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Who we are

Established in 1853, Maggs Bros. Ltd. is one of the world's largest antiquarian booksellers. Serious about books without being stuffy, we are proud of our traditions and history but are continually looking to the future. We embrace the new age of information technology, and combine with it a continuity which has seen us deal with successive generations of collectors and with libraries over many decades.

We have a staff of over twenty, organised into seven largely autonomous departments, giving us an enviable diversity and a remarkable range of in-house expertise. We travel widely and exhibit at the principal international antiquarian bookfairs, and can correspond in many languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese and Mandarin.

We are delighted to sell individual items to new customers, but are at our best when building and sustaining long-term relationships. We handle books and manuscripts of the very highest quality, and act as advisors and booksellers to many of the world's finest collections, both private and institutional, but also go out of our way to stock books over a wide price range.

As well as selling books, we of course buy them, and do so around the world. We take pride in being honest and generous buyers and have the resources to deal with the largest of collections as well as interesting individual items.

We are based in a pleasant town house in the heart of Mayfair, convenient for the main London hotels, the auction houses and many corporate headquarters. 

Our expertise in shipping rare books safely around the world is all-but-legendary and this, coupled with the simplicity of electronic payment, means that buying and selling across borders is today an almost completely painless operation.