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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…

  • BY PIKE AND DYKE: a tale of the rise of the Dutch Republic by HENTY, G.A.
    HENTY, G.A.
    BY PIKE AND DYKE: a tale of the rise of the Dutch Republic

    London: Blackie, no date. Ca. 1920s? reprint. Blue cloth stamped in orange and black, spine illustration. pp 384 + 4 plates. Yellowing to page edges, creased nick to fore edge of four leaves at rear, else fine, no owner names. Jacket has light soiling to rear panel, else fine. Very nice copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48776
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  • ARMSTRONG, Frederick H.
    HANDBOOK OF UPPER CANADIAN CHRONOLOGY

    Toronto: Dundurn, 1985. Second edition, revised. Octavo, blue boards. pp 278, Bibliography, index. Fine copy. Dust jacket has some sunning, short tear, VG otherwise. A listing of all legislative councillors, and assemblymen, all officials, dates of all parliaments, and judges and court officials. It gives as well, a complete picture of local government: legislation relating to local territorial authorities, lists of counties, districts, cities and townships, and all major officials. The new edition includes the basic population statistics, a completely revised list of the events of the War of 1812 and new lists of the events of the Rebellions of 1837 and the Patriot Raids that followed the next year, tables of the provincial and British statutes relating to the incorporation of businesses, the officers of the major Upper Canadian corporations, a complete list of post office officials and post offices, and a list of provincial surveyors, and the major disasters.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48773
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  • OSCAR THE OSTRICH. By Jerome Schwartz. Illustrations by Mark David by LAWRENCE, Jerome, pseud. (Jerome Schwartz, 1915-2004)
    LAWRENCE, Jerome, pseud. (Jerome Schwartz, 1915-2004)
    OSCAR THE OSTRICH. By Jerome Schwartz. Illustrations by Mark David
    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Random House. Red and black on white illustrated boards. pp (79], unpaged, b&w illustrations. Top 1/8 inch of head of spine worn away; rubbing to foot of spine, bottom edges of covers, and outer corners; endpapers lightly yellowed; small ownership label on front pastedown (Margery LaUrence, 405 Bleeker Street, NY, NY) and ink ownership on front free endpaper (Margery La Wence, Ward-Belmont 1940); VG clean and tight copy otherwise, colours bright. Dust jacket has a large chip to upper inner corner front panel, but as the cover design beneath exactly matches the jacket, it is not as disruptive as it might be; black spine has small chips at tips, some rubbing to folds; flap folds rubbed, partial splits internally mended with archival paper tape; in all, just fair. A children's book about an ostrich by the reknowned and prolific American playwright of stage, screen and radio who often worked in partnership with Robert E. Lee. (Inherit the Wind, Auntie Mame) under his professional name of Jerome Lawrence. This was his only book for children and was his first seperate book. Very scarce, especially without lending library wounds and scars.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 30317
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  • Benhabib, Seyla
    Critique, Norm and Utopia: A Study of the Foundations Critical Theory

    New York: Columbia University Press, c1986. Second printing. Green cloth, pp 455. A fine, jacketless copy, no owner names.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48759
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  • Carman, Bliss
    Letters of Bliss Carman. Edited by E.Pearson Gundy
    Edition: First edition.

    Kingston & Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1981. White cloth. pp (xx), 388. Index, photos. Fine in fine jacket. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48760
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  • TALBOT, Frederick A.
    AEROPLANES AND DIRIGIBLES OF WAR

    McLean, Virginia: IndyPublish, 2001. Blue boards. pp 145. Ink owner name, very nearly fine otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48761
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  • Thomas, Nigel
    The German Army in World War I (1): 1914-15
    Edition: First printing

    Botley, Oxford: Osprey, 2003. Card covers. p 48. Photos, colour illustrations, index. Ink owner name on title page, else fine. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48762
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  • THOMAS, Nigel
    THE GERMAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR I (3)
    Edition: First printing

    Botley, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2004. Card covers. pp 48. Photos, colour illustrations, index. Ink owner name on title page, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48763
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  • THOMAS, Nigel
    THE GERMAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR I (2 )

    Botley, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, c2004. Second printing. Card covers. pp 48. Photos, colour illustrations, index. Ink owner name on title page, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48764
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  • Turner, Alexander
    Vimy Ridge 1917: Byng's Canadians Triumph at Arras
    Edition: First printing

    Botley, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2005. Card covers. pp 96, (2, ads). Photos, colour illustrations and map, index. Ink owner name, else fine. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48765
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  • Thompson, J Lee
    Politicians, the Press, and Propaganda: Lord Northcliffe and the Great War, 1914-1919
    Edition: First printing

    Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1999. Brown cloth. pp 319, index. Ink owner name, soft ripples to text from cold, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48766
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  • Venturi, Franco
    Roots of Revolution: A History of the Populist and Socialist Movements in 19th Century Russia

    London: Phoenix Press, 2001. Card covers. pp (civ), 850, index. Ink owner name, else fine. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48767
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  • WILSON, John
    CB: a life of Sir Heny Campbell-Bannerman
    Edition: First US issue

    New York: St. Martin's Press, 1974. Grey boards. pp 718 + plates; index. Ink owner name, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. Sir Henry was the Liberal Prime Minister 1905-07. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48768
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  • Whitaker, Denis and Shelagh
    Rhineland: The Battle to End the War

    Toronto: Stoddart, 2000. Second edition, with a new Afterword. Black boards. pp 432 + plates; index. Fine copy. Jacket has a crease to rear flap, else fine. Brigadier General Whitaker was there, with the Canadian army.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48769
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  • WARRILOW, Betty, compiler
    "NABOB": THE FIRST CANADIAN - MANNED AIRCRAFT CARRIER
    Edition: First Edition

    Owen Sound, Ontario: Escort Carriers Association, 1989. Blue boards. pp (x), 210. Photos, index. Small owner name label at front, else fine in fine jacket. A lend-lease carrier commissioned in Seattle in 1943, modified to Canadian specs, put to sea in 1943, and torpedoed off Norway's North Cape 22 Aug., 1944. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48770
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  • BURROW, Len and Emile Beaudoin
    UNLUCKY LADY: the life & death of HMCS Athabaskan
    Edition: First printing

    Stittsville, Ontario: Canada's Wings, 1982. Blue cloth, colour endpaper illustration. pp (8), 198. Photos, maps, list of crew. Inscribed with a warm personal message by Burrow. Fine copy in VG jacket. "The story of the Canadian Tribal Class Destroyer, the HMCS Athabaskan. The ship was in service clearing the English Channel before the mainland invasion, and was sunk by torpedo in April 1944. Includes historic photographs and a list of the servicemen on board during her last patrol". The Athabaskan was sister ship to the famed Haida. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48771
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  • JOHNSON, E.A. "Rick", Major
    TRENTON: 50 years of air force

    Trenton, ON: CFB Trenton, 1981. Blue cloth. pp 160. Photos, index. Fine in near fine jacket. Issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian air force base at Trenton, Ontario.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48772
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  • BERTON, Pierre
    THE MYSTERIOUS NORTH
    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Cassell, 1956. Blue cloth, spine lettered in silver. pp (14), 345, [1], (15, index) + photo plates. Covers a little bowed, musty odour, some foxing to late leaves, VG unworn copy otherwise, no owner names. Price-clipped jacket has light foxing to flaps, a nicks and short creased tears, yellowing to rear panel, but VG overall, attractive, colours bright. Berton's third book, published the same year in New York and Toronto. This British edition is scarcer in my experience, the first copy I have had.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48476
    View cart More details Price: USD $45.00 USD $40.50
  • WILSON, Barbara M., editor
    ONTARIO AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918. A Collection of Documents.

    Champlain Society for the Government of Ontario / University of Toronto Press, 1977. Red cloth. (cxx), 201, [3] pp. Photos and reproductions in text. Ink ownership name at front, else fine. Jacket has small chip to lower edge of front panel, else fine. Champlain Society Ontario Series X. "This collection of contemporary documents and photographs presents a vivid picture of the battle on the 'home front' in Ontario during the first world war." - jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48755
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  • VINING, Charles (R.T.L.)
    BIGWIGS: Canadians wise and otherwise. With 37 illustrations by Ivan Glassco
    Edition: First Edition

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1935. Mustard cloth. pp (10), 149. Illustrations in text. Spine a little sunned, light soiling to covers, else a VG unworn jacketless copy. Sketch biographies of E.W. Beatty, R.B. Bennett, Sir Robert Borden, Sir Arthur Currie, Mitch Hepburn, Mackenzie King, Stephen Leacock, Anges Macpahail, J.S. Woodsworth, and many others. The illustrations are interesting and rather good. Ivan Russel Glassco was a cartoonist with the Hamilton Spectator.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48756
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