Wednesday, 30 March 2011

London Shopping: Bookshops…

One of our all-time favourite London second hand bookshops is on the move. The wonderful Unsworths – with London's best selection of London books – is moving from its current home in St Martin’s Court to its rightful spiritual home just around the corner in Cecil Court. And they’re having a half-price sale to celebrate the flit!



We paid a visit yesterday and picked up a fascinating volume on 300 years of history at Piccadilly by Arthur Dassent. It wasn’t until a moment ago, however, upon flicking through the book, that we found a little bonus inside. Here it is…


… it’s the original bill from Hatchards bookshop (also still going strong!) back when the book was sold first time around.

It feels like having the book’s birth certificate.

The bill dates from 1955 – 35 years after the book was written – and lists the price (inc. postage to the customer) as one pound and two shillings.

And it wasn’t all that much dearer than that at the Unsworths sale in 2011!

Good luck to all at Unsworths in their new home – for those of you too far away to visit any time soon, their website is HERE.


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