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Book dealers

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Please note - the dealers listed below all have, at least, email access.

ABC Bookshop
P.O. Box 100-001, Scottsville 3209 South Africa
Sells antiquarian and out of print books on Africa and, in particular, South Africa. Has a small number of current books.

Adams Campus Bookshop
P. O. Box 17221, Congella 4013, South Africa
Phone: (+27-31)261-2320. Fax: (+27-31)261-6053
Email: adams.books at solo dot pipex dot co dot za
Sells books and CDs. At the University of Natal, Durban. Has an e-mail newsletter reporting new stock and interesting publications.

Searches over 40 online booksites for new and used and out of print books in one search. Can sort by price.

Africa Book Centre Ltd., London
Mail Order Booksellers, Preston Park Business Centre
36 Robertson Road, Brighton BN1 5NL, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 1273 560 474
Fax: +44 (0) 1273 500 650
Bookshop Manager: Daniel Lofters
Stocks some 12,000 titles and publishes the quarterly, Africa Book Centre Book Review, which provides news and book reviews, lists of new books published in Africa, and new books published in the rest of the world. Page on Africa's 100 Best Books. To receive e-mail notices, specify subject and area of interest in an e-mail to:

African Books Collective
The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU, U.K.
Tel: +44(0)1865-726686 Fax: +44(0)1865-793298
Founded in 1989 by autonomous African publishers on the continent. Stocks over 1,200 titles from 69 African publishers from 14 African countries. Regular catalogues issued, standing/blanket order plans offered. Has a Facebook page. . "

African & Caribbean Imprint Library Services
1818 MLK Jr. Blvd., Ste.190
Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA
Tel.:(919) 360-8864    Fax: (919) 960-4499
Managing Director: Christopher Boyd
Email: ailscils at
Monographs and serials from Africa and the Caribbean, thru firm order or blanket orders. In any quantity.

African Publishing Companion: a Resource Guide - Hans Zell Publishing Consultants
Subscription only. Many African studies libraries subscribe. Has a section on Africana book dealers.

African Review of Books
Reviews of African books, publishing and book news, book fairs, information relating to Africa's publishing industry and African scholarship. Has an online store. Covers all books (fiction, children's, non-fiction, coffee-table books), has a free e-newsletter. Details of Africa's 100 best books with excerpts from the books. Founded by Raks Seakhoa and Richard Bartlett. Based in Salisbury, U.K. with a Johannesburg office.

Africana Books
P.O. Box 12038, Cape Town 8010, South Africa
Phone / Fax : 27 21 4612382
Contact: Arne Schaefer
Specializes in books about Africa, with emphasis on Southern Africa. Books published between the 17th & 21st centuries, mainly in English and Afrikaans, with smaller numbers of Dutch, German and French titles. Maintains a Wants database. Sends catalogues with new acquisitions every four months, mainly by E-mail for overseas customers. and

P.O. Box 92242, Atlanta Georgia, 30314-2242
Phone: 404.752.5593
" offers only those works which are about and by Afrikan people; those living in Afrika as well as those living in the Afrikan Diaspora."
Information on titles by African writers published by Editions des Diasporas, Editions du Flamboyant, Editions Haho (Togo), Editions Jamana (Mali), Editions Ruisseaux d'Afrique (Benin), Le Figuier (Mali), Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Sénégal, and Nouvelles Editions Ivoiriennes. Sponsored by Culture et et développement, Africultures, and the Fondation Charles L?opold Mayer.

Afriware Books
Sells books, games, African print face masks. Hosts author events. Based in Maywood,Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Agora Bookstore
Sells some South Africana with brief descriptions of each title. Plans to sell South African literature. "A not-for-profit oriented internet bookstore initiative that is mandated to support the distribution and sales of high quality Canadian, and international titles." Based in Ottawa, Canada.
In French. Sells in print French publications, serial issues, ORSTOM publications, has some book reviews, offers a discount. Based in Paris.

Allsworth Rare Books
P.O. Box 134, 235 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9FE, United Kingdom
Tel / Fax: +44 (0) 20-7377-0552
"established in 2002 by Jenny Allsworth, after ten years' experience working at major London booksellers (Bernard Quaritch Ltd., Henry Sotheran Ltd. and Bernard Shapero)." "We specialise in fine travel books and nineteenth century photographs, with a particular emphasis on Africa and the Far East." 

American Library Association. Book and Serial Vendors. Book and Serial Vendors for Africa and the Middle East
This list is old, dated 1997 with some pages dated 1998.

Antiquarian Books, Out-of-Print Books

Some sources for locating out-of-print books are:

  • Abebooks - Includes a book fair directory.
  • AddALL, Used & Out of Print Search. Searches over 40 online booksites for new and used and out of print books. Can sort by price.
  •, Inc. - Used, out of print books. Has free e-mail notification wants lists. "founded in the fall of 2000, originally as a metasearch engine for new, used, and out-of-print books, by Brendan Sherar, a secondhand bookseller (Sherar & Paige, Booksellers), and software and database developer." Based in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Book Finder - Searches multiple sites such as Amazon, Bibliofind, Interloc, Bibliocity. One can then select by price, etc.
  • Bookwire: Antiquarian Booksellers -
  • Bublos - primarily a book price comparison site, has a growing book-review archive.
  • ILAB-LILA, International League of Antiquarian Booksellers - Search for books, maps, prints, autographs. Provides full text-search
  • Used Book Search - "search engine for secondhand, rare and out of print books. Search, browse and buy online from thousands of bookstores worldwide."
  • ViaLibri - Search for rare books from over 20,000 booksellers worldwide" Extensive search capabilities. Can create a permanent want list.

Antiquarian Booksellers' Assoc. of America
Promotes "ethical standards and professionalism in the antiquarian book trade." Search for booksellers by speciality under Africa or African history.

Art - Bookdealers Specializing in African Art
A directory compiled by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries' National Museum of African Art Library.

Auction Exrplorer
Address: Shop 32c Second Ave., Melville, Johannesburg 2092 South Africa
Phone: +27 11 726 1652. Fax: +27 11 486 2274. Cell: 082 822 5641.
Auction once every 5 weeks on the internet. Requires establishing a username and password. Lists many Africana titles. "AuctionExplorer is an accredited member of the Southern African Book Dealers Association (SABDA); and the National Antique and Decorative Arts Association (NADA)."

Austral Africa Africana Bookstore
4 Bloemendal, Cookstreet
Goodwood, Cape Town 7460, South Africa
Phone / Fax: +27 21 5923460
Owner: Leon de Villiers
Email: austral at telkomsa dot net
"Africana, Rare and Out of Print Books. Specializing in....Africa's Indigenous People, Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur, Art, Architecture......Genealogy, Church, Missionary and related history, History relating to Sub-Saharan Africa in general.....Hunting, Fishing and Sport...., Military, Wars..., Transport on Land and Sea..."

Bennett-Penvenne Livros, Books & Pamphlets on Africa & the Portuguese & Spanish Worlds

162 Oak Street, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA
Phone: (781) 934-0961
Contact: Norman Bennett
Has extensive stock on Lusophone Africa. Periodically distributes a list of c. 70 pages with titles for sale including publications from Spain and on non-Lusophone Africa.
13 Oxford Road, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
Phone: 914.574.1842; Phone: 914.874.4440
Fax: 914.231.6941
Owners: Todd & Lucy Bludeau
E-mail: bludeaupartners at and northamerica at
Distributor of special collections, newspapers, etc. on microfilm to universities. Todd Bludeau was head of IDC's North American office from 1997-2004.
Book and Serial Vendors for Africa and the Middle East:  Results of a Survey of ARL Libraries. Edited by Karl E. Debus. Edited by Karl E. Debus. (Chicago : Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, American Library Association, 1997)
Has a list of vendors by country, a vendors directory. Online version of the print directory.
Book Finder
Searches multiple sites such as Amazon, Bibliofind, Interloc, Bibliocity. Then select by price, etc. Find books in English, French, German, Italian. "first developed in 1996 by then-19-year-old UC Berkeley undergraduate Anirvan Chatterjee." [KF]
Books & Periodicals Agency
B-1, Inder Puri, New Delhi-110001
Phones: 5755096 and 5786046
Fax : 91-11-5795554
(US Fax Number): 001-603-9477786
Contact: Pawan Gupta
Sells books on Africa published in India. htm
[Breuer] Herbert Breuer - Deutsche Kolonien / German Colonies
Postfach 500105, D-77660 Offenburg, Germany
Phone: 0781-9482732 Fax: 0781-43849
Contact: Herbert Breuer (see web site)
In German and English. Antiquariat Breuer, owned by Herbert Breuer, sells materials on Colonial Germany, German Colonies in Africa. "Books, magazines, original photos, photo-albums, atlasses etc. (1885-1930). Travel reports & explorations / expeditions, military history (Schutztruppen), illustrated books: Africa (German East Africa, Cameroon, Togo, Southwest Africa / Namibia). Links to related sites. or
31 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phonel: (617) 536-4433 Fax: +1 (617) 267-1118
Contact: Martin R. Weinkle
Rare books, first editions, on African exploration, voyages, travel. Desiderata invited, appraisals. Is on the Antiquarian Booksellers' Assoc. site.
Christison Rare Books
P O Box 24093, Sherwood, Port Elizabeth, 6034, South Africa
Phone and Fax: ++27 41 371 4844
Contact: Lindsay and Wendy Christison
E-mail: antiquarian at antiquarian dot co dot za
"Member of the PBFA and SABDA. Natural heritage, anthropology, military campaigns and lore of Southern Africa in particular; also stock general Africana and other titles. Monthly e-newsletters and periodic printed catalogues issued." Port Elizabeth in Literature (excerpts from writers Thomas Pringle to Yvonne Burgess).
Clarke's Africana and Rare Books
P.O. Box 186, Constantia 7848, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 794 0600
Fax: +27 21 794 00601
Contact: Paul Mills.
Specializes in antiquarian books, maps, prints, ephemera. Accepts wants lists.
Clarke's Bookshop
199 Long Street, Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
Tel: +27(0)21 423 5739
Fax: +27(0)21 423 6441
Contact: Henrietta Dax
Email (spelled out): books at clarkesbooks dot co dot za
New books, ephemera from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana on all topics. Specialises in books on Southern African art. Has some out of print books. Will search for books.
Constantine's Africana Bookstore
P.O. Box 2321, Clareinch 7740, Cape Town, South Africa
Contact: R. J. Constantine
Phone: (021) 671-3980, E-Mail:
Specializes in Southern Africa and South Africa antiquarian titles including Boer War ephemera.
Covos Day Books
P. O. Box 6996, Weltevredenpark 1715, South Africa
Fax +2711-475 8974
Publishes books on the military in Southern Africa, wildlife, biographies, novels, children's books. The Publisher is Chris Cocks.
Cyclamen Books
P.O. Box 69, Leicester LE1 9EW, England
Fax: 44-(0)116-270 4623
Contact: Yair Abramski   E-mail:
Antiquarian books on Islamic Studies, Islamic Middle East / North Africa / Central Asia. Includes the Sudan. Has an e-mail book catalog.
DA Information Services
Library vendor of publications from Australia including Africa-related titles. Based in Mitcham Victoria, Australia.
[De Jongh] Matthys De Jongh
Groenmarkt 11, 7201 HW Zutphen, Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0) 575 543 136    Fax: +31 (0) 575 543 182
Old, rare and scholarly books from Africa and elsewhere. Online list.
[Dhennequin] Michèle Dhennequin
76, rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris
Contact: Mme. Mich?le Dhennequin
Antiquarian bookseller, established 1969, specializes in old books related to the former French Overseas Territories and French-speaking countries including Madagascar. Sends catalogs on request. Interview on the ILAB, International League of Antiquarian Booksellers web site.
[Dipeolu] - Sesan Dipeolu Library and Information Consultants
P.O.Box 2263, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
Telephone & Fax +234-1-4979177
Supplies Nigerian books, newspapers, journals to libraries. Mr. Dipeolu is the retired University Librarian of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Based in Lagos, Nigeria.
[Duffill] Mark Duffill
43 Park Avenue North, London N8 7RS, United Kingdom.
Phone/fax: (44) 181-340-3087
Supplies out-of-print, antiquarian titles.
Exclusive Books
PO Box 1779, Randburg 2125, South Africa
Phone: - +27 11 792 2777
Fax: - +27 11 792
Sells new and out of print books. Has a newsletter, book competitions
81, rue du Pont de Mayenne, 53000 LAVAL, France
Can provide out of print French language books. Has some Africa-related titles.
Fables Bookshop
119 High St, Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa.
Phone: +27-(0)46-636-1525    Fax: +27-(0)46-622-2650
Contact: Ian Balchin
In Grahamstown, South Africa. Has a stock of about 1,000 Africana titles, will search out-of-print titles. Specialises in books relating to Southern Africa, issues irregular catalogues, will mail worldwide, will send book lists by e-mail. To receive lists of books for sale, join the mailing list.
Frankfurt Book Fair - African Exhibitors Numbers
Chart showing the number and countries of origin of African exhibitors 1993-1996.
41, avenue Ren? Cassin F-84170, Monteux, France
Antiquarian and rare books, a small number of Africana titles. Online catalogues, search services, directory, news.
A. Gerits & Son, Antiquarian Booksellers
Prinsengracht 445 1016 HN Amsterdam The Netherlands
Receive free catalogs covering Africa - Asia - Australia.
Graves-Johnston, Michael
P. O. Box 532, 54, Stockwell Park Road, London SW9 0DR
Specializes in art, artefacts, architecture, material culture and technology of Africa, Oceania, the Americas.
Anthony C. Hall, Antiquarian Bookseller
30 Staines Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, United Kingdom TW2 5AH
Fax 020-8893-8855
Hemmings, Louis
63 Ardagh Park, Blackrock
Dublin, Ireland
Out of print books on African history, politics, culture etc
Hogarth Representation
Unit 54, Millmead Business Centre, Millmead Road
Tottenham Hale, London N17 9QU, England
Fax: 44 20 8808 7090    Phone: 44 20 8365 1515
Contact: David Hogarth
E-mail (spelled out): hogarth (at) hogarthrepresentation (dot) com
Mr. Hogarth has retired and books are mainly sold through Meabooks except for Nigerian publications which are supplied by Mr. Oluranti Olumoroti whose email is oluranti (at) hogarthrepresentation (dot) com Titles listed on the web site can only be ordered thru the web site. Extensive stock of titles published in West, Central, and East Africa. Supplies contemporary African political ephemera and pamphlets from the U.K. Offers institutional approval and blanket orders. Does not handle antiquarian titles. [KF]
Huxley's Books
Contact: Matthew White
New, out-of-print and collectable books. Has Africana (particularly from Southern African). Will search for titles. Based in South Africa.
ILAB-LILA, International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
Search for books, maps, prints, autographs. Provides full text-search including 28 special characters such as the Scandinavian ?, the French ?, the Spanish ?, the German ?, and the Portuguese ?. You can limit the bookseller sources by country (for ex. South Africa). Clarke's and Thorold in South Africa are members. Has a free e-mail mailing list, an antiquarian book fair listing, a glossary of book terms, a list of English, German, Dutch, French common book terms, code of ethics, the League's publications list. [KF]
Indian Ocean Books, Maps, and Prints
P. O. Box 232, Storrs, CT 06268-0232, U.S.A.
Offers rare and antiquarian books, maps, and prints on the entire Indian Ocean region. The proprietor, Dr. Larry W. Bowman, actively seeks and offers materials both through catalogues and on the website.
International Publishers Marketing
The U. S. distributor for publishers such as Random House Struik, 30 Degrees South, Double Storey, Juta Academic, University of Cape Town Press, Jonathan Ball, NB Publishers, American University in Cairo Press. Based in Dulles, Virginia, US.
International Specialized Book Service
Distributor for the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and UNISA PRess for North American customers. Also distributor of books from Australia, Continental Europe, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, U.K. Based in Portland, Oregon.
International Subscription Services, ISS
P. O. Box 41095, Craighall, 2024 South Africa
Contact: Edwin Polakow
ISS supplies Southern African serials to libraries worldwide.
Internet Book Shop
Based in the UK, prices in British pounds. Can search by author, title, ISBN, publisher. Has a book awards list, links to UK publisher web pages. To order, one needs an account with them which can be set up online. Seems to have a good selection of academic titles. Thanks to P. Bischof & S. Bockie for the URL.
ISBN Book Search
Locates book sellers who have books you want to buy by the ISBN number. Searches, Barnes & Noble, Computer Literacy and a few others but you need to select from the pull-down menu.
An like site for South Africans. Sells books, videos, DVDs. Order in English or Afrikaans. Based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Has many antiquarian African book lists, in Adobe PDF. Accepts wants lists. "With the implementation of Kennys new MARC 21 cataloguing and database system, the full range of Kennys Antiquarian and academic stock can be browsed and viewed through its new Web Opac available at Lists, particular to very specific subject areas can be created...." Based in Galway, Ireland.
Kenya Books
31 Southdown Avenue, Brighton BN1 6EH, England
Contact: Jim McGivney
Specialising in antiquarian, out-of-print, hard to find books on Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika/Tanzania, German East Africa, Zanzibar, Central & Southern Africa, other Africa). African languages & linguistics, anthropology. Also buys books. On the Abebooks web site.
Leila Books
39 Kasr El-Nil Street, Floor 2, Office 12, Cairo, Egypt.
Contact: George Fawzy.
Supplies publications for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, includes some publications from the Sudan.
Livres de l'Afrique Centrale
B. P. 3366, Kinshasa/Gombe, DRC.
Contact: Isaac Ntiakulu
Supplies publications form Zaire, Congo-Brazzaville, accepts wants lists for older titles, sends out lists of publications.
Luso-Brazilian Books
560 West 180th Street, Suite 304, New York, NY 10033
Phone: (212) 568-0151 Fax: (212) 568-0147
Toll Free: (800) 727-LUSO
Contact: Kent Larsen
"books in Portuguese, both from Brazil and Portugal." Selects titles by category such as African history, literature, African children's literature, books - Africa, etc. [KF]
Maggs Bros. Ltd.
50 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 5BA, Great Britain
Phone: (44) (0) 20 7493 7160
Fax: (44) (0) 20 7499 2007
Specialist field(s): Travel / exploration in Africa, the Boer War, English literature; incunabula; illuminated manuscripts; continental literature; natural history; military; autographs. Established in 1853.
Online magazine subscription service, founded in 2001, owned by Gaby Cramer. Distributes magazines (mainly popular, business) to Africa. Only supplies outside of Africa by airmail. Site does not work in older Netscape browsers. Based in South Africa.
Maison des Livres (Mayotte)
In French. Very well stocked bookstore in Mamoudzou, Mayotte. Order books from their site.
Maroela Books
3 Maroela Street, Tygerberg Hills, Bellville, 7530, South Africa
Phone: +27 (021) 913-1713
Contact: Neels Loubser
Has a stock of about 2,000 books, lots of them Africana, specializes in Afrikaans, Literature, and South African History. Issues a two monthly catalogue, will mail worldwide, will send catalogues by e-mail. Will search for titles.
Sells books and videos on Central and Southern Africa. Strong on military titles and the Rhodesian experinece. Will have music, artwork and multimedia. Has a discussion forum. Based in South Africa.
McBlain Books
P.O. Box 185062, Hamden, CT 06518, 2348 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518. Phone: 203/281-0400 / Fax: 203/230-1629
Contact: Philip and Sharon McBlain. E-mail: books (at)
Have issued catalogs on Sub-Saharan Africa since 1972. Interested in buying collections or valuable individual items, members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America since 1976. Also has catalogs on North Africa and the Middle East, African-Americana. Search their stock by Topic, Author, Title or Keyword.
34 Chemin du Boise, Lac-Beauport, QC G02 2C0, Canada
Phone: 418-841 3237
Fax: 418-841 1644
Contact: Oleg Semikhnenko
E-mail (spelled out): info at meabooks dot com
On-line bookshop, in cooperation with Hogarth Representation, a long-established supplier of African publications. Sells books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials from Africa (including Francophone Africa), Central Asia, Russia and parts of the Middle East. "We acquire books through regular personal visits to Africa and there are now over a thousand titles from almost all African countries in our on-line database, including books on Jewish presence in Africa."
Namibiana Buchdepot
An den Graften 38, 27753 Delmenhorst, Namibia
Tel: 04221-1230240, Fax 04221-1230241
Contact: Silke Thoden & Ulrich Ender
In German. Books for sale about and from Namibia. Also books on Southern African (Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) in German and English. [KF]
Natural History Book Service Ltd., NHBS
Mail-order bookstore in Totnes, Devon, U.K., supplies environmental books. Books on Africa are arranged by region.
OAN/Oceanie Afrique Noire
15 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018-3806
Tel: (212) 840-8844, Fax: (212) 840-3304
Contact: Gail M. and George Feher
Specializes in art, ethnology and related publications on Africa, Oceania. Includes out-of-print and rare titles. Distributes a print catalog twice a year.
Oriens. Librairie Orientaliste
10, Boulevard Arago F-75013
Paris, France
Tél : 01 45 35 80 28. International : 33 1 45 35 80 28
Télécopie : 01 43 36 01 50. International : 33 1 43 36 01 50
E-mail:oriens at club-internet dot fr
Sells antiquarian books on Africa and other areas. The owners are Jean-Philippe et Véronique Geley.
Oriental and African Books
33 Whitehall Street, Shrewsbury, SY2 5AD, England
Phone: +44 (0)1743 352575 Fax: +44 (0)1743 363432
Contact: Paul Wilson
Email: paul at africana dot co dot uk, abumoya at dial dot pipex dot com
Specializes in antiquarian and out-of-print books on Africa and the Middle East. Offers large collections to institutions. Is selling the Library of Professor Basil Davidson. The collection, West Africa and the Western and Central Sudan (which was sold) has an introduction by J.D. Fage, Professor Emeritus of African History, University of Birmingham. Fage's introduction (in 7 parts) covers the history of Africana, African studies.
I.H. Pentz Booksellers
P.O. Box 31326, Braamfontein, 2017 South Africa
Phone or fax:: 00 27 11 3393482
Contact: I.H. Pentz
E-mail: readme at mweb dot co dot za
Specializes in out-of-print Afrikaans books, pamphlets from the 19th century to the present, South African literature (including in English, literature, poetry and literary criticism) and Africana (political, geographical, ethnological and economic history). Has branches in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Librairie Picard
82, rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
Contact: Mario Pasini
Tel : 33 (0), Fax : 33 (0)
E-mail : livres at librairie-picard dot com
Livres anciens et modernes. Strong on archeology, art, history.
Stephen Powell - The Backlist
P. O. Box 791, Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: (215) 340-1400
Sells out-of-print and used books on African literature.
Praxess Associates
"a publisher and distributor of research collections on microfilm and in digitized formats. Besides our own collections on archival-quality microfilm, we are North American representatives of major research libraries and commercial publishers." Represents ACRPP, IDC, Microform Academic Publishers (sells the series Government Publications Relating to ...... with Printed Guides online), Library of Congress, Mikropress (Bonn), New York Public Library, the British Library (such as newspapers), Moran Micropublishing, Infoprint sa. The founder and president is Marc Zeitschik (formerly of Norman Ross Publishing.) Based in Bronxville, New York. [KF]
Arthur Probsthain
41 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3PE, U.K.
Telephone: (020) 7636 1096 Fax: (020) 7636 1096
E-mail Main Shop: and
E-mail Branch Bookshop:
Bookstore of almost 100 years old specializing in Asian, African and Middle Eastern studies. Has a branch at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University.
Richard Ramer
225 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 737-0222, 737-0223
"Specializing in rare books & manuscripts on Spain, Portugal and their former overseas possessions in Latin America, Brazil, Africa and Asia and Books Recently Published in Portugal" Has a small selection of titles in Portuguese on Lusophone Africa.
Gaston Renard
51 Sackville Street, Collingwood, Victoria 3066, Australia
Phone: (+61 3) 9417 1044     Fax: (+61 3) 9417 3025
Antiquarian books on Africa, the Middle East and Mediterranean
Gerald Rilling - Out of Print Books on East Africa
5307 Nottingham Drive, Loves Park, IL 61111-3626
Phone: (815) 885 3241
Fax call first and can set up a fax machine (when not using computer) 815 / 633-2361
Books on "East Africa in all fields with an occasional book outside the area. Only a few new books listed & then generally signed by the author. Always a lot on WW I in East Africa as I am working on an annotated bibliography (readers welcome). Lists produced twice a year (hopefully). A dealer for nearly 30 years. I have been a Member of Midwest Bookhunters for over 15 years. Collections or single items purchased."
Sanderus Antiquariaat (Ghent, Belgium)
Sells antiquarian African maps, atlases. "specialised in antiquarian books, medieval manuscripts, antique maps and prints from the 15th to the 18th centuries." Founded in 1980 by Filip Devroe. A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA). Based in Ghent, Belgium.
[Shapero] Bernard J. Shapero, Rare Books
32 Saint George Street, London W1S 2EA, U.K.
Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 0876. Fax: +44 (0)20 7229 7860
E-mail: rarebooks at shapero dot com
"Specialists in Antiquarian Travel Books, Fine Illustrated & Colour Plate Books..." Rare books on exploration and travel in Africa, maps, prints, photographs.
SLAM (Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne)
Online catalogues, search services. "In France, the SLAM is the only Professional Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, Autographs and Engravings. It was created in 1914 and includes some 220 members, the best in their own specialities." Based in Paris.
Smitskamp Oriental Antiquarium
Nieuwe Rijn 2, 2312 JB Leiden, The Netherlands
Fax: +31 71 512 7542
Contact: R. Smitskamp. E-mail:
Mainly Middle East antiquarian titles, has some African, especially Ethiopian titles. Will send catalogs on request. Was the antiquarian side of E. J. Brill Publishers (since 1683), is now independent. [KF]
Soumbala, librairie africaniste
In French. Sells books, in French, about and from Africa including antiquarian books. Will be able to search for titles by country, topic. Also links to African films and music cds. Items can be purchased online from or other French sites. Information on Africa-related events, mainly in France, links to Africa-related web sites. Based à Prades le Lez, près de Montpellier.
Livraria Sousa & Almeida
Rua da Fábrica, 42, 4050-245 Porto, Portugal
Tlf / Fax: [351] 222 050 073
Sells publications on Lusophone Africa.
Southern African Book Dealers Association, SABDA
The official association for book dealers in southern Africa. SABDA's Constitution is designed to improve standards of professional service to customers and allow members to speak with one voice on matters of common concern." Search over 100,000 books from over 30 southern African book dealers. Extensive Members Directory.
Tall Stories Bookshop
Shop 12, Irene Village Mall, Cnr. Nellmapius and Pierre van Reyneveld Roads, Irene, South Africa.
P. O. Box 60057, Pierre Van Reyneveld 0045, Republic of South Africa
Tel : 27 (0)12 662 2829
E-mail : tallstories at megaweb dot co dot za
Skype : tallstories1
New and used books. "Africana, Africana Militaria, South African Art, South African Literature, Modern First Editions, Botany etc."
Terramedia Books
12 Leighton Road, Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: 781-237-6485 Fax: 781-416-2083
Contact: Julie Saad
Africa & African Exploration, Arabia, the Middle East & Islam and other titles.
Thorold's - Frank R. Thorold (Pty) Ltd.
36 Orleans Road, Kya Sands, Randburg, South Africa 2162
P. O. Box 495 Northriding
Tel: +27 11 875 9991
Fax: +27 11 875 9989
Now run by new owners. Cnr. Homestead
TomFolio - a booksellers co-operative
P.O. Box 392, Readville, MA 02137, U.S.A.
E-mail: books (at)
Used and rare books with many relating to Africa, from several dealers. Search by author, title, keyword, ISBN. Maintained "by A Book CoOp, which is legally incorporated in the state of Wisconsin. As a cooperative, our site is jointly owned by independent member booksellers."
Jean Touzot, Libraire Editeur
38, rue Saint-Sulpice, 75278 Paris cedex 06, France
E-mail contact Jean-Denis Touzot:
Supplies books published in France. 
Tugela Books - Boer and Zulu War Books
"specialises principally in contemporary material relating to the Anglo Boer War, together with material on the Anglo Zulu War, the Kaffir Wars and related Afrikaner. " Has a mailing list. Owned by Shaun Walbridge, based in Plymouth, England.
The War Book Shop
13 Veronica Place, Loftus 2232, NSW Australia
Phone: +61-2-9542 6771
Fax: +61-2- 02 9542 6787
Has boer war books.
Yankee Book Peddler - Lindsay & Howes
Library vendor which supplies some of the English-language stock of African Books Collective, about 150 titles totaling c. U.S. $2,600.
Zimbabwe International Book Fair
The main book trade event for the African publishing industry.
Zubal Books
2969 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Some antiquarian books on Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Africa and other Lusophone countries.


Print Sources

Pollak, Oliver B. "Eric M. Bonner, Africana Bookseller" in African Research & Documentation, (Birmingham: African Studies Association of the UK), 1999, No. 81, p. 53-62. On the well-known antiquarian bookseller and the Africana book trade in the 1950s-1960s. [KF]
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