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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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  • ANNE OF WINDY WILLOWS by MONTGOMERY, L.M.
    MONTGOMERY, L.M.
    ANNE OF WINDY WILLOWS

    London: Harrap. Second UK printing, November (first was July 1936). Blue cloth, front cover lettered in blind, spine in gilt, dark blue top page edges. pp 296 + colour frontispiece. Light sunning to fore margin of front cover, very nearly fine otherwise. Dust jacket has small corner chips and creased nicks to head of spine; closed tears to upper and lower inning corners of front panel and top edge of rear panel, VG+ otherwise, quite attractive. Second issue of the jacket, wiith the price clipped away on front flap and "3/6 net" printed beside the clip (original price was 7/6). Published in the US and Canada in 1936 as ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS. "Montgomery's original title for the book…

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    London: Harrap. Second UK printing, November (first was July 1936). Blue cloth, front cover lettered in blind, spine in gilt, dark blue top page edges. pp 296 + colour frontispiece. Light sunning to fore margin of front cover, very nearly fine otherwise. Dust jacket has small corner chips and creased nicks to head of spine; closed tears to upper and lower inning corners of front panel and top edge of rear panel, VG+ otherwise, quite attractive. Second issue of the jacket, wiith the price clipped away on front flap and "3/6 net" printed beside the clip (original price was 7/6). Published in the US and Canada in 1936 as ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS. "Montgomery's original title for the book was Anne of Windy Willows, but her US publisher requested that she change the title because of the title's similarities to The Wind in the Willows. Additionally, her publisher requested some cuts to the book, mainly for perceived gory or terrifying content. Montgomery complied, and the edited novel was published in the United States and Canada as Anne of Windy Poplars. Her UK publisher, however, did not see the need for the edits and published the unabridged version under the original title, Anne of Windy Willows." - Wikipedia. I feel sure all the North American reprints used the cut text, making this UK edition the only complete version.

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    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52602
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  • OFFICIAL PROGRAMME of the fourth annual meet of the New York State Division, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN WHEELMEN
    OFFICIAL PROGRAMME of the fourth annual meet of the New York State Division, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN WHEELMEN

    Buffalo, New York: Buffalo Bicycle Club, 1886. 19 x 15.5 cm. Pink pictorial paper covers printed in red, green and brown. Text printed in green. pp (32), including 4 pages of ads at front and 10 pp ads at rear, some pictorial, 10 ads pertaining to cycling. Vignette illustrations in text. Vertical ripple to the whole; mouse nibble to lower edge from p 13 through rear cover (maximum 3 x 0.9 cm, well away from any printing); mild foxing to cover, mostly to rear cover; VG or better overall, no creases nor owner marks. With the original unused mailing envelope which shows a Buffalo return address (881 Main Street), with a bison against a high wheel bicycle. The printed…

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    Buffalo, New York: Buffalo Bicycle Club, 1886. 19 x 15.5 cm. Pink pictorial paper covers printed in red, green and brown. Text printed in green. pp (32), including 4 pages of ads at front and 10 pp ads at rear, some pictorial, 10 ads pertaining to cycling. Vignette illustrations in text. Vertical ripple to the whole; mouse nibble to lower edge from p 13 through rear cover (maximum 3 x 0.9 cm, well away from any printing); mild foxing to cover, mostly to rear cover; VG or better overall, no creases nor owner marks. With the original unused mailing envelope which shows a Buffalo return address (881 Main Street), with a bison against a high wheel bicycle. The printed side of the envelope is browned and spotted, with the printed portion faded. The meet was held at Buffalo on 3 and 4 September, 1886. The text contains a introduction including comment on the roads and of Buffalo as a "wheelman's Elysium", information on the committees, hotels, transportation, the LAW's business meeting (3 pages), the parade, the 10 races at the Buffalo Driving Park, the annual tour of the LAW, and more. A RARE piece from the age of the high wheel ("penny farthing") era of the bicycle. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

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    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52601
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  • HARRIS, Thomas
    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

    Edition: First printing

    New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988. Cloth & boards. Very light damp stain to lower fore edges and to upper inner top page edges (no penetration into text margins), else fine in fine jacket, flap price intact. Hannibal Lecter at his gruesome best duels with Clarice Starling, novice FBI agent. Basis of the memorable film starring Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins. A well-written chiller and already a classic of the kind. 1.1 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52600
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  • NOVEMBER JOE, detective of the woods. by PRICHARD, H. Hesketh [Vernon Hesketh Prichard, 1876-1922].
    PRICHARD, H. Hesketh [Vernon Hesketh Prichard, 1876-1922].
    NOVEMBER JOE, detective of the woods.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date, 1916. Later issue ca 191-. Red linen grain cloth lettered in white, decorated in yellow. pp 323 + frontispiece. Yellowing and a bit of foxing to page edges; portion clipped from bottom of front free endpaper; ink ownership on front endpapers and a 15 Nov. 1916 ink ownership on recto of frontispiece; tanning to first and last page; small margin chips from careless opening to three leaves near rear; else a VG clean and unworn copy. First published in 1913, the UK first printing states "Illustrated" on the title page and had 12 plates. The UK author's most important book, a detective fiction classic, set in Québec. Queen's Quorum 55. Queen, The Detective…

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    London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date, 1916. Later issue ca 191-. Red linen grain cloth lettered in white, decorated in yellow. pp 323 + frontispiece. Yellowing and a bit of foxing to page edges; portion clipped from bottom of front free endpaper; ink ownership on front endpapers and a 15 Nov. 1916 ink ownership on recto of frontispiece; tanning to first and last page; small margin chips from careless opening to three leaves near rear; else a VG clean and unworn copy. First published in 1913, the UK first printing states "Illustrated" on the title page and had 12 plates. The UK author's most important book, a detective fiction classic, set in Québec. Queen's Quorum 55. Queen, The Detective Short Story p. 91 - "Probably the only backwoods-detective in the short-story field." "Near six foot tall, lithe and powerful, November Joe is a Canadian woodsman who would sooner hunt deer than man any day. In these stories of detection, set in the wilderness far away from city streets, November Joe shows that he is not only the product but also the master of his environment. The author was a sportsman and naturalist who spent much of his life traveling and hunting, and used his own experiences and wilderness lore as background for this book. First published before the outbreak of World War One (during which Prichard organized a corps of sharp-shooters), these stories capture the clear, crisp outdoor atmosphere of the North-American backwoods." - from the Greehill Books 1985 reprint.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 49805
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  • HOUSTON, Margaret Bell
    MOON OF DELIGHT

    New York: A.L. Burt, no date. ca. 193- ? reprint from 1931 Dodd, Mead plates. lue cloth stamped in black and yellow. [6], 282 pp. Slight yellowing to page edges, light toning to text paper; a VG tight and unworn copy otherwise, no owner names. The dust jacket has a fingernail-size chip at foot of spine with loss of a couple letters, shallow chip across head of spine just touching the top of "Moon", vertical crease and light rubbing to spine; short tears to panels and flap folds, with chips to lower outer corner of front panel with loss of one letter of "Houston"; in all, good, but still presentable in appearance. A "romantic mystery" about stolen jewels and…

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    New York: A.L. Burt, no date. ca. 193- ? reprint from 1931 Dodd, Mead plates. lue cloth stamped in black and yellow. [6], 282 pp. Slight yellowing to page edges, light toning to text paper; a VG tight and unworn copy otherwise, no owner names. The dust jacket has a fingernail-size chip at foot of spine with loss of a couple letters, shallow chip across head of spine just touching the top of "Moon", vertical crease and light rubbing to spine; short tears to panels and flap folds, with chips to lower outer corner of front panel with loss of one letter of "Houston"; in all, good, but still presentable in appearance. A "romantic mystery" about stolen jewels and a mysterious veiled woman set in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The author was from Houston, Texas.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52599
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  • Polya, G.
    Patterns of Plausible Inference. Volume II of Mathematics and Plausible Reasoning

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1968. Second edition, with some corrections and revisions, a new author Preface, and an appendix. Brown cloth. x, 225 pp. Fine copy, no owner marks. Light damp spotting to front panel of jacket (not affecting the book itself) has caused some rippling, nice otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52598
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  • FORWARD [magazine for young people]

    Philadelphia: 41 cm. Maroon cloth spine gilt lettered. Vol. XXXVI, nos 1-52, 3 Jan. - 29 Dec., 1917. 416 pp, complete year. Light marks to covers, else a clean and tight copy, text unworn. Stories, articles, handicrafts, and ads, well illustrated. 3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52597
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  • FORWARD [magazine for young people]

    Philadelphia: 38 cm. Maroon cloth spine gilt lettered. Vol. XXXIX, nos 1-52, 3 Jan. - 25 Dec., 1920. 416 pp, complete year. Light marks to covers, else a clean and tight copy, text unworn. Stories, articles, handicrafts, and ads, well illustrated. 2.8 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52596
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  • FORWARD [magazine for young people]

    Philadelphia: 37 cm. Maroon cloth spine gilt lettered. Vol. XLI, nos 1-52, 7 Jan. - 30 Dec., 1922. 416 pp, complete year. Library discard, rubber stamp and shelf notation at front, no other library marks. Light marks to covers, else a clean and tight copy, text unworn. Stories and articles, handicrafts, well illustrated. 2.7 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52595
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  • QUEENS' GARDENS: a paper for girls

    Philadelphia: 37 cm. Half sheep and marbled boards. Vol. I, nos 1-52, 2 Jan. - 29 Dec., 1915. 208 pp, complete year. Library discard, rubber stamps and shelf notation at front, no other library marks. Spine worn, lacking pieces at ends, with some repairs, leather stabilzed; edge wear to outer corners, cracked inner hinges repaired, else a clean and tight copy, text unworn. Stories and articles, handicrafts, well illustrated. 1.9 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52594
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  • FORWARD [magazine for young people]

    Philadelphia: 37 cm. Half sheep and marbled boards. Vol. XXXIV, nos 1-52, 2 Jan. - 25 Dec., 1915. 420pp, complete year. Library discard, rubber stamp and shelf notation at front, no other library marks. Spine worn, lacking pieces at ends, with some repairs, leather stabilzed; edge wear to outer corners, cracked inner hinges repaired, else a clean and tight copy, text unworn. Stories and articles, handicrafts, well illustrated. 3.2 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52592
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  • QUEENS' GARDENS: a paper for girls

    Philadelphia: 39 cm. Maroon cloth, spine gilt lettered. Vol. X, nos 1-52, 5 Jan. - 27 Dec., 1924. 208 pp, complete year. Library discard with call numbers on spine, rubber stamp and shelf notation at front, no other library marks. VG clean, tight and unworn copy. Stories and articles, handicrafts, well illustrated. 1.9 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52591
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  • QUEENS' GARDENS: a paper for girls

    Philadelphia: 39 cm. Maroon cloth, spine gilt lettered. Vol VIII nos 1-52, 6 Jan. - 29 Dec., 1917. 208 pp, complete year. Library discard with call numbers on spine, rubber stamp and shelf notation at front, no other library marks. Mild cover soiling, rubbing to spine ends, else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. Stories and articles, handicrafts, well illustrated. 1.9 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52590
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  • THE PIONEER: a paper for boys

    Philadelphia: 38.5 cm. Maroon cloth, spine gilt lettered. Vol X, nos 1-52, 5 Jan - 27 Dec, 1924. 208 pp. Complete year. Library discard, with rubber stamp and shelf notations at front, no other library marks. Mild cover soiling, rear to corner of front free endpaper,dust soiling to front endpapers, else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. Stories and articles, handicrafts, well illustrated. 1.9 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52589
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  • KINGS' TREASURIES: a paper for boys

    Philadelphia: 38.5 cm. Volume IX, nos. 1-52, 6 Jan. - 29 Dec., 1923, pp 208, complete year. Maroon cloth.spine lettered in gilt. Library discard with rubber stamp and shelf notations at front, call numbers on spine, no other library marks. VG clean, tight and unworn copy. Storie, articles & handicrafts, well illustrated. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52588
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  • BARR, Robert
    FROM WHOSE BOURNE. Illustrated by Frank M. Gregory

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Stokes, 1896. Narrow 12mo, 16.2 cm, green pictorial buckram stamped in silver (man and two ghosts), top page edges silver. pp (3)-210 + frontispiece and three other plates. Ink gift inscription to upper hallf of front free endpaper, spine lightly darkened, else a VG clean and unworn copy. An uncommon short supernatural detective novel. in which the hero summons the spirit of a great detective to help him solve a crime. Bleiler (1979) p 16. Reginald 00890. This is the variant in green cloth. Also comes in red cloth, priority, if any, unknown to me, This is the first separate edition; the UK edition was published in 1893. "Barr's most intriguing work ..." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 27.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52587
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  • Hawking, S.W. and G.F.R. Ellis (Stephen Hawking)
    The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time

    Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press, 1989. Later printing. Orange card covers. pp 391, index. Fine copy. Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52585
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  • Birrell, N. D. ; P. C. W. Davies
    Quantum Fields in Curved Space

    Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press, 1994. Later printing, with corrections. Card covers. pp 340. Index. Fine copy. Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52583
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  • Barnes, Djuna
    RYDER. With illustrations by the author

    Edition: First of this edition

    New York: St. Martin's Press, 1979. Cloth and boards. Fine in lightly used VG jacket, flap price intact.. Mostly a facsimile reprint of the 1928 original, but dropping her original Foreword which dealt with censorship in the United States and not restoring the censored passages which are indicated by asterisks. Retains her original nine drawings and adds two others. NIGHTWOOD was number 12 on a list of the top 100 gay books compiled by The Publishing Triangle in 1999.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52582
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  • LEHMANN, John, editor
    THE PENGUIN NEW WRITING 28

    Edition: First edition.

    Harmondsworth, England: Penguin, 1946. Usual toning to text paper, light spine darkening, VG otherwise. Colour plates. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52581
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