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STEVEN TEMPLE BOOKS IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND IS SHIPPING TO EVERYWHERE IT IS ALLOWED.

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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…

  • REGESTER, Seeley
    THE DEAD LETTER. With a New Introduction by Michele Slung.

    Edition: First of this edition

    Boston: Gregg Press, 1979. Dark blue cloth, marble patterned endpapers. Fine copy. Jacket a bit rippled (not from damp), else fine. "THE DEAD LETTER is the first American detective novel written by a woman. It appeared in magazine form in 1866 and book form one year later....But THE DEAD LETTER has importance beyond its history: it is a transcendent literary achievement, a throroughly believable and gripping novel." - jacket. Text is a facsimile reprint of the NY, 1867, first book edition.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52565
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  • HANSEN, Joseph (Rose Brock)
    LONGLEAF. By Rose Brock (pseud.)

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Harrap, 1974. Brown boards. Small ding to lower edge of front cover and small bruises to lower outer corners; light foxing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has nicks to head of spine, else fine, flap price intact. The first of his two gothic romance novels, set in Tennessee. In Hubin. Hansen, a prolific openly gay Amercan writer, notably penned the Dave Brandsetter crime novels (Brandsetter was also gay). Scarce.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 52564
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  • ATWOOD, Margaret
    LADY ORACLE

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1976. Pinkish cloth, black endpapers. Very light yellowing to page edges, else a fine copy. Black dust jacket has edge nicks and some rubbing, VG otherwise, Her third novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52562
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  • Atwood, Margaret
    GOOD BONES

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Harbourfront Reading Series Chap Books, 1992. 16mo, [8] pp, stapled, in glossy illustrated card covers printed in red & blue. A fine copy. Issued in an edition of 500 copies, of which 150 were signed and numbered and 50 were h.c., this is #52 of 150 copies SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR (from the publisher's library). An extract from "Old Bones", with cover illustration by Oksana Ruczenczyn, and the first of these fund-raiser chapbooks from the Harbourfront Reading Series. A poem. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52561
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  • CHAPIN, Gardner B.
    TALES OF THE ST. LAWRENCE

    University of Toronto Press, 1978. Facsimile reprint of the Montreal, 1874, original. Black cloth without jacket, as issued. Small number of copies printed.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52560
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  • SCOTT, Duncan Campbell
    VIA BOREALIS. With Decorations by A.H. Howard, R.C.A.

    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: William Tyrrell, 1906. pp (10), 21, string tied, in green pictorial card covers with green cloth backstrip, fore edges rough trimmed. Narrow band of darkening to lower inner edge of front cover, two small blue dots on first (blank) page, else fine. Contains seven poems by this important Canadian poet written during a canoe trip in Northern Ontario, and with cover and numerous vignette llustrations by an important Canadian illustrator of the time. A handsome little book, one of my favourites of all Canadian poetry books of the period. Scarce. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52557
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  • LEACOCK, Stephen
    OVER THE FOOTLIGHTS

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: S.B. Gundy, 1923. Red cloth. pp (vi), 285. Yellowing and foxing to page edges and endpapers; all of gilt spine lettering flaked away; VG otherwise.Supplied dust jacket has large chips to spine ends; small chips and tears; yellowing to spine and rear panel; thus only fair, but front panel (art by John Held, Jr.) shows well. Uncommon in jacket. Spadoni A39b.1.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52556
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  • LEACOCK, Stephen
    OVER THE FOOTLIGHTS

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: S.B. Gundy, 1923. Red cloth gilt lettered on spine, front cover lettered in blind. pp (vi), 285. Yellowing and spotting to endpapers, page edges yellowed, and a bit foxed, flaking to "Over" on spine, nice and bright otherwise. Dust jacket lacks top 2 cm of spine; a few small chips, rubbing to front flap fold, whiite spine and rear panel lightly soiled; VG otherwise, front panel (art by John Held, Jr.) shows well. Uncommon in jacket. Spadoni A39b.1.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52555
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  • SHATTUCK, Roger
    THE BANQUET YEARS: the origin of the avant-garde in France 1885 to World War I

    New York: Vintage, 1968. Second edition, revised (first was in 1958). pp 399 + b&w photos. Ink owner name at front, else fine. Updates some biographical information, makes some minor corrections, and adds a new author Foreword, otherwise textually the same as the original edition.

    Condition: Binding: Mass Market Paperback

    Book ID: 52553
    View cart More details Price: USD $9.95 USD $8.96
  • SYMONS, Julian
    THE PLAYERS AND THE GAME

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Harper & Row, 1972. Cloth & boards. Fine copy. VG price-clipped jacket has slight spine sunning, light soiling to rear panel. Inspired by the Moor Murders and the American Lonely Heart Murders. "This may be Julian Simons' masterpiece. It is a brilliant combination of psychological and police-procedural elements, with pure horror at its core." - Ross MacDonald. I read iit myself. Pretty good. Savagely disects English suburban climbers.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52552
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  • CROZIER, Lorna, and Patrick Lane, editors
    ADDICTED: notes from the belly of the beast

    Edition: First printing

    Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2001. pp xii, 192, [2]. Card covers. Price sticker on rear cover, else fine. Good writing on alcohol and drugs by David Adams Richards, Pat Lane, John Newlove, and Stephen Reid. Also Evelyn Lau, Lois Simmie, Lorna Crozier, Marnie Woodrow, Peter Gaowski, and Sheri-D Wilson.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52551
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  • CATULLUS, Caius Valerius (Grant Allen)
    THE ATTIS OF CAIUS VALERIUS CATULLUS, translated into English verse, with dissertations on the myth of Attis, on the origin of tree-worship, and the Gallambic metre, by Grant Allen...

    Edition: First Edition

    London: David Nutt, 1892. Plain white card covers endpapers and with cream printed Japanese vellum wrapper with folded flaps to upper and outer edges, fore and bottom page edges rough trimmed. pp xvi (Introduction), 154, (2, ads). Edition of 550 copies, of which 500 were for sale. Bibliothèque de Carabas, vol. VI. Covers yellowed and lightly soiled; spine darkened and a little rubbed; page edges tanned; text paper lightly toned; VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52205
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  • BENNETT, Mary
    THE CANADIAN GIRL; or, the pirate of the lakes

    London: W. Nicholson & Sons, no date. Late printing ca 1880s? (first ed was in 1838). Dark blue cloth gilt lettered, fleur-de-lis within diamond bliind decoration to front cover and spine. Cream endpapers. pp 416. Spine lightly darkened with gilt lettering just a little dulled; free endapers brown from binding offset; text paper a bit toned; else a VG clean and unworn copy, no owner marks. UK author, a novel set in Upper Canada.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51600
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  • Green-Armytage, Robert N. Sir, editor
    THE BOOK OF MARTIN HARVEY: with the true story of "The Only Way" and other matters .Foreword by R. B. Cunningham Graham . Compliled and Edited by R. N. G.-A

    Edition: First printing

    London: Henry Walker, no date (1930). Green cloth gilt lettered. pp xvi, 176 + colour frontispiece with tissue guard and numeroous b&w plates. Spine lightly sunned; 1931 ink owner name at front; yellowing to page edges, tissue guard, and endpapers; musty odour; VG clean and unworn otherwise. The dust jacket was clipped and in pieces; we have put it back together and it doesn't look too bad.. Some tape stains, some loss to spine ends. Also laid in is a 12 page booklet with colour illustrations "Some of the Stage Productions of Sir John Martin-Harvey". Also a five stanza typed original verse by the former owner of the book, Florence E. Rice of Winnipeg, Manitoba, titled "Sir John Martin-Harvey" and dated 17 April, 1926. 1.3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 52549
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  • MILLS, G.D.
    ROOF FRAMING AND POLYGON MITERS

    Edition: First printing

    Saint John, New Brunswick: (Author) J. & A. McMillan, printers), 1920. Green cloth printed in black. pp (vi), 39, [3], vii (Appendix). Illustrated. Ink gift inscription on front free endpaper crossed out in blue, VG clean and unworn copy otherwise. A scarce Canadian technical book.Viola locates only ebook editions. Author was a member of Local 1698. Moncton.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 52548
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  • HARRIS, Thomas
    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

    Edition: First printing

    New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988. Cloth & boards. Very light damp stains to fore edges (no penetration into text margins), else fine in fine jacket, flap price intact. Hannibal Lecter at his gruesome best duels with Clarice Starling, novice FBI agent. Basis of the memorable film starring Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins. A well-written chiller and already a classic of the kind. 1.1 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52547
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  • REED, Walt
    GREAT AMERICAN ILLUSTRATORS

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Crown, 1979. Dark blue boards. pp 105. Full page reproductions in colour and black & white. Fine copy. Dust jacket is curled and torn, now in plastic. With black ink sketch of a head front and rear by Canadian artists Michael; Close. Samples the work of 50 American illustrators of popular magazines from the earlier part of the 20th century. Capsule biographies, many for littlle-known artists. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52546
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  • MINKOFF, George Robert
    A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE BLACK SUN PRESS. With an introduction by Caresse Crosby

    Edition: First printing

    Great Neck, NY: Author, 1979. Black cloth. pp (14), (61). Fine copy. Not issued in jacket. Edition of 1250 copies.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52545
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  • Hamilton, Charles F.
    Roycroft collectibles: Including collector items related to Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft shops

    Edition: First printing

    San Diego and New York: A. S. Barnes, 1980. Brown cloth. pp 128 + plates (some in colour). Small sticker shadow inside front cover, light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52544
    View cart More details Price: USD $29.95 USD $26.96
  • Sitwell, Sacheverell and Wilfred Blunt
    Great flower books, 1700-1900: a bibliographical record of two centuries of finely illustrated flower books

    Edition: First of this edition

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1990. Black cloth. pp (xii), 189, [3]. 52 colour plates. Index. Fine in fine jacket. "The Blibliography Edited by Patrick W. Synge and compiled byW.T. Stearn, Sabine Wilson and Handasyde Buchanan, with a Foreword by S. Dillon Ripley". First published in 1956, this new edition is slightly expanded. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52543
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