Signed Books: The Perfect Gift for Book Lovers

Holidays, birthdays, or just because—a book can be a cherished present for any occasion. Want to take it up a notch? A signed copy of a reader’s favourite tale is practically a gift within a gift. The author’s personality shines through in their signature, and their warm inscriptions can make for an unforgettable gift for book lovers.

Here are just a few of the signed books we have in store:


Factotum by Charles Bukowski

London: W. H. Allen, 1981. Hardcover. pp. 205. 8vo. Bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Light edgewear. Dustjacket showing light shelfwear, protected with plastic brodart sleeve; contents clean and bright. SIGNED by Bukowski. First British Edition. (079368) $1,750.00 USD

The Orange Fish by Carol Shields

Toronto: Random House, 1989. Hardcover. pp. 199. 8vo. Lightest shelfwear, crease to rear endpaper; near fine, in near fine dustjacket. SIGNED by author on title page, with warm inscription. (065770) $30.00 USD

For My Brother Jesus by Irving Layton

Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1976. Paperback. pp. xviii, 128. 8vo. Light general shelfwear, minor edgewear to front cover, author’s inscription to fep; very good. (073387) $25.00 USD

Uncle Scrooge McDuck; His Life and Times by Carl Barks (Limited Edition Book with Signed Lithograph)

Millbrae: Celestial Arts, 1981. First edition. Hardcover. pp. 374. 4to. Leatherbound with gilt lettering to spine. Red ribbon marker. Eleven reprinted stories with upgradeed colouring, and one new story, “Go Slowly, Sands of Time” with original watercolor illustrations by Barks. Light shelfwear; very good+. “Published in honor of Carl Barks’ 80th birthday (March 27, 1981), this limited edition of 5000 numbered copies includes a separate numbered lithograph of the painting ‘Wanderers of Wonderlands’ which was hand signed by Mr. Barks. This is copy number 3544.”  (087645) $450 USD

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

London: Headline Publishing Group, 2013. Hardcover. pp. 248. 8vo. Bound in blue cloth with silver lettering and decoration, author’s signature and drawing to title page. Light shelfwear; very good+ in very good dustjacket showing new-bookstore-applied stickers to front and rear panel. (080599) $90.00 USD

The Western Lands by William S. Burroughs

New York: The Viking Press, 1988. Second printing. Hardcover. pp. 258. 8vo. Light general shelfwear, jacket price-clipped with some sunning to spine. SIGNED by Burroughs, and with a ticket to a 1988 Ridge Theatre reading laid-in; there is a video of this Vancouver reading available online. A few annotations in ink, including previous owner’s name, and a list of passages read, on a rear blank page. (081991)  $250.00 USD

A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence

Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1966. First edition, second state. Hardcover. pp. 202. 8vo (21 x 14 cms). The binding is not stitched. The book has two small dark spots from tape remains to the front free endpaper. There are few tiny nicks to the board edges, else the book is in near fine condition. The dust jacket shows the original published price. There is very modest wear, else it is in very good condition with no significant flaws. SIGNED by the author on the title page without date or inscription. This copy from the library of the late Dr. Doris Saunders, and it is signed by her. Laid-in loose is a copy of the obituary notice for Dr. Saunders, who led a distinguished academic career in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (9900044408) $300.00 USD

A Boy at the Leafs Camp by Scott Young

Boston/Toronto: Little, Brown & Co., 1963. Hardcover. pp. 256. 8vo. Bound in blue cloth. Drawings by Doug Sneyd. Light shelfwear, author’s signature to ffep. Dustjacket somewhat scuffed and creased. protected with plastic brodart sleeve; very good in very good- dustjacket. SIGNED by Young. (088843) $75.00 USD     

The Flaming Dance by George Henry Hambley

Winnipeg, Manitoba: George H. Hambley, 1976. Hardcover. pp. 395. 8vo. Bound in orange cloth with black lettering to spine. Black and white photographs. Light shelfwear, slight slant to spine, author’s inscription to ffep. Dustjacket rubbed with considerable nicking and tearing to edges, now protected with plastic brodart sleeve; very good in good- dustjacket. SIGNED by Hambley. (088845) $40.00 USD

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