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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.

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  • Michael Ondaatje; Michael Redhill; Esta Spalding; Linda Spalding , editors
    LOST CLASSICS

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2000. Cloth and boards with printed band on rear cover (not issued in dust jacket). Compliments of the publisher card laid in. Spine a little sunned, small brown spot to fore edges, VG otherwise. Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Extinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission. Contributions by Atwood, Russell Banks, Anne Carson, John Irving, W.S. Merwin, Ondaatje,. Leon Rooke, and many others of note.

    Condition: Binding: Squarish 12mo

    Book ID: 53676
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  • MY WHITE PLANET: stories by JARMAN, Mark Anthony
    JARMAN, Mark Anthony
    MY WHITE PLANET: stories

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2008. Card covers. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53675
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  • TRAVELLING LADIES by KEEFER, Janic Kulyk
    KEEFER, Janic Kulyk
    TRAVELLING LADIES

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Random House, 1990. Grey boards. Light yellowing to page edges. else fine. Jacket has creases to front flap, else fine. Short stories.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53674
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  • NOT FOR EVERY EYE. Translated from the French by Glen Shortliffe by BESSETTE, Gérard
    BESSETTE, Gérard
    NOT FOR EVERY EYE. Translated from the French by Glen Shortliffe

    Edition: First printing in English

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1962. White boards. Fine in near fine jacket. "This delightfully satire on life in the province of Quebec could not, at first, find a French-Canadian publisher. In the end, having appeared in Paris, it was chosen by the Grand Jury des Lettres of Montreal as one of the ten best French-Canadian novels published between 1945 and 1960."

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53673
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  • A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES. With illustrations by Fritz Eichenberg by THOMAS, Dylan
    THOMAS, Dylan
    A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES. With illustrations by Fritz Eichenberg

    New York: New Directions, 1996. Red cloth & dark green boards. Fine in fine jacket. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53672
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  • RAISE YOU TEN: essays and encounters 1964-2004. Volume Two by CALLAGHAN, Barry
    CALLAGHAN, Barry
    RAISE YOU TEN: essays and encounters 1964-2004. Volume Two

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McArthur, 2006. Black cloth. Fine copy. Jacket has a corner crease to front flap, else fine. With a good personal author inscription to Leon and Connie Rooke, old friends.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53671
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  • THE PENGUIN BOOK OF CANADIAN SHORT STORIES by URQUHART, Jane, editor
    URQUHART, Jane, editor
    THE PENGUIN BOOK OF CANADIAN SHORT STORIES

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2007. Grey boards. pp (xvi), (703). Fine in fine jacket. Leon Rooke's copy, with a publisher's order sheet laid in. Oddly, Rooke is not included. 1.25 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53670
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  • RELATIONS & COMPLICATIONS: being the recollections of H.H. the Dayang Muda of Sarawak. With a Foreword by the Rt. Hon. T.P. O'Connor. And 38 illustrations from photographs by BROOKE, Gladys Milton (Palmer), 1884-1954. Kay Boyle. John Glassco
    BROOKE, Gladys Milton (Palmer), 1884-1954. Kay Boyle. John Glassco
    RELATIONS & COMPLICATIONS: being the recollections of H.H. the Dayang Muda of Sarawak. With a Foreword by the Rt. Hon. T.P. O'Connor. And 38 illustrations from photographs

    Edition: First printing

    London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1929. Black cloth lettered in yellow. Presumed first binding (also noted in grey cloth lettered in black). pp (xx), 253, [1], (6, ads) + 32 plates containing 38 photos. Corrigendum slip at page 69. Page edges darkened; small cloth snag to spine title repaired; nicks and very shallow loss across head of spine; endpapers yellowed, with ink owner inscription at front; long old cellotape repair to pp 51-52 (no text loss); else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. >>> Ms Palmer, a member of the Huntley & Palmer biscuit company family, enjoyed the company of Wilde. Ruskin, Daudet, and her godfather George Meredith at family table. In 1904 she wed Bertram Brooke,…

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    London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1929. Black cloth lettered in yellow. Presumed first binding (also noted in grey cloth lettered in black). pp (xx), 253, [1], (6, ads) + 32 plates containing 38 photos. Corrigendum slip at page 69. Page edges darkened; small cloth snag to spine title repaired; nicks and very shallow loss across head of spine; endpapers yellowed, with ink owner inscription at front; long old cellotape repair to pp 51-52 (no text loss); else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. >>> Ms Palmer, a member of the Huntley & Palmer biscuit company family, enjoyed the company of Wilde. Ruskin, Daudet, and her godfather George Meredith at family table. In 1904 she wed Bertram Brooke, the grandson of the first white Rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) and they went to live there. When occasion came to write her memoirs, she found herself unable to do so and hired the (later) noted American novelist, short story writer, and political activist Kay Boyle to ghostwrite the book. The then 18 year old Canadian John Glassco was hired to type the manuscript, which he did well, but he also "inserted in the mouths of the long-dead great additional flights of repartee and far more brilliant bon mots than I had managed to create alone." (Kay Boyle, in Being Geniuses Together). Robert McAlmon wrote that all the dainty wit and bright wit" in the book were Glassco's, and also said that "while [Glassco's] contributions to the book were trivial, the memoirs were so trivial that [Glassco's] contribution took on profundity". Glassco's contribution was not so trivial after all as Boyle told her bibliographer that he, along with Palmer's cousin Archibald Craig. wrote the last two chapters. This is credited as Kay Boyle's first published book, though she also published a collection of short stories with the Black Sun Press in Paris in 1929. It may also be considered Glassco's first extant publication in a book (he reported a 1928 verse pamphlet and a 1929 collection of soft core porn, but there are no known copies of either and it is not certain either were actually published). Fraser Sutherland in his Glassco bibliography does not mention the present book, though he does note that Glassco and Boyle had a brief affair. >>> The book contains much on the Paris expatriate scene of the 1920s and includes a photo of Gertrude Stein. Also mentions Joyce, McAlmon, Boyle, Mary Butts, Winston and Randolph Churchill, Cocteau, Daudet, Isadora and Raymond Duncan, Proust, Ruskin, Ernest Walsh, Ellen Terry, Wilde, and a host of other notables. The book is fairly scarce in the market.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53669
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  • THE SLAVE IN CANADA by SMITH, T. Watson
    SMITH, T. Watson
    THE SLAVE IN CANADA

    Edition: First Edition

    Halifax: Nova Scotia Historical Society, 1899. Buff stiff printed card covers. pp (xii), 161. Index. Spine a bit darkened, with small chips to ends; old tape stains to inner margins of covers, with a skinned spot to top inner corner of front cover; joints and inner hinges neatly repaired with archival rice paper tape; covers a bit yellowed and lightly soiled, with corner chip to rear cover; lacking the front free endpaper; text paper a bit toned; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. Watson's long article is contained on pp 1-161 of Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society for the Years 1896-98, Volume X. The earliest book-length study of the subject? Very scarce. A copy made USD 390 at a Swann auction 30 March, 2017.

    Book ID: 53668
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  • HERSELF SURPRISED by CARY, Joyce
    CARY, Joyce
    HERSELF SURPRISED

    Edition: First printing

    London: Michael Joseph, 1941. Black semi-flexible thin cloth boards. Book a little leaned; yellowing and light foxing to page edges; else near fine, silver spine stamping bright, not flaked. Black dust jacket spine has small corner chips at head, one small rubbed spot and light rubbing to rear fold; nick and two tiny chips to top edge of front panel; real panel slightly yellowed; short internal tape repair to lower rear spine fold; else VG, flap price intact. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS SON on the front free endpaper " Peter Cary with the author's love" and signed on the title page. Tristram Ogilvie Cary was a composer and pioneer of electronic music. "With Peter Zinovieff and David…

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    London: Michael Joseph, 1941. Black semi-flexible thin cloth boards. Book a little leaned; yellowing and light foxing to page edges; else near fine, silver spine stamping bright, not flaked. Black dust jacket spine has small corner chips at head, one small rubbed spot and light rubbing to rear fold; nick and two tiny chips to top edge of front panel; real panel slightly yellowed; short internal tape repair to lower rear spine fold; else VG, flap price intact. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS SON on the front free endpaper " Peter Cary with the author's love" and signed on the title page. Tristram Ogilvie Cary was a composer and pioneer of electronic music. "With Peter Zinovieff and David Cockerell, he founded Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd, which created the first commercially available portable synthesiser, the EMS VCS 3, and was then involved in the production of such distinctive EMS products as the EMS Synthi 100." - Wikipedia. The first and scarcest volume of a trilogy, followed by To be a Pilgrim (1942), and The Horse's Mouth (1944). Gully Jimson, the memorable protagonist of The Horse's Moiuth, makes his first appearance. This wartime production is very scarce indeed in dust jacket, and exceptionally so with such a personal inscription.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53667
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  • MAILLARD, Keith
    TWO STRAND RIVER

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Press Porcepic, 1976. Dark green boards. Plain spine is a bit sunned; text paper yellowed as always, else fine. With ink signature of Leon Rooke. Thin jacket has a short tear and a corner chip to rear panel, VG otherwise. Author's first book, a novel set in Vancouver.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53666
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  • RUSSELO, Kristina, editor
    SNAPSHOTS: the new Canadian fiction

    Edition: First printing

    Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1992. Glossy card covers. Fine copy. Contains four short shorts by Leon Rooke. Also contributions by Lesley Choyce, Cary Fagan, Elizabeth Hay. Robert Hilles, Stuart Ross, Colleen Thibaudeau, Kent Thomspon, and many others.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53665
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  • LONEY, Matthew R.
    THAT SAVAGE WATER: stories

    Edition: First printing

    Holstein, Ontario: Exile, 2014. Card covers with flaps. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53664
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  • HOLLINGSHEAD, Greg
    BEDLAM

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: HarperCollins, 2004. Cloth & boards. Jacket has a nick to upper corner of rear flap, else fine. A novel of 18th century London.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53663
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  • ROOKE, Constance
    THE CLEAR PATH: a guide to writing English essays. Second edition

    Scarborough, ON: Nelson, 2000. Card covers. pp (viii), 123. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53662
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  • HAYWARD, Steven
    TO DANCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD: stories

    Edition: First printing

    Holstein, Ontario: Exile, 2015. Card covers with flaps. Ink owner name at front, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53661
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  • ROOKE, Leon
    WIDE WORLD IN CELEBRATION AND SORROW: acts of kamakazi fiction

    Edition: First printing

    Holstein, Ontario: Exile, 2012. Card covers. Fine copy. Short stories

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53660
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  • KRAMPF, Thomas
    TAKING TIME OUT: poems in remembrance of madness

    Edition: First printing

    Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: Salmon Publishing, 2004. Glossy card covers, and inscribed to Canadian literary couple Leon and Connie Rooke. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53659
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  • GLOVER, Douglas
    ATTACK OF THE COPULA SPIDERS and other essays on writing

    Edition: First printing

    (Windsor, ON): Biblioasis, 2012. Card covers. From the library of Leon Rooke, who has made some underlining in blue maker to the first essay (but not signed by him), else fine. Includes "The Mind of Alice Munro".

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53658
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  • ROOKE, Leon
    SWINGING THROUGH DIXIE

    Edition: First paper edition

    Windsor, ON: Biblioasis, 2016. Card covers. VG copy. with a small corner crease to front cover and to a few leaves at rear. The AUTHOR'S OWN COPY (not signed), with scattered ink notes, underlining, post-it note with text, laid in note and clipped photo of wife Connie Rooke. A collection of two novellas and three stories.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53657
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