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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.

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

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Ham on Rye.
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1982. 1st Edition. 8vo. Cloth & Boards. Signed By the Author. Near Fine / Near Fine. Quarter yellow cloth over pale yellow decorated pictorial boards with paper title to spine. Edition limited to 350 numbered copies signed by the author. This is copy #143. Near fine copy with obvious flaws. One of Bukowski's best, surprisingly uncommon.
Price: $2500.00 USD
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Huntingdon Woods: Phantasia Press, 1980. 1st Limited Ed. 8vo. Cloth. Signed By the Author. Near Fine / Near Fine. Gilt lettered blue cloth in pictorial dust jacket. Edition limited to 725 copies signed and dated by the author. This is #66. King signed this edition over a period of four days. This one is dated July 5, 1980 the first day of signing. A desirable copy in nice condition.
Price: $2000.00 USD
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The Eyes of the Dragon.ill.
Kenneth R. Linkhauser. Bangor: Philtrum Press, 1984. 1st Limited Ed. Quarto. Cloth & Boards. Signed By the Author. VG+ Quarter gilt lettered black cloth over patterned red paper boards. Housed in matching slipcase. Edition limited to 1000 numbered copies signed by the author. This is #368. One of the better productions of a King Limited. General wear to book and slipcase but still nice collectible copy.
Price: $1250.00 USD
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Christine. ill.
Stephen Gervais. West Kingston: Donald Grant, 1983. Limited Edition. 8vo. Cloth. Signed By the Author and Illustrator. Near Fine / Near Fine. Silver lettered red cloth in pictorial dust jacket. Housed in red cloth slipcase. Edition limited to 1000 copies signed by King and Stephen Gervais the illustrator. Near fine copy in slipcase that is bumped on one corner.
Price: $1100.00 USD
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Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1882. Second Authorized American Edition. 12 Mo.. Hard Cover. Signed By the Author. Very Good SIGNED BY WILDE on the title-page: "For Carl from his friend / Oscar Wilde '83". 17.5 cm x 11.5 cm, pp. vii, 230, brown satin cloth, stamped with floral design in squares, gilt title to spine, top edge gilt, floral endpapers. Invisible repair to head & tail of spine, repair to paper over hinge. A very nice, collectible copy of Wilde's first book, originally published in London 1881.
Price: $9000.00 USD
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The Wind in the Willows. ill.
Charles Van Sandwyk. London: Folio Society, 2008. Folio limited Edition. Folio. Quarter Vellum. Signed By the Artist. Fine Gilt lettered quarter vellum over grey paper boards decorated in gilt and brown. Top edge gilt. Housed in green cloth clamshell box with gilt lettered title label. Edition limited to 1000 numbered copies and 30 copies in roman numerals. This is copy XX. This book with an original copper etching signed and numbered by the artist. Although illustrated by many artists this edition is wonderfully illustrated for the first time by Canadian artist Charles Van Sandwyk. Fine copy of an elusive edition.
Price: $3500.00 USD
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Double Persephone.
Toronto: Hawkshead Press, 1961. First Edition. Sewn Chapbook. Signed by Author. Fine 17.2 cm, [16] pp. in white illustrated card covers. The staples have been removed and the book skillfully sewn. A fine copy. Signed by the author on the title page. Author's first book. A collection of seven poems published when Atwood was only 19 years old. According to Atwood, the edition size was only 220 copies. Stapled copies are of the second state. It was issued by John Robert Colombo's Hawkshead Press as Book One, Market Book Series. Laid in is a photo card of Atwood reading (recent). A 20th century Can Lit highspot, the very scarce first book of Canada's best known literary author.
Price: $4000.00 USD
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The Plays of Shakspeare, From the Text of Dr. S. Johnson.
With the Prefaces, Notes &c of Rowe, Pope, Theobald, Hanmer, Warburton, Johnson, and Field Notes from Many Other critics. Also the Introduction of the Last Editor Mr. Capell and a Table Showing .... Dublin: Thomas Ewing, 1771. 16mo.. Full Leather. Very Good 13 volumes. 15 cm x 9 cm. Full green Nigerian goatskin, 4 raised bands, ornate gilt-stamped spine compartments, double leather spine labels in maroon and black, marbled edges. Frontispiece engraving to volume 1 by Dublin engraver, Patrick Halpin (1755-1787), engraved title-page and head-piece in each volume, except volume 13. Expertly replicated spine labels to a few volumes, previous owner's signature, Bank of Ireland to front free endpaper of volume 3 only, last 50 pages or so of volume 13 blank (used to make size uniform), spines lightly faded, tanning to margins of endpapers, otherwise a very nice set, handsome on the shelf.
Price: $3500.00 USD
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The Great Transformation.
New York - Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1944. First Edition. Octavo. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus. / Very Good. Pp. [xiv], 305. Tan linen cloth with brown spine lettering. Neat ink signature of John A. Sawyer (father of award winning science fiction author, Robert A. Sawyer) to front free endpaper, occasional margin lines in pencil, otherwise a very good, clean copy in a slightly chipped, price-clipped dust jacket. "The Great Transformation gives a cool and ruthless analysis of the social devastation produced by an uncontrolled system, the market economy. ..." - dj flap.
Price: $850.00 USD
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