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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…

  • Nevins, Francis M.. Jr. (Cornell Woolrich)
    Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die

    Edition: First edition

    New York: Mysterious Press, 1988. Cloth & boards. pp 613. Index, extensive checklist. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51048
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  • Levack, Daniel J. H. (Roger Zelazny)
    Amber Dreams: A Roger Zelazny Bibliography. With Annotations by Darrell Schweitzer, Janny Wurts, Jeff Levin and Tom Whitmore.

    Edition: First edition

    San Francisco: Underwood / Miller, 1983. Pictorial cloth without jacket, as issued. pp (152). Illustrated. Fine copy. There were 500 copies in hardcover. This is one of the 300 regular copies, and though not called for, it is SIGNED BY ZELAZNY on the title page.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51047
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  • NEVINS, Francis M. and Martin H. Greenberg, editors (Cornell Woolrich)
    DARKNESS AT DAWN: Early Suspense Classics by Cornell Woolrich

    Edition: First edition

    Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1985. Grey and red cloth. pp 327. Includes a checklist at rear. No front free endpaper (as issued, I believe). Fine in fine jacket. Collects 13 stories.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51046
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  • HAMMOND, J.R. (H.G. Wells)
    AN H.G. WELLS COMPANION: A Guide to the Novels, Romances, and Short Stories

    Edition: First edition

    London: Macmillan, 1978. Tan cloth. pp 288, index + plates. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51045
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  • JASEN, David A. (P.G. Wodehouse)
    P.G. WODEHOUSE, portrait of a master. New revised edition

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Continuum, 1981. Blue cloth. pp 298 + plates. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine in VG+ price-clipped jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51044
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  • Battiscombe, Georgina and Laski, Marghanita editors (Charlotte M. Yonge)
    A CHAPLET FOR CHARLOTTE YONGE

    Edition: First printing

    London: Cresset Press, 1965. Proceedings of the Charlotte M. Yonge Society with 13 papers by various authors, some of Yonge's work, genealogical tables, and a bibliography. Faint soiling to page edges, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51043
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  • LEHMANN, John (Virginia Woolf)
    THROWN TO THE WOOLFS: Leonard and Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Holt Rinehart & Winston, 1979. Cloth and boards. pp 164 + photos. Index. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51042
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  • RAMSEY, Richard David. (Edmund Wilson)
    EDMUND WILSON: A Bibliography.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: David Lewis, 1971. Brown cloth, (x), 345 pp. VG+ in VG jacket. An extensive checklist rather than a descriptive bibliography.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51041
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  • JASEN, David A. (P.G. WODEHOUSE)
    A BIBLIOGRAPHY AND READER'S GUIDE TO THE FIRST EDITIONS OF P.G. WODEHOUSE

    Edition: First edition

    Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1970. Mauve cloth. 290 pp. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine in VG jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51040
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  • MANDRYKA, M.I.
    HISTORY OF UKRAINIAN LITERATURE IN CANADA

    Edition: First edition

    Winnipeg: Ukrainian Free Academy of Science, 1968. Grey cloth. pp 247. Photos. Library discard: Tape stains to covers and front endpapers; lacking the rear free endpaper; rubber stamp to verso of title; clipped portions of dust jacket laid in; else a VG clean and unworn copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51039
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  • GALLUP, Donald (Ezra Pound)
    ON CONTEMPORARY BIBLIOGRAPHY with particular reference to Ezra Pound

    Humanities Research Center / University of Texas at Austin, 1974. Second printing. Brown cloth. pp (30). Fine copy. Original plastic wrapper has a corner tear. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51038
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  • PORNY, M.A. (pseud. of Antoine Pyron du Martre)
    THE ELEMENTS OF HERALDRY, containing the definition, origin, and historical account of that ancient, useful, and entertaining science....The fifth edition, with considerable alterations and additions

    London: printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, W. Goldsmith, J. Scatcherd, W. Bent, and G. and T. Wilkie, 1795. The title page continues "The divers sorts of coats-of-arms in use; with their essential and integral parts displayed separately. The several marks by which bearers of the same coat-of-arms are distinguished from each other. The different kinds of tinctures, lines, figures, charges, and ornaments used for coats-of-arms. The laws of heraldry; practical directions for marshalling coats-of-arms; and the order of precedence. The hatchments so clearly described, that the branch and title, the deceased was of, may be readily known. Illustrated with several cuts, and twenty-four copper-plates, containing above five hundred examples of escutcheons, arms, &c. and interspersed with the…

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    London: printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, W. Goldsmith, J. Scatcherd, W. Bent, and G. and T. Wilkie, 1795. The title page continues "The divers sorts of coats-of-arms in use; with their essential and integral parts displayed separately. The several marks by which bearers of the same coat-of-arms are distinguished from each other. The different kinds of tinctures, lines, figures, charges, and ornaments used for coats-of-arms. The laws of heraldry; practical directions for marshalling coats-of-arms; and the order of precedence. The hatchments so clearly described, that the branch and title, the deceased was of, may be readily known. Illustrated with several cuts, and twenty-four copper-plates, containing above five hundred examples of escutcheons, arms, &c. and interspersed with the natural history and allegorical signification of the several species of birds, beasts, fishes, vegetables, &c. comprised in this treatise. To which is annexed, a dictionary of the technical terms made use of in heraldry. &c. By M. A. Porny, French Master at Eton." pp xxiv, 278, [82, A Dictionary of the Technical Terms] + 24 plates. Half-title present, no rear free endpaper. Page edges rough trimmed. Later binding of brown leather, raised bands, appllied over boards with no pastedowns, new paper spine label. Chip at head of spine neatly repaired with insert; corner crease to front free endpaper; front inner hinge neatly repairde with rice paper; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. ESTC T94010. First published 1765. Contains over 500 examples along with the allegorical meaning of some creatures used in heraldry.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51035
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  • SEPHARIAL (pseud. of Walter Gom Old, 1864-1929)
    THE KABALA OF NUMBERS: a handbook of interpretation (Parts 1 and 2)

    Philadelphia, no date: David McKay, 1913. "New Edition, Enlarged and Revised". Two parts in one volume. pp viii, 204; (6), 215. Diagrams and tables. Tan cloth. Ink owner name at front; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired with clear archival paper tape; else a VG clean and unworn copy. Originally published in two volumes in 1913. This is a reprint from the first half of the 20th century.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51024
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  • BENGOUGH, John Wilson
    IN MANY KEYS: a book of verse

    Edition: First edition

    Toronto: Briggs, 1902. Red cloth lettered and bordered in gilt. pp iii-ix, 10-237, [3]. Gilt top page edges. Notes at end. Vignette drawings by the author and small photos in text. Spine is a little sunned with slight wear at ends; private bookplate at front; St. Thomas, ON, bookseller rubber stamp (M.G. Hay) at end; else a VG clean and unworn copy, Bengough was a noted Canadian political cartoonist as well as an editor, publisher, writer, poet, entertainer, and politician.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51023
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  • ARDAGH, W.D., Robert A. Harrison, and Henry O'Brien, editors
    THE LOCAL COURTS' & MUNICIPAL GAZETTE

    Toronto: W.C. Chewett. Volume I, Jan. - Dec. 1865. 12 issues, complete. Half sheep and marbled boards. pp 197, (7), index. Leather rubbed at corners and inner front cover; new backstrip of cream card and paper label, inner hinges neatly repaired, offset darkening to corners of endpapers with an ink name at front, soft vertical crease to last half of text, else a VG clean and now tight copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51020
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  • Sitwell, Sacheverell and Wilfred Blunt
    Great flower books, 1700-1900: a bibliographical record of two centuries of finely illustrated flower books

    London: Witherby, 1990. Re-issue of the 1956 original. xii, 189. Index. Reproduction in colour and b&w. Fine in fine jacket. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51019
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  • CANADIAN JEWISH ARCHIVES

    Montreal: National Archives and Library & Bureau of Social and Economic Research, Canadian Jewish Congress. Vol. I, no. 1, August, 1955 - Vol. 1, no. 4, March, 1959. First four issues bound in black leather grain cloth. pp 21, 23, 34, iii, 30, yellow paper covers bound in. A few facsimiles. Fine condition. 6 issues were published by 1962, with a new series begun in 1974.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51018
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  • ASPREY & Co (trade catalogue, mail order dept.)
    ASPREY & Co (trade catalogue, mail order dept.)

    London: Asprey, no date. Ca 1920s?? Trade catalogue, mail order department, of this New Bond Street dealer in luxury goods. pp 195. Illustrations on every page in b&w and colour. Glossy colour pictorial boards and brown cloth imitation leather spine. Front cover a bit bowed; wear to front joint and foot of spine with neat repairs to tears; boards clean and unworn, small chips and short tears to bottom margin of one leaf, else text in fine condition. This venerable firm (founded 1781) dealt in jewelry, handbags, gold cigarette and match cases, dress watches, jewel boxes, wallets, pens, silver tea services, silverware, trophies, perfume bottles, cigarette holders, reference books, umbrellas, brushes, trunks, leather goods, and much more - goods…

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    London: Asprey, no date. Ca 1920s?? Trade catalogue, mail order department, of this New Bond Street dealer in luxury goods. pp 195. Illustrations on every page in b&w and colour. Glossy colour pictorial boards and brown cloth imitation leather spine. Front cover a bit bowed; wear to front joint and foot of spine with neat repairs to tears; boards clean and unworn, small chips and short tears to bottom margin of one leaf, else text in fine condition. This venerable firm (founded 1781) dealt in jewelry, handbags, gold cigarette and match cases, dress watches, jewel boxes, wallets, pens, silver tea services, silverware, trophies, perfume bottles, cigarette holders, reference books, umbrellas, brushes, trunks, leather goods, and much more - goods for the carriage trade. They also did bespoke design work for royalty and business magnates. A fabulous look at luxury merchandise from yesteryear. Quite scarce. 2 kg parcel.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51017
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  • Rosenberg, Louis
    Canada's Jews: A Social and Economic Study of Jews in Canada in the 1930s

    Montreal & Kingston: McGill - Queens University Press, 1993. Reprint of the 1939 edition. Red cloth. pp (xxiv), 424. Many charts and tables. Fine copy. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51016
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  • Barbeau, Victor and others
    Ville, ô ma ville

    Edition: First edition.

    Montréal: Société des écrivains canadiens., no date (1941). Card covers. pp 405 + 6 plates. Illustrations in text by Alfred Pellan. Edition of 500 copies, this is # 242 for Mr and Mme André Giraud (name in ink by hand). Corner crease at head of spine, else a fine copy, lacking the original patterned tissue wrapper. Issued to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city of Montréal. Nice book. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51015
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