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STEVEN TEMPLE BOOKS IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND IS SHIPPING TO EVERYWHERE IT IS ALLOWED.

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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…

  • DUNSANY, Lord
    THE BOOK OF WONDER

    New York: Modern Library. A later printing. Brown limp leathette. Page edges yellowed, slight wear to spine ends, black spot to lower inner corner of rear pastedown, minor rubbing to front cover, else a VG clean and tight copy, no owner names. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53410
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  • LAMBERT, Sheena
    OH, MY DARLING. Stories

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: HarperCollins, 2013. Cloth & boards, Rubber stamp on front free endpaper and title page of a Little Free Library; some pencil scoring and notes in text (by Constance Rooke); nice unworn copy otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53409
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  • COLES, Don
    FORESTS OF THE MEDIEVAL WORLD

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1993. Glossy card covers. pp (63). One word and a few margin lines in ink in text (by Constance Rooke), else fine. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53408
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  • JOHNSON, Tamara, editor (Emily Dickinson)
    READINGS ON EMILY DICKINSON

    Edition: First printing

    San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1997. Glossy card covers. pp 154, indexed. Covers a bit curled, ink notation at front, else fine. Contains on pp 80-83 "An explication of 'The First Day's Night had come" by Constance Rooke.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53407
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  • DANIEL, Daniel Frederick (Reynolds Price)
    WITHIN AND WITHOUT: the fiction of Reynolds Price

    Ann Arbor, MI: University Micofilms, 1979. Card covers. pp 255 printed on rectos of leaves. Reproduction of his 1977 PhD dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Corner creases; two leaves have come loose and are creased at the fore edges; just a good copy. With ink ownership of Constance Rooke, and with her ink underlining and notes in text. Rooke wrote a monograph on Price for the Twyane United States Authors series and Price and the Rookes were friends.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53406
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  • CHRISTY, Lo Fitzgerald
    THE PHILOSOPHY OF PETER PAN: growing up, growing old, coming home

    Ann Arbor, MI: University Micofilms, 1986. Card covers. pp 335, leaves printed on rectos only. Reproduction of her 1975 philosophy PhD dissertation at the University of California at Santa Cruz. VG clean copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53405
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  • SMITH, Ron & Stephen Guppy
    RAINSHADOW: stories from Vancouver Island

    Edition: First printing

    Lantzville. BC / Victoria, BC: Oolichan Books / Sono Nis Press, 1982. Brown boards. Text paper lighty toned, as always, else fine in fine jacket. Contains Leon Rooke's story "Sing Me No Love Songs I'll Say You No Prayers". This hardcover issue was limited to 80 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies, signed by all the contributors. This is # 45. Valgardson, Hodgins, Kinsella, Sean Virgo, Skelton, Wilfred Watson, and others, 15 authors and signatures in all. This was Leon Rooke's own copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53404
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  • HANCOCK, Geoff, editor and introduction
    MAGIC REALISM: an anthology

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Aya Press, 1980. Black cloth. Text paper lightly toned, else fine in very nearly fine jacket. Contains "Dinner with the Swardians", a story by Leon Rooke. His own copy, signed by him. Uncommon in this hardcover issue.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53403
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  • WEAVER, Robert, editor
    CANADIAN SHORT STORIES fourth series

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1985. Card covers. Text paper yellowed, as always, else fine. Contains Leon Rooke's story "A Bolt of White Cloth". Also Atwood, Munro, Gallant, Kinsella, Levine, others. Rooke's own copy, signed by him. Publisher's complimentary copy with their postcard soliciting an opinion laid in.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53402
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  • HANCOCK, Geoff
    SINGULARITIES: fragments, parafictions, prose poems - new directions inf fiction and physics

    Edition: First printing

    Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1990. Card covers. Spine lightly sunned, small corner crease to front cover, else fine. Contains on pp 96-97 "Statement . Dippings", a non-fiction piece and a very short story by Leon Rooke. Also Gwendolyn MacEwen, Pat Lane, Kroetsch, Newlove, and many others. Though not signed by him, this was Leon Rooke's own copy. He has made two small ink marks in this contribution.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53401
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  • KIRKWOOD, Hilda
    BETWEEN THE LINES

    Edition: First printing

    (Ottawa): Oberon, 1994. The paper issue in card covers. Fine copy of this collection of interviews with leading Canadian writers. Leon Rooke, Margaret Laurence, Robertson Davies, Barker Fairley, Northrop Frye, others. This was Leon Rooke's own copy, signed by him.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53400
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  • HANCOCK, Geoff
    CANADIAN WRITERS AT WORK: interviews with Geoff Hancock

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1987. Card covers. Advance copy for review, so rubber stamped at front. Text paper lightly toned, VG+ copy. Leon Rooke, Mavs Gallant, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, 10 noted Canadian authors in all. Though not indicated in the book, this was Leon Rooke's own copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53399
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  • HANCOCK, Geoff
    SINGULARITIES: fragments, parafictions, prose poems - new directions inf fiction and physics

    Edition: First printing

    Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1990. Card covers. Spine lightly sunned, else fine. Contains on pp 96-97 "Statement . Dippings", a non-fiction piece and a very short story by Leon Rooke. Also Gwendolyn MacEwen, Pat Lane, Kroetsch, Newlove, and many others.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53397
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  • BELSERENE, Paul, editor
    CANADIAN SHORT FICTION ANTHOLOGY Volume 2

    Edition: First printing

    Vancouver: Intermedia, 1982. Card covers. VG+. Contains on pp 58-65 Leon Rooke's story "Sixteen Year Old Susan March Confesses to the Innocent Murder of all the Devious Strangers Who Would Drag Her Down". Also Kinsella, Kilodney, Valgardson, Livesay, many others.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53396
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  • SONNTAG, Patti and Grant Loewen, editors
    MOOSEMILK

    Edition: First printing

    Montreal: DC Books, 1999. Card covers. Fine copy. The Moosehead Anthology VII, the best of Moosehead from 1977 to 1999, Contains on pp 43-53 "Dust", a story by Leon Rooke. Also Leonard Cohen, Al Purdy, Pat Lane, Elizabeth Spencer, many others.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53395
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  • HANCOCK, Geoff, editor
    ILLUSION ONE: fables, fantasies and metafictions

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Aya Press, 1983. Card covers. A bit leaned, spine yellowed, VG otherwise. Contains of pp 67-82 "Hanging Out with the Magi", a story by Leon Rooke .Also Gallant, Rikki, Urquhart, Fraser Sutherland, others.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53394
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  • MILLS, Ian W. and Judith H., editors
    THE ARCH OF EXPERIENCE

    Edition: First printing

    (Toronto): Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada, 1987. Glossy card covers. Very nearly fine, with ink ownership signature of Leon Rooke. His story "A Bolt of White Cloth" is on pp 336-45. An anthology of fiction and non-fiction for students.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53393
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  • MILLS, Ian W. and Judith H., editors
    THE ARCH OF EXPERIENCE

    Edition: First printing

    (Toronto): Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada, 1987. Glossy card covers. Fine copy, with ownership signature of Leon Rooke. Contains on pp 336-45 Rooke's short story "A Bolt of White Cloth". An anthology of fiction and non-fiction

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53392
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  • O'Brien, Peter, editor
    SO TO SPEAK: interviews with contemporary Canadian writers

    Edition: First printing

    Montréal: Véhicule, 1987. Card covers. Page edges yellowed, else fine. Ownership signature of Leon Rooke. His interview is on 285-309. Also, Atwood, Gallant, Christopher Dewdney, Hodgins, six others.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53391
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  • GEDDES, Gary, editor
    THE ART OF SHORT FICTION: an international anthology

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: HarperCollins, 1993. Card covers. pp xii, 916. Small soft creases to outer corners of front cover, else a fine copy. Contains "Biographical Notes". a story by Leon Rooke. Contributions by many other great writers. 1.25 kg parel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53390
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A selection of our current highlights…