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­Antiquarian Booksellers

Andrew Pringle Booksellers
Selling Scottish and general antiquarian books since 1987, the shop buys and sells a wide range of books but with some emphasis on Scottish books, literature, history, art, bibliography, heraldry, military, and fine bindings. A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association.

62 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LD
Opening Hours: 11am-5.30pm (Monday-Saturday; often open later in the evening)
Phone: 0131 228 8880
Fax: 0131 228 8880

Armchair Books
Something of an Edinburgh institution, and worth visiting just for the authentic bookshop feeling of teetering piles of books and what feels like endless shelving. You may find that time stops in this shop. They have a wide range of stock, both second-hand and antiquarian, with a particular emphasis on Victorian books.

72-74 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE
Opening hours: 10am-10pm every day
Phone: 0131-229 5927

Peter Bell
Nestled among the eclectic independent shops of the West Port, this antiquarian bookseller specialises in Victorian books and pamphlets, cloth books and significant academic texts in history, literature and philosophy. A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, with a searchable online catalogue.

68 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LD
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm (Tuesday-Saturday)
Phone: 0131 229 0562

Independent Retailers

Edinburgh Books
Formerly known as West Port Books, Edinburgh Books is the biggest secondhand bookshop in Edinburgh. They have a vast range of books on many subjects, ranging from Antiquarian to Nearly New, 50p to £500, Silly to Serious. One room in the shop is rented by Alba Musick of Glasgow and is full of sheet music.

145-147 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP
Opening Hours: 10am-6pm (Monday-Saturday)
Phone: 0131 229 4431

Main Point Books


Main Point offers a varied and affordable selection of secondhand books. Books may be piled everywhere, but there's both rhyme and reason to the stock: the central table is covered with poetry and there's always philosophy, as well as esoteric subjects, world religions, mountaineering, maps and tons of once-upon-a-time-alphabetised paperback fiction. Stevenson, Spark, Orwell, Brautigan, Dick, Calvin and Hobbes are regular visitors. The shop is conveniently located near other book shops, and proprietor Richard Browne always buys interesting books.

77 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AH
Opening Hours: 11am-5.30pm (Tuesday-Saturday)
Textualities online literary magazine.

Old Town Bookshop
The Old Town Bookshop was established over 10 years ago and is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's old town.

8 Victoria Street
Edinburgh EH1 2HG