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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…

  • KROETSCH, Robert
    WHAT THE CROW SAID
    Edition: First printing

    Don Mills, Ontario: General Publishing, 1978. Dark blue boards. Faint yellowing to page edges, minute rubbing to spine ends, else fine. Jacket has minute rubbing to spine ends and outer corners, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49187
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  • KROETSCH, Robert
    THE WORDS OF MY ROARING
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1966. Red and black boards, red top page edges. Fine copy. White dust jacket lightly dusty, rear panel has rubbing and small tears, VG otherwise, flap price intact. Alberta author's second book, a novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49188
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  • Kushner, Donn
    Uncle Jacob's ghost story
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1984. Beige boards. pp 132. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49189
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  • TAMBOUR and Other Stories. Decorations by Stanley Turner, A.R.C.A. by RADDALL, Thomas H.
    RADDALL, Thomas H.
    TAMBOUR and Other Stories. Decorations by Stanley Turner, A.R.C.A.
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1945. Blue cloth, endpaper maps. Fine copy. Dust jacket has small chips and tears to spine ends; red band at foot of spine sunned to yellow; short tears to flap folds; VG otherwise. Short stories of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by the noted Nova Scotia author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49184
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  • THE BETRAYAL (signed) by KREISEL, Henry
    KREISEL, Henry
    THE BETRAYAL (signed)
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1964. Black and blue boards. Fine copy. Jacket has minor rubbing at edges, else fine. Signed by the author on the title page, and with ink ownership name of Canadian author John Metcalf. Second novel of this Austrian-Canadian immigrant to Alberta. "Kreisel became one of the first Jewish writers to write about Jewish-Canadian issues." - Wikipedia.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49185
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  • KREISEL, Henry
    THE BETRAYAL
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1964. Black and blue boards. Fine copy. Jacket has light rubbing, VG. Second novel of this Austrian-Canadian immigrant to Alberta. "Kreisel became one of the first Jewish writers to write about Jewish-Canadian issues." - Wikipedia.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49186
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  • PRICE- BROWN [John]
    LAURA THE UNDAUNTED: a Canadian historical romance
    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1930. Octavo, blue cloth. pp (8), 279. Lacking the front free endpaper, else a VG copy. A novel of Laura Secord. Part III concerns the War of 1812. Uncommon.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49182
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  • CURZON, Sarah Anne
    LAURA SECORD, THE HEROINE OF 1812 : a Drama. And Other Poems
    Edition: First Edition

    Toronto: C. Blackett Robinson, 1887. Octavo, original reddish-brown cloth gilt lettered, all edges gilt. pp (8), (viii), (9)-215. Without the errata slip at rear found in some copies. Covers damp stained ans faded (a portion of rear cover bleached to white); bubbling to pastedowns; offset tanning to free endpapers; ink owner name to title page (J.C. McCorkell); text paper lightly rippled. In all, only fair externally, but internally, but for the rippling, the text is VG or better. "Sarah Anne Curzon née Vincent (1833 - November 6, 1898) was a Canadian poet, journalist, editor, and playwright who was one of 'the first women's rights activists and supporters of liberal feminism' in Canada. During her lifetime she was best known for her closet drama, Laura Secord: The Heroine of 1812, one of the works that made Laura Secord a household name." - Wikipedia. She called "Laura Secord" Canada's first feminist play. Contains a 6 page "Memoir" of Secord at the front. Also includes notes and some correspondence pertaining to the War of 1812.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49183
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  • ANGELS' SHOES and other stories by PICKTHALL, M.L.C. (Marjorie)
    PICKTHALL, M.L.C. (Marjorie)
    ANGELS' SHOES and other stories
    Edition: First printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date (1923). Red cloth lettered in black. pp 320. Yellowing to page edges, else a fine bright copy. Dust jacket has chips to corners of front panel; chips across head and foot of spine with loss of spine imprint and parts of "Angels'" at head; small chips and creased tears to rear panel; fair. 24 stories, only collection of short stories by this major minor Canadian poet. Uncommon in any sort of jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49169
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  • PICKTHALL, M.L.C. (Marjorie)
    ANGELS' SHOES and other stories
    Edition: First printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date (1923). Red cloth lettered in black. pp 320. Yellowing and foxing to page edges; Xmas, 1925, gift inscription at front; spine just a mite sunned; VG+ otherwise. 24 stories, only collection of short stories by this major minor Canadian poet.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49170
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  • LOGAN, J.D. (Marjorie Pickthall)
    MARJORIE PICKTHALL: Her Poetic Genius and Art. an Appreciation and an Analysis of Aesthetic Paradox
    Edition: First printing

    Halifax, N.S: T.C. Allen, 1922. [2]. 44, [2] pp + frontispiece portrait and other plates, stapled and glued into card covers. Nicks and small chips to the yapp edges, with shallow chips along top edge of front cover; VG otherwise. Includes a checklist of her periodical and book publications. Edition of 500 copies. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49171
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  • PICKTHALL, Marjorie L.C.
    LITTLE HEARTS

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1926. Pale green decorated cloth stamped in red and green. Yellowing to page edges, foxing to endpapers, book a little leaned, VG otherwise. A first novel for adults after three juveniles by this major minor Canadian poet.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49172
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  • Phillips, Edward
    Buried on Sunday
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1986. Card covers (not issued in hardcover). Fine copy, with ink ownership name of Canadian author John Metcalf. A somewhat comic novel set in Quebec cottage country.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49173
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  • PETERLEY, David (pseudonym of Richard Pennington)
    PETERLEY HARVEST: the private diary of David Peterley now for the first time published
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1963. Green cloth, red top page edges. pp (286), [2]. Private bookplate, else fine. Dust jacket (design by Frank Newfeld) has yellowing to spine and flap folds, nicks & creases to upper edge of rear panel, VG+ otherwise. A literary hoax. The 1960 Hutchinson UK edition was withdrawn by the publishers at the request of Mrs. Pennington. Presented as selections from the diaries of one David Peterley, recording literary and political events from 1926-1939, from a manuscript in McGill University Library in Montreal. There is no such manuscript- the whole thing is fiction written by the University's head librarian Richard Pennington. This first state of the Canadian issue has a cancel title leaf, and one cancel leaf in text (text rather different from UK text). Also, the bogus frontispiece portrait was dropped.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49174
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  • PERCY, H.R.
    FLOTSAM
    Edition: First printing

    St. John's, Newfoundland: Breakwater Books, 1978. Paper issue in card covers. Lengthy 1984 inscription by the author. VG copy. A novel.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49176
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  • THE BRIDGE: a story of the Great Lakes by PICKTHALL, M.L.C. (Marjorie)
    PICKTHALL, M.L.C. (Marjorie)
    THE BRIDGE: a story of the Great Lakes
    Edition: First printing

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date (1922). Light blue cloth lettered in black. Yellowing to page edges, lacking the front free endpaper, else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket has a shallow chip across head of tanned and bit rubbed spine (no lettering lost): front panel has a fingernail-size chip to lower outer corner, a short creased tear to top edge, and a small sticker scar; nicks and small corner chips to rear panel; some internal repairs with white paper tape; split to upper front spine find and across the spine; in all, good, but still respectable in appearance. Art by D. Farley. The second of two novels for adults, after three juveniles, by this major minor Canadian poet. Uncommon in any sort of jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49178
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  • RADDALL, Thomas H.
    IN MY TIME: a memoir
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1976. Light blue boards. Photos. Fine in VG+ price-clipped jacket. The acclaimed Nova Scotia author's autobiography.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49179
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  • QUARRINGTON, Paul
    HOME GAME
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Doubleday, 1983. Blue boards. Fine in fine jacket. A 400+ page comic baseball novel. "A marooned circus sideshow troupe meets a fundamentalist religious sect for the most bizarre baseball game ever recorded in this hilarious novel in the tradition of Tom Robbins." Author's second novel. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49180
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  • PROCTER, J.J.
    THE PHILOSOPHER IN THE CLEARING
    Edition: First Edition

    Québec: 1897. Brown leather grain pictorial cloth gilt, pale green endpapers. pp (2), (251). Mild wear to head of very lightly sunned spine, page edges yellowed, tidy ink owner name in top margin of title page, VG+ otherwise. Watters p 369 classifies as fiction but it is in fact mostly a collection of essays and verse. Proctor was the editor of the Daily Telegraph.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49181
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  • REVENGE ! With Twelve Illustrations by Lancelot Speed, Stanley Wood, & G.G. Manton. by BARR, Robert
    BARR, Robert
    REVENGE ! With Twelve Illustrations by Lancelot Speed, Stanley Wood, & G.G. Manton.
    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Stokes. Variant binding. Beige decorated cloth stamped in red, black and silver, including pistols, daggers, and a skull on front cover. pp [2], (10), 308, (2, ads), [2] + 12 plates. Spine tanned, with light rubbing to ends; light toning to text paper; private book label inside front cover; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; VG+ clean, tight and unworn copy otherwise. A collection of 20 short stories, some being crime stories, some supernatural, some macabre. "His contributions to macabre fiction were few but memorable. At the top of the list is his collection of nasty stories, REVENGE! (1896), for their time a surprisingly grim bunch." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 22. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 27. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 102. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 56. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 10. Hubin (1994), p. 51. Not in Bleiler (1948;1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Uncommon book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48426
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