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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.

Upcoming Events

7 to 9 November 2014
Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Baillie Court
Toronto, Ontario
Visit us at Booth 410
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Notable New Arrivals

ANNE OF AVONLEA. With Frontispiece and Cover in Colour by George Gibbs
London: Sir Isaac Pitman, 1909

First UK issue. pp (iii)-viii, 367 + colour frontispiece with captioned tissue guard. Newly rebound by Keith Felton in half crimson crushed morocco with lilac boards and endpapers, all edges gilt, bound-in ribbon marker, spine with raised bands, black labels, gilt lettering and ornamentation. Bound without the ads at rear. A fine copy in a pretty binding.

Made from sheets of the Boston: Page, September, 1909, first printing, this British first is very much scarcer than the American first. Her second novel, about as early as a serious collector can practically go with the British firsts. I have handled Anne of Green Gables many times in the American first printing but have only once in 35 years seen a copy of the British first. Would make a very nice present for a LMM fan. [43058]

ASBJORNSEN, Peter Christen, and Jorgen 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 ("vellum") 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.

USD $2500.00

TRUDEAU, Pierre Elliott
Glossy black & white photo by Karsh, inscribed

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25.5 x 20.5 cm photo by Joseph Karsh. "69-58" lightly rubber stamped on verso. Fine. Inscribed in the image "To Helen, with all good wishes, P.E. Trudeau, June, 1971". Trudeau is posed in profile, with one hand in pocket, other arm resting on a table. Perhaps a young Caesar. PET used this image as his personal photo in his first term in office. The photo was taken in 1968.

USD $250.00

(KENT, Rockwell)
BEOWULF. Verse translation by William Ellery Leonard

New York: Random House, 1932

Folio, 34 cm, rough grey pictorial cloth stamped in white, fore and bottom edges rough trimmed. pp [2], (148), [2] + 6 full page black & white lithos, large vignette litho to title page and small vignette litho on colophon page, by Rockwell Kent. Printed by the Pynson Printers in Hammer Uncial in reddish orange and blue with decorated initials. Edition of 950 copies signed by means of Kent's thumbprint, this is # 62. Page edges yellowed, crease to lower outer corner of front free endpaper, slight wear to spine ends and lower outer corners, else a fine copy, no owner names, lacking the dust jacket. Note: large 2 kg parcel, extra postage will be required. A handsome edition of this Old English classic.

USD $275.00

THE DEATH-SHIP: the story of an American sailor

London: Chatto & Windus, 1934

Octavo, terra cotta cloth gilt lettered, reddish brown top page edges. Spine very lightly darkened, fore edges yellowed, else fine, no owner names, top edges not faded. In a facsimile dust jacket (as new). Translated from the German DAS TOTENSCHIFF (1926) by Eric Sutton. This great writer's second book. This British edition preceded the 1934 Knopf edition (translated and revised by Traven himself) by several months. It is also scarcer than the US edition. It was originally written in English in 1923 or 1924 and was his first book to use the B. Traven pseudonym.

USD $495.00

SPENSER, Edmund (Walter Crane)
SPENSER'S FAERIE QUEENE: a poem in six books, with the fragment Mutabilitie. Edited by Thomas J. Wise

London: George Allen, 1895-97, 1897

Six volumes, quarto, original light cream pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and red, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, original red on pink illustrated card covers bound in. Fore and bottom page edges tanned; light yellowing to free endpapers from binding; very light spine yellowing; soft bruise to upper inner corner of front covers; volume I has neat professional repairs to inner hinges, rear joint, and spine ends, with light darkening at ends, gilt imprint a little flaked; volume VI has one very small brown spot on the spine; volume II has a hairline crack to front inner hinge neatly repaired; a fine set otherwise, no owner names or plates, the vulnerable white cloth remarkably clean. Edition of 1000 copies on handmade paper printed by Charles Whittingham of the Chiswick Press. 88 full- page woodcut illustrations (one double-page), 132 head and tailpieces, numerous woodcut initials, uniform illustration to front covers. Edited by the eminent book colllector, bibliographer, and forger Thomas J. Wise. A very handsome production of this great classic of late 16th century English literature, an epic poem, one of the longest in the language, and still never completed. Considered by many to be Walter Crane's best work in black & white, it was his most extensive commission as a book illustrator, taking three years to complete. Note: heavy set, extra postage will be required.

USD $2895.00

SHANNON, C. Hazelwood and J.W. Gleeson White, editors
THE PAGEANT (both published volumes)

London: Henry & Co. (1896 and 1897), 1896

Two volumes. Quarto, brown decorated cloth stamped in gilt (design by Charles Ricketts), brown on white decorated endpapers (by Lucian Pissarro), fore and bottom page edges rough trimmed. 1896 volumes: pp [4], (10). (244), (ix, ads). Full page and vignette illustrations in text. Spine has shallow chips at ends, a horizontal cloth split at top and partial splits to joints neatly repaired, gilt lettering flaked away; 2 small dark spots to front cover; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; in all, about VG externally, internally fine, no owner names. Literary contributions by Swinburne, Yeats, Verlaine, Maeterlinck. Richard Garnett, Lionel Johnson, Bridges, Beerbohm, and others. Art by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (2), Whistler (2, including "The Doctor- Portrait of My Brother", an original lithograph), Charles Ricketts (2), Millais (2), Rothenstein, G.F. Watts (2), Burne Jones (2), Laurence Housman, Charles Shannon (2), and others. 1897 volume: pp [4], (10). 266, (8, ads), [2]. Full page and vignette illustrations in text. Bit of wear to foot of spine, minor wear to outer corners, foxing to endpapers, cracked inner hinges neatly repaired, bit of bubbling to cover cloth, else a VG clean and tight jacketless copy, no owner names. Literary contributions by Austin Dobson, Michael Field, Edmund Gosse, Laurence Housman, John Gray, Angus Evan Abbott ("The Gods Gave My Donkey Wings", a fantasy story by a Canadian author), Max Beerbohm, J. Sturge Moore, Maurice Maeterlinck, R. Garnett, Villiers de l"isle Adam, Ernest Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Charles Ricketts, and others. Art contents include work by Bustave Moreau (3), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (2), Charles Hazelwood Shannon (2), Burne-Jones (2), Laurence Housman, Wiliam Rothenstein, Walter Crane, William Strang, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, George Frederick Watts (2), Charles Ricketts, and Lucien Pissarro (a woodcut in five blocks including much gilt), and others, several of the pictures printed in green ink. An essential fin-de-siècle periodical. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.

USD $450.00

Superb copy of perhaps the best WWI novel

HARRISON, Charles Yale

New York: William Morrow, 1930

Tan cloth lettered in red, black on white illustrated page edges, black top page edges. pp [14], 269, [5]. 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.

USD $1195.00

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