Joslin Hall Rare Books

Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

 Friday, November 24, 2017

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Pictures, Drawings, Watercolours & Prints by Canadian Artists, French & English Books & Sets in Fine Bindings, Rare Canadiana, Americana, Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Prints. Montreal Christie's Canada / Montreal Book Auctions: April 16-18, 1969. Sale 1. Softcover. 6.5"x10", 218 pages, 662 lots, 47 b/w illustrations ex-institutional w/stamps, spine label.

Inventory #: 8621
Price: $ 20.00       

Allodi, Mary Macaulay & Rosemarie L. Tovell. An Engraver's Pilgrimage. James Smillie in Quebec, 1821-1830. Royal Ontario Museum: 1989. James Smillie [1807-1885 emigrated from his native Scotland to Quebec in 1821 at the age of 14, and in his later years wrote a detailed biography about his early years there, providing excellent documentation of an otherwise obscure period in the history of engraving in the city. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 139 pages, black & white illustrations. Some cover wear.

Inventory #: 35192
Price: $ 25.00       

Fleming, John A. The Painted Furniture of French Canada, 1700-1840. Camden House/Canadian Museum of Civilization: 1994. "A major reference work, the first book about painted furniture in Canada. Based on archival records, period newspapers, directories and an examination of pieces in 30 public and private collections, this book describes domestic interiors and the materials and methods of furniture construction, as well as high style and folk influences on furniture design and decoration in New France and then in lower Canada to about 1840". Hardcover. 11"x12", 179 pages, many color illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34385
Price: $ 75.00       

Langdon, John E. American Silversmiths in British North America, 1776-1800. Toronto printed at the Stinehour Press:1970. Edition limited to 350 copies. An important piece of research work which documents 39 silversmiths who were forced to flee the Colonies during and after the American Revolution because they were Loyalists. These craftsmen settled in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario and built new lives for themselves. Langdon begins by discussing not only silversmiths but also other craftsmen who were forced to flee the American colonies and resettle in Canada, and then offers full biographies of the 39 silversmiths. The superb text carefully documents these individuals, using both printed and manuscript records the text is fully footnoted. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 82 pages a finely printed book with marbled endpapers -an elegant volume. A near fine copy in slipcase, case slightly soiled.

Inventory #: 31421
Price: $ 450.00       

Langdon, John E. Clock & Watchmakers in Canada, 1700 to 1900. Toronto Anson-Cartwright Editions: 1976. As Langdon points out in his introduction, until the 20th century the line between watchmakers, jewelers and silversmiths was often blurry at best -many artisans did a bit of each job and took work as it came to their door. This massive compilation of names, dates, places and professions was gleaned from census records, advertisements, directories, documents, newspapers, and other sources. Softcover. 6"x9", 195 pages fine.

Inventory #: 95009
Price: $ 25.00       

Lessard, Michel. Antique Furniture of Quebec. Four centuries of Furniture Making. Toronto McClelland & Stewart: 2002. A visually stunning, physically impressive survey of Quebec furniture, by period, from 1640 to the present day. Packed with color photographs and written with a true love of the subject, this will be a valued reference for decades to come. It's also darned heavy. Hardcover. 10"x11.5", 543 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 35082
Price: $ 85.00       

Morisset, Gerard. Evolution d'une Piece d'Argenterie. Quebec Collection Champlain: 1943. A short illustrated essay on the evolution of the silver censer in the Quebec region, from the 17th century to the 20th, with the bulk of the examples being of 18th and early 19th century manufacture. Softcover. 5"x7.5", 31 pages plus 24 b/w plates light soil.

Inventory #: 30275
Price: $ 45.00       

Piers, Harry & Donald C. Mackay. Master Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of Nova Scotia and Their Marks. Halifax The Antiquarian Club: 1948. A pioneering work, along with Traquair, on the history of Canadian silversmithing. The book is based on a paper Harry Piers read before the Nova Scotia Historical Society in 1939. After his death in 1940, Donald Mackay expanded and updated his notes with new material for the publication of this book. The text includes biographies of many smiths, and the illustrations include not only silver but also jewelry. Interestingly, an acknowledgment note thanks the future dean of scholars on Canadian silver, John Langdon, for his help. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 161 pages, 60 b/w plates light soil, some wear, just a bit shaken bookplate.

Inventory #: 4374
Price: $ 250.00       

Piers, Harry. Economic Minerals of Nova Scotia. Catalogue and Description of a Collection at the Dominion Exhibition, Halifax. Halifax The Commissioner of Public Works and Mines: 1906. The collection was originally formed in 1903, and was permanently housed at the Provincial Museum. A scarce catalog, with only 2 OCLC listings. Softcover. 6.25"x9.5", 60 [1] pages paper browned and extremely brittle covers with light chipping all around and a 1.5" portion of the lower corner gone rear cover detached very fragile. Short presentation inscription by Piers on the cover.

Inventory #: 4742
Price: $ 100.00       

Russell, Loris S. A heritage of light. Lamps and lighting in the early Canadian home. University of Toronto Press: 1968. "The nineteenth century opened in the flicker of tallow candles. It closed in the glare of Edison's electric lamp. Between those two events inventors and manufacturers developed a wonderful assortment of progressively more efficient lighting devices, burning a variety of fuels. Dr. Russell records with scientific attention to detail, backed up with more than 200 illustrations, how these lamps were made and used." This survey includes kerosene, oil, candles, rushlights, lard, fluid gas, electricity, related tools, etc. Hardcover. 8.5"x9", 344 pages, b/w illustrations, dj bibliography. Jacket with some edgewear and rubbing, else a nice copy.

Inventory #: 35590
Price: $ 100.00       

Stevens, Gerald. In a Canadian Attic. "An invaluable guide to almost every conceivable antique or art object that might be found in a Canadian attic". OK, Mr. Stevens has mapped himself a very wide canvas to fill- still, an interesting read with much good general information, by an author who knew his field. Hardcover. 5.5"x7.5", 267 pages, line illustrations, dj light wear.

Inventory #: 9119
Price: $ 20.00       

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