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Catalogue: Books About Venice

Books About Venice

Featuring a few highlights from our catalogue.

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Featured Titles

Fables of Aesop According to Sir Roger L'Estrange. With Fifty Drawings By Alexander Calder.
AESOP [Sir Roger L'Estrange]
Paris: Harrison of Paris, 1931. Limited, First Edition. Small Quarto. No. 159 of 595 copies (of a total edition of 665 copies), printed on Auvergne hand-made watermarked paper, and designed by Monroe Wheeler. Pp. [v], 124, [3]. Pen-and-ink line drawings by Alexander Calder. Loosely inserted is the elusive Paper Knife with vignette by Calder. Pasteboards with blue illustrated wrapper, top edge rough trimmed, others deckled, housed in a red laminate chemise with paper spine label, all inserted into a fresh, hand-crafted, blue cloth, 100% acid free clamshell box as indicated on the small label adhered to the lower corner inside the box, paper spine label. Wrapper spotted, with light spotting to the endpapers, nicks to the tips, 1 cm closed tear at lower front joint, previous owner's engraved bookplate loosely inserted, else interior clean and crisp. Tip missing from paper knife. Chemise rubbed, small tears to the joints at spine ends. Clamshell box fine and solid.
Price: $3000.00 CDN
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The Sleepwalkers. A Trilogy.
Broch, Hermann
London: Secker & Warburg, 1932. First edition in English. Purple cloth with gilt spine lettering. Cloth tips very lightly rubbed, spine faded with very light wear to cloth at spine foot, bottom of text block with a few scratches. Book tight and square, in the rare original price intact dust jacket which is badly foxed, as is common, with a diagonal clip to the rear jacket flap and early red paper reinforcements along upper and lower inner edges. A good clean copy overall. Translated from the German by Willa and Edwin Muir.
Price: $600.00 CDN
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Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind.
Bucke, Dr. Richard Maurice (Editor)
Philadelphia: Innes & Sons, 1901. Limited, First Edition. Quarto. Limited Edition of 500 copies, this being no. 19. Pp. xviii, 318. Original green cloth, expertly recased, new, sympathetic paper spine label. Covers slightly scuffed, bit of spotting and soiling to prelims and endpapers, else interior clean and bright. A very good copy overall. Maurice Bucke was a prominent Canadian psychiatrist who headed the Asylum for the Insane in London, Ontario and was part of a movement that sought to improve the care and treatment of mentally ill persons. In 1877 he met Walt Whitman and so began a life-long friendship. Bucke later testified that he was "lifted to and set upon a higher plane of existence" because of his friendship with Whitman. He published a biography of Whitman in 1883 and was one of Whitman's literary executors. Bucke has written of 14 men in a chapter called "Instances of Cosmic Consciousness," and of 36 others in the chapter, "Additional - Some of Them Lessor, Imperfect, and Doubtful Instances." Of the 14 he includes: Gautama the Buddha; Jesus the Christ; Dante; Francis Bacon; William Blake; Honore de Balzac; and his friends Walt Whitman and Edward Caprenter (Bucke borrowed the term "cosmic consciousness" from Edward Carpenter, who had traveled and studied religion in the East.) In the "additional cases" he includes: Moses; Socrates; Roger Bacon; Pascal; Spinoza; Swedenborg; Wordsworth; Emerson; Tennyson; Thoreau; among others only identified with initials.
Price: $1500.00 CDN
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The Favourite Game.
Cohen, Leonard
London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. 1st Edition. Octavo. Silver lettered green cloth in decorative price clipped dust jacket. This copy is inscribed by the author "For Alistair Hunter with whom I shared the Victorian Parlour-----Thanks Leonard Cohen Toronto 1963" Jacket has chips to head and heel of spine which is faded. O/w a reasonably nice copy with a great inscription.
Price: $2000.00 CDN
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Secession in Astropolis.
Jolas, Eugene
Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1929. First, Limited Edition. Octavo. Edition limited to 110 copies, this copy stamped #93. Pp. 84, [4]. Fine copy in original printed wrappers and glassine jacket. Glassine jacket has small chips to spine ends, nicks to the tips, otherwise fine, clean, tight copy.
Price: $500.00 CDN
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Le Morte D'arthur.
Malory, Sir Thomas
J.M. Dent, 1927. Quarto. Edition of 1600 copies. Third Edition. Black cloth with front board and spine. Small spot restored at head of spine and the board corners lightly bumped, a well kept and very attractive copy otherwise. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, board edges bevelled. Illustrated by Beardsley in black & white.
Price: $1500.00 CDN
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The Man Without Qualities.
Musil, Robert
London: Secker & Warburg, 1953,1954, 1960. First edition in English. Three volumes in green cloth with gilt lettering to the spines. Volume 1 and 2 with ink name to front endpapers, with old ink price in volume 1. Board edges with a few little bumps but otherwise excellent. Price intact dust jacket with slightly darkened spines, very lightly rubbed and creased edges, small chips to the jacket tips, with a short closed tear to edge of volume 3. Translated from the German by Eithne Wilkins and Ernst Kaiser.
Price: $1400.00 CDN
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde [Unique, Artist's Design Binding].
Stevenson, Robert Louis
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1930. Octavo. Interior fine, crisp and clean with 8 black & white illustrations by S.G. Hulme Beaman as well as several illustrations within the text. Rebound by book artist, Don Taylor, in a magnificent design binding. Black leather binding inlayed with wood veneer to both upper and lower covers, into which a window has been cut out in the shape of a parallelogram leaving a small bevelled, black leather frame, inside the window is paper smeared with black, reflective silver and metallic copper, the endpapers are of the same black smeared paper, gilt-stamped title on a matching black leather label. Housed in a striking box made of black cloth with a latched wooden door, each door bearing a window of black cloth covered with a wooden lattice. Once unlatched, one door folds open revealing a felt-lined wooden drawer with a brass-like pull-drawer handle. The whole book and cabinet is then stored in a sturdy, natural-linen covered clamshell box, gilt-stamped title to spine on a piece of the wood veneer in the shape of a parallelogram. An outstanding, one-of-a-kind binding.
Price: $2000.00 CDN
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Cruise of the Minnie Maud.
Tremblay, Alfred (Signed by Bernier)
Quebec: The Arctic Exchange and Publishing Limited, 1921. First Edition. Octavo. Original Cloth. Rare inscription with signature of Capt. J.E. Bernier F.R.G.S.: "Capt. J.E. Bernier F.R.G.S / 27 Fraser Street, Levis [Quebec] / Complements. 1926." The book is presumed to have been the property of a member of Bernier's crew, name unknown. Pp. xviii, 573 (includes a Vocabulary of Igloolik), 75 photo reproductions, 2 folding maps. Original dark slate grey cloth with mounted photo of the Minnie Maud, black cover and spine lettering. Hinge split at the Dedication page with spine strip coming away from the text block, shaken with several gatherings loose. Covers slightly scuffed, soiled and rubbed, some bubbling to the cloth primarily at the spine, spine ends started, 1 cm split at upper rear joint, corners rubbed with rear corners soft.
Price: $1750.00 CDN
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