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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…

  • HUMPHREY, Frances A., Mrs
    QUEEN VICTORIA AT HOME

    Edition: First edition

    Green cloth backstrip, chromolitho illustrated boards front cover, ads on rear cover. pp 47. 36 b&w illustrations and photos, Rubbing to edges of boards; inner hinges neatly repaired with rice paper; small soil spots in text; Dublin, 1886, ink prize inscription at front; cheap text paper toned; generally VG otherwise, fragile book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50562
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  • "ONLY A LITTLE PRIMROSE." Illustrated by Walter Crane by MACKARNESS, Mrs. (Matilda Anne Planché Mackarness) (Walter Crane)
    MACKARNESS, Mrs. (Matilda Anne Planché Mackarness) (Walter Crane)
    "ONLY A LITTLE PRIMROSE." Illustrated by Walter Crane

    Pale blue decorated boards stamped in blind and black, colour pictorial label on front cover. pp 47 including a colour frontispiece. Spine and margins of front cover sunned to tan; minor soiling to rear coiver; front free endpaper has a Christmas, 1885, ink gift inscription and a short narrow abrasion and 1.5 inch split to upper inner corner, with a soil spot to that corner of frontispiece and title page; else a VG clean and unworn copy, nice. First published {1874], a volume in the "Sweet Flowers" series. 15 titles are listed, the 12th first published 1874. I don't find publication records for all of them, nor anything later than 1874. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50560
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  • ALL ABOUT HANSEL AND GRETHEL. Illustrations by John Gruelle
    ALL ABOUT HANSEL AND GRETHEL. Illustrations by John Gruelle

    Edition: First edition

    Light brown decorated boards stamped in black with heart-shaped colour illustated label. pp 48 + 8 colour plates. Numerous line drawings. Just a little leaned, minor wear to spine ends, minor soiling to covers; clean and unworn VG+ copy otherwise of this charming little edition illustrated by Johnny Gruelle (Raggedy Ann creator). Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50559
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  • SHOLOKHOV, Mikhail
    HARVEST ON THE DON. A Sequel to VIRGIN SOIL UPTURNED. Translated from the Russian by H.C. Stevens.

    Edition: First UK printing

    Black boards. Fine copy. White spine of jacket lightly yellowed, else fine, flap price intact.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50558
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  • SATOW, Ernest, Sir
    A DIPLOMAT IN JAPAN

    pp (6), 472. Illustrations, glossary, index. Ink owner name at front, else fine. Originally published London, 1921. "The inner history of the criticial years in the evolution of Japan when the ports were opened and the monarchy restored, recorded by a diplomatist who took and active part in the events of the time, with an account of his personal experiences during that period."

    Condition: Binding: Trade Paperback

    Book ID: 50557
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  • THE STORY OF A FIERCE BAD RABBIT by POTTER, Beatrix
    POTTER, Beatrix
    THE STORY OF A FIERCE BAD RABBIT

    Edition: First printing

    Oblong 16mo, 9.5 x 11.5 cm, wallet format. Light green illustrated cloth stamped in black and silver, small colour pictorial label on front cover. First state with "Frederick Warne & Co. London & New York on rear cover. Internal illustrated title page and copyright page printed on patterened lavendar paper. 14 colour illustrations with facing text all mounted on pale green linen as issued and folded accordian style. Small 1953 ink gift inscription on copyright page, with partial split to paper joint; light rubbing to folds of panels with creases to one caption panel; front cover a little darkened with slight rubbing to the silver highlighted tab and slight wear to lower edge of slot with loss of first "t"…

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    Oblong 16mo, 9.5 x 11.5 cm, wallet format. Light green illustrated cloth stamped in black and silver, small colour pictorial label on front cover. First state with "Frederick Warne & Co. London & New York on rear cover. Internal illustrated title page and copyright page printed on patterened lavendar paper. 14 colour illustrations with facing text all mounted on pale green linen as issued and folded accordian style. Small 1953 ink gift inscription on copyright page, with partial split to paper joint; light rubbing to folds of panels with creases to one caption panel; front cover a little darkened with slight rubbing to the silver highlighted tab and slight wear to lower edge of slot with loss of first "t" in "Potter"; light rubbing to folds; short cloth tears to one end of upper and lower edge neatly mended; else a VG copy of this scarce and fragile book. Potter originally planned three of these wallet-sized books for the Christmas, 1906, market, but only the present title and The Story of Miss Moppet were published owing to the booksellers' opposition to stocking them because they were so easily damaged and were a pain to refold after little hands had been at them. Potter wrote the story at the urging of her niece who thought that Peter was too goody-goody and she wanted to hear about a naughty rabbit. Both the wallet title were reissued in regular book form in 1916.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50556
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  • MANN, Golo (Thomas Mann)
    THOMAS MANN: erinnerungen an meinen Vater. Thomas Mann in Ubersetzungen Bibliographie

    pp (64), including a frontispiece portrait. Plain card covers with attached jacket. Small bumps to outer corners, bit of fading to rear cover, ink notation to last page, VG otherwise. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50554
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  • PEAVY, Charles D.
    LARRY McMURTRY

    Edition: First printing

    Blue cloth without jacket, as issued. pp 144. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50553
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  • ADLER, Betty, with Jane Wilheim
    H.L.M. : the Mencken bibliography. With the supplement

    Edition: First printing

    Blue cloth. pp (xiv), 367, [3] + plates. Index. Fine copy. Jacket has a bit of wear to spine ends, VG otherwise. With THE MENCKEN BIBLIOGRAPHY: a ten-year supplement 1962-1971. Compiled by Betty Adler. Octavo, pp (x), 84, [2]. index, stapled in card covers. Creases to front cover, VG.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50552
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  • BASON, Frederick T.
    A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WRITINGS OF WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM

    Edition: First printing

    Red cloth. pp (80). #764 of an edition of 950 copies of the ordinary issue. Generically inscribed by the author. Spine and red top page edges a bit sunned, small soil spot to front cover, VG otherwise. A bit premature as WSM continued to published for another 30 years, but Bason was enthusiastic. Contains a Preface by Maugham.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50551
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  • ADAMS, Laura
    NORMAN MAILER: a comprehensive bibliography

    Brown cloth without jacket, as issued. pp 131. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50550
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  • Saskatchewan. Dept. of Municipal Affairs. Economic and Technical Committee on Transportation & Freight Rates.
    An historical analysis of the Crow's Nest Pass agreement and grain rates : a study in national transportation policy : a submission of the Province of Saskatchewan to the Royal Commission on Transportation, 1960.

    pp 58, [6]. stapled in light green card covers. Small corner chip to front cover; some creasing; ink name inside cover; good. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50549
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  • GOLDMAN, Sherli Evans
    MARY McCARTHY: a bibliography

    Edition: First printing

    Pale grey cloth. pp (x), (80, [4]. Fine copy. Dust jacket has chips at foot of spine, VG otherwise. A descriptive bibliography of books by, books with contributions, periodical appearances, translations, and more. Index.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50548
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  • LYLES, William H., compiler
    DELL PAPERBACKS, 1942 to mid-1962: a catalog-index

    Edition: First printing

    Red cloth. pp (xxxviii), (473). Ink ownership signature of noted Canadian poet John Newlove; binding a little skewed; else fine without jacket, as issued. Very detailed checklist, including print runs when known.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50547
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  • DAVIS, Kenneth C.
    TWO-BIT CULTURE: the paperbacking of America

    Edition: First printing

    The paper issue. pp 430, illustrations, index. VG clean and unworn copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50546
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  • ADLER, Betty, compiler (H.L. Mencken)
    A DESCRIPTIVE LIST OF H.L. MENCKEN COLLECTIONS IN THE U.S.

    pp [12], stapled in green card covers. Upper outer corners softly bruised, curled, VG otherwise. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50545
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  • NEW, William H. (Malcolm Lowry)
    MALCOLM LOWRY: a reference guide

    Edition: First printing

    Maroon cloth without jacket, as issued. pp (xxx), 162. Index. Small bump to lower outer corners of covers, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50543
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  • MONAGHAN, James, compiler
    LINCOLN BIBLIOGRAPHY 1839-1939. Volume I and II.

    Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, Volumes XXXI and XXXII, Bibliographical Series Volumes IV and V). Two volumes, slate blue cloth without dust jackets, as issued. pp xlvi, 519 and xii, 560 + plates; index. Spine of Vol. II sunned, gilt faint, as usual; else a fine pair. Still the standard bibliography, describing over 4000 iterms. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50542
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  • COOKE, George Willis
    A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL

    Facsimile reprint of the 1906 original. Maroon cloth without jacket, as issued. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50541
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  • CLEMENTS, Marshall (Michael McClure)
    A CATALOG OF WORKS BY MICHAEL McCLURE 1956-65

    Edition: First printing

    pp (viii), 36, [2]. stapled in beige card covers. Fine copy. A descriptive bibliography. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50540
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