• <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir. <i>Aurora Australis. Printed at the Winter Quarters of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907, During the Winter Months of April, May, June, July, 1908.</i> $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HUMBOLDT, Alexander von, and Aime J. A. BONPLAND. <i>Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique.</i> Paris, 1810. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> COOK, James, Captain. [Collected Voyages]. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784. First editions of the second and third voyages. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>A Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SPILBERGEN, Joris van (1568-1620). <i>Speculum orientalis occidentalisque Indiae navigationum.</i> Leiden: Nicolaus van Geelkercken, 1619. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DRAKE, Francis, Sir. <i>Sir Francis Drake Revived. Who is or may be a Pattern to stirre up all Heroicke and active Spirits of these Times…</i> London, 1653 [i.e. 1652]. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, Louis C. BERNACCHI, and Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD, editors. The South Polar Times. London, 1907-1914. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740...</i> 1744. London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. <i>Description des Indes Occidentales, Qu'on appelle aujourdhuy Le Nouveau Monde...</i> Amsterdam: Michel Colin, 1622. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> NOORT, Olivier van. <i>Description du Penible Voyage fait entour de l'univers ou globe terrestre...</i> Amsterdam: Cornille Nicolas, 1610. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes. <i>A Geographical Historie of Africa, Written in Arabicke and Italian.</i> London: George Bishop, 1600. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon. <i>Journal ou Description du Merveilleux Voyage de Guillaume Schouten, Hollandois natif de Hoorn, fait es années 1615, 1616, & 1617.</i> 1619. $4,000 to $6,000
  • <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Aegidius Sadeler (Flemish, 1570-1629), engraving on laid paper "Madonna and Child in a Landscape", after a drawing by Albrecht Durer. $800 to $1,200
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island", 1917, pencil signed. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Setting Up Columns", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Lee Hankey (British, 1869-1952), drypoint etching on paper "Affection", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Walcot (English, 1874-1943), drypoint etching on paper "Lower Broadway, New York", 1924, pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Auguste Brouet (French, 1872-1941), color etching "La Pirouette", pencil signed, ed 111/250. $400 to $600
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), lithograph on paper "The Boy", pencil signed. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> John Stockton de Martelly (American, 1903-1979), lithograph on paper "Looking at the Sunshine", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian-American, 1915-1985), woodcut on paper "Moppet", pencil signed and dated 1965, ed 118/250. $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Allen Ginsberg, 11 autograph manuscripts, including 10 drafts of poems & a page of notes, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Joan Miró, illustrated autograph note signed to MoMA Director of Exhibitions & Publications, 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Carl Gustav Jung, typed letter signed to a colleague, 1948. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Gustav Mahler, ALS, arranging a meeting during his historic visit to New York, circa 1908. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Mark Twain, ALS, explaining the target of his new book, 1902. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Charles Dickens, ALS, accepting an invitation in the voice of a <i>Martin Chuzzlewit</i> character, 1843. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Jacob Lawrence, illustrated greeting card signed, 1960. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Robert E. Lee, ALS, to the colonel of the Kanawha Valley volunteers, boosting morale, 1861. $15,000 to $25,000

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2018 Issue

Varied Canadian Items from Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller

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Canadian and Arctic northlands.

Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller has issued Catalogue 65 - Winter 2018. Arctic & Northern Regions, Newfoundland and Labrador, Western Canada & Interesting Canadiana. The "Winter 2018" is a bit ambiguous. Either we are a bit late, or very early, for winter 2018. Or, considering how far north some of these places are, it's always winter and we are just in time. Tokerud, not surprisingly, is a Canadian bookseller, located in Victoria, B.C., in the southwestern corner of Canada. Interestingly, we find many works pertaining to western Canada and to the Atlantic provinces, with not much on the most populous Canadian provinces, Ontario and Quebec, in between. There are some great photographs here along with the written material. While we won't attempt to describe these items as pictures are hard to put into words, there is a great section of vintage western Canada photographs. These pictures are worth thousands of words. Here are a few other items we found in this catalogue, which fell just one short of 200.

 

We know the names of many of the great explorers who set out on their expeditions, usually along coasts by boat, to discover unknown lands. This is true of western America, and yet there was a group of unknown people who traversed that land, on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, who knew more about the land than most of the most famous of explorers. These were the fur trappers and traders, and one such man was David Thompson. He did most of his traveling through Canada, but he was also the first to survey the entire length of the Columbia River. Thompson was a trader who worked for the Northwest and Hudson's Bay Companies, said to have traveled some 50,000 miles during his years in the west. His account is entitled David Thompson's Narrative of His Explorations in Western America, 1784-1812. The first part covers the years 1784-1807 when he operated east of the Rockies, the second part 1807-1812 when he crossed to the other side. Streeter calls this book, "One of the most important contributions to Western history and exploration published in the twentieth century." Thompson was not an ordinary trapper, but an astronomer and amazingly skillful cartographer. Eberstadt notes, "Besides being a fur trader, he was an able astronomer and geographer and used to the greatest advantage the opportunities vouchsafed to him, as to no other man, to map the uncharted regions of the western country. His maps were so exact that they were used extensively by Arrowsmith." Thompson completed his manuscript in 1847, intending to publish it, but never was able to do so. It was later purchased by J. B. Tyrell, editor of this book, who recognized its importance and had it published in a limited edition of 500 copies (this is no. 180) in 1916. Item 5. Priced at CAD 5,500 (Canadian dollars, or approximately $4,285 in U.S. dollars).

 

John Franklin was a brave, though not necessarily the most adept of explorers. He headed several Arctic expeditions, mostly by boat, but his first was a trek over land in the far Canadian north. The idea was to go by land to the Arctic Ocean, and then explore its coast from the Coppermine River to Hudson Bay. Twenty men set out in 1819, and managed to travel up the Coppermine River and explore 500 miles of coast before being forced to turn back. They expected greater help from fur trading companies and natives. Add to that unusually harsh weather and a lack of expected game, and the men were reduced to starvation. Their supplies were inadequate, forcing them into a retreat over an uncharted route. Eleven of the 20 people on the expedition died, mainly from starvation, though there was one case of murder, before finally being rescued by Yellowknife Indians. Along the way, they were forced to live off of lichen and Franklin became known as "the man who ate his boots." Local fur traders criticized Franklin's lack of preparedness, but back home in England he was hailed as a hero for his bravery. He wrote about the miserable journey in Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819, 20, 21, and 22, published in 1823. Franklin would receive several more Arctic commissions, but his last would be even worse, his ships being trapped in ice, and all of his men dying from starvation, disease, and cold, as they unsuccessfully sought a land route to rescue. Item 1. CAD 1,800 (US $1,401).

 

Here is another account of a first journey of a northern explorer, except his final one would end in triumph, not tragedy: Northward over the Great Ice: A Narrative of Life and Work along the Shores and upon the Interior Ice-Cap of Northern Greenland in the Years 1886 and 1891-1897, published in 1898. Robert Peary set out on a relatively short Greenland adventure in 1886, from which he became enamored of Arctic exploration. He returned to Greenland a few years later with several comrades for a more ambitious expedition. He thought Greenland might be part of a larger land mass that extended all the way to the North Pole. He eventually was able to determine that it did not, that Greenland was an island. Nevertheless, he made many discoveries, and learned the ways of the native people, which would aid him on later journeys. He spent time with the Smith Sound Eskimos, whom Peary described as "the most northerly human beings in the world." In 1909, Peary became the first person to reach the North Pole, a claim still mostly accepted, but doubted by some. Item 95 CAD 350 (US $273).

 

I guess we could call Stuart Cumberland an "explorer," though he hardly faced the challenges of Peary, let alone Franklin. He did his exploring from a railway car. His book, published in 1887, is entitled The Queen's Highway from Ocean to Ocean. Cumberland rode the newly completed Canadian Pacific Railroad from Victoria across the continent, claiming to be the first newspaperman to do so. That's a first, though not as impressive as first to reach the North Pole. Nonetheless, Cumberland provides us with some valuable information. He offers descriptions of cities, geography and commercial activity along the route just after the railroad opened in the West, with particularly descriptive accounts of the Rockies. Item 153. CAD 125 (US $97).

 

Next we have Forty Years in Canada. Reminiscences of the Great North-West with Some Account of His Service in South Africa, by Colonel Samuel Steele, published in 1915. Tokerud describes Steele "as an original member of the NWMP who was sent to capture Big Bear after the Frog Lake Massacre in 1885." I think you need to be Canadian to decode that. I was quickly able to decipher that NWMP must be the North-West Mounted Police, but Big Bear? I only know that as a lake and popular spot in California. Frog Lake Massacre? I didn't even know where Frog Lake was, let alone anything about a massacre. So, with a little research, here is your answer. Frog Lake is a small Cree community in eastern Alberta, though at the time it was part of the Northwest Territories. Big Bear was their main Chief. Big Bear had resisted a treaty with the Canadian government to move to a reservation in return for rations, but by 1882, was forced to succumb. Declining buffalo herds put his people at risk of starvation. However, conditions remained poor for the tribe, with hunger and mistreatment by the local Indian Agent. At the time of the North-West Rebellion, where local Métis people (mixed race Indian and European) briefly appeared to have the upper hand, another Chief, Wandering Spirit, led some of the tribe to rebel. They captured some of the settlers, and things went wrong when the Indian Agent refused to leave the area. Wandering Spirit shot him in the head, and in what followed, eight more settlers were killed. That was the "Frog Lake Massacre." It was soon put down, and the Canadian government hanged eight of the natives, including Wandering Spirit. Though Big Bear argued against the rebellion, he was convicted of treason and sentenced to three years in prison. Item 176. CAD 150 (US $117).

 

This is the book you must have to learn about Canadian war horses in the First World War. That may be an unsubstantiated claim on my part, but how many books can there be about World War I Canadian war horses? Item 195 is The Horse in War and Famous Canadian War Horses, circa 1930s. The author, Lt. Col. D. S. Tamblyn, presumably a Canadian War Human, has signed this copy. CAD 150 (US $117).

 

Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller may be reached at 250-381-2230 or bjarnetokerud@shaw.ca. Their website is www.bjarnetokerud.com.

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  • <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. Sold for $97,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. Sold for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. Sold for $87,50
    <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. Sold for $8,750
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. Sold for $37,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. Sold for $6,875
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. Sold for $3,750
  • <center><b> The Library of Pierre Bergé<br>Auction Pierre Bergé & Associés<br>in association with Sotheby’s<br>Paris-Hôtel Drout<br>December 14, 2018<br><br>New York Exhibition<br>Oct. 16 to Oct. 20</b>
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> BARTHOLOMEUS ANGLICUS. <i>Le Proprietaire des choses.</i> Lyon, [circa 1484]. 150 000 / 200 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONTAIGNE, Michel de. <i>Essais.</i> Bordeaux, 1580. 400 000 / 500 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> PROUST, Marcel. <i>Du côté de chez Swann.</i> Paris, 1914 [1913]. 600 000 / 800 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONSTRELET, Enguerrand de. <i>Le Premier [-Tiers] Volume des Cronicques.</i> Paris, circa 1503.<br>300 000 / 400 000 €

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