Modern First Editions


Modern First Editions
Modern First Editions specialises in the finest rare books and manuscripts. We offer impeccable customer service and an understanding of the way the market in rare books has evolved in the age of the internet. The business was founded by Christian White in 2006 and has its home in northern England, close to the Yorkshire Dales, in Ilkley. We are proud members of the ABA and the PBFA and exhibit regularly at bookfairs in London and across the UK.

Modernfirsteditions ranges widely across the field of rare books and manuscripts. We offer carefully selected items of quality and enduring importance.  We believe in the timeless value of rare books and manuscripts, and recognise that by owning and passing them on they enrich our lives with the values that they embody.

Our specialist areas include the works of William Shakespeare, the photo-books of the English photographer P. H. Emerson, those almost unobtainable examples of early dust-jacketed books, and literary letters. To borrow the words of the biblio-mystery writer, John Dunning, we look for “Unusual Associations, Offbeat Signatures, and Pristine Condition”.

Christian welcomes visits (by appointment) from customers new and old, and is always happy to discuss book sales and purchases in person. 


 287 Leeds Road, Ilkley, Leeds, LS29 8LL