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Edited: Aug 14, 2009, 8:39am Top

I'm primarily interested here in REAL places where I could inspect REAL Folio Society books in London or around. I know I can order used FS books on the Internet (and I did), but nothing is more enjoyable than to have a look to books on shelves.

Any addresses?

Aug 14, 2009, 8:59am Top

Not exactly in London, but Eric T. Moore in Hitchin, Herts. always has a few shelves of FS books.

Edited: Aug 14, 2009, 9:02am Top

Pepys -

Henry Sotherans off Picadilly sell second hand Folio. You can check their stock on line. There used to be a new Folio showroom downstairs but that has gone now.

Sotherans is one of the best and oldest of London's antiquarian book sellers. Without doubt you will love it there.


Aug 14, 2009, 9:03am Top

I've found FS books in a couple of s/h bookshops in Charing Cross Rd - Henry Pordes being one. I must say though that in general I was really disappointed in what I found in London.

Aug 14, 2009, 9:07am Top

>3 Quicksilver66: - "There used to be a new Folio showroom downstairs . . ."

Ahh! I have fond memories of browsing down there . . . and of the charming and graceful ladies of a certain age who staffed it like some latter day Mapp and Lucia.

Aug 14, 2009, 9:13am Top

> 5

What was that showroom, Boldface ? Was it the Members Room before they re-located to Eagle Street ?

I only went there once in about 1994 and I remember it as a real Alladin's Cave.

Aug 14, 2009, 1:21pm Top

>6 Quicksilver66: - I think it was the equivalent of the Members Room until the Eagle Street one opened. (Before that, they were in an old arcade somewhere in that area.) I went there many times in the 1990s. It was a curious set-up with the FS part along one side of the basement of a much larger antiquarian bookseller. The Folio Society also had some window space facing the street but Sotheran's themselves had positioned some shelves of secondhand FS books right by the door, so it was advisable to check there before committing to the full-price offerings below. The gracious and charming ladies seemed to come from another era and didn't survive the move to Eagle Street.

Aug 14, 2009, 1:24pm Top

>7 boldface: - It was in the Burlington Arcade I seem to remember.

Now we have "gracious and charming" gents in Eagle Street ;-)

Aug 14, 2009, 2:27pm Top

>7 boldface: >8 HuxleyTheCat:

Yes, I remember the Members' Room in the arcade. I seem to remember it being on the other side of Piccadilly from the Burlington - Prince's Arcade, maybe. But my memory isn't too good, and I dare say Huxley is right.

Aug 14, 2009, 2:39pm Top

It was at 5 Royal Arcade, which runs between Old Bond Street and Albemarle Street.

Aug 14, 2009, 3:09pm Top

>10 TheoClarke:. I could have sworn that it was the Burlington, but it was quite a while ago, and I'm sure you are correct.

Aug 14, 2009, 3:16pm Top

You were on the right side of Piccadilly anyway, Huxley. That's more than I was!

Aug 14, 2009, 3:30pm Top

I would probably have been closer to the mark if I had actually darkened the doors, but in those days window shopping for beautiful books was about as much as I could afford. I'm happy to report that I now seem to be making up for lost time- renewal in and all geared up for the 2010 membership year. It's just a pity that for me the best books don't come out until June :-(

Aug 15, 2009, 9:36am Top

> 13

Yes, June is set to be the best month with the Great Game, Germinal and Robin Hood - all must haves for me.

Aug 15, 2009, 10:15am Top

>14 Quicksilver66:. Those three plus The Songlines are what I'll be waiting for. Hm, that's when the summer sale is likely to start too. Better start saving!

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