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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…

  • WRIGHT, L.R.
    THE FAVORITE
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1982. Cloth & boards. Fine copy. Price-clipped jacket has a short tear to front and to rear panel, else fine. Author's second novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48984
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  • WYNNE-JONES, Tim (INSCRIBED)
    THE KNOT
    Edition: First printing

    McClelland & Stewart. Brown and cream boards. Fine copy. Jacke has a few nicks, minor rubbing, VG+. Inscribed by the author "To____, with so much love, Tim". With a printed card announcing his reading from this book at the Toronto Dance Theatre, 15 Dec., 1982. A crime novel set in Toronto's Cabbagetown as it is being gentrified. His second novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48985
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  • LAING, Bonnie
    MARBLE SEASON
    Edition: First printing

    Ottawa: Oberon, 1982. The paper issue in card covers. pp 92. Cover art by Mendelson Joe. Damp stain to foot of spine and adjacent inner corners of covers, else fine. Signed by the author. Short stories of Monrtreal. Well written, funny, touching, recommended. Yours truly makes a cameo appearance. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48987
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  • LAING, Bonnie
    MARBLE SEASON
    Edition: First printing

    Ottawa: Oberon, 1982. Brown cloth. pp 92. Jacket art by Mendelson Joe. Fine copy. Jacket has nicks at foot of spine, else fine. Short stories of Monrtreal. Well written, funny, touching, recommended. Yours truly makes a cameo appearance. Scarce in hardcover (200 copies or so?)

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48988
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  • Zeller, Ludwig
    Breaking the masks
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Oasis, 1985. Stapled in card covers, English and Spanish versions of this poem printed tête-à-tête. Illustrations by John Graham. Total edition of 270 copies, this is #57, signed by the author (the first 27 included an original collage by the artist). Soft crease to upper margin of front cover and firsr few leaves, else fine. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48989
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  • Zeller, Ludwig and Susana Wald
    Susana Wald & Ludwig Zeller : Art Gallery of Hamilton, October 4-November 11, 1979

    Hamilton, Ontario: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1979. pp [20], unpaged, stapled in paper covers, reproductions in b&w and colour. Introduction by Glen E. Cumming. Fine copy. Exhibition catalogue for work by these two Canadian Surrealist visual artists. Coordinated with the exhibition was Zeller's book ALPHACOLLAGE (Porcupine's Quill). "An Oasis Publication, Printed by Coach House Press". Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48990
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  • ZINK, Lubor
    THE UPROOTED
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Longmans Canada, 1962. Red boards. Page edges yellowed, else fine. Dust jacket rubbing and small chip at spine ends, minor rubbing elsewhere, VG. First novel in English, about refugees from behind the Iron Curtain, written by a much-decorated Czech anti-Nazi fighter and opponent of communism who eventually emigrated to Canada and became a noted journalist and ardent Cold Warrior who slipped very deeply into a reactionary, paranoid well. He opposed liberals, Trudeau (a "crypto-Communist'), and federal social welfare programs including medicare.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48991
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  • YOUNG, Scott
    THE FLOOD
    Edition: First printing

    McClelland & Stewart, 1956. Black cloth. Yellowing and light soiling to page edges, VG+ otherwise. Dust jacket has a bit of wear to ends of lightly darkened spine, short closed tear to and small abrasion to upper inner corner of front panel, old internal tape at spine ends, rear panel has small tears and is lightly dusty, VG otherwise. "An exciting story of man against nature, fighting the flood which brought disaster to Winnipeg in 1950" (Young manned the dykes). First novel for adults by a popular Toronto journalist who was also the father of rocker Neil Young.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48992
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  • ZLÁMAL, Miroslav
    THE PARTISAN CAPTAIN
    Edition: First printing

    Hamilton, Ontario: Circle 8 Printing, 1970. Maroon faux leather. pp 320. Page edges faintly yellowed, else a fine copy. Thin jacket has creased nicks and corner chip to spine ends, small chips to outer corners, VG otherwise. Inscribed by the author. Two page Preface by Stanley Burke. An autobiographical novel about the Slovak uprising against the Nazis in 1944 by a Slovak author and poet who emigrated to Toronto.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48993
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  • ZLÁMAL, Miroslav
    THE PARTISAN CAPTAIN
    Edition: First printing

    Hamilton, Ontario: Circle 8 Printing, 1970. Maroon faux leather. pp 320. VG jacketless copy. Inscribed by the author. Two page Preface by Stanley Burke. An autobiographical novel about the Slovak uprising against the Nazis in 1944 by a Slovak author and poet who emigrated to Toronto.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48994
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  • YOUNG, Phyllis Brett
    UNDINE
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Longmans Canada, 1964. Cloth & boards. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has creases and nicks to spine ends, VG otherwise. A novel of gothic horror and suspense - the spirit of a former wife tries to occupy the body of the second wife. Toronto author's third novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48995
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  • YOUNG, Phyllis Brett
    A QUESTION OF JUDGMENT
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Longmans Canada, 1969. Yellow boards. Page edges lightly yellowed, very nearly fine otherwise in a like jacket. A novel of suspense - a remote cottage, sadism, sexual aberration, and a taut courtroom trial. Toronto author's fourth novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48996
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  • WOODCOCK, George
    WHO KILLED THE BRITISH EMPIRE?: an inquest
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1974. Red boards, endpaper maps, 356 pp. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. Made from UK sheets.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48974
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  • Woodcock, George
    Amor de Cosmos: Journalist and Reformer
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1975. Card covers. pp (x), 177, [4]. Index. Text paper yellowed, as always, mild cover rubbing, VG otherwise, no owner marks. A volume in the Canadian Lives series, not issued in hardcover. The first authoritative biography of this British Columbia politician (n. William Alexander Smith). Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48975
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  • WOODCOCK, George
    CANADA AND THE CANADIANS
    Edition: First paper edition

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1973. Card covers. pp 346 + many photos. Index. VG copy, no owner names. Made from UK sheets.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48976
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  • Woodcock, George
    Taking it to the Letter
    Edition: First printing

    Dunvegan, Ontario: Quadrant, 1981. Card covers. A collection of Woodcock letters. VG unworn copy, no owner names. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48977
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  • WOOD, Ted
    SOMEBODY ELSE'S SUMMER (INSCRIBED FIRST BOOK)
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1973. Yellow boards. Very light yellowing to page edges, else a fine copy. White dust jacket has a faintly yellowed spine, nick and minor soiling to rear panel, VG+ otherwise. Author's first book, a collection of short stories. Inscribed by the author on the title page "To Bob, who always knows the score, Ted Wood". Wood went on to author the Reid Bennett crime novels.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48978
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  • Wiseman, Adele
    Memoirs of a Book-Molesting Childhood and other essays (INSCIBED)
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Oxford University Press. Card covers. pp (202) pp. Index. Page edges yellowed, else fine. Inscribed by the author in 1987. Not issued in hardcover. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48979
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  • York, Thomas
    Desireless: A Novel of New Orleans
    Edition: First printing

    Markham, ON: Viking / Penguin, 1989. Tan and brown boards. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48980
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  • York, Thomas
    Snowman
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1976. Blue boards. Very light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket. Author's first novel and second book. A novel based on the life of John Hornby, set in the Arctic wilderness.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48981
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A selection of our current highlights…