About Duncan and LDRB

Collecting. I have enjoyed collecting books and other antiquarian items for over 25 years. During that time I believe I have gained an unparalleled amount of knowledge in my first  field of interest, 19th century Canadiana/Americana.  It is my love of antiquarian items, my desire to learn more, and my interest in assisting other collectors which ultimately influenced my decision to become a professional antiquarian seller.

Lord Durham Rare Books  (LDRB) was established as a professional full-time business in February of 2008 - since then, my personal approach and energy have helped both seasoned and new collectors both build their collections and locate tomes which have been long sought after.

The core foundation of LDRB is built on both my positive and negative experiences as a collector. Two decades of owning and running a highly successful Marketing and Promotional agency in Toronto, McLaren Marketing Inc., also helped foster an entrepreneurial spirit -  a perfect fit for running an independent antiquarian business.  The  paradigm shift in the book world away from Bricks and Mortar retailing to internet selling has also motivated me to become a seller, not just a collector.

As a collector however, I often found it difficult to locate information on my authors and fields of interest.  It's not that the information wasn't out there, it's just that it was difficult to find - often there is too much information to sort through!  I learned how to track down uncommon, rare and unique items and obscure bibliographical information as a collector.  This skill continues to improve and my collectors greatly benefit.

I realized there is a huge opportunity to significantly improve the kinds of personal services to both private and institutional collectors. Simply put, I treat my collectors the way I wanted and expected to be treated. Even if a  customers simply want to buy a gift for family member or friend  we make this  more personal and special. After all, the options, choices, and selection of collectibles available to collectors have exploded over the years!

Today, even special collections librarians (Institutional collectors) have less time and energy to "sort out and streamline" to define and prioritize a proactive wants list.  I do.  The approach I take at LDRB is very simple. I work with each LDRB collector in a very personalized way.

This means more than just entering an authors name into a search engine or online listing site.  This means thinking about and understanding your motivation for collecting, researching your field of interest, and locating higher quality, interesting and special items for you.

I want you to feel and know you have received full value for your money. My  attitude and approach is summed up in our statement, "Helping Collectors Collect®".

LDRB customers tell us they greatly appreciate and benefit from this approach and attitude. And I love doing it!


Please contact me at 905.680.8115 or email me at duncan@LDRB.ca to talk - about what else YOUR collection!