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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2018

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30th Century Comics
18 Lower Richmond Road
PUTNEY  London  SW15 1JP   map
tel: 020 87882052  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.00.
3,000 Vintage British and American books in the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Crime, Spies, Sleaze, TV/Film tie-ins, Children's, Pulps. Mainly paperback, almost exclusively pre 1980s. Also over 100,000 vintage British and American comics, annuals and picture libraries.

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Acanthophyllum Books
"Tadorna"
243 Pensby Road  Heswall 
WIRRAL  Merseyside  CH61 5UA   map
tel: 0151 342 8287  e-mail  web
Open: Monday to Sunday inclusive 10.00 - 4.00, by appointment only.
I deal primarily in Natural History (including Geology), Garden History and especially Botany and Ecology. Visitors to my book room are welcome with a prior appointment. I regularly exhibit at PBFA book fairs in York, Haydock, Cambridge and elsewhere.

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Age UK Book Shop
74 Queens Road
LEICESTER  Leicestershire  LE2 1TU   map
tel: 0116 270 6049  

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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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Barry McKay Rare Books
Kingstone House
Battlebarrow 
APPLEBY-IN-WESTMORLAND  Cumbria  CA16 6XT   map
tel: 017683 52282  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
5000 books mainly on the Arts & History of the Book; and a good stock of Antiquarian Books including many Provincial Printings. Saturday Afternoons are a bit iffy and a definite no-no on international rugby afternoons, so please phone first.

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Bernard Quaritch Ltd
40 South Audley Street
MAYFAIR  London  W1K 2PR   map
tel: 020 7297 4888  e-mail  web
Founded in 1847, we deal in rare books, manuscripts and photographs. Our specialist fields include English literature, travel, science, travel, human science, art, architecture and Islamica.

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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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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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BooksIsell
85 High Street
NEWPORT  Shropshire  TF10 7AY   map
tel: 01952 811683  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
30,000+ used books. Not all on display but on premises including 6,000+ online books (listed on Amazon/Abebooks under Severnbooks). Inexpensive pricing. New owner from February 2015 who welcomes fellow book lovers and collectors. He's turned his hobby into his retirement business!

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Carningli Centre
East Street
NEWPORT  Pembrokeshire  SA42 0SY   map
tel: 01239 820724  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
About 10,000 books on many subjects including Wales/Cymraeg, natural history, railways, art and crafts, cookery, Penguins, science, poetry, plays etc, etc. On the main A487 (between Cardigan & Fishguard) in the centre of Newport. Free car park in Long St.

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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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Daisyroots Books Ltd
Main Street
GRANGE-OVER-SANDS  Cumbria  LA11 6DP   map
tel: 015395 38817  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
Extensive stock of collectable and contemporary titles in sought-after subjects. Over 20,000 books on two floors. Famous for fiction. Friendly, independent family business established in 1994. Book searches undertaken. Free roadside parking opposite. Town centre car park within 5 minutes walk. All major credit/debit cards accepted.

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Darlington Lion Club Bookshop
Houndgate Mews Arcade
Blackwellgate 
DARLINGTON  County Durham  DL1 5HG   map
tel: 07504 429 635  e-mail  web
Open: Monday & Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
Situated in Blackwellgate between Boyes & Guru We have a vast selection of good quality paperback & hardback fiction and non fiction books devoted to biographies, mysteries, cookery, sport, gardening, health, science fiction. Classics, children's books and many more topics. All books are donated & all proceeds go to charity. Please visit our website.

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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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Glaisnock Book Cafe
20 South Main Street
WIGTOWN  Dumfries and Galloway  DG8 9EH   map
tel: 01988 402249  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 9.00 - 5.00.
Thousands of books displayed in our book cave room. Modern fiction and non-fiction at affordable prices. Our book cave is located at the rear of our book themed cafe

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Hampton Court Emporium
52-54 Bridge Road
Hampton Court 
EAST MOLESEY  Surrey  KT8 9HA   map
tel: 01252 782201  web
Open: Open Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 5.30, Sunday from 11.00.
A mixture of good Secondhand & Antiquarian hardback books (usually about 1,000 books on view) within a 30 dealer Antique Centre. Mainly non-fiction but usually some good classics, including books on Transport, Biography, Travel, Topography, Architecture, Science, etc. Across the bridge from the Palace with a few other Antique shops close by.

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Hanselled Books
19 Kirkgate
BURNTISLAND  Fife  KY3 9DL   map
tel: 01592 873323  web
Open: Unkown
Over 20,000 books in stock covering both fiction and non fiction. We are particularly strong in science-fiction/ fantasy and in Scottish , science, educational, computer and business titles. We also have a diverse range of difficult to find titles. Corner shop consisting of main shop area, back area of about 200 sq ft and basement area.

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Hawkridge Books
Apartment 1
West Royd  119 Manchester Road 
SHEFFIELD  South Yorkshire  S10 5DN   map
tel: 0114 268 9393  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days10.00 - 5.00 by appointment only.
Quality stock, specialising in ornithology and natural history but with a very wide range of subjects. About 7100 books on display. Private premises but visitors very welcome to phone for an appointment.

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Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre
The Old Police Station
Hope Street 
HEBDEN BRIDGE  West Yorkshire  HX7 8AG   map
tel: 01422 846561  web
Open: 7 days 10.30 - 4.30.
Judith Mansfield and John Eggeling of Todmorden now have a small selection of 2,000 books and magazines (on needlework, textile arts, science fiction, and detective fiction, etc) here.

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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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Leominster Books
Book Room
The Secondhand Warehouse and Antiques Centre  New Street 
LEOMINSTER  Herefordshire  HR6 8DR   map
tel: 01568 614114  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
On the first floor of this large Antiques Centre. A good selection of secondhand and antiquarian books on all subjects. New stock added regularly.

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Lodge Books
25 South Back Lane
BRIDLINGTON  East Yorkshire  YO16 4EY   map
tel: 07449 887118  e-mail  web
Open: Thursday & Friday 10.30 - 4.30, Saturday 10.30 - 2.30.
A range of popular fiction, classics, biographies, non-fiction and children's, with a selection of collectibles. Find us close to the Old Town of Bridlington, the Priory and the Bayle Museum.

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Mercat Bookshop
45 Castle Street
Castle Gate 
ABERDEEN  Aberdeenshire  AB11 4YU   map
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 3.30.
VSA's Charity Bookshop has a selection of donated good quality, second-hand books from best sellers to science fiction, educational and science to nature, and history to art.

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Much Binding
36 Church Street
CROMER  Norfolk  NR27 9ES   map
tel: 01263 517194
Open: Summer only Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 4.00.
A general secondhand stock with a leaning towards history, science and older books.

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Once Read
4 High Street
CREDITON  Devon  EX17 3AE   map
tel: 01363 773365  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Out of print English Literature including a wide range of poetry. Specialist subjects such as soil science, Indian spiritualism and theology. Also a good range of biographies, military, British/European, cultural and social history. We have been open since July 1st 2011 and have had great support from the local community. We offer books at affordable prices. We are happy to take any enquiries or book requests.

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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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Pickering & Chatto
1 Clement's Lane
THE CITY  London  EC4N 7HB   map
tel: 020 7493 6993
Open: Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.30.
Economics, literature, science & medicine.

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R and R Books
Nelson Street
STROUD  Gloucestershire  GL5 2HL   map
tel: 01453 755788  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
Wide range of secondhand books, magazines, comics, and ephemera. Includes mind, body & spirit, esoteric, art & craft, literature, poetry & plays. Good selection of paperback fiction including classics - modern & 19th century, crime/detective, science fiction, fantasy, and children's.

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Second Chapter Books
27 St. Mary's Parade
St Mary's Place 
SHREWSBURY  Shropshire  SY1 1DL   map
tel: 01743 588372   e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
Small secondhand bookshop with a wide range of stock, good selection of History, science fiction and local books. Located in St Mary's parade.

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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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Stella Books
Monmouth Road
TINTERN  Monmouthshire  NP16 6SE   map
tel: 01291 689755  fax: 01291 689998  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
A large stock of 30,000 books on all subjects, specialising in children's and illustrated, UK topography, railways and natural history. Stock available on web site.

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Tarrington Books
Shire Cottage
TARRINGTON  Herefordshire  HR1 4EU   map
tel: 01432 890746  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 6.00, appointment necessary.
Thousands of antiquarian and collectable books in stock including crime fiction, signed first editions, vintage Penguin paperbacks, military, history, theology, engineering and quality fine bindings. New stock added every month. We primarily trade online but browsers are more than welcome by appointment.

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The Book Annex
18 Church Street
HARWICH  Essex  C012 3DS   map
tel: 01255 551667  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00 & Sunday 2.00 - 5.00.
Academic stock with particularly strong areas in the visual arts, science, history, film and media. Over 18000 books, principally published in the last five years. Stock can be viewed on our website. We welcome visitors but if coming a distance please phone first.

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The Book Cellar at St Richard's Hospice
11 High Street
EVESHAM  Worcestershire  WR11 4DA   map
tel: 01386 422921  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
We have a vast selection of high quality secondhand books, catering for a wide variety of tastes. We also stock some Folio Society and old collectable books. All funds raised through sales support St Richard's Hospice.

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The Bookshop
4 Hawarden Road
COLWYN BAY  Conwy  LL29 8NA   map
tel: 01492 530110  e-mail
Open: Tuesday & Thursday - Saturday 11.15 - 2.00.
A large selection of philosophy, literature, archaeology, psychology, history, art, poetry, travel, military, fishing, natural history, biography, science fiction, children's and antiquarian. Out of print collectable. All books reasonably priced and we are always looking for new stock and keep the place rotating. Always worth a visit.

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The Dormouse Bookshop
29 Elm Hill
NORWICH  Norfolk  NR3 1HG   map
tel: 01603 621021
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00.
Medium general stock, East Anglia, travel, natural history, crime fiction, entertainment and science fiction.

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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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This Way Up
85b Perth Road
DUNDEE  DD1 4HZ   map
tel: 07871 563265  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 10.00 -6.00
A curated wide-range selection of second-hand books. Our speciality is sci-fi, modern classics, poetry and philosophy books. We have a very big selection of music books and biographies. We are the only independent bookshop in Dundee. We are a bookshop and record store in one, selling vinyl, CDs, cassette tapes and dvds.

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