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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…

  • KNOX, Alexander
    RAIDER'S MOON
    Edition: First printing

    London: Macmillan, 1975. Grey boards. Short tear to upper margin of one leaf, foxing to top page edges, else fine. Price-clipped jacket small tears, VG and bright otherwise. A novel of the Great Lakes and the Hudson's Bay Company set in late 18th century Canada.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49200
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  • KOCH, Eric
    THE FRENCH KISS: a tongue-in-cheek political fantasy. Illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen (suppressed first printing)
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, no date (1969). The suppressed first printing, with no copyright date and no cancel leaves. Black boards. Faint yellowing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has one short corner tear, some quite minor rubbing, else fine.The novel was based on Charled De Gaulle's visit to Québec in 1967 during which he shouted to a crowd "Vive le Québec Libre !", fanning the separatist flames. The family of Québec politician Daniel Johnson took legal advice and informed the publisher that he had been libeled, so the book was taken off bookstore shelves and the offending passages were changed with cancel leaves. Edition of 3k copies.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49201
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  • KREISEL, Henry
    THE ALMOST MEETING and Other Stories
    Edition: First printing

    Edmonton, Alberta: NeWest, 1981. Brown cloth. Fine copy. White dust jacket has light soiling and one small tear, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49202
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  • Kreisel, Henry (Shirley Neuman, editor)
    Another Country: Writings by and about Henry Kreisel
    Edition: First printing

    Edmonton, Alberta: NeWest Press, 1985. Card covers, the simultaneous paper issue. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49203
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  • KREINER, Philip
    CONTACT PRINTS
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1987. Blue boards. Slight yellowing to page edges, else fine. Inscribed by the author to the late poet Judith Fitzgerald "To Judith K. from Philip K. Oct. '87" (I purchased this from Fitzgerald). A comic novel about teaching on a Cree reserve on James Bay.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49204
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  • MAYNE, Seymour, editor and introduction (A.M. Klein)
    THE A.M. KLEIN SYMPOSIUM

    University of Ottawa Press, 1975. Card covers. pp (123). Extensive checklist of books, periodical appearance, and translations at rear. Corner crease to front cover, ink owner name to front fly leaf, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49205
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  • KNISTER, Raymond (Margaret Ray)
    RAYMOND KNISTER: a bibliography of his works

    Printed under the auspices of the Bibliographical Society of Canada (1949? 1950?). "Reprinted from The collected poems of Raymond Knister, Edited by Dorothy Livesay, The Ryerson Press, Toronto, Canada, 1949". pp 8, stapled, in self wrappers. Fine copy. Includes his published novels, edited book, periodical appearances of his short stories and poems, his play, articles, book reviews, unpublished works, articles on him, biographical notices, obituaries, and selected reviews of his works. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49195
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  • KNISTER, Raymond
    SELECTED STORIES OF RAYMOND KNISTER. Edited, and with an Introduction by Michael Gnarowski
    Edition: First printing

    University of Ottawa Press, 1972. Card covers, green fly leaves. pp [4], (3)-119, [5]. Spine and margins of covers yellowed, slightly dusty, compliments of the Canada Council label at front, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49196
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  • KNOX, Olive
    RED RIVER SHADOWS
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1948. Red cloth. Publisher's complimentary label tipped in at front. Light yellowing to page edges, else a fine, jacketless copy. An historical love story of the Selkirk settlers set in Manitoba 1819-49.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49197
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  • KNOX, Olive
    RED RIVER SHADOWS
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1948. Red cloth. A couple small damp spots to bit faded spine, VG otherwise. SUPPLIED Dust jacket has a small hole in slightly sunned spine, small edge tears, price-clipped, VG otherwise. Inscribed by the author to fellow Canadian author Joseph Schull "To Joseph Schull - With regards & a great admiration for your radio plays. Olive Knox". An historical love story of the Selkirk settlers set in Manitoba 1819-49.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49198
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  • KNOX, Olive
    RED RIVER SHADOWS
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1948. Red cloth. Spine lightly darkened, page edges lightly yellowed, VG jacketless copy otherwise. Inscribed by the author " Avec affection à mon cher ami - Adrien Plouffe - Olive Knox". An historical love story of the Selkirk settlers set in Manitoba 1819-49.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49199
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  • MacDIARMID, Hugh
    A LAP OF HONOUR (inscribed)
    Edition: First printing

    London: MacGbbon & Kee. Red boards. pp (69), [3]. Fine copy. Jacket has a small chip and nick at head of spine, VG otherwise. Inscribed by the author to an academic, Biggar, Sept., 1967". Poems publisheed to mark his 75th birthday. Includes a glossary of Scots words.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49190
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  • KROETSCH, Robert
    WHAT THE CROW SAID
    Edition: First printing

    Don Mills, Ontario: General Publishing, 1978. Dark blue boards. Faint yellowing to page edges, minute rubbing to spine ends, else fine. Jacket has minute rubbing to spine ends and outer corners, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49187
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  • KROETSCH, Robert
    THE WORDS OF MY ROARING
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1966. Red and black boards, red top page edges. Fine copy. White dust jacket lightly dusty, rear panel has rubbing and small tears, VG otherwise, flap price intact. Alberta author's second book, a novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49188
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  • Kushner, Donn
    Uncle Jacob's ghost story
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1984. Beige boards. pp 132. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49189
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  • TAMBOUR and Other Stories. Decorations by Stanley Turner, A.R.C.A. by RADDALL, Thomas H.
    RADDALL, Thomas H.
    TAMBOUR and Other Stories. Decorations by Stanley Turner, A.R.C.A.
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1945. Blue cloth, endpaper maps. Fine copy. Dust jacket has small chips and tears to spine ends; red band at foot of spine sunned to yellow; short tears to flap folds; VG otherwise. Short stories of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by the noted Nova Scotia author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49184
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  • THE BETRAYAL (signed) by KREISEL, Henry
    KREISEL, Henry
    THE BETRAYAL (signed)
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1964. Black and blue boards. Fine copy. Jacket has minor rubbing at edges, else fine. Signed by the author on the title page, and with ink ownership name of Canadian author John Metcalf. Second novel of this Austrian-Canadian immigrant to Alberta. "Kreisel became one of the first Jewish writers to write about Jewish-Canadian issues." - Wikipedia.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49185
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  • KREISEL, Henry
    THE BETRAYAL
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1964. Black and blue boards. Fine copy. Jacket has light rubbing, VG. Second novel of this Austrian-Canadian immigrant to Alberta. "Kreisel became one of the first Jewish writers to write about Jewish-Canadian issues." - Wikipedia.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49186
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  • PRICE- BROWN [John]
    LAURA THE UNDAUNTED: a Canadian historical romance
    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1930. Octavo, blue cloth. pp (8), 279. Lacking the front free endpaper, else a VG copy. A novel of Laura Secord. Part III concerns the War of 1812. Uncommon.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49182
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  • CURZON, Sarah Anne
    LAURA SECORD, THE HEROINE OF 1812 : a Drama. And Other Poems
    Edition: First Edition

    Toronto: C. Blackett Robinson, 1887. Octavo, original reddish-brown cloth gilt lettered, all edges gilt. pp (8), (viii), (9)-215. Without the errata slip at rear found in some copies. Covers damp stained ans faded (a portion of rear cover bleached to white); bubbling to pastedowns; offset tanning to free endpapers; ink owner name to title page (J.C. McCorkell); text paper lightly rippled. In all, only fair externally, but internally, but for the rippling, the text is VG or better. "Sarah Anne Curzon née Vincent (1833 - November 6, 1898) was a Canadian poet, journalist, editor, and playwright who was one of 'the first women's rights activists and supporters of liberal feminism' in Canada. During her lifetime she was best known for her closet drama, Laura Secord: The Heroine of 1812, one of the works that made Laura Secord a household name." - Wikipedia. She called "Laura Secord" Canada's first feminist play. Contains a 6 page "Memoir" of Secord at the front. Also includes notes and some correspondence pertaining to the War of 1812.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49183
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A selection of our current highlights…