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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…

  • BLAMIRES, David
    ADULTS ALPHABETS: examples of English press alphabet books from the last hundred years with an alphabetical description, copious illustrations and a checklist of press alphabet books
    Edition: First edition.

    Hanborough, Oxford, England: Hanborough Parrot, 1990. Colour printed cloth with spine and cover labels. pp 45, [3]. Well illustrated in black and white. #90 of 170 copies, this is one of 85 uncoloured copies. Only 25 copies were fully coloured & 60 partly coloured. David Jones, Enid Marx, Edward Burra, Leadenhall Press, William Nicholson, others. 56 books in the checklist. Front cover a bit (seasonally?) splayed, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48496
    View cart More details Price: USD $175.00 USD $157.50
  • HEPBURN, James (pseud.)
    FAREWELL AMERICA
    Edition: First edition in English

    Vaduz, Liechtenstein: Frontiers, 1968. Black cloth. pp (422), [2]. index. Small tan soil spot to fore edges, else a fine copy. The dust jacket has creased nicks and tear along top edge; price sticker-size hole near centre of front panel, VG otherwise. A JFK assassination book. "Hepburn" claimed that Bobby Kennedy hired two French and one British former intelligence agents to investigate his brother's death. After Bobby was murdered, the agents had French journalist Hervé Lamarr to make their findings into a book. Because of its explosive allegations, most publishers wouldn't touch it. It was translated in German, Italian, and French and published in Europe. There were 10K copies of this privately issued English language edition, printed in Belgium and "published simultaneously in Belgium and Canada" and distributed in London and Montreal. The 6000 copies sent to Canada were seized by Canadian customs after about 2000 had been distributed, the rest held in a bonded warehouse, from whence they were eventually auctioned off. "James Hepburn" is believed to be Andre Ducret, Phillipe Vasjoly, and others in French intelligence.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48499
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  • THE LONG WINTER. Illustrated by Garth Williams by WILDER, Laura Ingalls
    WILDER, Laura Ingalls
    THE LONG WINTER. Illustrated by Garth Williams
    Edition: First of this edition

    New York: Harper, c1953. Beige and blue cloth printed in brown, yellow endpapers, fore edges rough trimmed. Fine copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has nicks, slight rubbing, yellowing, and one inch fold split, to the spine; nicks and small tear to upper edge of rear panel; price-clipped VG otherwise. I believe this to be the first printing with these excellent illustrations. Frontispiece caption states "Newly illustrated, uniform edition printed 1953". "First edition" not stated on verso of title, as the first edition was in 1940. "90-130 / No. 9716" at bottom of front flap, "No. 9648" at bottom of rear flap, which also mentions that the author is in her eighties living on a farm in Missouril.The sixth volume in the Little House series, a 1941 Newbery Honor Book. Believing a hard winter is coming on, Pa moves the family into town. The blizzards came, going to school was out, the snow didn't melt until May, when the first train bearing their Christmas barrel came.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48506
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  • BERTON, Pierre
    THE SECRET WORLD OF OG. Newly illustrated by Patsy Berton (who was there)
    Edition: First of this edition

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1974. Colour pictorial card covers, with colour and b&w illustrations. Covers have light rubbing, soft creases to front cover, VG otherwise. Berton's children's book, first published in 1961 with illustrations by William Winter, now newly and well illustrated by Berton's daughter Patsy (Patricia). An uncommon edition.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48507
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  • ABBOTT, Johnston (pseud. of Edward M.Ashworth)
    THE SEIGNEURS OF LA SAULAYE. Gentlemen Adventures of New France Two Centuries Ago
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1928. Red cloth. [6], 379, [3] pp. Fine copy. An historical novel of 18th century Quebec.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48508
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  • Erdman, David V., Grant, John E., Rose, Edward J.,Tolley, Michael J., editors (William Blake)
    William Blake's Designs for Edward Young's Night Thoughts: A Complete Edition
    Edition: First printing

    Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980. Two volumes, black. Fine in fine, price-clipped jackets. Black card slipcase has slight rubbin to edges but is VG. pp.xvi, 101 + monochrome plates of watercolour designs nos. 1-263; viii, monochrome plates of watercolour designs nos.264-537, 80 colour plates of selected watercolour designs, 64 plates of proofs of engraved designs, 106 page facsimile of the 1797 edition of Night Thoughts in which the engraved designs first appeared. Note: a large and quite heavy pair, extra shipping will definitely be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48510
    View cart More details Price: USD $395.00 USD $355.50
  • WHEATLEY, Dennis
    MURDER OFF MIAMI

    (New York): Mayflower Books, 1979. Facsimile reprint of the Hutchinson, 1936, original Yellow card covers printed in red and black, yapp edges, bound with red ribbon, pages printed rectos only. In yellow printed dust jacket. Soft crease to the yapp edges, jacket has nicks along the top edge, near fine otherwise, all the clues intact. The first in a serious of wonderful crime dossiers, meant to simulate an actual working police file with documents filed in the order they are received. Includes facsimile cablegrams, holograph documents, photos, police reports, criminal records, and a couple of clues (hair, match) mounted in glassine envelopes.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover.
    Book ID: 48511
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  • WHEATLEY, Dennis
    THE MALINSAY MASSACRE

    London: Hutchinson, no date (1938). Card covers with yapp edges, tied with red ribbon. All clues present. Creases, rubbing, nicks to the yapp edges, seal at rear opened, VG otherwise. The third of this series of wonderful crime dossiers planned by J.C. Links. Reproduces all the documents and clues, including one in a glassine pouch, in the order they were received by the police. You try and guess whodunit. Third in the series.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48512
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  • WHEATLEY, Dennis
    WHO KILLED ROBERT PRENTICE?

    London: Hutchinson for the Crime-Book Society, no date (1937). Later printing, same year as first. Front cover states "50th Thousand". Nov, 1937, pencil ownership inside front cover. Red card covers with yapp edges, ribbon tied. Covers have creases, rubbing, edge tears; the seal to the solution is opened as usual; tears to one of the cellophane envelopes holding clues. A good, sound copy. The second of these wonderful innovative crime dossiers featuring tipped in clues, reproductions of police reports, letters, clippings, etc. The evidence is presented in the order the police received it, you solve the mystery. Second in the series.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover.
    Book ID: 48513
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  • WHEATLEY, Dennis
    HEREWITH THE CLUES
    Edition: First printing

    London: Hutchinson, no date (1939). Card covers with yapp edges, ribbon tied. All 16 clues in glassine pouches present. Seal to solution at rear broken, as usual. Creases to yapp edges of covers, VG otherwise. The fourth and last in this series of wonderful crime dossiers. The evidence is presented in facimile in the order the police received it, you try to guess whodunit. Much less common than the previous three.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48514
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  • GARDNER, John
    WIN, LOSE OR DIE
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Putnam, 1989. Black & blue boards, blue endpapers. Very light yellowing to text paper, else fine fine jacket, flap price intact, orange spine not faded. Gardner's 8th James Bond novel. Quite a nice copy of a cheaply made book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48524
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  • GARDNER, John
    NOBODY LIVES FOREVER
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Putnam, 1986. Green cloth and blue boards. Vertical troughs to the spine, else fine in fine jacket, flap price intact. His fifth James Bond book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48525
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  • GARDNER, John
    NEVER SEND FLOWERS
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Putnam, 1993. Green and grey boards. Small light ink ticks to the list of titles at front, small soft bumps to upper outer corners of boards, else fine in fine jacket, flap price intact. His 12th James Bond novel. Uncommon.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48526
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  • GARDNER, John
    COLD FALL
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Putnam's, 1996. Black and purple boards, green endpapers. Fine copy. Jacket has light sunning to the yellow spine, else fine, flap price intact. His 14th and last James Bond novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48527
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  • GARDNER, John
    SeaFire
    Edition: First printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1994. Black boards. Page edges tanned, else fine. Price-clipped jacket has new publisher's price sticker of GBP 15.99 beside the clip, else fine. His 14th James Bond novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48528
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  • GARDNER, John
    GOLDENEYE
    Edition: First printing

    London: BCA, 1995. Black boards. Page edges lightly yellowed, else fine in fine jacket. Based on the screenplay by Michael France and Jeffrey Caine. Precedes the Hodder & Stoughton trade edition.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48529
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  • GARDNER, John
    NEVER SEND FLOWERS
    Edition: First printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1993. Black boards. Fine in fine price-clipped jacket, no remainder mark. His 13th James Bond novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48530
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  • GARDNER, John
    DEATH IS FOREVER
    Edition: First printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1992. Black boards. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. His 11th James Bond novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48531
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  • GARDNER, John
    THE MAN FROM BARBAROSSA
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Putnam, 1991. Blue boards, blue endpapers. Fine in fine jacket, flap price intact. Gardner's 10th James Bond novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48532
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  • GARDNER, John
    DEATH IS FOREVER
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Putnam, 1992. Green and grey boards, grey endpapers. Fine in fine jacket, flap price intact. His 11th James Bond novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48533
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