Tim Bryars opened his antiquarian book and map shop in Summer 2004, returning to street level after some years selling books from a fourth floor office at Oxford Circus and communicating with the world electronically.
Traditional bookshops like ours allow for browsing and face-to-face discussion, and the chance to examine original material at first hand - all valuable opportunities which we would encourage customers to take up whenever possible. We believe that ground-floor retail is becoming, if anything, increasingly important, and in 2014 we moved to larger premises across the way at 7 Cecil Court.
We specialise in rare and antiquarian books, maps and prints, particularly atlases and original antique maps of all parts of the world printed between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, a golden age of discovery and decorative map-making. We always carry a selection of separately issued and folding maps and also offer unusual cartographic items from the twentieth century, including London Underground maps and ephemeral wartime propaganda. Pinda Bryars looks after a general antiquarian stock including early printing, classical texts and translations, history, literature (including modern first editions), golden age detective fiction, twentieth century art, fashion and photography.
We often work with institutions and established collectors, but we are always ready to offer advice with starting a collection or with helping to choose a really unusual gift.