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  • BARR, Robert
    A PRINCE OF GOOD FELLOWS. Illustrated by Edmund J. Sullivan

    Edition: First printing

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1902. Brown cloth lettered in gilt and black with colour pictorial label on front cover. pp (iii), x, 340, (4,ads) + title leaf printed in red and black + 32 pp publisher's March, 1902, catalogue + frontispiece with tissue guard and 14 other plates by a noted illustrator. Yellowing to endpapers and page edges; label has light rubbing, slight ripple from damp; else a VG unworn copy. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS UNCLE " 'Oh my prophetic soul ! / Mine uncle !' To J.D. Watson from his nephew Robert Barr". Barr's mother was Jane Watson. An historical novel of 16th century Scotland; young King James V wanders his kingdom incognito. In some 40…

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    London: Chatto & Windus, 1902. Brown cloth lettered in gilt and black with colour pictorial label on front cover. pp (iii), x, 340, (4,ads) + title leaf printed in red and black + 32 pp publisher's March, 1902, catalogue + frontispiece with tissue guard and 14 other plates by a noted illustrator. Yellowing to endpapers and page edges; label has light rubbing, slight ripple from damp; else a VG unworn copy. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS UNCLE " 'Oh my prophetic soul ! / Mine uncle !' To J.D. Watson from his nephew Robert Barr". Barr's mother was Jane Watson. An historical novel of 16th century Scotland; young King James V wanders his kingdom incognito. In some 40 years of dealing in more than a casual way in this author, this is only the second time I have encountered his signature. This UK edition is much less common than the 1902 US edition. AMICUS locates four copies.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 49019
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  • REVILLE, F. Douglas
    A REBELLION: a story of the Red River Uprising. Illustrated by Paul Wickson

    Edition: First Edition

    Brantford, Ontario: Hurley Printing Company, 1912. Maroon cloth lettered in white. pp (14), (199), [9] + 10 sepia toned plates. Fine in copy. Dust jacket has some soiling to the rear panel, near fine otherwise. A novel of the first Riel Rebellion in Manitoba in 1869-1870.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 44583
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  • KENNEDY, J. de N. (John de Navarre Kennedy, 1888-79)
    CRIME IN REVERSE

    Edition: First printing

    London: Thomas Nelson, 1939. Green cloth, spine lettered in yellow. pp (346), [2]. Light soil spot on spine, small tan spot to rear free endpaper, light yellowing to page edges and endpapers, else a fine, bright copy. Dust jacket has chips, rubbing and small tears to ends of lightly darkened spine but only a small part of two letters affected; fingernail size chip to front panel; small chips to outer corners; two inch split to lower rear spine fold; rear panel lightly soiled, with a skinned spot to blank lower margein; generally VG otherwise, colours bright, flap price (7/6) intact, decent in appearance. A crime novel in which we are told at the outset that the K.C. who is…

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    London: Thomas Nelson, 1939. Green cloth, spine lettered in yellow. pp (346), [2]. Light soil spot on spine, small tan spot to rear free endpaper, light yellowing to page edges and endpapers, else a fine, bright copy. Dust jacket has chips, rubbing and small tears to ends of lightly darkened spine but only a small part of two letters affected; fingernail size chip to front panel; small chips to outer corners; two inch split to lower rear spine fold; rear panel lightly soiled, with a skinned spot to blank lower margein; generally VG otherwise, colours bright, flap price (7/6) intact, decent in appearance. A crime novel in which we are told at the outset that the K.C. who is defending an accused man is himself the murderer. Features an authentic murder trial. "Jack" Kennedy, born in London, UK, was a member of Toronto's Arts and Letters Club where he knew Canadian crime writer William Lacey Amy ("Luke Allan") and where he bet Amy he could write a crime novel as good as any of the Luke Allan tales. After taking his degree at Cambridge, he was sent to British Columbia to be a fruit farmer. He instead chose to study law and was called to the BC bar in 1918. He next moved to Port Arthur, ON, and then to Toronto, being called to the Ontario bar in 1921. He became an outstanding lawyer and a partner in Manning, Mortimer and Kennedy. He was also an outstanding tennis player, though he had only one usuable arm owing to a childhood bout with polio. Kennedy became a more than competent watercolourist, claiming that Lawren Harris taught him how to paint while he taught Harris how to play tennis. He wrote the official history of the Dept. of Munitions and Supply in WWII, and in 1952 moved to Peterborough where he served as a judge until his retirement in 1963. The present book is the second of his three crime novels. Skene-Melvin p 120. Uncommon book, scarce in jacket.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 49963
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  • EVANS, Hubert, 1892-1986
    FOREST FRIENDS: stories of animals, fish, and birds, west of the Rockies. By Hubert R. Evans

    Edition: First printing

    Philadelphia: Judson Press, 1926. Dark green cloth gilt lettered. Green pictorial endpapers.pp [2], (12), 218, [2] + 15 photo plates. Bump to uppper outer corner of front cover, minute rubbing to spine ends, offset yellowing to free endpapers , slight yellowing and minor foxing to page edges, else a fine, bright copy of the beloved British Columbia author's first book, a collection of nature stories. Not in Watters.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 48949
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  • NISBET, Charlotte J. editor
    GENEALOGY OF THE WRIGHT FAMILY

    No place (Sarnia, Ontario): Author, 1928? 1940?. pp 17, [3], stapled in card covers. Two portraits in text. Ex historical society library; front cover has a piece of clear tape in lower inner corner, rubber stamp in top margin; sticker shadow inside front cover, rubber stamp in top margin of title page; VG clean and unworn copy otherwise.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 48800
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  • Holograph drafts of a poem by ROSS, W.W.E.
    ROSS, W.W.E.
    Holograph drafts of a poem

    1894. 6 x 8 inch sheet of lined paper. Horizontal crease to middle, yellowing and nicks to fore edge, VG otherwise. First draft with numerous changes of a poem beginning (in the first version) "By God's will here I am". The first version has nine lines, with changes. There is a middle section of three lines, followed by a second version of four lines beginning "By God's will here" (one word crossed out). The hand is difficult and I have not been able to decipher it all., nor have I determined whether or not it has been published in any form. I have recently compared this unsigned and untitled ms. with a known extensive sample of his hand and am…

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    1894. 6 x 8 inch sheet of lined paper. Horizontal crease to middle, yellowing and nicks to fore edge, VG otherwise. First draft with numerous changes of a poem beginning (in the first version) "By God's will here I am". The first version has nine lines, with changes. There is a middle section of three lines, followed by a second version of four lines beginning "By God's will here" (one word crossed out). The hand is difficult and I have not been able to decipher it all., nor have I determined whether or not it has been published in any form. I have recently compared this unsigned and untitled ms. with a known extensive sample of his hand and am morally certain this is indeed by Ross (having long suspected such). "William Wrightson Eustace Ross (June 14, 1894 - August 26, 1966) was a Canadian geophysicist and poet. He was the first published poet in Canada to write Imagist poetry, and later the first to write surrealist verse, both of which have led some to call him 'the first modern Canadian poet.' " - Wikipedia. Ross began writing poetry around 1923. The next year he married and bought a house on Delaware Ave. in Toronto, where he lived for the remainder of his life. He developed a distinctly Canadian verse form he called "laconic". He was published in the noted American little mags "Poetry" and "The Dial". He privately published his first book "Laconics" in 1930, which garnered a favourable review by Marianne Moore. "Sonnets", also privately published, followed in 1932. Some prose poems influenced by Max Jacob and Franz Kafka were published New Directions in Prose & Poetry for 1937, which are considered to be the first published prose poems written in Canada. His 1956 Contact Press book "Experiment 1923-29" was the last book published in his lifetime. "Shapes and Sounds" (1968), a posthumous and substantial collection contained some new poetry. Ross holograph, including even a signature, is rare in the market.

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    Book ID: 48450
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  • JARVIS, Julia
    In good faith: being the story of some Jarvises, namely Stephen Jarvis, and his ancestors, and an appendix containing the two elder branches of United Empire Loyalist families: namely Munson Jarvis and some family, William Jarvis and some family.

    Toronto: Author, 1976. Blue buckram, spine lettered in silver. Approximately 200 leaves from typescript photocopied on rectos only. Many photos. Fine copy. From page following half-title: " Dear Spenser - Here is an incomplete copy of my 'Jarvis book' - all that is missing are faint pictures of tiny village churches which my Father re-designed or re-built. The recollection of pasting all these photographs in and making labels for them still leaves me shuddering...#10, lacking some pictures." "This is a light-hearted and uninhibited story for the amusement and edification of my own immediate family." - title page. The original manuscript, with pastedin photos, is at Library and Archives Canada. AMICUS locates at Toronto Public Library only. OCLC locates one…

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    Toronto: Author, 1976. Blue buckram, spine lettered in silver. Approximately 200 leaves from typescript photocopied on rectos only. Many photos. Fine copy. From page following half-title: " Dear Spenser - Here is an incomplete copy of my 'Jarvis book' - all that is missing are faint pictures of tiny village churches which my Father re-designed or re-built. The recollection of pasting all these photographs in and making labels for them still leaves me shuddering...#10, lacking some pictures." "This is a light-hearted and uninhibited story for the amusement and edification of my own immediate family." - title page. The original manuscript, with pastedin photos, is at Library and Archives Canada. AMICUS locates at Toronto Public Library only. OCLC locates one copy (Family History Library, Salt Lake City). A rare and obviously important Toronto genealogy.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 48230
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  • INTENT TO KILL. By Michael Bryan (pseud.) by MOORE, Brian (Michael Bryan)
    MOORE, Brian (Michael Bryan)
    INTENT TO KILL. By Michael Bryan (pseud.)

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1956. Variant in red boards, spine stamped in black (also noted in blue boards). pp 190. Page edges tanned, text paper toned, just a mite leaned, covers a little bowed, else fine. Black dust jacket (art by Lowen, a sinister face holding a hypodermic needle) has minor rubbing and creased nicks to spine ends; quite minor wear to outer corners; near fine otherwise, flap price intact, no sunning to the red spine lettering. A crime novel set in Montreal. "The glaring lights above the operation table had been burning for most of the day. A man's brain lay exposed, and silent, whiite figures examined it and worked it over it with urgent skill and care.…

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    London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1956. Variant in red boards, spine stamped in black (also noted in blue boards). pp 190. Page edges tanned, text paper toned, just a mite leaned, covers a little bowed, else fine. Black dust jacket (art by Lowen, a sinister face holding a hypodermic needle) has minor rubbing and creased nicks to spine ends; quite minor wear to outer corners; near fine otherwise, flap price intact, no sunning to the red spine lettering. A crime novel set in Montreal. "The glaring lights above the operation table had been burning for most of the day. A man's brain lay exposed, and silent, whiite figures examined it and worked it over it with urgent skill and care. The surgeon poised, then lowered the scalpel to the damaged area. A barely heard moan, and the patient was unconscious. The patient in his own country was an important political figure, and his opponents knew that the only chance of success for their revolt lay in taking advantage of his absence. Which was why, in a hotel somewhere in Montreal, three men were plotting what to do, in case the operation succeeded." - jacket flap. The patient is the President of an unnamed South American country. This was Moore's seventh novel overall, the sixth of his seven potboiler crime novels, and the first of the two under the "Michael Bryan" pseudonym. Published in the USA as a Dell paperback original in 1956, which is fairly common; this, the first hardcover edition, is, along with his other E&S hardcover MURDER IN MAJORCA (1958), his scarcest book. It was also the first of a number of his novels to be the basis of a film (Intent to Kill, 1958), starring Richard Todd, Betsy Drake, Herbert Lom, Warren Stevens, Alexander Knox, and Jackie Collins, and filmed in Montreal. Rees A7b.

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    Condition: Binding: Hard Cover

    Book ID: 48497
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  • RICHARDSON, John
    MAJOR RICHARDSON'S MAJOR-GENERAL SIR ISAAC BROCK AND THE 41st REGIMENT. Edited by T.B. Higginson

    Burks Falls, ON: Old Rectory Press, 1976. pp 14, stapled, in light blue card covers. #74 of an edition of 250 copies. VG. Reprints a letter which appeared in the United Service Magazine in March, 1846. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 48810
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  • REIMER, Al
    MY HARP IS TUNED TO MOURNING

    Edition: First printing

    Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, 1985. pp 440, glossy card covers. Fine copy. An historical novel set 1905-24, about the Mennonite colonies in central Ukraine ravaged by war and revolution, focused on the Molochnaya settlement.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 48803
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  • PANKO, Andrew and Peter Bowen
    NIAGARA, ST. CATHARINES & TORONTO ELECTRIC RAILWAY IN PICTURES

    Edition: First printing

    Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: NiagaRail Publications, 1983. Red boards. pp 144. Mostly photos, with captions. #1344 of an editon of 2000, signed by both authors. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 48695
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  • ZLÁMAL, Miroslav
    THE PARTISAN CAPTAIN

    Edition: First printing

    Hamilton, Ontario: Circle 8 Printing, 1970. Maroon faux leather. pp 320. VG jacketless copy. Inscribed by the author. Two page Preface by Stanley Burke. An autobiographical novel about the Slovak uprising against the Nazis in 1944 by a Slovak author and poet who emigrated to Toronto.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 48994
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  • WEST, Karl A.
    THE SIRENS OF HELENA STREET

    No place (Toronto]: Author, c1938. Red cloth gilt lettered. pp [6], (4), 50, [4]. Fine copy. "Chapters from Part One and Part Two" - verso of title leaf. I don't find any record of other publications by this author. Fiction.Toronto setting.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 48939
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  • WEAVER, Emily P. (1865-1943)
    THE TROUBLE MAN or the wards of St. James

    Edition: First Canadian issue

    Toronto: Musson, no date (1911?). Green pictorial cloth stamped in multi-colours, spine gilt lettered. pp [2], v-vi, 7 - (316) + title leaf printed in red and blue on coated paper + frontispiece with tissue guard and two other colour plates, top edges gilt. 1915 ink owner name at front; yellowing to page edges; brown spots to pp 188-89, with scattered small spots elsewhere, mostly in margins. VG otherwise, the handsome binding quite bright and unworn. Watters p 414 and most copies on AMICUS date [1911?]. Made from sheets of the undated London: Religious Tract Society edition, [1910?]. A novel set in Ontario, by an Ontario author. Uncommon.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 49015
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  • WAYFARER [pseud. of Abner Cosens)
    WAR RHYMES

    Wingham, ON: Advance Print., no date [1919?]. 18.2 cm, paper covers with front cover illustrated in brown & black (saluting soldier, two flags behind), lacking rear cover. Stapled. pp [100], unpaged. Staples rusty; small tear and short chip to fore margin of last leaf; two inch closed tear to pp [95-96] repaired with clear archival paper tape; small creases, edge nicks, to some leaves; front cover has an ink owner name, faint damp spots, and corner creases; a good clean copy over all, still tight in the binding. There were several printings with different pagination issued 1917? to 1919? The latest dated verse in this copy is 01 June, 1919. The last verse, on pp [99-100], is "Fritz Goes…

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    Wingham, ON: Advance Print., no date [1919?]. 18.2 cm, paper covers with front cover illustrated in brown & black (saluting soldier, two flags behind), lacking rear cover. Stapled. pp [100], unpaged. Staples rusty; small tear and short chip to fore margin of last leaf; two inch closed tear to pp [95-96] repaired with clear archival paper tape; small creases, edge nicks, to some leaves; front cover has an ink owner name, faint damp spots, and corner creases; a good clean copy over all, still tight in the binding. There were several printings with different pagination issued 1917? to 1919? The latest dated verse in this copy is 01 June, 1919. The last verse, on pp [99-100], is "Fritz Goes Farming". This copy doesn't correspond exactly to any of the records on AMICUS. WWI verse written by a civilian 1914-19. Cosens was in the insurance business in Wingham. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping rate may be reduced.

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    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 47261
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