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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…

  • BOWERING, George
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOOT: a lyric, a memoir

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1968. Narrow octavo, green cloth and decorated boards. pp 127. Text paper a bit toned, as always, else fine. Price-clipped dust jacket is rubbed, sticker scar to front panel, good. Alberta poems, and a winner of the Governor-General's Award.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51229
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  • BRAULT, Jacques
    FRAGILE MOMENTS. Moments fragile. Translated by Barry Callaghan

    Edition: First edition in English

    Toronto: Exile Editions, 1985. Glossy card covers. pp 93, [3]. Crease to lower outer corner of front cover and first leaf, else fine. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51228
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  • BREWSTER, Elizabeth
    IN SEARCH OF EROS

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1974. Blue boards. Fine in VG lightly rubbed jacket. Signed by the author. Poetry.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51227
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  • BRINGHURST, Robert
    PIECES OF MAP, PIECES OF MUSIC

    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1986. Card covers. Inscribed by the author in 1988. Near fine. Poetry.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51226
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  • BRINGHURST, Robert
    BERGSCHRUND

    Edition: First edition.

    Delta, BC: Sono Nis Press, 1975. Silver boards. Front cover a bit bowed, ink owner name of author John Metcalf, else fine in fine jacket. Poetry.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51225
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  • BROWN, Audrey Alexandra
    A DRYAD IN NANAIMO

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1934. Second edition, enlarged, adding 11 new poems to the text of the 1931 edition. Green cloth. Review copy with slip laid in and the Macmillans in Canada label inside front cover. Ink owner name, damp spot to upper inner margin of front cover, else fine in chipped and torn jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51222
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  • BROWN, Jim
    IF THERE ARE ANY NOAHS

    Vancouver: Talonbook / Very Stone House, 1967. Red card covers in colour dust jacket. [60] pp, unpaged, stapled, reproduced colour etchings by Sandra Cruikshank in text. Small corner creases to the card covers, jacket has a little edge wear, VG. BC author's second book, a collection of poetry. Long blurb by fellow poet Lionel Kearns on front flap. Third book from Talonbooks, one of three done jointly with Very Stone House. Brown was editor of Talon (little mag from whence the imprint grew) for a while. The mag folded in 1968 and the imprint (still active), then became Talonbooks. Scarce.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51221
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  • ROBERTS, Theodore (Theodore Goodridge Roberts)
    HEMMING THE ADVENTURER. Illustrations by A.G. Learned

    Edition: First printing

    London: Page, 1904. Red pictorial cloth stamped in light blue and gilt. pp 328, 8, ads + frontispiece with tissue guard and 4 other plates. Corner chips, nicks, slight wear, to ends of lightly sunned spine; 1906 pencil inscription and rubber stamped name at front; yellowing to page edges; else a VG clean and tight copy. A novel of adventure set in Nova Scotia and South America (Brazil) by the brother of Sir Charles G.D. Roberts. Watters p. 378.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51153
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  • ROBERTS, Theodore (Theodore Goodridge Roberts, 1877-1953)
    CAPTAIN LOVE: the history of a most romantic event in the life of an English gentleman during the reign of His Majesty George the First. Containing incidents of courtship and danger as related in the chronicles of the period and now set down in print.

    Edition: First printing

    Boston: Page, 1908. Medium blue pictorial cloth stamped in red, black, green and taupe, lettered in white. pp (10), 282, 4, 8, ads + frontispiece with tissue guard and 5 other plates by Lewis D. Gowing. Light flaking to the delicate white spine lettering, Xmas, 1928, ink gift insription at front, soft bruise to upper outer corners of text, yellowing to page edges, else a particularly bright and fine copy. An adventure novel of highwaymen and more set in 18th century English. Uncommon.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51152
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  • ALLAN, Luke (pseud. of William Lacey Amy)
    THE LONE TRAIL

    London: Herbert Jenkins, no date. Later printing ("Popular Edition"). First was Jenkins, 1922. Green pictorial cloth stamped in black. pp 312, (8, ads). Fine copy. Alberta setting. RCMP interest.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51123
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  • ALLAN, Luke (pseud. of William Lacey Amy)
    BLUE PETE: REBEL

    Edition: First printing

    London: Herbert Jenkins, 1940. Orange cloth lettered in black. pp 286, (2, ads). Front cover a little bowed; offset tanning to free endpapers; occasional light foxing in text; VG clean and unworn copy otherwise. A crime story set in Western Canada. RCMP interest.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51105
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  • BARR, Robert
    THE SWORD MAKER

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: McLeod & Allen, 1910. Black pictorial cloth stamped in orange, gilt lettered. (10) 395, [3]. Fine copy. Made from sheets of the NY: Stokes, June, 1910, edition. An historical action novel set on the Rhein in medieval times. You have only the Grosset & Dunlap reprint.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51021
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  • BRUCE, Charles
    THE FLOWING SUMMER. Illustrations by Winifred Fox

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1947. Blue boards, blue illustrated endpapers. pp 31. Small ink gift inscription at front, else fine. Jacket has very lightly yellowed spine, else fine. Good illustrations.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51220
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  • BRUCE, Charles
    GREY SHIP MOVING

    Edition: First UK issue

    Toronto / London: Toronto: Ryerson / British Authors' Press, c1946. Light grey boards. (viii), 34, [2] pp. Fine copy. Pale grey jacket has light yellowing to spine. Two page introduction by Wilfrid Gibson. Lettering on title page and front panel of jacket by Thoreau MacDonald. 500 sets of sheets were printed; those with only the Ryerson imprint being for Canada, and those with the dual imprint for the UK. Published November, 1945, the UK issue was actually published in early in 1946. By the end of 1946, a whopping 32 copies had sold in Britain, as against the massive sales of 310 copies in Canada by May, 1947. This copy has an old $1.50 pencil price and the tiny…

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    Toronto / London: Toronto: Ryerson / British Authors' Press, c1946. Light grey boards. (viii), 34, [2] pp. Fine copy. Pale grey jacket has light yellowing to spine. Two page introduction by Wilfrid Gibson. Lettering on title page and front panel of jacket by Thoreau MacDonald. 500 sets of sheets were printed; those with only the Ryerson imprint being for Canada, and those with the dual imprint for the UK. Published November, 1945, the UK issue was actually published in early in 1946. By the end of 1946, a whopping 32 copies had sold in Britain, as against the massive sales of 310 copies in Canada by May, 1947. This copy has an old $1.50 pencil price and the tiny rubber stamp of Wm.Tyrrell, Toronto booksellers, showing that some copies with the dual imprint were sold in Canada. Fourth book of poetry from this noted Nova Scotia poet and novelist.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51219
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  • CALL, F.0. (Frank Oliver Call)
    ACANTHUS AND WILD GRAPE

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1920. Quarter cloth and boards. pp 80. Mild wear to outer corners, ink owner name at front, else fine. Call was a bridge between traditional and modernist poetry in Canadian letters. His preface to this books makes a case for free verse. "More recent analysis has also concentrated on homoerotic themes in some of his writing, particularly in Sonnets for Youth, although there is not currently sufficient biographical evidence to confirm whether Call ever actually identified as gay." - Wikipedia.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51218
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  • CALL, Frank Oliver
    SONNETS FOR YOUTH

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: 1944. pp 8 stapled in illustrated card covers. A fine, unopened copy. Ryerson Poetry Chap-Books #106, 250 copies. "More recent analysis has also concentrated on homoerotic themes in some of his writing, particularly in Sonnets for Youth, although there is not currently sufficient biographical evidence to confirm whether Call ever actually identified as gay." - Wikipedia. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51217
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  • BOURINOT, Arthur S.
    THE TREASURES OF THE SNOW

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: 1950. Card covers. Edition of 250 copies. Number 140 of the Ryerson Poetry Chap Books. 16 pages. Review copy with slip laid in. Light cover yellowing, very nearly fine. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51216
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  • BORSON, Roo and Kim Maltman
    THE TRANSPARENCE OF NOVEMBER SNOW

    Edition: First printing

    Kingston: Quarry, 1985. Card covers. Light rubbing to rear cover, else fine. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51215
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  • BORSON, Roo
    INTENT, OR THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD.

    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1989. Printed card covers.. [6], 119 pp. Fine copy. Poetry.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover.

    Book ID: 51214
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  • bissett, bill
    Seagull on Yonge Street

    Edition: First printing

    Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1983. Glossy card covers. Ink owner name of author John Metcalf. Fine. Poetry.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51213
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