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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…

  • O'BRIEN, Tim
    GOING AFTER CACCIATO
    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Cape. Blue boards. Fine copy. Dust jacket is price-clipped with a new publisher's price sticker (GBP 7.50) above, else fine. The author's third novel, an acclaimed Vietnam story and the 1978 winner of the National Book Award. A nice copy of the ususal second state with the cancel leaf.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48290
    View cart More details Price: USD $45.00 USD $40.50
  • THE SOUND AND THE FURY by FAULKNER, William
    FAULKNER, William
    THE SOUND AND THE FURY
    Edition: First printing

    New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1929. White cloth spine lettered in black, with black & grey on white background patterned boards and endpapers. black top page edges. Spine is unevenly tanned, with a few small light spots, slight wear at foot; slight wear to outer corners and shelf rubbing to bottom edges of boards; tiny hole in front free endpaper; page edges tanned; front board lightly yellowed; top page edges lightly sunned; generally VG otherwise, text quite clean and tight, no owner names. In a new facsimile first issue dust jacket. First printing was of only 1789 copies. Peterson / Serendipity A6.1. >> Faulkner's fourth novel, the first to use the stream of consciousness technique, generally considered to be his masterpiece. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Sound and the Fury sixth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48291
    View cart More details Price: USD $1,750.00 USD $1,575.00
  • AS I LAY DYING by FAULKNER, William
    FAULKNER, William
    AS I LAY DYING
    Edition: First printing

    New York: Jonathan Cape : Harrison Smith, 1930. Second issue (not second printing), with pp 11-12 a cancel leaf, correcting the alignment of the initial letter "I". Yellow cloth lettered in brown, brown top page edges, light tan endpapers, fore and bottom page edges tinted tan, as issued (not age yellowing). Variant binding with the cover lettering undamaged. Spine has a vertical ridge down the centre and light, uneven browing; else fine, tight and unworn, no owner names. In a new facsimile dust jacket. Total first printing of only 2522 copies, of which 750 were of the first issue and 1772 of the second. Peterson / Serendipity A7.2. >>> Faulkner's fifth novel, one of the highspots of 20th century American literature, a pioneer work utilizing the stream of consciousness technique. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked As I Lay Dying 35th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48292
    View cart More details Price: USD $750.00 USD $675.00
  • ANTOINE, André
    MEMORIES OF THE THÉÂTRE-LIBRE. Translated by Marvin A. Carlson. Edited by H.D. Albright
    Edition: First edition in English

    Coral Gables, FL: University of Miami Press, 1964. Brown cloth. pp (238) + 12 pp sepia plates. Ink owner name, else fine in near fine jacket. The new theatre in late 19th century France.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48288
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  • Ashworth, Tony
    Trench Warfare 1914-18: the live and let live system

    London: Pan Books, 2000. Glossy card covers. pp 266 + plates; index. Ink owner name, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48289
    View cart More details Price: USD $7.95 USD $7.16
  • Clarke, Dale
    British Artillery 1914-19: Heavy Artillery
    Edition: First printing

    Botley, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2005. Glossy card covers. pp 48; illustrations, some in colour, index, Ink owner name, else fine. New Vanguard 105. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48268
    View cart More details Price: USD $10.95 USD $9.86
  • Comment, Bernard
    The Painted Panorama
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Brown cloth. pp 272, indexed. Illustrated in colour and b&w, some folding plates. Ink remainder mark to bottom page edges, ink owner name at front, else fine in fine jacket. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48269
    View cart More details Price: USD $24.95 USD $22.46
  • BÜLOW, Bernhard, Prince Furst von (1849-1929)
    MEMOIRS OF PRINCE VON BÜLOW. The word war and Germany's collapse 1909-1919. Volume 3 (of 4) only
    Edition: First US printing

    Boston: Little, Brown, 1932. Dark blue cloth. pp 435 + plates; index. Spine gilt dulled; ink owner name; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48270
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  • KEROUAC, Jack
    "The Last Word", an article contained in Escapade magazine, Vol. V, no. 3, April 1960

    Derby, Connecticut: Bruce Publishing Corporation, 1960. pp 72, stapled in paper covers. Contains on p. 72 "The Last Word", a regular column by Jack Kerouac. Corner creases to covers, VG otherwise. Kerouac writes about the Berlin question. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48271
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  • HELFFERICH, Karl, Dr.
    GERMANY'S ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND NATIONAL WEALTH 1888-1913

    New York: Germanistic Society of America, 1914. Tan card covers. pp 124. Edge nicks to covers, soft creases to outer corners throughout, ink owner name, else a good, clean and tight copy. Author was Director of the Deutsche Bank.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48272
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  • Heyman, Neil M.
    Daily Life During World War I
    Edition: First printing

    Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2002. Glossy boards. pp 285; photos, index. Ink owner name, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48273
    View cart More details Price: USD $34.95 USD $31.46
  • Keynes, John Maynard
    The Economic Consequences of Peace

    New York: Cosimo, 2005. Card covers. pp 298. Ink owner name, else fine. Facsimile reprint of the NY, 1920, edition.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48274
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  • McCLUNG, Nellie L.
    THE NEXT OF KIN. Those Who Wait and Wonder.
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Thomas Allen / Houghton Mifflin: Toronto / Boston, 1917. Variant binding of red (vs reddish-brown) cloth. US printed. A fine, bright copy. A book about work on the home front in Canada during WWI by the noted Canadian feminist. Uncommon in such nice condition.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48275
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  • Livesey, Anthony
    Great Battles of World War I

    Edison, NJ: Chartwell Books, 2003. Glossy pictiorial boards. pp 200. Maps, photos, illustrations, in colour and b&w; index. one folding illustration. Ink owner name, else fine. Jacket has a nick at head of spine, else fine. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48276
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  • MacBeth, Jack
    Ready, Aye Ready: An Illustrated History of the Royal Canadian Navy
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1989. Blue boards. pp 176. B&w photos, index. Slight shelf rubbing to foot of spine and along lower edges, ink owner name, else fine in near fine jacket. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48277
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  • Macdonald, John (Len Deighton)
    Great battlefields of the world. Introduction by Len Deighton. Foreword by General Sir John Hackett
    Edition: First printing

    London: Michael Joseph, 1984. Green cloth. pp 200. Colour illustrations. Ink owner name, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. The plans of the battles have been enhanced to three dimensions by computer from topographical maps. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48278
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  • Hynes, Samuel Lynn
    A war imagined: fhe First World War and English culture
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Atheneum, 1991. Cloth & boards. pp 514 + plates; index, notes. Ink owner name, else fine in fine jacket. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48279
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  • James, E.A., Captain
    A Record of the Battles and Engagements of the British Armies in France and Flanders, 1914 - 1918

    Uckfield, East Sussex, England: Naval & Military Press, no date (199-). Facsimile reprint of the Aldershot: Gale and Polden, 1924, edition. Glossy card covers. Ink owner name, else fine. Lists dates, units involved, and more. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48280
    View cart More details Price: USD $8.95 USD $8.06
  • Hickson, A.O.
    As it was then: recollections 1896-1930. A memoir. Edited and with an introduction by D.G.L. Fraser

    Wolfville, Nova Scotia: The Eric Dennis Collection of Canadiana, Acadia University, 1988. Glossy card covers. pp 107. Photos. Ink owner name, else fine. Includes Prof. Hickson's memoirs of his service with the CEF in World War I. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48281
    View cart More details Price: USD $10.00 USD $9.00
  • Herwig, Holger H.
    Luxury Fleet: Imperial German Navy, 1888-1918
    Edition: First printing

    London: Allen & Unwin, 1980. Dark blue boards. pp 314 + plates; index. Ink owner name, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48282
    View cart More details Price: USD $29.95 USD $26.96

A selection of our current highlights…