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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.

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  • Ohno, Kaoru ; Keivan Esfarjani; Yoshiyuki Kawazoe
    Computational Materials Science: From Ab Initio to Monte Carlo Methods

    Edition: First printing

    Berlin: 1999. Printed boards. pp 325, index. Fine copy. Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences. In print (2018) at USD 109.99.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53854
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  • EMILY OF NEW MOON by MONTGOMERY, L.M.
    MONTGOMERY, L.M.
    EMILY OF NEW MOON

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date (1923). Octavo, light blue diagonally fine ribbed cloth lettered and ruled in black. pp viii, 299. Foxing to page edges and text early and late; endpapers browned; small "white out" on front free endpaper, else a VG clean and unworn copy of the scarce British first, published the same year as the US and Canadian editions. Violà locates only 3 copies of the UK first, including LMM's own now at U Guelph. LAC copy in red boards is in fact a cheap reprint.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52563
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  • THE GARDEN OF CANADA: Burlington, Oakville and district
    THE GARDEN OF CANADA: Burlington, Oakville and district

    Edition: First edtion

    Toronto: William Briggs, 1902. Dark green cloth lettered and bordered in gilt, all edges gilt, floral endpapers. pp [2]. (2), 95. Many photos. Front free endpaper has old tape stains with foxing on the verso and on the recto of the rear free endpaper; else a VG clean and unworn copy. Laid in is a newspaper clipping about the impending 1973 reprint and the mystery surrounding the biography of the author. Primarily a description of the homes and businesses in Burlington and Oakville, Ontario. Scarce.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52330
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  • "CARRY ON". The History of the Toronto Scottish Regiment (M.G.) 1939-1945. Illustrated with Photographs from the Canadian Army Photo Section, C.M.H.Q. Cartoons and Maps by the Author. by GRANT, D.W., Major
    GRANT, D.W., Major
    "CARRY ON". The History of the Toronto Scottish Regiment (M.G.) 1939-1945. Illustrated with Photographs from the Canadian Army Photo Section, C.M.H.Q. Cartoons and Maps by the Author.

    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: The regiment, 1949. Blue cloth. pp (xiv), (177), (12) + 2 colour plates; colour maps on text paper extra to the pagination. Llight yellowing to page edges, soft bruise to lower outer corner of front cover, else fine. Jacket has small tears to head of spine, else fine. Without the glossary and list of abbreviations pamphlet wihich often accompanies the book. The unit served with the 2nd Canadian Division at Dieppe, Normandy, and Northern Europe.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 53852
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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: 53851
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  • ELLENWOOD, Ray
    EGREGORE The Montreal Automatist Movement

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Exile, 1992. Card covers. p xvi, 357. Index. Colour and b&w illustrations. Fine copy. Jacket has a small tear at head of sunned spine, else fine. 1.3 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53850
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  • DONOVAN, Daniel
    THE DONVAN COLLECTION

    Toronto: University of St. Michael's College, 2010. Printed boards, colour illustratoions . A fine copy, with flyer for the book launch laid in. A catalogue of Professor Donovan's collection of contemporary Canadian art donation to St. Mike's in the University of Toronto.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53849
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  • 1913 ARMORY SHOW 50TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION 1963
    1913 ARMORY SHOW 50TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION 1963

    New York: Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1963. The paper issue in card covers, pp 212. Spine yellowed with two small damp spots, bump to lower outer corner of front cover through page 36, VG clean and unworn otherwise. Reprints the catalogue of the seminal 1913 exhibition. 281 plates, 16 in colour.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53848
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  • PERSONAL NOTE by BRUCE, Charles
    BRUCE, Charles
    PERSONAL NOTE

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1941. pp (iv), 8,, stapled, in buff card covers. Clipping about the author pasted inside rear cover has cause some offsetting to the last page, else fine, and signed by the author.This acclaimed Nova Scotia author's scarce third book, a book of poetry.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53847
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  • BERRY, Michelle (Andrew Valko)
    POSTCARD FICTIONS. Paintings by Andrew Valko. Text by Michelle Berry

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Key Porter, 2001. Card covers with flaps. Colour illustrations. Fine copy, and inscribed by Berry and Valko to authors Leon and Connie Rooke. Valko is a noted Czech-Canadian artist.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53846
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  • CHANCE: a tale in two parts (Colonial Library issue) by CONRAD, Joseph
    CONRAD, Joseph
    CHANCE: a tale in two parts (Colonial Library issue)

    Edition: First edition

    London: Methuen, 1913 [for 1914]. Second printing ("Second Edition"), colonial library issue. Red cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. pp viii, (408) pp + 8 pp Autumn, 1913, ads + 31, (1) pp May., 1913, catalogue at rear, colonial library ads to pastedowns and both sides of front free endpapers (this title not listed). Minor wear to spine ends with a little darkening to lower half of spine imprint; yellowing and a bit of foxing to page edges; front free endpaper has small owner name and place at top and a corner from the lower fore corner (no printing lost); yellowing to endpapers, slight foxing to early leaves; covers professionally touched up and now show very well; a…

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    London: Methuen, 1913 [for 1914]. Second printing ("Second Edition"), colonial library issue. Red cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. pp viii, (408) pp + 8 pp Autumn, 1913, ads + 31, (1) pp May., 1913, catalogue at rear, colonial library ads to pastedowns and both sides of front free endpapers (this title not listed). Minor wear to spine ends with a little darkening to lower half of spine imprint; yellowing and a bit of foxing to page edges; front free endpaper has small owner name and place at top and a corner from the lower fore corner (no printing lost); yellowing to endpapers, slight foxing to early leaves; covers professionally touched up and now show very well; a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. CHANCE is by far Conrad's most bibliographically complicated book and one of the most complicated modern first editions I know of. A binder's strike, plus unanticipated demand, caused a great deal of scrambling on the publisher's part as copies were designated for the colonial edition and then recalled for the domestic issue and then some were sent back for the colonial issues. The book was Conrad's first big financial success and perhaps his most elaborately structured novel.> > First publication was intended for Sept. 1913 but was put forward to Jan., 1914, for the domestic issue, though 315 copies for the Canadian issue were put on sale in early Nov.,1913, making it probably the firat published edition (about 50 copies of the domestic issue with the 1913 title date got out before publication). Methuen completed three printings by Oct. 1913, There were 500 copies for this second printing of the colonial issue which used the colonial library prelims (a further 750 copies were transferred from the domestic stock). This copy has both quotation marks around "Narcissus" on the list of titles facing the title page, indicating it was printed before the domestic second printing. Cagle A17 (6), A nice copy of a very scarce issue of a major Conrad.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53802
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  • HITCHENS, Christopher
    ARGUABLY: essays

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Twelve, 2011. pp (xx), (791). Light soiling to page edges, near fine otherwise. Jacket has a nick at head of spine, near fine otherwise. 1.35 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53845
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  • HITCHENS, Christopher
    FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT: Essays and Minority Reports

    London: Verso, 1994. Card covers. VG+ copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53844
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  • HARRIS, Sam
    THE MORAL LANDSCAPE: how science can determine human values

    New York: Free Press, c2010. Second printing. Page edges faintly yellowed, else fine in nearly fine jacket.,

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53843
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  • CASTLE, Jacqui
    THE SECLUSION

    Edition: First printing

    Oakland, CA: Inkshares, 2018. Card covers. Just a little leaned, page edges lightly yellowed, else fine, and signed by the author. A dystopian young adult novel.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53842
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  • Durnford, Hugh; Madely, Peter, editors
    GREAT CANADIAN ADVENTURES

    Edition: First printing

    Montreal: Reader's Digest, 1976. Brown imitation leather gilt. pp (736). Illuustrated. Ink gift inscription at front, near fine otherwise. 1.45 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53841
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  • KEEFER, Michael
    HARD TRUTHS FOR CANADA ABOUT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Le Tonnelier Media, 2015. Card covers. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53840
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  • ACORN, Milton
    THE ISLAND MEANS MINAGO: poems from Prince Edward Island

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: NC Press, 1975. The paper issue. Text paper lightly toned, as always, small corner crease to front cover, VG+ otherwise. The book won the Governor-General's Award for Poetry.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53839
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  • INJURY TIME by BAINBRIDGE, Beryl
    BAINBRIDGE, Beryl
    INJURY TIME

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Braziller, 1977. Rose boards. Small soil spot to fore edges, else fine, with ink ownership signature of author Leon Rooke. Jacket has lightly sunned spine, else fine. Awarded the Whitbread prize for best novel in 1977.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53837
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  • WATT, Kelly
    MAD DOG

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2001. Advance uncorrected proof. White non-pictorial card covers. literary agency label at front, else a fine copy. Her first novel.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53836
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