Category Archives: BOOK FAIR NEWS

LONDON BOOK FAIR 21st-24th October 2021

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association are holding the delayed summer fair at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London this year. What a great venue. We will be there with a selection of books on architecture, design, art and photography – we are on the first floor. Hoping to see any customers who can make it. You can get a ticket from us by post or from the FIRSTS London website – just follow the link

We hope to see you there – at Stand F43 on the First Floor


After a year missed because of COVID the tradition of going to the York National Book Fair is only a month away. Get an e ticket from the book fair website or a  complimentary paper one from my shop or any other second hand book shop in York. Looking forward to meeting colleagues and customers again in person after the long period of isolation from the real world. Hope to see you there.

Bookshop News

Had enough of waiting for action?

Our shop  re-opened on April 14th on Wednesdays through to Fridays   and will continue with these hours in the foreseeable future, assuming the COVID 19 current restrictions remain unchanged.

We recommend you call if traveling any distance. Looking forward to seeing you.


Nothing is worse than not knowing when a shop will be open. We are pleased to announce that from Thursday 3rd December, our shop will be open daily Wednesdays – Saturdays 10.30am to 5.00pm unless COVID restrictions intervene.

This is a small shop so only two people are able to visit at a time but hopefully this will work out just fine.  Hoping you will visit us.


We will be showcasing 20 of our books at the upcoming Firsts Online book fair organised and hosted by the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association. The way it works is that you visit the website which goes live at 2.00pm GMT on 10 September as take a look at the fair offerings submitted by the participating booksellers. If there is something you would like you  can buy it from the individual booksellers.  I hope you find something you like. The site closes down on September 14th at 5.00pm GMT

The website address is


Our bookshop has been painted up and the shelves ordered to allow you to browse and buy books now. We are however only going to be open by appointment for the next few weeks. Please give me a call if you would like to look around. Opening by appointment will allow you to look about at your leisure without concerns on social distancing in our tiny shop.

We look forward to seeing you there. Telephone 0780 394 1307  if you would like to visit.  We can also deliver books bought on line within the city limits for free or you can buy on line and select to collect at the bookshop.


Like most other bookshops, we regretfully have closed our doors for what, I hope, will only be a very short time. This is so the UK  can get back on track with getting the corona virus under control. Meanwhile we can be contacted by email at this time which is shown at the top of the page.  You can also telephone us on our mobile number 0780 394 1307. Keep healthy and take a look at our books for sale here. If there is anything you would like to reserve then please go ahead and contact us. We will be sending out all reserved books or those bought directly from our website as soon as we can.


Not of lot of parties going on are there? York is uncommonly quiet with few tourists or residents around and many working from home. The bookshop is still open with a skeleton staff . We are working. If you are in York and would like to visit at this time, we recommend you ring ahead to check we are here. We  will welcome you.

Meanwhile, we have uploaded our spring catalogue onto this site and you might find things on that not on the general part of the website. Click on  Catalogues to find it.

Whilst the post is still being collected you can buy books from us and we can send them to you so hope you will. If you live within the boundaries of York then we are happy to deliver to your door any books you would like by bike, car or on foot, dependent where you are based.


CALIFORNIA BOOK FAIR 2020 7th-9th FEBRUARY in Pasadena

Selecting books to take to a book fair is always difficult. No selection ever is the collection which ever reflects the wider range of books left on the shelves in our York Book Shop. This year the California book fair has adopted a theme which  is focusing on the achievements of women. This is because, in the USA, 2020 marks  the centenary of women, nationally throughout the USA,  being given  the right to vote. In August 1920 the right to vote was extended to all regardless of their sex.

With this in mind, I have looked through my stock to find the works of high achievers in the field of “The Arts” but here women  often seem to be masked as makers, architects, artists, designers and photographers by their male counterparts,  although in general today, they are in a more rosy position than ever before. To include outstanding items by women in the sector of design, for the California book fair  has, I have to admit, been challenging.  In my list of books for the fair are a few by unsung heroes. Go to the catalogue section of this website and take a look, The list opens with a short selection of affordable books on relatively unknown women architectural and design figures.  This is an indictment of the role women have really played in design. However,  perhaps  it is better to be remembered ultimately because of skill rather than gender. For my own part this is certainly how I feel about the book trade, I would rather be known as a bookseller than a woman bookseller.



The lights are up along the front of our shop and we are beginning to assemble our Christmas gift books. The shop will generally be open Wednesday to Fridays throughout the run up to Christmas. We sell cards and wrapping paper so, not only can you purchase a book, we can wrap it up for you all ready for the holiday season. We appreciate that not everyone wants to give a second hand book for Christmas but we have a selection of very attractive new titles on art, design, architecture or photography which might make a lovely present. Drop by and have a look and give us a call if you are travelling from outside York.