A selection of intriguing, stunning, or otherwise remarkable books which might be difficult to find elsewhere. They include fine editions, publications from abroad exceptional for their interest or production, special editions and some first-rate books from very small publishers. We stock a far greater range of such books than is visible here – please contact us for more information or visit the shop to look at our stock.


  • Gardens of Corfu

    Rachel Weaving, with photographs by Marianne Majerus

    Beautiful coffee table book, large format, with stunning photographs of private gardens which range from romantic old estates and highly personal ‘grandmothers’ gardens’ to stunning contemporary works by international designers. The ‘Garden Island’ has more rainfall than anywhere else in the Aegean.  The newer gardens are designed for sustainability, conserving water and drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape. Tracing the roots of their inspiration, the book’s last chapter explores the island’s varied wild landscape and the procession of wildflowers through the seasons. Outstanding.


    With a preface by Mary Keen.

    Hardback £49.95
  • By The Way

    Algy Cluff

    A third volume of memoirs from the indefatigable author of ‘Get On With It’ and ‘Unsung Heroes’, in which he turns his attention to the knaves, fools and good eggs who have crossed his path.

    Both of the first two volumes are available too.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Copsford

    Walter J. C. Murray, Introduction by R. B. Russell

    With photographs by the author.

    Out of print since the 1940s, this is the story of a gruelling but rewarding life in Sussex, beginning in a ruined house not without its hauntings. Bears comparison with Richard Jefferies and Thoreau.

    This handsome new hardback edition also contains Murray’s essay, ‘Voices of Trees’.


    For Little Toller Books’ new paperback edition click here.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Wallpapers at Temple Newsam: 1635 to the Present

    Anthony Wells-Cole & Barabara Walker

    Stunning, large format illustrated catalogue of the wallpapers at Temple Newsam, one of the few significant collections in this country. Though many rooms were damaged or stripped of their papers, an enormous amount of conservation work has been achieved over several decades. Not least, a new company – the now famous Zoffany & Co.- was created to make meticulous reproductions of some of the wallpapers based on fragments. The wall coverings at Temple Newsam date from about 1700 to the present day, including half a century of rather unsympathetic redecoration from the 1930’s on. Most of the historic Temple Newsam wallpapers have been found since 1979 during structural repair works and during restoration of the house between 1980 and 2009.


    Hardback £50.00
  • A Is For Ashbee: An Arts and Crafts Alphabet

    Peyton Skipwith & Brian Webb

    This delicious little book comes from an exhibition at Court Barn in Chipping Campden. A is for Ashbee and others; “Z is for … Zeppelin, Zig-Zag, Zinkeisen, Zircon, Zodiac, Zorach & Zsolnay”.

    Hardback £14.00
  • Palmyra 1885: The Wolfe Expedition and the Photographs of John Henry Haynes

    Benjamin Anderson & Robert G Ousterhout

    The sequel to Ousterhout’s wonderful ‘John Henry Haynes’ of 2011, republished to coincide with this and also available from Sandoe’s.

    Haynes was the photographer with the Wolfe Expedition which, on their return from Mesopotomia, spent five days at the oasis site of Palmyra, once home to the legendary Queen Zenobia. Hayne’s hundred-odd photographs of the site are an invaluable and stunning record, and in great part never published before.

    Paperback £19.95