Bryars & Bryars is (are?) an independent dealer of antiquarian maps, books and prints. Our maps cover all areas of the world, and range from the golden age of exploration to a time when a man about town could buy a London Gay to Z for 25p. Likewise our books cover all subjects and formats, from classics of the handpress period to modern literature.
We’re very good at what we do, and we think you’re going to like it here. Have a look around…
Tim (works upstairs, is the face of Bryars & Bryars) opened a shop in Cecil Court in 2004 after working in the rare book and map trade since leaving university. He has gone on to become co-organiser of the London Map Fair (the largest specialist fair of its kind in the world); a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; and co-author of a best-selling book about 20th century maps and mapping.
Pinda (works downstairs, beyond the rope) joined the business in 2012, with no background in the trade at all, but a love for the material and a lot of questions. And that’s all you need to join in too. The shop is a welcoming space for everybody who likes to read, think, argue a little, and learn a bit. This is as much down to you lot as it is to us – it is our privilege and delight to welcome you all.
We are active members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association and the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association. This is partly because we like membership plaques, but mostly to uphold and promote the very highest standards in dealing with our material and customers alike. If we don’t have what you’re looking for our first resort will always be to recommend a fellow BADA or ABA member.