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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…

  • KRONIUK, Lisa (Pierre Berton)
    MASQUERADE: fifteen variations on a theme of sexual fantasy. By Lisa Kroniuk (pseud. of Pierrer Berton)

    Edition: First printing

    Card covers (not issued in hardcover). Text paper a little yellowed, as always; slight foxing to inside of covers and to first and last page; else fine. Not common.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50383
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  • BERESFORD-HOWE, Constance
    THE BOOK OF EVE

    Edition: First printing

    Green boards. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a one inch tear and small chip at bottom rear spine fold; spine sunned; rubbing to panels; generally VG otherwise. Her best known novel and the basis of Larry Fineberg's stage adaptation EVE which starred Jessica Tandy. A story about a woman who chucked it all and walked out at age 65.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50384
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  • BERESFORD-HOWE, Constance.
    THE MARRIAGE BED.

    Edition: First printing

    Orange boards. Spine a bit concave and softly creased; light yellowing to page edges; else VG. Jacket has fading to orange spine lettering, near fine otherwise. Inscribed to noted Canadian poet Mariam Waddington "with warmest affection and admiration, Connie B-Howe". An uncommon signature and a nice Canadian literary association.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50385
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  • BERESFORD-HOWE, Constance.
    THE MARRIAGE BED.

    Edition: First printing

    Orange boards. Fine copy. Jacket has a one inch split to bottom front flap fold, orange spine lettering a bit sunned, VG+ otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50386
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  • Barfoot, Joan
    Duet for three: a novel

    Edition: First printing

    Salmon boards. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a bit of rubbing, VG.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50387
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  • Barfoot, Joan
    Plain Jane

    Edition: First printing

    Blue boards. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50388
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  • Barfoot, Joan
    Family News

    Edition: First printing

    Dark blue boards. Page edges have faint soiling, minor spotting, else fine in fine jacket. Inscribed by the author ("To Carol, with best wishes in your career, Joan Barfoot") and with ink ownership signature of Canadian author John Metcalf.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50389
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  • BARR, Robert
    THE MEASURE OF THE RULE. Introduction by Lois K. MacKendrick

    Facsimile reprint from the 1907 original, with the addition of MacKendrick Introduction and a reprint (pp 3-27) of Barr's articles, "Literature in Canada", from the Nov. and Dec. 1899, issues of The Canadian Magazine. Orange cloth. Fine copy. Dust jacket has some wear to the bottom inch of the front flap fold, VG otherwise. "THE MEASURE OF THE RULE, making use of Barr's Toronto Normal School experiences in 1873, contains some trenchant material on the education of both students and teachers and on the social realities of Toronto boarding houses; there are also penetrating portraits of identifiable historical figures. But the latter part of the novel - treating the hero's career as a struggling artist in Paris and an eventual…

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    Facsimile reprint from the 1907 original, with the addition of MacKendrick Introduction and a reprint (pp 3-27) of Barr's articles, "Literature in Canada", from the Nov. and Dec. 1899, issues of The Canadian Magazine. Orange cloth. Fine copy. Dust jacket has some wear to the bottom inch of the front flap fold, VG otherwise. "THE MEASURE OF THE RULE, making use of Barr's Toronto Normal School experiences in 1873, contains some trenchant material on the education of both students and teachers and on the social realities of Toronto boarding houses; there are also penetrating portraits of identifiable historical figures. But the latter part of the novel - treating the hero's career as a struggling artist in Paris and an eventual reunion with his beloved - is merely sentimental romance." - Toye, Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50390
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  • BEAUCHEMIN, Yves
    THE ALLEY CAT. Translated by Sheila Fischman

    Edition: First US printing

    Blue boards. Paper tape affixed to outer margin of front pastedown (hidden by jacket flap), else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50391
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  • BEAUCHEMIN, Yves
    THE ALLEY CAT. Translated by Sheila Fischman

    Edition: First US printing

    Cloth & boards. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50392
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  • BARRINGTON, E. (pseud. of Lily Adams Beck)
    THE DIVINE LADY: a romance of Nelson and Emma Hamilton

    Reprint from plates of the Dodd, Mead, 16th printing, of Oct., 1926 (first was June, 1924). Blue cloth. pp (viii), 417 + frontispiece. Last leaf has a small chip and creases to one corner (no text lost); light damp stain to lower margin of front cover and to early leaves; page edges yellowed; Dec. 1927 ink gift inscription at front; else a near fine copy. Dust jacket has small corner chips and tears at head of spine, small chip to lower margin of front panel; VG+ otherwise, bright and attractive.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50393
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  • BARRINGTON, E. (pseud. of Lily Adams Beck)
    THE EMPRESS OF HEARTS: a romance of Marie Antoinette

    Edition: First UK printing

    Variant in publisher's brown sheep nicely decorated in red and gilt, top edges gilt, light brown endpapers. Page edges yellowing, gilt to top edges rubbed and darkened, light spot to bottom page edges; bit of wear to foot of spine and lower outer corners; spine a bit sunned; bit of rubbing to edges and one corner; VG otherwise, attractive.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50394
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  • BEDNARSKI, Betty (Jacques Ferron)
    AUTOUR DE FERRON: Préface, traduction, altérité. Preface de Jean-Marcel Paquette

    Card covers. Fine copy,

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50395
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  • BEAUSOLEIL, Claude
    UNE CERTAINE FIN DE SIÈCLE. Tome II, poèsie. Avec des collages de Célyne Fortin

    Card covers with flaps. 479 pp. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50396
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  • A HISTORY OF PEEL COUNTY to Mark its Centenary as a Separate County 1867-1967.

    Folio, 34 cm. Maroon cloth gilt. Colour endpaper maps. (288) pp. Well illustrated (some in colour). Ink owner name at front; bit of cover rubbing neatly touched up; page edges lightly yellowed; front cover a little splayed; VG clean copy otherwise. Ontario county history. 2.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50397
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  • BAIRD, Irene
    JOHN: a novel

    Second printing. Terra cotta cloth. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has chips at spine ends, minor soiling, price-clipped, VG otherwise. British Columbia setting. Glowing jacket blurbs. Her first book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50399
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  • BALZANO, Flora
    SOIGNE TA CHUTE: roman

    Edition: First printing

    Card covers with flaps. pp (126). Fine copy with a wraparound band. The best-known work of this Québécois writer and comedian, something of a modern classic of Québec literature and a finalist for the 1991 Governor-General's Award. It has been reprinted a number of times.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50400
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  • BAMBRICK, Winifred
    CONTINENTAL REVUE

    Edition: First UK printing

    Octavo, red cloth. pp 351. War economy text paper lightly toned, page edges yellowed, a bit leaned, pencil name at front, VG otherwise. Dust jacket has small chips at ends of slightly darkened spine; rear panel is soiled, with three small red streaks and a short tear; VG otherwise, flap price intact. The author's only novel, about a travelling circus in Europe, it won a Governor-General's Award. Published the same year in the US as KELLER'S CONTINENTAL REVUE. No Canadian edition at the time. Bambrick was a professional harpist who played in all the capitals of North America and Europe.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50401
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  • BEHRENS, Peter
    NIGHT DRIVING: stories

    Edition: First printing

    Blue boards. Fine in fine jacket. Montreal author's first book. His next book, LAW OF DREAMS (2006) won a Governor-General's Award for Fiction.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50379
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  • BENOIT, Jacques
    THE PRINCES: a novel. Translated by David Lobdell

    Edition: First printing in English

    The paper issue. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50380
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A selection of our current highlights…