Old Book and Paper Show

March 26, 2023

The GTA’s ONLY old paper and antiquarian book show, back again in its convenient mid-town Toronto location. The Old Book and Paper Show sets up in the bright, easy to access and historical facility at Wychwood Barns.

Make sure to get out to the March 26, 2023 show. New dealers, lots of great stock, plus great dealers in vintage rare and antiquarian books. The Wychwood show is Toronto’s ONLY old book and vintage paper show. You should plan now to attend.

Sunday, March 26, 2023
Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street
Toronto, ON M6G 4C7


Hours: 10am – 4pm
Admission: Adults $12
Children 12 and under no charge

$1 OFF DISCOUNT ADMISSION COUPON

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Collectors can find the following vintage books, paper and more:

Transportation including railway and ocean liner items; Historical documents including land grants, mortgages and deeds; 30’s/40’s fashion magazines; airline memorabilia; Old magic books; Old farm equipment booklets; Eatons memorabilia; Pulp fiction – crime, detective, Sci-Fi – including Weird Tales, The Shadow, The Phantom Detective, Vintage paperbacks; Movie posters, stills, lobby cards; Vintage photography on paper plus daguerreotypes, armbrotypes and tintypes; Sporting material – baseball, hockey, hunting, fishing dating to the 1920’s; Autographs; Advertising; Letterheads; Postal covers; Nearly 100,000 vintage postcards, all villages, towns and cities in Ontario plus sports, transportation, holidays from Christmas to Halloween; Theatre and movie programs; Poetry; Scientific journals; Comic books; Magazines. Old books on a huge range of topics including: books on travel, military, science, literature, biographies, the Arctic, cooking, etc, plus fiction, and much else.

An excellent line-up of dealers for March 26, 2023

  • Alexander Arts
  • George Brown
  • Ronald Good Vintage Advertising
  • C. Frank Hoyles Postcards
  • That Guy With the Books
  • Top Drawer Vintage Art
  • Mark Tooth, Arca Books
  • The River Trading Company
  • Morris Norman
  • Hollywood Canteen
  • Attic Books
  • Brian Wheeler Collectibles
  • Arwen Greenwood, About Books
  • Alain Masson
  • Fastball Collectibles
  • Orange Crush Vintage
  • Mathew Ross
  • Alphabet Bookshop
  • Media History MTL
  • Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps and Books
  • Kitchener Kollectibles
  • RZABASBOOKs
  • Plantation Antiques
  • Karol Krysik Books
  • Glory Days Collectibles
  • Robert Rankin Books
  • How Fetch Vintage
  • Jeff Coopman, The Usual Suspects
  • Carina Fato, Unvaulted Vintage
  • Fashion History Museum
  • Roy Rodriguez

Random selections from various exhibitors

Patrick & Slade Kitchener, Kitchener Kollectables, Hamilton
Summer is over and time to wind down and sit back with a good book or that vintage magazine! Just like the great vintage Pulp paperbacks we will have at the show! Also bringing old comics, postcards, antique photographs, vintage Playboys, early 1900’s cigarette cards, local history & military Memorabilia! Still packing and picking so come see us for more rare ephemera.

Mary McGowan, River Trading Company, Hamilton
We are a used bookstore in Hamilton, Ontario, with a reputation for good quality, general interest books at very reasonable prices.

For the show, we’ll be bringing a variety of our stock, including vintage mystery novels, some Literary Digest magazines from the 1930s, older children’s books (including pop-ups), and so on.

Zubairul Islam, That Guy With the Books, Toronto

Below is a shortlist of some of the special items I’ll be bringing. I’ve attached several photos as well:

-An early 20th century manuscript Missale Romanum, illuminated and written by hand, and vibrantly brought to life with numerous watercolors signed by several different artists
-An extremely scarce early 16th century edition of Jean Prevel’s Biblia cum summariorum, a Latin Bible reprint of the earlier Paris edition in 1519, illustrated with hundreds of woodcut initials, and one small woodcut at the beginning of Genesis.
-A mid 16th century manuscript accounting register belonging to a member of the Hodaige Family, dated 1544. The family of Hodaige (or Houdeige) counted among its members merchants, lawyers, men of the Church or holders of public offices (mayors, etc.). There are nearly 300 leaves, with numerous entries in a fine hand
-An early 16th century edition of the Giunta Bible, being the fifth edition, and the first in Latin. There are over 100 woodcuts, including three full-page woodcuts, two of which are the six-panel woodcut of Creation, and The Nativity.

Mark Tooth, Toronto

I specialize in literature on Ancient History, Art, Numismatics and select militaria, as well as interesting ephemera of all ages. I will be bringing an intriguing selection of titles on these subjects to the November show.

Amongst the items that will be on display at the show, here are a few highlights:

A group of seven framed European issued stock certificates (17″x 22″) from the early 1900s.

A small batch of Toronto-related publications including several 19th century University of Toronto Songbooks.

A very nicely bound Livre D’Or de la légion étrangère. Centenaire de la légion étrangère 1831-1931.

A dozen photo albums including several military themed albums.

Hundreds of adverts from the 20s through the 70s.

Mike Serafin, The Book Not Mad, Midland, ON

The Book Not Mad is based in Midland, Ontario and suffers greatly from the cur- I mean “blessing” that everything is interesting.

For this show we will be bringing an eclectic mix of items – militaria, cooking, gardening, Torontonia, and some select picks from our shelf of awesome, such as: a first Ed / first Printing of Thomas Pynchon’s “V”, a signed copy of Robertson Davies’ “Leaven of Malice”, a signed copy of LM Montgomery’s “Pat of Silver Bush” to highlight but a few.

We will also be bringing a 1915 “Electoral Atlas of the Dominion of Canada”, a (slightly beat up) copy of volume 2 of Goad’s “Atlas of the City of Toronto” 3rd Ed, updated to 1923. And perhaps most interesting, a copy of the circa 1908 portfolio of Aubrey Beardsley’s complete and unedited illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” – our copy has an interesting association in that it bears the bookplate of Evelyn Ste-Croix Fleming, mother of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. And of course much much more! Please do stop on by and see us!

Kyla Ubbink, Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation, Ottawa

“Offering museum quality restoration, conservation, and preservation services, Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation takes pride in returning life to artifacts while maintaining their historical integrity and value, ensuring the longevity of our cultural heritage.”
Stop by our booth and discover what can be done to save, restore and preserve your treasured Old Books and Paper
The photo below is an example of our work:

John Maguire, Top Drawer Vintage Art, Toronto
“Top Drawer offers a carefully curated selection of original vintage art, prints, advertising and other collectible ephemera that is accessible, affordable and easy to frame.”

Robert Rankin Books, Caledonia has sent details of a few special items he and Shirley are bringing to the November 13 show. Top left: Engraving of the Council House of the Six Nations Indians, 6 Concession Township of Tuscarora, County of Brant, Ontario. Silas. Published by Toronto: Page & Smith, 1875 Top middle: Old Christmas, Irving, Washington, Published by London, Macmillan & Co., 1886 Top right: A Reading on the Use of Torture in the Criminal Law of England Previously to the Commonwealth, Jardine, David, Published by London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1837 Bottom: Lot of 4 Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair posters, 19989 to 1993.

Ken and Kim Davis, Mississauga
“My specialty is good quality military, aviation and naval books. I have many Official Histories from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada, biographies, regimental histories and campaign books as well as related materials. I will be bringing many of these to the Show and other ephemera like maps, art work and photos.”

Jennifer Balogh, How Fetch Vintage, Toronto How Fetch Vintage will have a huge collection of postcards, photos, Victorian trade cards, books, magazines, posters, letters, manuals, trading cards, and more! Extra focus on automotive, zeppelin, military, GTA/Durham, advertising, royalty, car brochures and manuals.

Zeppelin ephemera – How Fetch Vintage

Karl Krysik Books, Toronto This week for the Old Book and Paper Show we will be bringing lots of items new to inventory. We will be displaying a selection of interesting Canadian material, with a heavy focus on Toronto and local history, and exploration, with a mix of children’s books, ephemera, and general antiquarian stock.

Artscape Wychwood Barns – an ideal venue

The ‘Covered Street’ is a 200 foot long room, formerly used to overhaul streetcars, but now a spacious event facility. Industrial-chic is the design theme, exposed red brick walls, a wonderful end-to-end glass skylight forming a roof, vintage TTC photographs on the walls. In short, a perfect venue for our Old Book and Paper Show.

Wychwood Barns is at 601 Christie Street, west of Bathurst, south of St. Clair. It occupies a block between Christie Street on the west and Wychwood Avenue on the east.

Get detailed public transit info to 601 Christie St. at: www.ttc.ca

There are several Green P parking lots in the area. Find a lot close to
601 Christie Street at: parking.greenp.com

Getting there:
St. Clair streetcar #512 runs along St. Clair and connects with St. Clair West Subway station. Get off at Christie and walk 2 short blocks south.

Christie bus #126 runs from the Bloor Subway station north on Christie and stops at the door.

Bathurst bus #7 is two blocks east of the barns and runs from Bloor Subway line north on Bathurst. Get off at St. Clair then west to Christie and south 2 blocks.