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

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Business Hours

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


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Another Japanese beauty in the bijin-ga style from our current exhibition of Japanese winter woodbl… (Click for more)If you’re heading for town, Sotheran’s, Piccadilly (the longest surviving antiquarian book business… (Click for more)Sumida Shōgowō, who would later come to world attention as Utagawa Kunisada, was born in 1876 in Ed… (Click for more)Sotheran’s Christmas party for clients and friends takes place this Thursday from 1pm to 8pm.

Trea… (Click for more)In yesterday’s post, discussing gilt blocking on pictorial bindings, we promised a look at a modern… (Click for more)Can we talk about ... gilt-blocking?

From the mid-nineteenth century, youth publishing moved from … (Click for more)Christmas has arrived! 
Yes, we know it’s only November, but everyone’s at it. And we need to get g… (Click for more)Set against a backdrop of ‘bombed-out towns, bread lines, soup kitchens, displaced-person camps, an… (Click for more)

Latest tweets

  • Today's crazy busker is hammering out "Memory" from cats on the violin with all the musicality of an orchestra fall… PM Dec 10th
  • top 3 Monday bookseller games: 1) pretending a book has moved itself when we definitely probably lost it 2) answer… AM Dec 10th
  • There is a busker playing Pachelbel's Canon outside in Piccadilly and she's been going for hours and I'm pretty sur… AM Dec 8th
  • CUSTOMER: rare books o__o ME: Oh, uh, yes. We have rare books. CUSTOMER: rare books? o_____o ME: yes? Yes. We do.… AM Dec 8th
  • The three star guests at our Christmas Fair last night - prosecco by @TheEmissaryUK , calligraphy by Libby Reynolds… AM Dec 7th

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Sotheran's uses Atom format to syndicate all our book and print stock.
This means that with a suitable news/feed reader program or capable web browser you can easily keep an eye on which items in stock are new. Each department has a separate feed to enable you to watch items in your specific field of interest