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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.
by Grahame, Kenneth, Charles Van Sandwyk Illustrator
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
Description:  2008, 1st Edition. (Softcover) As new. 105pp. Small square octavo. Original pictorial wrappers. New. Illustrated with colour and black and white photos. "In 1903-1906 Roald Amundsen established himself as a sailor and explorer of the first order when he successfully navigated the Gjoa through the entire length of the Northwest Passage, a treacherous ice-bound route that winds between the current northern Canadain mainland and Canada's Arctic islands. The expedition was a ... 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
Description: [0-9683820-4-5] 1999, 1st thus. (Hardcover issued without dust jacket) As new. , 383pp. Octavo with 3 folding maps and illustrations from photos + folding coloured reproduction of the separately issued Canadian Pacific Map of Canada. Bound in gilt lettered blue buckram with colour illustration on front cover. The first Canadian Rockies book written by a Canadian, as well as one of the most readable. A reproduction of the 1911 edition with a new introduction and illustrations, including a ... read more
Description: [0-9683820-2-9] 1998, 1st thus. (Hardcover issued without dust jacket) As new. , xv, 251pp. Small Octavo with 8 plates, and 1 Illustration in text plus folding map. Fine exact facsimile of the original edition in red cloth with a new introduction and portrait of the author. First book on the mountains in Canada. Because of Green's explorations the Chateau Lake Louise was situated in its present location. Publisher imprint: Canadian Mountaineering Classics 2. New introduction by Robert ... read more
Publisher: Nico Israel / Da Capa, Amsterdam / New York
Description: 1968, Facsimile Reprint of 1831 London Edition. (Hardcover issued without dust jacket) As new. 954pp. Two volumes Octavo with 23 plates (4 folding), 1 portrait and 3 maps (2 folding). Bound in simulated vellum. An extremely important voyage, as Beechey, in cooperation with Franklin and Parry, was attempting to locate a North-West passage. Beechey discovered several South Sea Islands and visited Tahiti and Pitcairn, where he met John Adams, survivor of the Bounty mutiny. Adams' lengthy account ... read more
Publisher: Arctic Institute of N.A., Calgary
Date published: 1985
Description: [0-919034-59-4] 1985, 1st. (Softcover) Fine. vii, 222pp. Octavo in original stiff teal card covers with Illustrations from photos and drawings. Signed by the author. Includes the American expeditions to Lady Franklin Bay and Point Barrow plus expeditions from Austria, Sweden, Russia, etc. Series: A.I.N.A. Technical Paper 29. read more
Publisher: Arctic Institute of N.A., Calgary
Date published: 1983
Description: [0-919034-57-8] 1983, 1st Edition. (Trade paperback) Fine. ix, 124p. Octavo with illustrations from photos and drawings. Based on two archaeological surveys of the MacKenzie Basin, Northwest Territories, in the early 1970's, undertaken in anticipation of the proposed MacKenzie Valley pipeline. The studies involved locating prehistoric and historic archaelogical sites along the MacKenzie River and the interior regions east and west of the river. Series: A.I.N.A. Technical Paper 28. read more