Bennett & Kerr Books
Bennett & Kerr Books (ABA, PBFA) was established in 1982 by Edmund Bennett and Andrew Kerr. We specialise in antiquarian, rare and scholarly books on the Middle Ages and Renascence, and issue regular catalogues. We have over seven thousand volumes in stock in our rather unprepossessing warehouse, at the end of a farmyard, beyond the church, in the beautiful village of Steventon, south of Oxford. Visitors are welcome here, but we recommend telephoning first (01235 820604) to avoid disappointment.
Bennett and Kerr Books started out in September 1982, without premises but with a stock of inherited books in boxes, inaccessibly stacked, at one end of Oxfordshire, and two second-hand manual type-writers at the other. The logistics got less complicated when books, typewriters and personnel moved into the same house, and gradually computers supplanted the typewriters. It soon became clear that medieval studies would be our focus, and we are proud to have handled over the years the collections of, among others, scholars such as Norman Davis, Denys Hay, Donald Bullough, Kathleen Major, Patrick Wormald, George Zarnecki and Derek Brewer. As we began to buy whole libraries the books demanded more room, and although we had built a garage for the Rolls (Series), by 1992 we had run out of space. The farmer up the road had a soon-to-be empty warehouse – far too big, we thought, for our needs, but convenient and inexpensive, if draughty. It's still draughty, but no longer seems too big, and we welcome visitors of all ages and from all over the world.
Edmund Bennett (B.A., Oxon; M.A., Lond.) and Andrew Kerr (B.A., Exon.) have known each other for five decades, and for a few years shared the classical education that would (they were promised) teach them “to despise the emoluments which it forbids them from attaining”. Edmund’s background and experience were academic, Andrew’s in the book trade and antiquarian book cataloguing, when with some misgivings they joined forces in the uncertain commercial venture of second-hand bookselling.
Millhill Warehouse, Church Lane, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6SW