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The Vintage Guide To London | October 21, 2017

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Cecil Court: the place to go for rare and antiquarian books

Cecil Court: the place to go for rare and antiquarian books

Located in the very heart of London, a moment’s walk from Leicester Square Tube Station, Cecil Court is a picturesque late Victorian thoroughfare linking Charing Cross Road and St Martin’s Lane, pedestrianised and seemingly immune from the bustle of the great city which surrounds it.

The shopfronts have not been altered in more than a century and the traditional hanging signs announce specialists in rare and antiquarian books, maps and prints and all manner of related printed material including stamps and banknotes. Whether you are looking for weighty sixteenth-century folios, modern first editions, early maps of your area, theatre posters, children’s books and more besides, someone in Cecil Court will be able to assist.

The Court includes shops like Mark Sullivan, who specialise in eclectic items – think Art Deco & Nouveau, tea-caddies, top hats, porcelain figurines, silver, watercolours & oils, canes, cameras, oil-lamps, pocket watches and magnifying glasses, or Peter Ellis, who stock mostly first editions.

More information on Cecil Court and a comprehensive list of the shops.