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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…

  • Woodman, David C.
    Unravelling the Franklin Mystery, First Edition: Inuit Testimony

    Edition: First edition

    Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1991. Black cloth. pp xiv, 390. 4 pp of photos at front; maps and diagrams in text, Index. Tidy ink name at front, else fine in fine jacket. 1.3 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51608
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  • FRASER, Simon
    THE LETTERS AND JOURNALS OF SIMON FRASER, 1806-1808. Edited, with an Introduction by W. Kay Lamb

    Edition: First edition

    Toronto: Macmillan, 1960. Black cloth. pp 292. Index. Page edges a little yellowed, else fine in VG+ price-clipped jacket. The first complete, annotated edition of his letters and journals.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51607
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  • VILLAREJO, Oscar M.
    DR. KANE'S VOYAGE TO THE POLAR LANDS

    Edition: First printing

    Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965. Black cloth. pp 220 + plates; bibliography, index. Fine copy. Price-clipped jacket has nicks along top edge of front panel, VG otherwise. Based on a hitherto unknown manuscript of J.C.C. Peterson, a member of the second Grinnell Expedition. His account differs from Elisha Kane and Isaac Hayes' versions.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51606
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  • Edinger, Ray
    Fury Beach The Four-Year Odyssey of Captain John Ross and The Victory

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Berkley Books, 2003. Cloth & boards. pp xxii, 279 + plates; index. Light soiling to the fore edges, else fine in fine jacket. "A true story of Arctic exploration and life among the Inuits." "In May 1829, after eleven years of being denied command of a ship, Captain John Ross set sail on Victory, the first steamer to brave the Arctic waters. His goal: to prove that the Northwest Passage did indeed exist."

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51605
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  • Bryce, Robert M.
    Cook & Peary: the polar controversy resolved

    Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1997. Cloth & boards, endpaper maps. pp xviii, 1133. Bibliography and notes, illustrations and maps, index. Fine in fine jacket. 2.2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51604
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  • SCORESBY, William
    AN ACCOUNT OF THE ARCTIC REGIONS with a history and description of the northern whale-fishery. A reprint with a new Introduction by Professor Sir Alister Hardy, FRS

    Newton Abbot, Devon, England: David & Charles, 1969. Two volumes. Vol. 1, The Arctic:. pp 549, with 82 pp. Appendix with Meteorogical Tables; Vol. 2, The Whale Fishery: pp 574, with Index + folding maps, plates, and diagrams. Facsimile reprint, with new introduction of the 1820 original. Vol. 2 has small bumps to lower outer corners of covers, else a fine pair. Pale blue dust jackets has corner, but not price, clipped from front flaps; spines lightly sunned, small spots; VG otherwise, no chips. 2.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51603
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  • HUNT, William R.
    ARCTIC PASSAGE: The Turbulent History of the Land and People of the Bering Sea 1697-1975

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Scribner's, 1975. Green cloth. pp (xx), 395 + plates; index. Nice northern bookplate at front, fine in fine jacket. 1.1 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51602
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  • Harrod, Dominic, editor
    War, Ice & Piracy: The Remarkable Career of a Victorian Sailor

    Edition: First UK edition

    London: Chatham Publishing, 2000. Red boards. pp 192 + plates, index. Fine in fine jacket. Includes a chapter on Captain James Ross' Franklin Search Expedition aboard the H.M.S. Investigator 1848-53 with Cresswell acting as mate

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51601
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  • Weinberg, Steven
    Gravitation and Cosmology: Principles and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity

    New York: John Wiley & Sons, c1972. Later printing. Black boards, pp 657, indexed. Fine copy without jacket, as issued. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51599
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  • GODSELL, Philip H.
    ARCTIC TRADER. The Account of Twenty Years with the Hudson's Bay Company.

    Edition: First UK edition

    London: Putnam, 1935. Blue cloth. pp (xiv), 305 + plates. Index. Spine sunned; ink name to front and rear endpapers; slight foxing to page edges; else a VG clean and unworn jacketless copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 51598
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  • Ross, M.J.
    Polar Pioneers: John Ross and James Clark Ross

    Edition: First edition

    Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994. Black cloth. pp xvi, [12], 435. Maps and illustrations in text; notes, bibliography, index. Fine in fine jacket. "In 1818 John Ross led an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage. He got as far as Baffin Bay, but when he reached the only practicable entrance to the passage he declared it to be no more than a bay enclosed by mountains. In subsequent years he was widely derided for that error and carried the scars of public and professional humiliation for the rest of his life. In 1829 he mounted a private expedition to search for the passage, during which he became trapped in the Canadian Arctic and survived a four-year…

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    Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994. Black cloth. pp xvi, [12], 435. Maps and illustrations in text; notes, bibliography, index. Fine in fine jacket. "In 1818 John Ross led an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage. He got as far as Baffin Bay, but when he reached the only practicable entrance to the passage he declared it to be no more than a bay enclosed by mountains. In subsequent years he was widely derided for that error and carried the scars of public and professional humiliation for the rest of his life. In 1829 he mounted a private expedition to search for the passage, during which he became trapped in the Canadian Arctic and survived a four-year ordeal of isolation and hardship. He proved that whatever his shortcomings as an explorer, he could never be accused of lacking courage. James Clark Ross was one of the most experienced and respected explorers of his day. He led or took part in eight expeditions to the Arctic, including John Ross' 1818 and 1829 expeditions and three with the great explorer William Edward Parry. He also led a highly successful scientific expedition to the Antarctic in 1839-43. His many important discoveries included locating the North Magnetic Pole, and he ensured the presence of the Ross family name throughout both polar regions: Ross Island, Ross Ice Shelf, and Ross Sea in the Antarctic; James Ross Strait, Ross Bay, Ross Point, and Rossoya in the Arctic."- jacket. .3 kg parcel

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51597
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  • STEELE, Peter (George Back)
    THE MAN WHO MAPPED THE ARCTIC

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 2003. Green boards, endpaper maps. pp xxviii, 307 + plates; index. Fine in fine jacket. "The intrepid life of George Back, Franklin’s Lieutenant".

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51596
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  • WALDO, Fullerton
    DOWN THE MACKENZIE THROUGH THE GREAT LONE LAND

    Edition: First edition

    New York: Macmillan, 1923. Green cloth with illustrated label on front cover, endpaper maps. pp (xiv), 251, [5] + Frontispiece & 30 photo plates on 16 leaves; index. Spine very lightly darkened; yellowing to page edges; light foxing to pages adjacent to the plates; smal bumps to upper outer corners of covers; else a fine, bright copy, no owner marks. Good descriptive narrative of a trip starting in Edmonton and ending at Arctic Red River.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51595
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  • FRIENDLY, Alfred
    BEAUFORT OF THE ADMIRALTY. The Life of Sir Francis Beaufort 1774-1857.

    Edition: First US issue

    New York: Random House, 1977. Cloth & boards. Endpaper maps. 362, (6) pp + plates; text illustrations, bibliography, notes, index. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51594
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  • Lyle, Dick
    Muskox Land: Ellesmere Island in the Age of Contact (Parks and Heritage)

    Edition: First edition

    University of Calgary Press, 2001. Card covers (not published in hardcover). pp (xxvi), 615. Maps, figures, photographs, bibliography, index. Promotional sheet for the book's launch laid in and inscribed by the author on that occasion. Fine copy. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51593
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  • REANEY, James (Alden Nowlan)
    ALPHABET Number two, July, 1961

    London, Ontario: 1961. Octavo, card covers. Yellowing to spine and page edges, light damp spot to rear cover, VG uncreased copy otherwise. Six poems by Richard Outram, seven poems by Alden Nowlan, also work by Daryl Hine and Jay Macpherson. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 51591
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  • SHEARD, Virna
    FAIRY DOORS

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1932. Quarter bound in blue cloth with colourful decorated boards. pp (77). Fine copy. Pink dust jacket has small chips to ends of lightly sunned spine, flap folds a little darkened with small chips at ends, VG otherwise. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51590
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  • SHERMAN, Francis
    THE COMPLETE POEMS. Edited with a Memoir by Lorne Pierce. Foreword by Sir Charles G.D. Roberts

    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: Ryerson, 1935. Brown decorated cloth stamped in gilt. pp (x), 178 + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard, good 20 page bibliography (by Pierce) at rear. Covers, title page, jacket, and text illustrations are by Thoreau MacDonald. Edison B21. Very light sunning to spine ends, offset yellowing to inner margins of endpapers, else fine. Yellow dust jacket has small chips and short tears to ends of lightly darkened and rubbed spine, panels a little darkened with slight soiling; good. Posthumously published poems of this important Canadian 90s poet who died in 1926. Edition of 475 trade copies.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51589
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  • SANGSTER, Charles
    THE ST. LAWRENCE AND THE SAGUENAY. Hesperus and other poems and lyrics. Introduction by Gordon Johnston

    University of Toronto Press, 1972. Yellow cloth. Facsimile reprint, with new Introduction, of his two major works (1856, 1860). Very nearly fine. Dust jacket has chips and tears; good. 1.1 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51588
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  • SCOTT, Duncan Campbell
    LUNDY'S LANE and other poems

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1916. Red cloth with pictorial cover label. Spine lightly darkened, small ink owner name at front, yellowing to page edges, VG clean & unworn otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51587
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