Simon has been an antiquarian bookseller for over 20 years, finding rare, unusual material for customers all over the world. ‘An extraordinary bookseller… one of the best in the business’ (Rebecca Romney), he was included among the winners in the 2012 Smarta 100 Awards for ‘the most resourceful, original, exciting small businesses in the UK’. His catalogues have won seven design awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and the Facebook group he founded in 2016, We Love Endpapers, now has thousands of members.

Antiquarian Booksellers Association
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York Antiquarian Book Seminar

Simon is a member of the Bibliographical Society, the Grolier Club, a resident faculty member at the annual York Antiquarian Book Seminar, and currently sits on the council of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association.

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We issue e-lists about once a month, either on specific subjects or more generally featuring a mix of recent acquisitions.

All our e-lists are colour-illustrated, but please let us know if you would like additional photos of any item. We also send out e-lists with items we are bringing to forthcoming book fairs, both in the UK and the USA.

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Short Lists

The dictionary defines short list as 'a list of selected candidates from which a final choice is made'. My Short Lists (my printed catalogues) are just that: a selection of things which struck me as particularly interesting in some way from which you can choose to buy. I hope to present old books in a new way.

My first four Short Lists, designed by Purpose in London, won a number of design awards, both here and in the USA. Short Lists 5 and 6 were designed by Robin Howie.

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Specialist fields

When people ask what we specialise in, we say European cultural history, which is a suitably broad category, but our real interest is cross-cultural material, anything which documents the spread of one culture into another. What we really like to find is an original foreign literary work with links to the Anglophone world, or musical responses to events. So we’ve had things like contemporary German poetry written following the execution of Charles I in 1649; a Russian song composed after the defeat of Napoleon in 1812; a German novel set among the Iroquois from 1799.

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We don’t like to be bound by date, and are equally interested in the twentieth century as the sixteenth. But our goal is always to offer material which is interesting, curious, things you’ve never seen before: the books you never knew you wanted.

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Simon Says

Rare Books Uncovered

By Rebecca Rego Barry

An extraordinarily coincidental find by Simon was the focus of a chapter in a book by Rebecca Rego Barry of Fine Books Magazine.

The Book Collector

Here Simon writes on the largely forgotten writer Friedo Lampe, a disabled gay German author from the 1930s and ’40s.

The Book Club of California

Simon was asked to recommend a ‘book about books’ that the Club’s members might not have heard about before. His choice was an important biographical dictionary of émigré German publishers and booksellers.

ABAA Blog

Simon is the only British contributor to The New Antiquarian, the blog of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, where he has written on deckle-fetishism, book fairs, and decorated book papers.