Barry McKay Rare Books

Antiquarian Books pre-1700
Antiquarian Books 18th Cent
Antiquarian School Textbooks
Antiquarian & more modern books: HISTORY
Antiquarian Books LITERATURE
Antiquarian (and later) Books on SCIENCES VARIOUS
Antiquarian books THEOLOGY
Provincial printing
NEW & FORTHCOMING BOOKS on many aspects of the arts & history of print culture
Private Presses & Modern Fine Printing
Book Arts Exhibition Catalogues
Book Illustration (general histories)
Book Illustration & PrintmakingTechniques
Monographs on Book Illustrators
Book Trade History (London & general)
Book Trade History (Provincial )
Calligraphy & Letterforms
Newspapers & Journalism
Paper & Papermaking History
Papermaking technique
Printers & Typographers
Printing History
Printing Technique & Equipment
Type & Type Specimens
Serials & Annuals
Subject lists & catalogues
About Us
Unsolicited Testimonials
British Book Trade History Conference



An important link for all interested in the history of the book in all its maifestations:

Book History research network
The Book History Research Network, formerly the Book History Postgraduate Network, was established in 1998 by the former Book Trade History Group in co-operation with the Institute for English Studies at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. We organize Study Days (usually two a year) in different areas, to discuss their work and share experiences, progress and problems.We also host a Register of Book History Researchers. The register aims to include current and recently completed research in all areas of book history.

Our Particular Bookseller Friends
When in the Lake District we suggest a visit to our great friends, Rob & Barb Sheppard at the

Fireside Bookshop in Windermere.

Other Colleagues
on books at pbfa
PBFA: The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association was founded in 1974, with just 20 members. It was set up to provide provincial bookdealers with a shop window in London by holding a regular book fair. More than a quarter of a century on we have over 600 members and organise around 100 book fairs a year at venues throught the United Kingdom.
BOOKS AT PBFA All the booksellers on the site are members of a properly constituted association of booksellers. Each association binds its members to a strict code of practice. This means you can buy with confidence. The PBFA mainly sell books - from ancient to modern - but you may also find maps, prints, ephemera, manuscripts and artwork.
Sedbergh Book Town  Sedbergh is a small market town in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on the edge of the Howgill Fells and close to the eastern fells of the Lake District. Sedbergh started with an excellent base to build upon as a Booktown, with a printer's finisher (book maker), writers and several book selling businesses already based in the town. Since then more bookshops have opened and, in May 2006, Sedbergh was oficially recognised as England's Booktown when it was elected into the International Organisation of Book Towns.
Sheppards Confidential for the latest book trade news. Issues contain interesting articles and facts for the antiquarian and second-hand book trade and dealers in ephemera, prints and maps.  Issues usually include reviews of forthcoming auctions and book fairs, and reports on past auctions and major book fairs.  News and contributions are published on varied subjects supplied by members of the trade - mainly in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Mark Walmsley Paste Papers


Paul Antonio (Calligrapher extraordinary)
Incline Press Graham Moss & Kathy Whalen Moss
                    - discerning printers who design and print
and-made books for the collector who reads
                    and the reader who collects.
Fleece Press The website of Simon Lawrence's press
                     - beautifully and carefully produced books.
Andy Moore (Calligraphy)
Mark Walmsley  a paste-paper maker, bookbinder & painter of stunning
                          originality. A
n innovative and exciting new colourist,
                          he hand-mixes traditional paints from pigments
                          and other authentic ingredients, which he then works
                          onto Japanese and Italian hand-made papers.

British Book Trade Index A most useful link listing over 100,000 pre-1850 members of the English & Welsh Book Trades
PRINT NETWORKS  For details of the annual seminar on British Book Trade History. The next conference will be held in Stratfrod-upon-Avon, 6-8 July 2010, Deatils of the call for papers are currently available online.

A Wonderful Blog on matters typographical: 
Typefoundry  Documents for the history of type and letterforms


Designer Bookbinders is one of the foremost societies devoted to the craft of fine bookbinding. Founded over fifty years ago it has, by means of exhibitions and publications, helped to establish the reputation of British bookbinding worldwide. Its membership includes some of the most highly regarded makers in the fields of fine bookbinding, book arts and artists’ books, each with a passion for presenting the bound text as a unique art object.

Society of Bookbinders The society is dedicated to traditional bookbinding and to the preservation of the printed and written words. Its membership includes both professional and amateur bookbinders.

British Library Bookbindings is a database and finding aid to the British Library's bookbinding collections. It includes information and images for selected items from the Library's rich collection of fine bindings of books printed in western Europe from the fifteenth century to date.


Carmencho Arregui. Carmecho’s site includes selections from her writings on bookbinding structures and other related matters.

Stephen Conway  A Fellow of Designer Bookbinders  (see above), Stephen runs one of the few remaining craft binderies operating in the North of England and specialises in high quality bookbinding and design work. As well as his bookbinding services he offers a reange of high quality, handbound wedding albums; in a world of mass-production and dated designs these albums are new, exiting and probably unique. Furthermore, if you are interested in learning bookbinding skills you can join one of his courses, or if you would simply like to try your hand, he also ffers a range of kits to develop skills and produce a variety of personal and attractive items.

Chris Hicks - one of my oldest friends, my first teacher of binding and best-man at my wedding - can undertake all types of binding and repairs on books of all types and from all periods. He also does short-run edition binding for the discerning private printer

Dominic Riley & Michael Burke for discerning restoration of paper and bindings, or for commissioning a unique designer binding from an award-winning craftsman. Their website is not up and running yet but email them at or telephone to 015395 31161 (INT+UK+15395 31161 if phoning from outside the UK).

Trevor Lloyd has been binding and restoring antiquarian books for book collectors, dealers, and private libraries for over twenty years. His knowledge of books and the materials used in their construction - together with his skills as a craftsman bookbinder - enables Trevor to rebind and restore antiquarian books to the exact style of their period and country of origin.

Tomorrow's Past is a small international group of bookbinders who make modern conservation bindings for antiquarian books. The group includes Kathy Abbott, Carmencho Arregui, Hedi Kyle and Jen Lindsay. Please do have a trawl through their site; those of you who, like me, are of a conservative nature where books are concerned can overcome your doubts of such thing, again like me, then I am sure you will be fascinated by what is on show. I most certainly was.

Heavenly Monkey   Letterpress & Bookbinding studio.

Antonio Celemin Marbled papers (Spain)
Karli Frigge Marbled papers (Netherlands) The woman's papers are simply awesome!
Victoria Hall Marble, Paste, and Suminagashi papers (England)
Chris Weimann In Memoriam site (USA) One of the best, arguably the best there has ever been.
Washington University Decorated and Decorative Papers gallery.


De Boekenmarkt. Aaldert & Tanya hold a massive range of materials and tools, &c for the binder; including lots of things you didn't know you wanted. They are also utterly charming and helpful

Bookbinding Supplies
   Robert Cornwall’s bookbinding equipment is in use all over the world by National Libraries, Museums, Universities, Conservators and individual Binders. He makes presses and sewing frames individually in high quality kiln dried Beech –a joy to handle and use.

Eden Workshops   Situated 30km north of Limoge in the Limousin region of France the Eden Workshops are devoted to craft bookbinding. 17 bookbinding tutorials on DVD, plus free manuals to download. Superior tools and equipment. 

Griffen Mill Paper Griffen Mill makes a range of archival handmade papers designed to resemble handmade paper from past centuries. Papers are available in different weights & thicknesses. All Griffen Mill papers are made, one sheet at a time using traditional European techniques & fibres. 

Ratchford’s Bookbinding Supplies can supply a comprehensive range of products that covers the full requirements of most book binders, and back it up with sound advice and a friendly service.

Shepherds (which also incorporates Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Falkiner Fine Papers) offers a wide range of binding supplies, services and advice.

Tim James Bookbinding Museum. The American Bookbinders Museum began as the private collection of equipment and publications held by Taurus Bookbinding of San Francisco. In 2006, the collection outgrew the modest bindery and so the museum was created and was moved to a new location that allows the public to view the collection. 


St Bride Library Quite simply the world's foremost printing and graphic arts library. The collections cover printing and related subjects: paper and binding, graphic design and typography, typefaces and calligraphy, illustration and printmaking, publishing and book-selling and the social and economic aspects of the printing, book, newspaper and magazine trades.

Museum of the Book at the Rijks Museum Meermanno, a new on-line catalogue of their collections of books, letters, bookplates, and archives.




TYPEVENTS Do you use typo/graphic design either by profession or passion, in an academic environment or simply through accident? Do you work with typo/graphic design for print, web, multimedia or animation or use letterforms in any other creative media? If you do, then welcome to Typevents, the organisation that unites all those individuals, institutions and corporations that operate in, or on the edge of, the graphic arts industry.


Appleby-in-Westmorland The former county town of Westmorland, an ideal base from which to explore the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines.

Eden Valley To explore further aspects of the heritage and culture of the Eden Valley area a visit to Penrith and Eden Museum is well worth a visit - or if you can't actually get there you can find out more about its history, collections, exhibitions and work here.


Barry McKay Rare Books
Kingstone House Battlebarrow
Appleby-in-Westmorland Cumbria CA16 6XT ENGLAND
tel: 017683 52282 or (int+)44 17683 52282