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Blackís Fine Books & Manuscripts
By appointment only

101-478 River Ave., P.O. Box 411, Manitoba, Winnipeg, R3L 0B3, Canada
Tel.: +1 204 250-1261

Email: Blackís Fine Books & Manuscripts | Website: Blackís Fine Books & Manuscripts


Welcome! Black's Fine Books & Manuscripts is an online antiquarian bookshop based in The Heart of the Continent (Winnipeg, MB). Serving chiefly Archival and Institutional clients as well as the general public, we actively buy and sell rare and out-of-print books, ephemera & personal archival collections.

Our particular areas of interests are Indigenous Studies, Canadian History, Personal Letters and Correspondence, postcards and other ephemeral items. We buy books in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. When feasible we will travel to view collections of interest, particularly in areas of our specialization. We are also active in appraising collections of university archives, others institutions, and individuals.

By appointment only. Curated lists periodically issued.



Terms of Sale

In respect to items purchased from us over the internet, our Terms of Sale are as follows:
1) We are professional booksellers and adhere to the standards of our professional associations, both in terms of describing books and offering redress in case of a discrepancy.
2) The prices of all material offered for sale on our web site, or on the databases to which we subscribe, are net in US dollars, and each item is subject to prior sale. Normally payment in full must be received before an item will be shipped. If sending a cheque, money order, or purchase order, it is advisable to contact us first to request that the book be reserved for you pending receipt of payment.
3) Payment to Blackís Fine Books and Manuscripts may be made by cheque drawn on a US or Canadian bank; bank draft; credit card (MasterCard, VISA, AMEX, or Dinerís Club); or by PayPal (our PayPal ID is our email address: mail@blacksbooks.ca).
Please note that we reserve the right to delay shipment of any book paid for by cheque, until the cheque has cleared the payerís bank account. If paying by money order, please make sure that you purchase a form of money order which may be cashed in Canada (i.e., an international money order).
4) Payment with order, please. We do not send any item out on approval unless prior arrangements have been made. Legitimate book dealers, with whom we have established a reciprocal arrangement, and any member of the ABAC, ABAA, ABA, or an ILAB-affiliated national organization, may apply for a trade discount on any proposed purchase. Canadian purchasers will be charged GST. Known academic institutions, or libraries, may be billed upon receipt of a purchase order.
5) Any item purchased from Blackís Fine Books and Manuscripts is returnable (postpaid) to us within seven days of receipt, if it is found to be substantially different than as described. However, we guarantee any item we sell to be authentic as to provenance, or state of issue (i.e. if we claim a book is a first edition, we guarantee it to be such). If our description of a book in regard to provenance or state of issue is in error, it may be returned to us (with prior notice, please) for refund within one year of purchase.
We do offer a layaway arrangement on more expensive items: generally where the purchase price exceeds $1,000. Typically, the purchaser should offer to us a down payment and propose acceptable terms of payment. We do not charge interest on payments made according to such an agreement. The item being purchased will be shipped upon receipt of payment in full. If payment is not made in accordance with the terms of the layaway arrangement, then the deposit and any payments will only be refunded after we have re-sold the item in question, and deducted our re-selling costs (if any).
We can provide digital photographs or scans, sent as .jpeg attachments, of any item in stock. In making such a request, please be as specific as possible as to the views you would like to receive. Please bear in mind that it is not practical for us to provide photos to people doing research, or seeking to compile a library of digital images, and that we are less inclined to send photos of an inexpensive book (due to the time and effort it requires), in the absence of a demonstrable need or reason on the part of the would-be purchaser.

Privacy Policy:
Blackís Fine Books and Manuscripts respects the privacy of its customers and the security of any personal information which may be provided to us in the course of any transaction. We are also aware of the legal requirements of the Personal Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
Clearly, we do not solicit any more information from our customers than is required to meet their needs in the buying and selling of books. Some of this information is either physically, or electronically, shredded, as soon as it is no longer of use. Other information we retain to serve our customersí interests, or meet their requests. For example, we do keep on file a customerís email address, mailing information, and contact information (if provided).
We DONíT share this information with anyone. We consider such information to be privileged, and will delete it or, in the case of paper copies, destroy it, upon request from the individual concerned.
We DO try and advise customers of material we have in stock which is similar to, or complimentary to, an item being purchased. Occasionally, if the customerís interests are very particular, and we acquire, at a future date, an item we hope will be of interest to that customer, we may send an email advising of the new acquisition.
We DONíT send unsolicited email. If a customer, or other contact, requests that we stop sending email, we honour such request. The only exception being postings to an internet newsgroup, or announcement list, where we have no direct control over either the membership of such list, or who receives our postings.
We DO save credit card information for a reasonable period of time after a sale, in case it is needed to process a refund, or an additional purchase. This information is not stored by us in any electronic format, but it is kept in a secure environment.
We DONíT keep credit card information on-line. If a customer orders a book directly from us, through our web site, and pays on-line by credit card, we print off that information, and then the credit card information is deleted. If the customer orders a book from us, through another web site (such as AbeBooks or Biblio), we have no control over the retention and deletion of such information, but we do endeavour to retrieve such information as quickly as possible. After that, the responsibility for keeping that information secure rests with the database to which the customer initially entrusted the data, and which has control over it.
We DO believe in the individualís right to privacy, and a companyís right to protect their customersí rights to confidentiality.

Shipping Charges:
Our postage and packing charges depend upon three factors:
(1) the destination of the shipment;
(2) the size, weight and fragility of the item to be shipped;
(3) the speed of delivery (i.e. parcel post, air mail, expedited service, courier etc.).
Generally, the postage and packing charge for a standard sized (octavo) book sent to a major Canadian city will be about $14.00 in Canadian funds (plus GST). Shipping to a smaller centre, or remote area, will cost more. These rates are set by Canada Post. Sending a standard-sized (octavo) book to an American destination presently costs $19.00 in US funds. Each additional such book will cost $3.00 in USD funds. Generally, overseas shipments will cost $19.00 US for the first, standard sized, book. We will quote shipping charges in advance if you forward us your mailing address and indicate how the item is to be shipped (i.e. surface, air mail, etc.).
Please note that parcels being sent to an American address or overseas are normally shipped every two weeks from Pembina, North Dakota. Thus, we can offer shipment by Priority Mail, or Global Priority, for a modest additional charge.
All books are packed carefully, usually swathed in bubble-wrap, which is then set into a sturdy corrugated cardboard container.


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