There is much to learn from the authors and playwrights of days gone by, and many well-read gentlemen (such as ourselves, obviously) know just how priceless some of their works can be. Building out a quality library is a lifelong passion project for many men, as books in serviceable conditions are not always easy to come by. That being said, there are plenty of book-dealers around the world that are willing to help in our pursuit.
These are some of our all-time favorite places to shop in the literary mecca of English written works, the United Kingdom:
- Adrian Harrington Rare Books
- For anyone that considers themselves a fan of James Bond, Adrian Harrington Rare Books is hands down the place to be. The quaint London book shop on Kensington Church Street features many first edition copies of Ian Fleming’s works, as well as that of the official extended authors. You will also find other notable iconic British works ranging from Henry Morley, J.K. Rowling, and even Mark Twain’s originals.
- Barter Books
- Over in Alnwick, Northumberland, Barter Books is one of the largest secondhand bookstores in the world, offering a much different experience for book enthusiasts. With works ranging from Geoffrey Chaucer to Isaac Newton and inventory spanning centuries, any collector would have a difficult time not finding something amazing to add to their library if they can handle the hefty price tags that accompany these masterpieces.
- The oldest bookseller in London, Hatchard’s on Piccadilly Street, features an extensive assortment of literature from the last couple of centuries. H.E. Bates, T.S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, and countless other first editions grace their shelves. If you are looking for something specific, it’s usually worth corresponding with Hatchard’s to check for availability first.
- If you are a fellow who likes to peruse the shelves and explore some of the finest literary works of the English language, you should stop by Asprey’s in London on New Bond Street. Their rare book collection dates back over three-hundred years and is a mesmerizing sight to behold for book lovers.
- Heywood Hill
- On London’s Curzon Street, Heywood Hill features a well-curated selection of rare works from countless authors around the world. It’s just the place to shop if you’re looking for a more eclectic assortment of literature. They regularly feature collections from prolific writers and have a steady turnover of inventory that keeps browsing interesting and fun.