Thursday, February 29, 2024

Andreas Vesalius's annotated 1555 masterpiece DE HUMANIS CORPORIS FABRICA LIBRI SEPTEM

How a Defective Book Bought at Auction Became a $1.8 Million Win for a North Vancouver Book Collector

By Bjarne Tokerud

Published in the Rare Book Monthly

March 1 2024

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The story of the discovery and sale of Andreas Vesalius's annotated copy:




Photographs © Bjarne Tokerud. Copyright reserved.


For a superb analysis of the historical importance of the annotations, Dr. Vivian Nutton's article can be found by clicking here.



Dr. Vivian Nutton: "Vesalius, as contemporaries agreed, was a brilliant anatomist, and his book changed the whole development of anatomy. "

Thursday, September 9, 2021

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Vancouver Rare Book, Photograph and Paper Show October 12 and 13, 2019

We will be exhibiting a wide range of antiquarian and collectible books, photographs and ephemera at the Vancouver Rare Book Photograph and Paper Show on October12 and 13, 2019 at Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street.
Saturday, October 12 – 9:00AM to 5:00PM; 
Sunday, October 13 – 10:00AM to 3:00PM

Admission: $10.00 (good for both days)
We will offering several collections of fine leather bindings

We will also be offering--

Kane, Paul.  WANDERINGS OF AN ARTIST AMONG THE INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA From Canada to Vancouver’s Island and Oregon Through the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Territory and Back Again.  London: Longman and others, 1859.  1st edition.  xvii + 1pp (list of illustrations) + 455pp + 7pp (appendix) + 24pp (advertisements).  8 chromolithograph plates. Folding partly-coloured map, 16 woodcut illustrations.  Publisher’s gilt blind-stamped russet cloth, minor handling.  Text, plates, and map clean and fine.  Scarce in this condition.

Paul Kane (1810-1871) is best known for his paintings and sketches of Indigenous people during the 1840s.  After a short sojourn between Toronto and Sault Ste. Marie in 1845, he secured the support of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and travelled with their canoe brigades to western Canada.  He visited the Red River settlement, and then passed through the Saskatchewan valley, across the Rocky Mountains and down the Columbia River to Fort Vancouver in the Oregon Territory, and thence along the shores of Puget Sound to Vancouver Island where he stopped off at Fort Victoria.  Kane sketched and painted the people he encountered on his travels, and documented their way of life. Upon his return to Toronto, Kane exhibited his work.  The exhibition met with great success.  With the support of Sir George Simpson, his book was published in London. 


Another Western Canadian Treasure
that will be exhibited
Dobbs, Arthur. AN ACCOUNT OF THE COUNTRIES ADJOINING TO HUDSON’S BAY, IN THE NORTH-WEST PART OF AMERICA: Containing a Description of their Lakes and Rivers, the Nature of the Soil and Climates, and their Methods of Commerce, &c. Shewing the Benefit to be made by settling Colonies, and opening a Trade in these Parts; whereby the French will be deprived in a great Measure of their Traffick in Furs, and the Communication between Canada and Mississippi be cut off. With An Abstract of Captain Middleton’s Journal, and Observations upon his Behaviour during his Voyage, and since his Return. 
London: Printed for J. Robinson, 1744. 4to (large paper copy: 28.4 cm). 1st edition. 1pp (title page) + ii + 211pp. Large folding engraved map. Early 20th Century signed binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe: three-quarter chocolate morocco and marbled boards, raised bands, gilt. Very clean and wide-margined.

Monday, March 11, 2019


UBC Library acquires the personal archives of Hanne Wassermann Walker which also documents her friendship with Vienna photographer Trude Fleischmann...

One of the most interesting archives of photographs and documents we have ever handled has recently been acquired by UBC Library, Rare Books and Special Collections.

In the near future, we will tell the story of amazing discovery of the Hanne Wassermann Walker Archive 32 years ago.

For a quick summary: 

UBC Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections (RBSC) has acquired the personal archive of Hanne Wassermann Walker (1893-1985), a significant figure of pre-WWII Viennese cultural and social life. Her remarkable story has been relatively unknown until now. Born in Vienna to a Jewish family, Hanne Wassermann Walker left Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938. After living briefly in England, and then in New York, she went on to emigrate to Canada, taking up residence in Vancouver and later North Vancouver with her second husband, George Dickson Walker. She became a resident of British Columbia in 1943. A well-known figure of Viennese society during the 1920s and 1930s, Wassermann Walker was at the forefront of the Weimar-era body culture movement. Her school of gymnastics and health manuals for women brought her international fame and recognition from reputed medical institutions and clinical specialists. Among her correspondents, friends and students were film stars, artists and members of the European aristocracy.

One of the highlights is the collection of documents and photographs tracing Wassermann Walker’s life-long friendship with Trude Fleischmann, ranked among the most significant portrait-photographers of the 20th century. Not unlike HanneWassermann herself, Trude Fleischmann was forced to leave Vienna during the war, to relaunch her career on the North American continent. The archive contains hundreds of photographs taken by Fleischmann during the height of Wassermann Walker’s successful career in Vienna.

For the full UBC Library press release: