Two Hundred Years of Bookselling in London

The longest established antiquarian booksellers in the world (York 1761)

ABA ILAB-LILA 2-5 Sackville Street | Piccadilly | London | W1S 3DP

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7439 6151 | Fax: +44(0) 20 7434 2019 |


The shop is currently closed for refurbishment and will re-open in late July.

Subject to some delays, book and print sales continue to operate as normal by telephone, email and this website.
During refurbishment, our telephone may be busy or unavailable, please leave a message or try email instead.

There may be a delay fulfilling orders for books which are being kept in off-site storage. Prints can also be purchased but cannot be collected or sent until we re-open towards the end of July. 

Please accept our apologies for the temporary disruption and be assured that an improved service will soon be resumed.

Business Hours

Monday to Friday: from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm  |  Saturday: from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm


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