Edinburgh Books has a vast range of books on many subjects. Our books are Antiquarian and Nearly New, 50p and £500, Silly and Serious.
We are always happy to look at quality books and libraries with a view to purchasing them and we will consider buying collections. We like: military books, Scottish books, history, literature, travel and topography, military, science, leather bindings, illustrated books, philosophy, theology, good children’s books and some more besides. We are not so keen on thrillers, romance, tatty nineteenth century copies of Sir Walter Scott, coffee table books and twentieth century encycopedias.
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We have a well-stocked general fiction section where you can browse old classics, modern classics, some genre fiction and many other spendid novels that have come our way. We are particularly proud to have so many interesting editions: beautiful old Penguins, nicely bound hardbacks and of course books that have been loved, scuffed and are going cheap. We also have some very-nearly-new books at half the price you’ll find them in a chain bookshop.
We have an entire room devoted to all things Scottish. There is Scottish fiction, history, religion, politics, nature, art, architecture, music, general and misc. Also, books about all areas of Scotland, from Orkney to Auld Reekie. There is also a knitted bagpiper and an owl.
Whether you are a committed collector or a bewildered spouse looking for a present for your other half, we may be able to help. We have first editions, fine bindings, books with interesting illustrations and venerable books that have seen the rise and fall of monarchs.
We have a good selection of Christian books with an emphasis on reformed theology. Also, sections on Catholicism, Church History and Eastern Orthodoxy. We also have plenty of Bibles, as well as a large selection of Scottish Church History and Theology.
Social Sciences, Philosophy, Politics
Politics and philosophy are packed against one wall, bulging with polysyllabic titles and bristling with intelligence and/or verbosity.
Science, Engineering, Law, Economics and Maths
Books range from popular and slightly silly, to highly specialised with lots of diagrams. These sections are not enormous, but we do have the largest selection of second-hand science books in Edinburgh.
Parlez-vous Français? We have a range of books in foreign languages, ranging from French to Italian and Russian. We also have a plentiful supply of phrase books in case you’d like to have a stab at ordering a beer or finding the railway station in Bulgarian.
We have a range of £1 books, maps, divided cunningly into ‘Scottish’ and ‘not Scottish,’ some records priced at 50p, greetings cards priced at £2, old stamps from the Isle of Man that we got as a job lot from an auction, and some postcards. Clarence and Graham are not for sale.