Cecil Court, London WC2N

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Cecil Court 1894


8. Tim Bryars Ltd

Tim Bryars - Shopfront

Atlases, and original antique maps and charts of all regions, printed from the 15th to 20th centuries; topographical and natural history prints.

8 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4HE
Tel: 020 7836 1901

Email: tim@timbryars.co.uk
Website: www.timbryars.co.uk

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.00am-6.00pm; Sat 12.00-5.00pm

Member: ABA

Tim Bryars

Tim Bryars opened his antiquarian book and map shop in Summer 2004, returning to street level after some years selling books from a fourth floor office at Oxford Circus and communicating with the world electronically.

Traditional bookshops like ours allow for browsing and face-to-face discussion, and the chance to examine original material at first hand - all valuable opportunities which we would encourage customers to take up whenever possible. If anything, ground-floor retail is becoming increasingly important, and in Autumn 2012 we opened Pinda Bryars Books at 7 Cecil Court.

Tim Bryars shop window

We specialise in rare and antiquarian books, maps and prints, particularly atlases and original antique maps of all parts of the world printed between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, a golden age of discovery and decorative map-making. We always carry a selection of separately issued and folding maps and also offer unusual cartographic items from the twentieth century, including London Underground maps and ephemeral wartime propaganda.

The price range is enormous, anything from £30-£30,000 (determined by rarity, condition and desirability), but please note that in all cases we offer original material and do not deal with facsimiles or reproductions.


Tim Bryars - Inside

We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, the oldest trade of body of its kind (founded 1906) and as such we follow the ABA Code of Good Practice. Tim Bryars has served on the ABA Council. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an organiser of the London Map Fair.

The fair is the largest specialist event of its kind in Europe, held at the Royal Geographical Society each June with accompanying lectures and events.

We often work with institutions and established collectors, but we are always ready to offer advice with starting a collection or with helping to choose a really unusual gift, perhaps for a wedding or paper anniversary, or as a leaving present for a work colleague. The more advance warning you can give us the better, especially if we have to track down something especially recherché, and if making a special journey we always recommend getting in touch beforehand.

Tim Bryars is currently Secretary of the Cecil Court Association (David Drummond is Chairman) and would be happy to help with any general enquiries about the street; he would also be very pleased to hear from anyone with memories or ephemera relating to Cecil Court.