A Third-Generation Family Business, Est. 1971
Adrian Harrington began trading in 1971, as part of Harrington Brothers in the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's fashionable King's Road. He moved to Kensington Church Street in 1997, and in 2014 Adrian relocated to the historic Hall's bookshop in Royal Tunbridge Wells, occupying the first floor of this iconic building near The Pantiles area of the town. Hall's remain on the ground floor offering an exceptional range of quality used books and the basement houses a print gallery, providing maps, engravings, posters, photographs and inscribed material. Three generations of Adrian's family are now involved in the running of the business.
Adrian Harrington Rare Books deal in a wide selection of literature, modern first editions, leather bound library sets, children's and illustrated books and fine and rare antiquarian and old books in all fields. We also offer a full and expert bookbinding and restoration service.
Ian Fleming Bibliographer Jon Gilbert curates our world-class stock of James Bond material, including first edition novels, film posters, original scripts and associated ephemera.
Managing Director of Adrian Harrington Rare Books, Past-President of both The Antiquarian Booksellers Association (A.B.A.) and The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (I.L.A.B.). Our enthusiastic and energetic leader has an uncanny knack of acting like the young turk whilst also being a wise man of the book trade. No longer the 'new boy' and not quite 'old school' - more an 'old boy of the new school' of dealers, Adrian has been succesfully buying and selling fine and rare books since 1971, with the occasional pause in order to collect guitars, ukeleles and banjos.
Literature specialist, specifically nineteeth and twentieth century fiction with a particular interest in strange tales, detective fiction, adventure stories, historical thrillers and espionage. Known to many as a James Bond guru, having penned the award-winning bibliography of Ian Fleming and sporadically gracing the nation's radio waves and television screens to comment on agent 007 and his creator. When not prattling on about spy novels Jon can be found tinkering with one of his increasing number of motorcycles. Mid-life crisis anyone?
A denizen of two worlds, Lucas was inherited by Adrian Harrington Rare Books from Hall's Bookshop, along with the chair once graced by Viktor von Ephrussi and the ten pence bargain bin; consequently he is most likely to be seen running up or down the stairs between Adrian Harrington's and Hall's. He'll probably be at the end of any emails that you send to the shop. Simultaneously a PhD student at the University of Kent, studying the overlap between contemporary literature and ethics, the other position you'll likely find him in is pondering the quandary of exactly how much foxing can legitimately be described as slightly foxed.
Studious-ish student of English & American Literature at the University of Kent and newbie to all things Antiquarian. Tab has a great interest in all angry-isms including angry feminism, angry Marxism, and angry postcolonialism. If there's an angry school of lit. theory, she'll probably find it.
Ben joined Adrian Harrington Rare Books following its reincarnation armed with three years experience in secondhand bookselling. Blessed with the shop's worst yet most persistent sense of humour he is often spotted channeling Alan Partridge whilst ostensibly working. Splitting his time between manning Hall's Bookshop with James and cataloguing and photographing stock for Harrington's, his interests include modern history and politics, nature writing, and modern fiction. Spends most of his spare time trying to improve as a grimpeur in the lumpy terrain around Tunbridge Wells and engaging innocent bystanders in talk of gear ratios and groupsets.
James joined joined the team at the same time as Ben, in January 2015, working part-time for a number of months before starting full-time in October. As a Byzantinist James' special subjects include the history of Constantinople / İstanbul and the sixth-century historian Prokopios of Caesarea, though he's equally comfortable discussing the relative merits of Tolstoy, Hardy, or the Brontës.