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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…

  • BARBER, Michael (Simon Raven)
    THE CAPTAIN: the life and times of Simon Raven

    Edition: First printing

    Blue boards. pp vi, 250 + plates. Index. Ink owner name and date on front free endpaper, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50635
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  • NEVINS, Jr, Francis M. (Ellery Queen)
    ROYAL BLOODLINE: Ellery Queen, author and detective

    Edition: First printing

    Card covers. 288 pp. VG.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50634
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  • ROBERTS, Kenneth
    I WANTED TO WRITE

    Edition: First printing

    Beige cloth, endpaper maps. pp (480). Index. Page edges a bit yellowed, glue residue on front blank leaf, tan soil spots to upper rear cover, else a VG clean and unworn copy. Dust jacket has small chips and short tears, spine a bit sunned, VG--.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50633
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  • White, William (Edwin Arlington Robinson)
    Edwin Arlington Robinson: a supplementary bibliography (The Serif series: bibliographies and checklists)

    Edition: First edition.

    Red cloth. pp 168. Index. Spine lightly sunned, VG+ copy otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50632
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  • CROWLEY, Clyde A.
    MONEY-MAKING FORMULAS, including a practical chemical dictionary and supply directory

    Card covers. pp (xvi), 201 + section for notes. Small spine tears neatly repaired; corner creases and light soiling to covers; a few notes at rear; yellowing to page edges; VG otherwise. "1059 Ways to Start a Profitable Business".

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50631
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  • CRANDELL, George W. (Ogden Nash)
    OGDEN NASH: a descriptive bibliography

    Edition: First printing

    Blue cloth. pp xvi, 466. Index. Fine copy, without jacket, as issued.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50630
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  • PONTES, Hilda (R.K. Narayan)
    R.K. NARAYAN

    Edition: First US issue

    Glossy printed boards. pp (xii), 170. VG clean and unworn copy. Bibliography of Indian Writing in English - 1. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50629
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  • HINTON, Percival (Eden Phillpotts)
    EDEN PHILLPOTTS: a bibliography of first editions

    Edition: First printing

    White cloth spine and dark brown boards, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. pp xvi, 164 + photogravure frontispiece with tissued guard. One facsimile in text. Spine lightly darkened with creases and ends; bumps to outer corners of boards; VG copy otherwise #169 of an edition of 350 copies. Signed by the author in pencil in the lower margin of the frontispiece. Nicely printed by St Dominic's Press, Ditchling. Covers up to the year 1921.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50628
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  • Matthews, James H (Frank O'Connor)
    Voices: A life of Frank O'Connor

    Edition: First printing

    Green cloth. pp (x), 453 + photos. Index. Prize label inside front cover, else fine. Price-clipped jacket has a crease to front flap, short tear to rear panel, VG otherwise. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50627
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  • AYLING, Ronald and Michael J. Durkan
    SEAN O'CASEY: a bibliography

    Edition: First printing

    Dark blue cloth. pp xxiv, 411 + plates. Index. Errata slip laid in. Fine in fine jacket. A proper descriptive bibliography.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50626
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  • JACKSON, Roger and William E. Ashley
    HENRY MILLER: a personal archive. Manuscripts, letters, photographs, memorabilia, awards, correspondence, journals, booklets, ephemera, legal documents, furniture and other miscellaneous items

    Edition: First printing

    The trade issue, 1000 copies in card covers. pp, xii, (317), [7]. Photos. Fine copy. A catalogue of the material in Henry Miller's study removed at his death in 1980, placed in storage, and now offered for sale as a single lot. bids invited.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50625
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  • ARMITAGE, C.M. and Neil Clark (Louis MacNeice)
    A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WORKS OF LOUIS MacNEICE

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Red cloth. pp 136 + frontispiece photo. Index, bound-in ribbon marker. Fine in VG jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50624
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  • COSTELLO, Peter and Peter Van De Kamp (Flann O'Brien)
    FLANN O'BRIEN: an illustrated biography

    Edition: First printing

    Green boards. pp 159. Many photos. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50623
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  • DAY, Douglas (Malcolm Lowry)
    MALCOLM LOWRY: a biography

    Edition: First printing

    Black and mauve cloth. pp (xvi), 483, [5]. Photos in text, index. Fine copy. Price-clipped jacket has a two inch slit to spine fold, VG otherwise. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50622
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  • Nolan, Tom (Ross MacDonald)
    Ross MacDonald : a biography

    Edition: First printing

    Black boards. pp 496 + plates. Index. Boards a little bowed, page edges yellowed, VG otherwise. Dust jacket has moderate wear to spine ends, VG otherwise. "Ross MacDonald" (pseud. of Kenneth Millar) was reared in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Kitchener, Ontario. He took his BA from Western University and entered the University of Toronto, where he met his wife, also from Kitchener. The couple moved to Santa Barbara, CA, where they launched their distinguished careers as crime novelists.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50621
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  • MULLALY, Edward J. (Archibald MacLeish)
    ARCHIBAL MacLEISH: a checklist

    Edition: First printing

    Red cloth. pp 95. Corner creases to front free endpaper, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50620
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  • Beahm, George. editor (Stephen King)
    The Stephen King Companion

    Edition: First printing

    pp (365). Illustrated. Ink name inside front cover, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50619
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  • BEAHM, George (Stephen King)
    THE STEPHEN KING STORY

    Revised and updated edition. Card covers. pp (x), (329), [5] + plates. Index. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50618
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  • McDONALD, Edward D. (D.H. Lawrence)
    A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WRITINGS OF D.H. LAWRENCE. With a Foreword by D.H. Lawrence

    Edition: First printing

    Cream linen spine and blue boards, with paper labels. pp [4], (4), (154). Tipped in frontispiece portrait with tissue guards. # 201 of an edition of 500 copies. Spine a bit darkened with small soil spots, spine label darkened and a bit rubbed, yellowing to page edges, rubbing to lower edges of boards, VG otherwise. With the handsome bookplate of Clement Shorter, designed by Walter Crane (woman seated with open book). The first DHL bibliography. Lawrence's Foreword titled "The Bad Side of Books".

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50617
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  • CLEMENTS, Frank (T.E. Lawrence)
    T.E. LAWRENCE: a reader's guide

    Edition: First US issue

    Red cloth. pp 208. Index. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. A descriptive bibliography of books by and about TEL, including periodical appearances.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50616
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A selection of our current highlights…