Welcome to Steven Temple Books

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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…

  • GALLANT, Mavis
    HOME TRUTHS: sixteen stories
    Edition: First UK printing

    Black boards. Text paper yellowed, as always, else fine in fine jacket. The 1981 Toronto edition won a Governor-General's Award.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49337
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  • CIRCUIT: These are the Sacred Places, Visions Before Midnight, Death by Toilet
    Edition: First printing

    Turquoise boards. Text paper yellowed, as always, ink owner name at front, else fine. Black dust jacket has rubbing to folds, VG otherwise. Author's second book in the uncommon hardcover issue.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49338
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  • Gagnon, Madeleine
    Lair. Translated by Howard Scott
    Edition: First printing in English

    Card covers. Fine copy. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49339
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  • GARNER, Hugh
    ONE DAMN THING AFTER ANOTHER
    Edition: First printing

    Brown boards. Poet Miriam Waddington's copy with her ink name and two small pencil notations (page numbers) at front. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a one inch creased tear at bottom of front panel and a couple other small tears and slight rubbing; good +. The author's autobiography.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49340
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  • p'BITEK, Okot
    SONG OF LAWINO
    Edition: Firsr printing

    12mo, card covers. 216 pp. Book a little leaned, soft cover creases, light yellowing to page edges, VG otherwise, no owner names. Satirical poetry by this Ugandan author.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49342
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  • GEDGE, Pauline
    THE EAGLE AND THE RAVEN
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Cloth & boarrds. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has a nick at foot of spine, else fine. A thick novel of the clash between the Romans and the Celts in first century Britain. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49315
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  • Garner, Hugh
    A nice place to visit
    Edition: First printing

    Pale green boards. Light yellowing to page edges, a few small tan spots to fore edges, else fine. Jacket has slight wear to spine ends, VG otherwise. Though not signed by her, this was poet Miriam Waddington's copy with a small sheet of her pencil notes laid in. A novel about a wash-up drunken journalist hired to investigate a murder in a small town in Southwestern Ontario.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49316
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  • GARNER, Hugh
    VIOLATION OF THE VIRGINS and other stories
    Edition: First printing

    Grey boards. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49317
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  • Gault, Connie
    Some of Eve's Daughters
    Edition: First printing

    Paper issue in card covers. Front cover a little curled, else fine. A collection of short stories.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49318
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  • Gedge, Pauline
    The Twelfth Transforming
    Edition: First printing

    Cloth & boards. Fine in fine jacket. A novel of Akhenaten and ancient Egypt.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49319
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  • GEDGE, Pauline
    STARGATE
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Cloth & boards. Fine corner. Jacket has creases to lower front flap, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49320
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  • Germain, Georges-Hébert
    Christophe Colomb: Naufrage sur les côtes du paradis : roman
    Edition: First Edition

    Glossy card covers. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49321
    View cart More details Price: USD $12.95 USD $11.66
  • Usmiani, Renate
    Gratien Gélinas
    Edition: First printing

    Grey boards. pp (8), 88. Fine copy. Jacket has a tiny nick, else fine. Profiles in Canadian Drama series. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49322
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  • Major, Robert (Antoine Gérin-Lajoie)
    Jean Rivard, ou, L'art de réussir: Idéologies et utopie dans l'oeuvre d'Antoine Gérin-Lajoie
    Edition: First printing

    Glossy card covers. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49323
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  • GIBSON, Graeme
    PERPETUAL MOTION (signed)
    Edition: First printing

    Red and cream boards. Fine copy. Cream dust has a small damp spot to lightly darkened spine, VG. Signed by the author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49324
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  • GIGUÈRE, Diane
    WHIRLPOOL. Translated from the French by Charles Fullman.
    Edition: First edition in English

    Red cloth. pp 78, [2]. Text paper tanned, as always. Bookplate, ink signature of author John Metcalf, else fine. Jacket has a little rubbing, VG otherwise. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49325
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  • GILBOORD, Margaret Gibson (Margaret Gibson)
    THE BUTTERFLY WARD

    The paper issue in card covers. Yellowing to page edges, VG otherwise. With gilt sticker on front cover stating "Original of the film Outrageous". This 1977 film was based on one of the stories in this collection "Making It".

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49326
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  • GIGUÈRE, Diane
    WINGS IN THE WIND. Translated by Alan Brown
    Edition: First edition in English

    Grey boards. Fine copy. Jacket spine very lightly yellowed with the orange letters a bit sunned, else fine. The 1976 French original (Dans les Ailes du vent) won the France-Québec Prize for 1977.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49327
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  • GIGUÈRE, Diane
    INNOCENCE. Translated by Peter Green
    Edition: First edition in English

    Red boards. Page edges yellowed, text paper lightly toned. Fine copy. Dust jacket (design by Frank Newfeld) has rubbing to rear spine fold and front flap fold, red sine lettering (author) is sunned; VG otherwise. The 1961 original, Le temps des jeux, won the Prix du Cercle du livre de France.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49328
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  • GIBSON, Margaret
    CONSIDERING HER CONDITION
    Edition: First US printing

    Cloth & boards. Fine in fine jacket. Her second collection of short stories.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49329
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A selection of our current highlights…