Good Military Bookshops

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  1. Vitesse

    Vitesse Senior Member

    Have any members ever been to this shop in Oxford and if so do they carry any Military books,
    The Last Bookshop
    107 St Aldates
    OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 1BU map
    Not secondhand, but a large shop of remarkably high quality remainders from mainstream publishers, especially strong on literature, art and history, and everything- incredibly - for £2. It’s like going in Blackwells with 1950’s prices. I bought over £100 worth of books for a tenner. - George Marshall 23.09.10. Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in Oxfordshire I ask as along with Foyles both are opening shops in Bristol soon.
    Words cannot describe the sheer mediocrity of the Bristol shop. About the only positive thing I can say about it is that it was clean.

    Small shop on a corner site about five doors down from Blackwells, heavy on remaindered paperback fiction, unfunny humour, obscure academia and lots of things like Wordsworth Classics which can be purchased cheaper elsewhere. Don't look for anything military. There isn't anything (well, to be fair, there was one). Cash only - no cards or cheques - and two very bored staff, one of whom was just surfing the net. The place appears to be on a short lease and there's a "lease for sale" sign over the door.
     
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  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Chapters in Parnell Street, Dublin is worth a look. I'm not quite sure whether the ground floor is a mix of new and remainders, or just remainders, but upstairs there is a large secondhand section with a decent selection of military titles. Not particularly cheap, I did find a copy of the rather scarce second expanded edition of British Military Markings 1939-1945 by Hodges and Taylor for a lot less than the online prices.

    I was also pleasantly surprised by BookValu - their equivalent of The Works with a decent military section. I visited two (there may be more), one near the Ha'penny Bridge and another at the river end of the main street (with the stiletto). The latter had a couple of Balkoski's Utah Beach in hardback for 9 euros, the former netted me Salmon's To the Last Round (Imjin) HB for 16 euros - another of those recent books that's suddenly like rocking horse pooh.

    And, if anyone's interested, there's a worn but fairly clean copy of Kennedy Shaw's LRDG for 10 euros IIRC in the Winding Stair Bookshop, also near Ha'penny Bridge!

    Didn't get to the museum (the Royal/Collins Barracks) but an ad for their bookshop showed one of the Taylor Warpaint volumes, suggesting an interesting new military section.

    On the way home, Saffron Walden produced a very good haul though that was just unusually good luck in the charity shops!
     
  3. katjat

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  4. John(txic)

    John(txic) Junior Member

    I found Sedgeberrow Books in Pershore to have an excellent Aviation section. Worth a visit if you're in the area.
     
  5. Mathsmal

    Mathsmal Senior Member

    Have any members ever been to this shop in Oxford and if so do they carry any Military books,
    The Last Bookshop
    107 St Aldates
    OXFORD Oxfordshire OX1 1BU map
    Not secondhand, but a large shop of remarkably high quality remainders from mainstream publishers, especially strong on literature, art and history, and everything- incredibly - for £2. It’s like going in Blackwells with 1950’s prices. I bought over £100 worth of books for a tenner. - George Marshall 23.09.10. Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in Oxfordshire I ask as along with Foyles both are opening shops in Bristol soon.


    The Oxford one does have a small-ish selection of military titles, and is worth having a look.
    I picked up a copy of this the other day:
    Fallschirmjager at the Gran Sasso: The Liberation of Mussolini by German Parachutists on 12th September 1943: Amazon.co.uk: Oscar Gonzalez Lopez: Books
    It is a bit hit and miss though. I also tend to have a look at The Works, as they sometimes have good remaindered stock. The Works Book Store | Discount Books, Art Materials, Gift, Toys, Games, Audio Visual
     
  6. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    For those of you close to, or planning to visit, Toronto, Ontario, I'd recommend taking a visit to my local military bookstore: Grenadier Militaria ... Port Perry Ontario Store and Online Sales
    Great selection of books and militaria, special events, mail orders done and love the location. The owner's also great to talk with.
     
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  8. Kdw

    Kdw Junior Member

  9. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    The two remainder bookshops on Euston Road opposite the British Library often have a good selection of Military Titles - Osprey, Pen & Sword, Grubb Street and other publishers are covered - prices for recent books vary from £2 to around £8.

    Judd Books not far from Euston Road has a military, naval and aviation history section in the basement which throws up the odd gem.
     
  10. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Skoobs in the Brunwick Centre near Russell Square tube has an interesting military section.
     
  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  13. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    The Works bookshops
    not military but they do have a number of cheap military and a few interesting oddities in stock
    worth a look if you have one near you

    Black Watch - £3.99 - History at The Works


    Why already so cheap? It's a recent publication. :mellow: For his chapter on the Ardennes Tom Renouf used my earlier publication.
    Map from the Ardennes is also mine, but they got the dates wrong - you have to subtract one day to each date mentioned in the map.
     
  14. hatch

    hatch Junior Member

  15. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    For anyone visiting the States, I suggest The Strand Bookstore in New York (828 Broadway). They deal mostly in used hardcovers, all of which are in good to excellent condition, but they also get the occasional good softcover. The WWII section is extensive, and the American Civil War section is pretty good too. I have gotten some real gems there.

    In Boston, I recommend Brattle Books, 9 West St. They have a pretty good military aisle, usually with some of the Ballantine paperback series in stock. I got a long desired copy of Louis Allen's Burma book there for only $7.50.
     
  16. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    If you visit Berlin I believe I am echoing others sentiments here when I highly recommend Berlinner Zinnfiguren
    Berliner Zinnfiguren & Preussisches Bücherkabinett

    One of those Aladin's Cave sort of stores, found a wealth of books on German Inf Divs that I had been searching for like a madman for months unsuccessfully in the UK.
     
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  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Just been going through this thread trying to find some books I've been struggling with for sometime now but some of the links don't work anymore. :unsure:
     
  18. LesCM19

    LesCM19 "...lets rock!"

    Tim Smith Books, East St, Horncastle, Lincs.
    Three shopsworth of books in one, need to visit & have a rummage, really.
    All other subjects present as well but there is an awful lot of military stuff in one corner, much of it esoteric and £2.
     
  19. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Hi Folk's, just bumping in.

    Don't forget to visit second hand and charity shops.very cheap book's there.

    Some year's ago I went into an old second hand shop.I noticed a pile of book's on top of an old kitchen cabnet.I asked the owner if I could have a look at them.
    He quickly got a ladder and got them down.They were 6 volume's of WAR IN PICTURE'S. Very old but in fantastic condition.
    Give me £10 for them he said.I replied I've only got £6, "Oh that will do he said".The deal was done and off I went.
    Fantastic bargain,hundred's and hundred's of picture's from the beginning to the end of ww2.
    Even some tank's (keep Adam busy)
    Suspect they are well out of print now.There's no isbn number.

    War in Picture's,
    Odhams Press Ltd,
    Long Acre,
    London, wc2,
    Printed by,...............Keliher and Kearn's, Ltd.

    Worth every penny.

    regards...........Graham.
     
  20. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Not a military bookshop, but a lot of good WW2 stock, great service and affordable overseas shipping:

    Military History-WW2
     

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