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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…

  • HALE, Katherine (Isabella Valancy Crawford)
    ISABELLA VALANCY CRAWFORD

    Blue cloth, pp (8), (126), [2]. Bound-in ribbon bookmark.Tipped in portrait at front, biography, selections of her work, Index, good bibliography at rear includes newspaper and periodical appearances and appearances in anthology. Ink gift inscription at front, else fine. A volume in the Makers of Canadian Literature series. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49514
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  • COWASJEE, Saros
    GOODBYE TO ELSA
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Light brown boards. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. Made from UK sheets. First novel of this Indo-Canadian author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49515
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  • COWAN, C.L.
    SANDY'S SON
    Edition: First printing

    Maroon cloth. 288 pp. Spine slightly sunned with gilt lettering dulled; yellowing to page edges; thin spot from erasure to front pastedown; light spotting to rear cover; else a VG clean and unworn copy. Peel 5337. A novel partially set in Manitoba.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49516
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  • CRAWFORD, Isabella Valancy
    THE HALTON BOYS
    Edition: First printing

    The paper issue in card covers. Covers rubbed, VG otherwise. Edited and introduced by Frank M.Tierney. Copious notes, biographical introduction, extensive checklist at rear. Published from the previously unpublished manuscript. Uncommon book.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49517
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  • Coleman, Victor
    Some plays : on words
    Edition: First printing

    pp [16], stapled in red card covers. Front cover has a small corner crease and a small light damp spot, else fine. Beau fleuve series no.6. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49518
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  • Cohen, Matt
    The Spanish Doctor
    Edition: First printing

    Advance copy for review with review sheets laid in. Page edges yellowed, else fine in fine jacket. A novel of a Spanish Marrano who becomes a medical doctor in 14th century Europe.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49519
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  • COHEN, Matt
    NADINE (first state)
    Edition: First printing

    First state, with the repeated lines and no cancel leaves. Blue boards. Very light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49520
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  • COHEN, Matt
    NADINE
    Edition: First printing

    Second state, with two cancel leaves. Blue boards. Very light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49521
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  • COHEN, Matt
    CAFÉ LE DOG: stories
    Edition: First printing

    Light erasure to upper corner of blue front free endpaper, else fine. Price-clipped dust jacket has nicks, light rubbing, VG+. Eight short stories.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49522
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  • COLLIN, W.E.
    CLOCKMAKER OF SOULS: a study of Paul--Jean Toulet
    Edition: First printing

    Black cloth. pp [2], (iii)-(xii), 203. Index. Light yellowing to page edges, faint damp spots along fore margin of front cover, else fine. Thin dust jacket has creased tears to lower margin of front panel, small tears to spine ends internally repaired; VG+ otherwise, still quite attractive. Toulet was a French poet and novelist who was a friend and translator of Arthur Machen. Collin was a Professor of French literature at the University of Western Ontario and a pioneering and influential Canadian literary critic. Unommon book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49523
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  • COLLIN, W.E.
    CLOCKMAKER OF SOULS: a study of Paul--Jean Toulet
    Edition: First printing

    Black cloth. pp [2], (iii)-(xii), 203. Index. Spine gilt dulled, illegible; bit of wear to spine ends and outer corners; page edges yellowed; a good tight copy otherwise, internally clean and unworn. Toulet was a French poet and novelist who was a friend and translator of Arthur Machen. Collin was a Professor of French literature at the University of Western Ontario and a pioneering and influential Canadian literary critic. Unommon book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49524
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  • Collin, W.E.
    The white savannahs. Introduction by Germain Warkentin

    Green cloth without jacket, as issued. pp (liv), (330). Slight yellowing and foxing to top page edges, else fine. Facsimile reprint, with new long intro., of the 1936 original, "The first study of Canadian poetry from a modern viewpoint."

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49525
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  • COLOMBO, John Robert
    ABRACADABRA
    Edition: First printing

    Black cloth. pp 127. Text paper tanned as always, publisher's logo rubber stamped at front (remainder mark), else fine in rubbed, about VG jacket. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49526
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  • CONAN, Laure (pseud. of Félicité Angers, 1845-1924)
    ANGÉLINE DE MOUNTBRUN. Translated and introduced by Yves Brunelle

    Yellow cloth. Fine in fine jacket. A psychological romance of Quebec, first published in a periodical in 1882.. Conan was the first woman novelist of French Canada and the first Canadian writer to attempt a roman d'analyse.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49527
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  • DAVIES, Robertson
    A VOICE FROM THE ATTIC.
    Edition: First printing

    Blue cloth. In the Canadian issue jacket (McClelland & Stewart), as issued. Fine copy. Dust jacket has minor rubbing to spine ends; slight yellowing to white spine lettering, rear pandl, and flap folds, near fine otherwise. A nice copy of this book of essays. Some copies of the book were distributed in Canada using the Canadian jacket on a Knopf book, though McClelland & Stewart did issue an edition (from US sheets and design). On the Canadian dust jacket, the statement by Alfred A. Knopf found on the front panel of the US jacket is replaced by one by Davies himself.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49498
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  • DAVIES, Robertson
    A VOICE FROM THE ATTIC
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Blue cloth. Xmas, 1960, ink gift inscription at front, yellowing to fore edges, else fine. Dust jacket has nicks, crease, and slight rubbing to spine ends; slight yellowing to white spine lettering and to flap margins; VG otherwise. The Canadian issue replaced the statement by Alfred Knopf on front panel of jacket with one by Davies.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49499
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  • DAVIES, Robertson
    THE PAPERS OF SAMUEL MARCHBANKS, Comprising the Diary, the Table Talk and a Garland of Micsellanea By Samuel Marchbanks, but Enlarged to Include a Biographical Introduction and Copious Notes...
    Edition: First US printing

    Maroon cloth. pp (xx), 540. Fine copy. Jacket has clip to lower corner of front flap but price at top is present, else fine. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49500
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  • DAVIES, Robertson
    MARCHBANKS' ALMANACK
    Edition: First printing

    Black boards. Yellowing to text paper, as usual, remainder mark (M&S logo) rubber stamped at front, else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket has creased tears to die-cut window on front panel internally repaired; spine a little yellowed with rubbing to ends and front fold; short tears to rear panel; just good. A collection of essays, the third of the Marchbanks books. Note: Dust jacket, binding, and second half-title leaf give title as Samuel Marchbanks' Almanack

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49501
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  • Doyle, John Robert
    Annie Howells and Achille Frechette
    Edition: First printing

    Brown cloth. pp (xxiv), 131. Many photos at front, index, notes. Fine in VG jacket. Literary Ottawa in the late 19th century.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49502
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  • DAVIES, Robertson
    THE MANTICORE
    Edition: First US printing

    Brown cloth and and green boards. Variant endpapers (smooth). Light yellowing to page edges, else a fine copy. Jacket has slight rubbing to the surface gloss, else fine, flap price intact. The second novel of the Deptford trilogy, RD's only book to win a Governor-General's Award.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 49503
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A selection of our current highlights…