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Scarce and decorative antiquarian books and first editions on all subjects

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Rooke Books antiquarian bookseller.

We specialise in rare and hard to come by works on all subjects over the last 500 years, together with modern first editions and decorative sets and bindings. Our library has something for every interest and specialism. If you can't quite decide, or are after some advice, why not get in touch, and let one of our specialists hand pick the perfect read. You can contact us here:

 

We deliver worldwide using a fully tracked and insured courier delivery service.

 

 

 

  

 


 

 

 

 

Where Are We?

Based in the literary city of Bath, our offices are housed in The Eastern Dispensary. Built in 1845, the building originally existed as a charitable institution providing medical care.

The building now houses our collection of over twenty thousand books and has three full time members of staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                               

  

 

Meet the Team

Kimberley
Specialism: Nineteenth Century Literature

Kimberley has a Master’s Degree in Nineteenth Century Literature from Lancaster University. Alongside her interest in Victorian and Romantic literature, more specifically the works of Jane Austen, she also specialises in works of Travel and Exploration. Outside of work, Kim enjoys baking and critiquing Jane Austen film and television adaptations.

Katherine
Specialism: Modern Literature

Katherine has a BA in Philosophy and Theology from Durham University. Her specialisms include Modern Literature, with her personal reading taste including authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell and Haruki Murakami. When asked, Katherine would lie and say her favourite book is ‘1984’, when in reality it’s ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.

Charlotte
Specialism: Early Literature

Charlotte has a BA in English Literature and Drama Studies from Bath Spa University. Her specialisms include Early Modern Literature and The Private Press Movement. Charlotte enjoys a wide variety of literature, and utilises all the times she spends on trains reading her most recent acquisition.

Monty
Specialism: Troublemaking

What Monty lacks in qualifications, he makes up for in enthusiasm. Monty’s key responsibility is ensuring no work takes place during his time in the office.  

 

 

 


 

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Books make the best gifts! If you’re stuck on what to choose, why not get them a gift voucher?

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Featured Books

1744-1746 8vol The Harleian Miscellany Collection of Pamphlets Harley Selbourne
1744-1746 8vol The Harleian Miscellany Collection of Pamphlets Harley Selbourne

Price: £4,500.00

An attractive and scarce eight volume set of the Harleian Miscellany.The first edition, without the title to introduction by Samuel Johnson.Complete in 8 volumes.Interspersed with historical, political and critical notes with a table...

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1798/VI Le Jardin D'Amour ou Le Vendangeur Poeme L Tansillo C F Mercier Signed
1798/VI Le Jardin D'Amour ou Le Vendangeur Poeme L Tansillo C F Mercier Signed

Price: £1,300.00

C F Mercier's translation of L Tansillo's famous work.With a charming frontispiece of the grape harvest of Nole in 1550. A male grape picker is surrounded by three women.Signed by Mercier.Prior to this translation...

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1722 Daniel Defoe Moll Flanders The Fortunes and Misfortunes Rare First Edition
1722 Daniel Defoe Moll Flanders The Fortunes and Misfortunes Rare First Edition

Price: £24,750.00

RESERVED UNTIL 30TH MAY 2018

A very scarce first edition of this celebrated novel by Daniel Defoe.One of Defoe's most famous works, second only to Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders is a first-person picaresque novel purportedly written by the heroine herself.  Very...

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c1920 5vol Jane Austen The Novels Riviere Binding Pride and Prejudice
c1920 5vol Jane Austen The Novels Riviere Binding Pride and Prejudice

Price: £4,400.00

A beautifully bound set of the works of Jane Austen.An unusual set, bound and published by Robert Riviere and Son. With a frontispiece to each volume. Robert Riviere was an English Bookbinder known for his attractive decorative...

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Just to confirm that the Saffron Walden Museum catalogue arrived safely this afternoon. Thank you for sending it so swiftly. I'll actually be opening the Museum over Christmas - sadly the galleries have changed a bit since this catalogue was printed.

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Many thanks for the book which arrived safely.The book was written by my great great grandfather, I have his various medals so its found a good home.

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