About Us

Rare and Antique Books

More about us – Rare and Antique Books, originally established to sell off a substantial private collection of first edition antique books, now runs as an online book dealers from the cathedral city of Exeter, England. We specialise in scarce books, many of which are valuable first editions from select famous authors and collectable children’s authors. We are members of the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association ( IOBA). We are committed to a high professional standard of book selling. A considerable number of our books are signed and limited editions – ideal to add value to any book collection or to be given as an unusual christening gift, original birthday present or special Christmas gift.

Stocking all the most popular authors

We specialise in popular authors of modern adult fiction including H.G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, and J.R.R Tolkien.   Furthermore we deal in highly collectable 007 James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, many of which are first editions and in original non-price clipped, dust jackets.

Interested in Children’s books?

Rare and Antique Books deal with some of the most popular vintage children’s authors of the 19th and 20th century. Our collection has first editions by A. A. Milne, C. S. Lewis, Rudyard Kipling and Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) and we have many first edition publications of the tales of Alice in Wonderland, Through The Looking Glass and The Chronicles of Narnia. In addition, a fine collection of books illustrated by Arthur Rackham, many of them signed, limited editions are available, plus first editions of the charming illustrated stories of Babar the Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff and the famous Golliwogg Tales of Florence K. Upton.

Other hardback books we sell are chosen because of their highly popular and collectable titles. Many of them have the added value of being made famous through the making of a film of the novel ( The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz and Treasure Island).

What makes us special

We pride ourselves on selling our books at reasonable prices, studying the market rate and ensuring we are consistently below this level. Of course this is often subjective and we are happy to discuss pricing. Our promise is to be decent and honest, detailed and accurate, and our customer base trusts that we act in this way at all times.

We are also sponsors of Living with Aphasia charity which supports people who have difficulty with language affecting their reading, writing and talking. Aphasia usually occurs after a stroke, head injury or tumor. About a third of the 152,000 people affected by a stroke each year in the UK have aphasia. Registered charity in England and Wales (number 1171831)

Please enjoy looking around our selection of books and first edition novels. We hope that you will find something of worth to enhance your book collection or interest as a totally unique gift.

Thank you for visiting our site and please feel free to contact us with any queries. 

Rare and Antique Books look forward to hearing from you.