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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…

  • (Trade catalogue - Glass)
    GLASS CATALOGUE OF 1914

    London, Ontario: Hobbs Manufacturing Company, 1914. Orange card covers. pp (xxx), 107. Well illustrated. many in colour. Small chips to spine ends; sticker residue to upper inner corner of front cover; near fine otherwise. Business reply letter on company letterhead laid in. Mostly devoted to stained glass and leaded glass windows, but also sidewalks, store fronts, skylights, lamp shades, and more. Pictures of their factories in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and London, and of some Canadian buildings to have used their products. No copies on Voilà.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50823
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  • KINGSFORD, Anna, 1846-88
    ROSAMUNDA THE PRINCESS, an historical romance of the sixth century; and other tales. By Mrs. Algernon Kingssford

    Edition: First edition

    Oxford and London: James Parker, 1875. Original green decorated cloth stamped in gilt, black & blind, brown endpapers. pp (8), 365, [1], (2, ads) + frontispiece with tissue guard and 23 other plates. Nicks and slight wear to ends of slightly darkened spine; rear inner hinge neatly repaired, front inner hinge repaired with rice paper tape; page edges lightly yellowed; else a VG clean and unworn copy, mostly unopened at the edges. Anna (Bonus) Kingsford was a minor English writer, anti-vivisectionist, vegetarian, mystic and occultist, and women's rights advocate who was received into the Roman Catholic church in 1870 and attained her medical degree in Paris in 1880, becoming one of the first English women to become a doctor…

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    Oxford and London: James Parker, 1875. Original green decorated cloth stamped in gilt, black & blind, brown endpapers. pp (8), 365, [1], (2, ads) + frontispiece with tissue guard and 23 other plates. Nicks and slight wear to ends of slightly darkened spine; rear inner hinge neatly repaired, front inner hinge repaired with rice paper tape; page edges lightly yellowed; else a VG clean and unworn copy, mostly unopened at the edges. Anna (Bonus) Kingsford was a minor English writer, anti-vivisectionist, vegetarian, mystic and occultist, and women's rights advocate who was received into the Roman Catholic church in 1870 and attained her medical degree in Paris in 1880, becoming one of the first English women to become a doctor and being the only one to graduate without experimenting on living animals. She published a book on the vegetarian way of life and served as president of the Theosophical Society in 1883 and founded the Hermetic Society in 1884 (still in existence). As a physician she was very successful with women patients.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50822
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  • ROKEACH, Milton
    THE OPEN AND CLOSED MIND: Investigation Into the Nature of Belief Systems and Personality Systems

    New York: Basic Books, 1960. Second printing. Black and plain linen cloth. pp (xvi), 447. Index. Very light sunning to foot of spine, else fine in chipped and worn dust jacket. American social psychologist, author of The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, which was adapted into a screenplay, a stage play, and two operas.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50821
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  • MERKEL, Andrew
    SCHOONER BLUENOSE. Text by Andrew Merkel. Photographs by W.R. MacAskill.

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1948. Blue cloth, photographic endpapers. (x), 70 pp + plates. Ink inscription to front pastedown, lacking the front free endpaper, bit musty, a bit leaned, VG unworn copy otherwise. Jacket has short tears, small chips; good. Story of the greatest schooner of her day, maybe ever, out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50820
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  • LIDGOLD, Carole M.
    STEAMSHIP CAYUGA: Toronto's ship of romance

    Scarborough, ON: Brookfield Publishing House, 1996. pp 139. Photos. Glossy card covers. Fine copy. "Last of the Lake Ontario cruise ships", launched in 1907. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50819
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  • HEMING, Arthur
    THE LIVING FOREST. llustrated by the author

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1947. Green cloth. pp (xii), 268 + 16 b&w illustrations on 11 plates. Jan., 1948, ink name at front, else fine. Dust jacket has shallow chips to spine ends and outer corners, VG otherwise. Previously published in 1925. A nature adventure novel for younger readers by this noted Canadian artist and author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50818
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  • O'DRISCOLL, Robert & Elizabeth Elliott, editors
    NEW WORLD ORDER: corruption in Canada

    Edition: First edition

    Toronto: Saigon Press, 1994. pp 648. Card covers. Foxing to top page edges, near fine otherwise. Dust jacket has nicks along top edge, ballpoint pen doodles on front panel, VG otherwise. Uncommon book.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50817
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  • ZARN, George
    PRAIRIE BOYS AFLOAT

    No place (High River, Alberta): Author, 1979. Blue cloth. pp 260. Photos. Fine in VG jacket. Story of Canadian boys from the Prairies who went into the navy in WWII.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50816
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  • ARMSTRONG, Terence
    THE NORTHERN SEA ROUTE: Soviet exploration of the North East Passage

    Edition: First edition

    Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, for the Scott Polar Research Institute, 1952. Blue cloth. pp (xiv), 162 + 3 double-sided plates + folding map at rear. Maps in text. Index. Ink owner name at front, else fine. Price-clipped jacket has some small chips, yellowed spine, VG otherwise. Soviet shipping along the north coast of Siberia.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50815
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  • Silver drum : five native photographers : George Johnston, Dorothy Chocolate, Richard Hill, Murray McKenzie, Jolene Rickard

    Hamilton, ON: Native Indian/Inuit Photographers' Association, 1986. 44 pp, card covers. Corner crease to front cover, VG+ otherwise. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50814
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  • McLUHAN, MARSHALL
    UNDERSTANDING MEDIA: The Extensions of Man

    New York: McGraw-Hill, c1964. Third printing. White cloth. Yellowing to front free endpaper from something once laid in, faint foxing to lower front cover, very light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has a short corner tear to front panel, VG otherwise, flap price intact. His third major book, after which, the deluge. The opening chapter is his important statement "The Medium is the Mesage".

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50813
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  • RIVARD, Adjutor
    CHEZ NOUS (Our Old Quebec Home). Translated by W.H. Blake. Decorations by A.Y. Jackson

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1924. Third printing, same year as first. Small octavo, 201 pp., black cloth printed and illustrated in red, dust jacket. Illustrated endpapers + 11 illustrations by A.Y. Jackson; lettering, jacket, and cover design by Thoreau MacDonald. 1924 ink gift inscription on verso of front free endpaper, yellowing to page edges, else a VG clean and unwon copy. Dust jacket has splits to lower spine fold and to front flap; small edge chips; just good, but looks decent in the plastic wrapper. Edison C4.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 50812
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  • FAIRLEY, Donald A.
    HUNTING PYGMY HUNTERS

    Findlay, Ohio: Fundamental Truth Publishers, no date. Mid-20th century. pp 85, [3]. Card covers. Photos. Ink ownership inscription and foxing to the title page, else a VG clean and unworn copy. Missionary in Gabon. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50811
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  • JOHNS, June
    KING OF THE WITCHES: the world of Alex Sanders

    Edition: First paper edition

    London: Pan, 1971. Card covers. pp (158), (2, ads) + plates. Text paper yellowed as always, small sticker scar on front cover, else fine. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50810
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  • CROXALL, Samuel (Aesop)
    THE FABLES OF AESOP, with instructive applications

    London: Milner and Company, no date. Later part of the 19th century. 13 cm, red cloth, spine stamped in gilt and black. pp 296, 8, 32 ads + colour frontispiece. B&w illustrations in text. Spine lightly darkened; light ink owner name to fore edges and to rear pastedown; page edges yellowe; else fine. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50809
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  • Vale, V. and Andrea Juno, editors
    RE/SEARCH #12: modern primatives

    Re/Search Publications, c1989, 1991. 7th printing. Card covers. pp (216). Well illustrated. Tattoo, piercing, scarification. VG+.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50807
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  • Salty dips, Volume 3: "did we say all?"

    Edition: First printing

    Ottawa: Naval Officers' Association of Canada, 1988. Card covers. pp 240. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50806
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  • Salty dips, Volume 6: "ready aye ready"

    Edition: First printing

    Ottawa: Naval Officers' Association of Canada, 1999. Card covers. pp 283. Photos. Index. VG copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50805
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  • Salty dips, Volume 8: secure

    Edition: First printing

    Ottawa: Naval Officers' Association of Canada, 2001. Card covers. pp 315. Photos. Index. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50804
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  • Salty dips, Volume 2 : "and all our joints were limber"

    Ottawa: Naval Officers' Association of Canada, 1985. Second printing. Card covers. pp 273. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50803
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A selection of our current highlights…