941, specifically, 3 letters; 1 autographed letter signed (ALS), 1 typed letter signed (TLS) and 1 autographed note signed (ANS) ; 3 photographs and 2 B&w printed images...   Click for more information and photos;
This collection is on consignment.
Price: $ 750 USD OR $ 995 CDN        #7848

DELAND, Margaret (1857-1945)
Margaret Deland was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. She is generally considered part of the literary realism movement and frequently portrayed small-town life. In 1926 she was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

The collection consists of 15 items dating from 1895 to 1933, specifically, 8 letters (2 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) and 6 Typed Letter Signed (TLS), 3 signed books and 4 Ephemera...   Click for more information and photos; 
This collection is on consignment.
Price: $ 1,100 1USD OR $ 1,460 CDN        #7828

LEIGHTON, Robert (1858-1934)
Robert Leighton (1858-1934) wrote many adventure stories for boys and was the first literary editor of the Daily Mail. His wife was Marie Connor Leighton (1865-1941) who wrote a large number of sensational novels. They had three children, Clare (1898-1989), Roland (1895-1915) and Evelyn (1901-1969). Their son, Roland Leighton (1895-1915), died tragically in World War I. He was the fiancé of Vera Brittain, immortalized in her heart-wrenching memoir, Testament of Youth.

Collection contains an unpublished novel circa 1903, "Sir James Bridges", with 2 readers' reports, including a report from the novelist Robert Leighton.... Click for more information and photos;
This collection is on consignment.
Price: $ 1,000 USD OR $ 1,325 CDN        #7831

MARKLAND, Russell (1892-1973)
Russell Markland, who sometimes wrote under the pseudonym of R.M. Ingersley, was an English poet and WWI soldier.

The collection consists 4 items dating from 1916 to 1928, specifically, 1 Manuscript, 2 books of poetry, and 1 Pamphlet...    Click for more information and photo;
This collection is on consignment.
Price: $ 900 USD OR $ 1,190 CDN        #7820

RUSS, Carolyn Ernestine Hale (b1865)
Carolyn Ernestine Hale Russ of Boston, Mass. was an elocutionist, reader, and a popular figure that performed dramatic recitals during the late 1880s and 1890s. She was active with the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her parents were Richard Lunt Hale and Hannah Sewell Perley. Carolyn Hale Russ edited her father's journal of his trip to the gold fields of California from 1849 to 1854.

The collection consists of 21 items dating from 1887 to 1938, specifically, 17 pieces of ephemera, 3 letters to Russ (1 ALS & 2 TLS) and 1 book... Click for more information and photos;
This collection is on consignment.
Price: $ 900 USD OR $ 1,195 CDN        #7830

MARTIN, Martha [1875-195?]
Martha Martin, born in 1875, in Montreal who later moved to New York City. She supported herself by her prolific pen, publishing ten volumes of poetry and one novel. Her poetry met the interests of others - one volume was accepted by the New York Board of Education for school use, while many of her love poems were set to music by well-known composers. One of her song lyrics, "Slumberland," was accepted by Hollywood for the Picture Song Contest of 1948. Even her travel was connected to literature-out of her participation in the Canadian Authors Association overseas tour to Britain in 1933 came one of her volumes: Poets' Pilgrimage (1938). Quoted from Canada's Early Women Writers. SFU Library Digital Collections. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

The collection consists of 23 items dating from 1934 to 1940, specifically, five signed books, a signed photoprint of the poet in her younger days, 2 signed Christmas cards, typed pieces of Martin's poems from correspondence with the author, 2 of which are signed (15 extra poems in all)... Click for more information and photos;
This collection is on consignment.
Price: $ 900 USD OR $ 1,185 CDN        #7833
15 BOOKS ...

MARTIN, Robert Montgomery [1803-1868]

1836. London, John Mortimer
First edition. 4-1/4 x 6-3/4 inches. vii, 337, [1] p., [4] leaves of plates (3 folded) : ill., maps.  Original reddish brown cloth decorated in blind, spine gilt lettered, cream endpapers.
Previous owner's inscription on front end paper.
Illustrated with tissue-guarded engraved view of Quebec City, as well as  Seal of Upper Canada on title page and Lower  Canada on last page), large fold-out "British Possessions in North America" hand-coloured map at the front with fold tears professionally repaired, and double-panel fold-out hand-coloured maps of Lower and Upper Canada.... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 275 USD OR $ 360 CDN       #7995    

[MERRYWEATHER, John] attributed author & Dominico Anthonio de Christiano


1681 & 1691. London  & [Amsterdam] printed for Benj. Tooke ; printed by Alexander Lintman
This volume is a bound-with, 2 volumes. in 1. Full leather, probably pigskin and soiled, more so on spine and edges. 4 x 6 inches. ;
First book; Directions for the Latine tongue by the translator of Religio medici. [John Merryweather]
1681. First edition. London : printed for Benj. Tooke, at the Ship in St. Pauls Church-Yard
[4], 48p. (English text)
Latin language. Instruction and study. This book has an association with Sir Thomas Browne, the author of Religio medici (1642).
bound with ;
Second book; Janua linguӕ italicӕ brevissima by Dominico Anthonio de Christiano, Alexander Jansz Lintman, [c1637-1718] printer. 30p. not numbered. First edition, Amsterdam. An instruction / translation book of Latin-Dutch sentences and phrases. The book appears to be unique - not in Worldcat or the union catalog in the Netherlands....Click for more information and photos;

Price: $ 2,000 USD OR $ 2,650 CDN       #7835   

SAXE, Maurice, Field-Marshal Count de (1696-1750)

1757. London, J. Nourse, at the Lamb
First Edition in English. 8-1/4 x 10-1/2 inches. Full original calf, professionally rebacked, false spine bands, maroon leather spine label, gilt printing, pp. x, 195pp,(1) page advertisements for other books by the publisher, 40 copper plates on 34 pages.
This is the first edition in English of a classic military work by one of the world's most famous soldiers. Observing that the art of war is a science with no certainties or absolutes
Price: $ 300 USD OR $ 395 CDN       #0826      

NOTMAN, William [1826-1891]

1866. Montreal, M. Longmoore & Co.
First edition. 7-3/4 x 5 inches.  (6),[5]-196pp. plus  [14, ads, printed in blue]. New dark blue spine and label with original boards, new enpapers. 9 of 10 mounted albumen silver print photographs by James Notman mounted on stiff cards.
Price: $ 125 USD OR $ 165 CDN       #7720          

1802. Paris, printed for Ant. Aug. Renouard.  Printed by Crapelet.
Two sets of different poems, one book by John Gay and the other by Edward Moore.
First edition. 3-5/8 x 6-1/4 inches. (6),[5]-209pp.(3)table; (2)[3]-102pp.(1)table. Original leather spine with gilt type with some wear. Original marbled patterned brown end papers with previous owner's name written on front end paper. On half-title page old library stamp mark on half title page, otherwise all inside pages are very clean. Overall in very good condition. A nice copy  ...   Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 95 USD OR $125 CDN       #1023           

JAMESON, Mrs. Anna Brownell, (née Murphy) [1794-1860]
1833. Philadelphia, Carey, Lea & Blanchard, Chestnut Street.
First US edition. 4 1/2" x 7", 2 volumes, l, [51]-322pp.;(4)ads, (4), [1],266pp. Rebacked with original now soiled, salmon cloth, spine and paper labels relaid. Light foxing throughout. Overall condition good+.
Shakespeare's heroines, but discussing contemporary issues of female education & the differences between men & women. "In 1832 her Characteristics of women, a discussion of Shakespeare's heroines, made her name on the Continent and in America as well as in England." Clara Thomas ...  Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 95 USD OR $ 125 CDN       #0477      

1896. Orwell, Ohio, H. U. Johnson
2nd Edition. Small octavo, vi, [4], [9]-194 pp., portrait frontis. Original pictorial brown cloth. Frontis of Johnson; illustrated with 8 sketches and black and white photographs.  Very good condition.
Contains a good deal of information about the Underground Railroad based in Ohio, giving stories and anecdotes as well as details about places and persons  ...  Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 95 USD OR $ 125 CDN       #1102           

LEMOINE, Sir J(ames). M(acPherson).  [1825-1912]

1876. Québec, Augustin Cote & Co.
First edition. 6-1/2 x 8-3/4 inches. xv [2pp. ad after vii], 466pp. [28pp. ads], [15] leaves of plates (1 fold.) Rebacked with inner hinge reinforced. Impressed but worn gilt illustration on front cover of "Monument of Ste Foye" and decorative borders impressed. Book is very clean and tight and complete. Overall very good condition
Previous owners bookplate  ...   Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 95 USD OR $ 125 CDN       #0615          

1867. London, Henderson, Rait, and Fenton Printers
Second Edition. 8-3/8 x 5-1/2 inches.  (4),[5]-71pp. Blue wrap front cover only, with string holding the binding in place. Chips and closed tears at edges of pages, staining, soiling, musty and creases. Poor condition.
Personal Representation Speech of John Stuart Mill, Esq., M.P. The speech was delivered in the House of Commons, May 29th, 1867, with an appendix containing notices of reports, discussions, and publications on the system in France, Geneva, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, the Australian colonies, and the United States  ... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 75 USD OR $ 95 CDN       #0949         

RIDDELL, W.R. (William Renwick) [1852-1945]

1920. Washington, DC. The Association for the study of Negro life and history
6-1/4 x 9-3/4 inches  (6),[1]-120pp.(1) Printed wraps with strip of black cloth spine binding. Light green faded and water stained at bottom with printed black type front cover, bottom right corner bent. Insides good condition.
Scarce copy of Canadian black history.
Price: $ 95 USD OR $ 125 CDN       #1105           

1758. London,  Printed for R. Baldwin
Printed letter from J.C. Calhoun (speaker of the house of Representatives) to the Department of War dated February 6, 1818. on the matters of statements of accounts for  General Arthur St. Clair. Folded statement of accounts covering 1792 - 1812  totaling $1,513.72 Letter from Peter Hagner, Auditor Treasury Dept. dated Feb. 6, 1818 confirming accounting records provided.
Price: $ 75 USD OR $ 100 CDN       #1127     

SMITH, Harry Sir (Henry George Wakelyn) [1787-1860]

1910. London, Murray
3rd edition. [16], 333,[1]],[8]pp. Illus., port., large folding map. Original decorated cloth. Corners bumped, some spotting.  Spine dull and inside very good other than some light foxing on the first few pages. With portrait frontispiece and folding map (small tear). Overall good condition.

Sir Harry served in the Peninsular War, the Washington Expedition of 1814 with the British forces that captured and burned Washington, D.C, the New Orleans Expedition, 1814 - 1815; Nova Scotia, 1826; Jamaica 1827, etc., until he retired in 1859...  Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 75 USD OR $ 100 CDN       #1350     

1866. Hartford, Hartford Publishing Co
First edition. 6-1/2 x 10 inches., [7]-699pp., [1 blank],[691]-705[2 blank].  Full leather, rebacked preserving the original leather spine and two black leather labels with gilt type. New plain end papers. 2 frontis pieces (one color illustration),
Condition is very good+ with no foxing or marks, very clean.

Illustrated with over 300 engravings.
Price: $ 65 USD OR $ 85 CDN       #0366     

HAMILTON, Lady Emma [1765-1815] (subject)


1815. New-York, David Huntington and printed by Daniel Fanshaw Nos. 241 Pearl and 10 Cliff Street
First American Edition? 5-1/2 x 3-3/8 inches, 8pp prelims including half-title and frontis portrait, [5]-200pp., 1 blank. Worn leather spine and corner tips, dull gilt type on spine and worn marbled boards, Internally foxing throughout on agetoned paper. Page 191 with small torn near spine border affecting a couple of words. Fair condition only
Price: $ 75 USD OR $ 100 CDN       #4361     

CARMAN, Bliss William [1861-1929]

1925. Toronto, McClelland & Stewart
First Canadian edition, first state, [published in same year as American edition, see BAL 2745 citing only the American edition].
Original blue cloth with gilt type, xii, 86.pp. with dust jacket with slight sunning and no loss. VG/NF.
Inscribed by Bliss Carman on front end paper. This is the first state book with "In Excelis" mis-spelled on front endpaper...  Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 50 USD OR $ 65 CDN       #1795     


[20pp. with blank on recto of docket p.20] 20cm x 32cm (7-3/4 x 12-5/8 inches) A unique, rare and important piece of Canadian military history. This is the official 20 page 1810 report on the Court Martial of Private Alexander Waddle, at Fort George in Upper Canada, presided over and signed by Brigadier General Isaac Brock, President, and military commander of Upper Canada and soon to become the 'hero of Upper Canada' Counter-signed by the Governor of Canada, Sir James Henry Craig. Alexander Waddle of the 100th Regiment was convicted by Brock's 2 day court martial for desertion.

This is signed: 'Isaac Brock B[rigadie]r Gen[era]l L[ord] Presid[en]t' also by Clegg and counter-signed: 'Approv'd J H Craig Gen[era]' and a 2 page "Defence" signed possibly by Alex. Waddle...    Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 10,000 USD OR $ 13,250 CDN   #6664  

[1775]. Tryon County


Autograph Document Signed twice, once in the text and once at the end, by Walter Butler as attorney for the defendant in a case before the County of Tryon Inferior Court of Common Pleas, 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches. Walter studied law in Albany and was admitted to the bar in 1775 shortly before the start of the American Revolution in upper New York state. VG condition.
(SIGNED) Walter Butler for def Lifferty
Walter Butler (1752-81) Loyalist who became a captain in Butler's Rangers, formed by his father, John.  He was captured in 1777 by Continental Army troops commanded by Lt. Col. Marinus Willett, but escaped after a few months.  He was probably the most hated Loyalist in America...  Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,250 USD OR $ 1,655 CDN       #3647    

DE PUISAYE, Joseph-Geneviève, Le Comte (the Count) [1755 - 1827]

[1793]. PUISAYE (Joseph of). Signed letter "Joseph cte D.P." addressed to the General Jean-Victor MOREAU. S.l., [probably 1793, and not on 19 Sept. 1796 as indicated by an old note]. 1 p. 1/2 folios, letter cut into two with the folding and repaired on the back but almost separated. Age toned paper with chipping and on the edges and a couple of small tears with one affecting the letter in the date. Nice hand-written letter. Condition otherwise very good.
The count Joseph of PUISAYE (1755-1827) was one of the burning defenders of the royalist cause  ...   Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,000 USD OR $ 1,325 CDN       #3521   

[1867]. Autograph letter signed. One page, 8vo. No date, circa 1867 on his personal letterhead (blind embossed VS and Marly de Roi where he lived - same place as Alexandre Dumas.)
The letter reads; I thank you very much my dear neighbour, I am going to take advantage of your advice. I have not answered earlier because Madame Sardou is quite unwell and for 48 hours, I have not had time to think of anything other than her illness. Please accept, my dear neighbour, for both you and Madame de Breval, my most attentive regards, (signed) Victorien Sardou.
Price: $ 275 USD OR $ 365 CDN       #4984  

Autograph letter signed. 7-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches.  One page. Undated. Athenaeum, Wednesday. Blind embossed stamp. Small piece torn from botton right corner in black border and small 1/4 inch hole in bottom left not affeting writing. minor soiling. Removed from a scrap book with removal markings on reverse. Good condition.
Note to [Alan] Cunningham  arranging for friends from Edinburgh, the Cockburn's to see the Studio."....   Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 200 USD OR $ 265 CDN       #4989  

FAED, Thomas (1826-1900)
5-1/4 x 3-1/2 inches. Autograph letter signed. One page. Undated. To the editor of The Athenaeum, William Hepworth Dixon a friend, and English historian and traveler. Noting a change in the title of a work.
Black border frame on note, old paper clip marking on top left, otherwise good condition.
Thomas Faed was a Scottish painter in oils and water colour of genre, portraits, interiors and domestic scenes. It is said Faed had done for Scottish art what Robert Burns did for Scottish song.
... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 150 USD OR $ 195 CDN       #5004  

Quite scarce. 
[Edinburg] [Scots Magazine Sept. 1759]  
Copper plate engraving. 7.5 x 10 inches. Was folded, now flat. Some small markings outside of border otherwise very good condition.
Map maker: Andrew Bell   Sculpt: A. Bell. In addition to the main map, which traces the river from Anticosti Island to the city of Quebec, there is an included extension, A Continuation of the River St. Lawrence from Quebec to Lake Ontario... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 195 USD OR $ 255 CDN       #2202     


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  ... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 185 USD OR $ 245 CDN       #0786      

GOURLAY, Robert Fleming [1778 - 1863]

London, Simpkin & Marshall, 1822
Very Good. Modern hand coloured.  Very attractive. 7-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches,
from Gourlay's Statistical Account of Upper Canada Vol. 3 frontis map.
Price: $ 125 USD OR $ 165 CDN       #2436     

Two silver gelatin photos, 19cm x20.5cm (7-1/2 x 8 inches) both signed by Arnold Genthe. Photos probably circa 1911 and the Belasco signed print is dated 1922?. Overall very good condition.

One with an inscription poem by the well know playwright impresario David Belasco, to important listed artist [William] Haskell Coffin [1877-1941] (famous WWI poster with Jeanne D'arc); a poem of revelatory nature. Belasco, inscription reacts to Haskell Coffins remark about him having bedroom eyes. (underneath the dedication says: a boy of terrible ideas...)

The other photo is signed in the bottom right by Genthe... Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 425 USD OR $ 560 CDN       #4785          

Rare Original Albumen Photograph Joseph Bouchette (1774-1844) circa 1860 to 1880.  
The 2-1/4 x 3-3/8 inch photograph is mounted to a larger paper. Faded image in good condition.
This is an early photograph of an 1815 miniature painted by John Cox Dillman Engleheart (1784-1862).... Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 75 USD OR $ 100 CDN       #1460          

  A fantastic collection of 19 Port Folio prints in very good+ to near fine condition from the Port Folio Magazine.

Each B&w engraving is approximately 5-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches. Very early and in some cases possibly the first publishing of the subject. Each engraving has been washed and deacidified.
These are some of the earliest images of North American views available to the general public and they are quite scarce today... Click for more information and photos;

Price: $ 500 USD OR $ 660 CDN       #3584  

Coloured print, Paper: 29-3/4 x 22-1/2 inches.  Image: 25 x 17 inches. Variation graphics reprint done probably the mid twentieth century (circa 1960) from the original 1756 engraving.  Near fine condition. The Great Harry man-of-war, the largest ship in the world in the reign of Henry VIII... Click for more information and photos;

Price: $ 100 USD OR $ 132 CDN       #7941     

1857. 15-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches, was folded now flat, typed and handwritten manuscript and transfer document with docketing information handwritten on verso. Faded  seal and two 1/8 inch holes  at top, otherwise very good condition. Some content and detail... William Hoar of the Township of Penetanguishene in the County of Simcoe, yeoman...  26th December 1857. Signed:  Sir Edmund Walker Head,
Price: $ 195 USD OR $ 255 CDN       #3116  

The Sphere Magazine May 8, 1915 War No. 40 edition, Volume LXI No. 798, 40 page total. 12 x 16 inch.
Some content:
* British Bomb Throwers on the Western Front - by Fortunino Matania
* Articles - full page illustrated features with photos
- the Great War - extensive reportage
- the Allied Landing on Gallipoli - with 2 page pictorial map and 2 photos...
Price: $ 75 USD OR $ 100 CDN       #6850   

Illustrated London News

16 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches.   Illustrated London News - February 9, 1867
ORIGINAL newspaper journal full of large and smaller  engravings from the  Industrial Revolution  era.
Very good condition

Charles Stanley Monck, 4th Viscount Monck was the last Governor-General of the Province of Canada and the first Governor General of Canada after Canadian Confederation. Prior to Confederation he was concurrently Lieutenant Governor of both Canada West and Canada East  ...  Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 60 USD OR $ 75 CDN       #1414         

A group of legal printed documents from the "Library of Sanford Fleming" from Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada. All approximately 13-1/4 x 9 inches and in generally good condition.
Nice provenance and shows some insight into Sir Sandford Fleming collecting and research interests.
Price: $ 75 USD OR $ 100 CDN       #5841   

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