All posts by Janette Ray

Treasures in York

Please call in and see us at the bookshop if you find your self in York.

We are always happy to open by appointment, if we can, but are open Wednesdays- Fridays 10.00 to 17.00 every week if you are about then. The shop is crammed with new stock at the moment so maybe you will find a treasure.

Spring and early summer activities and dates for your diaries

It is Easter weekend and still a bit cold in York but the city is looking good and bracing itself for the Easter visitors.

We are bracing ourselves for upcoming events; In four weeks time it is the Oxford Book Fair April 20th-21th  

We will be at Oxford with a selection of our stock, majoring on photography, stained glass and church monuments on this occasion as well as a selection from the range of books on the arts we have.

A few weeks later it will be Firsts London, our major British event of the year run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.  At the Saatchi Gallery in the heart of Chelsea it looks like it will be a treat. Held between 16th and 19th May.  We hope to have a interesting range of books on the arts including architecture and photography at this event. Our stand is F48 on the first floor.

Hoping we can see you at one of these events.


YORK CERAMICS FAIR 9-10th March 2024 – 69 exhibitors

We will be showing our stock of rare and out of print books alongside new titles on Contemporary Ceramics at the wonderful York Ceramics Fair, held at the Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse,  YO23 1EXYork. This is a fabulous event where makers from throughout Britain meet and sell their works. There are also great pottery demonstrations and an opportunity to try out a bit of working with clay as well as visiting our book stall for all kinds of titles from “how to do it” to how the experts have crafted their pots. Hope to see you there. More details on our book fairs page or at


Our shop has returned to its regular opening days Wednesday to Friday between 10.00am and 5.00pm after our longer Christmas seasonal hours. Please come along  and drop in. Outside these hours we are still open by appointment. The shop is bursting with lots of new items bought just before Christmas. Our winter period is always a busy one and we will be in California at the book fair in early February and will also be issuing some regular stock lists of books we have for sale. We also plan to continue our ventures in selling contemporary ceramics along side the books. These are curated by Lotte Inch.

Christmas Books, Advent Calendars and Winter themed cards

We are setting up our shop for the Christmas season. There are a selection of books for Christmas gifts, Advent Calendars by Angela Harding, Emily Sutton and Alice Melvin and Calendars for 2024 including Martin Dust’s Brutal Calendar featuring iconic concrete  buildings for devotee’s of the modernist in architecture. We are also open every Saturday between 10.30am and 5.00pm up until Christmas. Please call by rather than walk by.


Our shop will be open on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October as part of the York Unlocked programme where buildings of heritage merit and interest are opened to the public. Come and explore our shop and find out a bit more about the history of the building. We are open between 10-00 and 16.-00 both on Saturday and Sunday.

Hope to see you there. Further information about York Unlocked can be found on their website or in the green booklets which most participants have for you to pick up.

NORTHERN PROSPECTS EXHIBITION 30th June – 19th August 2023

Marie Last Walker

Lotte Inch Gallery is returning this summer with an exciting pop-up exhibition at Janette Ray Rare Books. Showcasing a selected body of paintings, prints, ceramics and more, this collection of works has York and the North at its heart. Featuring local and prevalent artists (such as Mark Hearld and Tom Wood) alongside regional greats from recent decades (Marie Walker Last, David Lloyd Jones), this exhibition celebrates the wide array of creative talent hailing from the North.

Artists in the show include; Amy Dennis, Mark Hearld, Nicky Hirst, Kelly Jayne, David Lloyd-Jones, Marie Walker-Last, Robert H. Lee, Isabella Maclure, Geoff Morten, Malcolm Whittaker, Tom Wood and more…



FIRSTS LONDON 18-21May 2023 Stand 49

It is hard to believe it is that time of the year again. Firsts, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association  book fair ,for 2023, opens at the Saatchi Gallery, just off the Kings, Road, Chelsea. We are getting our stock list together for this event which will go live on this site in the Catalogues section on the day the fair opens.

It is a wonderful place to see some of the fabulous books produced in the past.  In our subject area, we will have a range of modern rarities as well as a few from the past which were at the cutting edge of design in their own time. Come along. Prepare to be amazed.

If you need a ticket, we can send you one or you can get one  from the book fair website which you can link to here.