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 https://www.abaa.org/cabookfair



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.



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]http://www.yorkbookfair.com

Wednesday to Friday September 14th – 16th [We are exhibiting at FIRSTS LONDON at the Saatchi Gallery] http://www.firstslondon.com

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 https://www.chelseabookfair.com/  – 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 linkhttps://www.firstslondon.com/tickets

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 http://www.yorkbookfair.com 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.