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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…

  • SEPHARIAL (pseud. of Walter Gom Old, 1864-1929)
    THE KABALA OF NUMBERS: a handbook of interpretation (Parts 1 and 2)

    Philadelphia, no date: David McKay, 1913. "New Edition, Enlarged and Revised". Two parts in one volume. pp viii, 204; (6), 215. Diagrams and tables. Tan cloth. Ink owner name at front; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired with clear archival paper tape; else a VG clean and unworn copy. Originally published in two volumes in 1913. This is a reprint from the first half of the 20th century.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51024
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  • BENGOUGH, John Wilson
    IN MANY KEYS: a book of verse

    Edition: First edition

    Toronto: Briggs, 1902. Red cloth lettered and bordered in gilt. pp iii-ix, 10-237, [3]. Gilt top page edges. Notes at end. Vignette drawings by the author and small photos in text. Spine is a little sunned with slight wear at ends; private bookplate at front; St. Thomas, ON, bookseller rubber stamp (M.G. Hay) at end; else a VG clean and unworn copy, Bengough was a noted Canadian political cartoonist as well as an editor, publisher, writer, poet, entertainer, and politician.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51023
    View cart More details Price: USD $65.00 USD $58.50
  • ARDAGH, W.D., Robert A. Harrison, and Henry O'Brien, editors
    THE LOCAL COURTS' & MUNICIPAL GAZETTE

    Toronto: W.C. Chewett. Volume I, Jan. - Dec. 1865. 12 issues, complete. Half sheep and marbled boards. pp 197, (7), index. Leather rubbed at corners and inner front cover; new backstrip of cream card and paper label, inner hinges neatly repaired, offset darkening to corners of endpapers with an ink name at front, soft vertical crease to last half of text, else a VG clean and now tight copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51020
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  • Sitwell, Sacheverell and Wilfred Blunt
    Great flower books, 1700-1900: a bibliographical record of two centuries of finely illustrated flower books

    London: Witherby, 1990. Re-issue of the 1956 original. xii, 189. Index. Reproduction in colour and b&w. Fine in fine jacket. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51019
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  • CANADIAN JEWISH ARCHIVES

    Montreal: National Archives and Library & Bureau of Social and Economic Research, Canadian Jewish Congress. Vol. I, no. 1, August, 1955 - Vol. 1, no. 4, March, 1959. First four issues bound in black leather grain cloth. pp 21, 23, 34, iii, 30, yellow paper covers bound in. A few facsimiles. Fine condition. 6 issues were published by 1962, with a new series begun in 1974.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51018
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  • ASPREY & Co (trade catalogue, mail order dept.)

    London: Asprey, no date. Ca 1920s?? Trade catalogue, mail order department, of this New Bond Street dealer in luxury goods. pp 195. Illustrations on every page in b&w and colour. Glossy colour pictorial boards and brown cloth imitation leather spine. Front cover a bit bowed; wear to front joint and foot of spine with neat repairs to tears; boards clean and unworn, small chips and short tears to bottom margin of one leaf, else text in fine condition. This venerable firm (founded 1781) dealt in jewelry, handbags, gold cigarette and match cases, dress watches, jewel boxes, wallets, pens, silver tea services, silverware, trophies, perfume bottles, cigarette holders, reference books, umbrellas, brushes, trunks, leather goods, and much more - goods…

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    London: Asprey, no date. Ca 1920s?? Trade catalogue, mail order department, of this New Bond Street dealer in luxury goods. pp 195. Illustrations on every page in b&w and colour. Glossy colour pictorial boards and brown cloth imitation leather spine. Front cover a bit bowed; wear to front joint and foot of spine with neat repairs to tears; boards clean and unworn, small chips and short tears to bottom margin of one leaf, else text in fine condition. This venerable firm (founded 1781) dealt in jewelry, handbags, gold cigarette and match cases, dress watches, jewel boxes, wallets, pens, silver tea services, silverware, trophies, perfume bottles, cigarette holders, reference books, umbrellas, brushes, trunks, leather goods, and much more - goods for the carriage trade. They also did bespoke design work for royalty and business magnates. A fabulous look at luxury merchandise from yesteryear. Quite scarce. 2 kg parcel.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51017
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  • Rosenberg, Louis
    Canada's Jews: A Social and Economic Study of Jews in Canada in the 1930s

    Montreal & Kingston: McGill - Queens University Press, 1993. Reprint of the 1939 edition. Red cloth. pp (xxiv), 424. Many charts and tables. Fine copy. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51016
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  • Barbeau, Victor and others
    Ville, ô ma ville

    Edition: First edition.

    Montréal: Société des écrivains canadiens., no date (1941). Card covers. pp 405 + 6 plates. Illustrations in text by Alfred Pellan. Edition of 500 copies, this is # 242 for Mr and Mme André Giraud (name in ink by hand). Corner crease at head of spine, else a fine copy, lacking the original patterned tissue wrapper. Issued to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city of Montréal. Nice book. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51015
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  • Kallmann, Helmut; Gilles Potvin; Kenneth Winters, editors
    Encyclopedia of Music in Canada

    University of Toronto Press, 1982. Third printing. Red cloth. pp. xxix, 1076. 3100 articles, 500 illustrations, index, Covers all genres of music in Canada. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a nick to top spine corner and a one inch tear to front panel, VG+ otherwise. 4 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51014
    View cart More details Price: USD $29.95 USD $26.96
  • Stillman, Norman A.
    The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times

    Edition: First edition

    Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1991. Red cloth, endpaper maps. pp xxviii, 604; photos, bibliography, index. Fine copy. Dust jacket has some fading to spine and margins of front panel, else fine. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51013
    View cart More details Price: USD $16.95 USD $15.26
  • LANDAU, Jacob M.
    JEWS IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY EGYPT

    Edition: First edition

    New York University Press, 1969. White cloth. pp xvi, 354 + plates. Owner blind stamp to half-title leaf, else fine. Price-clipped jacket has shallow chip to rear panel, VG.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51012
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  • KATZ, Doris
    THE LADY WAS A TERRORIST during Israel's war of liberation

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Shiloni Publishers, 1953. Blue cloth. pp xii, 192. VG clean and unworn jacketless copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51011
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  • Kadish, Sharman
    Bolsheviks and British Jews: The Anglo-Jewish Community, Britain and the Russian Revolution

    Edition: First edition

    London: Frank Cass, 1992. Red boards. pp xiv, 298 + a few illustrations. Index. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51010
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  • TCHERIKOVER, Victor A. and Alexander Fuks, editors
    CORPUS PAPYRORUM JUDAICARUM (Volumes 1 & 2))

    Edition: First edition

    Cambridge: Harvard University Press for The Magnes Press, the Hebrew University, 1957 & 1960. Two volumes.of three - a third volume was published in 1964. Dark green cloth. pp xx, (295); (xviii), 283. Indexes. Library discard, with bookplates, rubber stamps, remains of label and pouch at rear, light call number and light evidence of removed label at foot of spines; else a VG clean, tight and unworn pair. 2.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51009
    View cart More details Price: USD $125.00 USD $112.50
  • KATSH, Abraham I.
    JUDAISM IN ISLAM: Biblical and Talmudic backgrounds of the Koran and its commentaries. Suras II and III

    (New York): Bloch for New York University Press, 1954. Brown boards. pp (xxvi), 265. Index. Creases at foot of spine; book just a little leaned; damp has caused soft rippling of text but no tide marks except to top margin of frontispiece; else a VG clean and unworn copy, and inscribed by the author. Dust jacket has vertical crease and chips at head of spine; good.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51008
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  • WHITE, William Charles
    CHINESE JEWS: a Compilation of Matters Relating to the Jews of K'ai-feng Fu . With an introduction by Cecil Roth. Second edition

    University of Toronto Press, 1966. Grey cloth. Colour frontispiece, many b&w illustrations in text. Cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired, crease to front free endpaper and first leaf, else a VG clean and unworn copy. Dust jacket has chips and creased tears, good only. First published in 1942 in three volumes, this edition reprints that text in a one volume format and has some additions. 2.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51007
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  • Bilski, Emily D. & Emily Braun
    Jewish Women and Their Salons: The Power of Conversation

    Edition: First Edition

    New York / New Haven, CT: Jewish Museum / Yale University Press, 2005. Yellow cloth. pp xiv, 266. Well illustrated in colour and b&w. Fine in VG jacket. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51003
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  • Lanken, Dane
    Montreal Movie Palaces: Great Theatres of the Golden Era, 1884-1938

    Edition: First Edition

    Waterloo, ON: Archives of Canadian Art / Penumbra Press, 1993. Black cloth. pp 190, [2]. B&w photos, index. Text softly ripped from damp but no tide marks. Rear panel and flap softly rippled, near fine otherwise. Inscribed by the author. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51002
    View cart More details Price: USD $24.95 USD $22.46
  • RUMILLY, Robert
    HISTOIRE DE MONTRÉAL (5 volume set)

    Edition: First edition.

    Montréal: Fides, 1970-74. Five volumes, white boards gilt with plastic wrappers. #63 of 300 copies on papier Perfectus Vellum. Many illustrations. A fine set. 4 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51000
    View cart More details Price: USD $125.00 USD $112.50
  • SADLEIR, Michael
    BLESSINGTON-D'ORSAY: a masquerade

    London: Folio Society, 1983. New edition, adding an Introduction by Joanna Richardson and colour plates (first ed. was in 1933). Pale green cloth and orange patterned boards. Private bookplate and ink name at front, light yellowing to page edges, spine lightly darkened, else fine. The card slipcase has a sticker scar, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50999
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