SEPTEMBER 2020  - 40 items offered... 
Duncan McLaren
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     10 COLLECTIONS   
     13 BOOKS
3 MAPS   
       5 EPHEMERA   

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EDINBOROUGH, Arnold (1922-2006)

A remarkable series of 12 early autograph letters to his close friend, Douglas Eves ; 29-pages, approx. 5 x 7 inches and 60-pages 8 x 10 inches, dating from 1947 through to 1954.

Edinborough immigrated to Canada from England in 1947 at 25 years old to teach Elizabethan drama at Queen's University in Kingston and eventually launched a successful career in journalism, while pursuing a passion for the arts... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,315 USD OR $ 1,725 CDN  #8282

NÉMIROVSKY, Irène (1903-1942)

The collection contains 4 items dating from 1931 to 1939 specifically, 1 letter and 3 books.


Irène Némirovsky born in Kiev, Ukraine was a novelist who lived most of her life in France after her family went into exile after the Russian Revolution. Although she wrote in French, she was denied French citizenship... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 2,000 USD OR $ 2,625 CDN  #8306

SITWELL, Dame Edith Louisa (1887-1964)

Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) was a British poet and critic and the eldest of the three literary Sitwells. She published poetry continuously from 1913, some of it abstract and set to music. With her dramatic style and exotic costumes, she was sometimes labelled a poseur, but her work was praised for its solid technique and painstaking craftsmanship.

The collection contains 29 items dating from 1937 to 1966 specifically, 28 letters and 1 typed statement... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 3,800 USD OR $ 4,990 CDN  #8307

MARTIN-HARVEY, Sir John (1863-1944)

Knighted in 1921, John Martin-Harvey was an English stage actor. He joined Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre company in 1882...His touring company had many successful productions in Great Britain and North America, particularly in Canada. He also starred in a number of films.

The collection consists of 69 items dating from 1915 to 1943, specifically 59 letters, 5 signed notes, 1 telegram, 1 caricature card, and 3 signed photo postcards... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,700 USD OR $ 2,240 CDN  #8308

MAUROIS, André (née Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog) [1885-1967]

André Maurois (née Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog) was a French an author of novels, biographies, histories, children's books and science fiction stories. best known for biographies that maintain the narrative interest of novels

The collection contains 21 items dating from 1949 to 1961, specifically 18 letters and 3 telegrams, written in French... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,600 USD OR $ 2,100 CDN  #8309

CAINE, Hall (1853-1931)

Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine CH KBE, usually known as Hall Caine, was a British novelist, dramatist, short story writer, poet and critic of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He was secretary to Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Caine's popularity during his lifetime was unprecedented.

Collection contains 24 items dating from 1889-1931, specifically, 12 Autographed Letters Signed, 2 Typed Letters Signed, 1 B&w photo signed and 9 Ephemera... Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 2,000 USD OR $ 2,625 CDN  #7770

GROSE, Helen Mason Grose (née Helen Bowen Mason) [1880-1971]

Helen Mason Grose was born and buried in Providence, Rhode Island, She was an artist and book illustrator.

This collection is comprised of the remnants of Grose's personal papers (circa 1900-1964). The archive has approximately 100 b&w photos, most of which at one time were pasted into a photo album....There are approximately 80 letters and cards in the correspondence....Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 2,000 USD OR $ 2,625 CDN  #7961

NORRIS, Kathleen Thompson (1880-1966)

Kathleen Norris was an American novelist, poet and newspaper columnist. She was one of the most widely read and highest paid female writers in the United States.

Collection contains 35 items dating from 1914 to 1944, specifically Three Autographed Letters Signed and 1 Autographed Note Signed, 1 card with signature, 4 B&w Photos and 6 Books with 10 items in total inserted inside books including a book written and by her husband, Charles G. Norris along with 3 ALS inserted inside....Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,900 USD OR $ 2,495 CDN  #7771

CARROLL, Gladys Hasty (1904-1999)

Gladys Hasty Carroll was an American novelist.  Carroll believed that the history of common folk mattered most and her works (fiction and non-fiction) most presented their stories about the rural Maine of her childhood. Carroll earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her 1933 work, ''As the Earth Turns,''

Collection consist of 34 items dating from 1933 to 1963, specifically, 8 Autographed Letters Signed and 2 cards, 4 Books and 21 Ephemera...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,900 USD OR $ 2,495 CDN  #7772

MACNEICE, Louis (1907-1963)

This Louis MacNeice collection includes  two important items; a signed carbon typescript of The Dark Tower and first edition of his Dark Tower book.

His  Dark Tower is one of the most acclaimed creative works written and produced for BBC Radio.

Louis MacNeice (Irish/British poet. In 1941, he joined the British Broadcasting Company as a staff writer and producer. Like many modern English poets...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,800 USD OR $ 2,365 CDN  #7449
13 BOOKS ...
DOUGHTIE, William (1846-1883)

William Doughtie  A.R.C.A. was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1846 Edinburgh and came to Canada in 1870. He was a draftsman, painter, bookbinder and designer of textiles and wallcoverings.

Doughtie's sketch and scrap book dating from 1876 to 1883 include pencil drawings, one handwritten report and many newspaper clippings...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,870 USD OR $ 2,455 CDN  #8286

H. C. C.


First edition. 1846. Dublin, P.W. Brady, 2 Ormand Quay, 4-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches. viii, 224pp. , [1, errata p. [225].
Contents show there is 7 letters from I to VII giving the story of his adventures.
He traveled through both Canadas in winter months during November 1844 to February 1845...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,500 USD OR $ 1,970 CDN  #8263

KIRBY, William [1817-1906]


First edition, first printing, unrestored with ads. 7-5/8 x 5-1/4 inches. vi, 678pp., [8]ads, Dark blue cloth, original brown endpapers. Gilt lettering and decoration. Original dark brown end papers with previous owners name barely visible.
This quite scarce, first printing of this classic of 19th century Canadian literature, an historical novel of Quebec. Possibly the most important novel in nineteenth century English-Canadian literature...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,500 USD OR $ 1,970 CDN  #0558

WAY, C.J. (Charles Jones) [1835-1919]


First edition. Circa 1864. Large folio, 18 x 14 inches. Original front and back leather mounted on new black cloth. Gilt type on front cover. Title page, contents list, and [2] leaves, [12] leaves of mounted albumen silver prints of primarily Canadian and three New England views.

The photographs were  reproduced from paintings by the British artist Charles Jones Way...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 950 USD OR $ 1,245 CDN  #7719

LOVICK, L. Dale edited by

First Edition signed by Tommy Douglas and by the Editor.

1979. Lantzville, Oolichan Books
Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7-3/4 - 9-3/4 inches. Clear Brodart Green leather-look boards; stamped gilt lettering; toning of page edges. Inscription on front endpaper: "From one Scottish Printer's De'il [devil] to Another - With my Best Wishes - Tommy Douglas" and "My good wishes, too - Dale [Lovick]" Illustrated dust jacket; ...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 320 USD OR $ 420 CDN  #3276

 DUNLOP, Eleanor Susannah (née Stewart )  [1819-1907]

2nd Canadian edition. Octavo, 6" x 9", ([8], 300pp, xci appendices). Original green cloth gilt titles, no owner names or other markings.  Being Extracts from the Correspondence of the Late Frances Stewart. Compiled and Edited by Her Daughter E.S. Dunlop.  With much added correspondence added (first was in 1889).
A scarce family copy of an important record of early settlement...Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 295 USD OR $ 385 CDN  #1042

Second edition. Text in french.  3-3/4 x 6-1/2 inches. (2),[i]-;xxii,25-40pp;[1]-383pp.(3),[i]-LXXXIXpp. Contemporary full leather with 5 bands and elaborate gilt decorations and dark red leather label with gilt type on spine and worn corners and spine ends.

Letters of a theologian to a bishop on this important issue if allowed to approve the Jesuits to preach and to confess increased again for a response to a prelate's refusal that Mr. Cardinal de Noailles made its powers to the Jesuits...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 295 USD OR $ 385 CDN  #1607

HAWKINS, Alfred [1792-1854]

1834. Québec, Neilson & Cowan
First edition. 4-1/2 x 7 1/8 inches. viii,(4), [1]-477pp. Original green cloth with spine sunned and paper label.
The most interesting aspect of the work is the 14 plates, lithographed by the early Canadian lithographer and publisher, Adolphus Bourne...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 275 USD OR $ 360 CDN  #1605

CRADOCK, C.  & JOY, W. (publishers)

1814. London, W. Otridge and Son
First edition. 5-1/2 x 9 inches. xv,(1),[1]-211pp.,(1),[1]-561pp.,(1). Over 800 pages in total.
Chapter XVI, pp. 177-191, relates to the War of 1812 and the appendix includes articles from the London Gazette contains a  history covering 15 pages on War with America (War of 1812).  With many published and printed letters from military commanders containing letters from G. Prevost, &c. relating to various engagements: action at Ogdensburgh, capture of York, loss of Fort George, defeat of the British squadron on Lake Erie...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 275 USD OR $ 360 CDN  #3250

SHEPPARD, Edmund E(rnest). [1855-1924]

1886. Toronto Rose Publishing Company
FIrst edition. 8.5 x 5.5 inches,. (5), [3]-135 pages, frontis of author, many b/w illustrations, text in two columns; brown cloth, beveled edges/gilt titles.
This was Sheppard's first book, a fiction, "Dolly," which appeared first in serial form in the Toronto "News"... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 95 USD OR $ 125 CDN  #2296

NEVILL, Ralph Henry (1865-1930)

1924. London, Halton and Truscott Smith, Ltd
First (limited) edition. Folio. (10 x 12-3/4 inches) Illustrations viii, 22-page introduction on laid paper followed by 86 pages of black and white (some photogravure plates captioned with tissue guards, with 14 tissue-guarded.
Illustrations, includes works by Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet, Jacques Couche, Isidore Stanislas Helman, Nicolas de Launay, Pierre Antoine Martini, Augustin de St. Aubin, Jean Baptiste Simonet, and many others. 24 mounted plates in facsimile colours and an introduction by Campbell Dodgson....Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 55 USD OR $ 70 CDN  #7933

HODGINS, John George (1821-1912) (ed.)

1888. Toronto, William Briggs
First edition. 6-1/2 x 10 inches. xii, [3], 10-231 pages. Indexed.   Brown cloth. 112 engravings. Rubs at spine ends and corners bumped and a couple of front pages loose, otherwise in good condition.
This publication is issued by the Toronto Humane Society in the hope that  the perusal of its pages will be the means of awakening and keeping alive a genuine  and practical interest on the part of the Toronto public and the public generally in the aims and objects of the Society... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 35 USD OR $ 45 CDN  #1793

MORDEN, James C(ochenour). (1869-1944)

1929, [Niagara Falls], Lundy's Lane Historical Society
22cm x 15.5 cm, 99pp. Light greenish coloured light card covers, Near fine condition.
Contains Battle of Queenston Heights, Ont., 1812 and Battle of Lundy's Lane, Ont., 1814. 20 b&w illustrations...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 35 USD OR $ 45 CDN  #2872
PERRIN, Rev. William Wilcox  (1848-1934)

4pp. Flat size  7 x 9 inches. Folded to 4-1/2 x 7 inches.  dated Dec. 30, 1898 .  "BishopsClose" [Christ Church Cathedral] Victoria BC blind embossed letterhead.
Rt. Reverend Wm. Wilcox Perrin writing to "Brother" saying he heard he might be asked to help at the Consecration of the new Bishop of Sacramento and he is pleased this is now confirmed now by an official invitation. He refers to his visit to San Francisco. Signed W.W. Columbia (William Wilcox Perrin).
The Rt. Reverend Wm. Wilcox Perrin D.D., was the Second Bishop of [British] Columbia from 1893 to 1911...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 115 USD OR $ 150 CDN  #5894

MACDONALD, Sir John A[lexander]. [1815-1891]

Autographed Letter Signed, "John A. Macdonald," two pages, approximately 5 x 8 inches folded with a 3rd and 4th half page section. Batt's Hotel, Dover St. W, December 4th, 1885.
My dear sir I found your kind note of the 27th ult. waiting my arrival. I shall endeavour to be present at the meeting on the 8th instant. I shall be at sea I hope long before the 12th January and therefore will be unable to help you on that day, either by papers or address. I am very glad to hear from all hands that the Institute is in such a flourishing condition. Believe me, Yours Faithfully John A MacDonald
Fredr Young Esq Honr Secy Royal Colonial Institute

This Sir John A. MacDonald signed letter was a secretarial written manuscript, and it would have been by [Sir] Joseph Pope, MacDonald's private secretary, from 1882 to 1891..... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 2,100 USD OR $ 2,740 CDN  #8015

LAURIER, Sir Wilfrid [1841-1919]

3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in good condition, tiny filing hole.
Hotel Cecil, Strand W.C. [London] red embossed logo letterhead, 30 June 1902 Autograph Letter Signed Wilfrid Laurier, while in office as Prime Minister of Canada, to Sir Frederick Young, thanking him for the copy of his last book (probably Pioneer of Imperial. Federation in Canada 1902), and explaining that he and his wife are unable to accept Sir Frederick s courteous invitation due to "many engagements of an official character". PS with WL initials...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,720 USD OR $ 2,240 CDN  #7991

FLEMING, Sir Sandford [1827-1915]

Autograph letter signed to Sir Frederick Young, Secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute . Four pages, folded to 5 x 8 inches.
Dated Ottawa 10th March 1888. To Sir Frederick Young, secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute.
Offering congratulations on his recognition by the Queen and congratulations on being awarded a knighthood, and his work on unifying the Dominions. Fleming defacto indicates his full support for the British Empire, imperialism and uniting the Empire...Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 1,200 USD OR $ 1,560 CDN  #8016

SILVA, D. Pedro Secundino

Four legal handwritten  document notices in Spanish (Stamps dating 1860,1866, two 1879) for the selling of slaves (venta de esclava), in secretarial hands, each signed by notaries. All good condition.

Slavery in Cuba was associated with labor demand to support the sugar cane plantations; it existed on the territory of the island of Cuba from the 16th century until it was abolished by royal decree on October 7, 1886. More than a million African slaves were brought to Cuba as part of the Atlantic Slave Trade...Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 2,000 USD OR $ 2,600 CDN  #7974
WEST, Benjamin (1738-1820) after

Image: 42 x 58cm. (16-3/4 x 23 inches) Paper: 45.9 x 62.5 cm. (19-1/2 x 24-1/2 inches) circa 1789. Older coloured engraving by Theod. Falckeysen after the painting by Benjamin West. Type in center surrounding logo badly faded, in some cases unreadable. Soiling to paper edges and a few minor open paper edge tears on border not affecting image. Old paper repairs with one on border edge going into image 1/4 on the right side. Overall good+ condition...Click for more information and photos; 
Price: $ 600 USD OR $ 780 CDN  #3253

HILLINGFORD, Robert Alexander (1828-1904) artist

Circa 1890. Quite scarce Wellington chromo. (31.25 x 20.25 inches - full colour). No printed details on image It almost appears as though this is a water colour, however it is printed by chromo lithograph and some hand-colour and varnish added after. Light vertical stain to top left (clouds) of image; colours otherwise quite vivid and in generally very good condition. Printed signature in the plate is Robert Alexander Hillingford, an English painter. He specialized in historical pictures, often battle scenes...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 500 USD OR $ 650 CDN  #3612

WOODVILLE, Richard Caton Sr. [1825-1855] after

Paper: 38 x 25 .12 inches    Image: 33-7/8 x 20 inches
Coloured photogravure,  Some light markings on the top  on the image in the sky and some foxing in the bottom border near the last line of the printed poem, otherwise very good condition.
17th Lancers charging across plain toward artillery at left, mountains in background.
The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 350 USD OR $ 455 CDN  #4415

BUTLER, Lady, Elizabeth Southerden Thompson (1846-1933) after

Paper size: 26-3/4 x 17 inches
Image size (not text): 25 x 13-1/8 inches Circa 1876.
"The Charge of the Six Hundred" by Lady Elizabeth Butler.  Black and white photogravure (not a steel engraving), copyright, The Fine Art Society London
Balaclava, the return, 25th October, 1854. ... photogravure, copyright, the Fine Art Society London...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 250 USD OR $ 325 CDN  #3686
THULSTRUP, B.T. (drawn by )


circa 1885. Attractive double page original hand-coloured map, 26 x 17 inches paper size and 23.4 x 14.5 inches image size.  Drawn by B.T. Thulstrup. Scale approximately 1:12,200 The City of Toronto, showing as far as Bloor Street to the North. Very good+ condition...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 275 USD OR $ 355 CDN  #3288

 by KITCHIN, Thomas [1718-1784]

8-1/2 x 5 1/4 inches illustrated half and leather spine with gilt type - Frontenac 1758 and retaining older blue cloth boards. Ex. Library copy with bookplate and note fly leaf only markings. Includes an ink inscription from the Indiana Historical Society dated Nov. 7, 1947, signed by the curator. Otherwise very good condition. November 1758 issue contains p545-p600. Insides are generally clean for pages and plates. Very good condition.
MAP - A Plan of the Fort and Bay of Frontenac with the adjacent Counties 18 cm x 11 cm - page 552. Page 593 providing details of the surrender of Fort Frontenac by the French
Text article: An Authentic  Account of the Reduction of Louisbourg (page 549 - 552)...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 200 USD OR $ 260 CDN  #2422

LUCAS, Fielding Jr. [1781-1854]

Paper size 17.5 x 22 wide, text & image size 16-1/2 x 20-1/4 inches and actual map image size (map border) : 9-1/4 x 13-1/2 inches.  Hand-colored map surrounded by statistical data, 'Geographical, Statistical and Historical Map of Upper and Lower Canada, and the Other British Possessions in North America.' Originally issued as folded now flat with the fold slightly covering the p in map and the s in possessions in the top heading. Small gray mark in in border next to "commerce" text on bottom left. Overall condition is very good other than noted above...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 150 USD OR $ 195 CDN  #4142
BORDEN, Sir Robert Laird [1854-1937]

Two page typed signed letter on 13th of Aug 1936 by Robert Borden mentions his visit to the unveiling of Walter Allward's Vimy Memorial on 26 July 1936 by King Edward VIII, , a most important event for Canada's WW1 Prime Minister. First sentence from the letter..."I have stood far better than I had anticipated the strain of attending the wonderful commemorative Service at Vimy and the visit to the War Graves, as well as many subsequent 'excursions and alarums'...
This event was a very important event for Borden as a former War time Canadian Prime Minister. Dr. Campbell was a Doctor and close family friend to Borden and even more so to Prime Minister Mackenzie King [1874-1950].

Robert Borden was the Prime Minister of Canada from 1911 to 1920 and is best known for his leadership of Canada during World War I.... Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,305 USD OR $ 1,700 CDN  #8296

Great Britain, Parliament


First edition. 1791. Folio (11-1/2 inches). General title leaf imprint from series t.p., pages [1269]-1296. Woodcut Royal coat of arms, headpiece ornament, and decorative initial. Text in black letter.  Neatly extracted from a bound volume and expertly mended. Very good. TPL 629

The bill was introduced in the House of Commons by William Pitt in March of 1791. The act was passed by the British Parliament on June 10, 1791, and was to take effect on December 26, 1791. This was a first step towards Canadian Confederation...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 5,500 USD OR $ 7,165 CDN  #8029

Government of Canada


1905. Ottawa, S. E. Dawson
A significant constitutional Autonomy bill document in formation of Canada, and the source of much anger and dispute regarding Alberta's natural resources and public lands, religion and the French language in particular. No other copy of this document found.
16 pages, folio (8-1/2 x 13 inches. Professional restoration on some pages and some wrinkling in the last 8pp section, otherwise, very good condition...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 4,000 USD OR $ 5,210 CDN  #8023

COCHRAN, Andrew William (1792-1849)


1 sheet ([1] p.) ; Was folded, now flat. Pieces and sections of 15-3/4 x 12-3/4 inches. paper missing but no text, otherwise condition is good. Broadside proclamation to have lands escheated. Printed in English and French in parallel columns. Castle of St. Lewis, Quebec, November 12, 1823 printed at top. 13 lines of English text and 14 lines of French text. At bottom, printed text; By Command of His Excellency the Governor in  Chief, [who not identified, was The Earl of Dalhousie (1770-1838] Andrew W. Cochran, Secretary...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 1,200 USD OR $ 1,560 CDN  #7804

STREET, Thomas Clark (Clarke) [1814-1872]

13-1/2 x 8-3/8 inches, was folded twice now flat, printed form with manuscript writing on both sides. faded seal on top right of one panel. Some agetoning of very light blue paper otherwise very good condition.
First Welland Regiment Military Commission bestowed upon Thomas C. Street by the Governor General of British North America, Nova Scotia, PEI, etc. - James Bruce, Earl of Elgin and Kincardine & signed by him. - Thomas Clark Street, son of Samuel like his father was a ruthless land and mortgage accumulator and businessman with interests in grist, textile and sawmills. While independently minded he is generally considered a solid Family Compact Tory. He rose to Lieutenant-Colonel of the Welland Militia, was a trustee of Trinity College, President of the Niagara Falls Suspension Company, etc. When he died in 1872 he left an estate of between 3 to 4 million, regarded as the largest of his time in Ontario...Click for more information and photos;
Price: $ 880 USD OR $ 1,145 CDN  #4560

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