Saturday, October 27, 2018

Review of J. Fenwick Lansdowne Bird Book Collection.

We received a very positive review from Rare Book Hub.

The J. Fenwick Lansdowne Bird Book Collection from Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller

 The J. Fenwick Lansdowne Bird Book Collection from Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller  - by Michael Stillman

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

John Audubon. BIRDS OF AMERICA. First edition. 8vo.

                                                        Publisher’s Deluxe Edition
Audubon, John James. THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. 7 Volumes. New York & Philadelphia: J. J. Audubon and J. B. Chevalier, 1840–1844. 1st octavo edition.  Complete.
500 hand-colored lithographed plates after Audubon by W. E. Hitchcock; R. Trembly and others, printed and colored by J. T. Bowen, with tissue guards. Numerous wood-engraved text illustrations. Half-titles and list of subscribers in each volume. Publisher's deluxe original full russet morocco binding with splendidly gilt Washington sea-eagle on front and back boards. Elaborate gilt tooling of spine compartments. All volumes re-backed. A fine set.

Vol. 1: 256pp. 70 plates
Vol. 2: 205pp. 70 plates
Vol. 3: 233pp. 70 plates
Vol. 4: 321pp. 70 plates
Vol. 5: 346pp. 70 plates
Vol. 6: 457pp. 70 plates
Vol. 7: 371pp. 80 plates


Monday, June 25, 2018

Part One of the J. Fenwick Lansdowne Bird Book Collection.

We are pleased to announce our forthcoming catalogue of the Bird Book Collection of J. Fenwick Lansdowne with some extraordinary and beautifully illustrated books devoted to birds in North America, South America, Asia, and other countries. The cover illustration comes from Dr. Reichenow's VOGELBILDER AUS FERNEN ZONEN. 1878-1883.

If you wish to receive a printed copy,
please contact us at 
or 1 250 381-2230
 the PDF version is now available on the website

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

TREASURES EAST AND WEST: An Exhibition and Sale of fine antiques, fine art, rare books, vintage photographs and more! April 21-22, 2018 at Vancouver Lipont Art Centre.

TREASURES EAST AND WEST: An Exhibition and Sale of fine antiques, fine art, rare books, vintage photographs and more! 

April 21-22, 2018 at Vancouver Lipont Art Centre.

We will be offering for sale a large selection of historical, decorative and artistic treasures from China and Japan, Canada and Europe.  Including fine antiques and furniture, fine art, a wide selection of rare books, documents, posters, ephemera, photographs and much more. 

Discover for yourself some of what is being offered:

Catalogue 65 Winter 2018 is now available.

Catalogue 65 is devoted to the Arctic and Northern Regions, Western Canada, Western Canadian photographs and Interesting Canadiana.  We invite your inquiries. Click here to go to the PDF.

Featured items include:


"Imperial" Cabinet card photographs of Ranching in Alberta, 1890s.

An early photograph of Skidgate, Queen Charlotte Islands

And many more rare and beautiful items.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rare Books, Vintage Photographs & Archives Wanted. Will travel.

First Nations of British Columbia
Rare Books and Libraries Wanted. Buying Vintage Photo Albums and Historical Documents.  History, Arctic, Travel and Exploration, Science and Medicine, Old illustrated books in German, Vintage photographs of German culture, and so much more.  Also seeking anything related to Missionaries and Diplomats in China (pre-1949).  Also buying books in the Chinese language, especially art and books on antiques, Chinese works of art on paper, including photographs.

We are also looking for anything related to Japanese POW camps in Canada.  Missionaries in British Columbia and the Prairies.

 If you have something special, give us a call.  We will travel almost anywhere in Canada to investigate suitable material.  Thanks in advance!  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rare Books and Libraries Wanted. Visiting Kelowna + Vernon on Feb. 24/25 2017

Sample items we are interested in.  

 Thanks in Advance!


 A large archive purchased and then sorted into binders.
SOLD to an Institution.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

NEW ARRIVALS: Musician Signed Photographs - Rachmaninoff, Heifetz, Segovia, Menhuin, Van Cliburn, and many more.

We recently acquired a great group of Musician signed vintage photographs including famous musicians such as Rachmaninoff, Heifetz, Segovia, Menhuin, Van Cliburn, and many more.

 We have also acquired vintage and exotic Travel Photographs from places such as Ceylon,  Malaysia,  Venice,  China,  Burma, Egypt ...
(Please enquire)

Included in the new arrivals, we have acquired

Captain Cook's Third Voyage

Includes a folding view of "The Death of Cook" not found with the first edition. This publication is based on the official account of Cook's Third Voyage, but was adapted for a wider public by leaving out technical details. The plates are based on those found in the first edition, but have been re-engraved for this edition.


Belcher, Edward.  THE LAST OF THE ARCTIC VOYAGES. Being a Narrative of the Expedition in H.M.S. Assistance, Under the Command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., in Search of Sir John Franklin, during the Years 1852-53-54.  With Notes on the Natural History, by Sir John Richardson, Professor Owen, Thomas Bell, J.W. Salter, and Lovell Reeve.  London: Lovell Reeve, 1855.  2 volumes.  xx + 383pp; vii + 419pp.  36 lithographic plates (12 of which are coloured), 25 text illustrations, 4 charts (3 of which are folding).  Early 20th Century half crimson morocco and cloth boards, raised bands, gilt.    An attractively bound set. 

Belcher led the Admiralty-sponsored five-ship expedition to Wellington Channel in the spring of 1852.  Dividing the squadron into 2 parts, with the North Star remaining at Beechey Island as a base, Belcher sailed with the Assistance and the Pioneer under Sherard Osborn through the Wellington Channel.  The expedition made numerous discoveries there and subsequent sledging parties discovered further islands on their journeys westward.  At this time, the other two expedition ships, Resolute and Intrepid, rescued the crew of M’Clure’s Investigator expedition, also searching for Franklin and the first to travel through the North West passage.  Belcher finally sailed back towards Lancaster Sound, but the expedition ships were unable to penetrate the pack ice and all were eventually abandoned, the crews returning to the North Star.  On his return home, Belcher was court-martialled for his decision to abandon the expedition ships, but acquitted.  [AB 1241] 


We have recently acquired a small collection of rare arctic books.


Lesson, R. P.  HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX DE PARADIS ET DES ÉPIMAQUES. Paris: Arthus Bertrand.  [1834-1835]. First edition. 4to --Large paper copy. [4] + viii +248pp + [4]. 43 beautiful hand coloured plates ( some large plates double page )--printed in colour and finished by hand by Jean Gabriel Prêtre and Paul Louis Oudart. In near contemporary deluxe full morocco, probably by a French bookbinder, with ornate arabesque corners front and back boards. Handsome copy with plates brightly coloured.

René Primevère Lesson (1794-1849) was a surgeon on board the "Coquille" on Duperrey's circumnavigation of the Pacific (1822 to 1825). Lesson's work on this voyage earned him a place among the prominent French naturalists of the period, including Dumont d'Urville (who was second-in-command on the voyage). The book was initially issued in parts, in 8vo format. This copy intended as a large paper copy, measuring thus 12" x 9", instead of 9" x 6".   Listed in FINE BIRD BOOKS.

From the J. Fenwick Lansdowne Bird Book collection who is best known in British Columbia for BIRDS OF THE WEST COAST, 2 volumes.

Phone for the price 1 888 869-5459   Catalog anticipated early Summer 2016

One of the thrills of working as an antiquarian bookseller is to be offered private libraries. In the summer of 2015, we acquired a notable collection which nearly filled the van.

Your Inquiries are welcome 1 888 869-5459