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Friday, 1 December 2017

Christmas Cracker

Last night we were pleased to host a launch party for
John Julius Norwich's annual Christmas Cracker.

The shop provides a convivial and interesting setting for events in central London. Please get in touch if you would like us to host your exhibition, lecture or book launch.
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Vintage Travel Posters Exhibition

Our annual exhibition of Vintage Travel Posters begins today, running till the end of November.

These bright and stylish prints are always popular and we had a particularly busy Private View last night.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Catalogues Galore

We have been putting catalogues together at an unprecedented rate after a slow summer when our shop refurbishment caused something of a backlog. 

  • Piccadilly Notes, our roughly annual roundup of everything we do, came out a couple of weeks ago.
  • Just published — Science and Natural History — maths, medicine and fly fishing; and everything between.
  • Our annual exhibition of Vintage Travel Posters opens on 9th November, with an accompanying catalogue about to arrive from the printer.
  • A Children's and Illustrated Books catalogue is in production and features several books illustrated by Edward Ardizzone, a variety of Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books, some finely bound A.A. Milne's and a few of Kate Greenaway's Almanacs amongst the usual cornucopia.
If you would like a copy of any of these, please get in touch.

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!

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.