Established in Cecil Court in summer 2004, Tim and Pinda Bryars specialise in rare and antiquarian books, maps and prints, particularly atlases and original antique maps of all parts of the world printed between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries - a golden age of discovery and decorative map-making. We always carry a selection of separately issued and folding maps and also offer unusual cartographic items from the twentieth century, including London Underground maps and ephemeral wartime propaganda.
Our general stock of antiquarian books includes early printing, classical texts and translations, history, literature (including modern first editions), golden age detective fiction, twentieth century art, fashion and photography.
The price range is enormous, anything from £30-£30,000 (determined by rarity, condition and desirability), but please note that in all cases we offer original material and do not deal with facsimiles or reproductions.
We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, the oldest trade of body of its kind (founded 1906) and as such we follow the ABA Code of Good Practice. Tim Bryars has served on the ABA Council. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an organiser of the London Map Fair.
The fair is the largest specialist event of its kind in Europe, held at the Royal Geographical Society each June with accompanying lectures and events.
We often work with institutions and established collectors, but we are always ready to offer advice with starting a collection or with helping to choose a really unusual gift, perhaps for a wedding or paper anniversary, or as a leaving present for a work colleague. The more advance warning you can give us the better, especially if we have to track down something especially recherché, and if making a special journey we always recommend getting in touch beforehand.
Tim Bryars is currently Secretary of the Cecil Court Association (David Drummond is Chairman) and would be happy to help with any general enquiries about the street; he would also be very pleased to hear from anyone with memories or ephemera relating to Cecil Court.
The unicorns on our signboard are not a random act of whimsy: Ernest Oldmeadow ran the Unicorn Press from our premises a century ago, employing 18 year old Arthur Ransome, the future children's author and spy.