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What is ABA/ILAB/PBFA  and why is it important to buy from accredited members?

Buying from an accredited dealer means you can buy with confidence. We have been accepted to these organizations after rigorous application processes and are committed to their ethical and professional Codes of Practice. “Members are elected solely on the basis of proven experience, expertise and integrity and are expected to observe the highest professional and ethical standards and to foster the mutual trust and respect that exists between the trade and the public.” –

The Antiquarian Booksellers Association ( was founded in 1906 and is the senior trade body for dealers in antiquarian and rare books in the British Isles.

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers ( is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Geneva, which acts as a global network for the rare book trade.

Are all of your books listed on your website?

The books we have featured on our website are a few of our favourites, but they represent a very small selection of our overall stock. You can find more of our books listed on line at ABE Books ( We have even more in our shop, so please call or email if you are looking for a particular book, genre or author.

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, including American Express, Visa, and Mastercard as well as cheques, bank transfers and paypal.

Can I order and pay over the phone?

Yes – you are welcome to call anytime during opening hours Monday through Saturday 10:30 -6:30pm.

What are your shipping policies?

We can ship books anywhere in the world and your book will be despatched within two business days from when your order is received. If you order a very large or expensive book we may contact you to discuss alternative shipping options, rates, or insurance. We use Royal Mail and have found that generally parcels shipped within the UK arrive in 1-2 working days, overseas arrive 3-5 workings days (Western Europe) and within 5-7 working days for other international destinations. We don’t mark up our shipping costs will charge you what we are charged. We always opt for tracking numbers and signatures.

How do you pack your books?

We do everything possible to ensure that your book arrives to you in the same condition it was sent. Here at Worlds End Bookshop, we wrap each book in brown paper, then bubble wrap, then a hard-cardboard book box.

What is your return policy?

We want all of our customers to be 100% satisfied with their book. If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, please get in touch within 14 days of delivery to initiate a return.

How can I get in touch with you?

The best way is to email or call the shop +44 (0)2073529376 between 10:30am and 6:30pm Monday through Saturday. For periodic email newsletter updates, please sign up using the form on our homepage or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Can I see more photos of a particular book?

Absolutely! Just email us to let us know if you would like to see additional photos of a book.