Welcome to Steven Temple Books

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…

  • CARY, Joyce
    HERSELF SURPRISED

    Edition: First printing

    London: Michael Joseph, 1941. Black semi-flexible thin cloth boards. Book a little leaned; yellowing and light foxing to page edges; else near fine, silver spine stamping bright, not flaked. Black dust jacket spine has small corner chips at head, one small rubbed spot and light rubbing to rear fold; nick and two tiny chips to top edge of front panel; real panel slightly yellowed; short internal tape repair to lower rear spine fold; else VG, flap price intact. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS SON on the front free endpaper " Peter Cary with the author's love" and signed on the title page. Tristram Ogilvie Cary was a composer and pioneer of electronic music. "With Peter Zinovieff and David…

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    London: Michael Joseph, 1941. Black semi-flexible thin cloth boards. Book a little leaned; yellowing and light foxing to page edges; else near fine, silver spine stamping bright, not flaked. Black dust jacket spine has small corner chips at head, one small rubbed spot and light rubbing to rear fold; nick and two tiny chips to top edge of front panel; real panel slightly yellowed; short internal tape repair to lower rear spine fold; else VG, flap price intact. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS SON on the front free endpaper " Peter Cary with the author's love" and signed on the title page. Tristram Ogilvie Cary was a composer and pioneer of electronic music. "With Peter Zinovieff and David Cockerell, he founded Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd, which created the first commercially available portable synthesiser, the EMS VCS 3, and was then involved in the production of such distinctive EMS products as the EMS Synthi 100." - Wikipedia. The first and scarcest volume of a trilogy, followed by To be a Pilgrim (1942), and The Horse's Mouth (1944). Gully Jimson, the memorable protagonist of The Horse's Moiuth, makes his first appearance. This wartime production is very scarce indeed in dust jacket, and exceptionally so with such a personal inscription.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53667
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  • MAILLARD, Keith
    TWO STRAND RIVER

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Press Porcepic, 1976. Dark green boards. Plain spine is a bit sunned; text paper yellowed as always, else fine. With ink signature of Leon Rooke. Thin jacket has a short tear and a corner chip to rear panel, VG otherwise. Author's first book, a novel set in Vancouver.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53666
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  • RUSSELO, Kristina, editor
    SNAPSHOTS: the new Canadian fiction

    Edition: First printing

    Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1992. Glossy card covers. Fine copy. Contains four short shorts by Leon Rooke. Also contributions by Lesley Choyce, Cary Fagan, Elizabeth Hay. Robert Hilles, Stuart Ross, Colleen Thibaudeau, Kent Thomspon, and many others.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53665
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  • LONEY, Matthew R.
    THAT SAVAGE WATER: stories

    Edition: First printing

    Holstein, Ontario: Exile, 2014. Card covers with flaps. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53664
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  • HOLLINGSHEAD, Greg
    BEDLAM

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: HarperCollins, 2004. Cloth & boards. Jacket has a nick to upper corner of rear flap, else fine. A novel of 18th century London.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53663
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  • ROOKE, Constance
    THE CLEAR PATH: a guide to writing English essays. Second edition

    Scarborough, ON: Nelson, 2000. Card covers. pp (viii), 123. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53662
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  • HAYWARD, Steven
    TO DANCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD: stories

    Edition: First printing

    Holstein, Ontario: Exile, 2015. Card covers with flaps. Ink owner name at front, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53661
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  • ROOKE, Leon
    WIDE WORLD IN CELEBRATION AND SORROW: acts of kamakazi fiction

    Edition: First printing

    Holstein, Ontario: Exile, 2012. Card covers. Fine copy. Short stories

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53660
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  • KRAMPF, Thomas
    TAKING TIME OUT: poems in remembrance of madness

    Edition: First printing

    Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: Salmon Publishing, 2004. Glossy card covers, and inscribed to Canadian literary couple Leon and Connie Rooke. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53659
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  • GLOVER, Douglas
    ATTACK OF THE COPULA SPIDERS and other essays on writing

    Edition: First printing

    (Windsor, ON): Biblioasis, 2012. Card covers. From the library of Leon Rooke, who has made some underlining in blue maker to the first essay (but not signed by him), else fine. Includes "The Mind of Alice Munro".

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53658
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  • ROOKE, Leon
    SWINGING THROUGH DIXIE

    Edition: First paper edition

    Windsor, ON: Biblioasis, 2016. Card covers. VG copy. with a small corner crease to front cover and to a few leaves at rear. The AUTHOR'S OWN COPY (not signed), with scattered ink notes, underlining, post-it note with text, laid in note and clipped photo of wife Connie Rooke. A collection of two novellas and three stories.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53657
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  • Allen, Grant
    Aterkallad till livet (Recalled to Life). Oversattning fran egnelska originalet av Elisabeth Lilljebjorn

    Edition: First Swedish edition

    Stockholm: Nordiska Forlaget, 1911. 17.5 cm. Green flexible leather grain cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. pp 160 pp. Book a bit leaned, ink name at front, else a fine copy. First edition was London, 1891. Scarce edition

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53656
    View cart More details Price: USD $75.00
  • CHESTER, Alfred
    BEHOLD GOLIATH: a collection of stories

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Random House, 1964. Cloth and boards. Slight yellowing to page edges, fading to red top page edges, soft ripples to upper margins, VG otherwise, with ownership signature of author Leon Rooke. Dust jacket has chips, tears, creases, rubbing, just fair.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53655
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  • BOWERING, George, editor
    AND OTHER STORIES

    Edition: First printing

    Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2001. Card covers. Contains "Art", a story by Leon Rooke. Also contributions by Alexi, Atwood, Blaise, Fawcett, Findley, and many others of note. Canadian short story anthology. Laid in is a letter from the publisher indicating that this was one of Leon Rooke's copies and that a cheque is in the mail. Also laid in is a bookmark for the book. Signed by Leon Rooke.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53654
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  • LISH, Gordon
    THE SELECTED STORIES OF GORDON LISH

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Somerville House, 1996. Card covers with flaps. Text paper lightly toned, else fine. Laid in is the business card of Somerville VP and Editorial Director Patrick Cream, who had sent the book to author Leon Rooke. No US equivalent for this collection.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53653
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  • BROWN, Larry
    JOE

    Edition: First printing

    Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1991. Advance reading copy in non-pictorial card covers. Just a mit leaned; paperclip impression on front cover; spine faintly yellowed; VG+ clean and unworn copy. Basis of the 2013 film starring Nicholas Cage. This was author Leon Rooke's copy; he has underlined a few words on two pages where the corners are turned down and added three words in the margin.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53652
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  • BAKER, Kent
    A MAN WANDERS SOMETIMES

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Stoddart, 1989. Black boards. Fine in fine jacket, and inscribed to Leon Rooke. Margaret Laurence blurb on rear flap. Author has written his address and phone number on a laid in slip. Author's first novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53651
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  • ROBINSON, Eden
    TRAPLINES: stories

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Metropolitan Books, 1996. Black and green boards. Fine copy, with the sticker of the Bukowsli literary agency (Torontoi) at front. Jacket has one small puncture, else fine. A first collection of short stories by this Canadian Native author (Haisla). The book won won the Winifred Holtby Prize for best first work of fiction in the Commonwealth and was selected as the New York Times Editor's Choice and notable book of the year. Her first novel, MONKEY BEACH, made the Giller Prize short list.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53650
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  • SHIELDS, Carol
    UNLESS: a novel

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Random House Canada. Squarish octavo, terra cotta boards, beige endpapers. Fine in fine jacket. With 2002 Booker nomination sticker on front cover. Laid in is a printed slip from the 28 April, 2002, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, which is signed by the author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 53648
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  • MAILLARD, Keith
    CUTTING THROUGH

    Edition: First printing

    Don Mills, Ontario: Stoddart, 1982. Black cloth. Fine copy. Jacket has rubbing, crease, just good. Advance copy for review with slip taped in at front. This was Coinstance Rooke's copy, with her typed and holograph notes laid in, for her review in the Malahat Review. Author's fourth novel - coming up in the 60s in America.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53647
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A selection of our current highlights…