ASH RARE BOOKS

Antiquarian, rare and fine books at Ash Rare Books

ASH RARE BOOKS
43 HURON ROAD
LONDON SW17 8RE
UNITED KINGDOM

Tel: (+44)-(0)20-8672-2263
e-mail: books@ashrare.com


VISITORS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

ASH RARE BOOKS

Cyril Nash and Hugh Jones - the original partners - in 1970

Cyril Nash and Hugh Jones, the original partners - in 1970.

Ash Rare Books was founded in 1946 in Cullum Street (near Leadenhall Market in the City of London) by Hugh Jones and Cyril Nash. The original name of the business was "Jon Ash" - a product of topping and tailing their names. It was also the name of the principal character in a play (obviously set in a bookshop) that they wrote together in the 1930s.

Cullum Street

The tiny and narrow original premises in Cullum Street in the 1960s.

Laurence Worms

Laurence Worms at a meeting of the International Map Collectors' Society in the 1990s.

The firm was taken over by Laurence Worms on their retirement in 1971. In 1979 the business moved to larger premises on the Threadneedle Street side of the Royal Exchange, opposite the Bank of England and the Stock Exchange, the name at that time becoming Ash Rare Books.

Book Department, Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange shop in 1990 - with the famous 1844 spiral stair.

Map Department, Royal Exchange

The Map & Print Gallery at the Royal Exchange.

Laurence Worms

Laurence Worms explaining the finer points of a Beatrix Potter first edition to the late Princess Margaret at an ABA Book Fair.

By 2003 the internet had become the most significant part of the business and we finally left the City after a connection of over fifty years. We now work from private premises just off Tooting Common in South London.

Visitors are welcome - but by appointment only. The nearest underground stations are Tooting Bec and Balham, both on the Northern Line - the latter also having a mainline rail connection - one or other of the stations being accessible from any part of Central London in twenty minutes. On street parking is possible during the day on a pay-and-display basis.

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