Books & Reference: From the Library of Dennis Reid

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Artwork by Books and Reference, A Collection of Twenty-Six Modern Art Reference Books
Lot #191
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Collection of Twenty-Six Modern Art Reference Books

26 books
Full listing in catalogue details
11 x 9 x 1 in ( 27.9 x 22.9 x 2.5 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $20.00
Next bid is: $30.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Collection of Sixteen French Canadian History Books
Lot #192
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Collection of Sixteen French Canadian History Books

16 books
Full listing in catalogue details.
9.5 x 6.5 x 2 in ( 24.1 x 16.5 x 5.1 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Ten Sculpture Reference Books
Lot #193
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Ten Sculpture Reference Books

10 books
Full listing in catalogue details.
12 x 10 x 0.5 in ( 30.5 x 25.4 x 1.3 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $20.00
Next bid is: $30.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Collection of Eighteen American Art Reference Books
Lot #194
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Collection of Eighteen American Art Reference Books

18 books
Full listing in catalogue details.
12 x 9 x 0.5 in ( 30.5 x 22.9 x 1.3 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $20.00
Next bid is: $30.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Collection of Fourteen Victorian Art Reference Books on Printmaking
Lot #195
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Collection of Fourteen Victorian Art Reference Books on Printmaking

14 books
Full listing in catalogue details
13 x 9.5 x 1 in ( 33 x 24.1 x 2.5 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $20.00
Next bid is: $30.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Seventeen Art Reference Books on Pablo Picasso and Cubism
Lot #196
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Seventeen Art Reference Books on Pablo Picasso and Cubism

17 books
Full listing in catalogue details
12.5 x 9.3 x 0.5 in ( 31.8 x 23.6 x 1.3 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $20.00
Next bid is: $30.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Collection of Twelve Canadian History Books
Lot #197
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Collection of Twelve Canadian History Books

12 books
Full listing in catalogue details.
9.5 x 6.5 x 1 in ( 24.1 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Collection of Nineteen French Artist Reference Books
Lot #198
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Collection of Nineteen French Artist Reference Books

19 books
Full listing in catalogue details.
13 x 10.5 x 2 in ( 33 x 26.7 x 5.1 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Nineteen British Art Reference Books
Lot #199
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Nineteen British Art Reference Books

19 books
Full listing in catalogue details
12.5 x 9.5 x 1 in ( 31.8 x 24.1 x 2.5 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $20.00
Next bid is: $30.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Fourteen British Landscape Art Reference Books
Lot #200
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Fourteen British Landscape Art Reference Books

14 books
Full listing in catalogue details
12 x 8.5 x 1 in ( 30.5 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Twelve Art Reference Books on Georgia O'Keefe
Lot #201
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Twelve Art Reference Books on Georgia O'Keefe

12 books
Full listing in catalogue details
12.5 x 9.7 x 1 in ( 31.8 x 24.6 x 2.5 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Twelve Artist Reference Books
Lot #202
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Twelve Artist Reference Books

12 books
Full listing in catalogue details
12 x 9.2 x 0.5 in ( 30.5 x 23.4 x 1.3 cm ) ( largest )

Auction Estimate: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Collection of Twenty-One Art Reference Books
Lot #203
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Collection of Twenty-One Art Reference Books

21 books
Full listing in catalogue details
14.6 x 11 x 1.2 in ( 37.1 x 27.9 x 3 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Nineteen Reference Books on Canadian History
Lot #204
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Nineteen Reference Books on Canadian History

19 books
Full listing in catalogue details
11.5 x 8.7 x 1.5 in ( 29.2 x 22.1 x 3.8 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Eighteen English and Victorian Artist Reference Books
Lot #205
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Eighteen English and Victorian Artist Reference Books

18 books
Full listing in catalogue details
12.3 x 8.6 x 1.3 in ( 31.2 x 21.8 x 3.3 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Twenty-Seven Exhibition Catalogues
Lot #206
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Twenty-Seven Exhibition Catalogues

27 books
Full listing in catalogue details
12 x 9.5 x 0.7 in ( 30.5 x 24.1 x 1.8 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Seventeen Victorian Artist Reference Books
Lot #207
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Seventeen Victorian Artist Reference Books

17 books
Full listing in catalogue details
11.5 x 9.8 x 1 in ( 29.2 x 24.9 x 2.5 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Eleven Photography Reference Books
Lot #208
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Eleven Photography Reference Books

11 books
Full listing in catalogue details
8.07 x 9.06 x 0.59 in ( 20.5 x 23 x 1.5 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $20.00
Next bid is: $30.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Twelve Photography Reference Books
Lot #209
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Twelve Photography Reference Books

12 books
Full listing in catalogue details.
12.5 x 9.5 x 1 in ( 31.8 x 24.1 x 2.5 cm ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $110.00
Next bid is: $120.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

Artwork by Books and Reference, A Selection of Twelve Artist Reference Books
Lot #210
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Selection of Twelve Artist Reference Books

12 books
Full listing in catalogue details
36.83 x 37.59 x 2.54 cm ( 14.5 x 14.8 x 1 in ) ( Largest )

Auction Estimate: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Next bid is: $20.00

Closes July 23rd at 04:15:00 PM EDT

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From the Library of Dennis Reid

The books at auction here are from the library of the widely respected Canadian art historian Dennis Reid, C.M. (1943–2023). He began his fifty-two-year career in 1967 as an assistant curator at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and subsequently became a curator and then chief curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as professor of Canadian art history at the University of Toronto. The numerous exhibitions of Canadian art, both historical and contemporary, that he organized for venues at home and internationally were notable for their innovative exploration of traditional, avant-garde, and Indigenous art practice. A skilful writer, Reid produced three editions of A Concise History of Canadian Painting, as well as many exhibition catalogues and contributions to other publications. His library of probably 10,000 books, mostly on art and Canadiana, housed everywhere in his Kensington Market condo, was also his passion. 

The stamp in red ink at the front of the books is the name Dennis Reid in Chinese characters and serves as his Ex Libris signature. It’s in every book he acquired after about 1975. That year he went to China and fell in love with all things Chinese, his experience deeply affecting him for the rest of his life.

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