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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…

  • McLeod, Don, editor
    DA, a journal of the printing arts

    Erin, ON: Devil's Artisan, 2019. Card covers. pp (96) + blue end leaves. B&w reproductions. Fine copy, but lacking the keepsake. No. 85, Fall / Winter 2019. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52962
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  • McLeod, Don, editor (Tony Calzetta)
    DA, a journal of the printing arts

    Erin, ON: Devil's Artisan, 2015. Card covers. pp (96) + blue end leaves. B&w reproductions. Fine copy, but lacking the keepsake. No. 76, Spring / Summer, 2015. Featuring the work of Tony Calzetta as printmaker. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52961
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  • MacLENNAN, Hugh
    BAROMETER RISING

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1941. Maroon cloth, spine silver lettered, (black?) top page edges. pp [10], 326. Page edges and endpapers tanned, text paper a little toned, as usual; soft ridge to spine; small brown spot to outer margin of pp 285-93; VG+ otherwise. Dust jacket has a chip across head of spine affecting the top of three letters; rubbing to spine and spine folds; rubbing and tiny chips to foot of spine; front panel has rubbing and small chips to outer corners, short creased tear to upper inner corner; generally VG otherwise. flap price (2.50) intact.The author's first novel and second book, a story about the social class structure of his native Nova Scotia and the…

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    New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1941. Maroon cloth, spine silver lettered, (black?) top page edges. pp [10], 326. Page edges and endpapers tanned, text paper a little toned, as usual; soft ridge to spine; small brown spot to outer margin of pp 285-93; VG+ otherwise. Dust jacket has a chip across head of spine affecting the top of three letters; rubbing to spine and spine folds; rubbing and tiny chips to foot of spine; front panel has rubbing and small chips to outer corners, short creased tear to upper inner corner; generally VG otherwise. flap price (2.50) intact.The author's first novel and second book, a story about the social class structure of his native Nova Scotia and the 1917 explosion in Halifax Harbour which, until Hiroshima, was the largest man-made explosion in history. This first printing is rather scarce in jacket.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52960
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  • FORD, Ford Madox
    NO ENEMY

    New York: Ecco Press, 1984. Card covers. VG+ copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52958
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  • MARAINI, Dacia
    DARKNESS. Fiction. Translated by Martha King

    Edition: First edition in English

    South Royalton, VT: Steerforth Press, 2002. Blue boards. Fine copy. Jacket has a crease to front flap, else fine. Twelve interconnected crime stories, it won Italy's Strega Prize.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52957
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  • ARMSTRONG, Kevin
    NIGHT WATCH (ARC)

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Penguin, 2002. Advance Reading Copy in glossy pictorial card covers. Fine copy. Author's first book, a collection of stories based on his 8000 mile journey as first mate aboard a sailing yacht, set in the Pacific. One story, "The Cane Field", was selected for inclusion in the Journey Prize Anthology.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52956
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  • SUTTREE by McCARTHY, Cormac
    McCARTHY, Cormac
    SUTTREE

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Random House, 1979. Black cloth spine and yellow boards. Light soiling to page edges and minor soiling to the boards; faint damp stain to lower fore and bottom edges of late leaves (no penetration into text margins); boards a little bowed; three shallow dime-size circular impressions to front cover; modest wear to upper outer corner of front board; VG otherwise, spine gilt bright. Dust jacket has creased tears to upper margins; three dime-size circular impressions to front panel and one to spine; creases to front panel; short creased tear to upper margin of rear panel; small chips to outer corners; rubbing across foot of spine; shallow chips across head of spine; short tear near centre of spine…

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    New York: Random House, 1979. Black cloth spine and yellow boards. Light soiling to page edges and minor soiling to the boards; faint damp stain to lower fore and bottom edges of late leaves (no penetration into text margins); boards a little bowed; three shallow dime-size circular impressions to front cover; modest wear to upper outer corner of front board; VG otherwise, spine gilt bright. Dust jacket has creased tears to upper margins; three dime-size circular impressions to front panel and one to spine; creases to front panel; short creased tear to upper margin of rear panel; small chips to outer corners; rubbing across foot of spine; shallow chips across head of spine; short tear near centre of spine internally repaired and scarcely noticeable externally; some internal spotting; in all, just good, but colours bright, flap price intact. On the whole the book is still presentable in appearance. With ink ownership name of acclaimed Canadian short story writer and novelist Leon Rooke, who tells me he once corresponded with McCarthy about coming to a reading. Rooke is originally from North Carolina, McCarthy grew up in neighbouring Tennessee. Leon was usually careful with his books but he must have read this one closely. A Cormac McCarthy high spot, his fourth and probably scarcest book, also felt by many to be his best book..Set principally in Knoxville, Tennessee in the early 1950s. Work on it actually preceded his first published novel. It received good reviews but was not a commercial success. There were only 3000 copies of this first printing, but fewer than that sold before it was remaindered (the present copy has no remainder mark).

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52955
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  • PAGE, P.K.
    THE HIDDEN ROOM: collected poems. Volume One and Volume Two

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1997. Two volumes, card covers. Light spine yellowing, books a little leaned, corner crease to front cover of Volume Two, else a VG pair. Inscribed by the author at the front of both volumes to her old and good friends Constance and Leon Rooke. 1.2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52954
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  • THE USES OF LITERATURE:essays. Translated by Patrick Creagh by CALVINO, Italo
    CALVINO, Italo
    THE USES OF LITERATURE:essays. Translated by Patrick Creagh

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Harcourrt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Cloth & boards. Remainder stripe to top page edges, else fine in a VG+ jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52953
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  • ROOKE, Constance
    THE FILLED PEN: selected non-fiction. Edited by Zailig Pollock

    Edition: First printing

    University of Toronto Press, 2007. Card covers. Fine copy. Inscribed by the author to her good friend Constance Rooke.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52952
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  • MUSGRAVE, Susan
    SONGS OF THE SEA-WITCH

    Edition: First paperback printing

    Vancouver: Sono Nis Press, 1975. Card covers, 69 pp. Light yellowing to spine, else a fine copy. The BC poet's first book, first published in 1970 at age 19. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52951
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  • YOUNG, Terence
    MOVING DAY

    Edition: First printing

    Winnipeg: Signature Editions, 2006. Glossy card covers. Fine copy. Inscribed by the author to a noted Canadian literary couple. old friends. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52950
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  • MUNRO, Alice
    THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK: stories

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2006. Black boards. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52949
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  • WALKER, George F.
    LOVE AND ANGER

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Coach House Press, 1990. Glossy card coves. Fine copy of this acclaimed play.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52948
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  • RATHWELL, Richard
    Hank's Casebook: Hope and Charity; Fighting Terror in London; Yuuf: KJ's People; Dono: About Writing; The Beak's Poems

    Edition: First printing

    London: Blue Orange Publishing, 2004. A complete set of the five Casebooks, interconnected stories. Glossy card covers, 40 + to 60 + pages each. A fine set. Canadian author.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52947
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  • PAGE, P.K.
    THE GLASS AIR: selected poems

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1985. Glossy card covers. Advance copy for review, so rubber stamped at front. Text paper a bit yellowed, as always, corner crease to rear cover, else a fine copy. Poetry, two short essays, and nine drawings by the author.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52946
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  • PAGE, P.K.
    A KIND OF FICTION

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 2001. Glossy card covers. Fine copy. Inscribed by the author to the noted Canadian literary couple Connie and Leon Rooke, close friends. Short stories by the acclaimed poet, some early apprentice work. Blurb by Constance Rooke on rear cover.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52945
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  • PAGE, P.K.
    PLANET EARTH: poems selected and new. Edited, and with an Introduction, by Eric Ormsby (inscribed)

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 2002. Glossy card covers. Just a little leaned, else a fine copy. Laid in is a bookmark bearing a colour photo of Page reading at Cadboro Bay Book Co. in Victoria, with a reproduced holograph sentiment on the back side. Inscribed by the author to her good friends Connie & Leon Rooke, signed "Love P.K." and stating "with your permission the US edition will be dedicated to you".

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52944
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  • PALADINO, Mimmo (P.K. Page)
    P.K. PAGE. Works on Paper Inspired by the Poetry of P.K. Page 1998

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto / Vancouver: Instituto Italiano di Cultura, 1998. Glossy card covers. pp 147 including colour and b&w illustrations, poems, and some reproducted holograph. Fine copy The pictures were exhibited at the Instituto, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52943
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  • PAGE, P.K.
    EVENING DANCE OF THE GREY FLIES

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Oxford, 1981. Card covers. pp 95. Advance copy for review with slip pasted in. VG clean copy. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52942
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