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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tea time in Iowa City

This year Henry Sotheran Ltd is very proud to show its support, once again, for the annual conference of the Rare Book and Manuscript Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (henceforth mercifully known as the RBMS). This is a highpoint of the year for American rare book librarians and in 2017 is taking place in the lovely midwestern university town of Iowa City.

To learn more about the RBMS and its conference, follow this link to its most attractive website:

Sotherans is showing its support by sponsoring the tea breaks at the Booksellers' Showcase - a fitting tribute from a company of inveterate tiffin takers and a reminder of the importance of friendly relationships between dealers and librarians to building great collections.

So inspired are we by tea, cakes and other comestibles that we've built up quite a reputation as sellers of books on food and drink and so, while the RBMS delegates enjoy a snack at our behest, why not feast your eyes on this recent catalogue?

Chin-chin, everyone!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Shop Refurbishment


After 81 years in Sackville Street, we thought it was time for a refit.  
We will be closed from Saturday 3rd June, planning to reopen for shop business in mid to late July.

During this time our stock can be browsed on our website and orders will be fulfilled by mail order.

Any questions please contact Andrew

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Our Little Shop, This Year and Next Year

Looking through our books today this particular illustration leapt out. The artist is one of my personal favourites, Harold Jones, and the poem described is called 'The Little Shop'. The book, a collection of children's verse by Walter de la Mare, is called 'This Year, Next Year'.

Our 250-year-old business is going to see some changes over the coming year due to the pressure of unsupportable rent increases in the West End. We are embracing this as a challenge and are determined to protect our piece of London and the history of bookselling in our capital city and have made the decision to sublet a portion of our space.

This will see us pulling in our waistline and streamlining our stock to ensure that we continue to offer the very finest books in our field, all individually chosen to suit our customers tastes - and our own!

Structural changes to our listed building are inevitable and we will be in flux for months but will do all we can to preserve our usual ambience as far as is possible, sailing calmly on above water as we paddle furiously beneath the surface.

Sotheran's has seen many changes over its long history, with 10 or so moves over that time. We are thrilled, most importantly, that we are going to continue to occupy the same site (which we moved to in the 1930s) and are looking forward to refining the business to make it stronger.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

1066 and all that

To help mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Sotheran has donated a copy of Daniel Maclise's wonderful 1866 work The Story of the Norman Conquest to Battle Museum in East Sussex where it all happened. To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the battle Maclise reworked the Bayeux Tapestry as a frieze in a neo-Classical style. He clearly favoured the Normans, as they are seen praying righteously on the eve of the battle while the Saxons are drinking mead and larking about. It's very difficult to defend a hill with a hangover. Still, they played their part in the birth of modern Britain, and the nation's fondness for the underdog may well have started with an arrow that pierced Harold's eye and flew on to become a Spitfire in the Battle of Britain, a tennis ball from Tim Henman's racquet and a towel thrown in by David Cameron. Duke William of Normandy changed everything - our language, our governance, our sense of identity - and that seems worth commemorating.

(l-r) Trevor Wayne, curator of Battle Museum, receiving Maclise's The Story of the Norman Conquest from Sotheran's Chris Saunders.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Feathered friends

Birds Catalogue
Looking out of the window this morning Mr Sotheran couldn't help but sniff back a melancholy tear as he saw the geese beginning to pack up for the winter and fly south. So we have decided to cheer him up by putting together a small catalogue of choice and lovely books on birds, which we'd like to share with you here:

Give the link a quick peck, hover over the lovely books and if there's anything you'd like to take home to your nest, give us a call.