Peter Harrington Rare Books
Those who’ve not recently walked down Dover Street will notice a new addition to the road’s array of establishments. Famous for its well-preserved Georgian architecture, and not too blemished by modern fashion boutiques, to this day the south Mayfair address is home to some of London’s most traditional member’s clubs and A-list art galleries. Just a couple of years ago Peter Harrington, a shop that specialises in rare books and manuscripts, opened their second venue at no.43, complementing their longer-standing outlet on Fulham Road, Chelsea.
Since opening in 1969, Peter Harrington (now run by the founder’s son, Pom Harrington) is one of the world’s eminent rare book stores. Amongst its impressive collections can be found a first folio of Shakespeare (his collected works, published in 1623) but also more niche items, like Virginia Woolf’s Pocket Diary of 8 years. All in all Peter Harrington stocks more than 20,000 volumes and 6,000 prints and old maps, with their new shop in Dover Street showcasing a further 7,000 books over two floors.
Recently they have launched a new Travel and Exploration Books, Maps & Prints Catalogue, offering a selection of over 200 recently added pieces. According to Pom Harrington the catalogue “contains an absolutely fascinating selection of books, maps, illustrations, photos and prints from all over the world. Some are by well-known writers and others by lesser known explorers and adventurers, but all are thrilling and will appeal to those with a love for travel and exploration.”
Below, we’ve chosen a selection of images from the catalogue and more details including videos about the recently added pieces, can be found on their website.
Images from the Peter Harrington Catalogue: