Some Unsolicited Testimonials
Barry McKay is quite literally a man of letters.
He’s a bibliopolist and a student of bibliography; that’s a bookseller who studies the history of printing and
making books. Barry’s home and office is in Kingstone House in Appleby, inside which every wall is covered with books,
from modern editions of textbooks on the arts of the book to ancient tomes with worn leather bindings and gilt tooling –
and a Roman stylus and wooden tablet filled with wax. This place really is a bibliophile’s heaven.
Cumbria Life June/July 2008
Barry McKay plays football
without pads on and sells books the same way.
John Ballinger [He
meant rugby union football but what can one expect from the former colony]
Barry McKay is one of the most important voices in recent
scholarship on 18th and 19th century chapbooks.
When I saw your cultivated stroke play
I was sorry you were not further up the order.
Peter Miller (Captain
of the PBFA Cricket XI) On my batting v. the ABA, 4 July 1989
You can give a book an edge.
McKay you are an insufferable son of a bitch and a foreign imbecile, you are also very funny. But you are a son of a bitch.
Temptation got the better of me so have ordered, and
added Barry's web address to our links. His website is a goldmine of information.
And the utterly memorable:
an antiquarian bookseller, I didn't know there were that many books about fish.
a moment please for the lady who received a book as a gift and said:
how nice, thank you but I’ve got one.