I launched Anthony Smith Books to share my passion for books. My business is devoted to old-fashioned, personal service. All my stock is hand-picked. The books are chosen because they are gripping, informative, attractive, rare or a combination of these qualities. They are in the best condition I can find.

Art and architecture, biography, children’s and illustrated, fiction, history and travel are the main categories. Quirky and unusual items can be found in the Oddments category. I love the frisson that a printed book can give you when you appreciate that this is how it first appeared to readers, or that this copy was given for a purpose or is invested with history.

I have been a bookseller since 1987, first at Hall’s Bookshop in Tunbridge Wells, then at Heywood Hill in Mayfair and, most recently, at Slightly Foxed on Gloucester Road. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to engage with many customers from all walks of life and nothing gives me greater pleasure as a bookseller than putting books and people together face to face. I hope to continue this with regular pop-up shops in central London. Please keep an eye on News & Events for notice of when these take place or sign up for the newsletter.

Anthony Smith