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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…

  • WRIGHT, Thomas
    THE HISTORY OF IRELAND; from the earliest period of the Irish annals, to the present time...

    London Printing and Publishing Company, no date (ca. 1855). Three volumes in two format, complete text in 10 sections, the history ending in 1853..Two stout volumes, original half calf and blue moiré cloth, marbled page edges, titling pieces, raised bands with gilt decoration, gilt harps. Vol. I: pp [2], (iii)-(viii), (1)-(728), (1-262), [2] + frontispiece, engraved title, double page map with colour outlines, and 19 plates. Vol. II: [2], (i)-iv, 265-(664), (1)-(592) + frontispiece, 8 plates, second frontispiece, engraved title, and 11 plates. Decorative initials, no tissue guards. Steel engraved plates (about half are portraits) by H. Warren made expressly for this work. Wear to spine ends and outer corners; joints repaired externally, inner hinges repaired with rice paper; ink gift inscription at front of each; text and plates have occasional foxing and light soiling; cloth sides have some soiling, light rubbing;' In all, just good externally; internally generally VG, clean, and unworn, now tight in the binding. Note: 5.5 kg parcel, extra shipping WILL be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48587
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  • Yates, Richard
    Young Hearts Crying
    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Delacorte, 1984. Advance uncorreted proof, light blue card covers. Creases, light soiling to covers, corner curling, just good.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48592
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  • DANTE ALIGHIERI
    THE VISION OF PURGATORY AND PARADISE. Translated by the Rev. Henry Fancis Cary, M.A. And illustrated with the designs of M. Gustave Doré. New edition. With critical and explanatory notes

    London: Cassell & Company, no date. Ca. 19th century printing. pp [2], (iii)-xii, (337), [3] + 60 plates with captioned tissue guards; title page in red and black. Bound in half black morocco and grey cloth, spine with raised bands, lettered and richly ornamented in gilt, mabled endpapers, all edges gilt. Cloth soiled and a little loose; inner hinges repaired with rice paper; fore edges of front and rear blank, and one plate, a little frayed; creases to tissue guard at frontispiece; externally VG or better but for the cloth soiling, the spine not chipped and showing well; internally mainly fine, clean and unworn. Note: 3.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be requiired.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48594
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  • CRICHTON, Vincent
    PIONEERING IN NORTHERN ONTARIO: history of the Chapleau District
    Edition: First printing

    Belleville, Ontario: Mika, 1975. Blue cloth. pp (409), [3]. Photos. Fine copy. Dust jacket has small edge tears, moderate rubbing, VG otherwise. Located in Sudbury District, the township has one of the largest game reserves in the world (7k square km). 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48595
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  • HEIDEGGER, Martin
    HISTORY OF THE CONCEPT OF TIME: Prolegomena. Translated by Theodore Kiesiel

    Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1989. Second printing. Blue cloth. pp (xx), 329. Glossary. Very nearly fine, no owner marks.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48596
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  • Hatchetts of Piccadilly, menu illustration by ARDIZZONE, Edward
    ARDIZZONE, Edward
    Hatchetts of Piccadilly, menu illustration

    Colour cover illustration for a Hatchetts of Piccadilly menu, ca 1950s. 38.5 x 31 cm sheet of card stock, vertcally folded, the illustration continous on the exterior. Lithographed by The Curwen Press. Interior within red decorative border, four columns of dishes. "Hatchetts of Piccadilly" in on a printed stip pasted down at top; printed slip listing four dishes at bottom of second column, one price changed by hand. Small ink asterisk added by hand to two dishes. Horizontal crease, VG+ otherwise, clean and unworn. Light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48590
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  • DUCHARME, Réjean
    THE SWALLOWER SWALLOWED. Translated from the French by Barbara Bray.
    Edition: First edition in English

    London: Hamish Hamilton, 1968. Orange boards. Thumbnail-size grey stain to upper outer corner of front free endpaper; soiling to fore edges; VG unworn copy otherwise, no owner names. Dust jacket has some rubbing, small sticker scar, rubbing and nicks to head of spine; soiling to rear panel; good, flap price intact. First book of this Quebec author, it won the Governor-General's Award for Fiction. No Canadian edition in English at the time. First published Paris, 1966, as L'AVALEÉ DES AVALÉS. A classic of French-Canadian literature, this translation is now scarce on the market.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48570
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  • FARRAR, Frederic W.
    THE LIFE OF CHRIST

    London: Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, no date. pp xxiv, 768, viii (index), [2] + colour frontispiece map of Palestine. Numerous woodcut illustrations in tex. Bound in contemporary half brown calf and brown cloth, spine with raised bands, decoration in blind and gilt, label; mabled page edges. Bit of foxing, mostly early and late; a VG+ clean, tight and unworn copy otherwise, neither joints nor hinges cracked. 19th century edition of this very popular Victorian book, first published in 1874, the present edition no later than 1878. Note: 3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48577
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  • MATZ, B.W., compiler & foreword (Charles Dickens)
    CHARACTER SKETCHES FROM DICKENS. With an Introduction by Kare Perugini. Illustrated by Harold Copping
    Edition: First edition

    London: Raphael Tuck, 1924. Edition De Luxe, #93 of 1000 copies signed by compiler, illustrator, and publisher's secretary. Brown leather, spine stamped in gilt, front cover in blind, top edge gilt. pp (2), 146, [2] + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard + one portrait with tissue guard + 30 colour plates with captioned tissue guards. Two facsimiles in text. Some scuffing to spine ends and outer corners neatly touched up; four inch split to front joint neatly repaired; VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48578
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  • THE VISION OF HELL. Translated by the Rev. Henry Francis Cary, M.A., and illustrated with the designs of Gustav Doré. With critical and explanatory notes, life of Dante and chronology by DANTE ALIGHIERI
    DANTE ALIGHIERI
    THE VISION OF HELL. Translated by the Rev. Henry Francis Cary, M.A., and illustrated with the designs of Gustav Doré. With critical and explanatory notes, life of Dante and chronology

    London: Cassell, 1903. Rebound in half black polished calf and black cloth, spine gilt lettered, cloth inner hinges. pp 96 + frontispiece portrait + title leaf printed in red & black + 20 plates. Some soiling anf foxing to blank recto of the frontispiece; some foxing in text on pages adjacent to the plates; VG clean, tight and unworn otherwise. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48579
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  • THE HISTORY OF DON QUIXOTE. The text edited by J.W. Clark...and a biographical notice of Cervantes by T. Teignmouth Shore...lllustrated by Gustave Doré by CERVANTES
    CERVANTES
    THE HISTORY OF DON QUIXOTE. The text edited by J.W. Clark...and a biographical notice of Cervantes by T. Teignmouth Shore...lllustrated by Gustave Doré

    London: Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, no date). Later 19th century reprint. pp xxviii, (738) + frontispiece and numerous other illustrations on text paper. Many vignette illustrations in text. Rebound in modern half light brown cloth and marble patterned boards, spine label, cream endpapers, marbled page edges, cloth inner hinges. Light damp stain to margin at lower outer corner of first 20 pages or so; scattered foxing throughout but nowhere heavy, scattered small soil spots in margins; in all a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Note: 4.5 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48580
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  • TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord
    ELAINE...Illustrated by Gustave Doré

    London: Edward Moxon, 1868. 41 x 31 cm. Original purple leather grained decorated bevel edge cloth stamped in black and gilt, grey endpapers. pp (6), 84 + frontispiece and 8 other plates, all with tissue guards save the frontispiece, where it is lacking. Covers heavily damp stained, with much loss of colour, some bubbling to front cover; wear to edges and spine ends; small hole to spine cloth; mild scattered light soil spots in text; in all, just fair externally, internally VG or better, unworn, tight in the binding, inner hinges not cracked (unusually). At front is an ink gift inscription which reads " To Mary - with Alfred's fondest love and best wishes - November 12th, 1874". This does not appear to me to be in Tennyson's hand; possibly it is a secretarial inscription. The poem is an extract from IDYLLS OF THE KING. Elaine of Astolat was in love with Sir Lancelot and nursed him back to health after he was wounded in a tournament, but her love was unrequited. Elaine died of heartbreak and her body was floated down the Thames to Camelot, clutching a lily. Her story was the inspiration for Tennyson's earlier poem "The Lady of Shallot". Moxon first published this Doré - illustrated edition in 1867. The usual atmospheric haunting illustrations characteristic of Doré. Note: large 3 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48581
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  • ROETHKE, Theodore
    STRAW FOR THE FIRE. From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke 1943-63. Selected and Arranged by David Wagoner
    Edition: First trade edition

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1972. Octavo, dark red cloth. Light yellowing to page edges, remainder spray to bottom page edges, else fine in near fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48582
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  • THE LEGEND OF CROQUEMITAINE, and the chivalric times of Charlemagne. Freely translated from the  French of  L'Épine, by Tom Hood,  illustrated with 177 designs on wood by Gustave Doré by HOOD, Tom, translator (Ernest Victor Jules L'Épine)
    HOOD, Tom, translator (Ernest Victor Jules L'Épine)
    THE LEGEND OF CROQUEMITAINE, and the chivalric times of Charlemagne. Freely translated from the French of L'Épine, by Tom Hood, illustrated with 177 designs on wood by Gustave Doré

    London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, no date (1870s?). 32 cm. Original red pictorial cloth lettered & illustrated in gilt, blind decorative boarders. top edges gilt, dark green endpapers. pp (xii), 259, [1], (8, ads). Rebacked and resewn, original spine laid down, cloth inner hinges. Covers have darkening; cloth creases at head of spine; black spots on rear cover; page edges yellowed; slight foxing early and late; no tissue guard at frontispiece, as issued I believe; in all, good-VG- externally, internally clean and unworn, tight in the binding, no owner names. 2.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48583
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  • CHATEAUBRIAND, François-René, vicomte de, 1768-1848
    ATALA. Translated by James Spence Harry from Firmin Didot's edition of the Viscount's works. Illustrated by Gustave Doré

    London: Cassel, Petter and Galpin, no date (1867). Deluxe issue in publisher's blue-green morocco lettered and decorated in gilt, spine with raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers with cloth inner hinges. pp [2], xxii, 86, 8 (ads), [2] + 30 wood engraved plates with captioned tissue guards; vignette illustrations in text. Bit of wear to outer corners and head of spine; scuffing to binding neatly touched up; creases to some tissue guards; VG otherwise, text clean, tight and unworn. Note: large 5 kg parcel, extra postage WILL be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48584
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  • ATALA. Translated by James Spence Harry from Firmin Didot's edition of the Viscount's works. Illustrated by Gustave Doré by CHATEAUBRIAND, François-René, vicomte de, 1768-1848
    CHATEAUBRIAND, François-René, vicomte de, 1768-1848
    ATALA. Translated by James Spence Harry from Firmin Didot's edition of the Viscount's works. Illustrated by Gustave Doré

    Chicago and New York: Belford, Clarke, 1886. Original brown bevel edge pictorial cloth stamped in black and gilt, all edges gilt, floral endpapers. pp [2], x, 48, [4] + 30 wood engraved plates with captions on facing leaves; vignette illustrations in text. Wear to spine ends and outer corners; rear cover has a narrow vertical impression in blind and a damp stain to upper inner corner; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; ink gift inscription on front blank; VG otherwise, illustrated front cover attractive and not rubbed, text clean and unworn. 2.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48585
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  • MILTON. John
    MILTON'S PARADISE LOST. Illustrated by Gustave Doré. Edited, with notes and a life of Milton, by Robert Vaughan, D.D.

    London: Cassel, Petter and Galpin, no date. Ca. 1870s? edition. pp lxii, 329 + 50 plates. Brown calf with central diamond pattern in blind, decorative frames in gilt and blind, gauffered gilt page edges, rebacked in modern brown leather with gilt title (only), blue endpapers with tan cloth inner hinges, resewn ineptly. Old scuffing to the covers, outer corners a bit worn, one soft from a bump, vertical creases to first and last leaf and to terminal blank; in all, good externally, internally clean, unworn, VG, sound in the binding. Note: large 4.5 kg parcel, extra postage WILL be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48586
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  • DROLL STORIES, collected from the abbeys of Touraine. Translated into English, complete and unabridged. Illustrated with 425 designs by Gustave Dore by BALZAC, Honoré de (Gustave Doré)
    BALZAC, Honoré de (Gustave Doré)
    DROLL STORIES, collected from the abbeys of Touraine. Translated into English, complete and unabridged. Illustrated with 425 designs by Gustave Dore

    London: John Cameron Hotten, no date. Red bevel edge pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and black, top edges gilt, plain endpapers, no blind border on rear cover. pp xxxii, (651). Full page and vignette illustrations. Spine sunned to pink, as often; moderate spotting to covers, else a fine, bright copy, partially unopened at page edges, no owner names, hinges not cracked. Collects all 30 stories from Contes Drolatique (1832-1837). Made from plates of the 1874 Chatto & Windus edition. Owing to public clamour about these naughty tales, C&W reissued the book under the Hotten imprint. I believe the present copy to be a later issue of same. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48588
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  • DANTE ALIGHIERI
    PURGATORY AND PARADISE. Translated by the Rev. Henry Fancis Cary...and illustrated with the designs of M. Gustave Doré. New edition. With critical and explanatory Notes

    New York: Cassell & Company, no date. Reprint, ca late 19th or early 20th centuries. Brown pictorial cloth stamped in black & gilt on front cover and spine, spine decorated in blind, floral endpapers. pp [2], (xiv), 337. Full page illustrations on text paper extra to the pagination. Gilt spine lettering flaked away; crease to front free endpaper; text paper yellowed; corner crease to rear cover; VG clean, tight and unworn copy otherwise, no owner names, hinges not cracked. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48589
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  • THUNDERBALL by FLEMING, Ian
    FLEMING, Ian
    THUNDERBALL
    Edition: First printing.

    London: Cape, 1961. Octavo, black boards, spine gilt lettered, skeletal hand in blind to front cover. Page edges only faintly yellowed, else fine, no owner names. Thin price-clipped Richard Chopping jacket (copy sold new in Canada, the distributor did it), has corner nicks at head of spine and two tiny nicks to top edge of front panel; half inch tear and small rubbed spot to bottom spine fold; soft vertical crease to spine, very nearly fine otherwise, colours bright. An attractive copy. The novel that introduced SPECTRE.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48554
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