The list below provides a comprehensive starting point regarding ephemera associated with the art books of Charles van Sandwyk for the interested collector. It includes various exhibition posters, prospectuses, and other interesting items that were released along with the books, ranging from letters from Toad of Toad Hall (Wind in the Willows) to Fairy Money. Where images are not available, I have made an effort to provide links to library deposits where you can view the items if you happen to be nearby.

1984

Charles van Sandwyk’s First Exhibition – postcard for the exhibition, held in Deep Cove, Vancouver, in 1984 when Charles was 18.

A copy of the postcard along with two photographs and an etching from the show are available in the University of British Columbia Library.

1985

A Celebration of Nature Exhibition – poster for Charles’ second exhibition, held in Salmagundi, Vancouver, 1985

A copy of the poster and curator’s notes are available in the University of British Columbia Library.

1987

Rara Avis Exhibition – poster for a second exhibition held in Salmagundi, Vancouver, 1987

A copy of the poster and associated artwork is available in the University of British Columbia Library.

1987

A Selection of Neighbourly Birds – Prospectus

Copies are available in the Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia Library.

1988 south for the winter poster

1988

South for the Winter – poster for an exhibition at Tigers Cafe, Vancouver (24 November – 7 December 1988).

1989 paintings from the south pacific poster 2

1989

Paintings from the South Pacific – poster for an exhibition at Tigers Cafe, Vancouver (23 November – 6 December 1989).

1990 CVS Parrots of the Cannibal Islands

1990

Parrots of the Cannibal Island – Prospectus for a collection of art prints on “Five Endemic Species of Psittaciformes Found in the Fiji Islands”

1990 tropical bounty poster

1991

Tropical Bounty – poster for an exhibition at Tigers Cafe, Vancouver (26 November – 8 December 1991).

1991

Glimpses of Paradise – poster for an exhibition at the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey (1991)

Copies of the double-sided poster are available in the Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia Library.

1992 new work from the south seas poster

1992

New Work from the South Seas: paintings and prints by Charles van Sandwyk – poster for an exhibition at Tiger Cafe, Vancouver (26 November – 6 December 1992).

1992

Parade to Paradise – poster for an exhibition at Tiger Cafe, Vancouver

Three designs, lithographic edition of 12 copies released. Copies are available in the Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia Library.

1986 CVS George Knapp Memorial

1992

Memorial Keepsake for George Knapp

A memorial keepsake by Charles van Sandwyk for his high school art teacher. A copy is available in the Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta

1993

Christmas Card Collection

A set of three fine art cards, with illustrations from Parade to Paradise, Wind in the Willows, and an original design for the National Library of Canada. A copy is available in the Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta

1994

Set of Card Shells

A set of card shells, released by The Fairy Press. A copy is available in the University of British Columbia Library.

1995

Sketches from the Dream Island of Birds and Other Paintings – poster for an exhibition of watercolours, sketches and etchings, from three new books by Charles van Sandwyk at Tigers Cafe, Vancouver (29 November – 8 December 1995).

Five different poster designs released, including a sunset, an elephant palm, a parrot and a portrait of a Fiji resident. A prospectus was also released.

CVS Postcards from a Tropic Isle

1995

Postcards from a Tropic Isle – 13 postcards of Fiji, enclosed in a paper envelope.

The outer wrappings feature different images from the postcards. The verso of each card bears the crest of “Tavewa Island, Paradise”.

1995

Bookmarks from the Dream Island of Birds – two designs.

A set of the bookmarks is available in the Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta

1997

Life is Art: an exhibition of paintings and prints by Charles van Sandwyk, spanning the years 1980-1997 – poster and invitation for an exhibition at Seymour Art Gallery 

Two poster designs (turtle and owl) and an invitation featuring an owl triptych.

1997

Sketches from a Tropic Isle – lithograph posters.

Reproductions from Sketches from a Tropic Isle, set of 5, edition of 100.

Copies are available in the Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta

1998

Chanticleer Fine China Set – crockery produced by the Australian Fine China company.

Two rooster and hen designs printed on porcelain mugs, plates and bowls.

2000 CVS Animal Wisdom Calendar

1999

Animal Wisdom Calendar (2000) – A monthly calendar featuring mounted illustrations from Animal Wisdom. Published by CVS Fine Arts in 1999 or the year 2000. 12p, 19cm x 26cm.

2000

Gnome King’s Treasure Song – promotional poster for Charles’ book ‘The Gnome King’s Treasure Song’.

A copy of the poster and press proof for the book are available in the University of British Columbia Library.

2000 CVS Ephemera Prospectus Mice Invitation

2000

Painter Mouse Triptych – Invitation to an exhibition for the Painter Mouse.

Three colour prints mounted on decorative cardstock.

2000

Wedding Invitations

Cards on file at BSC. A copy is available in the University of British Columbia Library.

2002

The Meaning of Mice – invitation to an exhibition

On file at UBC

2005

Wind in the Willows ephemera, including

– Exhibition poster and notecard for a reading at the Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver

– Poster for a public talk

2005 CVS Literary Companions

2005

Literary Companions – bookmarks and bookplate (archer mouse or literary lion on cover)

2005

Postcards from a Dream Island of Birds – card collection

2006 CVS james rimmer rimmerfest sfu library

2006

Rimmerfest: A Jim Rimmer celebration – poster 

Poster with owl etching. Jim Rimmer was well-known graphic artist, printer, and type designer and caster who worked in Vancouver.

The poster along with a video recording from the festival are available in the University of British Columbia Library and SFU Bennett Library. Picture courtesy of SFU Bennett Library.

2006 CVS Amphora 143

2006

Amphora Number 143 – Journal of the Alcuin Society

Includes “Emerging from the Willows” article by Rollin Milroy

2007 CVS impressions of vancouver

2007

Impressions of Vancouver – poster for an exhibition at the University of Alberta’s Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, titled “Impressions of Vancouver: Disciples of the Book Arts” (February – April 2007).

The exhibition offered a series of impressions of a number of Vancouver-based artists and artisans (papermakers, typographers, letterpress printers, etc.).

2008

Simonides 521 – poster

A short fragment of a piece by the Greek lyric poet Simonides that references a dragonfly (translated by Danielle S. Allen), accompanied by a print of a blue dragonfly. Part of a larger series including artwork by other artists. (Joint Meeting, Zamorano & Roxburghe Clubs, October 2008. 5in x 11in sheet.)

A copy of this work is available in the Bruce Peel Special Collections and the University of British Columbia Library.

2008

Mr Rabbit’s Symphony of Nature – poster and invitations

2008

Twenty-one years, twenty-one prints – poster for an exhibition at the Arts on the Atlantic Gallery, Calgary (2008)

A copy of the poster is available in the University of British Columbia Library.

2008 CVS FS Letter from Toad

2008

Wind in the Willows (limited edition) ephemera, including

  • Letter from Toad (Folio Society advertising ‘tickler’)
  • Publisher’s prospectus
  • Notecard for a talk at the Objects of Desire Art Fair, London (2008)

2009

The Realm of Fantasy: watercolours, drawings, etchings and artist books by Charles van Sandwyk inspired by the great works of Arthur Rackham, Arts on Atlantic Gallery, Calgary – poster and note card for an exhibition held at the Arts on the Atlantic Gallery, Calgary (December 2009).

A copy of the poster is available in the University of British Columbia Library.

2009 CVS Savuti press poster

2009

The Savuti Press – poster & brochure announcing the launch of the private press of Charles van Sandwyk and Waisiki Doughty.

A limited edition of 50 hand-coloured copies.

2010

Mouse Calendar

2011

Genuine Fairy Money

Small envelopes containing a few notes of fairy money. One envelope has a small etching of a fairy head on front cover with “Genuine Fairy Money” written beneath, another has a marbled cover with the title “Fairy Money Buys True Happiness”. The notes measure 5.25cm x 7cm and are made of textured beige paper. One type of note is decorated with an etched image of a baby fairy in a circular frame and is labelled “Faery Money: one bunch of goose berries”. Another shows an image of a bird and a nest and says “Good for birds eggs by the dozen”. The last is decorated with leaves and reads “This note is worthy of the equivalent of one basket of mushrooms”.

2011 CVS Deep Cove Banners

2011

Deep Cove Banners

Charles designed two banners for the village of Deep Cove in North Vancouver (where he resides for part of the year), depicting two scenes from Deep Cove.

A copy of the banners is available in the University of British Columbia Library. 

2011 CVS Artemis Gallery Poster

2011

An intimate look into the world & works of Charles van Sandwyk – poster for an exhibition at the Artemis Gallery, 22 September 2011.

A ‘spur-of-the-moment’ exhibition to celebrate the arrival of new street banners designed by Charles for his neighbours in the Cove.

2011 CVS Poster Quality Time

2011

Quality Time – poster & program for a concert at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 1 September 2011

An evening of songs, stories and slides featuring Charles van Sandwyk and the Brandywine Boys, presented by First Impressions Theatre.

2012

Betwixt and Between – catalog of an exhibition held at UBC Library

The title is taken from a line from Charles’ earlier work Sketches from the Dream Isle of Birds: “The birds are above, the fish are below, and we are betwixt and between.” This is a descriptive catalogue produced to accompany the 2011 UBC exhibition of the same name that explored some of the connections between van Sandwyk and the artists, writers and teachers who inspired his artistic  career.

See also Charles van Sandwyk Artist’s Books… 

2012 CVS Ephemera Tavewa Island map

2012

Tavewa Island Map

Tavewa Island is part of the Fiji Islands, where Charles resides for part of the year. 

2012

Deep Cover Banners (2)

Charles’ original banners hung in the Cove until they succumbed to the elements, and two new sets of banners were commissioned. They feature a bear and fish partnered with a line of Charles’ poetry (“… a place of such magnificence can only set you free …”), and two raccoons paddling a canoe. The banners can be found on lampposts along Gallant and Banbury.

(Bear banner image by Mike Wakefield.)

2013

Charles van Sandwyk and the Children’s Literary Tradition – poster (two versions)

2013 An Afternoon with Charles van Sandwyk poster

2013

An Afternoon with Charles van Sandwyk – poster for a talk at the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, UBC.

2013 CVS Sea to Sky Medallion

2013-2015

Sea to Sky All British Rally Car Medallions

Charles designed the commemorative plaque for the Sea to Sky All British Rally, an annual event that gives participants the opportunity to drive one of the world’s most scenic roads, the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler, British Columbia.The outside ring is coloured differently for different years.

CVS White Rabbit Proclamation

2015

Alice in Wonderland LE ephemera, including

  • White Rabbit Proclamation (Folio Society ‘tickler’)
  • Publisher’s prospectus
CVS High Branch Ephemera

2016-2018

High Branch Society ephemera

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Press Proofs

Signed press proofs of various publications are occasionally released for sale and/or deposited in libraries across Canada.

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Business Cards

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Bookmarks

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Greeting Cards

2 Comments

John Pump · 17 February 2019 at 6:55 am

Looking forward to further posts

    Daisy · 17 February 2019 at 6:58 am

    Thanks – a few more updates coming this weekend 😀

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