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Works of Mr. Alexander Pope as Well as His Translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer
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Works of Mr. Alexander Pope as Well as His Translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer

by POPE, Alexander

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London: Various Publishers, 1715-1741. Leatherbound. Very good. 15 volumes. 20 cm (quarto) full leather bindings with contemporary mottled calf boards. Respined in matching mottled calf. Minor repairs and staining in endpapers. Hinges secure but some are cracked on the interior. A touch of foxing, but most pages crisp and clean. This set is composed of rare editions printed during the author's lifetime. Most are first quarto printings. Set contains Pope's prose works as well as translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Please contact us for more detailed cataloguing of each volume.
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The Edinburgh Geographical and Historical Atlas
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The Edinburgh Geographical and Historical Atlas

by John Hamilton

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Hardcover
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Edinburgh: John Hamilton, ca. 1831. Leatherbound. Very good +. 16, 288, 4 p. 49 cm. 68 hand-coloured maps, many fold-out, and one fold-out of Mountain Chains with b&w engraving. Plate 32 missing as stipulated in Contents. Scales differ. Rebound in half leather by Keith Felton. Gilt trim. Original boards. Occasional dampstains and thumbing. Tear in fold of plate 61. Repairs to edges and corners of Contents page. Earlier repairs to edges of Table of Mountain Chains, Chart of the World, fold-out map of the Russian Empire. Title continues: "Comprehending A Sketch of the History of Geography; A View of the Principles of Mathematical, Physical, Civil, and Political Geography; An Account of the Geography, Statistics, and History of Each Continent, State, and Kingdom, Delineated. And a Tabular View of the Principal Mountain Chains in the World. Engraved on Sixty-nine Copperplates, and Compiled from Materials Drawn from the Newest and most Authentic Sources." This magnificent atlas was published about 1831… Read More
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US$7,500.00
Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the Years 1873-76
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Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the Years 1873-76

by THOMSON, C. Wyville; MURRAY, Sir John; NARES, George S.; THOMSON, Frank Tourle, et al

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Used - Very good +
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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London, Ontario
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US$160,000.00

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Her Majesty's Government, 1882-95. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. The number of copies printed was not large and most copies went to institutional libraries during the 19-year publication period. Many existing sets are incomplete. Fifty 33-cm hardcover volumes with various paginations in the original green publisher’s cloth. Narrative – 2 vols. in 3 books; Zoology – 32 vols. in 40 books; Botany – 2 vols.; Physics and Chemistry – 2 vols.; Deep Sea Deposits – 1 vol.; Summary – 2 vols. (41 vols. in 50 books). Over 4,000 illustrations, including 2522 lithographic plates (some colour or partial colour, some double page or folding), 37 photographs, 594 in-text figures, 4 fold-out charts in pockets, over 500 charts and maps, over 350 small woodcuts or decorations, and numerous tables. Illustration highlights include 30 gorgeous colour bird plates in Zoology Vol. II, human crania in Zoology Vol. X, octopi in Zoology Vol. XVI, seals in Zoology Vol. XXVI. Narrative Vol. I First and Second Parts… Read More
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Henrici de Bracton De legibus & consuetudinibus Angliæ libri quinq; in varios tractatus...
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London: Richard Tottel, 1569. Hardcover. Good +. 16 leaves, 444 [442] leaves, complete. Leaves 173-174 omitted in the numbering, 362 numbered 360, 439 numbered 437. 29 cm. Engraved decorative initials. Bound in half brown leather with brown cloth. Lower corners bumped. Small mark on upper spine. Bookplate, notation, and stain on newer front pastedown, cut to reveal notation on original pastedown below. Bookplate for Nathaniel Lindley on front pastedown and ink signature of Lindley, 1849, on a front leaf. Signature of E. Bunney, Inner Temple, at top of title page. Small ink notations or marks on 13 pages near beginning. Last page of text dampstained and a little loose. Mark on inner margin of leaf 382. Small tear in bottom of one front index page. A first edition of the first modern treatise of English law, its title translating to "The Laws and Customs of England." Preface by T.N. whose identity has never been discovered. Henry of Bracton composed the De Legibus between 1250 and 1256. He based his… Read More
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Turisani monaci plusquam commentum in microtegni galieni: Cum questione eiusdem de Ypostasi
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Turisani monaci plusquam commentum in microtegni galieni: Cum questione eiusdem de Ypostasi

by TURISANUS (Pietro Torrigiano de' Torrigiani)

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Hardcover
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Venice: [Boneto Locatello], 1504. Vellum. Very good. Third printed edition after those of Bologna (1489) and Venice (1498). 141 leaves with double columns of 66 lines each in 3 sizes of gothic letters. 32 cm. 18th-century vellum binding with leather spine label and yapp edges. Five words added in ink on title page "de Florentia, Cartusiensis" and at the bottom "Venetiis 1504". Turisanus (ca. 1275 - ca. 1350) studied medicine first in Bologna, where he was considered to be Taddeo Alderotti's best pupil, and then in Paris, before returning to Bologna to teach and finally become a monk. His most famous work is this "more than commentary" on Galen of Pergamum's Art of Medicine, which incorporates much philosophical learning but also displays a measure of scientific originality. The method is scholastic, but this did not prevent the text from playing a central role in medical education for over 200 years, appearing in print until 1557. Latin text.
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Travels in the Interior of North America
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Travels in the Interior of North America

by Maximilian, Prince of Wied; LLOYD, H. Evans (trans.)

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Hardcover
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London: Ackermann and Co, 1843. Hardcover. Very good. x, [2], 520 p. 32 cm. 52 small in-text illustrations, presumably after Karl Bodmer. Large fold-out map at rear with route marked in colour. List of Illustrations and Plates refers to plate volume. Bound in leather with original spine overlaid. All edges gilt. Corner repairs and repairs to front endpaper. Tape repairs and some stains to map at rear. Extensive pencil notes to list of illustrations. Prince Maximilian (1782-1867), whose celebrated military career ended with the Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, traveled to America in 1832, intending to study and report on the flora and fauna of the interior. Instead, he concentrated on describing the culture, language, customs, and appearance of the indigenous people he encountered along the way. Maximilian's work become well known for his thorough study of the Mandan tribe in particular. Of interest is his description of one of the most important ceremonies of the Mandans, the O-kee-pa, although he… Read More
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The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New: Newly Translated out of the Original...
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The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New: Newly Translated out of the Original Tongues: And with the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. By His Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to be Read in Churches

by BASKETT, John

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Used - Very good
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Vinegar Bible", First edition, third issue
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Hardcover
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London, Ontario
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Oxford: Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the King's most Excellent Majesty, for Great Britain; and to the University, 1717. Vinegar Bible", First edition, third issue. Hardcover. Very good. Unpaginated. 52 cm folio volume in 58 cm specially designed brown cloth box. Frontispiece, title page vignette, 59 engravings at beginning and end of books, plus decorations. Black and red title pages and headings in Table of Lessons and Kalendar. Full leather incised binding by Keith Felton of Georgetown in period style. New endpapers. Occasional darkened pages, dampstains to margins, small chips. Professional repairs to bottom corners in I Kings, Chapters II to XVI, with some loss of text. Edge repairs to first pages. A magnificent edition of the Bible, printed in large type. Includes beautiful vignettes engraved on steel by Baroque artists such as James Thornhill (the first English artist to be knighted), Gerard and Michael Vandergucht, Louis Cheron and Louis du Guernier. Preliminary matter includes Table… Read More
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US$12,500.00
Album with scenes of Japan
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Album with scenes of Japan

by ANONYMOUS

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ca. 1880s-90s. Good. Forty 20.5 x 27 cm albumen hand-coloured photographs pasted into 28 x 35 cm laquer album. Each photo has number and short descriptive caption. Front board of album damaged where ivory was pried off. Board coming loose. Front free endpaper detached and chipped. Tissue guards between plates, some detached and folded or chipped. Last three photos detached. Accompanied by one 11.5 cm photograph of woman (Bernard & Co.) mounted on 19 cm card as well as twenty-one 9 x 13.5 cm photos, six with inscriptions on rear. Photos in very fine condition. These tremendous photographs illustrate Japan during the Meiji Period 1868-1912. During this time period, Japan abandoned its centuries-old isolationism and began a period of industrial growth and Westernization. Prince Meiji (Mutsuhito) encouraged his people to work or study abroad and also invited Westerners to tour his country. During this era, Japanese photography began to blossom. A Greek photographer named Felice Beato went to Japan and… Read More
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Soviet Cameramen at the Front

Soviet Cameramen at the Front

by KUDOYAROV, Boris; KALASHNIKOV, Mikhail; KAFAFIAN, Suren; SHAGUIN, Ivan; SHAIKHET, Arkadi; KNORRING, Oleg; SANKO, Galina; VEHL, Grigori; GURARI, Samari; FRIEDLAND, Simon; TROSHKIN, Pavel; USTINOV, Alexander; MIKOSHA, Vladislav; PETRUSOV, George (illus.)

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VOKS, 1944. Very good. Coverboard plus 60 cards or leaves (one double). Silver gelatin prints pasted to each card. 14 biographical cards featuring portrait of the photograher, name label, and short bio. 2 to 5 photo cards for each photographer, with an average of 3 cards each. Each card 47 cm, with photo portaits and larger photos varying in sizes, being either portrait or landscape. Photo on double-size card (by Shaguin) is 20 x 45 cm. Cover is curled and has some paper attached at top. Some stains or marks on about 4 cards, especially portrait of Lt. Sergei Rodionov by G. Vehl, but few stains affect photos themselves. Tiny pinholes at top indicate the photos were displayed. These cards were not a publication but used for a travelling exhibit that included London's Williams' Memorial Art Museum in October 1945. A London Free Press article from October 6, 1945 described the photography as "the finest to be brought to this country from Russia during the war." VOKS (an acronym for the Russian "… Read More
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European travel scrapbook of Francis Jewett Parker
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European travel scrapbook of Francis Jewett Parker

by PARKER, Francis Jewett

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Used - Good
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Paperback
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April 27 - June 16, 1861. Softcover. Good. 82 leaf scrapbook with leather spine, covers missing. 28 cm. Contains 12 letters written home to family during a tour of Europe. Also includes photos and drawings (some identified), over 20 hotel bills, 1 menu from on board ship, 4 other menus, calling cards (including one for Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte), laundry bills, etc. A few stains and tears. An American named Frank J. Parker tours Europe in spring 1861, along with a friend, Mr. Knight. Their itinerary includes Ireland, England, France, Italy, Austria and Germany. Parker writes home to his wife four times, his brother Henry once, "Miss Editor" once, his son Frank once, his daughter Clara twice, his cousin Henrietta once, his brother Ned once, and the "News" (again Miss Editor). At rear he keeps a diary of his last adventures before sailing home and includes the "Illustrated News", a mock newspaper sent to him by "Miss Editor." Parker's letters often include amusing doodles, including the twisted spire… Read More
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Proposals for an Economical and Secure Currency; With Observations on the Profits of the Bank of...
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Proposals for an Economical and Secure Currency; With Observations on the Profits of the Bank of England, as They Regard the Public and the Proprietors of Bank Stock.

by RICARDO, David

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Used - Near fine
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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London, Ontario
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London: John Murray, 1816. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 126 p. 22 cm. Bound in half leather with marbled paper boards, gilt trim. New endpapers. Some light occasional spotting but overall very clean and neat. A beautiful copy. In August 1815, Pascoe Grenfell, an influential speaker on financial questions in Britain's House of Commons, asked David Ricardo to help him in his Parliamentary battle against the excessive profits of the Bank of England. Ricardo, who concurred that the Bank's profits should be shared with the public, agreed to assist him. By September 1815 he had written this book, which was published in February 1816, shortly before the debate on Grenfells' motion on the Bank. The book contains a detailed account of Richardo's plan to make the Bank of England resume cash payments by making its notes convertible to gold ingots instead of coins. Ths would have allowed Britain to go back to the gold standard but to use paper as the actual means of payments. This plan was in fact… Read More
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US$14,000.00
Photo album of Bishop Jervois Newnham and family
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Photo album of Bishop Jervois Newnham and family

by NEWNHAM, Bishop Jervois

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Used - Very good
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ca. 1890-1962. Hardcover. Very good. Half leather and cloth album is 19 x 25 cm with 26 leaves. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Mainly b&w photos of places and people with one colourized church interior (St. John's Cathedral at Moose Fort) and one colour snapshot at rear dated 1962. Some photos pasted, while some inserted with photo corners. Most labeled in pencil. Captions in block capitals by Bishop Newnham himself, with later writing by his daughter May. Nine photos removed at rear. A small leaf with Indigenous (Cree?) characters inserted half way through. Accompanied by three-ring binder with extra sketches, photos, album index, and stapled descriptive catalogue of artifacts relating to the bishop and his family. The photos in the binder are mostly identified on the rear. Born into an ecclesiastical family in 1852, Jervois Arthur Newnham came to Canada as a young man and graduated from the Montreal Diocesan College and McGill University in 1878. After being ordained as an Anglican minister,… Read More
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The Principles and Practice of Medicine, Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Students of...
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The Principles and Practice of Medicine, Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Students of Medicine

by OSLER, William

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Used - Very good
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Third Edition
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Hardcover
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New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1898. Third Edition. Hardcover. Very good. xvi, [2], 1181, [3] p. 25 cm. 11 figures in partial colour and 21 charts. Green cloth with light wear to extremities. Corners bumped. Inscription on front free endpaper reads: "Property of Dr. A. J. Harrington, Toronto, Ont. From the Late Dr. Arthur Jukes Johnson. A gift from the Author Dr. W. Osler to his fellow student Arthur Jukes Johnson and now Feby 25 1936 presented to Dr. Gilbert Parker, 817 Bathurst Dr., Toronto." Title page inscription reads: "From his old friend & fellow student The Author." Tiny tear in front free endpaper, tear in bottom of title page, tear in margin of p. 1077, stain on p. 1071. Osler's Principles and Practice of Medicine was the best English language work on medicine of its time. Besides being one of the greatest of all clinicians, Osler was possessed of a fine literary style and an extensive knowledge of medical bibliography. For Osler's own account of the preparation of his textbook, see… Read More
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Cassiar photo album
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Cassiar" photo album

by BANNON, Henry Towne

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Hardcover
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1918-20. Hardcover. Very good +. 41 typewritten text pages, one-sided, interspersed with plates. 27 cm. 31 leaves have 161 illustrations, most labelled. 158 b&w photos, fold-out map, firearms licence and hunting permit. New leather spine and new label with original blue cloth. A bit of discolouration to top front and corners a bit worn. Some wrinkling to cloth on rear. Original spine label attached to front free endpaper. Photo of Telegraph Creek loosening. Signed and dated December 1, 1918 by the author on p. 41. This album was compiled by Henry Towne Bannon (1867-1950), a U.S. Representative from Ohio for two terms from 1905 to 1909. After his political career ended, he resumed the practice of law and served as a director of three banks. He was also known for his books about local history in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. On a page inserted before p. 25 he states that he wrote an article in the September 1920 edition of Forest and Stream about the mountain goats and Stone sheep along the… Read More
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England Wales Scotland and Ireland Described and Abridged with ye Historic Relation of things...
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England Wales Scotland and Ireland Described and Abridged with ye Historic Relation of things worthy memory from a farr Larger Voulume Done by John Speed

by SPEED, John

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Used - Near fine
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Second Miniature Edition
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Hardcover
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London, Ontario
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[London?]: And are to bee sould by Georg Humble at y Whit horse in popeshead alley, 1627. Second Miniature Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Unpaginated. 10 x 16 cm. 63 maps, 2 of which fold out. Engraved title page. Bound in half green leather with marbled boards. All edges red. Matching marbled endpapers. Bookplate on front pastedown. A few ink marks on first page of Sussex. Damp stain at top of first page of Bedfordshire, map opposite, and a few surrounding pages. Small worm tracks in top margins of pages from Shropshire to Yorkshire.Ink underlining on last pge of Man Iland. Otherwise only occasional spots or thumbing. A beautiful copy of this miniature atlas with all maps present. The index calls for a 64th map called "Midia" but this was never issued in this edition. This is the second miniature edition of Speed's atlas of Great Britain and Ireland following the edition of 1620. The "farr Larger Voulume Done by John Speed" refers to the Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (1611) issued in… Read More
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