Friday, 24 April 2015

Books for sale about the county of Kent and southeast England

These are pictures of about half of the books about Kent on the shelves in my bookshop in Ramsgate today.

I had one of those phone calls today, which goes something along the lines of. I live in Whitstable and collect books about the county, is it worth driving over to Ramsgate tomorrow to look at what you have in your bookshop?

This is often accompanied by. Do you have all your books on the internet? I guess the answer to this one is something like. If you put all your decent stock on the internet what would be the point in having a shop. 

Another question I often get is. Do you have anything antiquarian about Kent? Now to me an antiquarian book is a book that was printed before 1810, so up until recently the answer would have been. Very few and nothing that wasn't very expensive.

However recently I have been asked if I have anything antiquarian about WW1, so I have been a bit cautious in my replies to this one, especially as signs saying "Antiquarian Books" have started appearing in charity bookshops and selected branches of Waterstones.    

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