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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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  • SINCLAIR, Bertrand W.
    ROOM FOR THE ROLLING M

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Novel Selections (Hillman Publications), 1951. Pulpy text paper yellowed; tiny chip at foot of spine, just a little leaned, short tear to inner margin of front cover neatly repaired, else a VG+ copy of this fragile edition. A western novel set in Montana. Watters p 393. Scarce. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 128 pages

    Book ID: 55937
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  • SINCLAIR, Bertrand W.
    ROOM FOR THE ROLLING M

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Streamline Publications, 1954. Superior Books mass market paperback. Cover creases, some soft creases in text, 4 ink digits to half-title page, else a VG bright, clean and unworn copy. Watters p 393. First published NY: Hillman, 1951, in digest size paper covers. Violà dates [1954?] and locates only two copies. A western novel set in Montana. Scarce. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; (160) pages

    Book ID: 55936
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  • PATERSON, Isabel, 1886-1961
    THE GOD OF THE MACHINE

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Putnam, 1943. Octavo, brick cloth. pp [2], (viii), 292, [2]. Page edges and endpapers tanned, else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner names. Isabel Mary Bowler Paterson was born on Manitoulin Island in Ontario but moved west at an early age and grew up poor on a cattle ranch in Alberta. She moved to New York after WWI and became a leading American literary critic, journalist, and political philosopher. Her 1943 treatise on political philosophy, THE GOD OF THE MACHINE, is considered one of the three foundation texts of American Libertarianism (all published in 1943). Her biographer, Stephen D. Cox, in 2004 described Paterson as the "earliest progenitor of libertarianism as we know…

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    New York: Putnam, 1943. Octavo, brick cloth. pp [2], (viii), 292, [2]. Page edges and endpapers tanned, else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner names. Isabel Mary Bowler Paterson was born on Manitoulin Island in Ontario but moved west at an early age and grew up poor on a cattle ranch in Alberta. She moved to New York after WWI and became a leading American literary critic, journalist, and political philosopher. Her 1943 treatise on political philosophy, THE GOD OF THE MACHINE, is considered one of the three foundation texts of American Libertarianism (all published in 1943). Her biographer, Stephen D. Cox, in 2004 described Paterson as the "earliest progenitor of libertarianism as we know it today". She regularly wrote a column in the New York Herald Tribune where she expressed her beliefs which became the basis for this book. She was for years mentor and friend of Ayn Rand and corresponded regularly with Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley, Jr. She was an advocate of free trade and opposed most of FDR's New Deal. The other "mother" of American libertarianism was Rose Lane Wilder. Watters p 891. She also published eight novels, two of which are set in Alberta and some of which touch on free trade. THE GOD OF THE MACHINE is fairly scarce in first edition, and very scarce in jacket. It is still in print today.

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    Book ID: 55933
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  • PARKER, Gilbert
    EMBERS: being a book of verses

    Edition: First Edition

    England: Privately printed, 1908. Navy cloth gilt lettered, top edges gilt, other edges rough trimmed. Damp stain to upper outer corner of front cover, page edges and endpapers yellowed; soft dimples to spine; else near fine. Inscribed by the author "M.M. from his old friend Gilbert Parker, July 1908". Printed by William Brendon, Plymouth. ; Octavo; (xii), (198), [2] pages; Signed by Author

    Book ID: 55931
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  • SHERMAN, Francis (1871-1926)
    MATINS

    Edition: First printing

    Boston: Copeland and Day, 1896. Green decorated ribbed cloth, gilt lettered, with background design of lilies and lions by F. Richard Anderson, handsome decorated title page in orange. pp (xx), (59), (13). Mild rubbing to ends of lightly darkened spine, yellowing to page edges, else a fine copy of this pretty little book from an esteemed publisher, this important minor Canadian poet's first book. This copy is of the regular edition of 500 copies. There were also 35 copies on hand made paper. Watters p. 181. Krause, Copeland & Day 61. ; 16mo

    Book ID: 55928
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  • ALLEN, Grant
    THE NEW HEDONISM

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Tucker Publishing Company, 1900. 19.8 cm, 30, [2, ads] pp, stapled, in pale green wrappers printed in maroon. Corner nick to front cover, a fine copy of a fragile pamphlet, the cover paper thin. Issued at 5 cents and sold through the post as a periodical. No, 68 - May 21, 1900, in the publisher's The Balzac Library. A posthumously published pamphlet (Allen died 24 Oct. 1899) originally published in the March 1894 "Fortnightly Review". The essay is an attack on Christian ideas of self-negation. This appears to be the only separate edition of this essay. "An influential piece inveighing against asceticism and puritanism and (implicitly) perverse, Decadent aestheticism: 'painting and sculpture, nude limbs of classic nymphs…

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    New York: Tucker Publishing Company, 1900. 19.8 cm, 30, [2, ads] pp, stapled, in pale green wrappers printed in maroon. Corner nick to front cover, a fine copy of a fragile pamphlet, the cover paper thin. Issued at 5 cents and sold through the post as a periodical. No, 68 - May 21, 1900, in the publisher's The Balzac Library. A posthumously published pamphlet (Allen died 24 Oct. 1899) originally published in the March 1894 "Fortnightly Review". The essay is an attack on Christian ideas of self-negation. This appears to be the only separate edition of this essay. "An influential piece inveighing against asceticism and puritanism and (implicitly) perverse, Decadent aestheticism: 'painting and sculpture, nude limbs of classic nymphs . . innocent love, innocent pleasure'. The power of the (heterosexual) impulse is, via sexual selection, responsible for everything good and beautiful in life: the song of birds, the pleasing shapes of flowers, fruits and animals, our sense of duty, paternal and maternal love Condemns the 'money-grubbers' for whom 'love is a thing to be got over once for all in early life, and relegated thenceforth to the back parlour of existence in the most business-like way, so that the mind may be free for the serious affairs of alternating psalm-singing and retail trading'. Another piece that was severely criticised and gave rise to much debate....According to John Stokes, the phrase was regarded as code in some circles for homosexuality; GA may have taken it from Dorian Grey. " - Peter Morton. RARE. Watters p. 755 (LC only). AMICUS locates at LAC and U of Toronto only.

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    Book ID: 55927
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  • SCOTT, Duncan Campbell
    LABOR AND THE ANGEL

    Edition: First printing

    Boston: Copeland and Day, 1898. Inscribed by Author; Green cloth with paper spine label, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. pp [4], (8), (61), [7]. Spine label worn and illegible; Xmas, 1898, ink inscription in top margin of title page; text paper lightly toned; VG clean & unworn otherwise. Kraus, Copeland and Day, #89. Edition size not stated but it is noted that 384 copies remained in stock in May, 1899, suggesting to me that probably 500 copies were printed. This was Scott's second book of poetry and it contains "The Piper of Arll", perhaps his best-known poem as well as two poems about Indian women, a subject he repeatedly returned to. Scarce.; 16mo; Signed by Author

    Book ID: 55925
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  • FITZGERALD, Judith
    ADAGIOS: Orestes' lament

    Edition: First Edition

    (Ottawa): Oberon, 2004. Black cloth. Jacket has nick and small corner crease to front panel, small crimps at spine ends, else fine. The second volume of the Adagios Quartet. Poetry, in the scarce hardcover issue.; Octavo; (52), [2] pages

    Book ID: 55924
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  • BIRNEY, Earle
    THE MAMMOTH CORRIDORS

    Edition: First Edition

    Okemos, MI: Stone Press, 1980. White card covers in plum dust jacket. Some spine sunning, small ink name, else fine. Taped in at front is a mimeographed slip solicting a review. An scarce collection of poetry from an obscure publisher. ; Octavo; 71 pages

    Book ID: 55923
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  • KANIGHER, Robert (Dashiell Hammett)
    HOW TO MAKE MONEY WRITING FOR RADIO

    Edition: First Edition

    New York: Cambridge House, 1943. Stapled and glued into yellow card covers. Small light tan spot on front cover, spine lightly darkened, else fine. Dashiell Hammett contributed the text on pp 34-36, about writing soap operas. Not in Layman. Kanigher spent many years in charge of DC Comics's war titles and created the character Sgt. Rock. Kanigher scripted what is considered the first Silver Age comic book story, "Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!", which introduced the Barry Allen version of the Flash in Showcase #4 (Oct. 1956).; Octavo; 93 pages

    Book ID: 55922
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  • RIIS, Sharon
    THE TRUE STORY OF IDA JOHNSON

    Edition: First Edition

    Toronto: Women's Press, 1976. Rubbing to head of spine, small bruise to upper outer corner of text, else a VG clean and unworn copy of this short novel. Author's first book. Uncommon.; 16mo; 111 pages

    Book ID: 55918
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  • PACKARD, Frank L.
    THE BELOVÉD TRAITOR. Illustrated by Modest Stein

    Toronto: Copp, Clark, (copyright 1915). Later printing no earlier than 1928. Red cloth stamped in black. pp 347, [5]. Text paper lightly toned, page edges yellowed, else a fine copy. Jacket has nicks to head of lightly yellowed spine with minor foxing, VG+ otherwise, attractive. Set in Brittany, Paris, and America, a novel about a young sculptor and temptation vs the sweetheart back home. "A Romance of a Paris Studio". ; Octavo

    Book ID: 55917
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  • SUTHERLAND, Ronald
    WHERE DO THE MacDONALDS BURY THEIR DEAD?

    Edition: First printing

    Don Mills, Ontario: General Publishing, 1976. Red boards, red endpapers. [8], 258, [6] pp. Comps of Canada Council label and bookstore stamp at front, text paper tanned, as always, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. A crime novel set in California and Montreal. Drugs, freaked-out chicks, a commune in the California desert run by a Manson-like figure, human sacrifice.; 12mo 0773600434

    Book ID: 55916
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  • MACBETH, Madge
    KLEATH. Illustrated by George W. Gage

    Edition: First Edition

    Boston: Small, Maynard, 1917. Red cloth gilt lettered. Colour frontispiece and 2 other plates inserted. Private bookplate at front, small dark spot on front cover, else a VG clean and unworn copy. Klondike novel.; Octavo; (8), 386 pages

    Book ID: 55911
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  • RICHARDS, David Adams
    THE CHRISTMAS TREE: two tales for the holidays

    Edition: First Edition

    Toronto: Viking Canada, 2006. White boards. Fine in fine jacket. Illustrated. Stories of the Mirimachi of his youth.; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; xiv, (47), [3] pages

    Book ID: 55910
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  • MONTGOMERY, L.M.
    ANNE OF AVONLEA. With frontispiece and cover in colour by George Gibbs

    London: Pitman. 19th UK issue, Aug. 1913 (first was Sept. 1909). Octavo, original light brownfine ribbed cloth bordered in blind, gilt lettered, colour pictorial label on front cover. pp (viii), (368), (1, blank), (24) ads + colour frontispiece with captioned tissue guard. Made frolm US sheets. Lacking the front free endpaper, front inner hinge neatly repaired; page edges yellowed, covers a bit bowed, else a VG clean and unworn copy of the second Anne Shirley novel, published Sept. 1909, following the classic ANNE OF GREEN GABLES of the previous year.

    Book ID: 55909
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  • BURKE, James Lee
    EVERY CLOAK ROLLED IN BLOOD

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2022. Black boards. Fine in fine jacket. Montana setting. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR (simple signature, no inscription).; Octavo; Signed by Author

    Book ID: 55908
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  • SULLIVAN, Alan
    THE FUR MASTERS

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Murray, 1938. Blue cloth gilt lettered, blue endpaper maps of Northern Canada in 1804. Spine lightly sunned, yellowing and minor foxing to page edges, covers just a mite bowed, near fine otherwise, Jacket has a few small tears, white spine lightly yellowed and sunned, VG+ otherwise, flap price (7/6) intact, front panel bright. Inscribed by the author "Harold from Alan, Dec/38". A novel of the fur trade, most uncommon both in jacket and inscribed. ; Octavo; 320 pages; Signed by Author

    Book ID: 55900
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  • MALAMUD, Bernard
    DUBIN'S LIVES

    Edition: First Edition

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1979. Brick cloth with plain tissue wrapper. Faintest of foxing to page edges, slight sunning to inner blue top page edges, else a fine copy, the tissue wrapper has some creases and mild use. One of a special edition of 750 copies for friends of the publisher, signed by the author. Pages 231-32 are a cancel, making this the third state (first state omitted the last five words on p 231, second state, about 70 copies for review, had the words entered by hand). A Burgess 99 novel.; Signed by Author

    Book ID: 55899
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  • ALDISS, Brian W., with David Wingrove
    TRILLION YEAR SPREE: the history of science fiction

    London: Gollancz, 1986. Plates, index. Text paper and page edges a little yellowed; black flecks to endpapers mostly hidden by jacket flaps; small spots to front cover, else fine. Jacket has interior soiling and one small tear, else fine. ; Octavo; 511 pages

    Book ID: 55898
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