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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…

  • ZUK, Georges (pseud. of Robin Skelton)
    ZUK. Translated from the French of Georges Zuk. With and introduction and notes by Robin Skelton

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porucpine's Quill, 1982. Card covers. Ink owner name of author John Metcalf. Minor spine rubbing. VG+. Poetry.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52236
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  • SCOTT, F.R.
    SIGNATURE

    Edition: First printing

    Vancouver: Klanak Press, 1964. Octavo, card covers (not issued in hardcover). 56 pp. Ink name of a Canadian academic / poet inside front cover, else a fine copy. Designed by Takao Tanabe. Nicely printed. Poetry. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52235
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  • SMITH, A.J.M.
    COLLECTED POEMS

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Oxford, 1962. Red boards. Fine copy. First state red and black jacket rippled from damp, but no damp marks on the book itself, VG otherwise. Darling A17. With a comps of Oxford UP, London, slip laid in. The copy was sent for review to Outpost magazine. We acquired it from the widow of poet, editor, and publisher Howard Seageant.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52234
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  • (SMITH, Goldwin)
    BAY LEAVES: translations from the Latin poets. Printed for private circulation

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: C.Blackett Robinson, 1890. Card covers in dust jacket with flaps on three sides. pp vi, 115. Dust jacket has a shallow chip across spine ends, one nick; page edges yellowed; 1941 ink inscription at front indicating this was Cora E.Stubbs and Maurice Hutton's copy. VG+ otherwise. Hutton was a distinguished classics scholar at the University of Toronto. Four page Introduction by Goldwin Smith, the translator, whose name does not appear on the title page. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52233
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  • SMITH, Lyman C.
    A BLOSSOM OF THE SEA and Other Poems

    Edition: First edition.

    Wilmington, Delaware: New Amstel Magazine Company, 1910. Octavo, olive pictorial cloth stamped in blue and white. pp (2), 218, (2). Tanning to pp 168-69 from clipping once laid in, ink name at front, page edges yellowed, VG otherwise. Watters p. 185. Verse by an Ontario school teacher.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52232
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  • SHIELDS, Carol
    INTERSECT

    Edition: First printing

    Ottawa: Borealis Press, 1974. Card covers. pp 59. Fine copy. Poetry. Author's second book. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52231
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  • SHOOLMAN, Regina Lenore
    UNCERTAIN GLORY

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: 1932. Pinkish card covers with gold cover label. 8 pp. Edition of 250 copies. Ryerson Poetry Chap-book 65. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52230
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  • SIBUM, Norm
    AMONG OTHER HOWLS IN THE STORM

    Edition: First printing

    Vancouver: Pulp Press, 1982. Card covers. Advance copy for review with sheet laid in. Bit sunning to spine and inner margins of covers, else fine. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52229
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  • SKELTON, Robin
    DISTANCES

    Edition: First edition.

    Erin, ON: Porcupines Quill, 1985. Card covers. Fine copy. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52228
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  • SKELTON, Robin
    LANDMARKS

    Edition: First printing

    Victoria / Lantzville, BC: Sono Nis Press / Oolichan Books, 1979. Card covers (not issued in hardcover). Fine copy. Comps of Canada Council rubber stamp at front, VG otherwise. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52227
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  • SKELTON, Robin
    THE COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS 1947-1977

    Edition: First printing

    Victoria, BC: Sono Nis Press, 1981. Blue boards. Fine copy. Jacket has a short tear to front panel, soft spine creases, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52226
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  • L'ÎLE D'ORLÉANS by ROY, Pierre Georges
    ROY, Pierre Georges
    L'ÎLE D'ORLÉANS

    Edition: First edition

    Québec: Ls-A. Proulx (King's Printer). for the Historic Monuments Commission of the Province of Quebec, 1928. Original colour illustrated paper covers. pp [2]. viii, 505 + colour plates with captioned tissue guards. Numerous b&w plates and vignettes in text, some orange vignettes. Vertical reading creases to bit sunned spine; corner crease to front cover; rear cover has a diagonal crease, a small chip, and a large corner chip; in all, good externally, internally fine, tight in the binding, no owner names. An attractive and extensive historical treatment of this island in the St Lawrence River near Québec City. Text is in English. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52225
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  • SCOTT, Frederick George
    POEMS

    Edition: First printing

    London: Constable, 1910. Blue cloth gilt, top edges gilt. pp xii, (298), [2]. Spine darkened, with a little wear at head; page edges yellowed; VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52224
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  • SCRACE, Richard (pseud.) and O.T. M. Williamson
    DUET FOR CELLO AND DRUM

    Edition: First edition

    Toronto: Southam Press, 1947. Blue cloth spine and light blue boards. pp (6), (46). Introduction by Judith Robinson. Fine copy, inscribed by O.T.M. Williamson in 1950. Fine copy of this book of vese by a mother and her son. "Richard Scrace"is a pseudonym of Lydia Buckland Williamson. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52223
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  • SERVICE, Robert W.
    BALLADS OF A CHEECHAKO

    Edition: First Canadian printing

    Toronto: William Briggs, 1909. Dark blue ribbed cloth stamped in gilt. 137 pp. Minute rubbing to ends of very lightly darkened spine; yellowing to page edges; front pastedown has remains of a label, light damp stain, small tan spot offset onto the facing page; VG + otherwise.The author's second book in the quite common (15K copies) first Canadian edition. There was also a larger format illustrated Canadian edition later in 1909. The US first was published by Stern in Philadelphia.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52222
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  • PRATT, E.J.
    TEN SELECTED POEMS. With Notes.

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1947. Blue cloth. pp (xii), 149, (3). Bit of rubbing to the bit darkened spine; former owner's ink name and small name label at front; else a VG jacketless copy. This first printing makes no mention of "St. Martin's Classics" on title page. Laakso A17A. Contents: Introduction; The Titanic; Dunkirk; The Cachalot; No. 6000; The Submarine; The Ice-Floes; The Old Eagle; Putting Winter to Bed; To Angelina, An Old Nurse; Brebeuf and his Brethren; Notes.A collection designed for school use. This first print ing is somewhat uncommon.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 52221
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  • BALLADS OF A BOHEMIAN by SERVICE, Robert W.
    SERVICE, Robert W.
    BALLADS OF A BOHEMIAN

    Edition: First printing

    New York & Newark, NJ: Barse & Hopkins, 1921. Green cloth stamped in gilt. Page edges yellowed, light endpaper yellowing, text paper lightly toned, minor rubbing to spine ends with a bit of flaking to the spine imprint, VG+ otherwise, no owner names. In the uncommon dust jacket which has a shallow chip across top of front panel and head of spine just touching one letter; small chips and rubbing to foot of spine with loss of one letter; bit of rubbing to folds; VG otherwise, attractive. A pipe-smoking bachelor in his smoking jacket, seated, thinking about dames who float across the panels. Mitham A11a.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 52220
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  • Trumbach, Randolph
    Sex and the Gender Revolution, Volume 1: Heterosexuality and the Third Gender in Enlightenment London

    Edition: First edition

    University of Chicago Press, 1998. Black cloth. pp (xviii), 509. Index, 3 maps, tables. Fine in fine jacket. Extramarital relations, prostitution, syphillis, rape, adultery, and more. 1,2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52218
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  • BALSTON, Thomas
    THE LIFE OF JONATHAN MARTIN incendiary of York Minster, with some account of William and Richard Martin

    Edition: First edition

    London: Macmillan, 1945. Black cloth. pp x, (148) + plates. Fine copy. Cream dust jacket has some chips, tears, spine darkening, price-clip, good.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52217
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  • CAREY, Frances, editor
    THE APOCALYPSE and the shape of things to come

    Edition: First edition

    University of Toronto Press, 1999. Glossy card covers. pp 352. Richly illustrated in colour and b&w. Index. Ink gift inscription, else fine. "Examines the depiction of the Apocalypse in the visual arts over nearly 1,000 years." 1.9 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52216
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A selection of our current highlights…