Cheltenham Rare Books started over 35 years ago, although initially it was called after the founder ie Mark Skipper Books. It changed its name in 2016 when it settled into the current premises in Imperial Square, Cheltenham.
Mark Skipper has been dealing in rare fiction and illustrated books for nigh on 30 years now, following a degree in English at Oxford University. In his own words "Looking back, I now realise that whatever I was doing to bring in money took a back seat to hunting for and selling books. For me, it has always been rare literature (ancient and modern) or illustrated books. Creating our bookshop in Cheltenham is the most satisfying thing I have ever done."
Jacqueline Skipper joined the business 3 years ago, following a career in IT to focus on digital strategy.