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

+44 (0) 20 7439 |


Business Hours

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

Christmas opening hours

Christmas Eve, 24 December - 9.30am - 2pm
Christmas Day to 29 December - Closed
New Year's Eve, 31 December - 9.30am - 4 pm
New Year's Day - Closed
2nd January - Normal business hours


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“Is it a first edition?’ is a question we often hear in the shop. There’s a cachet about a first, a… (Click for more)As discussed in a post some days back, the art of pictorial gilt blocking on publisher’s cloth reac… (Click for more)Having struggled round the various antique markets and stalls in London and failed to find anything… (Click for more)Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl and Other Poems’ of 1956 is controversial on so many levels that it is no su… (Click for more)The Magic Finger might just be the least familiar of Roald Dahl’s children’s books - the one that w… (Click for more)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)

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  • So when the old manager left, he came to me and said "I was given this task to do when I first joined this bookstor… PM Dec 17th
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