[1921 - Bridgeport, Connecticut – 2000 - Oakville, Ontario] 





Distinguished Flying Cross. Obverse, airplane propellers placed upon vertical arms of the cross. Reverse, RAF & 1944 (date of issue). Violet & white ribbon


First Bar dated 1945 (reverse, date of issue). Velvet & silk padded leather box lettered in gold “D.F.C.” with commendation slip & small slip with Wondolowski’s name


Mounted on Bar:

1939-1945 Star.  Blue, red and navy ribbon

The Atlantic Star. Blue, white and sea green ribbon

Defence Medal. Green, orange and black ribbon

Canadian Voluntary Service Medal. Scarlet, green and navy ribbon 

Bar with Maple Leaf mounted on Canadian Voluntary Service Medal ribbon

War Medal 1939-1945. Red, navy and white ribbon


4 Original Boxes & 1 small envelope for Overseas Bar + Minister of the Department of Veterans Affairs Information Regarding Mounting And Wearing of Decorations, Campaign Stars And Medals. 12 pages.                                                                                                                                            $10,000


This Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded to an American of Polish ancestry who joined in Canada and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. His post war country of residence was Canada: he was married in Kingston, Ontario and died in Oakville, Ontario. The DFC was awarded to 4,460 Canadian officers and warrant officers, including 256 first bars and six second bars. (Veterans Affairs Canada)

Wondolowski enlisted in the RCAF at Montreal on August 13, 1941. After he completed his training, he was commissioned on September 5, 1942. He was promoted to flying officer on March 5, 1943 and was sent to the RAF overseas on May 16, 1943. On September 5, 1944 he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant. 

Flying Officer Wondolowski’s RCAF squadron was No. 415 Squadron (“Swordfish”), Coastal Command. This squadron protected Allied Channel and North Sea convoys by patrolling and bombing German E-boats and other enemy vessels. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his skill and bravery as a navigator on August 4, 1944; his fellow crew member, Squadron Leader Hubert Keillor, also received the DFC. “As pilot and navigator respectively these officers have completed many attacks on enemy shipping. They have displayed a high standard of skill, courage and co-operation and have achieved much success. On one occasion they obtained a hit on a merchantman off the Dutch coast. More recently they have executed an attack on a number of E-boats, one of which capsized as a result of their accurate bombing. Squadron Leader Keillor and Flying Officer Wondolowskihave set a fine example of devotion to duty.” (London Gazette)

Flight Lieutenant Wondolowski was awarded his first bar to the DCO on January 23, 1945. Keillor and Wondolowski were flying with No. 524 Squadron, RAF when they attacked eight E-boats near IJmuiden, the Netherlands. “As pilot and navigator respectively, these officers have, within recent months, participated in several attacks on enemy shipping during which they have shown the highest qualities of skill, courage and determination. One night in November 1944, they attacked a force of eight E-boats near Ijmuiden. Two bombing runs were executed and a hit was obtained on the leading vessel. In spite of much fire from the ships, another attacking run was made. It proved abortive as the bombs failed to release. Undeterred, Squadron Leader Keillor made three runs over the target. Finally the remainder of the bombs were released and fell close to the enemy force. Squadron Leader Keillor and Flight Lieutenant Wondolowski set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty.” (Joint Citation)

The Canadian War Museum has a full-length chalk and charcoal sketch of Flying Officer Wondolowski in his flying uniform by Eric Aldwinckle [1909-1980]. Commissioned as an official war artist in 1943, Aldwincklesketched and painted RCAF Coastal Command operations, the Air crew officers and the 2nd Tactical Air Force.



New Military Items



BABCOCK, Thomas [January 17, 1895 – April 28, 1916]. Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment), 1st Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. World War 1 commemorative bronze plaque (‘Dead Man’s Penny) designed by Edward Carter Preston (12 x 12 cm).


    Thomas Babcock was attached to the 46th Trench Mortar Battery on January 30, 1916. He was “killed in action 8:00 PM” on April 28, 1916 and buried at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium.






BURFORD, James [January 16, 1888-March 28, 1917]. Canadian Infantry, 107th Battalion (Canadian Pioneers), Canadian Expeditionary Force. World War 1 Memorial Silver Cross (3.2 cm x 3.2 cm), World War 1 Badge 107 Canada (5.5 x 2 cm), World War 1 Badge 107 Overseas Battalion Winnipeg (3.5 cm x 3 cm).


     Private Burford was killed in action on March 28, 1917. He is buried at Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

          Silver crosses were awarded to the widows or mothers of soldiers who died on active duty. This cross has the soldier’s name and regimental number (719120) on the verso. There are also two 107th Battalion World War 1 badges.















CARROLL, James Thomas [September 10, 1888-October 11, 1918]. Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 21st Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. World War 1 commemorative bronze plaque (‘Dead Man’s Penny) designed by Edward Carter Preston (12 x 12 cm).


     Private Carroll died during the last 100 days of World War 1. He is buried at Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, France.




COLBORN, William [December 25, 1888-September 29, 1918]. Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment), 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), Canadian Expeditionary Force. World War 1 commemorative bronze plaque (‘Dead Man’s Penny) designed by Edward Carter Preston (12 x 12 cm).


        Private Colborn died in the Battle of the Canal du Nord, September 28, 1918. He is buried at Haynecourt British Cemetery, France.



HEGGIE, David [June 11, 1892-October 8, 1918]. Canadian Infantry
(Central Ontario Regiment), 4th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.
World War 1 Memorial Silver Cross (3.2 cm x 3.2 cm).


     Private Heggie died of wounds on October 8, 1918. He is buried at Etaples
Military Cemetery, France.

     Silver crosses were awarded to the widows or mothers of soldiers who
died on active duty. This cross has the soldier’s name, ‘Pte D Heggie’, and
regimental number (602769) on the verso











HOLMES, Thomas. World War 1 commemorative bronze plaque (‘Dead Man’s Penny) designed by Edward Carter Preston (12 x 12 cm).


Soldiers from Britain, Canada and Australia named Thomas Holmes died in the First World War. The two Canadians (both Sergeants) died on September 26, 1916 and January 23, 1919. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides a complete list of those who died with this name.








McCREARY, Frederick William [September 10, 1888-April 19, 1916]. Canadian Infantry, 29th (Vancouver) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. World War 1 commemorative bronze plaque (‘Dead Man’s Penny) designed by Edward Carter Preston (12 x 12 cm).


     Private McCreary died in the field on April 19, 1916. He is memorialized on the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial, Belgium. “It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War.” (Canadian Virtual War Memorial)




McELROY, Robert Alfred [October 5, 1892-August 30, 1918]. Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. World War 1 commemorative bronze plaque (‘Dead Man’s Penny) designed by Edward Carter Preston (12 x 12 cm).    


     The 2nd Battalion fought in the Battle of the Scarpe from August 26-August 30, 1918. Private McElroy was “killed in action” on August 30, 1918. He is commemorated at the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.









McINNES, Frederick Leonard [November 11, 1895-October 18, 1918]. Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment), 1st Reserve Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. World War 1 commemorative bronze plaque (‘Dead Man’s Penny) designed by Edward Carter Preston (12 x 12 cm).


     Private McInnes died on October 18, 1918. He is buried at Bodelwyddan (St. Margaret) Churchyard, Flintshire, United Kingdom.







WILLIAMS, Walter Edward [September 27, 1892-October 23, 1918]. Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment, Royal Highlanders of Canada – Black Watch), 42nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. World War 1 Memorial Silver Cross (3.2 cm x 3.2 cm), World War 1 Silver British War Medal (3.5 cm x 3.5 cm), Minister of Militia and Defence printed letter and manuscript will, dated Toronto, March 19, 1917, of his father.


     Private Williams died on October 23, 1918. He is buried at Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery, France.

     Silver crosses were awarded to the widows or mothers of soldiers who died on active duty; Private Williams was not married. The cross has the soldier’s name, ‘Pte W. E. Williams’, and regimental number (127112) on the verso. Private Williams’ World War 1 British War Medal has his name, regimental number and battalion incised on the rim. The Minister of Militia and Defence’s printed letter which accompanied the British War Medal is present






Canadian livre d’artiste


ATWOOD, Margaret & Charles PACHTER. The Journals Of Susanna Moodie. folio. 37 deckle-edges sheets (30 folded).p 32 serigraphs. loosely laid into dark blue suede and cloth clamshell box. [Toronto: Manuel and Abel Bello-Sanchez, 1980].                                                                                                               $10,000



A flawless copy of the finest and most coveted of Canadian livres d’artiste, Limited to 120 copies + 2 printers’ proofs, signed by the author, artist, printers and binder, this one of 100 printed on deckle-edged Arches, Rives BFK and Canadian handmade paper. The book was designed and illustrated by Charles Pachter, and hand printed by Manuel and Abel Bello-Sanchez. The type was hand set by the artist in Della Robbia, Kennerly Old Style Italic, and Goudy Old Style foundry typefaces in 1969. The images are serigraphs, some drawn directly on screens or photo-stencils, some re-worked spontaneously from lithographs, drawings, and collages. The blue suede and cloth clamshell box was done by Marion Mertens.

     “I think it is fair to say that [the book] set a new standard for the handmade livre d’artiste in Canada. As a poetic evocation of the travails experienced by a nineteenth century genteel English immigrant in her new Canadian homeland, it is also a landmark literary work….Marriage of the creative efforts of two fellow voyagers, The Journals of Susanna Moodie is nothing if not my homage to the writer, poet, and friend whose genius has been a sustained source of inspiration for my imagination.” (Charles Pachter)





“Susanna Moodie was a nineteenth century British immigrant to the backwoods of Canada, and her autobiographical text provides a narrative context from which both Margaret Atwood and Charles Pachter respectively grapple with and negotiate the complex, polyglossic  nature of Canadian culture, identity, and art. The interface between Atwood’s poetic explication of cultural, linguistic, and literary identity and Pachter’s illustrative visual representations reveals the powerful synergy that is born when text and image collide…Moodie’s chronicle, with its maternal whispers of advice, warning, hope and promise, is our point of departure, as it is from this nebulous ground of narrative instability that the complex amalgam of textured histories grows. Captivated by the specter of Moodie’s early immigrant account, Margaret Atwood’s cycle of poems…fleshes out Moodie’s bare-boned backwoods chronicles. And, born from Atwood’s poetical “turning of Moodie on her head”, Pachter’s evocative graphic art further deepens and extends the branches of this towering and tangled family tree. The immigrant experience, as articulated and rearticulated by Moodie, Atwood, and Pachter for particular historical contexts and audiences, becomes a powerful metaphor for the Canadian artist’s tenuous endeavour of writing, creating, mapping, and navigating his/her way through the harsh narrative and imaginative landscape. Rather than providing us with any sort of assuring closure, Pachter’s visual text opens the very earth in which Moodie was laid to rest, leaving us, once again, haunted.” (Jennifer Aldred, Haunted: The Journals of Susanna Moodie)





“[Pachter’s] pictures are much more commanding in their bold colours and turbulent designs, and even in their size. Many are spread over two pages as they enfold, rather than supplement, the poems…After Moodie intrudes into the Canadian bush, it stealthily invades her: “In time the animals / arrived to inhabit me.” This mutual invasion is reflected in Pachter’s style, which arranges off-balanced patterns, transposed colours, positives and negatives, mirror images.”. (John Kerzer, a blizzard in my eyes, in Canadian Literature Issue 216 (Spring 2013)






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The World Described


MÜNSTER, Sebastian [1489-1552]. Cosmographiae universalis Lib. VI. in quibus, iuxta certioris fidei scriptorum traditionem describuntur… folio. pp. 12 p.l., [56], 1162 [ie. 1174], [2]. woodcut title border. woodcut portrait of Münster on verso of title. 14 double-page woodcut maps, 37 double-page woodcut city plans & views, 3 woodcut city views consisting of 2 double-page sheets each (Worms, Heidelberg, Vienna), & over 900 woodcut illustrations in the text including maps, plans, town views, portraits, natural history subjects, &c. woodcut printer’s device on verso of last leaf. woodcut initials. contemporary blind-stamped pigskin, brass bosses, clasps & catches (2 cornerpieces wanting, lower front joint partly split, front paste-down renewed, title cut down & mounted – concealing woodcut portrait on verso, lower outer corner of [*]6 torn away with loss of a few words on 9 lines, scattered light foxing, a few leaves embrowned, occasional minor stains, a few marginal tears – no loss, but overall an appealing & impressive copy). [Colophon on 3H8r:] Basel: Henrich Petri, September 1554.         $55,000


     Third Edition of the Latin Translation [first: 1550] of Münster’s celebrated Cosmographia, “the first detailed, scientific and popular description of the world in Münster’s native language [first: German, 1544], as well as a supreme effort of geographical study and literature of the Reformation period.” (Encyc. Britan., 11th Edn.) One of the most popular treatises of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Cosmographia reached a total of forty-six editions in six languages by 1650, each incorporating additions and revisions.

     Münster was a professor of Hebrew at Basel University and a most distinguished Hebraist, linguist, mathematician, and geographer. This encyclopaedic work was his major undertaking. In its completion, which occupied him for fifteen years, Münster received the assistance of more than one hundred and twenty collaborators, who provided him with the most up-to-date information relating to the towns and places described. The scientifically most valuable sections are those which deal with Germany and Central Europe. In addressing his German colleagues for information, Münster outlined fairly detailed directions, devising the first known example of a simple plane-table survey.

     Included are separate sections on the Holy Land, Africa, and Asia, while contained on pages 1099-1112 under the title De Novis Insulis, quomodo, quando & per quem illae inventae sint, is a description of America, with relations of the voyages and discoveries of the early explorers, Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan, &c. 




     The Cosmographia is profusely illustrated with woodcut town plans and views (many double-page), including some of the earliest published large-scale views of European cities, portraits, coats of arms, costums, customs, mining and other activities, cannibalism, natural history subjects, &c., by Hans Holbein, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch, David Kandel, and other artists. The fourteen double-page woodcut maps, drawn by Münster himself, include two world maps, on the first of which Terra florida (North America) and America vel Brasilii ins. (South America) are named, and the first general maps of the continents, Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. The Tabula novarum insularum is “the first map of the two American continents showing continuity between North and South America and no connection with any other landmass.” (Schwartz & Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America, pp. 43-45, Plate 78). All of the maps had originally appeared in Münster’s 1540 edition of Ptolemy, except the modern world map was recut with several changes by David Kandel for the 1550 editions of the Cosmographiae.

     Adams M1910. Alden 554/47. Borba de Moraes II 90. BM STC German p. 633. Burmeister, Münster, 89. JCB I p. 183. Ruland, Imago Mundi XVI pp. 87-88. Sabin 51381. cfBell M523, cfHarrisse 300, cfThe World Encompassed, 272 & cfNational Maritime Museum, Atlases, 465 (1550 edn.). cfNordenskiöld Collection II 155 (1552 edn.). cfNordenskiöld, Facsimile Atlas, pp. 108-09 & 24. cfShirley, The Mapping of the World, 92 (modern world) & 76 (ancient world).


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BIBLE. ENGLISH. The Bible in Miniature, or a Concise History of the Old and New Testaments. 4.3 x 3.2 cm. 2 engraved titles & 14 engraved plates. A fine copy in original gilt-tooled red morocco, gilt back, all edges gilt, central green morocco onlay on both covers with gilt holy cypher ‘JHS’. London: Printed for E[lizabeth] Newbery, 1780.                                                                                                                           $1350

     Bondy p. 34.





KORAN. 2.7 x 1.8 cm. Arabic text. unpaginated. india-paper. title within decorated border. headpieces & marginal decorations. contemporary gilt-stamped limp brown morocco, kept in original metal locket (3.3 x 2.7 x 1.2 cm.) with inset magnifying glass in upper lid (metal locket rusty & not closing). [Glasgow: D. Bryce & Son, c1906].                                                                                                               $750

     “The [miniature] Koran is another almost legendary title published by Bryce…During World War I many copies were issued to Muslim soldiers fighting with the Allied troops and were often regarded as talismans. Lately it has become increasingly difficult to find copies of this book which thirty years ago was so common that an oriental bookseller of my acquaintance had an entire drawer full of them…The great economic, political and spiritual revival which has taken place in the Arab world may perhaps account for the present scarcity and have led to the absorption of most of the remaining copies.” (Bondy, 1981)

     Bondy p. 111.