About Us

John Drury Rare Books was founded by David Edmunds in 1971. We have been a member of the ABA and ILAB for over 40 years. The firm has always specialised in antiquarian and rare books, pamphlets and broadsides mainly printed between about 1600 and 1900 in the human and social sciences. We usually also stock a small number of manuscripts and autograph letters in these same subject areas. Most of our stock is in the English language.

We work from home in rural Essex. Prearranged visits are welcome, and, with prudent timing, visitors can usually expect a half-decent working lunch. Our cottage is in East Anglia on the Essex / Suffolk border and there is a marvellous view of the Stour Estuary Nature Reserve.

Our CataloguesJohn Drury Rare Books

We usually issue about four full-colour digital and printed catalogues a year of books, pamphlets, broadsides & manuscripts in our subject range. These are free to customers. Items from all our catalogues that remain unsold after a period of a month or so after mailing to our active customers are then posted on our website.

Please contact us to be added to our email or printed catalogue list.