Barry McKay Rare Books

Antiquarian Books pre-1700
Antiquarian Books 18th Cent
Antiquarian School Textbooks
Antiquarian & more modern books: HISTORY
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Antiquarian (and later) Books on SCIENCES VARIOUS
Antiquarian books THEOLOGY
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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)
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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

About Us

We are situated in an eighteenth century house - once an inn called the King's Arms - at the northern end of Appleby, a small market town midway between the Lake District and The Pennines; just off the A66, or 13 miles from either Junction 38 or 40 of the M6 motorway.
If you wish to visit us you will be warmly welcomed, please call 017683 52282 or email to for more details.
Find us on multimap
or put CA16 6XT in your satnav doo-dah thingy.


Care has been taken to collate the books and describe them accurately. However any book may be returned, within seven days of receipt, if not found to be acceptable as described.
All prices are net. Carriage, packing and insurance will be charged at cost.
Books for overseas customers will normally be sent by printed paper rate surface post. In the case of large parcels we will use the most sensible inexpensive method available to us. However, please specify if air mail post is required. At present printed paper rate surface post can take 8 weeks to North America & up to 14 weeks to Australia, Japan & New Zealand.
We accept payment in Sterling, Euro or by US Dollar cheque. Conversion of to US$ or €uros is made at the UK Clearing Banks rate of exchange operating at the date of invoicing.
Account customers wishing to pay by bank, or Euro transfer will find our account details at the foot of their invoice. Please note any transfer or conversion charges should be included with your payment.
Credit Cards: we are happy to accept payment by most major credit and debit cards, however we regret we do not accept payment by Amex.
EURO payments: For the benefit of our customers in the Euro zone, we can now accept payment by Euro transfer, our account details can be sent to you.
Invoices are due on receipt unless otherwise agreed.
Institutional invoices can be post-dated if required.
Possession of title of all goods despatched remains with Barry McKay Rare Books until the invoice is paid in full.
VAT (TVA) Customers in the European Community should include their VAT / TVA numbers when applicable.

Customers are always welcome to visit our book-room, which is open most days during office hours and at other times by appointment. However, please telephone ahead to ensure we are available.

Bookbinding recently executed by Barry McKay

One does not do the fatuous 'Mission statement' beloved of modern Organisation-Man.
However, the function of a bookseller, as Sir Basil Blackwell once said, is
To put worthy books
in worthy hands.

Nuff said!

Used Bookseller-Johnny
Two shirts - how utterly naff - but note the cool needlecord number.

As well as being more than happy to supply you with any book you may wish to purchase from our stock, you may also care to know that we also do some bookbinding.

The image to the left below is of a binding recently executed on one of John Crombie's Kickshaw Press books, a typographically dramatic interpretation of a text by Kurt Schwitters.



I, a scribe of good reputation, have been driven out of house and home by these cunning printers.
They print without any shame, and at very low price, things that inflame the passions, while we scribes die of hunger.
Cure this plague, if you will, by getting rid of printers.
They persist in their wicked behaviour, setting Tibullus in type, while young girls read Ovid to learn about sin.
These printers encourage this because they make such huge profits from it.
They flood the market with anything that hints at lasciviousness.
Destroy the printing press, I beg you, or these evil men will triumph.

Fra Filippon de Strata
Venice, 1473

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