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Trillium Antiquarian Books

Some common memento is better,
Something he prized and is known by;
His old clothes-- a few books perhaps.

William Carlos Williams, Tract

Welcome to the home of Trillium Antiquarian Books where you can search or browse our collections of antiquarian books on Country Life and Natural History -- scarce books, from A to Z, on angling, animals, apiculture, bees, birds, botany, Darwin, farming, fish, flora, fruit growing, gardens, geography, grapes, herbals, horticulture, landscapes, mammals, orchards, ornithology, seeds, vegetables, wildflowers, zoology... and likely several other matters which do not come readily to mind.

Search and browse, too, our antiquarian Canadiana and Literature collections. In our Canadiana collection you will find the early works of Moodie, Traill, Davies, Bouchette, and others from Upper and Lower Canada. Our antiquarian Literature collection makes room among its novels, sermons, and poetry for some rare works by Mark Twain and Stephen Crane.

Sometimes all that's left of an old book is the pictures. You will find antiquarian prints and maps, together with entire illustrated books, in Trillium's collection of Images from antiquarian sources.

If you spend any time hunting up books, you are bound to come upon an occasional book so odd or idiosyncratic as to be irresistible. Proof of the proposition is to be found in the Trillium collection of intriguing Curiosities. Since their comings and goings are unpredictable, it's usually worth stopping in for a short browse.

Trillium Antiquarian Books has been selling scarce, out-of-print books on the Internet since 1998 and, earlier, by traditional mail order. Look for us at book fairs in Ontario and the American northeast, where we have exhibited during the past ten years or so. We are always buying selected antiquarian books in our areas of interest, whether single volumes or complete collections.

Trillium Antiquarian Books is owned by William Van Nest, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Trillium Grandiflorum, from which we take our name, is the provincial flower of Ontario and appears in snowy white drifts among the hardwoods each Spring. One of several trilliums resident in the back garden furnished the images on this page.





(Image courtesy of Sara Glatz) 





































Remarks & Notices

Our New Mark Twain Catalogue

Bernard DeVoto, along with numerous other literary commentators, believed Mark Twain was the first quintessentially American writer. His western themes, his stories, and his language marked him as unbeholden to classical models unlike, say, Emerson and his New Englanders. Wherever Sam Clemens fits among some other American writers like Melville, Whitman, and James Whitcomb Riley, he is always an engaging original, one who seemingly worked without a net and whose lapses were all the more dramatic, as witness the lame conclusion to the masterpiece Huckleberry Finn.  So we are always on the look out for a copy of an unusual edition from the Twain oeuvres (as they say).  Here are several works which we have come across in the past little while and are pleased now to offer for sale.


We discovered a first edition (second state) of Twain's first published book The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories in distressed condition, but now after some skilful book work, perfectly presentable.  You will find as well a first edition Life on the Mississippi together with the Western Pilot, the steamboat pilot's guide to navigating the Ohio and Mississippi rivers of the sort Sam Clemens kept handy at the wheel (Our copy looks as if it was consulted from time to time). Then you'll find a nearly unique copy of the Autobiography, still waiting to be bound, and two of Twain's burlesques, Innocents Abroad and A Yankee in King Arthur's Court, neither of which is as innocent as it seems.

You will find the connection to our Mark Twain catalogue just over there in the navigation column to your left. We would be pleased if you had a look.


Here are pictures of some friends...


Mark Jokinen, Mark Jokinen Books, Peterborough, Ontario (www.jokinenbookstore.com)


Paul Dyment, Scholars' Bookstore, Peterborough, Ontario  (www.scholarsbookstore.com)

 John W. Burbidge, Bookbinding and Book Repair, Peterborough, Ontario  (www.johnburbidge.ca)
































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