CALIFORNIA BOOK FAIR February 11th-13th 2022

Face to face opportunities to meet up with customers worldwide have been really limited over the past two years of the Pademic, so it is great to have just heard that the California Book Fair is going ahead in Oakland, next year which will be a first opportunity to meet our customers in that part of the world. We have signed up and  are already “California dreaming” and  planning what to take and looking forward to the sunshine and light San Fransisco Bay offers as a contrast to the depths of winter days in the UK.

Meanwhile,  in York, we are planning for Christmas. The shop continues to be open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and other times by appointment. Alongside our usual range of second hand books we have vibrant wrapping paper, cards and calendars  as well as a selection of new books which we have chosen as possible Christmas as gifts. Call us if you are not in York and would like us to directly send anything to you or  gift wrap something  and send it to your friends or relatives in time for Christmas.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.