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.



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.

California – we are packed and ready to go

The California Book Fair starts on February 10th and we will be there. Just finished packing up our books to take and they will be winging their way there in the next week. Whilst the fair will be on our shop will be open as usual for those who cannot get to Pasadena and sample the books and the Spring weather. We will be at Booth 507



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.