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 collection of antiquarian books on Country Life and Natural History -- scarce books, from A to Z, on angling, 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.
We will never have thousands and thousands of books for sale, lining the front stairs, boxed and piled in the basement, but we do spend a great deal of time looking, live and on line; our collection of books on architecture and design, number-wise, is modest enough, but lined up together you will find classics on church architecture and designs for book covers-- perfect, if you are determined to build a replica of Ely's cathedral or are looking for a way to apply Tiffany style to mass marketed literary uplift. 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 dozen years.
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.
(Courtesy, Sara Glatz)
Trillium Antiquarian Books
Our Summer Sale
Beginning today, 6th July, and extending throughout the Summer, every title listed on the TAB web site will be offered at a 20% discount from the list price. Summer and the sale end 21st September.
A Word about Shipping with Canada Post
Ordinarily we use Canada Post to ship books to our customers. Just now (July), Canada Post and the union representing its employees are unable to settle a dispute about pensions, and the Crown corporation has announced its intention to lock out its employees. Apparently responsibility to their customers ranks somewhere below their perceived self-interest.
Our customers, however, need suffer no inconvenience. In the event of a stoppage, we will ship to our Canadian customers by domestic courier, orders to U. S. addresses will be shipped by USPS, and orders to all other destinations will be shipped by DHL. Irrespective of the shipper, our customers will be invoiced at the ordinary Canada Post rate. We will pay the difference. It is unlikely the federal government will let the stoppage drag on and will say, in effect, "Look, you two! Go figure it out!" In the meantime, we have arrangements in place.
Pictures of Friends
Mark Jokinen, Jokinen Books
Paul Dyment, Scholars Books
John Burbidge, Bookbinding
Nancy Grayson, Cunningham Books