Operating continuously since 2004, SIGNAL BOOKS & ART specializes in autographed fiction in collector's condition. We also have catalogs of Original Art and Comic Books/Action Figures. All books are 1st printings of the 1st edition, unless otherwise noted. All dust jackets are protected in a clear, acid-free sleeve. And 90% of our book inventory is autographed by the author, because SBA is located near Toronto, an international hub for author events. The original art retailed by SBA is primarily by Canadian artists of the early-to-mid 20C. Typically, the paintings are oil on board and presented in a period frame. Our inventory of comic books - Silver, Bronze and Modern Age - in collector's condition is all bagged and boarded; some books are autographed by a contributor; and many listings include a related action figure on-card. Regarding condition, at SBA we believe in full and frank disclosure. We describe objects conservatively and thoroughly so you won't have any unpleasant surprises. And you may rely on us to take care in packing your order so it will arrive as described. This has always been our practice at SBA because we grew tired of buying from dealers who lack the expertise or the willingness to fully describe flaws or who are purposely vague in their descriptions. Buy from us and put that aggravation behind you. We ship in sturdy boxes - NOT self-mailers or padded envelopes - and we take in packing all sales regardless of purchase price. Please browse our catalogs, including autographed first books, books signed by deceased authors, books signed and dated in the year of publication, Original Art and Comic Books-Action Figures. COMMENTS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS: "Just got the little painting today. Thanks for the great care in packing it well." -MB, Toronto; "Book arrived in perfect, as-advertised condition. Thanks!" HH, Seoul, South Korea; "The parcel arrived today and I am thrilled. Your packing was sturdy and the copy is exactly as you described. Thank you for your patience, reassurance and wonderful service. I look forward to purchasing from you again in the future." GC, NSW Australia; "I just received Family Matters and am so pleased. Book is truly fine and packaged so well! I look forward to further transactions." --SK, Lynden, ON; "It appears to be a wonderful catalogue, as good or better than you described, and it is a welcome addition to my Canadian art reference library. Thanks for the quick ship and sterling service." --PK, Weston, ON; "I received the book in great shape, as you promised I would . . . I appreciate your marvelous treatment of the book." --MT, Columbus, OH; "My book was received safe and sound this morning ... Thanks for taking the extra effort to ensure that I received this in the same great condition in which it left you." --AG, Hampshire, UK; "I just received my book ... I especially appreciated the utmost care you took in packing it for the trip ... I'll be searching your website and it would be a pleasure to do business with you in the future. --AS, Sea Cliff, NY; "The book arrived ... beautifully wrapped and in perfect condition. I am so pleased with it." --JD, Suffolk, UK; "Hi ... I'm very pleased with all aspects of the purchase so thank you!" --RT, Greensborough, Australia; "Your terrific book just arrived - in perfect condition! Thanks for wrapping it so carefully!" --AH, Hamburg, Germany; "Thanks for acknowledging the order and letting me know when it will be shipped. So often when I buy books off ABE I hear nothing from the real bookseller. It's appreciated." --BK, Los Gatos, CA; "Arrived safely today, thanks. Very well packaged, it took me quite a few minutes and a lot of determination to get it out." --CK, St. John's, NF; "The books have arrived in wonderful condition, just as described. Wish all fellow dealers were as conscientious." --SB, Springfield, VA.
Traditionally, Canadian publishers favored literary fiction, and the size of the market dictated small print runs. Listed in this catalog are 1st printings autographed by Canadian writers such as Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart, Anne Michaels and many young writers who have established themselves as collectible.
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A catalog of original art, many by listed Canadian artists, including Joachim Gauthier and Wilfred Withrow. Many of the paintings date from the teens to the 1940s and serve as examples of Canadian post-impressionism, with an impasto surface and visible brush strokes. And most of the art inventory is held in period frames.
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Prices are in U.S. dollars. Canadian orders will be charged GST. Pay with a credit card or PayPal via the ABE e-commerce solution or Canadian customers may pay via Interac e-transfer. A purchase may be returned for refund if not as described. Please write to us upon receipt if you are not satisfied.
Typically, orders ship within 24 hours. Shipping costs are estimates and based on the typical book package weighing less than 1 KG. If your order for a book or work of art exceeds 1KG we may write to inform you that a higher shipping charge is required. Shipping rates to England, Europe and Australia are higher so that we can ship with tracking information. In all cases, the shipping cost is strictly postage. No handling fees, no profit for the bookseller.