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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…

  • BARBUSSE, Henri
    UNDER FIRE. The Story of a Squad. (LE FEU). Translated from the French by Fitzwater Wray.

    New York: Dutton, 1917. Eighth printing, same year as the first. Red cloth. [2]. viii, 358 pp.Spine a little sunned, with a couple small damp spots, wear at head; wear along top edge of front cover, less so to other edges; ink owner name; yellowing to page edges; else a good, clean and tight copy. An important French World War I novel by the symbolist poet.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48184
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  • COMFORT, Charles Fraser
    ARTIST AT WAR
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1956. Blue cloth. xvii, 187 pp + color frontispiece and 12 monochrome plates. Ink owner name, else fine in lightly used VG jacket. Memoirs of the Second World War by the man who is, next to Alex Colville, probably Canada's most famous war artist. .

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48174
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  • Dawson, Coningsby, 1883-1959
    Carry on : letters in war-time
    Edition: First printing

    New York: John Lane, 1917. Khaki cloth gilt. pp (134), (2, ads) + frontispiece portrait. 1 cm cloth tear to rear joint neatly repaired, ink owner names at front, yellowing to page edges, else a VG clean and unworn copy. Dawson, an Anglo-American, served with the Canadian Corps in France.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48175
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  • DEDIJER, Vladimir
    THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO
    Edition: First printing

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1966. Red cloth, colour endpaper maps. pp 550. Notes, bibliography, index. Ink owner name, VG+ clean and unworn copy otherwise. Jacket is just good, with chips, tears, faded spine. A detailed account of what lead up to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June, 1914, setting off WWI. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48176
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  • Corns, Cathryn; John Hughes-Wilson
    Blindfold and Alone: British Military Executions in the Great War (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

    London: Cassell, 2005. Card covers. pp 543 + plates; index. Ink owner name, else fine. The definitive history of the British soldiers executed by their own Army during the First World War Three hundred and fifty-one men were executed by British Army firing squads between September 1914 and November 1920. By far the greatest number, 266 were shot for desertion in the face of the enemy. The executions continue to haunt the history of the war, with talk today of shell shock and posthumous pardons. Using material released from the Public Records Office and other sources, the authors reveal what really happened and place the story of these executions firmly in the context of the military, social and medical context of the period.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48177
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  • COLLIS, Maurice
    FOREIGN MUD: being an account of the opium imbroglio at Canton in the 1830s & the Anglo-Chinese War that followed
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Knopf, 1947. Green cloth. pp 300, (v, index) + plates. Spine a bit sunned and darkened, page edges yellowed, ink owner name, else a VG clean and unworn jacketless copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48178
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  • COLTON, Joel
    LÉON BLUM: humanist in politics
    Edition: First printing

    New York: Knopf, 1966. Black cloth. pp 512, xiv (index) + plates. Ink owner name, page edges yellowed, else fine. Jacket has tears and small chips at spine ends, VG otherwise. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48179
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  • BergerCarl
    Sense of Power: Studies in the Ideas of Canadian Imperialism, 1867-1914
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970. Blue cloth. pp 277; index. Pencil ownership of noted Canadian historian C.P. Stacey and later ink ownership of another person, else fine in fine jacket. The distinguished Canadian historian's first book, it was named one of twenty best books by the Social Science Federation of Canada published since 1940.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48180
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  • BERGER, Carl
    THE WRITING OF CANADIAN HISTORY. Aspects of English-Canadian Historical Writing: 1900 to 1970.
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: University of Toronto Press., 1976. Beige cloth. pp (xii), 300; notes, index. Ink owner name, else fine. Jacket has a tear and small chips; good. A seminal book by a distinguished Canadian historian, it won a Governor-General's Award.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48182
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  • BENJAMIN, René
    PRIVATE GASPARD: soldier of France
    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Brentano's, 1916. Light brown cloth stamped in red, white, and blue. pp 300. Ink owner name, small ink date and price in corner of front free endpaper, page edges slightly yellowed, just a little leaned, else fine. Translated from the French by Selmer Fougner, this World War I novel won a Prix Goncourt.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48183
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  • Drake, L. Margaret
    RECONSTRUCTING SOLDIERS: An Occupational Therapist in WWI
    Edition: First printing

    Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc., 2003. Card covers. pp 206. Ink owner name, a bit leaned, else fine. Story of Lorena Longley and her work for the AEF.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48165
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  • Doyle, James
    The Fin de Siècle Spirit: Walter Blackburn Harte and the American/Canadian Literary Milieu of the 1890s
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: ECW Press, 1995. Glossy card covers. pp 151. Index. Ink owner name, else fine. Harte, born in England in 1868, emigrated to Canada in 1886, supporting himself as a jounalist and writer of short stories. He moved on the United States in 1890, working as editor of a series of experimental little magazines and earning a reputation as an avante garde writer. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48166
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  • Doughty, Robert A.
    Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War
    Edition: First printing

    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005. Advance uncorrected proof in glossy card covers. pp 571; maps, notes. Soft ripples to front cover, ink owner name, else fine. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48167
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  • Dolden, A.Stuart
    Cannon Fodder: An Infantryman's Life on the Western Front, 1914-18

    Poole, Dorset, England: Blandford Press, 1980. Brown boards. pp 185; index. Small ding to top edge of covers, ink owner name, else fine. Dust jacket has two sticker shadows, else fine. A. Stuart Dolden served with 1st Battalion London Scottish Regiment, this account is based on his day-to-day diary kept from his enlistment in 1914 to demobilisation in 1919.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48168
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  • CROTHERS, George Dunlap
    THE GERMAN ELECTIONS OF 1907

    New York: AMS Press, 1968. Facsimile reprint of the 1941 Columbia University Press edition. Grey cloth. pp 277; index. Ink owner name, else fine without jacket, as issued.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48169
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  • DANCOCKS, Daniel G.
    IN ENEMY HANDS: Canadian Prisoners of War 1935-45.
    Edition: First printing

    Edmonton, Alberta: Hurtig, 1935. Black boards, red endpapers. xvi, 303 pp + plates. Ink owner name, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. "There were more than nine thousand Canadians taken prisoner during World War II. Here, in their own words, are the stories of 165 of them - soldiers, airmen, sailors, captured in Europe and the Far East and imprisoned in camps in Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, and Japan. Forty years after th e event, they retell their remarkable adventures." - jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48170
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  • COLLIER, Basil
    BRASSHAT: a biography of Field-Marshal Sir Henry Wilson
    Edition: First printing

    London: Secker & Warburg, 1961. Maroon boards. pp 362 + plates; index. Ink owner name, else fine in very nearly fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48171
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  • Conrod, W. Hugh
    Athene goddess of war: The Canadian Women's Army Corps, their story
    Edition: First printing

    Dartmouth, NS: Writing & Editorial Services, 1983. Brown cloth. pp 397; photos, index. Ink owner name, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48172
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  • Marteinson, John K., and others
    We Stand on Guard: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Army
    Edition: First printing

    Montreal: Ovale Publications, 1992. Glossy pictorial boards. pp 411; index, maps, colour and b&w photos. Ink owner name, else fine in fine jacket. 2.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48146
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  • Hutchinson, Robert
    Jane's Submarines: War Beneath the Waves from 1776 to the Present Day

    London: Collins, 2005. Glossy card covers. pp 223. Colour and b&w illustrations, index. Ink owner name, remainder stripe to bottom page edges, else fine. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48147
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A selection of our current highlights…