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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.

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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Paris: Hours Press, 1930. 1st. Tall Octavo. Wraps. Very Good Original stapled red wraps lettered in black. One of only 300 copies, this being no. 250. Original wraparound band announcing this as the winner, judged by Nancy Cunard and Richard Aldington, of an award for the best piece on the subject of time. Wraparound band a little darkened at edges, wraps a little sunned at edges. Very light foxing throughout. This is Beckett's first published work and the myth is that it was shoved under Cunard's door just before midnight at the deadline and of course it won and started one of the great literary careers of the 20th century. A very good copy.
Price: $4750.00 USD
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The Eater of Darkness.
Paris: Contact Editions, 1926. 1st Edition. 8vo. Wrappers. VG Marbled wraps with paper title labels to spine and front panel. This is Coates first book and the book often considered the first novel of the DADA movement. Wear to the extremities with chipping to the head and heel of spine. Otherwise a fiarly sharp copy of one of the more interesting books published by Robert MacAlmon's Contact Editions.
Price: $1250.00 USD
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The Viking Age: The Early History, Manners, and Customs of the Ancestors of the English-Speaking Nations.
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1889. 1st Us Edition. 8vo. Cloth. Near Fine / VG. Two volumes in gilt lettered and decorated blue cloth. Wrapped in decorative dust jackets. Vol 1-591 pp, Vol 2-562 pp. Illustrated throughout. Shelf to extremities. Dust jackets chipped at head and heel of spine. Great survivor in rare almost complete dust jackets. Beautiful set.
Price: $750.00 USD
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For Whom the Bell Tolls.
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1940. 1st Edition. 8vo. Leather. Near Fine New black calf with red title labels lettered in gilt. With Hemingway's signature in gilt facsimile on front panel. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Housed in black cloth slipcase. A beautifully bound 1st edition of Hemingway's great novel of the Spanish Civil War.
Price: $1250.00 USD
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Death in the Afternoon.
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1932. 1st Edition. 8vo. Leather. Near Fine Full new orange leather with black title labels lettered in gilt. Front and rear panels embossed with a fat cross pattern. Housed in brown cloth slipcase. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. A beautifully rebound 1st edition of Hemingway's bullfighting masterpiece. $1,000.00
Price: $1000.00 USD
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The Poems of John Keats: Arranged in Chronological Order with a Preface By Sidney Colvin.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1924. Reprint. 8vo. Leather. Near Fine Two (2) volumes in full blue morocco. 6 panels with raised hubs on spine with gilt frames and gilt edges. Gilt embossed frame on rear and front panels with elaborate gilt dentelles. Bound by Bayntun and so signed. Blue ribbon markers. Blue cloth endpapers. Some mild foxing to front blanks. An absolutely beautiful binding by Bayntun with minimal wear.
Price: $1500.00 USD
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Whistler As I Knew Him.
London: A & C Black, 1904. First Edition. 4to. Hard Cover. Signed. Very Good + Edition De Luxe. Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies, of which this is no. 112. Signed by Mortimer Menpes. With the original etching of the Menpes children by Whistler. 125 additional plates with captioned tissue guards. Top edge gilt. Front board and spine with orange and brown borders and gilt lettering. Book plate to front paste down. Head and heel of spine expertly repaired, spine lightly faded. Tips a bit rubbed. Hinges repaired. A tight and square copy, clean and bright throughout. Rarely found with the original etching. A very nice Whistler item.
Price: $1350.00 USD
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Winnie-the-Pooh. Decorations By Ernest H. Shepard.
ill. SHEPARD, ERNEST H.. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1926. First Edition. 12 Mo.. Original Cloth. Fine / Very Good. Original green cloth with bright gilt cover decoration and spine lettering, top edge gilt, map of the 100 Aker Wood to endpapers, bright, clean interior. Housed in the first state dust jacket with 117th Thousand to rear flap. Jacket spine lightly darkened with chips to head of spine (not affecting the title) and nicks to tail of spine and tips. Overall, a fine copy in a very good dust jacket. Highly collectible.
Price: $3000.00 USD
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Plutarchs Lives. Translated from the Greek By Several Hands. To Which is Prefixt the Life of Plutarch [5 Volumes].
PLUTARCH [c. 46-120]. John Dryden (Editor).
London: Jacob Tonson, at the Sign of the Judges-head, 1683-86, 1683. Octavo. Full Leather. Very Good Five volumes. Volumes 3, 4 and 5 with irregular pagination, though register complete and continuous. Vol. 1: Pp. [28], [4], 1-128, [1]-656. Frontispiece + 11 engraved plates; Vol. 2: Pp. [6], 688. Frontispiece + 11 engraved plates; Vol. 3: Pp. [4], 684, [2 - publ. adverts.]. Frontispiece + 10 engraved plates; Vol. 4: Pp. [4], 712. Frontispiece + 8 engraved plates; Vol. 5: Pp. [4], 764. Frontispiece + 11 engraved plates. Engravings by Burgers, Vanderbank, James Collins, Sturt, and Robert White; the frontispiece to vol. 1 is signed by Touroude, who may have been the original artist of the other illustrations. Full calf binding, ornate gilt panelled spine, double leather spine labels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, rebound some time ago by Waters Newcastle. Pages shaved, headlines grazed on occasion. Interior primarily clean with occasional tanning. Covers slightly soiled, scuffed, and rubbed, spine gilt fading. Overall, a very good set.
Price: $2000.00 USD
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East of Eden.
New York: The Viking Press, 1952. First Edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Signed By the Author. Fine This autographed First Edition of East of Eden is limited to 1500 copies, of which 750 are for private distribution. This copy signed by John Steinbeck in blue pen on the limitation page. Bound in forest green cloth with titling in gilt to front board and spine. Housed in a custom green slipcase to match (not original to the book). A fine copy.
Price: $3500.00 USD
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