Packing and Postage

Packing:  Some customers have shared horror stories of first editions turning up in a paper envelope… well here's how we do it at Cheltenham Rare Books - whether it's a £15 or a £15,000 book we want you to be as delighted with it as we were when we bought it.

We check the book carefully to ensure it meets our standards for the described condition, then wrap the book in paper to ensure there's no wrapper movement during transit. 
eco friendly book packing process step 1


Wrap several layers of Ranpak honeycomb, with overlapped cushioning. 

Box the wrapped book in corrugated cardboard.

Wrap the box in brown paper (£20 minimum order value)

Delivery:  We use Royal Mail as standard in the UK and generally either UPS or Parcelforce for international postage.  We pack and despatch books within 3 working days of ordering.

Shipping Costs

Shipping options and costs are shown at checkout. You can choose from sea freight, air freight or courier. We're finding sea freight is being chosen more frequently recently, most likely due to the environmental impact. Please see this article here for benefits of sea freight over air freight.  If you have a preferred shipping option that isn't listed at checkout please contact us.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require a different delivery service.