Situated just off ‘The Circle’ in Bath, ‘Bath Old Books’ is a shop which specialises in second hand books.

Entering the shop ground floor area whilst small, holds a great collection of books including; children’s books, a whole shelf of Jane Austen’s novels and a shelf of Art books.

Much like many bookshops it has a basement area, which is accessed by a twisting staircase. Walking carefully down, we headed to explore the rest of the books, the shop has to offer. The downstairs area covers a larger space than you would imagine. The shelves cover a large range of genres which include; fiction and literature, history, poetry amongst others. The fiction in particular, contains a lovely collection of old books as well as some beautiful Folio Society editions.

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Having explored the downstairs area, we headed back upstairs to look at the children’s collection, it is here we found a delightful folio copy of Edward Lear’s, Complete Nonsense, a book of amusing verses and poems which include the well-known ‘Owl and the Pussy Cat’. At a fairly reasonable price for a folio society edition, we bought this and thus drew our visit to an end.


A lovely shop with a great collection of second hand and old books. It is another bookshop in Bath I will certainly be visiting again when I am shopping in the city, along with Mr B’s Emporium for Reading Delights and Topping & Co.

Address: 9c, Margarets Buildings, Avon, Bath BA1 2LP


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