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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…

  • AMIT, Zalman and E. Ann Sutherland, with Andrew Weiner
    GUIDE TO INTELLIGENT DRINKING

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1977. Tan boards. pp (vi), 269. Index. Review copy with slips laid in (pin holes from removed staples). Light yellowing to endpapers, else fine. Jacket has some spine sunning, creases to rear flap, VG otherwise. A pair of Montreal clinical psychologists offer a program to help problem drinkers become normal drinkers.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52447
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  • THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT or, the conflict between man and alcohol by BLAIR, Henry William
    BLAIR, Henry William
    THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT or, the conflict between man and alcohol

    Boston: William E. Smythe, 1888. Original green decorated cloth stamped in brown and gilt; floral endpapers; pp [2], (v)-(xxiv), 583 + frontispiece portrat with tissue guard + large folding map at front + 4 colour plates + numerous portraits. Index. The folding map marks in red all the watering holes in Manhattan; the colour plates show internal organs diseased by drink. Spine lightly darkened with light rubbing at ends; some marks and darkening to covers; tape stains to endpapers; front inner hinge cracked but still firm; text paper quite tanned as always; in all still a VG copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52446
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  • NACE, Edgar P., M.D.
    THE TREATMENT OF ALCOHOLISM

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Brunner / Mazel, 1987. Black cloth. pp (xx), 284. Index. Covers just a little splayed, with some spotting neatly touched up; small tan spots to endpapers; else a VG unworn copy. Jacket has internal spotting, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52445
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  • AL- ANON FACES ALCOHOLISM
    AL- ANON FACES ALCOHOLISM

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc, 1965. Bit musty odour; small tan spots to endpapers; name clipped from top margin of front free endpaper, half-title, and title leaves; else a VG unworn copy. Dust jacket has a few small tears, spine lightly darkened, internal mildew stains showing only slightly externally; generally VG in appearance otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52444
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  • THE DRUNKARD by THORNE, Guy (pseud. of Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull, 1875-1923)
    THORNE, Guy (pseud. of Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull, 1875-1923)
    THE DRUNKARD

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Sturgis & Walton, 1912. Red cloth stamped in white on front cover, gilt on spine. pp [2], (10), 482, [2]. Light spotting to spine neatly touched up; bit of flaking to the delicate white cover stamping; yellowing to text paper and endpapers; else a VG tight and unworn copy, no owner names. A novel about an alcoholic. (The author should know - Gull was himself a heavy drinker and died at age 48.). Uncommon book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52443
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  • CANADIAN UNITED STATES A.A. DIRECTORY 1989-1990

    New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, 1989. pp viii, 52, [4]. VG copy. Lists Regional Trustees, Delegates and Chairpersons, Central Offices, Intergroup and Answering Services for the USA; the bulk of the book is a list of individual groups and contact persons across Canada. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52442
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  • The rise and fall of prohibition;: The human side of what the Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead Act have done to the United States by Towne, Charles Hanson
    Towne, Charles Hanson
    The rise and fall of prohibition;: The human side of what the Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead Act have done to the United States

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Macmillan, 1923. Black cloth. pp (xii), 220 + 4 good b&w illustrations by noted comid illustrator Peter Newell. Front inner hinge repaired with rice paper tape; yellowing to page edges and endpapers and a bit to text; damp stain to blank lower outer corners throughout; small holes to bottom blank margin of pp 89-94; else a VG unworn copy. In the scarce dust jacket, which has a Newell illustration on the front panel; small chips to spine ends and outer corners; short tears; large chip to outer corner of blank rear panel; internal spotting and soiling; in all, just fair, but spine and front panel show well. A comic critical approach.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52440
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  • KNAPP, Caroline
    DRINKING: a love story

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Dial, 1996. Cloth & boards. Review copy with sheet laid in. Light tan spots to white boards and interior of the jacket, else fine in jacket. A successful journalist tells the story of her alcoholic life. She recovered through a treatment centre and AA. She stayed sober, but died of lung cancer in 2002, age 43.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52439
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  • DRUNKARD'S WARNING: a temperance drama in three acts by TAYLOR, C.W.
    TAYLOR, C.W.
    DRUNKARD'S WARNING: a temperance drama in three acts

    Clyde, Ohio: A.D. Ames, no date, 1856. pp 36, (4, ads). Terra cotta paper covers. Wrappers chipped at edges, large corner chip to rear cover, VG otherwise. Fragile. Ames' Series of Standard and Minor Drama # 185. "First performed at Barnum's Museum, New York, 1856". Ca. turn of the 20th century printing. First ad at rear is for a Spanish-American War drama. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52438
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  • MARTIN, Greg (pseud.)
    SPIRITUS CONTRA SPIRITUM: the struggle of an alcoholic pastor

    Philadelphia: Wetsminster Press, 1977. pp 192, card covers. Spine has been laminated, light cover soiling, else a VG unworn copy, no owner names. The author became an A.A. member. Uncommon book. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52437
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  • WILSON, Lois
    LOIS REMEMBERS: Memoirs of the Co-Founder of Al-Anon and Wife of the Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    New York (Toronto): Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. Cream boards. pp (8), 203 + plates. Index. "First printing" stated. Oct., 1979, ink owner name at front beneath which is something marked out in felt tip pen; page edges lightly yellowed; else fine. Dust jacket has some rubbing; rear panel rippled from damp with a damp stain showing internally to the rear panel and spine but not showing on the book itself; just good. This is the much scarcer Canadian issue printed by T. H. Best in Don Mills, Ontario (a Toronto suburb).

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52436
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  • THE PROHIBITION PLEBISCITE ACT, Province of Ontario, 1893

    Toronto: Warwick Bros. & Rutter, Printers, 1893. pp 13, stitched in salmon paper covers. Corner crease to last leaf, light tide mark to margins of lower outer corners, near fine otherwise. Fragile. A government issued text of the act. An Ontario prohibition plebiscite was held on January 1, 1894, in conjunction with municipal elections under the Prohibition Plebiscite Act, on the legality of alcoholic beverages and the implementation of prohibition. Though the plebiscite passed, the results were non-binding and prohibition would not occur in Ontario until 1916. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52435
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  • AA today: a special publication by the AA Grapevine commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous.

    New York: AA Grapevine, c1960. Second printing, Sept. 1960 (per Bishop). Blue cloth printed in black and white. pp (112). Illustrated. Page edges yellowed; covers a bit splayed; spine a bit darkened; damp stains to covers neatly touched up; bit of wear to outer corners and to upper front joint; externally just good, internally VG, clean & tight.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52434
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  • Rorabaugh, W.J.
    The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition

    Edition: First edition

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1979. Yellow cloth. pp xvi, 302, [2] + plates. Index. Review copy with review sheets laid in. Light foxing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket. History of a drunk United States in the years 1790-1840, when men drank on average nearly a half pint of hard liquor per day.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52433
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  • MEYER, Lewis
    OFF THE SAUCE

    New York: Doubleday, c1967. Orange card covers. pp 166. Book a bit leaned, spine sunned to yellow, sticker scar to front cover, VG otherwise. "A pungent, witty account of one man's fight with booze." "This book is my love song to Alcoholics Anonymous." Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 52432
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  • THE DRUNKS by NEWLOVE, Donald
    NEWLOVE, Donald
    THE DRUNKS

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Saturday Review Press / Dutton, 1974. Grey cloth and red boards. Small tan spot on front free endpaper, light yellowing to page edges, else fine. White dust jacket has a crease to front flap, light yellowing, light sunning to red spine title, VG otherwise, flap price intact. Author's third novel, a sequel to his previous novel LEO AND THEODORE, jazz horn-playing Siamese twins and drunks. A tragicomedy about alcoholism and art, familiar turf for the author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52431
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  • THE LOST WEEKEND by JACKSON, Charles
    JACKSON, Charles
    THE LOST WEEKEND

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: John Lane, 1945. Tan cloth. Light yellowing to page edges, clipped newspaper review by Desmond McCarthy tipped in at rear, spine very lightly darkened, else a fine, jacketless copy. Author's first book, one of the great novels of alcoholism and the basis for the 1945 film classic directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman it won Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Actor and Adapted Screenplay. It also sharred the Grand Prix at the first Cannes Film Festival. This wartime British edition is scarce.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52430
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  • BLACK, Hugh
    THE DREAM OF YOUTH: selected poems

    Phoenix, Arizona: PBSW Supply & Equipment Co., no date, 1898. Light green cloth. pp (63), printed in brown ink and rough textured tan paper. Amateur illustrations by Preston Baumgartner. New Appreciation by the publisher Hilliard T. Brooke. Spine a bit darkened, light darkening and faint spotting to covers; front inner hinge partially cracked but firm; tide mark to fore edge of front and rear free endpaper; VG otherwise. First published in 1898, the book had been an inspiration for Brooke for many years. It is a collection of inspirational religious prose with some poems by famous poets of yore. Brooke was for a time an Arizona state senator. What is interesting to me about this book is that laid…

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    Phoenix, Arizona: PBSW Supply & Equipment Co., no date, 1898. Light green cloth. pp (63), printed in brown ink and rough textured tan paper. Amateur illustrations by Preston Baumgartner. New Appreciation by the publisher Hilliard T. Brooke. Spine a bit darkened, light darkening and faint spotting to covers; front inner hinge partially cracked but firm; tide mark to fore edge of front and rear free endpaper; VG otherwise. First published in 1898, the book had been an inspiration for Brooke for many years. It is a collection of inspirational religious prose with some poems by famous poets of yore. Brooke was for a time an Arizona state senator. What is interesting to me about this book is that laid in is a typed noted on A.A. General Service Headquarters, New York, letterhead. Dated 20 May, 1953 and signed "Marian" (Mallet), Conference Secretary. It was addressed to a person in Toronto and explains that this book was given to all attendees at the 3rd General Service Conference by the delegate from Arizona. However, there weren't enough to go around, so the donor, Hilliard T. Brooke, has sent some more copies to be passed along to those who didn't get one. I don't know if Senator Brooke was an A.A. member, but he would seem to have been at least a fellow traveler.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52429
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  • THE BIG BENDER. With drawings by Oscar Howard by CLAPP, Charles, Jr.
    CLAPP, Charles, Jr.
    THE BIG BENDER. With drawings by Oscar Howard

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Harper, 1938. Variant in dark blue cloth (vs green), spine gilt lettered. First edition and C-N stated on copyright page. pp (x), 171, [3]. Shallow chips across spine ends; rubbing to margins of covers neatly touched up; text paper toned, page edges tanned; glue residue from removed label on front pastedown, browning to rear endpapers; bump to upper outer corner of front cover; in all, just a good tight copy, text clean and unworn. Clapp was a member of the Oxford Group and was under the tutelage of Sam Shoemaker but could not stay sober until he met Bill Wilson, co-fonder of A.A.. He would have been a member of the "Alcoholic squadron" of the Oxford Groups…

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    New York: Harper, 1938. Variant in dark blue cloth (vs green), spine gilt lettered. First edition and C-N stated on copyright page. pp (x), 171, [3]. Shallow chips across spine ends; rubbing to margins of covers neatly touched up; text paper toned, page edges tanned; glue residue from removed label on front pastedown, browning to rear endpapers; bump to upper outer corner of front cover; in all, just a good tight copy, text clean and unworn. Clapp was a member of the Oxford Group and was under the tutelage of Sam Shoemaker but could not stay sober until he met Bill Wilson, co-fonder of A.A.. He would have been a member of the "Alcoholic squadron" of the Oxford Groups and was one of Bill's first "pigeons". Clapp got sober in October, 1935, and was still sober at time of publication. A desirable early Alcoholics Anonymous book, scarce in any condition.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52428
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  • HART, James D.
    THE POPULAR BOOK: a history of America's literary taste

    Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1976. Reprint of the 1950 edition. Red cloth without jacket, as issued. pp (12), 351, [5] + photos. Index. Ex library with rubber stamp and label to verso of title leaf but no other library marks; page edges yellowed; VG clean and unworn copy otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52427
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