Welcome to Steven Temple Books
Having operated shops on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto since 1974, we closed the shop in March, 2014 and now operate from home in Welland, Ontario (close to Niagara Falls). We can see visitors by appointment. The books (currently about 6-7 thousand) are priced, on shelves. and in categories. We continue to specialize in literary books, Canadiana both non-fiction and literary, and select out-of-print and rare books (mostly hardcover) in various fields. We now have some ephemera, but don’t stock comic books, fairly recent used books, bestseller novels, nor paperbacks (unless collectible). Business is primarily by internet or mail. We welcome and pay attention to wants lists when they are of books we might actually find some day and which are worth enough money to look for.
We accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal, cheque (Canada and US only), money order – even cash !
We were established in 1974 and are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada and are affiliated with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
Notable New Arrivals
MONTAGU. Mary Wortley (1689-1762)
THE WORKS of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montague, including her correspondence, poems, and essays. Published by permission from her genuine papers
London: Printed for Longman Hurst Rees Orme and Brown; John Murray; and Baldwin Cradock, and Joy, 1817
The sixth edition, five volumes, 12mo, with engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard and 9 engraved plates (7 folding) of facsimile letters and one document. Edited by J. Dallaway from manuscripts in the possession of her grandson, the Marquess of Bute. First published in 1803. Lady Montagu was one of the most important female English writers between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen and one of the most provocative and entertaining writers of either sex in her day. She is especially remembered for her letters, particularly those from Turkey, where her husband was the British Ambassador. Her sharp but ever witty tongue provoked Pope and Walpole to write nasty attacks. She also helped introduce the Oriental practice of vaccination for smallpox to England. Bound in 20th century brown half morocco and marbled boards, spines with raised bands and elaborate gilt ornamentation, small oval volume numbers in black leather, marbled endpapers, page edges coloured yellow; a faithful and very handsome reproduction of a Regency binding. Bookseller's ticket (Franklin Book Shop, New York) at rear of volume I but no binder's name. Minor rubbing to edges of boards; quite minor rubbing to spine tips and outer corners touched up; a fine, lovely set, no owner names, neither hinges nor joints cracked, text exceptionally clean. In gift condition - it would make a dandy gift for a woman of a feminist and intellectual sensibility. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
ASBJ?RNSEN, Peter Christen, and J?rgen Ingebreksten Moe (Kay Nielsen)
EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON. Old tales from the north. Illustrated by Kay Nielsen
London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date, 0
Tall octavo, leaf height 23 cm / 9 inches. pp (v)-(xvi), 17-285 + blinder's blank front and rear. All edges gilt. Frontispiece and 23 other tipped in captioned colour plates included in the pagination (complete). Numerous black & white drawings. head and tail pieces, and decorative borders, in text. Rebound by the Cottage Bindery, Bath, in full cream bevel edge parchment stamped in gilt, with illustration on front cover within decorative border, spine with lettering and four decorated compartments, decorative border on rear cover, ribbon ties at fore edges. Occasional light foxing in text, mainly in vicinity of the colour plates; else a fine copy. A later printing ca 1920s (first was also undated, 1914, with 25 c.p. with captioned tissue guards). 15 folk tales, translated from the Norwegian, which originally appeared in Sir George Dasent's POPULAR TALES FROM THE NORSE. Nielsen's masterpiece, with stunning highly stylized, beautifully coloured illustrations in an Art Nouveau style, widely felt to the greatest book from the golden age of British children's book illustration. Gorgeous book in an excellent deluxe binding. The Cottage Bindery was established in the 1960s and continues to do fine bindings.
HARRISON, Charles Yale
GENERALS DIE IN BED
New York: William Morrow, 1930
Tan cloth lettered in red, black on white illustrated page edges, black top page edges. pp , 269, . Yellowing and slight foxing to page edges, else fine. The striking yellow, black & red non-pictorial Art Deco jacket (by Wenck) has tiny chips to head of very lightly darkened spine; small narrow rubbed spot to rear spine fold; tiny chips to lower edge of front panel and outer corners; yellow rear panel has a 1 cm tear at bottom, minor dust soiling; else fine. First published earlier in 1930 by a small British publisher; Morrow having previously rejected the manuscript, ended up reprinting it a few times. This powerful tale is the most important Canadian World War I novel and no doubt one of the top ten WWI novels. Harrison was born in Philadelphia and by age sixteen was working for The Montreal Star. He enlisted with the Royal Montreal Regiment and was a machine-gunner in Belgium and France, wounded at Amiens in 1918, after which he returned to Montreal for a while before moving on to New York. The novel was praised by Ford Madox Ford, and in its partial appearance in magazines, including German ones, may have influenced Remarque in the writing of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. "The story of the looting of Arras by Canadian troops and their conflict with the English Military Police is told for the first time. But piquant as are these and many other revelations of the realities of war in and behind the lines, the real quality of the work lies in the exquisite, and withal unselfconsciousness, expression of the beauty and graciousness of human relationships, however startling and unorthodox, amid the foulness and brutality of that inferno." - jacket flap. See the two columns about Harrison in Toye, Oxford Companion to CanLit. Now quite scarce on the market in any sort of dust jacket. This is a lovely copy, by far the best I have ever seen, very scarce indeed in this condition.