Charles van Sandwyk: Collecting the Ephemera
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. (List last updated October 2020). By their nature, these items are usually very difficult to track down, but the most likely place to find them is through Abes.
List of Charles van Sandwyk Ephemera
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The Meaning of Mice – invitation to an exhibition
On file at UBC
Wind in the Willows ephemera, including
– Exhibition poster and notecard for a reading at the Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver
– Poster for a public talk
Postcards from a Dream Island of Birds – card collection
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.
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.).
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.)
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.
Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair – flyer
Flyer for the Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair, 15-16 October 2010, featuring Charles’ Tree Scribe.
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”.
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.
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.
Invitations and catalogues.
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.)
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.
Alice in Wonderland LE ephemera, including
- White Rabbit Proclamation (Folio Society ‘tickler’)
- Publisher’s prospectus
High Branch Society ephemera
Signed press proofs of various publications are occasionally released for sale and/or deposited in libraries across Canada.
Various Promotional Materials
including business cards & bookmarks.