Trillium Antiquarian Books
APRIL BOOK SALE
Over the next while, a number of our books will be offered for sale at auction conducted at www.AntiquarianAuctions.com, an online auction site developed by booksellers a number of years ago. For background on the auction service, see the article, "Upgrade for AntiquarianAuctions.com - Developed by Booksellers for Collectors, Librarians and Dealers," on the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers' site (www.ilab.org).
Here is a list of our books offered for sale at www.AntiquarianAuctions.com/auction for seven days beginning Thursday, 16 April 2015. Full descriptions, with notes and images, appear on the auction site as well as our own:
Arthur Rackham. Arthur Rackham’s Book of Pictures. London: Heinemann, 1913. First edition with an Introduction by Arthur Quiller-Couch (pp. 43, plates). Large quarto with 43 of 44 colour plates by Rackham tipped in (missing #16 “Adrift”), many published here for the first time-- images of the Little People, Classics, Fairy Tales. Tan cloth with gilt decoration and lettering. Spine newly repaired retaining backstrip, some toning to backing paper. Images bright and clean. Very good.
Elisha Kent Kane. Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin 1853, ‘54, ‘55. Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1856. First edition (pp. 464, Notes; 467, Append). Two volumes with two daguerreotype frontispieces by [Matthew?] Brady, approximately 300 steel and wood engravings, some full-page; two fold-out maps/ charts (one badly folded with a tear). Apparently ex libris (catalogue numbers on spines and a number stamp), wear to spine edges and tips, some internal spots (occasionally affecting illustrations). Otherwise a tight, complete copy of Kane’s account of the expedition to “Washington” (on the Greenland coast) and “Grinnell Land” (Ellesmere Island).
Dard Hunter. Papermaking through Eighteen Centuries. New York: Rudge, 1930. First edition pp. xv, 357, Index). Large octavo (24 cm)with more than 200 illustrations of papermaking, pull-out frontispiece. In brown cloth with red paste-on label, gilt lettering, t.e.g. In Dj with minor wear, chips. A clean, bright, sound copy.
Richard Jefferies. The Amateur Poacher. London: Smith Elder, 1881. New edition (pp. 240). Tales of Luke the Rabbit Contractor, among others. Octavo (19.5 cm) in brown cloth with gilt titling and decoration. Two tips worn through, wear to top and bottom spine, a bit cocked. Otherwise a clean, tight copy.
[Briggs, James.] History of Don Francisco Miranda’s Attempt to Effect a Revolution in South America in a Series of Letters. Boston: Oliver, 1810. Second edition. “By a gentleman who was an officer under that general, [letters] to his friend in the United States...to which are annexed Sketches of the Life of Miranda and Geographical Notices of Caraccas”. With correspondence seeking support for the adventure addressed to Jefferson and Monroe. In full leather with gilt lettering, decoration on spine and edges. Front hinge cracked, lower corner of front cover damaged (missing 1cm x 2 cm piece); title page missing top strip (“History” in title torn), first half-dozen pages with damage similar to cover’s lower corner but diminishing. With all its faults, still a good copy.
Henrico Caterino D’Avila. The History of the Civil Wars of France. Dublin: Jones, 1760 (To the Reader, List of Subscribers, pp. 734, Index). Folio (32cm) in quarter red morocco and cloth (later), rubricated titles and vignette. Ex libris with a few small stamps, plate on endpaper. Otherwise a bright, clean copy.
F. B. Head. Rough Notes Taken During Some Rapid Journeys Across the Pampas and Among the Andes. London: John Murray, 1828. Third edition ( 8vo., xii, 321 pp.). Capt. Head was dispatched to survey South American gold and silver mines in the aftermath of the collapse of speculative ventures by British interests. In the course of galloping about the country he manages to give an account of Buenos Aries society (its houses uncomfortable, the funeral practices crude), various methods of hunting lions and tigers, and the hospitality of Andean villagers. In half leather and marbled paper, marbled end papers, gilt lettering and decoration. Neatly repaired binding; edges, tips, and covers worn. Internally clean and tight.
J.D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. Book-of-the-Month Club edition (277 pp). In black cloth with gilt lettering (clean and tight); Dj with full panel photograph of Salinger (withdrawn from later issues)-- four corners, top and bottom of spine chipped, one or two tiny closed tears, slight soiling on front panel. About a VG- Dj on a VG+ binding.
Samuel Johnson. The Table Talk of Dr. Johnson; Comprising Opinions and Anecdotes of Life and Literature. Men, Manners, and Morals. London: John Bumpus, 1825. First edition (frontispiece, iv, 352 pp.). 12mo (10 cm x 14 cm) in morocco and marbled paper, gilt decoration to covers and spine (faded); frontis lightly offset to title page, ffep lightly damp-stained, hinges expertly repaired. A collection of Dr. Johnson’s pronouncements on dueling, marriage, clerical dress, and a great many other matters. Apparently quite scarce, here expertly revived and very presentable.
J. D. Wilkinson. Early New Zealand Steamers. Volume I: The Pioneering Years (1840-1861). Wellington: Maritime Historical Productions, 1966. First edition (x, 230 pp., index). Illustrated by H.C. Berry with 32 pages of sketches and old photo’s. In sun-faded green cloth (faded to tan on the spine), black lettering. Card bearing compliments of the Northland Harbour Board tipped in to ffep, signatures of thirteen members of the Board on verso, previous owner’s signature on title page. A tight, clean copy of a scarce New Zealand maritime item. TOGETHER WITH Alan W. Mitchell. New Zealanders in the Air War. London: George Harrap, 1945. First edition, foreword by Archibald Sinclair and W. J. Jordan (pp. 192). Octavo (22 cm) in blue publisher's cloth, gilt titles and decorations (faded on spine), Illustrated with many b&w photos of personnel and aircraft. Absent dw; a tight, clean copy.
Bacon, Francis [Rt. Hon. Francis Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Albans]. Bacon’s Essays [The Essayes or Counsels. Civill and Morall]. London: Cambridge University Press, 1906. Limited edition ‘printed in the Cambridge type upon hand-made paper, two hundred & fifty copies have been printed, of which two hundred and twenty-five are for sale....The text has been printed from a copy of the edition of 1625. The Fragment of an essay Of Fame first printed by Rawley in the Resuscitatio in 1657 has been added.’ Half vellum and blue-gray paper over boards, title label on front cover, deckle edges, pages unopened. Small, faded inked title, a few light smudges to spine of an otherwise pristine copy. An especially pleasing example of Cambridge type-- the unopened folded sheets await the next owner’s paper knife.
Leighton, Clare. Four Hedges, A Gardener’s Chronicle. London: Victor Gollancz, 1936. Later edition (pp. 167). Quarto (26.5 cm) in green publisher’s cloth, gilt titles to spine. Illustrated with 80 fine wood engravings by Leighton (including full-page plates, cuts in text, chapter heads, tail-pieces). Leighton’s engravings picture the garden through the year, from April, upon the Leightons’ return from abroad, right through the Winter into the following March. Ffep neatly replaced, a few small spots on the covers, short tear top of spine mended. Otherwise clean, bright, and sound.
Thoyts, E. E. How to Decipher and Study Old Documents, Being a Guide to the Reading of Ancient Manuscripts. London: Elliot Stock, 1893. First edition, with an Introduction by C. Trice Martin, Assistant Keeper of H.M. Records (xii, 143 pp., 11 b&w illustrations). In pictorial olive cloth with gilt lettering. Corners, top and bottom spine bumped, minor spotting and rubs; a few foxed pages. Features helpful, and interesting, discussion on how to read early handwriting in, for example, monastic documents, legal instruments; lists and describes useful books on paleography (e.g., How to Write the History of a Parish, Upon Parish Registers). A hard to find book, especially in this first edition.
A True Walter Scott Rarity
In 1809 or so Sir Walter Scott's friend John Ballantyne asked Scott for some help with a publishing project. Would Scott help select a suitable collection of poems from among those written by the best English authors? Not only did Scott, as an anonymous editor, sort through the poetic canon, but he also contributed several previously unpublished works of his own to the anthology entitled English Minstrelsy. Being a Selection of Fugitive Poetry from the Best English Authors (Edinburgh and London, 1810). Apparently but one copy of the book has been offered at auction in the past hundred years. If not a rarity, it's at least a scarcity. See our Book No. 1836.
Obscure, Overlooked, Neglected
We have just listed several obscure literary titles published from 1806 to 1832, in the middle of the British romantic period. They are of the sort discovered in the Corvey Collection, a library begun in the nineteenth century by Victor and Elise Amadeus, which includes many thousands of works of British and European Romanticism most of which have been overlooked by scholars of the period. (See www.schloss-corvey.de for more information about the Corvey Library in Westphalia, Germany.) As one university library publication says in part, "The Corvey Collection provides a vast archive of materials that document [sic] the nature and scope of literary publications... and that collect [sic] in one place uncommon, scarce, and even unique materials for the... systematic comparative study that will enable students and scholars to continue to interrogate important questions of canonicity, peridoicity, and aesthetics that have emerged in recent years..." (University of Nebraska Library).
Many of the titles we have just listed are indeed uncommon or scarce and one or two even unique, but I can say, having sampled several (e.g., Don Juan; or, the Battle of Tolosa and The Lake of Geneva, a Poem, Moral and Descriptive), that while they may have been overlooked, they have not been unduly neglected. You depart their tedious precincts with a greater appreciation of Keats, Wordsworth, Byron, and the Shelleys. Perhaps there are hidden gems in the Westphalian archive (I hope there are), but mostly I think investigators will come away simply with a clearer sense of what most ordinary writers of the period were going on about. See Recent Acquisitions for the complete list of newly listed titles worthy of the Corvey Collection.
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)