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STEVEN TEMPLE BOOKS IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND IS SHIPPING TO EVERYWHERE IT IS ALLOWED.

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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…

  • ABU NUWAS (Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn Hani al-Hakami)
    DER DIWAN DES ABU NUWAS. Herausgegeben von Ewald Wagner. (7 volume set)

    Beirut / Berlin: Das Arabische Book / Klaus Schwarz, 2001. Seven volume set in cream card covers. Preliminary text in German, main body in Arabic. Vol. 4 was edited by Gregor Schoeler. Includes both volumes of the Index. Corner crease to one front cover, else a clean and unworn near fine set, no owner marks. Abu Nuwas was a great poet, queer, and something of a drunk. 9 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required and will be rather costly outside of North America. ; Bibliotheca Islamica 20a-f,2; Octavo 3515052089

    Book ID: 54869
    View cart More details Price: USD $275.00 USD $247.50
  • CAMPBELL, A.
    OLD ENGLISH GRAMMAR

    Edition: Fifth Printing

    Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971. Navy cloth. pp (xvi), (424). Index. Ink name at front, else fine in near fine jacket. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 54868
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  • AYRE, John
    NORTHROP FRYE: a biography

    Toronto: Random House, 1989. Black boards. pp (viii), 472 + plates. Index. Remainder stripe to bottom page edges, else fine in fine jacket. 1.25 kg parcel; Octavo

    Book ID: 54867
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  • MORE, Thomas, Sir
    UTOPIA: written in Latin by Sir Thomas More and done into English by Ralph Robynson

    New York: Heritage Press, 1935. Quarter bound in white cloth and decorated boards. Includes a 4 page intro. by H.G. Wells. Reprint of the 1935 Limited Editions Club edition. Spine a bit darkened, else fine. Card slipcase has some edge wear; good.; Quarto; pp (10, (166) pages; pic

    Book ID: 54866
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  • JAMES, Henry
    THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY. Introduced by Joan Aiken. Illustrated by Robin Jacques

    Edition: First of this edition

    London: Folio Society, 1994. Brown decorated cloth. Fine copy. Slipcase has minor wear to one corner, else fine. Text of the 1908 revised edition. 1.43 kg parcel; B&W Illustrations; Quarto; pic

    Book ID: 54865
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  • WAGNER, Richard
    DAS RHEINGOLD. English translation by Frederick Jameson.

    London: Ernst Eulenburg. Two volumes, green cloth, bound-in ribbon marker. pp viii, 769, (3, ads) + frontispiece portrait. Spine very lightly darkened, else a VG clean and unworn jacketless copy. Complete score.; Octavo

    Book ID: 54864
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  • FRYE, Northop
    NORTHROP FRYE ON SHAKESPEARE. Edited by Robert Sandler

    Edition: First Printing

    Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1986. Blue boards. Fine copy. Jacket has some sunning to spine and inner margins of panels, else fine.; Octavo; vi, 186 pages

    Book ID: 54863
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  • CLARK, Kenneth
    THE GOTHIC REVIVAL: an essay in the history of taste

    London: Murray, 1975. pp (xiv), 236 + plates. Index. Spine slightly sunned with a vertical crease, VG clean & unworn otherwise.; Octavo

    Book ID: 54862
    View cart More details Price: USD $11.95 USD $10.76
  • LIDDERDALE, Jane; Nicholson, Mary
    DEAR MISS WEAVER: Harriet Shaw Weaver 1876-1961

    Edition: First US issue

    New York: Viking, 1970. Cloth and boards, illustrated endpapers, pp 509 + plates; table, appendix, notes, sources list, and index. Spine sunned with mild wear at head, one inch tear to front panel, VG otherwise. A biography of the noted English feminist, publisher, and patron of the arts. She was an early champion of Joyce and was his typist and publisher. She edited The Egoist as well. 1.5 kg parcel; Octavo

    Book ID: 54861
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  • BRAYBROOKE, Neville
    T.S. ELIOT: a symposium for his seventieth birthday

    Edition: First US issue

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1958. Turquoise cloth. Ink place and date at front, light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has very light spine yellowing, two nicks to rear panel, else fine. Contributions by Djuna Barnes, Charles Causley, Rose Macaulay, L.P. Hartley, Iris Murdoch, Stevie Smith, John Betjeman, and many others. Index of writings and of names. ; Octavo; 221 pages

    Book ID: 54860
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  • MILNE, A. A.
    NOW WE ARE SIX. With decorations by Ernest H. Shepard

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. Second printing, Dec., 1927 (first was in Oct., 1927). Orange pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, illustrated endpapers, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. Page edges a little yellowed, else a fine copy. Dust jacket has a 1 cm tear to rear panel, else fine. A remarkable copy of an uncommon issue of the third of the four Pooh books. Printed in Canada ; Octavo; 3 pix

    Book ID: 54859
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  • THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS According to Roman Rite (Four volume set)

    New York: Catholic Book Publishing Company, 1975. Four volumes bound in full flexible imitation leather, each a different color, with bound-in ribbon markers, text printed in red and black, in card box with lid. The Divine Office revised by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, with text in English. The volumes contain the Advent and Christmas seasons, the Lenten and Easter seasons, and Ordinary Time weeks 1-34. Books are fine, box has two corner splits, VG otherwise, with old price sticker. In print (2022) at USD 159.00. 5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required. ; 12mo

    Book ID: 54858
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  • HUXLEY, Aldous
    THE PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1972. Blue boards. Second printing. VG clean & unworn jacketless copy. Writings about religion.; The Collected Works; Octavo

    Book ID: 54857
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  • ALLEN, Roger
    THE ARABIC LITERARY HERITAGE: the development of its genres and criticism

    Edition: First Printing

    Cambridge University Press, 1998. Black boards. Index, chronology, bibliography. "The Arabic Literary Heritage describes a cultural tradition of literary texts in Arabic from the fifth century A.D. to the present day. After two preliminary chapters on principles and contexts, there are chapters devoted to the Qu'ran as literature, poetry, belles-lettrist prose, drama, and criticism. The volume as a whole, which contains extensive quotations in English translation, a chronology and a guide to further reading, makes a major non-Western literary tradition newly accessible to students and scholars in the West."- publisher. ; Octavo; (xxxviii), 437 pages

    Book ID: 54856
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  • CHITTICK, William C.
    THE SUFI PATH OF LOVE: the spiritual teachings of Rumi

    Edition: Fourth Printing

    Albany: State University of New York Press, 1983. Spine sunned to blue, else a else a VG clean and unworn copy.; Octavo; (x), 433 pages

    Book ID: 54853
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  • THE BOOK OF A THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT: A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments, Made and Annotated by Richard F. Burton: Decorated with Illustrations by Valenti Angelo (Six Volumes bound in Three, in Slipcases) by BURTON, Richard F., Sir, translator
    BURTON, Richard F., Sir, translator
    THE BOOK OF A THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT: A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments, Made and Annotated by Richard F. Burton: Decorated with Illustrations by Valenti Angelo (Six Volumes bound in Three, in Slipcases)

    New York: Heritage Press, 1962. Three stout volumes, white cloth spines decorated in gilt and colour decorated boards. Spines very lightly darkened and just a little concave, soft crease across head of spine of two volumes, else fine, no owner names. In black card slipcases in fine condition. A reprint of the Limited Editions Club edition of 1934. 4.1 kg parcel, extra slipping will be required.; B&W Illustrations; Octavo; pic

    Book ID: 54852
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  • CANADIAN SCENERY ILLUSTRATED. From Drawings by W.H. Bartlett (2 volume set) by WILLIS, N.P.
    WILLIS, N.P.
    CANADIAN SCENERY ILLUSTRATED. From Drawings by W.H. Bartlett (2 volume set)

    Edition: First Edition

    London: George Virtue, 1842. Two volumes, contemporary half maroon leather and plum cloth, marbled page edges and endpapers, spines with raised bands, gilt lettering, and an "A" beneath a crown at foot. I: [2], 127. II: [2], 116 + two engraved half-titles, map, and all 115 plates with tissue guards but without the portrait of Bartlett which did not come will all copies. Half-titles quite foxed; only scattered foxing to plates, almost entirely to the margins with foxing into the image on only two plates (St. John's - Richlieu River and the Cathedral, Montreal). Also occasional foxing to tissue guards and verso of plates, but in all quite clean. A bit of scuffing to binding neatly touched up. A…

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    London: George Virtue, 1842. Two volumes, contemporary half maroon leather and plum cloth, marbled page edges and endpapers, spines with raised bands, gilt lettering, and an "A" beneath a crown at foot. I: [2], 127. II: [2], 116 + two engraved half-titles, map, and all 115 plates with tissue guards but without the portrait of Bartlett which did not come will all copies. Half-titles quite foxed; only scattered foxing to plates, almost entirely to the margins with foxing into the image on only two plates (St. John's - Richlieu River and the Cathedral, Montreal). Also occasional foxing to tissue guards and verso of plates, but in all quite clean. A bit of scuffing to binding neatly touched up. A VG+ copy, tight in the binding, neither joints nor hinges cracked. Laid in is a 1967 bill of sale from Francis Edwards, London. Fine steel engravings of towns and cities of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia with a focus on dramatic scenes on rivers and lakes - storms, rapids, waterfalls. rafts, ships, lumbering, Indians, bridges, etc. Bartlett illustrated a number of books around this time, but many consider this his best effort. 5.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required; Quarto; pix

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    Book ID: 54851
    View cart More details Price: USD $895.00 USD $805.50
  • WELLAND SHIP CANAL IN PICTURE AND STORY by LESLIE, W. Bruce
    LESLIE, W. Bruce
    WELLAND SHIP CANAL IN PICTURE AND STORY

    Niagara Falls, ON: F.H. Leslie, 1938. View book. [20] pp stapled in printed paper covers. 4 pp text and 16 pp sepia captioned photos. Stated fifth printing (p12). Staples rusty; front cover has a corner crease and a bit of edge rubbing; VG otherwise. Voilà locates at LAC and CCA only, though Brock, U of Toronto, and perhaps others, have copies. ; Oblong octavo; pic

    Book ID: 54850
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  • FORSTER, E.M.
    Where Angels Fear to Tread. The Longest Journey. A Room with a View. Howards End. A Passage to India. Maurice. Lithographs by Glynn Boyd Harte (6 volumes)

    Edition: First printing

    London: Folio Society, 1996. Six volumes, quarter bound in cloth and nicely decorated boards in card slipcase with photos. Fine in fine slipcase. 6.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will definitely be required.; Colour Illustrations; Octavo; 25x20x20

    Book ID: 54849
    View cart More details Price: USD $125.00 USD $112.50
  • JONES, Alan
    ARABIC THROUGH THE QUR'AN

    Edition: Third Printing

    Cambridge, England: The Islamic Texts Society, 2008. Octavo; (xviii), 331 pages; cloned

    Condition: Very Good+

    Book ID: 54848
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