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H ello and welcome to our new locations on the web and the street! We have a new location in Toronto Ontario Canada at 366 Adelaide Street West, Ste LL04/LL05 M5V 1R9 (see map). The store is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm (and by appointment on Saturdays). Our new website is open 24 hours a day. We can accept orders over the phone or via email.
Our phone number is 416 598-1015, fax number is 416 598-3994, email

PLEASE NOTE: Because of uncertainty regarding medical appointments our posted hours of 9am to 5pm can no longer be guaranteed. Our services to our clients still can, and will be. All phone messages will be dealt with promptly. All orders processed and dispatched as usual, but we cannot guarantee to always be here. We may arrive at 10am one day or have to close for an hour at anytime. To not inconvenience clients they should phone first (416 598-1015). Almost always someone will be here, but we strongly advise you to phone ahead before coming.

Thank you,
David Mason Books



SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Updated with new chapter "Hemingway Heist"

The Pope's Bookbinder NOW AVAILABLE in TRADE PAPERBACK!

Copies are now available in our store for $24.95 (Canadian).
Call (416 598-1015) or email to order your copy.
All books purchased through us will be signed by David Mason.

The Pope's Bookbinder. A Memoir.
By David Mason.
Biblioasis, 2016. 464 pages. Index. $24.95(CAD).
A memoir of Mason's forty-five years in the booktrade. After some years in Europe doing odd jobs, including a period doing bookbinding in Spain, and reading incessantly, Mason returned to Canada, apprenticed in the book trade with Joseph Patrick Books and has been selling used and rare books ever since. His memories include the books dealers, collectors, and libraries he has dealt with over that period.

The added chapter on the Hemingway / Fitzgerald / Callaghan robbery explains what happened and why the author chose not to put it in the original edition.

“For anyone who loves books too well – who lusts after them, lives in them, mainlines them – David Mason's memoir will be a fix from heaven. Heartful, cantankerous, droll, his tales of honour and obsession in the trade gratify the very book-love they portray. An irresistible read.” – Dennis Lee

“Entertaining, moving, informative, intelligently hopeful: I know of few other books like this one to warm the cockles of a booklover's heart.” – Alberto Manguel

Available now. Email us at: Order Pope's Bookbinder
Copies bought here will be signed by the author.


 

 

LATEST ELIST NOW ONLINE - eList #47 NEW!

Our latest e-list is now viewable at: eList #47 This list will always be emailed out before being posted on the website so if you wish to receive the list email us at:

 

Our LATEST CATALOGUE Now ONLINE - Canadian PULPs - Catalogue 91 NEW!

Our latest catalogue is now available for download or viewing in PDF format at: Canadian Pulps / Paperbacks

LATEST CATALOGUE NOW ONLINE - LITERATURE BY WOMEN - Catalogue #90

Our latest catalogue is now available for download or viewing in PDF format at: Literature by Women

SPECIAL LIST OF KUBASTA POP-UPS

Our latest catalogue is now available for download or viewing in PDF format at: Kubasta Pop-Ups

NOW ONLINE - LOVE AND MARRIAGE

Our latest catalogue is now available for download or viewing in PDF format at: Love and Marriage

PRESERVE CANADA'S HERITAGE

Save Library And Archives Canada: www.savelibraryarchives.ca



MEDICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC JOURNAL OFFPRINTED NOW IN OUR DATABASE.

Journal offprints have been added to our online database. Click here to view.



"The Big Lie. On Terror, Antisemitism, and Identity "
by David Solway.

Published in March 2007.

$20.00 + post
Terms to the Trade

A stunning meditation on the complex nature of Islam, the meaning of Judaism, the demonolgy of antisemitism, the never-ending story of Middle Eastern conflict, and the troubled trajectory of Western civilization.

This books, originally from 2007, is even more relevant today.

The author's brilliantly researched attacks on the perils of twisted Muslim fundamentalism, based on his comprehensive readings in Muslim, Christian, and Jewish sources, is very prescient now that we are in the midst of the vicious, uncivilized, and genocidal activities of ISIL in much of the world. Solway's take, now almost ten years old, is even more important to an understanding of our current war with ISIL than it was when published.




FEATURED ITEMS


Signed by Shackleton and Seven Expedition Members


SHACKLETON, Sir Ernest. South The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917.
London: William Heinemann, 1920. Fourth Printing. Signed by the author and seven members of the expedition. Tall 8vo., orig. pictorial navy cloth lettered in silver, xxiv, (376)pp. With numerous illustrations and folding map at rear. Light wear to extremities, else near fine.

Shackleton’s account of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, signed on the endpaper by Shackleton (1874–1922) and seven members of the expedition: Frank Wild (1873–1939), Shackleton’s 2nd in Command, went on a total of five expeditions to Antarctica and was awarded the Polar Medal with four bars; James A. McIlroy (1879–1968), one of two surgeons with the Weddell Sea Party; J. R. Stenhouse (1887–1941), 1st Officer (subsequently Captain) of the Aurora, Ross Party; Frank Worsley (1872–1943) Captain of the Endurance; L. D. A. Hussey (1891–1964) Meteorologist; L. Rickinson (1883–1945) Chief Engineer; A. H. Macklin (1889–1967) the second surgeon with the Weddell party.


8,500.00


Our Latest Publication


The TRUE and GENUIN ELEGY OF Matthew Gun Bookseller
NP: Aliquando Press, 2014. 1 of 125 copies. Size is 15" x 10 1/2". A reprinting of an early Eighteenth century broadside on the pitiful lot of the bookseller then. This is copied from the original held by the British Library. We have been unable to trace any other copy and we felt it was worthy of a Twenty-first century revival. Now that the book trade is perhaps more threatened than at any earlier time, Matthew Gun’s lament resonates strongly. It has been printed by Will Rueter at his Aliquando Press in Garamond, the display fonts are ATF Baskerville and xiv Century Roman. It’s is printed on Hahnemuble white mould made paper. Rueter is one of the foremost designers and private printers in Canada and we are very pleased he agreed to take on the project. This printing is indicative of the quality of Rueter’s work and now that we have exhausted our list of friends we offer copies for sale.



Special terms to booksellers.
50.00




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The Protocols of Used Bookstores


NOW IN ITS THIRD PRINTING!

David Mason.

The Protocols of Used Bookstores. A Guide to Dealing with Certain Perils Which Could be Encountered in a Used Bookstore.
(Toronto): David Mason Books, (2010).
8vo., printed wrappers, (18)pp. With illustrations.

Price $10.00.


Usual terms to the trade.

 

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