Our dealing in antiquarian, rare and collectable books began in 1971 in Leicester.
The business was founded by the late Godfrey Tyers and Patricia Tyers. The impetus for the establishment came from Godfrey's interest in literature, academia and music books and from Patricia's previous experience working with second hand books. Following an initial library buy of ten thousand books, the business was set up in Belvoir Street, Leicester.
In 1987 the business relocated to St. Mary's Hill, Stamford. The shop is situated in the shadow of the church of St. Mary the Virgin, hence the title of "St. Mary's Books". The business has continued and grown over the years and is still run by the Tyers Family. We were one of the 1st dealers to have an online presence in 1997 with our own site launching in late 1998. We have sold books via the internet for 16 years and pride ourselves on the service and standard offered to online customers.
At present we hold a stock of approximately 50,000 volumes to which we are continually adding new items. Our fields of interest are very wide and quality books on any subject are never refused.
Our major specialist areas are as follows:
Harry Potter 1st editions, major dealers in signed copies.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks
Iconic Literature, Tolkien , C.S. Lewis,
Children's Books - Fine, illustrated volumes including Rackham and Dulac.
Country/ Rural Pursuits - Hunting, Shooting, Fishing, Field Sports 'BB' (Denys Watkins Pitchford).
Church - Church Adornment, Church Art, Stained Glass, Organ Building, Bell Ringing etc.