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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.

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  • LECHOWICK, Frank and Juanita (L.M. Montgomery)
    A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO L.M. MONTGOMERY FIRSTS

    Edition: First Edition

    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Author, 2009. Octavo, card covers. pp (viii), 153. Colour photos. Fine copy. This is an accurate descriptive bibliography of all the US and Canadian first editions (with comment on some later printings) of all of L.M. Montgomery's published books. Not just a dry reference book, it includes an account of the author's experiences over the years in solving the puzzles - particularly the tricky Canadian issues. This the only reference work available today that will reliably enable you to tell a LMM first printing from a later printing. 0981209904

    Book ID: 55533
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  • THE MILL ON THE FLOSS by ELIOT, George
    ELIOT, George
    THE MILL ON THE FLOSS

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Blackwood, 1860. Three volumes, original brown cloth. pp vi, (vii-viii), 361; vi, (vii-viii), 319; vi, (vii-viii), 313. Half-titles in each volume. Presumed first state without the advertisement leaf in Vol. I before page 1. Without the blank leaf at rear of Vol. I, like most copies; without the 16 pp catalogue at rear of Vol. III found in some copies. Volumes I and II have been recased with new endpapers. Private bookplate at front of each volume. Minor wear at ends of very lightly darkened spines; scattered soil spots to margins of text; page edges tanned; Vol. III has chips to fore margin of pp 303-04 from careless opening; else a VG copy. Baker & Ross A5.1.a, binding B (no priority assigned). Sadleir 816. 1.75 kg parcel.; Octavo

    Book ID: 55532
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  • THE LUCK OF GINGER COFFEY. by MOORE, Brian
    MOORE, Brian
    THE LUCK OF GINGER COFFEY.

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Deutsch, 1960. Red boards. Fine copy. White jacket has very faint spine darkening, tiny chip to one outer corner, else fine. An excellent copy, with jacket colours unfaded. One of Moore's best novels, the winner of the l960 Governor-General's Award for Fiction, and the basis of the fine little film starring Robert Shaw. 5000 copies published. His third serious novel and the first set in Canada, involving a hapless, hopeful Irish immigrant to Montreal.; Octavo

    Book ID: 55531
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  • SISTER CARRIE by DREISER, Theodore
    DREISER, Theodore
    SISTER CARRIE

    (Toronto): Dodge, 1907. Red pictorial cloth stamped in white, gilt lettered. pp [4], (2), [7] + colour frontispiece with tissue guard. Front cover has a very small red spot to the broken bowl at centre and a damp spot to lower outer corner; very lightly darkened spine has a couple very small damp spots and a very narrow dark streak; rear cover has damp spots to inner margin; cracked inner hinges very neatly repaired; slight yellowing to page edges; small 1984 ink name in corner of front free endpaper; else a VG+ clean, bright and tight copy. Cancel title leaf states "Second Edition, Tenth Thousand, Canadian Edition". Dreiser first novel, considered his masterpiece, it is " about a young…

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    (Toronto): Dodge, 1907. Red pictorial cloth stamped in white, gilt lettered. pp [4], (2), [7] + colour frontispiece with tissue guard. Front cover has a very small red spot to the broken bowl at centre and a damp spot to lower outer corner; very lightly darkened spine has a couple very small damp spots and a very narrow dark streak; rear cover has damp spots to inner margin; cracked inner hinges very neatly repaired; slight yellowing to page edges; small 1984 ink name in corner of front free endpaper; else a VG+ clean, bright and tight copy. Cancel title leaf states "Second Edition, Tenth Thousand, Canadian Edition". Dreiser first novel, considered his masterpiece, it is " about a young woman who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream. She first becomes a mistress to men that she perceives as superior, but later becomes a famous actress. It has been called the 'greatest of all American urban novels'." - Wikipedia. Partially set in Montreal. First published by Doubleday and McClure in 1900 in an edition of 1008 copies, Doubleday's wife objected to the book so it was not promoted and only 456 copies were sold. The text of this second edition was somewhat altered. A very scarce issue of one of the great American novels. ; Octavo

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    Book ID: 55530
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  • DUNNING, John
    THE BOOKWOMAN'S LAST FLING: a Cliff Janeway novel

    Edition: First Edition; First Printing

    New York: Scribner, 2006. Light rubber stamp to top page edges, else fine. Jacket has soft creases to front panel, VG otherwise. A bibliomystery.; Octavo

    Book ID: 55526
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  • ROTH, Philip
    EVERYMAN

    Edition: First UK edition; First Printing

    London: Cape, 2006. Black boards. Just a little leaned, with yellowing to page edges, else VG+ in like jacket.; Octavo

    Book ID: 55525
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  • LEONARD, Elmore
    RIDING THE RAP

    Edition: First Edition; First Printing

    New York: Delacorte Press, 1995. Cloth & boards. Fine copy. Jacket is very nearly fine, with light spine sunning. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 55524
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  • LEHMANN, John, editor
    THE PENGUIN NEW WRITING. 6 issues from the 1940s

    Edition: First Edition

    Harmondsworth, England: Penguin. A group of 6 issues published 1947-49. Included are #30,31,32,33,34,36. Some small chips to spine ends and outer corners, but all are VG or better but for #34 which is gnawed at the spine ends. ; 16mo

    Book ID: 55523
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  • THE PENGUIN NEW WRITING. 12 issues from the 1940s by LEHMANN, John, editor
    LEHMANN, John, editor
    THE PENGUIN NEW WRITING. 12 issues from the 1940s

    Edition: First Edition

    Harmondsworth, England: Penguin. A group of 12 issues published 1945-49, all either 12mo or 16mo. Included are #26,29,30,31,32,33,34-35,36,37,38. Some small chips to spine ends and outer corners, but all are VG or better but for #34 which has chips and cracks to spine. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Book ID: 55522
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  • KLAUSNER, David N., editor
    HEREFORDSHIRE. WORCESTERSHIRE

    Edition: First Edition

    University of Toronto Press, 1990. Red printed cloth without jacket, as issued. Fine copy. 1.72 kg parcel.; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Octavo; xii, (735) pages

    Book ID: 55521
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  • NELSON, Alan H., editor
    CAMBRIDGE (2 volumes)

    Edition: First Edition

    University of Toronto Press, 1989. Two volumes. Red printed cloth without jackets, as issued. I: The Records. pp xvi, 701. II: Editorial Apparatus. pp (697)-(1503). Fine copies. 3.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Octavo

    Book ID: 55520
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  • STOKES, James and Robert J. Alexander, editors
    SOMERSET including BATH (2 volumes)

    Edition: First Edition

    University of Toronto Press, 1996. Two volumes. Red printed cloth without jackets, as issued. I: The Records. pp (xii), 447. II: Editorial Apparatus. pp (443)-(1141). Fine copies. 2.75 kg parcel. ; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Octavo

    Book ID: 55519
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  • NELSON Alan H., ELLIOTT John R., editors
    INNS OF COURT (3 volume set)

    Edition: First Edition

    Cambridge, England / Toronto: D.S. Brewer / University of Toronto Press, 2010. Three volumes, red cloth printed cloth without jackets, as issued. Volume I: Introduction, The Records. Volume II: Appendixes. Volume III: Translations, Endnotes, Glossaries, Index. pp. xcix, 362; 364-817; 819-1064. Fine copies. 3.35 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Octavo; (cciv, 1590) pages

    Book ID: 55518
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  • LANCASHIRE, Anne, and David J. Parkinson, editors
    CIVIC LONDON TO 1558 (3 volume set)

    Edition: First Edition

    Cambridge, England / Toronto: D.S. Brewer / University of Toronto Press, 2015. Three volumes, red cloth printed cloth without jackets, as issued. Fine copies. 4.3 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Octavo; (cciv, 1590) pages

    Book ID: 55517
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  • DOUGLAS, Audrey and Peter Greenfield, editors
    CUMBERLAND, WESTMORELAND, AND GLOUCESTERSHIRE

    Edition: First Edition

    University of Toronto Press, 1986. Red printed cloth without jacket, as issued. Fine copy. 1.5 kg parcel.; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Octavo; (xii), (548) pages

    Book ID: 55516
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  • JOHNSTON, Alexandra F., editor
    BERKSHIRE

    Edition: First Edition

    (Toronto): (University of Toronto Press), 2018. Red cloth gilt lettered without jacket, as issued. No title leaf, instead a tipped in printed leaf stating "A presentation copy given to Father Edward Jackman with gratitude for his support on 9 November 2018 at Alumni Hal, Victoria College Toronto." Fine copy. This volume of notes was issued to accompany the REED collection in digital format. I can find no library record of this print publication. Jackman was long a patron of the REED project. 2.2 kg parcel; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Quarto; 547 pages

    Book ID: 55515
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  • SOMERSET, J. Alan B., editor
    STAFFORDSHIRE

    Edition: First Edition

    (Toronto): (University of Toronto Press), 2017. Red cloth gilt lettered without jacket, as issued. No title leaf, instead a tipped in printed leaf stating "A presentation copy given to Father Edward Jackman with gratitude for his support on 9 May 2017 at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto." This volume of notes was issued to accompany the first REED collection in digital format. I can find no library record of this print publication. Jackman was long a patron of the REED project. 1.5 kg parcel; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Quarto; 364 pages

    Book ID: 55514
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  • WASSON, John M., editor
    DEVON.

    Edition: First Edition

    University of Toronto Press, 1986. Red printed cloth without jacket, as issued. Fine copy. 1.72 kg parcel.; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Octavo; (lxxiv), (625) pages

    Book ID: 55513
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  • HAYS, Rosalind Conklin, C.E. McGee, Sally L. Joyce, and Evely S. Newlyn, editors
    DORSET. CORNWALL

    Edition: First Edition

    Belgium / Toronto: Brepols / University of Toronto Press, 1999. Red printed cloth without jacket, as issued. (x), (720) pp. Index. Fine copy. 1.75 kg parcel. In print (2022) at CAD 226.00.; Records of Early English Drama (REED); Octavo

    Book ID: 55512
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  • RICHARDS, David Adams
    DANCERS AT NIGHT. Stories.

    [Ottawa]: Oberton, (1978). First printing. Dark grey cloth. Fine copy, no owner names. The yellow dust jacket has tiny nicks and minute rubbing to spine tips; 1/8 inch rubbed tear and one nick to bottom edge of rear panel; else fine. A very nice copy of a he very scarce hardc over issue of his first collection of short fiction. There were only a few hundred copies of the hardcover issue.

    Book ID: 55510
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