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First Editions, Rare Books, Private Press

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About Our Rare Book Shop

Founded 35 years ago by Mark Skipper, Cheltenham Rare Books deals in first editions, fine and rare books. Our bookshop is situated in the Cotswolds, in central Cheltenham. If you're buying online, take a look at our packing process here. Our collections include fiction, poetry books, plays, crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy, illustrated books and private press.  We are members of the PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) and we guarantee the quality of our books as described and our delivery service. If you have books to sell please contact us - we're always happy to take a look and make an offer where we can.  Come and see us in Imperial Square - we'd love to see you, although by appointment during the pandemic.

Recent Acquisitions

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Grahame, Kenneth - Dream Days | image1
Grahame, Kenneth - Dream Days
Folio Society
£25.00 GBP
Smith, Ali - Other Stories and Other Stories - SIGNED | image1
Smith, Ali - Other Stories and Other Stories - SIGNED
Granta
£25.00 GBP
Shields, Caroline ( Edits ) - Impressionism in the Age of Industry | image1
Shields, Caroline ( Edits ) - Impressionism in the Age of Industry
Prestel
£30.00 GBP
Bailey, Martin - P J Crook | image1
Bailey, Martin - P J Crook
Artemesia
£95.00 GBP

Travel through Leslie Gerry's paintings of Havana, Venice, Stockholm, New York and Marrakesh. Most titles are available in Deluxe, Regular and Miniature Editions. Individual signed limited edition Gicleee prints are also available.

We're far from the only ones to recognise the quality of Leslie's work. Jan Morris actually suggested her text, Venice, sit alongside his artwork for Venice Reflections.  John Buchtel, the curator of rare books at the Boston Athenaeum Library used Venice Reflections as their first “Curator’s Choice Virtual Lecture”.  Mark Dimunation, Chief, Rare Book & Special Collections, Library of Congress, told Leslie his copy of New York Reflections was his favourite book in the Collection.

Leslie Gerry Editions have won multiple awards from  The British Book Design & Production Awards, despite stiff competition from publishers such as the Folio Society. He has also been recognised by his peers at the Oxford Fine Press Fair, with Book of the Fair. Find out more about Leslie Gerry here.

Award Winning

Leslie Gerry Editions

Travel may be on hold in the (hopefully short lived) Age of Omicron but we have a luxurious alternative with these sumptuous books and signed limited edition Giclee prints from Leslie Gerry Editions.  Find out more about Leslie in our article here.

Leslie Gerry Editions

find gifts by year, interest or occeasion

gifts for book lovers

Our rare book shop offers many great ideas for gifts including signed first edition books, fine binding books, illustrated books, limited editions and original artwork. You can also filter by year to find 'year you were born gifts'.

gift ideas

Sell first edition books / antique books valuation

Whether you're looking to sell first edition books or antiquarian books - or wondering where to sell limited edition books then please contact us. We'd be delighted to help. Please note that general knowledge Encyclopaedias were mass produced and unless printed before 1825 very rarely have value. We also offer a valuation service. Find out what we're looking for and how to tell if a book is a first edition.

Limited Edition Books

Limited edition books are produced in limited quantities. Many will have a limitation page showing the number of the book and frequently will be signed by the author or the illustrator.

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First Edition Books

Although publishers started using number lines in the 1940s, there isn't a globally recognised standard. There are many criteria to take into account. For a first edition books price guide use our guide and if you're not sure please contact us.

How to identify first editions

Antiquarian Books

We're always looking to buy antiquarian books especially fine bindings and library sets.

find out what information we need

All books purchased from our site are meticulously packed - you can see our packing process here - and a snapshot of unprompted shop feedback from our bookshop customersIf you can't find what you're looking for contact us.

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What differentiates us from other antiquarian booksellers?

We are proud of our history as modern first edition book dealers offline and strive to provide the same dedication to service online.  The quality of the books and the choice of stock, together with end to end customer service and attention to detail are just as important to get right for our online customers, as for anyone coming to our rare bookshop in Cheltenham.