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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…

  • Marchand, Philip
    Just looking, thank you: An amused observer's view of Canadian lifestyles
    Edition: First printing

    Macmillan of Canada, 1976. Reddish boards. pp xvi, 208. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a bit of wear at foot of spine, nick to one outer corner, VG+ otherwise. Inscribed by the author to noted Canadian author Constance Beresford-Howe. A collection of essays by a former books columnist for the Toronto Star.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49094
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  • International Evangelical and Colportage Mission of Algoma and the North West
    A Collection of Gospel hymns in Ojibway and English. Second edition

    Sarnia, Ontario: Printed at the office of "The Sarnia Canadian", 1899. 12.4 cm, pp 80, stapled in pale grey card covers. Soft creases to outer corners of front cover and early leaves; blind stamp to title leaf; staples rusty; else a VG+ clean and unworn copy. Text in Ojibwa (Chippewa) and English, on opposite pages. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48829
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  • ROY, Katherine
    LISE
    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Peter Davies, 1954. Green cloth. Front cover bowed, light yellowing to page edges and endpapers, else fine Price-clipped jacket has a short creased tear to rear panel, a few nicks, VG otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48847
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  • MISTRY, Rohinton
    PASSAGES
    Edition: First printing

    Magnum Book Store, 1991. Quarto. 12 leaves printed on rectos only, stapled in blue card covers. Total edition of only 30 copies, of which 26 were numbered and signed. This is #3, signed by the author. Fine copy. Magnum Readings 8, a series managed by John Metcalf in aid of this Ottawa book shop. The author's rarest book.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49087
    View cart More details Price: USD $395.00 USD $355.50
  • METCALF, John
    FREEDOM FROM CULTURE
    Edition: First of this edition

    Vancouver: Fraser Institute. pp 24 (including covers), stapled in light blue paper covers. Fine copy. Special issue, Jan., 1988, of the Fraser Forum. Edition of around 3.5 k copies or more. Two page Introduction by Walter Block. Issued concurrently with the William Hoffer edition, but with its own Intro. An essential essay on the truth about modern Canadian literature, how state subsidy of literature has mostly failed to create an audience, or to be able to distinguish between crap and literature. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49088
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  • METCALF, John
    FREEDOM FROM CULTURE
    Edition: First printing.

    Vancouver: Tanks (William Hoffer), 1987. pp (2)-(21), stapled, in cream card covers. Fine copy. Edition of 1000 copies. An essential essay on the truth about modern Canadian literature, how state subsidy of literature has utterly failed to create an audience, or to distinguish between crap and literature. This is one for the ages. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49089
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  • METCALF, John
    FREEDOM FROM CULTURE

    Vancouver: Tanks (William Hoffer), c1987 (1988). Second edition, corrected and enlarged, adding a two page Preface by William Hoffer. pp (23), stapled, in white paper covers. Fine copy. An essential essay on the truth about modern Canadian literature, how state subsidy of literature has utterly failed to create an audience, or to distinguish between crap and literature. This is one for the ages. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49090
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  • SOLECKI, Sam; John Metcalf, and W.J. Keith
    VOLLEYS: critical directions
    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1990. pp 91, glossy card covers. Spine sunned, else fine. Signed by John Metcalf, the author of one of the essays and the subject of the other two. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49091
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  • Metcal, John
    Adult entertainment: short fiction
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1986. Green boards. pp 201. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine in fine jacket. Very readable short stories with a comic edge by a master of the form.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49092
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  • METCALF, John
    GOING DOWN SLOW
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1972. Grey boards. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Thin first state jacket has small chips to ends of lightly yellowed spine; a patch of yellowing to inner margin of front panel; yellowing to flap folds; VG otherwise. A very amusing first novel about teaching in a Montreal school, by this delightful and important Canadian author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49093
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  • MacLENNAN, Hugh
    SEVEN RIVERS OF CANADA...

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1963. Second printing. Green and blue printed boards. Yellowing to page edges, light yellowing to spine, else fine. Supplied dust jacket (from a 1961 first printing) has light spine yellowing, else fine. With ink ownership signature of "Timothy Findlay, Cannington". The Mackenzie, the St. Lawrence, the Ottawa, the Red, the Saskatchewan, the Fraser, the St. John.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49081
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  • SEVEN RIVERS OF CANADA... by MacLENNAN, Hugh
    MacLENNAN, Hugh
    SEVEN RIVERS OF CANADA...
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1961. Green and blue printed boards. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing to top edge of rear panel, faint yellowing to white spine lettering, else fine. With ink ownership signature of author John Metcalf. The Mackenzie, the St. Lawrence, the Ottawa, the Red, the Saskatchewan, the Fraser, the St. John.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49082
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  • Cameron, Elspeth (Hugh MacLennan)
    Hugh MacLennan: A Writer's Life
    Edition: First printing

    University of Toronto Press, 1981. Black cloth. pp (xxii), (426). Photos in text, index. Ink ownership name of author John Metcalf. Minor soiling to top page edges, else fine. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49083
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  • CROSS-COUNTRY by MacLENNAN, Hugh
    MacLENNAN, Hugh
    CROSS-COUNTRY

    Edmonton: Hurtig, 1972. Second edition (first was in 1949), adding a new author Intro. Red cloth. Fine in fine jacket. The original edition won a Governor-General's Award. A collection of essays.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49084
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  • COCKBURN, Robert H. (Hugh MacLennan)
    THE NOVELS OF HUGH MACLENNAN
    Edition: First printing

    Montreal: Harvest House, 1969. Green boards. pp (167). Two pricks to front free endpaper from removed staple, else fine. Dust jacket is quite rubbed, just good.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49085
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  • Toward, Lilias M.
    Mabel Bell: Alexander's Silent Partner
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Methuen, 1984. Brown cloth. pp xviii, 222, [2] + photos. Introduction by author Hugh MacLennan. Fine copy. Dust jacket has slight wear to ends of lightly sunned spine, VG otherwise. Mabel was the deaf wife of Alexander Graham Bell.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49086
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  • RETURN OF THE SPHINX (ARC) by MacLENNAN, Hugh
    MacLENNAN, Hugh
    RETURN OF THE SPHINX (ARC)
    Edition: First printing

    New York: Scribner, 1967. Advance reading copy. Sewn signatures in card covers utilizing the design of the published dust jacket. Book leaned, orange spine lettering a bit faded, vertical creases to spine, rear cover has a fingernail-size skinned spot to lower margin; yellowing to page edges; in all, about a VG copy. A novel involving the clash father high up in government and his New Left son. Called something of a sequel to TWO SOLITUDES, but pessimistic.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49072
    View cart More details Price: USD $39.95 USD $35.96
  • MacLENNAN, Hugh
    RETURN OF THE SPHINX (ARC)
    Edition: First printing

    New York: Scribner, 1967. Advance reading copy. Sewn signatures in card covers utilizing the design of the published dust jacket. Minor use at head of spine; orange spine lettering a mite sunned; near fine uncreased copy otherwise, with ink ownership signature of Canadian author John Metcalf. A novel involving the clash father high up in government and his New Left son. Called something of a sequel to TWO SOLITUDES, but pessimistic.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 49073
    View cart More details Price: USD $85.00 USD $76.50
  • RETURN OF THE SPHINX  by MacLENNAN, Hugh
    MacLENNAN, Hugh
    RETURN OF THE SPHINX
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1967. Variant in black (vs dark grey) cloth. Fine copy, with ink ownership signature of Canadian author John Metcalf. Dust jacket has a creased 2 cm tear to front panel, minor rubbing to spine ends; soft creases to upper inner corner, and short tear to lower edge, of rear panel; VG otherwise, flap price intact. A novel involving the clash father high up in government and his New Left son. Called something of a sequel to TWO SOLITUDES, but pessimistic.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49074
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  • MacLENNAN, Hugh
    RETURN OF THE SPHINX
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1967. Variant in dark grey (vs black) cloth. Small ink name at front, light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has a 2 cm creased tear to rear panel, minor rubbing to spine ends, near fine otherwise, flap price intact. A novel involving the clash father high up in government and his New Left son. Called something of a sequel to TWO SOLITUDES, but pessimistic.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 49075
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A selection of our current highlights…