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…

  • SOUTHERN, Terry
    BLUE MOVIE

    Edition: First printing

    New York: New American Library, 1970. Spine very lightly sunned with a small crease at head, slight yellowing to page edges, VG+ otherwise. Orange dust jacket spine faded to white, with a bit of wear to head; bit of sunning to inner and upper margins of front panel, corner crease to rear panel, VG otherwse, flap price intact. Ink ownership name of author Leon Rooke. A savagely funny send-up of the porno film industry,

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53791
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  • URQUHART, Jane
    THE WHIRLPOOL

    Edition: First US printing

    1990: Godine, 1990. Maroon cloth & blue boards. Fine in fine jacket, and inscribed by the author to Leon Rooke in March, 1990. "For the best baby I know, with love, Jane". Author's first book, a novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53790
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  • FERGUSON, Trevor
    THE KINKAJOU

    Edition: First paper edition

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990. Card covers. Text paper yellowed as always. Small soft corner crease to front cover and first few leaves, else fine. Inscribed by the author to Leon and Connie Rooke. A novel. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53789
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  • HOLT, P.M.
    A MODERN HISTORY OF THE SUDAN from the Funj Sultanate to the present day

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Grove Press, 1961. Cloth & boards, pp 242 + plates; maps in text, index. Ink name at front, else fine. Jacket has small chip, VG otherwise. "This is the first full political, social, and economic survey of the Sudan."

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53788
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  • HEKKANEN, Ernest
    CHASING AFTER CARNIVALS

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Stoddart, 1985. Advance uncorrected proof in white non-pictorial card covers. Yellowing to spine and lightly to page edges; VG+. A coming of age novel by this prolific Nelson, BC, author (mostly self-published).

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53787
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  • WOOLF, Virginia
    THE COMMON READER

    New York: Harcourt, Brace [1944]. Later printing. Blue cloth. Moderate wear to spine ends; text paper toned, page edges yellowed; mild cover marks; a good clean and sound jacketless copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53786
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  • BAINBRIDGE, Beryl
    SWEET WILLIAM

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Braziller, 1976. Green boards. Fine in fine jacket, with ink ownership signature of author Leon Rooke.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53785
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  • CRACE, Jim
    GENESIS

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. Fine in fine, priced clipped jacket. Ink Xmas gift inscription from Michael Ondaatje to a well-known Canadian literary couple, old friends.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53784
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  • GASTON, Bill
    GARGOYLES: stories

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Anansi, 2006. Cream boards. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53783
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  • GALGUT, Damon
    THE GOOD DOCTOR

    Edition: First Canadian printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2003. Card covers. Fine copy. A novel set in modern South Africa by this South African writer. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53782
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  • CALLAGHAN, Barry and Joe Rosenblatt
    HOGWASH: the Calllaghan and Rosenblatt Epistolary Convergence

    Edition: First printing

    Holstein, Ontario: Exile, 2005. Card covers with flaps. Colour illustrations. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53781
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  • ROSE, Michael E.
    THE BURMA EFFECT

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McArthur, 2006. Card covers. Fine copy of this thriller novel set in Burma. Initialed by the author on the title page.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53780
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  • WALSH, Meeka
    THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY INTIMACIES

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1996. Card covers. Fine copy, wiith a signed note by the author to Leon and Connie Rooke laid in. Short stories. Leon Rooke blurb on rear cover.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53779
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  • ROBINSON, Eden
    TRAPLINES: stories

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Metropolitan Books, 1996. Advance uncorrected proof in white non-pictorial card covers. Spine very lightly yellowed, publication month supplied by hand on front cover, 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: Softcover

    Book ID: 53778
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  • McKAY, Don
    FOGLIO A FOGLIA / Leaf to leaf

    Ravenna, Italy: Longo Editore, 2006. Card covers. Fine copy. Text in Italian and English, translations by Sara Fruner and Filippo Mariano, with some revisions by Francesca Valente in collaboration with the author. Poetry

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53777
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  • FITZGERALD, F. Scott
    TENDER IS THE NIGHT. With the Author's Final Revisions and a Preface by Malcolm Cowley.

    Edition: First UK printing of the revised edition

    London: Grey Walls Press, 1953. Light brown cloth. Browning to inner margins of free endpapers from offsetting of binding materials, as always, else fine. Jacket has minute rubbing to outer corners, else fine. A lovely copy. Bruccoli A15.2.a. This is Bruccoli's variant in "pinkish tan V cloth". It also comes in tan boards, and in a lighter tan cloth unnoted by Bruccoli. Connolly Modern Movement #79.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53776
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  • FITZGERALD, F. Scott
    TENDER IS THE NIGHT. With the Author's Final Revisions and a Preface by Malcolm Cowley.

    Edition: First UK of the revised edition

    London: Grey Walls Press, 1953. Strip of browning from offsetting of binding materials at inner margins of free endpapers, as always; short shallow bruise to lower edge of front cover, else fine and bright in a fine dust jacket, a lovely copy. Bruccoli A15.2.a., the variant in tan boards. Connelly THE MODERN MOVEMENT #79.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53775
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  • VANDERHAEGHE, Guy
    MAN DESCENDING: selected stories

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1985. Card covers. Light spine yellowing, else fine. The 1982 Toronto edition won a Governor-General's Award. Short stories. First book

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53773
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  • CALLAGHAN, Barry
    BETWEEN TRAINS

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McArthur & Company, 2007. Black boards. Fine in fine jacket. A collection of short stories.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53772
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  • BERGEN, Davic
    A YEAR OF LESSER

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: HarperCollins, 1996. Card covers with flap. Literary agency sticker at front, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53771
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A selection of our current highlights…