Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (“Crébillon Fils”). Lettres de la Marquise de M*** au Comte de R***:
Georges Alfred Pavis 1886-1979: A suite of 46 erotic watercolours. Paris. 46 beautiful original watercolours, almost all hand-numbered and -titled; plus 53 pencil sketch studies and a handwritten list. 44 of each are pairs, showing, in some cases, remarkably faithful multiple renderings, and in other cases, some departures: an interesting peek into Pavis’ artistic process. Painted to illustrate a never-released edition of the book, by Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (“Crébillon Fils”). (#053088)
A Manual Of The Ojebway Language
WILSON, Rev. Edward F. THE OJEBWAY LANGUAGE: A Manual for Missionaries and Others Employed among the Ojebway Indians/ In Three Parts: Part I : The Grammar. Part II: Dialogue and Exercises. Part III: The Dictionary. Toronto: S. P. C. K., 1874. 1st edition. pp. v, 412. Square 12mo. Bound in original black cloth with lettering embossed in blind. TThe title is embossed in blind on the front board. The cloth is chipped but with no major defects. The spine has been very skillfully re-backed (the repair is virtually unnoticable) and the tender hinges have been professionally repaired. There is an early ink signature on the front free endpaper. There are a few spots of foxing to the margins, otherwise the contents are in exceptionally clean condition. A very nice copy of a scarce text in its original format. Hardcover.
The Reverend Edward Francis Wilson (1844-1915) was a prominent Anglican missionary and clergyman who emigrated from England to Canada in 1865 with the intention of becoming a farmer. However, he decided to undertake religious studies instead, and attended Huron College, in London, Ontario. He was ordained a deacon in 1867 and joined the Anglican Church Missionary Society serving indigenous communities in Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas, eventually becoming principal of Shingwauk Indian Residential School, where he served from 1873 to 1892. In preparing this Grammar, Rev. Wilson relied on an earlier French language Grammar. He notes, in the Introduction, the occasional similarities between the Ojebway and Hebrew languages. This is the first (and, we believe, the only) edition published on behalf of The Venerable Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. (#9900044561)
The Love Poems of Livingston
LAYTON, Irving. The Love Poems of Irving Layton With Five Original Lithographs by Graham Coughtry. Toronto: Canadian Fine Editions, 1978. p. 101. Large 4to. Bound in full brown suede, with the title stamped in gilt to the front board, over and under a smaller reproduction of one of the artist’s lithographs, which has been tabbed to the board. All edges gilt. Each page of the text printed on an uncut quarto sheet. Each of the five tipped-in lithographs are hand-numbered and signed by the artist. Spine shows a bit of sunning. Small (one inch) ‘ghost’ of tape (?) to lower left of rear board, causing darkening to the suede. Pastedown to front board shows a touch of soiling. Binding otherwise tight and in very good condition. Contents pristine. A magnificent copy. Leather Bound.
Printed in 1978 in three editions: an unremarkable trade edition, a limited edition of two hundred copies, signed by author and artist, and bound in quarter suede and brown cloth, and this extraordinary – very special – edition, limited to thirty copies of which this is copy number 23, signed by both Layton and Coughtry at the colophon. (#9900040767)
Pynchon, Thomas. V.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1963. First edition. pp. 492. 8vo. Bound in lavender cloth with embossed v’s to the front board and silver lettering to spine. Publisher’s navy topstain; ochre endpapers. Moisture damage: bottom edge of text block rippled with a few faint spots, binding shows areas of discolouration, front board bowed, ink name and date to front endpaper; dustjacket split along rear joint, large chip at tail of spine, old price sticker to spine, some scuffing and creasing, moisture soiling, price-clipped flap. Hardcover.
First edition with publication information in a V-shape on copyright page. Dustjacket shows chapter summaries on rear panel. (#038036) $250.00
Phaedri [Phaedrus / Fedro] [Aesop].
[Aesop’s Fables] Phaedri Aug. Liberti Fabularum Aesopiarum Libri V. Notis illustravit in usum serenissimi principis Nassauii David Hoogstratanus. Accedunt ejusdem opera duo indices, […], quae observatu digna in notis occurrunt. Amsterdam: Typographia Francisci Halmae (F. Halma), 1701. 4to. Original vellum, hand-laid paper. Engraved half-title, letterpress red & black title page with allegorical engraved vignette. 18 full-page copper-engraved plates by Jan van Vianen (1660-1703), each featuring six circular images; plus 38 in-text reproductions, engraved decorative initials, and many head- and tailpieces. This copy includes the oft-missing fold-out engraved portrait of Joannes Gulielmus, Prince of Nassau. Front board slightly bowed; overall in excellent condition. Leather Bound. (#042853) $1,000.00