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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…

  • GUILEY, Rosemary Ellen
    HARPER'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYSTICAL & PARANORMAL EXPERIENCE

    Edison, NJ: Castle Books, c1991. Reprint. pp (xvi), 666. Fine copy. Jacket has soft creases at head of spine, else fine. 1.4 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53916
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  • SAFRANSKI, Rüdiger (Martin Heidegger)
    MARTIN HEIDEGGER: between good and evil. Translated by Ewald Osers

    Edition: First US edition

    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998. Cloth & boards. pp (xxii), 474. Index. Ink owner name of author Leon Rooke, with a few margin marks, just a few phrases underlined, else fine in fine jacket. Biography of the great philosopher and Nazi sympathizer. 1,15 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53915
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  • PAT OF SILVER BUSH by MONTGOMERY, L.M.
    MONTGOMERY, L.M.
    PAT OF SILVER BUSH

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, c1933. Early printing ca 1930s (first was in 1933). Blue cloth lettered in black. pp (x), 329, 1940 ink gift inscription at front; page edges yellowed, text paper lightly toned; spine lightly darkened, faint spoitting to rear cover; VG unworn copy otherwise. Dust jacket (same design as first) has shallow chip across head of spine, small corner chip at foot of spine; small chip to rear spine fold and to outer corners; old internal tape repairs; crease to front panel; otherwise VG, still attractive in appearance.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53914
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  • LARSEN, Nella
    AN INTIMATION OF THINGS DISTANT: the collected fiction of Nella Larsen

    New York: Anchor Books / Doubleday, c1992. Fourth printing. Card covers. Text paper a little toned, very nearly fine otherwise. No hardcover issue.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53913
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  • RYAN, James
    SEEDS OF DOUBT

    Edition: First printing

    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001. Blue boards. Text paper a little yellowed, else fine in fine jacket. Irish author's third novel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53912
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  • KAMM, Minnie Watson
    Two Hundred Pattern Glass Pitchers; A Second Two Hundred Pattern Glass Pitchers; A Third.Two Hundred Pattern Glass Pitchers; A Fourth Pitcher Book; A Fifth Pitcher Book; A Sixth Pitcher Book; A Seventh Pitchdr Book; An Eighth Pitcher Book (8 volume set)

    Detroit: Author, various dates (1950s). Card covers cerlox bound. Drawings by the author. Vol. 1 is the 3rd printing of the 5th edition; Vol. 2 is the 4th printing of the 3rd edition; Vol. 3 is the second printing of the 3rd edition; Vol. 4 is the 2nd edition; Vol. 5 is the 2nd printing of the 2nd edition; Vol. 6 is the 2nd printing of the 2nd edition; Vol. 7 is the 3rd printing of the 1st edition; Vol. 8 is the 1st edition. Ink owner inscriptions at front of three volumes; only minor cover soiling; in all a VG clean, tight and unworn set. 2.3 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53911
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  • Pezzella, Salvatore
    Il libro delle ore di Anna di Bretagna (sec. 16.) : un'opera d'arte e di devozione con traduzione dal latino in italiano

    Assisi: Ex Libris miniatis, 2017. Red cloth gilt lettered. pp xii. (468). Colour reproductions. Ink gift inscription at front, else fine. Text is in Italian. The original manuscript dates from the early 16th century. 1.9 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53910
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  • BABAYAN, Levon
    THE ROMANCE OF THE ORIENTAL RUG.

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Babayan's, 1925. Maroon cloth. 80 pp. 4 colour plates with captioned tissue guards inserted (but included in pagination), numerous black and white photos of rugs and drawings in text. Ink inscription to front free endpaper, else fine. Jacket has short tears, VG otherwise. A promotional give-away by this Toronto rug merchant.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53909
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  • MAHOVLICH, Ted
    TRIPLE CROWN: the Marcel Dionne story

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: HarperCollins, 2004. Purple boards. pp (xii), (217) + plates. Fine in fine jacket, and signed by the author as well as Marcel Dionne on the title page (ink bleed through on verso). The first biography of one of ice hockey's greatest stars.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53908
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  • LEE, Ruth Webb
    VICTORIAN GLASS: specialties of the nineteenth century

    Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo: Tuttle, 1985. Black cloth. pp xxx, 608. Index. B&w photos. Fine copy. Jacket has some sunning at edges, creased tears to lower inner corner of panels, VG otherwise. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53907
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  • SHIELDS, Carol
    COLLECTED STORIES. With an Introduction by Margaret Atwood

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Fourth Estate, no date (2005). Cloth and boards, brown endpapers. Fine copy. Silver jacket has light rubbing, else fine. 1.25 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53906
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  • ROBINSON, Peter
    THE PRICE OF LOVE and other stories

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Morrow, 2010. Remainder stripe to bottom page edges, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53905
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  • JAMES, P.D.
    THE MISTLETOE MURDER and other stories

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Knopf, 2016. Cloth and boards. Fine copy. Jacket has faint soiling to rear panel, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53904
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  • STEVENS, Gerald
    CANADIAN GLASS 1825-1925

    Edition: First Edition

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1967. Pinkish cloth. pp xiv, 262. Colour frontispiece and one other colour plate, b&w illustrations throughout, glossary. Ink gift inscription at front, else a fine, jacketless copy (trimmed flaps laid in). Stevens discusses the glass factories province by province, giving details of their dates, owners, personnel, trademarks, specimens, and techniques. Antique glass for the collector.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53903
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  • HUXFORD, Sharon and Bob
    THE COLLECTOR'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ROSEVILLE POTTERY. Second series

    Paducah, Kentucky: Collector Books, 1980. Yellow boards. pp 191. index, colour and b&w photos. Covers slightly rubbed, lightly soiled, with bruise to lower outer corners, VG otherwise. With two price guide booklets from the 1980s. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53902
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  • FITZGIBBON, Agnes. Catherine Parr Traill
    Canadian Wild Flowers. With botanical descriptions by C. P. Traill

    Toronto: Coles Publishing Company, 1972. Facsimile reprint of the original 1868 John Lovell edtion. p. 86 + 10 colour plates on text paper. Pictorial card covers in publisher's brown card slipcase with pictorial label on front cover and title label on spine. Fine uncreased copy, no owner names, in VG+ slipcase

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53901
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  • AXE, John
    THE MAGIC OF MERRYTHOUGHT- a collector's encyclopedia

    Edition: First printing

    Cumberland, Maryland: Hobby House Press, 1986. Brown boards. pp (207), index, colour and b&w photos. Fine copy. Jacket has small tears, VG otherwise. Venerable British manufacturer of stuffed soft toys for children, teddy bears and such. 1.2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53900
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  • WARREN, David B.
    BAYOU BEND: American Furniture, Paintigs and Silver from the Bayou Bend Collection

    Edition: First printing

    Houston, Texas: Museum of Fine Arts / New York Graphic Society, 1975. Cream cloth. pp xvi, 192. Colour and b&w photos. Ink owner names at front, else fine. Dust jacket has tears, large chips, fair. 1.6 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53899
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  • STAHLENDORF, Evelyn Robson
    DOLLS OF CANADA: a reference guide

    Edition: First printing

    Ottawa: Booklore Publishers, 1986. Blue cloth. pp viii, 419. Colour and b&w photos. Index. Fine in fine jacket, and inscribed by the author Scarce book. 1.9 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53898
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  • RAINWATER, Dorothy T.
    AMERICAN JEWELRY MANUFACTURERS

    Edition: First printing

    West Chester, PA: Schiffer, 1988. Light orange cloth. pp 296. Illustrated in b&w. Fine in fine jacket. The identification and dating of American jewelry heretofore has been difficult because few pieces bear standard markings and the references have been diverse, hard to find, and incomplete. Using old trade journals and their related directories as her primary sources, the eminent silver historian Dorothy Rainwater has exhaustively compiled here for the first time a comprehensive reference of jewelry trademarks and manufacturers in alphabetical order. She has also written a history of jewelry making in the United States which explains the framework upon which this enormous industry was built. The large scale manufacturers which began in the 1840s form a major portion…

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    West Chester, PA: Schiffer, 1988. Light orange cloth. pp 296. Illustrated in b&w. Fine in fine jacket. The identification and dating of American jewelry heretofore has been difficult because few pieces bear standard markings and the references have been diverse, hard to find, and incomplete. Using old trade journals and their related directories as her primary sources, the eminent silver historian Dorothy Rainwater has exhaustively compiled here for the first time a comprehensive reference of jewelry trademarks and manufacturers in alphabetical order. She has also written a history of jewelry making in the United States which explains the framework upon which this enormous industry was built. The large scale manufacturers which began in the 1840s form a major portion of this directory. it is surprising to learn that only in 1961, after years of effort by the Jeweler's Vigilance Committee and the backing of trade journals, did American law require makers' marks on new jewelry. Therefore, this reference should become an important sourcebook for every jeweler, collector, antique jewelry dealer and manufacturing historian for the foreseeable future. " 1.7 kg parcel.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53897
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