About us

Justin Croft Antiquarian Books specialise in rare, unique and exceptional books and manuscripts. Established in 2005, we work with private and institutional customers around the world.

Rooted in antiquarianism, our interests nonetheless span the centuries and cross many subject boundaries. What interests us is the unique quality of a particular book, whether that be its intellectual or artistic importance or the evidence it provides about its maker, owners or users. Over the years we have developed a distinctive aesthetic and our catalogues are eagerly read by collectors, librarians and curators seeking unusual additions to their collections. While culturally eclectic, we have a specialism in French and English books. We have handled several notable collections and issued a series of well-designed and presented catalogues. You can find as at some of the major international bookfairs each year (London, New York, Paris, Boston and California) and follow our regular lists and catalogues on request.

Justin Croft has nearly thirty years’ experience in the rare book trade and holds a PhD in medieval bibliography. Since 2006 he has been a regular contributor to the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Between 2014 and 2018 he was a founder member of the faculty of the acclaimed York Antiquarian Book Seminar, teaching bibliographical description and cataloguing for booksellers. He is a trustee of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association Educational Trust and has recently joined the editorial board of The Book Collector.

We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (http://www.aba.org.uk/) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (https://www.ilab.org/)

We are VAT registered in the United Kingdom (GB 854 5998 64).