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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2018

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Abbey Bookshop
2 White Hart Arcade
LAUNCESTON  Cornwall  PL15 8AA   map
tel: 01566 779113  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
Gen.stock 15K books. Contemporary lit. mass market, art, photography, history, cookery, craft, biogs. Psychology, philosophy, cinema, travel/topo. Specialist: Irish. Relocated from Camden Lock London to Cornwall in 2002.

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Armchair Books
72-74 West Port
EDINBURGH  Midlothian  EH1 2LE   map
tel: 0131 229 5927  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 6.30
Some of our rarer and more unique books are listed on AbeBooks: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/armchair-books-edinburgh/7238158/sf We keep a wide variety of modern and antiquarian stock, including early edition Harry Potter books.

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Bennett & Kerr Books
Millhill Warehouse
Church Lane  Steventon 
ABINGDON  Oxfordshire  OX13 6SW   map
tel: 01235 820604  fax: 01235 821047  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.30, Saturday less regularly. Closed for lunch.
Rare & scholarly books on the history, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of the Middle Ages and Renascence, including: Byzantine, Anglo-Saxon, Viking & Islamic worlds. Warehouse in a farmyard at the far end of this picturesque medieval village. Please ring for directions and availability.

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Berwyn Books
Unit 4 Spencer Ind Estate
Liverpool Road 
BUCKLEY  Flintshire  CH7 3LY   map
tel: 01244 541415  e-mail  web
Open: Appointment necessary.
Over 20,000 books on our constantly updated internet inventory. Valuations, bookbinding and clearance services.

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Black Gull Books
70 Camden Lock Place
CAMDEN TOWN  London  NW1 8AF   map
tel: 020 7267 5005
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 6.00.
A large, fast changing stock including art, photography, film, history, philosophy, psychology, music, drama, fiction & mind body spirit.

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Black Gull Books
121 High Road
East Finchley 
FINCHLEY  London  N2 8AG   map
tel: 020 8444 4717
Open: 7 Days a week 9.30 - 7.00.
Books bought and sold. Remaindered, secondhand and antiquarian. Art, philosophy, psychology, history, fiction, film. Books of Irish Interest.

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Blackwell's Rare Books
48-51 Broad Street
OXFORD  Oxfordshire  OX1 3BQ   map
tel: 01865 333555  e-mail  web
Open: Monday & Wednesday - Saturday 9.00 - 6.00, Tuesday 9.30 - 6.00.
Blackwell's Rare Books buys and sells rare and collectable books in all fields, especially modern first editions, private press and antiquarian books on subjects from literature and philosophy to medicine and topography, including early printing and fine bindings.

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Book
17 Merrial Street
NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME  Staffordshire  ST5 2AE   map
tel: 01782 630201  e-mail
Open: 7 days 9.30 - 4.30.
Our stock is mainly second-hand but we do carry a number of new books. We have a good History. Military and Transport sections. All visitors from outside of our immediate area will be given Coffee or Tea.

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Bookbane
Unit 9
Felin Fawr  Coed y Parc 
BETHESDA  Gwynedd  LL57 4YY   map
tel: 01248 600 632  e-mail
Open: 7 days 9.00 - 6.00.
25,000 books in Welsh, English & other languages. Poetry. Technical publications from the 19th & 20th centuries. Working class movement library. Shop & bindery in interesting early 19th century quarry workshop.

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Books for Amnesty
42 Goodramgate
YORK  North Yorkshire  Y01 7LF    map
tel: 01904 541117  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00, Sunday 11.30 - 4.30.
Opened in May 2012 the latest Amnesty bookshop is based within the city walls, a stones throw from York Minster. The shop stocks good quality second-hand books covering a large range of subjects including fiction, poetry, philosophy and children's books.

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Castle Books
20A Church Street
BEAUMARIS  Anglesey  LL58 8AB   map
tel: 0124 8811394 or 07835 927 541  e-mail
Castle Books has moved just a few yards to its own premises just past the Post Office and opposite the parish church. History, Welsh interest, archaeology, travel, walking, maps, natural history and rural affairs, literature, Penguins, Ladybirds, Tunnicliffe, Observers, good transport section. Ever changing stock, friendly book chat, booksearch, fair prices, books bought. Credit/debit cards accepted. The only bookshop on Anglesey. Stockist for Anglesey Antiquarian Society, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.

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Clevedon Community Bookshop
27-29 Copse Road
CLEVEDON  Somerset  BS21 7QN   map
tel: 01275 218318  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 5.00 Summer, 10.00 - 4.00 Winter.
Secondhand books, a general stock of 8,000 books in the shop plus another 10,000 in our book store. We also sell online through AbeBooks, Amazon and Biblio.

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Didsbury Village Bookshop
(Adjoining Art of Tea Cafe)
47 Barlow Moor Road  Didsbury 
MANCHESTER  Gt. Manchester  M20 6TW   map
tel: 0845 521 3879  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 10.00. - 10.00.
Best, quality used-bookshop in Manchester. Surprisingly large, adjoining relaxed cafe. Best in history, fiction, philosophy, art, children's, poetry, languages, music, mysteries. Run by retired poly sci lecturer who loves good talk. Fair prices, few rare books, no junk.

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Dreadnought Books
125 St Georges Road
Hotwells 
BRISTOL  BS1 5UW   map
tel: 01173 293176  e-mail  web
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00.
Dreadnought Books is a second-hand and out of print bookshop specialising in history, with a particular focus on military, social and labour history. We also have extensive sections of politics, philosophy, the arts and literature. We also buy books, particularly in our specialist fields. Please get in touch if you have anything you think we might be interested in.

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G and J Chesters
14 Market Street
POLESWORTH  Staffordshire  B78 1HW   map
tel: 01827 894743
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
Large stock (over 35,000 vols) and a big selection of antique maps and prints. Academic and enthusiasts' books: philosophy, sociology, history, literary criticism, psychology, anthropology, politics, railways, aviation, cookery, gardening, angling, etc. etc.

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GfB: the Colchester Bookshop
7 Trinity Street
COLCHESTER  Essex  CO1 1JN   map
tel: 01206 502218  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
Very large stock, specialising in academic and out-of-print books on literature, art, philosophy, and history, as well as the sciences and local interest. Our quirky rooms and staircases lead up to the medieval roof of Elizabethan scientist, William Gilbert's Colchester home.

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Gladstone Books
The Shambles Antique Centre
4 Westgate 
LINCOLN  Lincolnshire  LN1 4AS   map
tel: 01636 813601  e-mail  web
Open: Thursday - Saturday 11.00 - 4.00, Sunday 12.00 - 4.00.
About 2,500 modestly-priced books on display, with more in stock: Specialisms: history, philosophy, essays, poetry, politics, sociology, various sciences. Also fiction, biographies, natural history, medicine, technology, agriculture, local studies, arts and crafts. Recently moved back from Southwell, Notts – where it was described by an entry in this Guide as: ‘a gem of a bookshop’ and on a UNESCO website as ‘a small, but perfectly-formed bookshop.’

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Judd Books
82 Marchmont Street
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1N 1AG   map
tel: 020 7387 5333  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 7.00, Sunday 12.00 - 6.00.
We have a very large stock of used, remaindered and academic books especially in architecture, history and philosophy.

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Keel Row Books
11 Fenwick Terrace
Preston Road 
NORTH SHIELDS  Tyne and Wear  NE29 0LU   map
tel: 0191 296 0664  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Rare & second-hand books, maps, ephemera & photographs bought & sold. Established 1981. Tyneside's longest running rare & secondhand bookshop. Member of the ABA, ILAB and PBFA. Sprawling early Victorian house now crammed with 40,000 books on every conceivable subject. Located in historic North Shields, close to the mouth of the River Tyne. A couple of minutes drive from the attractions of the coast.

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Ken Spelman Books Ltd
70 Micklegate
YORK  North Yorkshire  YO1 6LF   map
tel: 01904 624414  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30.
Books on the fine arts, architecture, garden design, literature, history, science & technology, philosophy & very many other areas. In addition to our rare and antiquarian books, we also have a rapidly changing stock of over 40,000 scholarly and interesting books on all subjects. We also hold regular art exhibitions and have a permanent gallery space.

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Mair Wilkes Books
3 St Mary's Lane
NEWPORT-ON-TAY  Fife  DD6 8AH   map
tel: 01382 542260  e-mail
Open: Open: Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 12.30 & 2.00 - 4.30, Saturday 10.00 - 4.30.
20,000 books across all subjects but especially, the history of ideas, philosophy and medicine. Scottish literature and topography. A selection of our stock can be found at The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre, Abernyte.

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Minster Gate Bookshop
8 Minster Gates
YORK  North Yorkshire  YO1 7HL   map
tel: 01904 621812  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30, Sunday 11.00 -12.30 & 1.30 -5.00.
Books on art and architecture, philosophy, theology, music, travel, history, local guidebooks, from leather binding to paperback. Old prints, maps and engravings are also stocked.

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Next Chapter Books
7 Rustlings Road
SHEFFIELD  South Yorkshire  S11 7AA   map
tel: 0114 3270341  e-mail
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.30.
A compact range of good-quality books with an emphasis on art, photography and design, philosophy, poetry, film, travel and topography, history and fiction, including Modern First Editions.

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Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop
Pen'rallt Street
MACHYNLLETH  Powys  SY20   map
tel: 01654 700559  e-mail
Open: Monday - Wednesday & Friday 10.00 - 6.00, Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
Mostly non-fiction, 25% new, specialising in photography, with the arts, environment, topography, natural history, illustrated and children's books. We order new books and search for used for customers. We also exhibit photography and book illustration work. We organise book related events for each first Thursday of the month. We do not sell on the internet.

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Pendleburys Bookshop
Garreg Fawr
Porthyrhyd 
LLANWRDA  SA19 8NY   map
tel: 01558 650 840  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00 .
Booksellers for many decades with a large general stock & specialisms of 20,000 theology, 3,500 botanical & gardening books. Outside advertised hours please telephone before visiting. A remote hillside bookshop housed in converted barns in the foothills of the Cambrians within a three acre garden project.

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Peter Bell
68 West Port
EDINBURGH  Midlothian  EH1 2LD   map
tel: 0131 556 2198  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 2.00 - 5.00.
Five thousand very carefully chosen, high quality books with a strong scholarly emphasis; especially history, philosophy, Scottish, art exhibition catalogues. Strong internet presence. Now includes a selection of Andrew Pringle's stock.

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Secret Book & Record Store
15A Wicklow Street
DUBLIN 2  Co. Dublin   map
tel: +353 (0)1 6797272
Open: Monday - Wednesday 11.00 - 6.30, Thursday 11.00 - 8.00, Friday - Sunday 11.00 - 7.00.
We buy, sell and exchange books - philosophy, poetry, history, music, film, Irish interest, literature, psychology, art, sci-fi & fantasy, science.

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Skoob
66 The Brunswick
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1N 1AE   map
tel: 020 7278 8760  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 8.00 (and Bank Holidays), Sunday 10.30 - 6.00.
London's broadest selection of secondhand academic books, the UK's widest range in philosophy and large collections of modern literature, art, history, politics, economics, classics, science and technology.

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St Philip's Books
82 St Aldates
OXFORD  Oxfordshire  OX1 1RA   map
tel: 01865 202182  fax: 01865 202184  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Specialists in academic, humanities, theology, history, philosophy, literature and art.

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Stirling Books
18 Maxwell Place
STIRLING  Sterlingshire  FK8 1JU   map
tel: 01786 461816  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Friday 11.30 - 6.00, Saturday 10.30 - 5.00, Sunday 12.30.4.00.
We currently stock around 30,000 second hand books in a wide range of categories. Large theology and philosophy section, large natural history section, over 8000 fiction titles from the 1800's through to current paperbacks and hardbacks.

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The Border Reader Bookshop
Old Melrose Furniture Studio
Ravenswood 
MELROSE  Roxburghshire  TD6 9DF   map
e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 11.00 - 5.00
Small but select range of secondhand books; quality fiction and poetry, academic and general non-fiction, with an emphasis on philosophy, literary/ cultural theory, and history, plus classical CDs. Beautiful off road setting, with cafe, antiques, gifts and furniture showrooms on site.

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The Gently Mad
2 Summer Place
EDINBURGH  Midlothian  EH3 5NR   map
tel: 0131 261 6028  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 11.00 - 6.00.
In the shop above our bindery we hold an interesting selection of antiquarian and collectable books that cover a wide range of subjects. We always have a good selection of military, natural history, children's illustrated, transport, sports, folklore and legends, art, history and classic literature.

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The Porter Bookshop
227 Sharrow Vale Road
SHEFFIELD  South Yorkshire  S11 8ZE   map
tel: 0114 266 7762
A good quality stock leaning towards the academic and including the humanities, literature and philosophy.

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Undercover Books
Loose's Fleamarket
23-25 Magdalen Street 
NORWICH  Norfolk  NR3 1LP   map
tel: 07745 924388  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday:- 10.00- - 5.30, Sunday 11.00 - 4 .00.
A large and ever-changing selection of modern period 'classic' fiction in hardback and paerback, crime, sci-fi, 'pulp', horror. A good children's selection including early Puffin and pictorial board books are always in stock. Art books and hard-to-find titles in various genres. A solid travel section and a number of antiquarian books. Local interest, of course, and academic books too.

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Unsworths Antiquarian Booksellers
Crownleigh House
The Street 
BOTESDALE  Suffolk  IP22 1BS   map
tel: 07802 875469   e-mail  web
Open: Appointment necessary.
We buy and sell collectable, rare and scholarly books from every century of printing and on all the humanities, including literature, philosophy and society, with an antiquarian focus on early printing, Greek & Latin classics, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, and British history & topography.

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