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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…

  • 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
    View cart More details Price: USD $75.00 USD $67.50
  • 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
    View cart More details Price: USD $19.95 USD $17.96
  • 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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  • MILWARD-OLIVER, Edward
    LEN DEIGHTON: an annotated bibliography 1954-1985. With a Foreword by Julian Symons
    Edition: First printing

    1985. MILWARD-OLIVER, Edward. LEN DEIGHTON: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY 1954-Black cloth. pp 64. Fine in jacket. #110 of an edition of 375 copies. Includes the text of an inverview with Deighton by the author. A descriptive bibliography of the books, with a list of contributions and periodical appearances. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50273
    View cart More details Price: USD $60.00 USD $54.00
  • Lohrli, Anne, compiler (Charles Dickens)
    Household words: a weekly journal 1850-1859, conducted by Charles Dickens...
    Edition: First printing

    The title page continues "Table of Contents, List of Contributors and Their Contributions, based on The Household Words Office Book in the Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists, Princeton University Library", Maroon cloth. pp x, 534 + plates. Mild yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50274
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  • LOVETT, Charles (Lewis Carroll)
    LEWIS CARROLL AND THE PRESS: an annotated bibliography of Charles Dodgson's contributions to periodicals

    Grey cloth. pp vi, 117; illustrated, index. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50275
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  • MALLET, Charles, Sir (Anthony Hope)
    ANTHONY HOPE AND HIS BOOKS

    Facsimile reprint of the 1935 original. Brown cloth. pp 290 + plates. Index. Some cloth bubbling to covers from damp, else a VG clean & unworn copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 50264
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  • DARTT, Robert L. (G.A. Henty)
    G.A. HENTY: a bibliography

    Brown boards. pp xviii, 184 + plates. Index. Light yellowing to page edges; a few pencil annotations in text; else fine in jacket. A descriptive bibliography, it includes periodicals.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 50265
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  • ARDINGER, Richard K. (John Clellon Holmes)
    AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS BY JOHN CLELLON HOLMES

    pp (2), iv, (26), stapled in card covers. Photos. Slight yellowing to inner margins of covers, else fine. A descriptive bibliography of his few books, listing his many periodical contributions. Includes considerable comment by Holmes. A scarce little book about one of the earliest beats. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 50266
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  • WOODS, Frederick (Sir Winston Churchill)
    A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WORKS OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

    Second printing of the 1975 second edition, revised. Ink private owner name at front and rear, with his blind stamp to a few leaves of text; bit of yellowing to page edges; else VG+ in like jacket. A descriptive bibliography.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50267
    View cart More details Price: USD $19.95 USD $17.96
  • MILLER, Robert H.
    GRAHAM GREENE: a descriptive catalog

    Blue cloth. pp (xii), (73). Fine copy. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50268
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  • MELLOW, James R. (Ernest Hemingway)
    HEMINGWAY: a life without consequences
    Edition: First printing

    Cloth & boards, photographic endpapers. pp (xiv), 704 + plates; index. Rubber stamped owner name on front free endpaper and half-title leaf, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50269
    View cart More details Price: USD $18.95 USD $17.06
  • McLEAN, Ruari
    GEORGE CRUIKSHANK. His Life and Work as a Book Illustrator.
    Edition: First US issue

    Brown cloth. 100 pp. Inevitable endpaper tanning; faint soiling to front free endpaper; else fine. Jacket has tiny chips to spine tips, outer corners; couple of short tears to rear panel; dust soiling ; still VG. A volume in the English Masters of Black-and- White series.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 3270
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  • MAETERLINCK, Maurice
    THE GREAT BEYOND
    Edition: First US edition

    Translated by Marta K. Neufeld and Renee Spodhem. Black cloth. pp (8), 226, [8]. Covers just a mite bowed, with some faint damp staining; yellowing and slight foxing to endpapers and page edges; text paper a little toned; else a VG clean and unworn copy. Price clipped jacket has some internal colour transfer; rubbing; spine with chip at head and rubbing; in all, just good. A collection of philosophical fragments by the great Flemish 1911 Nobel Laureate.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50252
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  • HANNA, Archibald, Jr. (John Buchan)
    JOHN BUCHAN, 1875-1940
    Edition: First edition

    Blue cloth. pp (xii),135. Index. Spine a little darkened, with gilt dull; page edges yellowed; pencil and ink annotations in text; VG unworn copy otherwise. Lists firsts and subsequent editions, including translations, als contributions to books and periodicals. Gives paginations, but more a checklist than descriptive bibliography. This was collector Rosemary Dudley's copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50254
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  • Green, Michelle (Paul Bowles)
    The Dream at the End of the World: Paul Bowles and the Literary Renegades in Tangier
    Edition: First printing

    Cloth & boards. pp (383) + plates. Index. Remainder stripe to top page edges, else fine in jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50255
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  • BREWER, Jeutonne (Anthony Burgess)
    ANTHONY BURGESS: a bibliography. With a Foreword by Anthony Burgess
    Edition: First printing

    Blue cloth. pp (xvi), 175, [5]; index. Fine copy. A checklist of first and subsequent editons, his translations, contributions to books and periodicals, and books and articles about him.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50256
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  • CRAIGIE, William A. (Robert Burns)
    A PRIMER OF BURNS
    Edition: First printing

    Green cloth. pp (8), (188) + 40 pp Feb 1907 catalogue. Yellowing to page edge else a VG+ copy. Useful Burns checklist at rear.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50257
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  • MITZEL, John (John Horne Burnes)
    JOHN HORNE BURNS: an appreciative biography
    Edition: First printing

    Card covers. pp (2),135, [3]. Yellowing to page edges and covers, VG otherwise. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 50258
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  • BRUCCOLI, Matthew J. (Raymond Chandler)
    RAYMOND CHANDLER: a checklist
    Edition: First printing

    Brown cloth. pp 35, [3]. Spine has light sunning, small spots, VG+ copy otherwise. Pagination and collation of his novels plus a list of subsequent editions, first book appearances, and more. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 50259
    View cart More details Price: USD $14.95 USD $13.46

A selection of our current highlights…