Source : Dora Hood

Source Title Dora Rideout Hood Bookseller
Description

Dora Rideout Hood was one of the most notable booksellers Canada ever produced. She was born in 1885 and married physician Frederick Hood in 1918. Dr. Hood died in 1927, so Dora purchased a small mail order book business to supplement her income in 1928. The following year, she began producing catalogues, listings from which are shown under her name in this database.

Dora operated her dealership from her home at 730 Spadina Avenue in Toronto. Her specialties were Canadiana and Americana. She sold to collectors, large and small, libraries and institutions. She was a charter member of the Canadian Booksellers Association. In 1954, she sold the "Book Room," as her business was known, to Dr. William S. Wallace, retired Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto. The business changed hands several more times before it finally closed in 1982, while Mrs. Hood died in 1974.

Dora Hood wrote a book about her experiences in the book world, entitled The side door: twenty six years in my Book Room, published in 1958. It provides stories and anecdotes about notable authors and collectors and her own life as a bookseller.

Scope of Text

Contained in this listing are catalogues produced by Dora Hood's Book Room from 1929-1963.

Total Records in AED 85126
  • <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer. Scarce first UK edition (and true first) in the original cloth.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye. An iconic work of American literature.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Goethe, Faust: Ein Fragment. Rare first publication of Goethe’s masterpiece.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. First editions of Tolkien’s epic fantasy trilogy.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire. Highspot of American theater.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility. Austen’s first published book.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman. A lovely copy, signed by the author.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Jean de La Fontaine, Fables choisies. A tall paper copy of the famous Oudry edition.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> John Milton, Paradise Lost. First illustrated edition of Milton’s masterpiece of English literature.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are. Highspot of children’s illustrated books.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Offered here in exceptional condition.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian. Most important work of American fiction from the 1980s.
  • <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 1. John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men: A Play in 3 Acts New York: Covici Friede Publishers, 1937. Est $1,000
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 2. John Le Carré. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy New York: Knopf, 1974. Est $900.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 3. Ross MacDonald. 2 Rare Working Galleys: The Far Side of the Dollar, The Instant Enemy. Est $3,400.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 6. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban London: Bloomsbury, 1999. Est $1,500.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 9. Alexander Forbes. A History of<br>Upper and Lower California from Their First Discovery to the Present Time. Est. $1,200.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 11. Edith Wharton. Italian Villas and their Gardens New York: The Century Co., 1904. Est $6,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 18. Yoko Ono. Grapefruit London: Sphere Books, 1971 18. Est $3,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 18. Jean Toomer. Cane San Francisco: Arion Press, 2000. Est $900.00.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 29. Jean Dubuffet. Parcours New York: Pace Editions, 1981. Est $10,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 30. Doris Ulmann. Roll, Jordan, Roll New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933. Est $30,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 31. Manilo Morgagni; Photographs by Frederico Patellani, Stefano Bricarelli, Lucio Ridenti and Stefani... Est $1,500.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 32. Josef Hoffmann. Viribus Unitis: Das Buch vom Kaiser Vienna: Max Herzig, C. 1898. Est $1,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 34. Attributed to the Marques de Rubí Cayetano Pignateli, Third Marquis of Rubí, 9th Baron of Llinars (1730 - ?). Est $5,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 48. Features plates by various artists, including: Barbier, Brunelleschi, Iribe, Vallée, Wegener, Bakst and Simeon... Est $5,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 48. Henri Vever Bijouterie Francaise au XIXe Siecle Paris: H. Floury, 1906-1908. Est $1,500
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Gold mining boomtown collection of 23 photos<br>of Goldfield, Nevada (1905)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Columbus and New World Exploration manuscript (1512)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A. J. Russell.<br>The Great West (1869) 50 original mounted photos
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.
  • <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> HARRIS, Captain W. Cornwallis. Portraigs of game and wild animals. Est $2000/4000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> VALENTIJN, François. Rare<br>first edition of a remarkable and compendious work relating to Dutch ventures. Est $20,000/30,000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> VALENTIJN, François. Rare<br>first edition of a remarkable and compendious work relating to Dutch ventures. Est $20,000/30,000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> VALENTIJN, François. Rare<br>first edition of a remarkable and compendious work relating to Dutch ventures. Est $20,000/30,000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> WEEKLY TIMES ANNUAL. Group of six issues. Estimate $400/600.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> FLEMING, Ian. CASINO ROYALE. 1953. First edition. Est $1000/2000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> FLEMING, Ian. LIVE AND LET DIE. 1954. First edition. Est $3000/5000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> FLEMING, Ian. THUNDERBALL. 1961. First edition. Est $200/300.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> FHUNTER, Dard. 1943 First edition PAPERMAKING. Est $100/200.
  • <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Latest catalogue: 50 Fine Books 2015
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> M. Catesby,<br>The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1729-77).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (London, 1811). First edition of the Austen’s first published novel.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Koronatsionniy sbornik [Album of Nicholas II's coronation] (St. Petersburg, 1899): preferred deluxe version in Russian.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> A complete set of John Gould's magnificent bird books in attractive contemporary bindings (1831-88).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Andy Warhol, Bald Eagle from Endangered Species. Screenprint in colours, 1983, signed in pencil.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Sir Ernest Shackleton, South: The story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914-1917 (London, 1919).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> J.J. Audubon, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (NY, 1845-54): The largest successful colour plate book of 19th-century America.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, The Works (Kelmscott Press, 1896). One of the finest illustrated books ever produced.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Moscow, 1879):<br>first edition in book form of the celebrated novel.