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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…

  • BOULET, Roger H.
    TONI ONLEY: a silent thunder

    Edition: First edition

    Toronto: Cerebus / Prentice-Hall, 1981. Blue leather grain boards. pp 144. Colour reproductions. Ink gift inscription at front, else fine in fine jacket. 1.8 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51966
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  • FOLON (Jean Michel Folon)
    THE EYEWITNESS: 26 watercolors and a text by the artist

    Edition: First edition in English

    New York: Abrams, 1980. Cloth & boards. pp [66]. #2529 of an edition of 3300 copies. Fine copy. Dust jacket has mild soiling, one nick, VG otherwise. 1.4 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51965
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  • UPSTONE, Robert, editor
    MODERN PAINTERS: the Camden Town Group

    London: Tate Publishing, 2008. Card covers. pp 184. Colour illustrations, index. Fine copy. Issued to accompany the exhibition at Tate Britain. 1.3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51964
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  • TOWN, Harold
    ALBERT FRANCK: keeper of the lanes

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1974. Yellowish cloth. pp 96. Colour and b&w illustrations. Fine copy. Dust jacket has creased nicks and small abrasion to front panel, VG otherwise. Franck specialized in paintings from the back lanes of old Toronto. 1.1 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51963
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  • Watney, Simon
    English Post-impressionism

    Edition: First printing

    London: Studio Vista, 1980. Black boards. pp 151. Colour and b&w illustrations. Notes, Index. Fine in fine jacket. 1.3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51962
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  • Piras, Claudia; Roetzel, Bernhard
    British Tradition and Interior Design: Town and Country Living in the British Isles

    Cologne: Konemann, 2001. Green cloth. pp 399. Colour illustrations. Fine in fine jacket. The chapters are: basic principles of British style; country life; city life; the entrance hall; the living room; the dining room; the kitchen; the bathroom; a weekend in the country; the bathroom; the study & library; the nursery; the conservatory; the garden; home from home. 3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51961
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  • DAWSON, David
    A PAINTER'S PROGRESS: a portrait of Lucian Freud

    Edition: First printing

    London: Cape, 2014. Illustrated boards. pp 272. Colour illustrations. Fine in fine jacket. "For nearly twenty years David Dawson was Lucian Freud's assistant, companion, and model. Freud moved in rarefied, powerful circles and was tenacious about protecting his privacy. He also carefully avoided distraction. With few exceptions, he wanted only those he knew well, like the late Bruce Bernard, to photograph him. David Dawson, however, was in a unique position, and as Freud became comfortable in the presence of Dawson's camera, photographing became part of the daily ritual of the studio. These photographs reveal in a most intimate way the subjects and the stages of paintings in progress. Few artists, if any, have had their lives and their work…

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    London: Cape, 2014. Illustrated boards. pp 272. Colour illustrations. Fine in fine jacket. "For nearly twenty years David Dawson was Lucian Freud's assistant, companion, and model. Freud moved in rarefied, powerful circles and was tenacious about protecting his privacy. He also carefully avoided distraction. With few exceptions, he wanted only those he knew well, like the late Bruce Bernard, to photograph him. David Dawson, however, was in a unique position, and as Freud became comfortable in the presence of Dawson's camera, photographing became part of the daily ritual of the studio. These photographs reveal in a most intimate way the subjects and the stages of paintings in progress. Few artists, if any, have had their lives and their work recorded over such a length of time. Despite Freud's sense of privacy, his circle was wide. Among those who regularly visited Freud were figures from the art world, including art historian John Richardson, and painters David Hockney, and Frank Auerbach, along with model Kate Moss and friends such as the Duke of Beaufort. The book begins in Freud's old studio in Holland Park and then records the artist in his eighteenth-century house in Kensington, the first floor of which was his final studio. Dawson also photographed Freud on his visits to look at masterpieces in various museums in New York, Amsterdam and Madrid. The book ends with views of the rooms in which Freud's own extraordinary collection of paintings was hung. It is the only record of the house itself before the dispersal of the art on his death, but ultimately, the photographs create an intimate portrait of the man. The final images in this book are of the hanging of Freud's work in his posthumous London exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery." - jacket. 3 kg parcel.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51960
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  • GIMPEL, René
    DIARY OF AN ART DEALER: translated from the French by John Rosenberg

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1966. Black cloth. pp xii, 465 + b&w plates. Index. Near fine copy. Dust jacket has shallow chips, short tears, internal repair; good. Gimpel was a leading French dealer who was the brother-in-law of Duveen but was a much nicer guy. His diary covers the years 1918-39, which focuses on personalities other than his own. Gimpel, a Jew, declined to flee and died in a Nazi camp. 1.3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51959
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  • QUAYLE, Eric
    EARLY CHILDREN'S BOOKS: a collector's guide

    Newton Abbot, Davon / Totowa, NJ: David & Charles / Barnes & Noble, 1983. Green boards. pp (256). B&w illustrations, index. Fine copy. Green dust jacket spine faded to yellow, else fine. An excellent survey.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51958
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  • BELL, Quentin and Virginia Nicholson
    CHARLESTON: a Bloomsbury house & garden

    Edition: First printing

    London: Francis Lincoln, 1997. Brown boards. pp 152. Colour illustrations. Index. Fine in fine jacket. 1.3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51957
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  • BELL, Quentin and Virginia Nicholson
    CHARLESTON: a Bloomsbury house & garden

    London: Francis Lincoln, c1997. Third printing. Brown boards. pp 152. Colour illustrations. Index. Fine in fine jacket, and inscribed by Virginia Nicholson. 1.3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51956
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  • LUCKYJ, Natalie
    HELEN McNICOLL, a Canadian Impressionist

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1999. Card covers. pp (80). Colour and b&w illustrations. Fine copy. Catalogue for the 10 Sept-12 Dec/, 1999, exhibition at the AGO and other venues.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51955
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  • WOOLF, Virginia
    CARLYLE'S HOUSE and other sketches.

    Edition: First printing

    London: Hesperus Press, 2003. Card covers with flaps (no hardcover). Foreword by Doris Lessing. Fine copy. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51954
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  • REID, Dennis
    LE GROUPE DES SEPT / THE GROUP OF SEVEN

    Edition: First printing

    Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1970. Card covers in jacket. pp 248, reproductions in black & white, text in French and English. Jacket spine lightly yellowed, nicks to lower front panel, book just a little leaned, else a VG clean and unworn copy, no owner names. 203 black and white reproductions, bibliography. Catalogue of the first major Group of Seven show, National Gallery, 19 June - 8 Sept, and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,22 Sept - 31 Oct, 1970. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51953
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  • HEMINGWAY, Ernest
    A FAREWELL TO ARMS

    Edition: First edition

    New York: Scribner's, 1929. First printing, with no disclaimer on p. (4). . Black cloth, black on gilt spine and cover labels. Page edges tanned; small bumps to outer corners; spine label a bit darkened and lightly rubbed, as usual, with a small abrasion to one corner and a few scratches; some damp spotting to covers, not very visible except at the right angle of light; else a VG clean and unworn copy, no owner names, in a new facsimile dust jacket. An affordable copy of one of the major Hemingways, a World War I novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51952
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  • BOWKER, B.
    LANCASHIRE UNDER THE HAMMER

    London: Hogarth Press, 1928. Second printing. Green cloth with paper spine label. Slight yellowing to page edges and spine label, ink owner name, else a VG jacketless copy. A critique of the Lancashire cotton industry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51951
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  • ROTHENSTEIN, John
    MODERN ENGLISH PAINTERS. Volume One Sickert to Lowry

    London: Macdonald, 1984. Blue boards. pp 288 + colour plates. Index. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51950
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  • OLIVIA (pseud. of Dorothy Strachey Bussy)
    OLIVIA

    Edition: First printing

    London: Hogath Press, 1949. Mauve cloth. Book a little leaned, spine slightly sunned, previous owner has identified the author ink ink on the title page, nice bookplate at front of Muriel Orr-Ewing, VG unwon copy otherwise. The Duncan Grant dust jacket has small tears to ends of lightly yellowed spine, creased tears to panels internally repaired, just good.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51949
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  • DAY LEWIS, C.
    COLLECTED POEMS 1929-1933: Transitional Poem, From Feathers to Iron, The Magnetic Mountain

    Edition: First printing

    London: Hogarth Press, 1935. Pale green cloth. Spine and page edges yellowed; foxing and offset tanning to endpapers; small corner bump to front cover; VG otherwise. Yellow dust jacket has spine darkening, very nearly fine otherwise. Edition of 620 copies. Woolmer 363.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51948
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  • VERINDER, Frederick
    LAND AND FREEDOM

    Edition: First printing

    London: Hogarth Press, 1935. Green cloth. pp (6), 199, (3, ads). Erratum slip tipped in at p176. Page edges and spine slightly yellowed, shallow indentation to fore margin of first few leaves, else fine. Beige jacket has small chips to ends of slightly darkened spine, a few shallow chips to panels, VG otherwise. An economic study of problems arising for landholding and taxation. Woolmer 378. Edition of 500 copies. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51946
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