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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…

  • SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles (Shakespeare)
    CONTEMPORARIES OF SHAKESPEARE. Edited by Edmund Gosse, C.B. and Thomas James Wise

    Edition: First edition.

    London: Heinemann, 1919. Blue cloth. pp xii, 308. Plain top edges. Ex library. Spine has slight rubbing to ends with light call number; small rubber stamp to front free endpaper and two early leaves; wartime text paper yellowed; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. Colbeck: Vol. 2, p.807, #111

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51133
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  • PRICE, Margaret Evans
    A CHILD'S BOOK OF MYTHS. Stories and illustrations by Margaret Evans Price. With an introduction by Katharie Lee Bates.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Rand McNally, c1924. Blue textured cloth gilt lettered with a large colour pictorial label on front cover, endpaper illustrations in green. pp (2), 112. Colour illustrations in text, 6 full page. One inch tear to bottom margin of title leaf neatly repaired, likewise to pp 13-14; minor rubbing to cover label and minor wear to outer corners; two ink check marks and notation to the Contents page; ink name and date in top margin of front free endpaper and Xmas, 1925, ink gift inscription on half-title page; else a VG clean, bright and tight attractive copy. 13 Greek myths plus a pronouncing vocabulary of proper names. Publisher's seal and "10 MA-24" production code on verso of title leaf. Reprinted many times.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51132
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  • SWETTENHAM, John
    CANADA AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR

    Edition: First Edition

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1969. Quarto, red cloth, illustrated endpapers. pp x, 160, [4]. Many black & white photos. Index. A good, jacketless copy. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51127
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  • HUBBARD, Mrs. Leonidas (Mina Benson Hubbard, 1870-1956)
    A WOMAN'S WAY THROUGH UNKNOWN LABRADOR: an account of the exploration of the Nascaupee and George Rivers

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: William Briggs, 1908. Made from UK sheets. Brown pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and blind. pp [2], xvi, 338 + frontispiece portrait and 50 photo plates + colour folding map in pouch at rear (complete). Index, author Preface, and Introduction by William B. Cabot. Moderate wear to spine ends; endpapers tanned; front free endpaper has an old ink gift inscription, small soil spot, and small pin holes and short tear repaired on verso with clear archival paper tape; light foxing to early leaves; cracked inner hinges and split of one flap fold neatly repaired on blank side with clear archival paper tape; scattered light foxing in text; in all, generally a VG clean and unworn copy, tight in…

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    Toronto: William Briggs, 1908. Made from UK sheets. Brown pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and blind. pp [2], xvi, 338 + frontispiece portrait and 50 photo plates + colour folding map in pouch at rear (complete). Index, author Preface, and Introduction by William B. Cabot. Moderate wear to spine ends; endpapers tanned; front free endpaper has an old ink gift inscription, small soil spot, and small pin holes and short tear repaired on verso with clear archival paper tape; light foxing to early leaves; cracked inner hinges and split of one flap fold neatly repaired on blank side with clear archival paper tape; scattered light foxing in text; in all, generally a VG clean and unworn copy, tight in the binding.>>> "At the turn of the 20th century, explorer, surveyor, and exploration writer Mina Hubbard led an expedition to survey the last unmapped area of eastern Canada. Her daring 1905 expedition through unexplored eastern Labrador resulted in notable advancements in geographical knowledge. Taking continuous measurements of latitude along the 900 kilometre journey from North West River to Ungava Bay, Hubbard established the correct positions of the Naskaupi and George Rivers and associated lakes and tributaries. The map she produced was immediately recognised by both the American and British Geographical Society and remained definitive until the advent of aerial photography in Labrador in the 1930s. Mina Benson Hubbard Ellis was born in 1870 on a farm in Ontario. She worked as a teacher from 1886 to 1896 before training as a nurse in New York. One of her patients there was Leonidas Hubbard, Jr., a former teacher turned journalist. They married in 1901, but two years later he died of starvation and exposure while exploring Labrador. In 1905, Mina Hubbard set out to finish her husband’s work and led an expedition through the interior of northeastern Labrador. She travelled with four skilled woodsmen and also brought cameras, meteorological instruments, and survey equipment. Though she was neither an experienced wilderness traveller nor a geographer, her well-planned expedition was completed in record time and she compiled a valuable set of observations. Hubbard’s photographs represented the first such record of the interior landscape and its people, the Innu. Her map of the region’s rivers and lakes, published in 1906, was the basis for official maps of North America for decades. Hubbard was also an author of a classic of Canadian exploration literature. Her 1908 publication A Woman’s Way Through Unknown Labrador and her field diary are unique departures from standard exploration writing of the day. Instead of focusing on themes of endurance and contest, her written work reveals an openness to the perspectives and opinions of her Indigenous and Métis four-man crew. This ensured that their values and sensitivities, rather than European paradigms, determined the comfortable nature of the trip and its success. The earliest Canadian woman to launch and complete an expedition with explicitly scientific goals, Hubbard was recognized for her scientific contributions and made a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Geographical Society in 1927." - Parks Canada.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51126
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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: 51124
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  • FISHER, M.F.K.
    AN ALPHABET FOR GOURMETS. With drawings by Marvin Bileck

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Viking, 1949. Reddish brown illustrated cloth. pp 255. Reddish top page edges faded, light yellowing to other edges, else fine. Dust jacked has reddish brown spine sunned to greyish (as often), with slight rubbing along the front fold and very shallow chip across head, VG+ otherwise, flap price intact.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51122
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  • TAYLOR, Duff, Captain
    SKATING

    London: Seeley, Service, 1937. Yellow cloth lettered in black. pp 70, (10, ads) + 9 photo plates. Index. Fine copy. Jacket has two short tears to front panel and a small chip and nicks to rear panel; faintly yellowed spine has a small chip at head of spine; VG+ otherwise, flap price intact. Volume IV of The Modern Sports Series. Originally published as a section of WINTER SPORTS, edited by Neville Lytton (1930).

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51121
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  • LONDON, Jack
    THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS. With Jack London photographs and drawings by Gustav Doré. Foreword by Claruice Stasz

    No place (USA): Joseph Simon, 1980. Green cloth with illustrated boards in a beige card slipcase. Ink owner name, else fine. Slipcase has slight soiling on one side, else fine. This edition omits the many photos found in the rare 1902 original edition.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51119
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  • FLANAGAN, Robert
    BODY

    Edition: First printing

    Anansi, 1970. Octavo, card covers. Fine copy. Toronto poet's first book of many.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51118
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  • Celebrating 150 years: walking through Welland

    Edition: First printing

    Welland, ON: City of Welland, 150th Anniversary Committee, 2008. Glossy pictorial boards. pp (4), 398. Book is all photographs, many in colour. Fine copy. 2.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51116
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  • ROWE, David E. and John McCleary, editors
    THE HISTORY OF MODERN MATHEMATICS: Volume I: Ideas and their reception. Volume II: Institutions and applications

    Edition: First printings

    San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1989. Two volumes, printed glossy boards. Ink owner name on title pages, else fine. Proceedings of the Sympowium on the History of Modern Mathematics Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, June 20-24, 1989. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51114
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  • Hawke, David Freeman
    Nuts and Bolts of the Past: A History of American Technology, 1776-1860

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Harper & Row, 1988. Yellow cloth. pp 308. Index, illustrated. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51113
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  • SINGER, Charles
    A HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY: Volume IV, the Industrial Revolution c 1750 - c 1850

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1958. Blue cloth. pp 728 + 48 plates on 24 leaves + colour frontispiece. Index, illustrations in text. Page edges yellowed, else fine in VG lightly yellowed jacket, no owner marks. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51112
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  • SINGER, Charles
    A HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY: Volume V, the late nineteenth century c 1850 to c 1900

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1959. Blue cloth. pp 888 + 44 plates on 22 leaves + colour frontispiece. Index, illustrations in text. Page edges yellowed, else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner marks. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51111
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  • BELL, E.T.
    MEN OF MATHEMATICS

    London: The Scientific Book Club, no date. Cloth & boards. 653. Index. Text paper yellowed, pages edges brown, spine lightly darkened, bump to upper outer corner of rear cover, small ink notation at front, else a VG clean and unworn copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51110
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  • STRUIK, Dirk J.
    THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN SCIENCE (New England)

    New York: Cameron Associates, 1957. Reprint of the 1948 first edition. Grey cloth. pp 430, index. Text paper and page edges yellowed, else fine. Thin jacket has small chips along to upper edges, spine lightly yellowed, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51109
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  • BELL, E.T.
    THE DEVELOPMENT OF MATHEMATICS

    New York: McGraw-Hill, 1945. Third printing of the second edition, enlarged, adding about 50 pages to the text of the 1940 first edition. Terra cotta cloth. pp 637. Yellowing to page edges, else a VG+ copy, no owner marks. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51108
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  • Grattan-Guinness, Ivor
    The Norton History of the Mathematical Sciences (The Norton History of Science)

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1998. Black boards. pp 817. Fine in fine jacket. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51107
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  • William Dawson & Sons
    MEDICINE AND SCIENCE: a bibliographical catalogue of historical and rare books from the 15th to the 20th century. Catalogue no. 91

    London: Wm. Dawson & Sons, no date (1956). Card covers. pp 610, (4, ads) + 68 plates on 34 leaves, some illustrations in text. Covers have been laminated; just a few red ink notes in text margins; VG otherwise. An extensive and useful reference by a distinguished antiquarian bookseller. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51106
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  • bissett, bill
    tell me what attackd yu

    No place (Vancouver): Pulp Press, no date (1974?). 45 x 25 cm. Printed in black on cheap pulpy paper. Soft creases, VG otherwise. Reprinted from nobody owns th earth (Anansi, 1971).

    Condition: Binding: Broadside

    Book ID: 51103
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