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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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Some recent arrivals…

  • CONIBEAR, Kenneth, 1907-
    NORTHLAND FOOTPRINTS, or lives on Little Bent Tree Lake
    Edition: First US printing

    Orange cloth, spine lettered in black (second issue binding). pp (2), xviii, (19)-339, [3]. Small ink name on rear pastedown; light yellowing to page edges; else a fine, bright copy. Dust jacket spine has a one inch split to lower fold, rubbing and small chips to ends, light rubbing to folds; light rubbing to front flap fold; pencil numerals on the interior; else a VG bright and attractive example, flap price intact. Includes an attractive frontispiece map by G.D.Tidmarsh and a long Preface by the author. Inscribed by the author on the title page "Kenneth Conibear, Fort Smith, N.W.T., Aug. 20, 1940". A novel set in the Canadian Northwest around Great Slave Lake in which wild animals are the chief characters. Watters p. 265. Conibear accompanied Grey Owl on a tour of England, becoming a close friend. Grey Owl was best man at his first wedding. He eventually became an instructor in the English Department at Simon Fraser University. Born in Ontario, with his family moved to Fort Resolution in 1912. It is believed theirs was the first white family, independent of government, religious organization or trading company to settle in the Territories. He attended the University of Alberta and was selected as an Alberta Rhodes Scholar in 1931. Conibear Lake in Wood Buffalo National Park is named for him. Mentioned in Peel 6271. This was his first book. Uncommon in jacket and inscribed.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49553
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  • McGill, Jean S.
    Edmund Morris: Frontier Artist
    Edition: First edition.

    Grey boards. 208 pp, indexed, photos and b&w reproductions in text. Small creases to spine ends of book and jacket, else both fine. First full-length study of Canadian artist Edmund Montague Morris (1871-1913), best known for his accurate portraits of western and northern Canadian Indians.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49603
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  • BODSWORTH, Fred
    THE STRANGE STORY BEHIND THE BIBLE

    23 cm, self-wrappers, [16] pp, text in double columns, illustrated. Staples rusty; small blue stain to lower margin of rear cover; VG otherwise. An article reprinted from MacLean's Magazine. By the author of the minor Canadian literary classic THE STRANGE ONE.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49439
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  • FISHER, W. Edgar
    THE RHYMES AND SONGS OF A CHAIRMAKER

    pp 79, stapled in pale grey card covers. Covers tanned; damp stain to lower outer corner inside covers; rubber stamped ownership on title page; VG otherwise. Voilà locates at LAC only. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49462
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  • KERR, J. McD., Rev.
    REVIVAL HYMNS. Selected and arranged by Rev. J. McD. Kerr for evangelistic work

    pp (4), 100, (2, Index), in black limp cloth covered pictorial card stamped in gilt. Front cover a bit mottled; VG+ otherwise. 100 hymns. There was also an 1889 edition with 112 hymns and 110 pages. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49465
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  • VEENSTRA, Coby
    SING A NEW SONG

    pp 94, wire bound in orange card covers. Soft cover creases, else fine. "A collection of hymns for children - written and composed by Coby van Duyvenwoorde-Veenstra". Words and music. Voilà locates at LAC only. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49475
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  • BUSCHLEN, J. P.
    THE WORLD WAR (Poems)
    Edition: First edition.

    Octavo. 20 leaves, printed rectos only, string tied in cream card covers printed in brown. Covers has wear to the yapp edges, fingernail-size chip to lower inner corner of rear cover, creases; covers just good, contents fine. Watters p.30. A book of WWI verse by a non-combatant. Buschlen was born in Arthur, Ontario. He eventually landed in California, where he was a screenwriter and script doctor. Besides his novels about his experiences as a bank clerk, he wrote a number of novels as "Jack Preston). Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover.
    Book ID: 49247
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  • McHUGH, Hugh (pseud. of George Vere Hobart Philpott, 1867-1926)
    DOWN THE LINE WITH JOHN HENRY. Illustrations by McKee Barclay
    Edition: First Edition

    Narrow 12mo, coarse yellow pictorial cloth stamped in black & white on front cover only, top edges gilt, others rough trimmed. pp 110, 111-14, ads + 7 plates. Yellowing to page edges, spine lightly darkened, else a VG+. Hobart was born in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. He moved to Maryland where he worked as a reporter. He was the author or co-author of over 50 musical comedies, librettos and plays. He also specialized in German-American comic dialect writing ("Dutch Dialect"). The second of the very popular John Henry humour books. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49263
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  • MUNRO, Bruce W. (Bruce Weston Munro, 1860-1900?)
    A BLUNDERING BOY: a humorous story
    Edition: First Edition

    Pale green cloth stamped in blind and gilt. pp xvi, (17)-395, [5]. Copyright notice on a printed label on verso of title leaf. Spine tanned with chips and neat repairs to ends; inner hinges neatly repaired with rice paper; tanning to endpapers, page edges, and to text; a good, sound copy otherwise, text clean and unworn. Watters p 351. In his prefatory note, the author reveals that he wrote this novel when he was 20.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49407
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  • HARRISON, Charles Yale
    THERE ARE VICTORIES
    Edition: First Edition

    Greyish cloth. pp 320. Messy remains of private lending library label on front free endpaper; yellowing to page edges; else a VG clean and unworn copy. Dust jacket has chips to spine ends and along upper edge of panels; ink notations along fore margin of rear flap; VG otherwise, colours bright, flap price intact. The author's third novel, set in Montreal and New York. "There Are Victories is not a war novel, though I've seen it described as such. The conflict figures only in that a third of the way in the protagonist, Montrealer Ruth Courtney, marries a man who disappears for a time to fight in Europe. He returns damaged, violent, prone to rape, and drawn more than ever to prostitutes. Ruth escapes to Manhattan, where she finds comfort in the arms of another man. He's better only in comparison ...There Are Victories is the sort glorious failure that is worthy of attention." - Brian Busby. A scarce book. Harrison, an American who spent his childhood and adolescence in Montreal, fought with the Canadians in WWI, authored GENERAL'S DIE IN BED, a classic of WWI fiction and probably the best Canadian novel of the war.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49408
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  • GATES, Lillian F.
    AFTER THE REBELLION: the later years of William Lyon Mackenzie
    Edition: First Edition

    Brown boards. pp 413, [3] + plates. Notes, index. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 44874
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  • LANGFORD, Helen
    A HISTORY OF MOUNT VERNON, a pioneer Methodist cemetary...

    Quarto, (5), 99 leaves printed rectos only, photos, folding facsimile document at rear, reproduced from typescript, mustard illustrated card covers. Variant without a black plastic tape backstrip. Yellowing and slight foxing to page edges, else a VG clean and unworn copy, no owner names. "Lot 4, Concession III South of Dundas Street, Nelson Township, Halton County, Ontario. Road Access on Lot 5, Concession III S.D.S."

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49602
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  • BROWN, E.K. (Matthew Arnold)
    MATTHEW ARNOLD: a study in conflict
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Dark red cloth. pp (xiv), 223, [3] + frontispiece; red top page edges. Spine slightly sunned, VG jacketless copy otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49601
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  • WEAVER, Emily P. (1865-1943)
    THE TROUBLE MAN or the wards of St. James
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Green pictorial cloth stamped in multi-colours, spine gilt lettered. pp [2], v-vi, 7 - (316) + title leaf printed in red and blue on coated paper + frontispiece with tissue guard and two other colour plates, top edges gilt. 1915 ink owner name at front; yellowing to page edges; brown spots to pp 188-89, with scattered small spots elsewhere, mostly in margins. VG otherwise, the handsome binding quite bright and unworn. Watters p 414 and most copies on AMICUS date [1911?]. Made from sheets of the undated London: Religious Tract Society edition, [1910?]. A novel set in Ontario, by an Ontario author. Uncommon.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49015
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  • Atwood, Margaret
    DAYS OF THE REBELS 1815/1840
    Edition: First edition.

    Oblong format, 23.8 x 26.3 cm, green cloth spine gilt lettered, pictorial paper-covered boards, yellow illustrated endpapers. 128 pp. Colour and black & white illustrations throughout. Small bumps to upper outer corners of covers, VG clean and unworn otherwise, no previous owner names, without dust jacket, as issued. A volume in the Canada's Illustrated Heritage series, a non-fiction work about the years leading up to and including the 1837 rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49595
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  • KAVKA, Gregory S. (Thomas Hobbes)
    Hobbesian Moral and Political Theory (Studies in Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy)
    Edition: First printing

    Octavo, black cloth, pp 460. Fine in fine jacket, no owner marks.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49596
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  • KROETSCH, Robert
    WHAT THE CROW SAID
    Edition: First printing

    Dark blue boards. Fine copy. Jacket has minor rubbing to spine ends and outer corners, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49597
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  • BUTALA, Sharon
    THE GATES OF THE SUN
    Edition: First printing

    Paper issue in glossy card covers. Covers a bit curled, VG otherwise. With 1986 ink ownership signature of poet John Newlove, another writer from Saskatchewan. First novel in a trilogy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49592
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  • BUSH, Douglas
    THE RENAISSANCE AND ENGLISH HUMANISM
    Edition: First printing

    Maroon cloth. pp 139. Index. Gilt spine lettering oxidized, light yellowing to endpapers, else a VG unworn copy, no owner marks. The Alexander Lecture in English for 1939. A well-regarded text reprinted a number of times, this first printing is uncommon.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49593
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  • BUTLER, Juan, 1942-81
    THE GARBAGEMAN
    Edition: First printing

    Black boards. Text paper a bit yellowed, as always, else fine. Black dust jacket has a few nicks and one short tear; rubbing to the surface gloss; VG otherwise. A savage novel of madness and violence, the author's second. Uncommon.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49594
    View cart More details Price: USD $39.95 USD $35.96

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