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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…

  • Second Annual St. Jacob's Oil Family Calendar 1884-5 and Book of Health & Humour for the Million by St. Jacob's Oil
    St. Jacob's Oil
    Second Annual St. Jacob's Oil Family Calendar 1884-5 and Book of Health & Humour for the Million

    Colour illustrated paper covers. pp 32 pp. Illustrated. Small chip to lower front cover with loss of "R" in Baltimore; a few other small edge chips; small chip to upper outer corner of front cover and first two leaves, very small corner crease to following few leaves; light pencil inscription to upper margin of front cover; small puncture to upper inner corner throughout where it was once hung by a string; VG clean copy otherwise. This almanac was compliments of T.R. Bjorngaard of Red Wing, Minnesota. Iniside rear cover reproduces a certificate of award from the New Zealand International Exhibition, Christchurch, 1882. St. Jacob's oil was alleged to alleviate backache, headache, rheumitism, and no doubt more. Promoted as produced from a recipe of monks in the Black Forest of Germany. One of the more popular snake oils of the day, it contained 2% Aconite (monkshood, a poisonous root) in a tincture of alcohol, ether and turpentine, and was sold as an "anti-neuralgic". Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49348
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  • Fraser, Keath
    Taking Cover: stories
    Edition: First printing

    Black cloth. Creased bump to upper outer corners of covers, else fine. Jacket has a soft crease to mid front flap fold, else fine. Vancouver author's first book. Reportedly, there were only 100 copies in hardcover.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49349
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  • FRASER, D.M.
    CLASS WARFARE: selected fiction
    Edition: First printing

    White card covers lightly dusty, else fine. pp (160). Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49350
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  • FRASER, D.M.
    CLASS WARFARE: selected fiction

    Second edition, first in hardcover. Black leather grained cloth. pp (173), [3]. Adds a new author note at rear. First edition (paper only) was in 1974. Compliments of the Canada Council label at front, else a fine copy. Jacket has some rubbing, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49351
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  • FREEDMAN, Frank
    THIS SIDE OF HOLMAN'S HILL
    Edition: First printing

    Blue boards. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Thin generously price-clipped jacket has a thumbnail-size chip to upper outer corner of front panel, smaller chip and short tear to rear panel, good. Toronto author's first and only novel, a story about being in hospitals for extended periods - autobiographical. Watters p 293.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49352
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  • LAYTON, Irving
    THE GUCCI BAG (95/100 signed)
    Edition: First printing

    Total edition of 429 copies, this is # 95 of 100 copies specially bound and SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Rough blue cloth with long orange spine label, orange and blue decorated endpapers, without jacket, as issued. Fine copy. In his five page Foreword which begins with taking Jack the Ripper as a metaphor for the present age, Layton rails as usual against the bourgeoisie, anti-semitism, "moneytheistic" Jews ("Idds"), and more. He threatens it may be his last book of poetry, but it wasn't.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49354
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  • GALLANT, Mavis
    HOME TRUTHS: sixteen stories
    Edition: First UK printing

    Black boards. Text paper yellowed, as always, else fine in fine jacket. The 1981 Toronto edition won a Governor-General's Award.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49337
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  • CIRCUIT: These are the Sacred Places, Visions Before Midnight, Death by Toilet
    Edition: First printing

    Turquoise boards. Text paper yellowed, as always, ink owner name at front, else fine. Black dust jacket has rubbing to folds, VG otherwise. Author's second book in the uncommon hardcover issue.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49338
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  • Gagnon, Madeleine
    Lair. Translated by Howard Scott
    Edition: First printing in English

    Card covers. Fine copy. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49339
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  • GARNER, Hugh
    ONE DAMN THING AFTER ANOTHER
    Edition: First printing

    Brown boards. Poet Miriam Waddington's copy with her ink name and two small pencil notations (page numbers) at front. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a one inch creased tear at bottom of front panel and a couple other small tears and slight rubbing; good +. The author's autobiography.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49340
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  • p'BITEK, Okot
    SONG OF LAWINO
    Edition: Firsr printing

    12mo, card covers. 216 pp. Book a little leaned, soft cover creases, light yellowing to page edges, VG otherwise, no owner names. Satirical poetry by this Ugandan author.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49342
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  • GEDGE, Pauline
    THE EAGLE AND THE RAVEN
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Cloth & boarrds. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has a nick at foot of spine, else fine. A thick novel of the clash between the Romans and the Celts in first century Britain. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49315
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  • Garner, Hugh
    A nice place to visit
    Edition: First printing

    Pale green boards. Light yellowing to page edges, a few small tan spots to fore edges, else fine. Jacket has slight wear to spine ends, VG otherwise. Though not signed by her, this was poet Miriam Waddington's copy with a small sheet of her pencil notes laid in. A novel about a wash-up drunken journalist hired to investigate a murder in a small town in Southwestern Ontario.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49316
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  • GARNER, Hugh
    VIOLATION OF THE VIRGINS and other stories
    Edition: First printing

    Grey boards. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49317
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  • Gault, Connie
    Some of Eve's Daughters
    Edition: First printing

    Paper issue in card covers. Front cover a little curled, else fine. A collection of short stories.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49318
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  • Gedge, Pauline
    The Twelfth Transforming
    Edition: First printing

    Cloth & boards. Fine in fine jacket. A novel of Akhenaten and ancient Egypt.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49319
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  • GEDGE, Pauline
    STARGATE
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Cloth & boards. Fine corner. Jacket has creases to lower front flap, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49320
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  • Germain, Georges-Hébert
    Christophe Colomb: Naufrage sur les côtes du paradis : roman
    Edition: First Edition

    Glossy card covers. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49321
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  • Usmiani, Renate
    Gratien Gélinas
    Edition: First printing

    Grey boards. pp (8), 88. Fine copy. Jacket has a tiny nick, else fine. Profiles in Canadian Drama series. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49322
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  • Major, Robert (Antoine Gérin-Lajoie)
    Jean Rivard, ou, L'art de réussir: Idéologies et utopie dans l'oeuvre d'Antoine Gérin-Lajoie
    Edition: First printing

    Glossy card covers. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49323
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A selection of our current highlights…