September 2nd – 19th   2022

The shop will be closed on the following days

Friday September 2nd 2022 from 11.00am [We are exhibiting at the Association of Gardens Trusts Event, North Yorkshire]

Thursday and Friday September 8th and 9th [We are exhibiting at the York National Book Fair]

Wednesday to Friday September 14th – 16th [We are exhibiting at FIRSTS LONDON at the Saatchi Gallery]

We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. Our on line shop is open 24/7 as usual.

If you see something you like in our window, drop us an email and we will reserve it.

Janette Ray Booksellers

September 1st 2022


The shop continues to be open three days a week Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm. We hope to see you if you live, work or visit York. We also open by appointment outside these hours if something can be arranged.

Our new catalogue is progressing and is on Typography and lettering and is a single collection catalogue from the Library of Michael Harvey. Please contact us if you would like a copy and are not generally on our mailing list.

York is looking lovely, so do visit.


Spring in the bookshop and at the book fairs

We are now open on Wednesdays to Fridays on a regular basis from 10.00am-5.00pm and other times by appointment so please call in.

With Easter on the horizon, we have lots of lovely books for gifts alongside a range of greetings cards. If you are looking for something unusual as a gift, we can often help out.

The Rare Book Fair returns to Chelsea after a two year break at the end of April. We have tickets in the shop or you can get them from the ABA Chelsea Fair website. We are happy to send them by post too, should you want to have one. The Chelsea Website is  – we will be there with a range of our stock on art, architecture, design and photography, so please come along. We have some unusual items, not least of which is an early example of flexible glass fibre, illustrated below – a precursor of artificial silk. We are at stand  69.

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.