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TANKS ARE A MIGHTY FINE THING (subscriber's edition complete)
Vancouver: William Hoffer, 1987.
Quarto, five books and two portfolios in blue cloth box. Subscriber's edition, #38 / 150. Fine. Contains: Tanks 1.1 - Marius Kociejowski. "The Machine Minders" (signed); Tanks 1.2 - W.P. Kinsella, "Five Stories" (signed & numbered); Tanks 1.3 - Norm Sibum. "Eight Poems" (signed & numbered); Tanks 1.4 - George Faludy, "Corpses, Brats and Cricket Music" (signed & numbered with a signed hand coloured lithograph by Herbert Siebner); Tanks 1.5 - Elizabeth Smart, "Autobiographies" (numbered); Tanks 1.6 - Glenn Golouska., "El Lissitzky, The Topography of Typography, (hand printed at the Nightshade Press); and Tanks 1.7 - George McWhirter, "The Voyeur and the Countess Wielopolska" (signed, and with two signed lithographs by Dianne Ostoich, also hand printed at the Nightshade Press. It is believed that fewer than 85 sets were actually assembled. Bill Hoffer's quixotic protest against government funding of writing. "The Machine Minders has been published in objection to the continued creation of State Literature through government subsidies to the Arts. The first volume of TANKS will consist of five books, all of which share the characteristic of being objectionable to the government." It's hard to imagine what was objectionable to the government outside of Hoffer's fevered brain. As any sort of attack of consequence, a complete failure, but as nicely made books which matter, a success. Note: Note: 2.5 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.
$500.00 Book Number: 42291 Order / Enquire
HERE AND NOW. Vol I, No. 3
Issue for Jan. 1949. Square quarto, card covers. pp (88), including ads and 8 pp b&w reproductions on glossy paper of paintings by Alfred Pellan. Spine lightly yellowed, lightly rubbed, VG+ otherwise. Third issue (of four) of this important Canadian little mag, Edited by Catherine Harmon. Prose by Roy Daniells, Jean Cocteau, Paul Arthur, Harry Roskolenko, A.M. Klein (on Joyce), and Ralph Gustafson. Paul Duval writes on Pellan's art, including a short interview. Poetry by R.A.D. Ford, Avison, Colleen Thibadeau, Gustafson, Finch, Dudek, Klein, Wilkinson, and a few others.
$25.00 Book Number: 42296 Order / Enquire
FIVE- O'CLOCK SHADOWS: George Amabile, Leonard Gasparini, Seymour Mayne, Ted Plantos, George Swede
Toronto: Letters Bookshop, 1996.
Octavo, fine copy. Poetry anthology.
$10.00 Book Number: 42508 Order / Enquire
SOUVENIR BOOKLET COMMEMORATING THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH, NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO. June 10,11,12, and 13, 1945
Niagara Falls, ON: St. Patrick's Holy Name Society, 1945.
Quarto, pp (56) (pp 37 to 56 are ads), plus textured onion skin fly leaves front and rear, stapled, in tan textured card covers. Minor cover soiling; corner crease to front fly leaf, near fine otherwise. Roman Catholic church. Many photos. The church still stands. AMICUS locates at Brock U only. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced, depending upon your location.
$30.00 Book Number: 42866 Order / Enquire
THE ADOPTED DAUGHTER; or, the trials of Sabra. A tale of real life. Third edition - revised and amended
Montreal: John Lovell, Printer, 1867.
16mo, 17 cm. Original green cloth decorated in blind, title in gilt on front cover. pp 196. Skinning to pastedowns from removed labels, minor wear to spine ends; small soil spots and foxing on just a few pages; else a VG tight and unworn copy. Contains the author's Preface to the Second Edition: "The following Narrative is one of real life. The object of the Authoress in presenting it to the public is to encourage those to persevere who are left to depend on their own exertions. She has endeavored to present it in language that will have a moral and religious influence upon the minds of those who may peruse it. This is the sincere wish of The Writer". Religious fiction set in Massachusetts, Western New York, and Upper Canada (Kingston area). First published Ogdensburg, NY, 1858, in an edition of 5000 copies, with the second, revised edition published by Lovell in Montreal in 1863. There was a fourth edition in 1873, Wright, American Fiction , Vol. II, p 29. Watters p. 238. Old time Toronto bookseller Dora Hood attributed authorship to Mrs. H.E. McDonald, while Cindy Weinstein, in Family, Kinship and Sympathy in Nineteenth Century American Literature (p 200) identifies the author as Sarah Elizabeth Harper Monmouth (1829-87). I have some doubts about Ms Weinstein's attribution but have not consulted her book to learn what evidence she had. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$50.00 Book Number: 43780 Order / Enquire
THE CANADIAN ROSE BUD SONG BOOK. Containing all the Popular Songs of the Day.
Toronto: A.S. Irving, no date [ca. 1870],
16mo, 16.5 cm. pp (v)-(x), 11-99, sewn, in original pink pictorial paper covers. Covers, title page, and last (blank) page damp stained; back strip perished and shallow chipping along inner margins, all neatly repaired with rice paper (loss of one letter and parts of two digits on rear cover); page edges browned; in all, a good copy, tight in the binding, text clean and unworn, of a fragile little book. Front cover says that this is "No. 2", and the rear cover solicits agents to sell Irving's edition of Mark Twain's THE INNOCENTS ABROAD. The book contains only words, no music. Publication would have been somewhere between 1867 and 1874, the years Irving was in business at the 35 King Street West address given on the front cover, though ca. 1870 seems a good bet. Irving's edition of THE INNOCENTS ABROAD was published in 1870. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$75.00 Book Number: 43822 Order / Enquire
VOICES OF VICTORY: representative poetry of Canada in wartime
Toronto: Macmillan, 1941.
Blue cloth. pp (xiv), 97 + frontispiece. Advance copy for review with Macmillans in Canada bookplate inside front cover. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Dust jacket has light yellowit to spine and margins of panels, a few small chips and tears, VG otherwise. An anthology sponsored by The Poetry Group, Toronto Branch, Canadian Authors' Association. Foreword by Charles G.D. Roberts. Contributions by Arthur S. Bourinot, Charles Bruce, Leo Kennedy, Kenneth Leslie, Dorothy Livesay, E.J. Pratt, T.G. Roberts, Duncan Campbell Scott, Frederick George Scott, Arthur Stringer, and many others.
$20.00 Book Number: 43989 Order / Enquire
VOIX DES POÈTES
Montréal: Éditions Variétés, 1945.
Card covers. pp (248). Advance copy for revies. Spine yellowed, corner crease to front cover, VG otherwise. W.E. Collin's copy with his catalogue card laid in. An anthology of Québec poetry.
$15.00 Book Number: 44383 Order / Enquire
NEW PROVINCES. Poems of Several Authors.
Toronto: Macmillan, 1936.
Variant in light mid-green lettered in black, with page size of 205 x 125 mm. (x), 77 pp. Fine copy. Light green jacket has tiny chips to tips of age-darkened, lightly rubbed blank spine; lesser age-darkening to panels, small dark spots to rear panel, VG otherwise. INSCRIBED BY ROBERT FINCH "Morley from Robert. 1941". Finch has also crossed out the last stanza of his poem "The Hammers" (p. 9) and supplied a new text in ink "And one is hurled / a record throw / to prove the distance/ faith can go." Nice copy of one of the most important books in the history of English-Canadian poetry, being the FIRST ANTHOLOGY OF CANADIAN MODERNIST POETRY. Edited with an uncredited four paragraph preface by F.R. Scott. Contributions by Robert Finch, Leo Kennedy, A.M. Klein, E.J. Pratt, F.R. Scott, and A.J.M. Smith (not all were modernists). Published in the dark days of the Depression after some years of delay and the sacrifice of A.J. M. Smith's original preface, in an edition of 500 copies. It seems to me there is a decent chance that this copy was inscribed by Finch to fellow Toronto writer Morley Callaghan, Morley being a somewhat uncommon name, but I can offer no proof.
$450.00 Book Number: 44736 Order / Enquire
FOUR PARTS SAND
Ottawa: (Oberon), 1972.
Beige printed boards. Fine copy. Dust jacket has short tears; tanning to lower margin of front panel; just good. Publisher's with compliments slip laid in. Concrete poems by Earle Birney, Judith Copithorne, bill bissett, and Andrew Suknaski.
$18.00 Book Number: 44739 Order / Enquire
Variations sur trois thèmes.
Montréal: Les Editions Fernand Pilon, 1946.
Card covers. pp (451). VG copy. Contains Le théâtre par Jean Béraud, Le cinéma par Léon Franque. et La musique par Marcel Valois.This was Canadian scholar and frequent reviewer of French-Canadian literature W.E. Collin's copy. It has some light pencil notes and his catalogue card laid in.
$19.95 Book Number: 47571 Order / Enquire
Le vice-roi du Canada: roman historique
Montréal: Librairie générale canadienne, 1942.
Colour paper covers. 125 pp. Text paper browned, book just a little leaned, else a fine copy, page edges unopened. W.E. Collins's copy with his catalogue card laid in. A novel of Jacques Cartier.
$15.00 Book Number: 44394 Order / Enquire
Le petit théâtre scolaire
Montréal: Librairie générale canadienne, 1942.
Paper covers, pp (126). Text paper toned; front cover has a short tear to inner margin and is neatly reattached; small tears to spine neatly repaired, good copy otherwise.
$11.95 Book Number: 47538 Order / Enquire
Le génie du rocher percé. Cinquième mille
Montréal: Librairie générale canadienne, c1942,
Card covers, pp 80. Illustrated. Text paper yellowed, else fine. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.
$9.95 Book Number: 47541 Order / Enquire
Les aventures de frère renard (D'après saint François d'Assise et le fabuliste La Fontaine)
Montréal: Librairie générale canadienne, 1943.
Stapled in card covers, pp 80. Staples pulled away from inner margin of title leaf leaving tears; text paper tanned; near fine otherwise. This was Canadian scholar and frequent reviewer of French-Canadian literature W.E. Collin's copy. It has his catalogue card laid in. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.
$15.00 Book Number: 47542 Order / Enquire
Le bonhomme misère
Montréal: Librairie générale canadienne, 1943.
Stapled in card covers, pp 75. Staples pulled away from inner margin of title leaf leaving tears; text paper tanned; VG+ otherwise. This was Canadian scholar and frequent reviewer of French-Canadian literature W.E. Collin's copy. It has his catalogue card laid in. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.
$15.00 Book Number: 47564 Order / Enquire
I SHOUT LOVE. ON SHAVING OFF HIS BEARD. The Illustrations Are by Michael Sowdon.
Toronto: Village Book Store Press., 1971.
24mo. Plain grey card covers, in mustard dust jacket. Fine copy. Not issued in hardcover. Two long poems. Printed at The Coach House Press for this pioneer in the promotion and selling of modern small press Canadian poetry, the book was less than enthusiastically distributed owing to publisher Saint Marty Ahvenus' dissatisfaction with the production - pages bound out of sequence and poor registration. It is consequently somewhat uncommon today.
$50.00 Book Number: 42156 Order / Enquire
JACKPINE SONNETS (signed)
Toronto: Steel Rail, 1977.
The paper issue. Octavo, green card covers. pp 109, (3). Minute rubbing to spine ends, else fine. Signed by the author in green ink "Milton Acorn, July 14, 1977, Bastille Day". Poetry with some prose. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$45.00 Book Number: 42161 Order / Enquire
THE TAMARACK REVIEW (one of 26)
Vancouver: William Hoffer, 1988.
Quarto, brick cloth with cover label, marbled endpapers. pp , (4), . Single sheet folded to make four 21.6 x 27.9 cm pages. Designed by Penny Goldsmith, edition of 300 copies privately issued for distribution at the fourth Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair, March 11, 12 and 13, 1988. This is the bound issue, copy "C" of 26, handbound by Terry Rutherford, signed and lettered by "the discoverer and editor" Shlomo Katz, and printed on different paper. Laid in is a copy of the ordinary unbound issue. Fine copy. In a poem dated 3 March, 1967, Acorn rages against the important and long-running little mag of the same name. "I pronounce a serventes against The Tamarack Review / Who's turned down my lovliest poems....An editor of The Tamarack Review / Rises in life by spiral motion / Up the tunnel to Lucifer's bowels....For a woman to get published in The Tamarack Review / If she has a good husband, she must leave him; / Write sad existential letters about how he was so goddamn noble / She couldn't stand it, whilst laying the dirtiest / bastards in town" And so on. Acorn was briefly married in 1962 to poet Gwendolyn MacEwen, who did leave and who was published in The Tamarack Review, and certainly got laid. But there may be no connection.
$125.00 Book Number: 43756 Order / Enquire
JACKPINE SONNETS (inscribed)
Toronto: Steel Rail, 1977.
The paper issue. Octavo, green card covers. pp 109, (3). Light rubbing and soiling to covers, VG otherwise. Inscribed by the author "To Be or Not to Be Matthew Wherry. Milton Acorn. 1979". Acorn has also added a small drawing, as often. Matthew Wherry of London, Ontario, was a member of the Communist Party and editor of "Region" magazine. We once handled an Acorn ALS (29 Aug/, 1979) to Wherry. Acorn himself was pretty red. Poetry with some prose. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$60.00 Book Number: 43757 Order / Enquire