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We are located at 491 Davenport Road, Toronto, Ontario in our little house of all sorts in the shadow of CASA LOMA, Toronto's only castle.

Our south side location has parking out front.

Our Hours Are:
Thursday / Friday - 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All other times by appointment which can easily be arranged by calling 416-322-0777 or by e-mailing contacteditions@bellnet.ca

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Three Stories and Ten Poems
Contact Publishing Company. Paris, 1923. Black lettered blue jacket over beige wraps, enclosed in green cloth slipcase. Hemingway's first book. Although Bill Bird's Three Mountains Press' In Our Time was contracted earlier, Robert McAlmon's Contact Editions book was published and released earlier. Limited to 300 copies only. This copy inscribed by Hemingway on the front endpaper "This book is the property of James Cowan--he is not responsible for it--nor did he buy it. It was presented to him by the author--Ernest Hemingway" Cowan was a fellow reporter for the Toronto Star newspaper, for which Hemingway also worked. Included also is a sheaf of correspondence between former owners and James Cowan attesting to it's history and authenticity. Also included a dealer's catalogue in which this book was listed for sale back in late thirties or forties. This copy wrapped in glassine which is contemporary but not original. Wear and a few tears to the extremities but a particularly fine example of a fragile book. A great Toronto copy of an essential item in the Hemingway canon.
Price: $125000.00 USD
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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
Dublin: Printed for Messrs. Whitestone, Chamberlaine, W. Watson, Potts, S. Watson, Hory, Williams, W. Colles, et al, 1776. First Dublin Edition. Octavo. 3 volumes. Volume 1 with half-title. First Dublin edition, published the same year as the London first, and second edition overall preceding the London second edition of 1778. From the library of 18th-century Irish politician John Courtenay (1741-1816), with his signature to the title-page in each volume and on the half-title of volume 1. Full tan polished calf, exquisitely bound in period style, roll-tooled borders in gilt, elaborate gilt-tooling to spine, gilt-stamped maroon spine label, volume label in maroon and black, marbled endpapers. A very handsome edition of the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith, and is today a fundamental work in classical economics.
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The Witch's Head
London: Hurst and Blackett, 1885. First Edition. In three volumes. With a presentation inscription from the author to his sister reading, "Mary Haggard fr her affectionate brother The Author, May 1885." 8vo., orig. dark green grey cloth , lettered in silver on upper cover and the spine, (vi), (1)-295, (1); (vi), (1)-303, (1) blank; (vi), (1)-334, (6)pp. adverts. With halftitles. Bookplate in each volume, inner hinges of volume one cracked, there is dampstaining to the boards of each volume, the most pronounced on the rear board of volume two which has resulted in a loss/change of colour to the cloth, a bit of rubbing to the corners, however this is still a very good copy without wear of Haggard's scarce second novel done in an edition of 500 copies. In a folding cloth clamshell box. Whatmore F2, Scott 3, Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Price: $30000.00 USD
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ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM, (1527-1598). Theatro D'Abrahamo Ortelio, Ridotto in Forma Piccola, Augumentato Di Molte Carte Nuoue Nelle Aquali Sono Breuemente Descrittitutti Li Paesi al Presente Conosciuti. Tradotto in Lingua Italiana Da Giouanni Paulet ... Pietro di Hennin Conte Di Bovssv.
ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM, (1527-1598)
Anversa (Antwerp), 1593. Oblong octavo. 117 mm x 160 mm bound in 8's, unpaginated, title-page with device, frontispiece on verso of title-page, and [11] prelims., followed by 107 engraved maps printed on the recto or right-hand side with the textual description printed on the verso or the left-hand side adjacent to the map. The first map (Il Mondo - The World) is not numbered, the rest are numbered 1 to 106, with map 28 misnumbered as 82, [7] endpages (includes the Approbation leaf of the Catholic Church dated 11 November 1592). Original vellum, yellowed and with crack lines, lacking the leather closure ties at the head and tail, and two along the fore-edge, some staining in signatures C, D and G, with light staining in E and F. Latin handwritten stanza in a beautiful calligraphic hand to rear pastedown, most likely contemporary. The front free endpaper is new and not original to the book, otherwise this is quite a good copy of the first edition in Italian in the contemporary binding. Rare.
Price: $20000.00 USD
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London: Geoffrey Bles, 1925. First Edition in English. Octavo. Translated from the Czech by Lawrence Hyde. Grey cloth with red titles in dust jacket with half inch chips to head and heel of darkened spine. The spectacular front panel of dust jacket is complete and there is soiling to the rear panel and edges. An uncommon and desirable book.
Price: $1500.00 USD
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491 Davenport Road
Toronto, Ontario
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Our Hours:
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Saturday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
All other times by appointment.