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First Editions, rare books, Private press

Condition is key to our selection

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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 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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Orwell, George - The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell - 4 volume set |Book | Cheltenham Rare Books
Orwell, George - The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell - 4 volume set
£475.00 GBP
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Cox, Morris - Poems 1970 - 1971 |Cox, Morris | Cheltenham Rare Books
Cox, Morris - Poems 1970 - 1971
£450.00 GBP
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Ishiguro, Kazuo - Never Let Me Go - SIGNED |Ishiguro, Kazuo | Cheltenham Rare Books
Ishiguro, Kazuo - Never Let Me Go - SIGNED
£350.00 GBP
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Clarke, Arthur C - Childhood's End |Book | Cheltenham Rare Books
Clarke, Arthur C - Childhood's End
£225.00 GBP

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. We also offer a valuation service - contact us for details. Find out what we're looking for and how to tell if a book is a first edition here.

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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Looking for the perfect gift?

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'.

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.