Paul Foster


Paul Foster
After three years of selling books at markets, bookfairs and an indoor stall at an arcade on London’s Portobello Road, I opened my first shop in the London riverside suburb of Barnes. The shop was very small and after two years I had outgrown the space. I moved to a much larger shop just along the river in Mortlake, most famous as the finish point for the annual Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, in 1995. This move lead to a growth in the whole business. I joined the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association and through the affiliation with ILAB started exhibiting at the major antiquarian bookfairs in North America; New York – Boston – San Francisco – Los Angeles and Toronto. I also began to exhibit at the main ABA London bookfairs in Olympia and Chelsea each year. 

Due to major redevelopment of the property I vacated the shop in 2006 and since that time have been working, by appointment only, from my bookroom, first in East Sheen and more recently at my current address in Chiswick.

I still attend bookfairs and have books in managed retail spaces in London. I also issue occasional general postal catalogues featuring a selection of stock from all ages,on many subjects and in all price ranges. 


 9 Anstice Close, Chiswick, London, W4 2RJ