Category Archives: Book Shop Activity


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.

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…




A new range of Easter Cards arrived this week and will be on sale for those planning their Easter festivities. Please come and take a look. The shop is overflowing with recent purchases too ranging across all our visual art subjects from architecture to art. We exhibited at the York Ceramics Fair recently and still have some great titles we acquired for that very special event. We have a range of books on how to make ceramics as well as titles on the major figures in Ceramic design including Lucie Rie, Bernard Leach and their contemporaries. If you want to visit us outside our usual hours, please give us a call and we will make our best efforts to open up for you.


We are closed, except by appointment between Christmas and New Year but re-open on 4th January 2023. Hoping all of you are having a great break. If you have been given a diary for Christmas, note also that it is the York One Day Book Fair on 14th January, 2023. 10.30am-4.30pm at the Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse, York.

If you would like to visit us over the holiday period, please call us on 0780 394 1307

Autumn at the Book Shop

Today our advent calendars arrived, designed by Angela Harding and we will have them on sale in the next week. It is always a nudge for us to get going on ordering books we think you might all like for Christmas gifts for yourselves, friends and family. Do drop by if you are in York as the shop is beginning to fill up with tempting things.

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.


Happy New Year. If you are reading this then you have found our website. Please explore. It is designed to allow you to browse subjects by just entering a word into the search box above. You could also visit our Catalogue section to look through books, themed by subject, but often not yet uploaded to the website.

In line with  regulations relating to COVID 19 our bookshop is closed at the moment to walk in customers. However, we are happy to answer enquiries by phone.  Call our mobile number if you think we can help you with books you may want.

We have issued  paper catalogue, List 113, this month,themed loosely on design books published during the decades of the 1930s to 1970s which we consider to have been influential in their day. Let us know if  this is something you might be interested in having a copy of. It will be sent by post in the UK and by email worldwide.

Looking forward to the day when the bookshop opening hours can be regular ones and we can welcome all our returning customers.


Although the bookshop remains closed for walk in business we are actively trading from this website and also planning to have a window exhibition in collaboration with Lotte Inch Gallery from 28th November featuring the work of artist Ed Kluz, who draws upon architecture, and in this case solitary buildings in the landscape as his theme.  Images can be seen in our shop window.  The remainder of the show is in the window, two buildings along at 14 Bootham, which is home to Lotte’s gallery. Take a look.  


Although our shop will be closed from Thursday 5th November 2020 for a month we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS, on line, by mail order and can supply locally anything you see in our shop window.

Walking by in York?  Take a look in the window and call us if you see something you prize.  Free delivery locally in York.  We can post out for you gift wrapped, calendars, books or prints more widely. Just call us or email us to arrange it.