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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