G Heywood Hill Ltd


G Heywood Hill Ltd
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, London, Heywood Hill can offer you a unique range of services. We sell new, old and antiquarian books as well as producing catalogues on numerous themes. Emphasis is on literature, history, architecture, biography and travel as well as keeping a well-stocked children’s department.

Heywood Hill is a long established member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, specializing in Architecture, Natural History, Gardening and Topography. We are always happy to represent clients at auction, viewing and reporting on books and advising on bids. We also undertake probate valuations and can furnish clients with a library of any size, from a modest collection for a yacht, to yards of shelving to fill a sizable country house library. Our service and expertise in this area are probably unique: there are many booksellers who can supply clients with leather by the yard; our libraries are tailored to the interests of the client and contain only good books that we know to be readable.

After more than seventy years in Curzon Street, Heywood Hill’s bookshop is a remarkable survival. When it was founded, it was very much a family affair with Heywood and his wife, Anne, doing most of the work. When Heywood was called up in December 1942, the shop might have had to close if it had not been for the contributions of Nancy Mitford, who had been there for a few months, and a small group of loyal helpers. Some of this period is described in a A Bookseller’s War (now out of print). Nancy and Heywood remained firm friends until her death in 1973 and wrote to one another regularly. Charming and witty, but never malicious, the letters give a brilliant insight into a world that has almost disappeared.


 10 Curzon Street, London, W1J 5HH