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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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  • COMPENDIUM OF CANADIAN REGIMENTS. A Civilian's Perspective by Gregory, Michael
    Gregory, Michael
    COMPENDIUM OF CANADIAN REGIMENTS. A Civilian's Perspective
    Edition: First edition

    Ottawa: Author, 2005. Card covers. pp 390. B&w illustrations, maps. Front cover rippled, near fine otherwise. Edition of 500 copies.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48434
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  • Journey for Our Time: The Journals of the Marquis de Custine - Russia, 1839. Edited and translated by Phyllis Penn Kohler. Introduction by Lieut.-General Walter Bedell-Smith by Custine, Astolphe de, Marquis
    Custine, Astolphe de, Marquis
    Journey for Our Time: The Journals of the Marquis de Custine - Russia, 1839. Edited and translated by Phyllis Penn Kohler. Introduction by Lieut.-General Walter Bedell-Smith

    George Prior, 1980. Red boards. pp 240. Ink owner name, else fine in fine jacket. First published in 1843. This is a facsimile reprint, with new introduction, of the London: Arthur Barker, 1953, edition. " "His observations on the social, political, and religious state and prospects of Russia, made during a journey in 1839, led him to dire forebodings. He found that Russia's goal was conquest of the world and that she looked upon Europe as a prey which our dissensions will sooner or later deliver up to her." Felt to be a timely publication in the years of the Cold War.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48435
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  • RUSSIA IN REVOLUTION 1890-1918 by KOCHAN, Lionel
    KOCHAN, Lionel
    RUSSIA IN REVOLUTION 1890-1918
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: New American Library, c1966, 1890. Red & black cloth. pp 352. Index. Ink owner name, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48436
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  • Lectures on Painting, Delivered at the Royal Academy of Arts: with a Letter on the Proposal for a Public Memorial of the Naval Glory of Great Britain. By the late John Opie, Esq., Professor in Painting to the Royal Academy.,, by Opie, John (1767- 1807)
    Opie, John (1767- 1807)
    Lectures on Painting, Delivered at the Royal Academy of Arts: with a Letter on the Proposal for a Public Memorial of the Naval Glory of Great Britain. By the late John Opie, Esq., Professor in Painting to the Royal Academy.,,
    Edition: First edition

    London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809. Title page continues "To which are prefixed, a memoir by Mrs Opie, and other accounts of Mr.Opie's talents and character." Quarto, 28 cm. Bound in modern half calf and marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt with five raised bands and maroon morocco label, top page edges gilt, others rough trimmed. New endpapers and fly leaf front and rear. pp vi, [2], 186 pp + mezzotint frontispiece portait engraved by S.W. Reynolds, and nine plates of Old Masters with two colour backgrounds, etched by J. Girtin, plus a portrait of William Hogarth etched by Samuel Ireland; list of subscribers at front, Index at rear. Binding with some light rubbing to the corners and spine, else fine. Contents have some offsetting from the plates, especially to the title page and leaves adjacent to the Hogarth etching; a few small margin spots, early owner's signature to title-page, else fine. A memorial volume for John Opie, an accomplished late Georgian painter noted for his portraits and epic historical subjects. His fame, however, would be eclipsed by that of his wife Amelia, author of the memoir included here, who would go on to a long and successful career as a novelist and poet. Includes tributes by colleagues and the text of four of his lectures before the Royal Academy in his capacity as Professor of Painting.The plates include a self-portrait of William Hogarth etched by Samuel Ireland. The subscribers list includes the names of many notables of the period, including John Soane, J. M. W. Turner, Benjamin West, George Canning, Sir Samuel Romilly; Samuel Whitbread, etc. A nice, clean and unworn copy. "With the exception of those of Sir Joshua Reynolds, no series of lectures emanating from the Royal Academy are better worth reading. Their views are original and just, and they contain much excellent criticism in language which is clear and vigorous. They are permanent contributions to critical literature." - DNB. Note: this copy, which is complete, does not have three inserted leaves starting with 80* after page 81, as found in other copies. It is paginated normally. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48247
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  • Head, Harold, editor
    Canada in Us Now
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: New Press, 1976. Purports to be "The First Anthology of Black Poetry and Prose in Canada." Blue cloth. pp 144. Fine copy. Jacket has some rubbing to rear panel and lightly to rear spine fold, else fine, no fading to the red spine. Contributions by Austin Clarke, Harold Sonny Ladoo, Charles Roach, Dionne Brand, the editor, Arthur Nortje, and others. This hardcover issue is scarce and the paper issue is not common.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48419
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  • NORTH OF SUMMER. Poems from Baffin Island. With Oil Sketches of the Arctic by A.Y. Jackson. by PURDY, Alfred (Al Purdy)
    PURDY, Alfred (Al Purdy)
    NORTH OF SUMMER. Poems from Baffin Island. With Oil Sketches of the Arctic by A.Y. Jackson.
    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1967. Liight blue-grey boards. pp 87, including four double-sided colour plates on glossy paper. Fine copy. Dust jacket has nicks and shallow chips along top edge, mainly to rear panel, small tear and rubbing to spine ends, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48420
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  • THE MARRIAGE OF HILARY CARDEN by HYATT, Stanley Portal
    HYATT, Stanley Portal
    THE MARRIAGE OF HILARY CARDEN
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Macmillan, no date (1909). Made from sheets of the London: T.Werner Laurie, 1909, first edition. Red pictorial cloth stamped in black and white, spine gilt lettered. pp (viii), 300 (12, Laurie ads). Mild flaking to the white band of sky in top margin of front cover; else a fine, bright copy. Hyatt, an Englishman from a well-to-do background, threw it all off for a life of adventure and exploration, which he certainly had, traveling to Australia, up the China coast to Vladivostok, fighting for the Americans in the Philippines, Mozambique, and most notably Rhodesia, where he was a considerable presence and where this novel is set.. In his autobiograpy, 'The Diary of a Soldier of Fortune', Hyatt described his experiences as "Engineer, Sheep Station Hand, Nigger Driver, Hunter, Trader, Transport Rider, Labour Agent, Cold Storage Engineer, Explorer, Lecturer, Pressman, American Soldier, Blockade Runner and Tramp". Having had successes and many failures in his business ventures in Africa, he returned to England where he had a successful career as a novelist and writer. He became quite ill from his travels, contracting malaria, becoming a morphine addict and dying of tuberculosis at age 37. The present novel is scarce in any edition and rare in this Canadian issue. AMICUS locates only one copy in Canadian libraries.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48421
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  • THE PRICE OF COMMAND: a biography of General Guy Simonds by GRAHAM, Dominick
    GRAHAM, Dominick
    THE PRICE OF COMMAND: a biography of General Guy Simonds
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Stoddart, 1993. Grey boards, red endpapers with maps. pp (xvi), 345, [7] + plates. Index. Remainder dot to bottom page edges, else fine. Jacket has nicks to head of spine, short corner tear to front panel, VG otherwise. "Lieutenant General Guy Granville Simonds was one of the Second World War's most dynamic strategists and commanded enormous respect from British generals such as Bernard Montgomery and Alan Brooke." - jacket. In his book "The Normandy Campaign" Victor Brooks lists Simonds as the most effective corps-level commander of the Allied Forces in Normandy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48417
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  • HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE by SHORES, Christopher
    SHORES, Christopher
    HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE

    Toronto: Royce Publications, 1984. Blue boards. pp 128. Many photos, a few in colour, index. Fine in very nearly fine jacket. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48418
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  • A Man Worth Knowing: The Memoirs of Hans-Georg Neumann. Foreword by Desmond Morton by Neumann, Hans-Georg
    Neumann, Hans-Georg
    A Man Worth Knowing: The Memoirs of Hans-Georg Neumann. Foreword by Desmond Morton
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Natural Heritage / Natural History, 1996. Card covers. pp 192. Photos, index. Fine copy. Neuman was a signals officer with Rommel and who was captured in 1941. He wound up in a POW camp in Gravenhurst, Ontario, where he helped create a farm which fed the prisoners. He settled in Canada in 1950.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48411
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  • Behind the Glory by Barris, Ted
    Barris, Ted
    Behind the Glory
    Edition: First printing

    Macmillan of Canada, 1992. Orange boards, endpaper maps. pp 358 + plates. Index. Fine copy. Jacket has a crease to front flap, else fine. "When war broke out in Sept. 1939, the Allied air forces had few combat aircraft and even fewer military pilots ready to fight. In December 1939, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada created the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Most of the air crew training took place in Canada. The instructors moulded thousands of teenaged recruits into fighter and bomber pilots, navigators, air gunners, bomb aimers, wireless operators, and ground crew. They took pilots from elementary 'circuits and bumps' on Fleet Finches to the rigours of aerobatics in Harvards, navigational practice in Ansons, or gunnery exercises in Fairey Battles. At its peak, the plan adminstered 107 schools and 184 other units at sites all across Canada, operated 11,000 aircraft, and employed 104.000 men and women. The BCATP trained 200,000 air crew in less than five years."

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48412
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  • British Battles and Medals by Joslin, E.C., A.R. Litherland, and B.T. Simpkin
    Joslin, E.C., A.R. Litherland, and B.T. Simpkin
    British Battles and Medals

    London: Spink, 1988. Blue boards. pp (299). Illustrations in text plus four pages of colour ribbons. Index. Fine copy. Jacket has nicks and small tears to front panel, spine very lightly sunned; VG otherwise. 2.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48413
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  • The New Military and Naval Dictionary by Gaynor, Frank
    Gaynor, Frank
    The New Military and Naval Dictionary

    New York: Philosophical Library, 1951. Yellow cloth. pp 293. Small rubber stamp and sticker scar to front endpapers, else fine, no owner names, in a lightly used VG jacket. Over 7000 entries for all branches of the US military and Civil Defense. State of knowledge at the time, many non-current abbreviations, useful reference still.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48415
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  • CANADA'S SOLDIERS 1604-1954. The Military History of an Unmilitary People. by STANLEY, George F. G., with Harold M. Jackson
    STANLEY, George F. G., with Harold M. Jackson
    CANADA'S SOLDIERS 1604-1954. The Military History of an Unmilitary People.
    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1954. Red cloth, spine gilt, endpaper maps. pp [14], 401; numerous maps in text, indexed. Slight corner wear to spine ends, page edges yellowed, else a VG jacketless copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48416
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  • War Crimes. The Legacy of Nuremberg by Cooper, Belinda, editor
    Cooper, Belinda, editor
    War Crimes. The Legacy of Nuremberg
    Edition: First printing

    New York: TV Books, 1999. Cloth & boards. pp 350. Review copy with promotional sheets laid in. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48404
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  • BRITISH BATTLES AND MEDALS. Fourth edition revised by Edward C. Joslin. With a Foreword by David F. Spink by GORDON, L.L., Major (Edward C. Joslin)
    GORDON, L.L., Major (Edward C. Joslin)
    BRITISH BATTLES AND MEDALS. Fourth edition revised by Edward C. Joslin. With a Foreword by David F. Spink

    London: Spink & Son, 1971. Green cloth. pp 440 + b&w plates + colour frontispiece + folding colour plate and key. Vertical tape stain to both pastedowns and free endpapers, VG clean & unworn jacketless copy otherwise. "A Description of Every Campaign Medal and Bar Awarded Since the Armada, With the Historical Reasons for Their Award and the Names of All the Ships, Regiments and Squadrons of the Royal Air Force Whose Personnel Are Entitled to Them". 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48405
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  • Hodgson, Lynn-Philip
    Inside - Camp X

    Oakville, Ontario: Blake Book Distribution, 1999. Card covers. pp 222. Photos in text. Fine copy. WWII top secret Agent Training School located at Whitby, Ontario. Ian Fleming trained there.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48406
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  • Wings For Victory: The Remarkable Story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada by Dunmore, Spencer
    Dunmore, Spencer
    Wings For Victory: The Remarkable Story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1994. Black boards. pp 399 + plates. Index. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48407
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  • Boissery, Beverley
    A Deep Sense of Wrong: The Treason, Trials and Transportation to New South Wales of Lower Canadian Rebels After the 1838 Rebellion
    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1995. Brown boards. (xvi), 367 pp, index, maps & photos in text. Fine copy. Near fine jacket has one small chip.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48408
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  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Modern Military Weapons - the Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Weapons Systems from 1945 to the Present Day by Bishop, Chris
    Bishop, Chris
    The Complete Encyclopedia of Modern Military Weapons - the Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Weapons Systems from 1945 to the Present Day
    Edition: First edition.

    Etobicoke, ON: Prospero Books, 1999. Glossy silver boards. pp 544. Colour and b&w photos. Glossary. Fine in very nearly fine jacket. 2.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48409
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