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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…

  • ANDRZEJEWSKI, B.W. and I.M. Lewis
    SOMALI POETRY: an introduction
    Edition: First printing

    Oxford University Press (Clarendon Press), 1964. Black cloth. pp (x), (168). A few facsimiles of original Arabic texts at rear. Small Xmas, 1965, ink gift inscription at front; musty odour but no signs of damp; else a fine, jacketless copy. "This book endeavours to give the English reader some conception of the richness of Somali poetry.We have been at pains also to include in our collection a number of religious poems which illuminate the Muslim basis of Somali life. Unlike the other poems in this collection these are not only orally recorded but are also preserved in Arabic; an Arabic, we may add, which as the Arabist will see contains some local colloquialisms and sometimes words of Somali origin." Includes English translations. Laid in is a three page carbon of "Lecture for Geol. Club, to be held on 7/5/1974". Folded twice. Also laid in is a ANS from "Theo" presenting the book to his mother.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49102
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  • MacLeod, Jack
    Zinger and Me
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1979. Red boards. Fine in very nearly fine jacket. Inscribed by the author "To ____, who helped me enormously on a hectic day, with gratitude & warm affection, Jack MacLeod, 25 May '79". Also signed on the title page. A comic epistolary novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49106
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  • McLEOD, Jack
    GOING GRAND (inscribed to John Newlove)
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McCelland and Stewart, 1982. Brown and cream boards. Text paper a little toned, as always, else fine in fine jacket. Inscribed to fellow Saskatchewan writer and important Canadian poet John Newlove "25 Feb '82. For John Newlove, who helped me in the early days when I knew only about footnotes, with admiration and gratitude & love. J.T." Additionally, signed on the title page. J. T. McLaughlin is a Professor of Economics and a character in MacLeod's novels. MacLeod was himself a Professor of Political Science, with his B.A. and M.A.s in Economics. Ink ownership name at front of Canadian author John Metcalf, who came into possession of Newlove's books.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49107
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  • McLEOD, Jack
    GOING GRAND (inscribed)
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McCelland and Stewart, 1982. Brown and cream boards. Text paper a little toned, as always; bumped at lower inner corner of front cover; red ink price on front free endpaper; VG otherwise. Jacket has nicks, short tears, minor rubbing, price-clip; about VG. Inscribed by the author "For ___, with gratitude and all Best Wishes. Jack MacLeod". Additionally signed on the title page.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49108
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  • CANADA: THE FOUNDATIONS OF ITS FUTURE. Illustrated by Canadian Artists (deluxe issue signed) by LEACOCK, Stephen
    LEACOCK, Stephen
    CANADA: THE FOUNDATIONS OF ITS FUTURE. Illustrated by Canadian Artists (deluxe issue signed)
    Edition: First printing

    Privately Printed (House of Seagram), 1941. The deluxe issue. Red bevel edge padded leather gilt lettered with colour label (arms of Canada) at centre of front cover, all edges gilt, gilt inner dentelles, bound-in ribbon marker. pp xxxi, (265) + 10 colour plates with captioned tissue guards; 21 b&w illustrations and 9 vingnette colour maps in text, b&w illustrated endpapers. A fine copy. Signed by Leacock at the end of his Foreword (p xxx). Spadoni A92a. Illustrations by James Crockart, Charles W. Jefferys, Ernet Neumann, H.R. Perrigard, W.J. Phillips, Stanley Royce, A. Sherriff Scott, T.M. Schintz, and F.H. Varley. Uncredited Introduction by A.M. Klein. There were 300 - 400 copies "in all likelihood" (Spadoni) of this deluxe issue, out of about 8 k copies of the first printing. The books was reprinted 11 more times without so indicating. The trade edition (in two shades of blue cloth) was given away free to anyone who asked by the Montreal liquor giant Distillers Corporation - Seagrams Ltd. By 1967, 165 k copies had been distributed, accounting for its extraordinary commonness today. However, this deluxe edition has never been very common in the trade. Some copies were additionally signed and often inscribed by Seagram's President Samuel Bronfman. A nice copy of a nice book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49095
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  • AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS by O'BRIEN, Flann (pseud. of Brian O'Nolan, 1911-66)
    O'BRIEN, Flann (pseud. of Brian O'Nolan, 1911-66)
    AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Pantheon, (1939) (1951). Black cloth spine and yellow boards, spine lettered in yellow. 1954 ink owner name at front, else fine, no soiling or rubbing to the yellow boards. Yellow dust jacket has corner nicks at ends of very lightly darkened spine; panels only faintly dusty; three small tan spots to read panel; front panel has something written lightly in Irish in a miniscule hand beneath the author name, scarcely noticeable; light darkening to flap folds; VG+ otherwise, flap price intact. Quite a nice copy of an edition that usually isn't. First published London: Longmans, Green, 1939, it was a commercial failure and a victim of the war, selling around 240 copies in the first binding of black cloth before the publisher's warehouse was reportedly hit by bombing in 1940. Some sheets survived and were reissued by Longmans in grey cloth. This American edition states "First published in 1939" on verso of title, leading many sellers to erroneously date it 1939. This edition didn't sell well either. The Irish author's first and best novel, a comic masterpiece and a Burgess 99 title.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49096
    View cart More details Price: USD $395.00 USD $355.50
  • ROY, Gabrielle
    ENCHANTED SUMMER. Translated from the French by Joyce Marshall
    Edition: First edition in English

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1976. Beige boards. pp (127). Fine copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has a small light brown spot to front panel, else fine, flap price intact.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49097
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  • LEVINE, Norman
    WHY DO YOU LIVE SO FAR AWAY?
    Edition: First printing.

    Ottawa: Deneau, no date (1984). Glossy card covers (not issued in hardcover). Spine Sunned, else fine. Inscribed by the author "For___, with good wishes, Norman, April 7 / 1989, Toronto". A novella and six short stories by a neglected Canadian master. Not issued in hardcover. Note: light parcel, and default shipping rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover.
    Book ID: 49099
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  • Just looking, thank you: An amused observer's view of Canadian lifestyles by Marchand, Philip
    Marchand, Philip
    Just looking, thank you: An amused observer's view of Canadian lifestyles
    Edition: First printing

    Macmillan of Canada, 1976. Reddish boards. pp xvi, 208. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a bit of wear at foot of spine, nick to one outer corner, VG+ otherwise. Inscribed by the author to noted Canadian author Constance Beresford-Howe. A collection of essays by a former books columnist for the Toronto Star.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49094
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  • International Evangelical and Colportage Mission of Algoma and the North West
    A Collection of Gospel hymns in Ojibway and English. Second edition

    Sarnia, Ontario: Printed at the office of "The Sarnia Canadian", 1899. 12.4 cm, pp 80, stapled in pale grey card covers. Soft creases to outer corners of front cover and early leaves; blind stamp to title leaf; staples rusty; else a VG+ clean and unworn copy. Text in Ojibwa (Chippewa) and English, on opposite pages. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48829
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  • ROY, Katherine
    LISE
    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Peter Davies, 1954. Green cloth. Front cover bowed, light yellowing to page edges and endpapers, else fine Price-clipped jacket has a short creased tear to rear panel, a few nicks, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48847
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  • MISTRY, Rohinton
    PASSAGES
    Edition: First printing

    Magnum Book Store, 1991. Quarto. 12 leaves printed on rectos only, stapled in blue card covers. Total edition of only 30 copies, of which 26 were numbered and signed. This is #3, signed by the author. Fine copy. Magnum Readings 8, a series managed by John Metcalf in aid of this Ottawa book shop. The author's rarest book.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49087
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  • METCALF, John
    FREEDOM FROM CULTURE
    Edition: First of this edition

    Vancouver: Fraser Institute. pp 24 (including covers), stapled in light blue paper covers. Fine copy. Special issue, Jan., 1988, of the Fraser Forum. Edition of around 3.5 k copies or more. Two page Introduction by Walter Block. Issued concurrently with the William Hoffer edition, but with its own Intro. An essential essay on the truth about modern Canadian literature, how state subsidy of literature has mostly failed to create an audience, or to be able to distinguish between crap and literature. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49088
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  • METCALF, John
    FREEDOM FROM CULTURE
    Edition: First printing.

    Vancouver: Tanks (William Hoffer), 1987. pp (2)-(21), stapled, in cream card covers. Fine copy. Edition of 1000 copies. An essential essay on the truth about modern Canadian literature, how state subsidy of literature has utterly failed to create an audience, or to distinguish between crap and literature. This is one for the ages. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49089
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  • METCALF, John
    FREEDOM FROM CULTURE

    Vancouver: Tanks (William Hoffer), c1987 (1988). Second edition, corrected and enlarged, adding a two page Preface by William Hoffer. pp (23), stapled, in white paper covers. Fine copy. An essential essay on the truth about modern Canadian literature, how state subsidy of literature has utterly failed to create an audience, or to distinguish between crap and literature. This is one for the ages. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49090
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  • SOLECKI, Sam; John Metcalf, and W.J. Keith
    VOLLEYS: critical directions
    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1990. pp 91, glossy card covers. Spine sunned, else fine. Signed by John Metcalf, the author of one of the essays and the subject of the other two. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49091
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  • Metcal, John
    Adult entertainment: short fiction
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1986. Green boards. pp 201. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket. Very readable short stories with a comic edge by a master of the form.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49092
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  • METCALF, John
    GOING DOWN SLOW
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1972. Grey boards. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Thin first state jacket has small chips to ends of lightly yellowed spine; a patch of yellowing to inner margin of front panel; yellowing to flap folds; VG otherwise. A very amusing first novel about teaching in a Montreal school, by this delightful and important Canadian author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49093
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  • MacLENNAN, Hugh
    SEVEN RIVERS OF CANADA...

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1963. Second printing. Green and blue printed boards. Yellowing to page edges, light yellowing to spine, else fine. Supplied dust jacket (from a 1961 first printing) has light spine yellowing, else fine. With ink ownership signature of "Timothy Findlay, Cannington". The Mackenzie, the St. Lawrence, the Ottawa, the Red, the Saskatchewan, the Fraser, the St. John.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49081
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  • SEVEN RIVERS OF CANADA... by MacLENNAN, Hugh
    MacLENNAN, Hugh
    SEVEN RIVERS OF CANADA...
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1961. Green and blue printed boards. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing to top edge of rear panel, faint yellowing to white spine lettering, else fine. With ink ownership signature of author John Metcalf. The Mackenzie, the St. Lawrence, the Ottawa, the Red, the Saskatchewan, the Fraser, the St. John.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49082
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