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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…

  • WASAGA SAGA: a history of Wasaga Beach

    No place: Author, no date (1994?). The paper issue in glossy card covers. pp 90, [2]. Colour and b&w photos. Fine copy. Ontario local history - shore of Georgian Bay.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50724
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  • Kluckner, Michael
    Toronto the Way It Was. With paintings by the author

    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: Whitecap Books, 1988. Black cloth. pp 319, Index. Well illustrated in colour and b&w. 2.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50723
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  • ARTHUR, Eric
    TORONTO NO MEAN CITY

    University of Toronto Press, 1964. Second printing. Cream cloth. pp [2], (xviii), (283) pp. Fine copy. Near fine jacket has a small tear at head of spine..The standard architectural history of Toronto. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50722
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  • ARCHBOLD, Rick
    I STAND FOR CANADA: the story of the maple leaf flag

    Edition: First edition.

    Toronto: Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 2002. Red boards. pp (186), Index, colour illustrations. Fine in jacket. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50721
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  • Harrison, Arthur Pratt
    Harrison Park Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

    Edition: First edition.

    Owen Sound, Ontario: Author, 1997. Green boards. pp xii, 171. Illustrated. Fine in VG jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50720
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  • East Durham Historical Society
    Hope and Its Port: two centuries of change

    No place (printed Lindsay, ON): The Society, 1992. Black boards, endpaper maps. pp viii, 152. Illustrated. Fine in near fine jacket. Gold sticker on verso of title leaf indicating this is copy number 747. No errata slip. Ontario local history - Port Hope, ON.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50719
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  • BEATTIE, David M.
    PILLARS AND PATCHES ALONG THE PATHWAY: a history of Nichol Township

    (Elora, ON): The Township, 1984. Brown cloth. pp xii, 209, [3]. Illustrated. Fine copy. Thin dust jacket nibbled along spine and flap folds, good. Uncommon Ontario local history. Wellington County. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50718
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  • MacKAY, Niall
    OVER THE HILLS TO GEORGIAN BAY: The Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway

    Erin, ON: Boston Mills Press, 1988. Third printing. Card covers. pp 143. Illustrated. Corner crease to front cover, near fine otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50717
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  • DENDY, William and William Kilbourn
    TORONTO OBSERVED, its architecture, patrons, and history

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1986. Cream boards. pp xiv, 327. Index, many photos. Fine copy. Dust jacket has minor wear to head of spine, else fine. Excellent architectural tour of Toronto. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50716
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  • ROBINSON, Marney Beck and Joan M. Clark
    LATER DAYS IN RICHMOND HILL: a history of the community from 1930 to 1999

    Richmond Hill, Ontario: Town of Richmond Hill / Richmoind Hill Public Library Board, 1999. Brown cloth. pp (xii), 332. Index. Photos. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a small creased tear to front panel, small closed tear to rear panel, else fine. 2 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50715
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  • Bailey, Melville T; Stewart R Leslie; Murray W Aikman / Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society
    MOUNTAIN MEMORIES: a pictorial history of Hamilton Mountain

    Edition: First printing

    Hamilton, ON: Hamilton Mountain Historical Society, 2000. Glossy boards. pp (viii), 144, Index. Well illustrated with old photos. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50714
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  • TORONTO ILLUSTRATED 1893: its growth, resources, commerce, manufacturing interests, financial institutions, educational advantages and prospects : also sketches of the leading business concerns which contribute to the city's progress and prosperity ...

    Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch, 1992. Title page continues "A brief history of the city from foundation to the present time". Facsimile reprint of the the Toronto: Consolidated Illustrated Co., 1893, original. Card covers. pp [2], (4), 11-250, [2]. Well illustrated. Adds a new consolidated index. Particularly useful for business history. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50713
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  • FREUCHEN, Peter
    IT'S ALL ADVENTURE

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1938. Red cloth, endpaper maps, red top edges. pp vi, 3-508 + frontispiece portrait and other plates. Spine very lightly darkened, else a fine, jacketless copy, no owner marks. Autobiography and adventures in Greenland by the great Danish adventurer and explorer. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50712
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  • ALFIERI, Vittorio
    THE TRAGEDIES OF VITTORIO ALFIERI: complete including his posthumous works. Translated from the Italian. Edited by Edward Alfred Bowring...VOLUME I ONLY

    London: George Bell, 1876. Volume I (of II). Maroon cloth. pp xviii+580 + 24 pp catalogue. Bohn's Standard Library edition. p. 134 has some ink notations in the upper margin, VG clean and unworn otherwise. Contains: Philip - Polynices - Antigone - Virginia - Agamemnon - Orestes - Rosmunda - Octavia - Timoleon - Merope - Mary Stuart.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50711
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  • ATWOOD, Margaret
    NEGOTIATING WITH THE DEAD. A Writer on Writing.

    Edition: First US issue

    New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Advance uncorrected proof. Light blue non-pictorial card covers printed in black. pp (xxviii), 219, [2]. Projected publication March, 2002, at USD 18.00 "A". Some sunning to spine and margins of covers; rippling to top margin of front cover and first three leaves; VG otherwise. A variant proof I have not seen before. I have seen another in yellow card covers giving publication of 06 March without the "A" after published price. As that variant is exact about the publication date, perhaps it is later.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50709
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  • Hendrix, Grady, with Will Errickson
    Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction

    Edition: First printing

    Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2017. Card covers with flaps. pp 255. Colour photos. Fine copy. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 50706
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  • Friedland, Martin L.
    The Case of Valentine Shortis: A True Story of Crime and Politics in Canada

    Edition: First edition

    University of Toronto Press, 1986. Orange cloth. pp xiv, 324. Photos in text, index. Fine in fine jacket. Was Shortis a bold robber in Valleyfield, Quebec, in 1895, or was he insane ? The case became politicized, and Laurier used it to become elected in 1896.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50705
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  • THEROUX, Paul
    THE COLLECTED STORIES

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Viking, 1997. Cloth & boards. pp 660. Spine a bit concave, else fine. Jacket has soft creases at foot of spine, else fine. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50704
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  • MacLEOD, Alistair
    NO GREAT MISCHIEF

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1999. Dark blue boards. Ink owner name at front, else fine. Dust jacket has a short tear to lower front flap fold, else fine. This Canadian author's highly acclaimed first novel, after two collections of short stories, and the winner of Ontario's Trillium Award for the year 2000 and the 2001 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His breakthrough book. His two short story collections (1976, 1986, a grand total of 14 stories) have long had a small circle of admirers, but with this book he became widely recognized.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50703
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  • ATWOOD, Margaret
    NEGOTIATING WITH THE DEAD: a writer on writing

    Edition: First printing

    Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Green cloth & boards, pale green endpapers. (xxviii), 219 pp. Fine copy, lacking the jacket. The Empson Lectures, six pieces on writing.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50702
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A selection of our current highlights…