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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…

  • WILSON, Anna May (1870-1962)
    A STAR IN PRISON: a tale of Canada

    Elgin, Illinois: David C. Cook, c.1898. Half green cloth with floral patterned gilt sides. pp 96. Text in double columns, caption title leaf, illustrated. Pages 95-96 contain "A Swiss Hero", a short prose piece by Wilson. Minor rubbing to spine ends; moderate rubbing to edges; ink owner name at front; VG otherwise. The paper issue was a volume in the publisher's New Sabbath Library series (Vol. I, no. 8, for Nov. 1898). The book also comes in a variety of hardcover bindings. Watters p. 418. Chatsworth, Ontario, author and editor, who also published two novels as "Anison North".

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48970
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  • GOODING, S. James
    AN INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH ARTILLERY IN NORTH AMERICA

    Ottawa: Museum Restoration Service, 1965. pp 54, stapled in paper covers. Well illustrated. Two inch split to lower spine fold neatly repaired, some soiling and creases to covers, good. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48749
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  • Stevens, David
    White for Danger
    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Collins, 1979. Dark blue boards. 221 pp. Fine in fine jacket. A thriller novel about an expedition to rediscover a lost city in Antarctica. Canadian author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48963
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  • WIEBE, Rudy
    THE MAD TRAPPER
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1980. Cloth and boards. Light rippling to front free endpaper but no damp mark, else fine in a VG+ jacket. A novel based on the celebrated affair of The Mad Trapper of Rat River (Albert Johnson), who in the 1930s lead the RCMP on the biggest manhunt in their history.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48965
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  • WIEBE, Rudy
    THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF CHINA
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1970. Red cloth. Very light yellowing to page edges, just a mite leaned, else a fine copy. Black jacket has light rubbing to spine ends and outer corners, one nick, VG otherwise. Ink signatures of noted Canadian poet John Newlove and novelists and essayist John Metcalf at front. A novel of several Russian Mennonite families and their wanderings, by a Canadian Mennonite author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48966
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  • WHITE, Samuel Alexander
    FLAMING FUR LANDS
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1948. Red boards. pp (6), 153. Fine copy. Dust jacket has rubbing to front flap fold; small chip and 1.5 inch creased tear to lower inner corner of front panel, rubbing to front spine fold with a bit of wear to spine ends; good. Labrador setting.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48967
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  • WIEBE, Rudy
    FIRST AND VITAL CANDLE
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1966. Orange cloth. Page edges faintly dusty, else fine. Dust jacket has a soft vertical crease and tiny rubbed spot to spine, else fine. Inscribed by the author to Canadian poet Miriiam Waddington "with admiration", in 1968. Second novel of this noted Canadian Mennonite author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48968
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  • Mémoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et les Tartares by TOTT, François de, Baron (Báró Tóth Ferenc), 1733-93
    TOTT, François de, Baron (Báró Tóth Ferenc), 1733-93
    Mémoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et les Tartares
    Edition: First Edition

    Amsterdam: No publisher, 1784. Four volumes, in old quarter mottled calf and patterned boards, tan morocco titling pieces. pp lvi, 274; 301; 252; 208; half-title in each volume; woodcut title page vignette and head pieces. Bindings with modest rubbing and wear to the edges and spines; some inner hinges cracked but all quite firm; Vol. I has a very small chip at head of spine and a small abrasion to upper front joint; otherwise VG+ externally, internally fine, with normal paper rippling. >>>De Tott was a French military officer and diplomat of Hungarian origin. Upon first traveling to Constantinople in 1755 as the secretary of his uncle ambassador Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, de Tott learned Turkish and made the political situation in the Crimea his special study. Returning to Crimea in 1767 as French consul, he incited the Tatars to rebel against Imperial Russia and subsequently played a significant role on the side of the Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774, being tasked with defending the Dardanelles against the Russian fleet. He travelled across the Ottoman Empire, visiting coastal cities around the Mediterranean Sea, mainly Alexandria, Aleppo, Smyrna, Salonika and Tunis. De Tott lived in Turkey for 23 years. He also prospected the area for the construction of a canal in Suez and was appointed Inspector-General of the Levant for France in 1776. This work is credited with being the first objective account of Turkey by a Western writer. "According to Herold, Bonaparte in Egypt, De Tott was in fact an agent of the French secret service, and his inspection tour was a cover for exploring the possibility of a French seizure of Egypt; he prepared a special report on this subject for the French Foreign Office. His memoirs had a great success; they provide objective information and a new unromantic view of the Ottoman Empire." (Blackmer Collection 1667). 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48903
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  • TESKEY, Adeline M. (1855-1924)
    WHERE THE SUGAR MAPLE GROWS: idylls of a Canadian village. Illustrations by J.S. Gordon. Designs by W. Howard Bartle
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Musson, 1901. Maroon buckram lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, other edges rough trimmed, illustrated title page printed in green & black, pp [2], 268, [4] + 6 plates. Decorative initials and tail pieces. Made from US (Fenno) sheets with cancel title leaf. Small chips to fore margins of two leaves from careless opening; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. The b&w plates are by a fairly important Hamilton, Ontario, artist, allegedly the first Canadian to use the pointillist technique (though not here). The initials and tailpieces by Bartle are particularly appealing. Adeline Teskey lived most of her life in Welland, Ontario. A collection of 10 fictional sketches, in the manner of the Kailyard school of Scottish fiction, of the village of "Mapleton", Ontario, which may have been based on her birthplace of Appleton, Ontario. This was her first and most popular book, of seven.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48952
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  • WATSON, Sheila
    FOUR STORIES
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Coach House Press, 1979. Black boards. pp (64). Fine in fine jacket. One sources says there were only 300 copies, another 500 copies. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48953
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  • Bowering, Angela (Sheila Watson)
    Figures Cut in Sacred Ground: Illuminati in the Double Hook
    Edition: First printing

    Edmonton: NeWest, 1988. Glossy card covers. pp 135. Bump to upper outer corner of text and rear cover, else fine. CanLitCrit - Sheila Watson's novel THE DOUBLE HOOK. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover
    Book ID: 48954
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  • WILSON, Ethel
    HETTY DORVAL
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1947. Green cloth. pp 116. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Jacket has small chips, rubbing, tears, old internal tape repairs; just good, but still presentable in appearance. The noted British Columbia author's first book, a nove.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48955
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  • WILSON, Ethel
    LOVE AND SALT-WATER
    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1956. Red cloth. A fine copy. Dust jacket has slight rubbing, short tears, VG generally, flap price intact. UK printed.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48956
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  • WILSON, Ethel
    LILLY'S STORY
    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Harper, c1952 (1953). Octavo, light blue cloth spine and patterned boards. pp (8), 209, [7]. Page edges yellowed, else fine. Dust jacket has small chips, creases, and short creased tear at spine ends; edge nicks to panels; generally VG otherwise, still attractive, flap price intact. Jacket blurbs by Eudora Welty and Sean O'Faolain.This novella was first published London & Toronto, 1952, in THE EQUATIONS OF LOVE, which contained TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY and LILLY'S STORY. This US edition is fairly scarce.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.
    Book ID: 48957
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  • WILSON, Ethel
    LOVE AND SALT-WATER

    London: Macmillan, 1957. Second printing (first in 1956). Red cloth. A fine copy. Jacket has chips at spine ends, one inch tear to the blank rear panel; good, no printed flap price.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48958
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  • WILSON, Ethel
    MRS. GOLIGHTLY and other stories
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1961. Octavo, yellow boards. Fine in fine jacket. 18 short stories, the British Columbia writer's last book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48959
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  • WILSON, Ethel
    SWAMP ANGEL

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1955. Second printing of the Canadian issue (first was in 1954). Blue cloth. Tanning to page edges, covers a mite bowed else a VG jacketless copy. With ink ownership signature of noted Canadian author Timothy Findley ("Timothy Findley, Cannington"). A CanLit classic.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48960
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  • WHITE, S.A. (Samuel Alexander White, 1884-1956)
    THE STAMPEDER
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Briggs, 1910. Green cloth gilt lettered. pp 275 + frontispiece with tissue guard and 2 other plates. Small ink name on verso of front free endpaper has bled through to the recto; light yellowing to page edges; else a very nearly fine copy. A novel of the Yukon gold rush, the author's first of many.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48961
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  • WHITE, Samuel Alexander
    FLAMING FUR LANDS
    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1948. Red boards. pp (6), 153. Upper margin of front free endpaper clipped away; light yellowing to page edges; else fine and bright. Dust jacket has a three inch split to rear ower spine fold with a consequent crease to lower rear panel; 1.5 inch split to upper rear flap fold; panels have small chips, nicks, edge rubbing; rubbing to flap folds; yellowing to white spine lettering; in all, good +, still respectable in appearance. Labrador setting.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48962
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  • Leith, James A., editor (George Whalley)
    Symbols in Life and Art: the Royal Society of Canada Symposium in Memory of George Whalley / Les symboles dans la vie et dans l'art....

    Kingston & Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press for the Royal Society of Canada, 1987. White cloth without jacket, as issued. pp (x), (153). Fine copy. Papers from a symposium held Oct. 26-28, 1984, at Queen's University. Nine essays, two in French. Contributions by Northrop Frye, Douglas Jones, and others.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover
    Book ID: 48938
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