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  • ROOKE, Leon
    A GOOD BABY

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Knopf, 1990. Uncorrected proof in salmon non-pictorial card covers. Faint spine sunning; soft corner crease to rear cover with soft bump to late leaves; very nearly fine otherwise. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 54009
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  • ADDERSON, Caroline
    A RUSSIAN SISTER: a novel

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: HarperCollins, 2020. Advance reading copy / "uncorrected proof" in colour pictorial card covers. Front cover has a small corner crease and soft crease to fore margin, corner crease to one leaf, VG+ otherwise. A tragicomedy set in 19th century Russia. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 54018
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  • COUZYN, Jeni
    A TIME TO BE BORN: poems of childbirth. With drawings by Claire Weissman Wilks

    Edition: First printing

    London: Firelizard, 1999. Illustrated boards. pp (72). Excellent line drawings by the noted Canadian artist, Fine copy. In a plain translucent wrapper (bit yellowed, VG). ; Squarish octavo

    Book ID: 52870
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  • ALIBI by KROETSCH, Robert
    KROETSCH, Robert
    ALIBI

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Stoddart, 1983. Advance uncorrected proof in white card covers printed in black. pp (3)-239. Yellowing and minor soiling to covers, VG otherwise. This advance format is scarce. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 53513
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  • ALLEN, Grant
    ALS, 15 Sept. (1883?)

    1884. 2 pp, 18 x 11 cm. Bifolium. Dated 15 Sept. Twenty-one lines of text, written in a close neat hand. The text is complete, but the second leaf has suffered some loss from careless removal from the mount, and has glue traces to the blank reverse. Signed 'Grant Allen'. Addressed to 'My dear Mr. Payn' [James Payne, editor of the Cornhill Magazine, London]. He begins by thanking him for his 'very kind note', before explaining: 'I have sent you nothing lately for two reasons: first, because I have been working very hard at my projected novel; and secondly because I have been working still harder at a house which we are furnishing here, and which has occupied the best…

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    1884. 2 pp, 18 x 11 cm. Bifolium. Dated 15 Sept. Twenty-one lines of text, written in a close neat hand. The text is complete, but the second leaf has suffered some loss from careless removal from the mount, and has glue traces to the blank reverse. Signed 'Grant Allen'. Addressed to 'My dear Mr. Payn' [James Payne, editor of the Cornhill Magazine, London]. He begins by thanking him for his 'very kind note', before explaining: 'I have sent you nothing lately for two reasons: first, because I have been working very hard at my projected novel; and secondly because I have been working still harder at a house which we are furnishing here, and which has occupied the best part of my time for three weeks past.' He does however have 'another short story, designed (with your kind approbation) for the Cornhill, now on the stocks, and I will shortly send it for your consideration.' He turns to 'the suggested light science', announcing that he 'will try my hand as soon as possible at the toad-in-a-hole, which is a favourite subject of mine as it happens, tho' I'm strongly inclined to believe, like your own professor, that he is never really found in situ.' He requests anonymity ('as I gather will be the case with all Cornhill papers under the new régime'), as it will give him 'more room to kick my legs about'. He confesses: 'The fact is, though I must earn my living by literature, I have my private ambition as well: I may some day put myself up as a candidate for the Royal Society, and if I were suspected of possessing a sense of humour, it might prove a fatal disqualification for the post.' The article, under the title 'Seven Year Sleepers', appeared in the Cornhill for January 1884, its theme being 'whether the "toad in a hole" can survive immurement for long periods', with a broader discussion of hibernation. James Payne (1830-98), besides editing the Cornhill and Chambers's Journal, published novels and belles lettres. The novel he was working was probably PHILISTIA (1884), his first novel. I have handled many, many Grant Allen books over decades, but this is only the second autograph I have had.

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    Book ID: 51532
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  • AN ARMY DOCTOR'S ROMANCE. Illustrated by Harry Payne by ALLEN, Grant
    ALLEN, Grant
    AN ARMY DOCTOR'S ROMANCE. Illustrated by Harry Payne

    Edition: First printing

    London: Raphael Tuck, no date [1893]. Card covers. Felxible white front cover embossed with chromolithographic illustration, brown cloth spine, glossy plain cream stiff card rear cover, pp (6, including frontis. photo portrait of author), 109, (3, ads) + colour oleograph illustration facing page 1 + 3 b&w plates. Breezy Library no. 3. " It is a simple love-story in which Muriel Grosvenor finds herself in the position, thanks to her domineering mother, of having agreed to marry two men at once. Both are in the Army and before the matter can be resolved they are sent off to Africa on a campaign to quell a rising of the Matabele. Here the doctor Oliver Cameron saves his wounded rival's life;…

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    London: Raphael Tuck, no date [1893]. Card covers. Felxible white front cover embossed with chromolithographic illustration, brown cloth spine, glossy plain cream stiff card rear cover, pp (6, including frontis. photo portrait of author), 109, (3, ads) + colour oleograph illustration facing page 1 + 3 b&w plates. Breezy Library no. 3. " It is a simple love-story in which Muriel Grosvenor finds herself in the position, thanks to her domineering mother, of having agreed to marry two men at once. Both are in the Army and before the matter can be resolved they are sent off to Africa on a campaign to quell a rising of the Matabele. Here the doctor Oliver Cameron saves his wounded rival's life; fortunately, the latter falls in love with his nurse. It is curious that GA, a formidable anti-imperialist, should so often describe such bloody inter-racial colonial conflicts as though they were mere boyish pranks."- Peter Morton. ; 12mo

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    Book ID: 53853
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  • Allen, Grant
    Aterkallad till livet (Recalled to Life). Oversattning fran egnelska originalet av Elisabeth Lilljebjorn

    Edition: First Swedish Edition

    Stockholm: Nordiska Forlaget, 1911. 17.5 cm. Green flexible leather grain cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. pp 160 pp. Book a bit leaned, ink name at front, else a fine copy. First edition was London, 1891. Scarce edition; 16mo

    Book ID: 53656
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  • HENIGHAN, Stephen
    BLUE RIVER AND RED EARTH

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Cormorant, 2018. Advance reading copy in pictorial card covers. Large rubber stamp on title page, else fine. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 52896
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  • HANSEN, Joseph
    BRANDSTETTER & OTHERS: five fictions

    Edition: First printing

    Woodstock, Vermont: Foul Play Press / Countryman Press, 1984. Blue cloth. Fine in fine, price-clipped jacket.

    Book ID: 43160
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  • Inkster, Tim & Elke, Alice Munro, Leon Rooke, John Metcalf)
    CELEBRATING THE EXCELLENCE OF TIM & ELKE & PORCUPINE'S QUILL, with notes on John Metcalf. Eden Mills Writers' Festival Tribute September 11 2005

    Eden Mills, ON: Eden Mills Writers' Festival, 2005. 8 leaves printed rectos only, orange card cover with maroon celox spine. Edition of 30 copies, this is #29. Light sunning to margins of front cover and a couple of black marks (done in printing) to fore margin, else fine. Prints appreciations by Blaise, Reaney, Avison, Coles, Munro, Heighton, Rooke, Page, and others. Reaney and Munro's reproduce their holograph originals. Small label at end of Contributors' list stating "P.S. Amanda Jernigan". Her tribute in the form of a poem is printed on orange paper pasted to rear cover. There is also a copy of the poem on normal white paper laid in. Celebrating the national treasures Tim and Elke Inkster, printers and publishers. John Metcalf long served as editor. ; Quarto

    Book ID: 53696
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  • ONDAATJE, Michael
    COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER

    Edition: First of this edition

    London: Picador / Pan, 1984. Glossy card covers.Text paper and page edges a bit yellowed as always, else fine. This was Constance Rooke's copy. Her ink notes are on a post-it note at front and there are a few pencil notations in text. Cover is a photo of a black trumpet player, his face hidden by a rag, perhaps Miles Davis, different from all other editions. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.; 12mo

    Book ID: 53024
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  • ROOKE, Richard
    CROSSING THE BORDER & other poems

    Edition: First printing

    Francestown, NH: Typographeum, 1992. Blue cloth with paper spine label. pp (46), [2]. Some interesting drawings by high school students of this Canadian author. Fine copy. Copy H of 10 signed by the author. There were also 75 regular copies. ; Tall octavo

    Book ID: 51582
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  • SPALDING, Linda
    DAUGHTERS OF CAPTAIN COOK

    Edition: First UK printing

    London: Bloomsbury, 1988. Inscribed by Author; Blue boards with ribbon marker. Fine copy. Jacket has soft creases at head of spine, else fine. With good 1989 presentation inscription from the author to close friends, a noted Canadian literary couple. ; Octavo; Signed by Author

    Book ID: 53355
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  • LUCOTTI, Claudia, editor and introduction
    DÓNDE ES AQUÍ: 25 cuentos Canadienses

    Edition: First printing

    México: Fondo de Clutura Económica, 2002. Card covers with wraparound band. Fine copy. Spanish translation of stories by Sinclair Ross, Margaret Laurence, Morley Callaghan, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, Austin Clarke, Barbara Gowdy, Leon Rooke, Mavis Gallant, and others. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 53536
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  • Outram, Richard
    DOVE LEGEND (Advance copy signed)

    Edition: First printing

    (Erin, Ontario): Porcupine's Quill, 2001. Inscribed by Author; Advance promotion excerpt. pp (16) (including covers), stapled in pictorial paper covers. 10 poems selected from the published forthcoming in March, 2001. Light soiling and soft rumples to rear cover, near fine. Inscribed by the author, signed "Richard" and also signed by "Barbara" (his wife Barbara Howard, artist and soul mate). Laid in is a bookmarker for his reading at the Rivoli on Queen West in Toronto, on the verso of which is his hand-written invite to the launch of this book at the Arts and Letters Club, 25 March, 2-5 PM, signed "Richard". Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced; Signed by Author

    Book ID: 43342
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  • DR. JONES' PICNIC by CHAPMAN, S.E., M.D.
    CHAPMAN, S.E., M.D.
    DR. JONES' PICNIC

    Edition: First Edition

    San Francisco: The Whitaker & Ray Co, 1898. Blue pictorial cloth stamped in black and silver, yellowish floral endpapers. pp (iii)-(viii), 177. Title page & terminal blank tanned (offset from acidic endpapers); a few faint, scarcely noticeable spots, to front cover; yellowing to page edges; else a fine, bight cover, no rubbing to cover stamping, vulnerable inner hinges not cracked, an exceptional copy. Dr Samuel E. Chapman (1840-1930) was a Cleveland, OH, homeopath and physician who moved to California in 1877. This, his only book, is a fantastic tale of a voyage to the North Pole in an aluminum orb named Silver Cloud (which is pictured on the front cover). Along the way he cures cancer. After its successful…

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    San Francisco: The Whitaker & Ray Co, 1898. Blue pictorial cloth stamped in black and silver, yellowish floral endpapers. pp (iii)-(viii), 177. Title page & terminal blank tanned (offset from acidic endpapers); a few faint, scarcely noticeable spots, to front cover; yellowing to page edges; else a fine, bight cover, no rubbing to cover stamping, vulnerable inner hinges not cracked, an exceptional copy. Dr Samuel E. Chapman (1840-1930) was a Cleveland, OH, homeopath and physician who moved to California in 1877. This, his only book, is a fantastic tale of a voyage to the North Pole in an aluminum orb named Silver Cloud (which is pictured on the front cover). Along the way he cures cancer. After its successful voyage and retun to Washington, D.C., it sets out for the South Pole. "Eccentric novel. It uses the fictional techniques of Jules Verne and Frank Stockton, but its prime purpose seems to be propaganda for an extreme version of homeopathic medicine and Fundamentalist religiosity . A curiosity, and an irresponsible one at that." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years p 410. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-41 and (1981) 1-40. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 152. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Bleiler (1978), p. 42. Reginald 02871. Wright (III) 988. A lovely copy of this very scarce Arctic novel. Also noted in red cloth.; Octavo

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    Book ID: 53309
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  • ROOKE, Leon
    EN CHUTE LIBRE: roman. Traduit de l'anglais (Canada) par Richard Crevier. Préface de Russell Banks...

    Edition: First French Edition

    Paris: Libretto, 2002. Card covers. Fine copy. Translation of The Fall of Gravity. ; 12mo

    Book ID: 53934
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  • LOCKRIDGE, Richard
    ENCOUNTER IN KEY WEST

    Edition: First printing

    Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1966. Cloth & boards. Pink spine has sunning to ends; slight yellowing to page edges; light foxing to front free endpaper; VG otherwise. Dust jacket has crease to front flap, front panel has a short creased tear to upper inner corner and two small soil spots, pink spine has some sunning and short tears at ends; VG otherwise. A non-criminous novel by the prolific crime novelist, set in Key West and dealing with the ramifications of homosexuality in man-woman relationships. ; Octavo

    Book ID: 52392
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  • FLASHBACK (signed proof) by WOOD, Ted
    WOOD, Ted
    FLASHBACK (signed proof)

    Edition: First printing

    New York / Toronto: Scribner's / Maxwell Macmillan. Advance uncorrected proof.. 224 pp. Blue card covers. Long corner crease to rear cover, else fine. 7th Reid Bennett crime novel by this Canadian author. Signed by the author. ; Octavo; Signed by Author

    Book ID: 1699
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  • GASTON, Bill
    GARGOYLES: stories

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Anansi, 2006. Advance uncorrected proof. Cerlox bound in colour pictorial front cover with plastic overlay, black card rear cover, sticker on plastic stating "Page Proofs, Finished Book to Follow". Fine copy. Unusual format. This book nominated for a Governor General's Award and winner of the Victoria Book Prize and ReLit Award. ; Octavo

    Condition: Very Good

    Book ID: 54338
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