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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…

  • FLETCHER, Ifan Kyrle and Arnold Rood (Edward Gordon Craig)
    EDWARD GORDON CRAIG: a bibliography

    Card covers. pp 117 + frontispiece portrait. A VG clean and unworn copy. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 50276
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  • SILESKY, Barry
    FERLINGHETTI: the artist in his time
    Edition: First printing

    Cloth and boards. Top page edges a little dusty, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50277
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  • STEVENSON, Elizabeth
    LAFCADIO HEARN
    Edition: First printing

    Black cloth. VG, clean and unworn, in a bit worn just good dust jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50278
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  • HANDLEY-Taylor and Timothy d'Arch Smith
    C. DAY-LEWIS, the Poet Laureate: a bibliography. With letter of introduction by W.H. Auden
    Edition: First printing

    Dark blue boards. pp [2], (2), xii, (43) + plates. Very nearly fine in like jacket. A descriptive bibliography.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50279
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  • ECKEL, John C.
    THE FIRST EDITIONS OF THE WRITINGS OF CHARLES DICKENS ANDTHEIR VALUES: a bibliography
    Edition: First printing

    #616 of an edition of 750 copies. Brown buckram, top edges gilt. pp xviii, 296 + photogravure frontispiece with tissue guard and 36 other plates. Library discard, with rubber stamp to front and rear free endpapers, thinning from an erasure on the front free endpaper, small light spot on spine, but no other library marks. Inner hinges craced but still firm; spine darkened, tanning to page edges, light foxing early and late; else a VG clean and unworn copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50280
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  • NORTON, J.E.
    A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WORKS OF EDWARD GIBBON

    Reprint of the 1940 original. Black clothl. pp xvi, 256 + 3 folding pages; index. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine in a VG jacket. Full descriptive bibliography of editions up to 1800 and an account of all editions up to 1838, with copious notes.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50281
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  • WYATT, Andrea
    A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS BY LARRY EIGNER 1937-1969
    Edition: First printing

    Green cloth. pp [2]. (12), 82. VG+ clean and unworn jacketless copy. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50282
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  • BUCHAN, John
    17 catalogues from Bannatyne Books of London, UK

    17 catalogues, 8-16 pp each, stapled in paper covers. Present are no. 1 (Jan., 1984), 2,3,4,7,8,9, 10,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,21,22 (Nov. 1997). Good-VG condition, some with slight annotation or marks. Bannatyne Books were John Buchan specialists and the catalogues contain only books by or pertaining to Buchan.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 50283
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  • WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Stories  (Inscribed) by MUNRO, Alice
    MUNRO, Alice
    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Stories (Inscribed)
    Edition: First printing

    Green boards. Occasional tiny and light pencil marginalia in the text, original 1978 new book store purchase price in pencil in corner of front free endpaper, else very nearly fine. Dust jacket has nicks, tiny chips, and slight rubbing to ends of spine; green of spine sunned to blue; light rubbing to outer corners; VG otherwise, attractive. Inscribed by the author "For Ted / (use better glue) / Alice Munro". The inscribee was Edmonton poet, critic, and translator E.D. Blodgett (1935-2018), who won a Goveror-General's Award in 1996 for his poetry collection APOSTROPHES: WOMAN AT A PIANO. He also wrote ALICE MUNRO (1988), a major critical study in the Twayne's World Author Series (# 800), which project accounts for them becoming personal friends. This copy was bought direct from Blodgett's widow. Munro's fourth book, it won her a second (of three) Governor-General's Awards. Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. The glue allusion in the inscription refers to the fact that this book was manufactured perfect bound (like a paperback). This copy had the typical gutter cracks which occur when the book is read except with great care. As Blodgett used the copy for work on his book, it was had the cracks, which have been skillfully repaired and do not now show, but the buyer of this (or any other copy) would be well advised to get a paperback or other cheap copy for reading purposes and keep this one as a cultural artifact.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 50284
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  • LIVES OF GIRLS & WOMEN (inscribed) by MUNRO, Alice
    MUNRO, Alice
    LIVES OF GIRLS & WOMEN (inscribed)
    Edition: First printing

    Octavo, cream boards. Nicks and small corner bump at foot of spine; narrow bands of yellowing to spine ends, yellowing to extreme upper and lower margins of covers, pale tan spots to bottom page edges; scattered very small and light pencil marginalia; VG clean and unworn otherwise. The dust jacket has small chips to foot of spine, nicks along top edge, pale lime spine lettering sunned to blue; a little rubbing to spine folds; VG otherwise. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR on the title page "For Ted / who understands / fantasy / Alice Munro." The 2013 Nobel Laureate's second book, it was the Canadian Booksellers Association / International Book Year winner for 1971-72. It calls itself a novel, but is really a collection of linked stories. The inscribee was Edmonton poet, critic, and translator E.D. Blodgett (1935-2018), who won a Goveror-General's Award in 1996 for his poetry collection APOSTROPHES: WOMAN AT A PIANO. He also wrote ALICE MUNRO (1988), a major critical study in the Twayne's World Author Series (# 800), which project accounts for them becoming personal friends. This copy was bought direct from Blodgett's widow. Excellent personal inscription, great book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50285
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  • DANCE OF THE HAPPY SHADES: Stories. Foreword by Hugh Garner (INSCRIBED) by MUNRO, Alice
    MUNRO, Alice
    DANCE OF THE HAPPY SHADES: Stories. Foreword by Hugh Garner (INSCRIBED)
    Edition: First printing

    Octavo, light green cloth. Very light yellowing to page edges, small cloth dimple at head of spine, just a mite leaned; scattered tiny pencil marginalia in text and a few lines of pencil notes on verso of rear blank, else a fine copy. Dust jacket has two short tears at upper inner corner of rear panel; a short internal damp streak not showing externally or on the book; spine has one tiny rubbed spot and light sunning to the magenta portion; else fine. With the gold sticker on the front cover announcing the book's winning of the Governor-General's Award. The author's first book, arguably the most important book in the history of Canadian literature, launching as it did the career of one of the world's greatest living short story writers. A collection of 15 short stories, all winners. It won a Governor-General's Award, the first of three such. Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, well deserved. This copy is inscribed on the title page "For Ted and Elke, with love, Alice". The inscribee was Edmonton poet, critic, and translator E.D. Blodgett (1935-2018), who won a Goveror-General's Award in 1996 for his poetry collection APOSTROPHES: WOMAN AT A PIANO. He also wrote ALICE MUNRO (1988), a major critical study in the Twayne's World Author Series (# 800), which project accounts for them becoming personal friends. It was bought direct from Blodgett's widow. Elke was his first wife, who died in 1991 (I believe). A great association copy of a great book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 50286
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  • SOMETHING I'VE BEEN MEANING TO TELL YOU. Thirteen Stories. (inscribed) by MUNRO, Alice
    MUNRO, Alice
    SOMETHING I'VE BEEN MEANING TO TELL YOU. Thirteen Stories. (inscribed)
    Edition: First printing

    Octavo, blue boards. Faint (tape?) shadow to top margin of front cover and light damp spot to fore margin of rear cover; very light yellowing to page edges; scattered small light pencil marginalia in text, pencil notes to both sides of rear free endpaper; else fine. White dust jacket has shallow chips to spine ends; very small chips and tears to outer corners; short creased and rubbed tear to upper inner corner of rear panel; VG otherwise, attractive. her third book, less common in first printing than most of her others. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR "For Ted, who told me what I said and then I believed I meant to say it (I mean it). love, Alice". The inscribee was Edmonton poet, critic, and translator E.D. Blodgett (1935-2018), who won a Goveror-General's Award in 1996 for his poetry collection APOSTROPHES: WOMAN AT A PIANO. He also wrote ALICE MUNRO (1988), a major critical study in the Twayne's World Author Series (# 800), which project accounts for them becoming personal friends. It was bought direct from Blodgett's widow. A great inscription; I can't think of having seen a better one on a Munro book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50287
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  • MUNRO, Alice
    Autograph postcard signed

    Colour photo postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Postmarked Clinton, Ontario, October, 1989, and addressed in her hand to E. Blodgett, Dept. of Comparative Literature, University Alberta, Edmonton. Her message reads simply "Thank you, Alice". The photo is of the Clinton cenotaph and library. Fine condition. The inscribee was Edmonton poet, critic, and translator E.D. Blodgett (1935-2018), who won a Goveror-General's Award in 1996 for his poetry collection APOSTROPHES: WOMAN AT A PIANO. He also wrote ALICE MUNRO (1988), a major critical study in the Twayne's World Author Series (# 800), which project accounts for them becoming personal friends. Clinton, Ontario, in Huron County, has been here hometown for decades. The very heart of fictional Munro Country. An excellent artifact of Canada's greatest writer and the 2013 Nobel Laureate. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Book ID: 50288
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  • THOMPSON, John Cargill (G.A. Henty)
    THE BOYS' DUMAS: G.A. Henty: aspects of Victorian Publishing
    Edition: First printing

    Terra cotta boards. pp (6), 114. Text paper lightly toned, else a fine copy. Useful descriptions of the American editions, and more. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 50289
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  • ARNOLD, Guy (G.A. HENTY)
    HELD FAST FOR ENGLAND: G.A. Henty, Imperialist Boys' Writer
    Edition: First printing

    Blue boards. pp (xii), 195 + frontispiece; plates. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Red dust jacket has spine sunned to pink, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 50290
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  • (Graves, Robert)
    THE MALAHAT REVIEW...A Gathering in Celebration of the Eightieth Birthday of Robert Graves. Editted by Robin Skelton and William David Thomas. Number thirty-five, July, 1975

    Card covers. pp 188 + plates, including a two colour silk screen print at front, #723 of 1500 signed in pencil by the artist William Featherston. Contributions by Graves himself, the editors, Susan Musgrave, James Reeves, John Montague, William Stafford, an others. Just a little leaned, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 50291
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  • SEYMOUR, Miranda (Robert Graves)
    ROBERT GRAVES: life on the edge
    Edition: First printing

    Black boards. pp xx, (524) + plates. Index. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50292
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  • LEVACK, Daniel J.H. (Phlip K. Dick)
    PKD: a Philip K. Dick bibliography. With annotations by Steven Owen Godersky
    Edition: First printing

    The trade hard cover. Black & white printed cloth lettered in silver without jacket, as issued.. pp 158. Many photos. Fine copy. The colophon states that the 300 hardcover copies were all signed by Dick, Levack, and Godersky, but that is untrue. There were 200 signed copies in red cloth. These trade copies were not signed.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50270
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  • KARL, Frederick R. Karl (Joseph Conrad)
    JOSEPH CONRAD: the three lives: A biography
    Edition: First printing

    Dark blue cloth. pp xvi, 1008. Notes, Index. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50271
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  • ATKINSON, Hugh C. (Theodore Dreiser)
    THEODORE DREISER: a checklist

    Brown cloth. pp (10), 104. Spine sunning, else fine. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50272
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