Welcome to Steven Temple Books

temple_home_page

Having operated shops on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto since our founding in 1974, we closed the shop in March, 2014 and now operate from home in Welland, Ontario (close to Niagara Falls, only two turns from Toronto). We can see visitors by appointment. The books (currently around 10,000 of them) are priced, on shelves, and in categories. We continue to specialize in literary books, especially Canadian literary books, general Canadiana, and select out-of-print and rare books in various fields (mostly 19th and 20th century, though we do stock some earlier). We now have some ephemera, but don’t stock comic books, fairly recent used books, bestseller novels, nor paperbacks (unless collectible). Business is primarily by internet or mail. We welcome and pay attention to wants lists when they are for books we might actually find some day and which are worth more than a token amount.

We accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal, cheque (Canada and US only), money order, e-transfer (Canada only) – even cash.

Some recent arrivals…

  • DE LA ROCHE, Mazo
    EXPLORERS OF THE DAWN. With a Foreword by Christopher Morley
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Light blue cloth stampe in white & black, dark blue top page edges.. 292 pp. Made from US sheets with cancel title leaf. Spine lightly age darkened, light yellowing to page edges, very nearly fine otherwise. The prolific Canadian author's first book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49481
    View cart More details Price: USD $34.95 USD $31.46
  • DE LA ROCHE, Mazo
    MARY WAKEFIELD
    Edition: First UK printing

    Beige cloth. Small brown spot to top margin of pp 198-208, soft crease to front free endpaper, mild foxing to top page edges, else fine in VG attactive jacket, flap price intact.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49482
    View cart More details Price: USD $14.95 USD $13.46
  • DE MILLE, James
    THE DODGE CLUB ; or Italy in MDCCCLIX.

    A later printing ca 1900 (first was in 1869). Modern rebinding of maroon cloth, spine gilt lettered. pp (2), 133. Text in double columns, illustrated. A fine copy, no foxing.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49483
    View cart More details Price: USD $24.95 USD $22.46
  • DE MILLE, James
    THE CRYPTOGRAM

    Black cloth without jacket, as issued. Facsimile reprint of the Harper, 1871, first edition, issued in a small edition. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49484
    View cart More details Price: USD $34.95 USD $31.46
  • DICKSON, Lovat
    THE ANTE-ROOM
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Red cloth. pp [2], (6), (271). Fine in VG+ price-clipped jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49485
    View cart More details Price: USD $14.95 USD $13.46
  • DICKSON, Lovat (H.G. WELLS)
    H.G. WELLS: his tubulent life and times
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Black cloth. pp (xii), (331) + plates. Index. Fine in VG+ price-clipped jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49486
    View cart More details Price: USD $18.95 USD $17.06
  • DIESPECKER, Dick
    ELIZABETH
    Edition: First printing

    Red cloth, endpaper maps. Spine lightly sunned, damp stains to inner and lower margins of front cover, VG otherwise. Dust jacket spine lightly yellowed and damp stained, with small chips at ends; light yellowing to panels; else generally VG in appearance. A novel by this Vancouver writer and broadcaster.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49487
    View cart More details Price: USD $14.95 USD $13.46
  • DONOVAN, Peter
    LATE SPRING
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Orange cloth (variant). pp 352. Bit of cover soiling; spine sunned and a bit darkened, page edges yellowed, a good, tight and unworn copy otherwise. Watters p. 276. A novel about the Toronto art world, "it contains many easily recognizable points of local colour. It is the story of an artist who begins his career after the war as a commercial salesman for a large advertising firm and marries a millionaire's daughter. They quarrel bitterly and separate, and Daragon goes to live among a colony of artists and struggles to become a great painter." Montreal author's only novel. He published two books of essays as "P. O'D."

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49488
    View cart More details Price: USD $19.95 USD $17.96
  • DORSINVILLE, Max
    CALIBAN WITHOUT PROSPERO: essay on Quebec and black literature
    Edition: First printing

    Paper issue in red card covers, illustrated endpapers. pp 227, [13]. Illustrated with photos.Spiine lightly darkened, else fine. Author is a Haitian immigrant to Quebec.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49489
    View cart More details Price: USD $24.95 USD $22.46
  • DOUCET, Clive
    DISNEYLAND, PLEASE
    Edition: First printing

    Black boards. Bruise to upper outer corner of covers, else fine. Jacket spine lightly yellowed, else fine. A novel about a Cape Breton boy who goes to UCLA and becomes football star.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49490
    View cart More details Price: USD $14.95 USD $13.46
  • DUDEK, Louis
    THE FIRST PERSON IN LITERATURE
    Edition: First printing

    Card covers. pp 69. Fine copy. Six talks for CBC radio. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49491
    View cart More details Price: USD $9.95 USD $8.96
  • DAVEY, Frank
    LOUIS DUDEK & RAYMOND SOUSTER
    Edition: First printing

    Card covers. pp (viii), (200). Notes, Bibliography. Fine copy. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49492
    View cart More details Price: USD $9.95 USD $8.96
  • DUNCAN, David Douglas
    THE FRAGILE MIRACLE OF MARTIN GRAY
    Edition: First printing

    Dark blue cloth. Fine in fine jacket. Photos and text by the noted Canadian photographer, about a neighbour and holocaust survivor who lost it all twice,

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49493
    View cart More details Price: USD $14.95 USD $13.46
  • DAVIES, (Robertson).
    THE DIGNITY OF LITERATURE.
    Edition: First edition.

    12mo, (12) pp, stapled, in grey card covers. The previously unpublished text of his acceptance speech for the 1986 Banff Centre School of Fine Arts National Award. Total edition of 450 copies, this is one of the 350 regular copies. Fine. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49494
    View cart More details Price: USD $24.95 USD $22.46
  • RICHLER, Mordecai
    ROBERTSON DAVIES
    Edition: First edition.

    12mo, (12) pp, stapled, in card covers. Fine copy. #3 of 150 numbered copies signed by Richler. There were also 50 h.c. signed copies and 300 trade copies. Text of the short, funny remarks Richler made at the RD tribute held at Harbourfront in 1989. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49495
    View cart More details Price: USD $50.00 USD $45.00
  • DAY, Frank Parker
    ROCKBOUND. Introduction by Allan Bevan

    Yellow cloth. Fine copy in VG price-clipped jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49496
    View cart More details Price: USD $24.95 USD $22.46
  • DAVIES, Robertson
    A MIXTURE OF FRAILTIES
    Edition: First printing

    Beige cloth. Soft ripples to the spine, light yellowing to page edges, VG+ otherwise. Dust jacket has small chips and tears to ends of slightly darkened spine, nicks along top edge of front panel, light dust soiling to rear panel, VG otherwise. Salterton trilogy #3. The Toronto issue was US printed.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49497
    View cart More details Price: USD $29.95 USD $26.96
  • DAVIES, Robertson
    SHAKESPEARE'S BOY ACTORS. Illustrated with eight plates
    Edition: First US edition

    Octavo, maroon cloth, spine gilt lettered. pp (viii, including frontispiece), (208), [8] + 7 plates on text paper and one facsimile in text. Library discard: shadow of removed label on lower spine; small evidence of removed label on rear free endpaper; rubber stamps on all page edges and to two lower margins in text; else a VG clean and unworn copy without jacket, as issued. To be bibliographically precise, this is actually the second US issue (but first printed in the US), a facsimile reprint from plates of the London: Dent, 1939, first printing (of which there was a first US issue made by putting a small label of the US distributor on the title pages of a small number of British copies). Russell & Russell served the library trade with reprints; very, very few copies of this edition would gone anywhere but to libraries. It is not known how many were printed. My best guess would be 300 give or take. This edition is today very much scarcer than the original 1939 edition (1500 printed and sold) and is about as good a copy as one can hope to find. The author's first book, published when he was still an undergraduate at Oxford, and still a useful text on its subject.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 42038
    View cart More details Price: USD $125.00 USD $112.50
  • DAVIES, Robertson
    AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TWENTY-FIRST TORONTO ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR (6/100 signed)
    Edition: First printing

    16mo. [16] pp + grey fly leaves, stapled, in card covers. Fine copy. "Published as a keepsake of The Twenty-first Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair, May 28-30 1993, in an edition of two thousand copies hors commerce; 100 numbered copies signed and donated generously by the author in support of the fair; and 26 lettered copies reserved for the author. A joint production of letters & Coach House Printing". Designed and printed by Nicky Drumbolis. This is #9 of 100 signed by Davies. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 42262
    View cart More details Price: USD $100.00 USD $90.00
  • McCaffery, Steve
    Epithalamion for the marriage of Marjeceta Cujes to Salvatore Incardona : Mono Hills, Dufferin County 30 September 1978
    Edition: First printing

    Tall narrow octavo, Single sheet of light brown card folded to make 4 pages (all printed). Soft ripple along bottom margin, else fine. Edition of 300 copies issued Jan., 1979. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49440
    View cart More details Price: USD $19.95 USD $17.96

A selection of our current highlights…