TRILLIUM ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS
Trillium's Catalogue of Antiquarian Books comprises several collections-- Country Life, Natural
History, Canadiana, Literature, Images, and Curiosities. The Trillium Antiquarian Catalogue always will
be of a modest size, but I hope it always will be worthy of your interest. You can explore our
collections when you visit our web site at www.trilliumbooks.ca.
One way or another, these antiquarian books address the need 'to be versed in country things'. You
will find, for example, English farming books from the 18th century, books for anglers, whether by fly
or worm, dating almost back to Walton, gardening and horticulture books, studies of apiculture and
classic landscape design. Almost any part of the world will do, so long as there are flowers or fish or
bees. Because I am someone who has tried his hand at farming, you may find a special antiquarian
book on barns or cattle raising or you may find early seed catalogues or herbals with cures and
potions which sometimes worked.
ANTIQUARIAN NATURAL HISTORY
Almost any part of the world will do, too, when it comes to early studies of Natural History. My
earliest interest is ornithology, birds and bird books, and so, while you are unlikely to find an
elephant folio Audubon in the collection, Alexander Wilson's bird books likely will be on offer or
Bewick's or Morris's. Look for early geographies and look for botanical studies of native North
American and European plants published on either side of the eighteenth- nineteenth century divide. I
do not shrink from some Latin here. Much of our early scientific, as distinct from mythic, zoology
(botany, too) originated with the observations of travelers and explorers (that, after all, is where
Darwin came in), and therefore you will find journals and memoirs of those who journeyed in the
name of science or merely out of curiosity to the Arctic, the Yucatan, or the outskirts of Philadelphia.
Our Canadiana collection cuts across all the other categories and some others to boot. It certainly
includes interesting editions of the work of early settlers in this part of English Canada-- the
Strickland sisters, Susannah Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, and later arrivals such as Robertson
Davies; but you will find as well works on the Canadian arctic and the commentaries of British visitors
or wandering Americans, together perhaps with the only Golden Cockerel publication of a Canadian
Our Literature Collection casts a wide net and catches sermons, novels, essays, poems, letters, and
satiric sketches. You may find a 17th century translation of The Consolation of Philosophy or a copy
of The Catcher in the Rye in just the right dust wrapper. As someone who started out as a middle
American and not an Upper Canadian, I am always on the lookout for an early Mark Twain or
something unusual by the other kid from Newark, Stephen Crane.
ANTIQUE IMAGES, ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, MAPS
If you examine under magnification a Bewick wood-engraving (even a tail-piece at a chapter end),
you will begin to understand something about the relation of image and text. Sometimes the images
collected here still reside with their texts, as in the illustrated books you will find here, but sometimes
they have been separated (courtesy of the book-breaker or simple entropy) and are offered in this
collection as separate maps, lithographs, wood-engravings, or wood-cuts of interest in their own
A COLLECTION OF CURIOSITIES
I find an illustrated technical monograph on cockroaches or a treatise on water dowsing by a German
count hard to resist and therefore have decided not to. Look for intriguing oddities such as these in
this collection-- a commercial fisher would call them the by-catch and pitch them into the sea from
whence they came, but these are too good to throw back.
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