Operating continuously since 2004, SIGNAL BOOKS & ART specializes in autographed fiction in collector's condition. We also have catalogs of Original Art and Silver, Bronze and Modern Age comic books. All books are 1st printings of the 1st edition, unless otherwise noted, and 90% of our book inventory is autographed by the author. 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 high-grade comic books is all bagged and boarded; some are autographed by a contributor; and other comic books are offered with 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. We ship in sturdy boxes - NOT self-mailers or padded envelopes - and all sales regardless of value are protected in bubble-wrap and surrounded by Styrofoam peanuts. All dust jackets are protected in a clear, acid-free sleeve. 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 in condition or who are purposely vague in their descriptions. And SBA will never expose your purchase to damage in transit to save a few bucks on shipping. Buy from us and put that aggravation behind you. Over 90% of our inventory of first editions is autographed, because SBA is located close to Toronto, an international hub for author events. 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; "Thank you for making this such a pleasant transaction. The book arrived in perfect condition and within the estimated time frame. I appreciate your care and attention to detail, and look forward to purchasing from your store again." -- VG, Seattle, WA; "The book arrived yesterday. It is a very nice copy." --DF, Burlington, ON; "The book arrived this morning and looks great. Thanks for your care in wrapping it and sending it so promptly. I appreciate the good service." --VG, Seattle, WA; "The Sisters Brothers reached me today in impeccable condition and I am very happy with it." --SH, Copenhagen, Denmark; "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 books arrived safely - thanks for the lightning delivery. Pleasure doing business with you." --RZ, Windsor, ON; "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, Aus.; "Your terrific book just arrived - in perfect condition! Thanks for wrapping it so carefully!" --AH, Hamburg, Germany; "Thanks very much for the email and care with which you packed my book. It arrived today in perfect condition." --GZ, Hamilton, ON.
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, primarily oils on board in vintage frames by listed Canadian artists, including L.A.C. Panton, Joachim Gauthier, Tom Stone, Wilfred Withrow and Charles Hepburn Scott. 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. In all cases, the shipping cost is strictly postage.