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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…

  • DYNES, Robert J.
    THE LEE: British service rifle froom 1888 to 1950

    Bloomfield. ON: Museum Restoration Service, 1979. 24 pp stapled in card covers. VG clean and unworn copy. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48660
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  • Upper Canada Historical Arms Society
    THE MILITARY ARMS OF CANADA

    Bloomfield. ON: Museum Restoration Service, 1976. pp 47 stapled in paper covers. Well illustrated. Yellowing and mild rubbing to spine fold, light yellowing to covers, VG otherwise. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48661
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  • Young, Peter, Brigadier, editor
    Atlas of the Second World War
    Edition: First US issue

    New York: Putnam's, 1974. Green cloth, red endpapers. pp 288; index, many maps, photos. Near fine in near fine price-clipped jacket. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48662
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  • Bennett, Arnold
    The Old Wives' Tale. Introduction and notes by John Wain

    London: Penguin, no date. Yellowing to page edges, VG otherwise, no owner names. 1990s reprint, Penguin Twentieth Century Classics series.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48663
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  • CANADIAN DEFENCE QUARTERLY. Vol. XIII, No. 1, October, 1935

    Ottawa: 1935. Blue card covers. pp 126 + ads + 3 maps on two laid in folding sheets. Small tear to top edge of front cover and to head of spine (neatly repaired), VG clean and unworn otherwise. Includes "The Conquest of the Zone of the Chinese Eastern Railway", "Canadians in Battle", "Blind Flying", and other articles. Small rubber stamp of A.M.J. Hyatt on front cover. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48664
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  • CANADIAN DEFENCE QUARTERLY. Vol. XI, No. 1, October, 1933

    Ottawa: 1933. Blue card covers. pp 126 + ads + 3 maps on two laid in folding sheets. Shallow chip at head of spine, VG clean and unworn otherwise. Includes Small rubber stamp of A.M.J. Hyatt on front cover. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48665
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  • CANADIAN DEFENCE QUARTERLY. Vol. XIII, No. 3, April, 1936

    Ottawa: 1936. Blue card covers. pp 247-348 + photo of George V + ads + map on laid in folding sheet. Front cover has a short tear and several ink squiggles, VG clean and unworn otherwise. Includes Small rubber stamp of A.M.J. Hyatt on front cover. Contains "The Fenian Troubles and Canadian Military Development, 1865-71" by C.P. Stacey, "Italy, Ethiopia, and World Affairs", "John Graves Simcoe, the First Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario" by E.L. Coldwell, and more. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48666
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  • BLATCHFORD, Christie
    FIFTEEN DAYS: stories of bravery, friendship. life and death from inside the new Canadian army

    (Toronto): Anchor Canada, 2008. Card covers. pp 389 + colour plates; index, b&w photos in text. VG+ copy, no owner names. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Afghanistan.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48669
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  • CARR, William Guy
    BY GUESS AND BY GOD: the story of the British submarines in the war
    Edition: First US edition

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1930. Orange cloth. pp 310 + plates. Spine lightly sunned, lightly rubbed; covers has small soil spots, light damp marks; page edges yellowed; rubbing to black top page edges; front free endpaper neatly removed; else a good clean and unworn copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48670
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  • Rothstein, Hy S.
    Afghanistan and the Troubled Future of Unconventional Warfare

    Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2006. Cloth and boards. pp 218; photos, index. Text paper softly rippled from cold, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48671
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  • Merritt, Richard, Nancy Butler, and Michael Power, editors
    The Capital Years: Niagar-on-the-Lake 1792-1796

    Toronto: Dundurn, 1991. Card covers with flaps.pp 258, illustrated, index. Fine copy, no owner names. "Published to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the opening of the first parliament of Upper Canada. Nine scholars have contributed to this book, which explores the daily life of the inhabitants during the time period 1792-1796 when the area served as the capital of Upper Canada....(It) presents a detailed look at how the people of the area lived two hundred years ago. Various aspects of life are explored - from the clothing they wore to the homes they lived in, the transportation networks they used, and the taverns where they spent their leisure time. Other topics covered include the political culture, military life, early town planning, religious beliefs, food and medical understanding."

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48672
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  • Graves, Donald E.
    Merry Hearts Make Light Days: The War of 1812 Journal of Lieutenant John Le Couteur, 104th Foot

    Ottawa: Carlton University Press, 1994. Third printing. Card covers. pp 308; index, illustrated. Near fine, no owner names.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48673
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  • Atwood, Margaret
    THE CIRCLE GAME
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: The simultaneous paper issue. Octavo, white card covers with flaps, cover drawing in red by the author. pp (ii), 80, (4). Title page printed in red and black, repeating Atwood's spiral cover drawing. Spine, page edges, and margins of covers a bit tanned, especially the rear cover which has a tanned margin of one inch at top and about half an inch at the fore margin; else fine. With the extensive pencil notes in text margins in his small hand, his ink name at front, and laid in sheet of notes, of James Cascallen. James Andrew Carscallen (1934-2016), studied under Northrop Frye for his PhD and was a Victoria University professor 1965-1996. He helped Atwood with some of her early manuscripts and she regarded him as a friend. Atwood took her undergraduate degree from Vic. There were 200 copies of the paper issue and 50 of the hardcover issue. This, Atwood's first major poetry collection, won the Governor-General's Award for Poetry in 1966. It was the only Contact Press book to win a GG (Contact Press was the most important English language publisher of modernist poetry in Canada in its time). Scarce on the market these days. A good association copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 46444
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  • Willett, T. C.
    Canada's Militia : A Heritage at Risk

    Ottawa: Conference of Defence Associations Institute, 1990. Card covers. pp xviii, 269; index. Covers have soft creases, mild rubbing; VG.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48659
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  • ELLIS, H.R.S. (Tim)
    THIS HUSSAR REMEMBERS

    No place (Canada) (New Brunswick?): Author, no date (1990). Yellow card covers. pp (4), 70, [2] + plates. A little leaned, very light cover soiling, front cover a bit curled, VG unworn copy otherwise. Author was a member of the 8th Canadian Hussars 1941-45. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48654
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  • Halberstadt, Hans
    Trigger Men: Shadow Team, Spider-Man, the Magnificent Bastards, and the American Combat Sniper
    Edition: First printing

    New York: St. Martin's Press, 2008. Green boards. pp 277 + colour photo plates. Small corner bump, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48655
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  • Blackburn, George
    Where the Hell Are the Guns?: A Soldier's View of the Anxious Years, 1939-44
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1997. Pale green boards, endpaper maps. pp 439 + plates; index. Ink gift inscription, else fine in fine jacket. "In 'Where the Hell Are the Guns?' author George Blackburn returns to the early years of the Second World War. This volume - which completes Blackburn's award-winning trilogy, extending its coverage to the entire war - brings wartime Canada and England to life in captivating, often comic, detail. With the skill of a novelist and the instincts of a seasoned reporter, this gifted storyteller traces the evolution of Canada's 4th Field Regiment from a motley assortment of ill-equipped recruits to the cream of the Allied artillery, more than ready to distinguish itself in the maelstrom of the battle for Normandy."

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48656
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  • Bradford, Ernle
    Knights of the Order; St.John, Jerusalem, Rhodes, Malta
    Edition: First printing

    New York: Dorset Books, 1991. Cloth & boards. pp 245; index. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. History of the Knights of St. John.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48657
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  • Parkinson, Roger
    Tormented warrior: Ludendorff and the Supreme Command
    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Stein and Day, 1979. Cloth & boards. pp 248 + plates; index. Blind-stamped owner name at front, else a fine copy. Jacket has small creased tears to rear panel, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48658
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  • Smith, Kenneth B.
    "Duffy's Regiment": A History of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Dundurn, 1987. Card covers. pp 222 + plates. VG clean and unworn copy, no owner names. Story of Angus Duffy, Regimental Sergeant-Major during WWII, commanding officer 1958-62, and Honorary Colonel 1976-81.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48642
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A selection of our current highlights…