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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.

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  • MITHAM, Peter J.
    ROBERT W. SERVICE: a bibliography

    Edition: First Edition

    New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2000. Quarto, blue cloth. pp (viii), 416. Fine in jacket, no owner names. Still sealed in plastic. A state-of-the-art descriptive bibliography. 1.75 kg parcel

    Book ID: 55418
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  • HEIGHTON, Steven
    THE NIGHTINGALE WON'T LET YOU SLEEP

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    (Toronto): Hamish Hamilton, 2017. Card covers with flaps. Book a little leaned; soft crease to outer corners of front cover and early leaves; light rubbing to spine folds; VG otherwise. A novel set in Cyprus.; Octavo

    Book ID: 55417
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  • RICHARDSON, Major (John Richardson, 1796-1852)
    WACOUSTA: or, the Prophecy. An Indian Tale

    New York: Pollard & Moss, 1888. Brown decorated cloth stamped in black and gilt. pp viii, 261, [1]. (2, ads). Most gilt flaked from spine; text paper tanned and brittle; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; bookstore rubber stamp on front free endpaper; short shallow chip to fore edge of rear free endpaper; else a VG copy of this vulnerable edition. An issue of the Dewitt 1851 edition, printed from the same old plates now showing a fair bit of type batter. Morley 64. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 55416
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  • MONTGOMERY, L.M.
    ANNE OF INGLESIDE.

    London: Harrap, 1949. A later printing (book says 6th, jacket says 8th). Green cloth lettered and ruled in blue. pp (3), 252. Lacking the front free endpaper, or half-title leaf. Page edges lightly yellowed, else a VG clean & unworn copy. Dust jacket (art by Nina Miller Davidson), has small chips at spine ends affecting a few letters, old internal tape stain at foot; rear panel has a short tear and an old internal tape repair at lower outer corner; very small chips to outer corners; VG clean and bright otherwise. Her last book in her lifetime, first published by Harrap in 1939.; Octavo

    Book ID: 55415
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  • FOOTNER, Hulbert.
    MYSTERY AT RAMSHACKLE HOUSE.

    London: The Detective Story Club for Wm. Collins, 1932. Navy cloth stamped in gilt and light blue. Bound without free endpapers. Cracked inner hinges neatly repaired with archival rice paper; text paper yellowed as always; tiny corner chips to a few leaves; VG otherwise. Dust jacket has long narrow chip to rear spine fold internally repaired with rice paper, some yellowing to spine; VG, bright and attractive otherwise. First published NY: Doran, 1922, and London: Collins, 1923. This is the second UK edition. Cheaply constructed and fragile. Basis of the 1924 film "Ramshackle House". The Detective Story Club book #55. ; 16mo; (4), 310 pages

    Book ID: 55414
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  • HEIGHTON, Steven, 1962-2022
    FLIGHT PATHS OF THE EMPEROR

    Edition: First Edition; First Printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1992. Card covers (not issued in hardcover). Spine lightly sunned, else fine. Inscribed by the author 15 Oct., 1992, in Kingston, ON. A prize-winning collection of short stories by the late Kingston author, his first collection of fiction. It went into multiple printings.; Octavo; (205), [3] pages; Signed by Author

    Book ID: 55412
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  • DUNCAN, Sara Jeannette (Mrs. Everard Cotes)
    THE IMPERIALIST. By Mrs. Everard Cotes (Sara Jeannette Duncan)

    Edition: First Edition; First Printing

    New York: Appleton, 1904. Olive decorated cloth stamped in black, white, red & gilt. [8], 476, [12, ads] pp + 6 illustrations by Lewis Baumer. Spine lightly darkened; yellowing to page edges; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; damp spot to lower margins of pp 385 to end; else a VG clean, bright and tight copy. Binding design by Amy Richards. Probably her best novel, and the only one set in Canada. The fictional town of Elgin is based on her hometown of Brantford, Ontario. The book didn't sell as well as most of her earlier books and is uncommon today. The US edition preceded the Canadian issue and the UK edition. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 55409
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  • HIMES, Chester
    COTTON COMES TO HARLEM

    London: Frederick Muller, 1966. Orange boards, spine gilt lettered. Offset yellowing to free endpapers with a band of tanning to inner margins; light yellowing to page edges; covers just a little splayed; ink price on front free endpaper; else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket shows yellowing to the white spine lettering; tanning to margins of rear panel; think ink line through flap price; minute rubbing to foot of spine; else fine. A comic crime novel featuring Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, the sixth and best known of the series, basis of the film starring Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, and Redd Foxx. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 55408
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  • GODBOUT, Jacques
    HAIL GALARNEAU ! Translated by Alan Brown

    Edition: First edition in English

    Don Mills, Ontario: Longmans Canada, 1970. Tall narrow octavo, 26 x 12.5 cm, yellow boards. Short crease to spine ends, else fine. Jacket has a short tear, nicks, very small chips, spine lightly darkened, VG otherwise. A comic novel about a hotdog vendor and his relatives, the French original won a Governor-General's Award in 1967.

    Book ID: 55405
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  • MILLER, Wade (pseud. of Robert Wade and Bill Miller)
    UNEASY STREET

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Sampson Low, 1949. Red cloth. Light yellowing and light foxing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has rubbing to head of spine, a couple small tears, VG and bright otherwise, flap price intact. Jacket art by Tansley. A Max Thursday private eye novel set in San Diego. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 55403
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  • LEYTON, Patrick
    BY FOUL MEANS

    Cleveland: International Fiction Library, 1929. First ? Second? issue (Copies noted in different colour bindings with gilt spine lettering, totally different jacket). Red cloth stamped in black. 01 Oct, 1930, ink owner inscription at front; yellowing to page edges and endpapers; creases to spine ends; else fine. Jacket (hatted man peering around a corner pointing a pistol) has shallow chips at spine ends, VG+ otherwise, and a cool vintage image. First published London: Stanley Paul, 1928. Scotland, smugglers, a French chateau. ; Octavo; (9)-288 pages

    Book ID: 55401
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  • ECKMAN, Fern Marja (James Baldwin)
    THE FURIOUS PASSAGE OF JAMES BALDWIN

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Michael Joseph, 1968. pp (256). Indexed. VG copy, with light yellowing to page edges. Dust jacket has some sunning, creases to spine ends, and rippling to the panels, good.

    Book ID: 55396
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  • ALLEN, Grant, 1848-99
    LINNET: a romance

    Edition: First US issue

    New York: New Amsterdam Book Company, 1900. Red fine ribbed pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, lettered in black, on front cover, spine gilt lettered, top edges gilt, others rough trimmed. pp 394 + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard. UK sheets, cancel title leaf. Yellowing to fore and bottom page edges; light spine sunning; lacking the rear free endpaper; text paper yellowed; VG clean, tight and unworn copy otherwise. >>> " Allen's last substantial novel, a melodrama with quite well-drawn characters and an action-packed plot which moves between the Tyrol, London and Monte Carlo. While on holiday in Austria, Will Deverill, a composer of light operas, falls in love with a sennerin, the 'Linnet' of the title - a gifted…

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    New York: New Amsterdam Book Company, 1900. Red fine ribbed pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, lettered in black, on front cover, spine gilt lettered, top edges gilt, others rough trimmed. pp 394 + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard. UK sheets, cancel title leaf. Yellowing to fore and bottom page edges; light spine sunning; lacking the rear free endpaper; text paper yellowed; VG clean, tight and unworn copy otherwise. >>> " Allen's last substantial novel, a melodrama with quite well-drawn characters and an action-packed plot which moves between the Tyrol, London and Monte Carlo. While on holiday in Austria, Will Deverill, a composer of light operas, falls in love with a sennerin, the 'Linnet' of the title - a gifted but untrained singer. She is, however, an uneducated peasant girl and a devout Catholic; and after terrific pressure is applied by her parish priest, she is soon married off to the cold and greedy impresario of her village, Andreas Hausberger, during Will's absence. Hausberger thereby earns the enmity not only of Deverill, but of Linnet's other unwanted lover, Franz Lindner, a fiery young Alpine jager. Over the next three years, Hausberger, by a process of merciless bullying, turns his wife into an international star. After many complications which give GA lots of opportunities for mocking comment on Catholic intransigence and hypocrisy with respect to divorce, Linnet and Will are of course united. There is an interesting sub-plot involving a fake American psychic, Joaquin Holmes, obviously based on the medium D.D. Home, who is eventually murdered by Franz Lindner after some heavy gambling and card-sharping at Monte Carlo. This novel is noticeably franker about matters of sexual morality than most of its predecessors, perhaps suggesting GA's continued, or renewed, zeal for taking on the censorious 'British matron'. Will's friend, the very camp music critic Florian Wood, is the last in the line of GA's fantastical talkers, possibly a mixture of Andrew Lang and Wilde and GA himself, whose conversation, or monologue, surges f orward on a wave of allusion, quotations and free association. " - Peter Morton. The UK edition was published in 1898 by Grant Richards. ; Octavo

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    Book ID: 55395
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  • RICHARDS, David Adams
    THE COMING OF WINTER

    Edition: First printing

    [Ottawa]: Oberon, 1974. Black cloth. Creases to ends of spine, minor wear to outer corners, faint yellowing to page edges, else fine. The dust jacket has splits to spine folds internally taped; external tape to the front spine fold removed but leaving just a little skinning; shallow chips to ends of lightly darkened spine; small chips to outer corners; yellowing to flap folds and light yellowing to panels; in all just good but still presentable in appearance. This fine New Brunswick author's first novel, published at age 23, and like much of his fiction, set on the Mirimachi River of New Brunswick. There was only one printiing of the hardcover issue (1200 copies). The paper issue was first issued…

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    [Ottawa]: Oberon, 1974. Black cloth. Creases to ends of spine, minor wear to outer corners, faint yellowing to page edges, else fine. The dust jacket has splits to spine folds internally taped; external tape to the front spine fold removed but leaving just a little skinning; shallow chips to ends of lightly darkened spine; small chips to outer corners; yellowing to flap folds and light yellowing to panels; in all just good but still presentable in appearance. This fine New Brunswick author's first novel, published at age 23, and like much of his fiction, set on the Mirimachi River of New Brunswick. There was only one printiing of the hardcover issue (1200 copies). The paper issue was first issued in 1975. Scarce in the hardcover issue. One of the most significant books of fiction of modern Canadian literature, being the first fiction of one its most genuine and major talents.

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    Book ID: 55393
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  • BARNARD, Sylvia
    THE TIMELESS FOREST

    Edition: First printing

    Montreal: McGill Poetry Series (Contact Press), 1959. Octavo, card covers. Front cover has soft creases to top outer corner and some darkening to lower margin, soft corner creases to first few leaves; spine lightly darkened; first leaf has an ink owner name and his blind stamp; VG otherwise. Cover and illustrations in text on pink paper by Vera Frenkel. Published for the series by the Contact Press, Toronto, the fourth volume in the series. Her first book. She went on to teach classics for 44 years at the University of Albany.

    Book ID: 55387
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  • GOODMAN, Gary
    THE LAST BOOKMAN: a life in the rare book trade

    Edition: First printing

    Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2021. Cloth & boards. Soil spots to page edges, light ripples to some leaves, VG otherwise in fine jacket.; Octavo

    Book ID: 55386
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  • LE CARRÉ, John
    A LEGACY OF SPIES

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Viking / Penguin Canada, 2017. Black boards. Boards just a little bowed, else fine. Jacket has soft ripples along top edge, else fine. Smiley returns !; Octavo

    Book ID: 55385
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  • HUNTER, Francis J. (Francis James Hunter 1853-1938)
    COLONEL GASCOIGNE, V.C.: a story of travel, adventure & love

    (Montreal): Author, 1931. Original half blue cloth and marbled boards, spine gilt lettered. pp 274. Crease to rear free endpaper, else fine. Watters p 314. Peel 2507. Fictionalized account set near Regina, Saskatchewan, and in the Qu'Appelle Valley around the 1880's. North West Mounted Police, Riel Rebellion. Scarce; 12mo

    Book ID: 55218
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  • ANVILLE. Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d' (1697-1782)
    ANALYSE GÉOGRAPHIQUE DE L’ITALIE, dédiée a Monseigneur le Duc d’Orleans, premier Prince du Sang. Par le Sieur d’Anville, Géographe ordinaire du Roi.

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: la Veuve Estienne & Fils, 1744. Quarto (26 cm) in modern forest green cloth, mustard endpapers; xl, 288, [2] pp., all page edges gilt; engraved vignette, head- and tail-pieces, some with later hand-coloring heightened with gum arabic; two engraved folding maps (complete). Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville, Royal Geographer to the kings of France, was one of the leading geographers and cartographers of his time. He was known for his meticulous research and the reliability of his maps, many of which were considered great improvements over their predecessors and remained trusted cartographical resources throughout the eighteenth and n ineteenth centuries. “D’Anville’s...map of Italy... first indicated numerous errors in the mapping of that country, and was accompanied by a valuable memoir…

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    Paris: la Veuve Estienne & Fils, 1744. Quarto (26 cm) in modern forest green cloth, mustard endpapers; xl, 288, [2] pp., all page edges gilt; engraved vignette, head- and tail-pieces, some with later hand-coloring heightened with gum arabic; two engraved folding maps (complete). Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville, Royal Geographer to the kings of France, was one of the leading geographers and cartographers of his time. He was known for his meticulous research and the reliability of his maps, many of which were considered great improvements over their predecessors and remained trusted cartographical resources throughout the eighteenth and n ineteenth centuries. “D’Anville’s...map of Italy... first indicated numerous errors in the mapping of that country, and was accompanied by a valuable memoir (a novelty in such work), showing in full the sources of the design. A trigonometrical survey which Benedict XIV soon after had made in the papal states strikingly confirmed the French geographer’s results” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1911). The work includes d’Anville’s map, “Parallele du contour de l’Italie,” correcting the errors of his predecessors, Guillaume de l’Isle and Nicolas Sanson. Occasional browning to the text, scattered spotting and stains, text block cracked in a few places land at the last leaf, one map with some browning and wear to the edges and with a tear repaired on the verso with tape; else clean and sound, securely bound. Binding is in fine condition. “One of the scarcest of d’Anville’s works,” according to notes penciled on the front endpaper by a previous owner / bookseller. 1.25 kg parcel.

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    Book ID: 54476
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  • PICOT, Jean
    HISTOIRE DE GENÈVE, depuis les tems les plus anciens, jusqu’à nos jours, accompagnée de détails sur les antiquités, de la ville et sa territoire, sur les moeurs, les usages, le gouvernement, les lois, les monnoies, les progrès des sciences et des arts

    Edition: First Edition

    Genève: Manget et Cherbulez, 1811. Three volumes, 8vo (20.5 cm), in contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, spines lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers; 432, 466, 487 pp.; with the half-title pages, engraved folding map. Bindings with rubbing to the joints, partial split to front joint of Vol. 3 but still sound, slight wear to heads of spines, contents with very occasional minor foxing, light tanning to a few leaves, else clean and fresh, firmly bound, VG+. Front flyleaves with the ownership signature of the English historian and civil servant Rohan Butler (1917-1996), historical adviser to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and editor of the multi-volume Documents on British Foreign Policy 1919-1939. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 54475
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