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.

  1. We check the book carefully to ensure it meets our standards for the described condition.
  2. Wrap the book in paper to ensure there's no wrapper movement during transit.
  3. Wrap several layers of bubble wrap, with overlapped cushioning.
  4. Box the bubble wrapped book in corrugated cardboard.
  5. Wrap the box in brown paper.

Delivery:  We use Royal Mail as standard, as we’ve found them to be the most reliable, and generally either UPS or Parcelforce for priority international postage.  We pack and despatch books within 2 working days of ordering.

Prices:  Standard is gauged by weight, weighing up to 1 kg – the majority of our books are standard.  The book description states whether a book is heavier than standard. 

  • Heavy books cost £2.50 extra.
  • Shipping for multiple book purchases is calculated by weight so for 2 books would likely add an extra £2.50.
  • UK Standard is next day delivery - tracked at delivery - FREE.  Signed on delivery - FREE  (by request).  Priority - Tracked end to end - you can see the cost options according weight when you check out - delivery guaranteed by 1 pm the next day (by request)
  • Europe Standard 3 to 7 working or Priority Tracked & Signed
  • Rest  of the World - Standard 5 - 7 working days or Tracked and Signed Priority 1-3 working days.
    Please contact us if you have any questions or require a different delivery service.