Welcome to Steven Temple Books
HAVING OPERATED AN OPEN BOOKSHOP ON QUEEN STREET WEST SINCE 1974, I AM AT LASTING CLOSING THE SHOP AND BECOMING A HOME-BASED BUSINESS IN WELLAND, ONTARIO. UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY, 2014, MY FINAL SALE CONTINUES – BOOKS $20 OR LESS ARE NOW $3, AND BOOKS OVER $20 ARE 70% OFF. THERE IS ALSO A LARGE SELECTION OF HARDCOVER BOOKS AT $2 EACH. WE WILL NOT BE KEEPING ANY FIXED HOURS, SO IF YOU WANT TO VISIT, YOU MUST PHONE OR EMAIL A DAY OR SO AHEAD FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
MY BOOKS LISTED ONLINE ARE AT THE STATED PRICES IN US DOLLARS, ARE ALL IN WELLAND, AND ARE NOT BEING OFFERED AT REDUCED PRICES. FOR CANADIAN BUYERS, GST AND SHIPPING ARE EXTRA AT COST. I accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal and cheque. No direct bank transfers, please (Canadian banks charge a large fee to accept them).
I don’t have a shopping cart, so if you want to order something with a credit card, you will need to phone the numbers in (secure voice mail so phone any time), or email the numbers in one or more messages. Don’t forget to provide a shipping address, and state whether you want cheapest (surface) post or air post. I will reply to all orders with total amount charged and date of shipping.
After 01 March, 2014, my mailing address will be:
STEVEN TEMPLE BOOKS (ABAC / ILAB)
PO BOX 45
WELLAND ON L3B 5N9
We have a large stock (50,000+ hardcovers) of out of print and rare books and are located in downtown Toronto, about a block west of Spadina Avenue, on the south side of Queen Street West, on a second floor.
Shop hours: We don't keep fixed shop hours, so we receive visitors by appointment or chance.
Voice mail is available at all times. Phone messages are monitored frequently and most calls will be returned promptly.
We specialize in literary first editions of mainly the 19th and 20th centuries. We have one of the largest literary stocks in Canada and one of the world's largest stocks of Canadian literary books. We also have a good stock of select out of print, scarce, and rare non-fiction and antiquarian books in various fields.
We were established in 1974 and are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada and are affiliated with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.
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Notable New Arrivals
DRACULA.: with illustrations from the Universal picture produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, no date (1931), 1931
Octavo red linen grain cloth lettered and bordered in black, green top page edges. pp (2), (x), 354, (2, ads) + frontispiece and three other stills from the film, Some foxing to the fore edges and lightly to pages adjacent to plates, light mustiness (will dissipate with time), else fine and bright, no owner names, green top edges bright and unrubbed, Dust jacket has a very small chip at foot of spine, one tiny hole above spine imprint, nicks at head of spine, white spine lightly yellowed; flap folds have very small chips at corners, minor rubbing and a couple tiny holes to front flap fold; front panel has a nick at bottom edge and just a few tiny rubbed spots; else a mainly fine example, pictorial front panel unfaded. An excellent copy of one of the most coveted editions of The Great Vampire Novel, and one of most sought-after of Photoplay Editions. Issued to coincide with the release of the film classic directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi. Very difficult to find in this condition.
MONTAGU. Mary Wortley (1689-1762)
THE WORKS of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montague, including her correspondence, poems, and essays. Published by permission from her genuine papers
London: Printed for Longman Hurst Rees Orme and Brown; John Murray; and Baldwin Cradock, and Joy, 1817
The sixth edition, five volumes, 12mo, with engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard and 9 engraved plates (7 folding) of facsimile letters and one document. Edited by J. Dallaway from manuscripts in the possession of her grandson, the Marquess of Bute. First published in 1803. Lady Montagu was one of the most important female English writers between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen and one of the most provocative and entertaining writers of either sex in her day. She is especially remembered for her letters, particularly those from Turkey, where her husband was the British Ambassador. Her sharp but ever witty tongue provoked Pope and Walpole to write nasty attacks. She also helped introduce the Oriental practice of vaccination for smallpox to England. Bound in 20th century brown half morocco and marbled boards, spines with raised bands and elaborate gilt ornamentation, small oval volume numbers in black leather, marbled endpapers, page edges coloured yellow; a faithful and very handsome reproduction of a Regency binding. Bookseller's ticket (Franklin Book Shop, New York) at rear of volume I but no binder's name. Minor rubbing to edges of boards; quite minor rubbing to spine tips and outer corners touched up; a fine, lovely set, no owner names, neither hinges nor joints cracked, text exceptionally clean. In gift condition - it would make a dandy gift for a woman of a feminist and intellectual sensibility. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.