Aquila Books specializes in books dealing with Polar Exploration, Western Canadiana, Mountaineering, the Canadian Pacific Railway, Early Voyages as well as many other areas. We also deal in antique maps and prints, historic photos, autograph letters, postcards, antique scientific instruments and antique bookcases. In the following pages you may explore some of the items available at Aquila Books. Please contact us if you have any questions. Wants lists are always welcome.
Aquila Books was started in 1984 in the basement of my home. Since then Aquila has grown, and we have now maintained a retail shop for over 25 years. We are located on the Trans-Canada Highway in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and are just 20 minutes away from the Calgary International Airport. We have our own parking lot at the rear of the store and additional parking is close by if needed. Our office hours are Monday to Saturday 10:30 - 5:30 and other times by appointment. We are flexible in this and there is often staff in the store from 9-6 Monday to Saturday but please call ahead if you plan to stop by outside of regular office hours. Our street address is: 826 16th Ave N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 0J9.
2005, 1st Edition. (Hardcover in slipcase) Fine. 252 pp. Octavo. Elaboratately illustrated green cloth with inset pictorial paper label on front. Pictorial endpapers also illustrated by van Sandwyk. Includes a decorative grey / green slipcase in fine condition. Kenneth Grahame wrote the Wind in the Willows in 1908 and this edition follows the original Methuen and Co text. Charles van Sandwyk is an award winning Canadian artist. He has illustrated books including the Parade to Paradise, Sketches ...
1930, 1st Edition. (Hardcover) Very good. vii, 320; vii, 321-640; vii, 641-992pp. Quarto. 3 vols. All three with dark blue cloth covered boards, stamped decoration and gilt lettering on spine and front cover. Some of the boards lightly bowed. Wear to cloth especially at spine and corners, with some light bumping. Light rubbing and some staining to the boards. Clean endpapers with mild foxing. Several full colour plates throughout the volumes as well as many B / W photos and illustrations within ...
2010, 4th printing. (Softcover) Fine in fine dust jacket. Unpaginated. Oblong octavo. Illustrated with 16 plates from coloured paintings of animals, plants and birds (including frontispiece). Original green wrappers. Maroon dust jacket with copper lettering, decoration and coloured mounted illustration of an owl on front cover. Charles Van Sandwyk is a Vancouver artist and author who has attained renowned status and won numerous awards as a fantasy artist. His paintings can be found in the ...
Publisher: Baudouin Frères, Paris
Description: 1828. () Very good. 439; 438 + 33 coloured plates, 87 engravings. 2 vols. Quarto. Contemporary 3 / 4 blue calf, marbled boards. Gilded, stamped spines; gilt rules to same. Some wear to corners and edges of boards. Marbled endpapers; discreet armorial bookplates to both volumes. Second bookplate to verso of front fly (vol.1), signed letter (dates 21 Août, 1834) bound in at front of same, further signed inscription to fly. Engraved frontis; adhesive offset to title page of first volume from ... Read More
Description:  2010, 1st Edition. (Softcover) As new. 119pp. Small square octavo. Original pictorial wrappers. New. Illustrated with colour and black and white photos. "This book tells the amazing story of the Belgica Expedition and the crew of the Belgica's struggle for survival in the Antarctic pack ice. It is fully illustrated with Roald Amundsen's personal collection of photos from the expedition and contains several excerpts from his diary. The book includes Emile Racovitza's funny hand ... Read More
Publisher: Thomas Allen, Toronto
Description: 1923, 1st Edition. () Very good in good dust jacket. 2p.l., 149, pp. 16 mo in original stiff card covers. Coloured dust jacket is pasted onto covers as was released. Dust jacket is worn and chipped at edges. There is some light soiling to the back of the jacket. Clean text block with some light pencil markings on front free endpaper. Scarce. A lovely copy. The fifth work of published fiction by the famous Canadian feminist, politician, and social activist. Canadian Author. Read More
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver
Date published: 1984
Description: [0-88894-439-X] 1984, 1st edition. (Hardcover) Fine in fine dust jacket. 240pp. Octavo. Illustrated with photos (including frontispiece). Green endpapers. Original grey cloth with silver lettering on spine in dust jacket. Read More
Description: [no date], revised edition. (Hardcover) Good. 103, +6pp. Octavo. Original red blindstamped cloth. Minor ink notation on page 71. Front hinge cracked. Notation on front pastedown in green pencil. Lacking front free endpaper. Damp stains to front, spine and back covers. Wear to edges and corners. Staining to back and front endpapers and front and back covers. Lettering on front cover faded. An interesting book on estimating the strengths of liquor according to temperatures. Read More
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver
Date published: 1985
Description: [0-88894-445-4] 1984, 1st edition. (Hardcover) Fine in fine dust jacket. 298pp. Octavo. Illustrated with plates from photos. Original blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine in dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers. The whole story of the beef cattle market dominating the west. A colourful tale of entertaining charactors and interesting history. Read More