Rare and Second Hand Books

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   E   D   I   N   B   U   R   G   H

   I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in

                                                     - Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

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   THE OLD TOWN BOOKSHOP has been a specialist booksellers of antiquarian maps, prints, Scottish material, fine art monographs and original artworks for over thirty years. Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town on the characterful Victoria Street, the shop comprises a 16th century medieval granary store originally used to supply Edinburgh Castle and is a stone's throw away from the Grassmarket, St. Giles' Cathedral, Greyfriar's Kirkyard and the castle itself, all of which have provided settings for some of Scotland's best writers including R.L.S. Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. The Old Town Bookshop caters to a range of interests from the literary enthusiast to the well-read tourist, from the manuscript curious to the merely curious. Among the eclectic stock held by owner Ronald Wilson, the customer can find everything ranging from original John Kay prints and rare editions of Burns to out of print monographs on European modern painters and idiosyncratic 1950s maps and paraphernalia on the wildlife, folklore and history of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
 
 Highlights:
 
virgil
 
Works Of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, And Aeneis. Translated Into English Verse By Mr Dryden, John Dryden, London, Jacob Tonson, 1697. £1300
 
 
children 
 
The Children, Alice Meynell, London & New York, John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1897, £35
 
 
 
 Thirties
paolozzi boot
Eduardo Paolozzi, (with loose boot),Tate Gallery, 1971, £50
Thirties: British art and design before the war, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1979, £25
 
 
 

Ossian
 
Rare and beautfiul collection of Ossian books.
 
Poems of Ossian,  brown leather spine with mild scuffing and gold tooled title and date, 1830, £140
Poems of Ossian, beautiful tooled leather spine with gold plant motifs and title, cloth outer boards, 1816, £85
Essays on the Authenticity of the Poems of Ossian,  rare worn red boards with read leather spine and corners, 1807, £100
Poems of Ossian, Beautiful tooled leather spine with gold plant motifs and title, brown gold and cream marbled outer boards and front and end papers, 1816, £145
 
 
 
 
 
wild flowers, fox, day with the poets
 
 
Days with the Lyric Poets, Robert Burns, John Keats, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hodder & Stoughton, 1930, £16
Voyage of the Fox, Francis Leopold McClintock, John Murray, 1875, £35
Wild Flowers, Margaret Plues, George Bell & Sons, 1892, £8
 
 
 
Junius
 
Junius open
 
 
Junius, two volumes, marbled endpapers, Vernor and Hood, 1797, £200
 
 
 
Hansen
Farthest North, two volumes, Dr. Fridjof Nansen, Archibald Constable and Company, 1897, £145
 
 
 
Milkwood
 
Two Editions of Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas
-J.M. Dent & Sons, 1954, £15 (blue dustjacket)
- Readers Union J.M. Dent & Sons, 1957, £10
 
 
Morris
 
A Choice of William Morris's Verse, Ed. Geoffrey Grigson, Faber &Faber, 1969, £8
Prose, Verse, Lectures and Essay, William Morris, Ed. G.D.H. Cole, Nonesuch Press, 1974, £10