The Gently Mad Edinburgh Bookbinder and Bookseller
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~ Antiques ~
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~ Bird Prints ~
19th century hand-coloured bird print by F.O. Morris
19th century
hand-coloured prints
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  ~ selling your old books? ~


We are always looking to buy antiquarian books, children's illustrated books, books on architecture, art, history, natural history, occult & esoterica, Scottish interest, collectable first editions, limited editions, leather bindings, signed books, Folio Society, private press, hand-written manuscripts and letters of importance, pre-1945 postcards, prints, engravings, maps, ephemera. We also buy interesting curios and antiques.


Books designed by Talwin Morris, Ethel Larcombe and Albert Angus Turbayne ~ Pictorial stamped cloth books from the 1840-1920 period in good clean condition ~ fine leather bindings ~ books illustrated by Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Willy Pogany, Edmund Dulac, Rie Cramer, Mabel Lucie Attwell, Katharine Cameron, Jessie M. King, Hugh Thomson, Charles Folkard, Harry G Theaker etc ~ Any fairy tales dating earlier than 1930, particulary The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault etc ~ Any Gothic novels


We do not buy the following books : law & politics, encyclopaedias, modern dictionaries, paperback books (unless important first editions, proof copies, or signed), toddler books (unless pre-1945, coffee table books, and books published by Reader's Digest and Heron Books

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  ~ bringing books to our shop? ~

If you are bringing books to our shop to sell then it is always best to give us a quick text on 07702 592972, so we know to expect you. We don't often hear the landline as we're often working in the bindery, so if you text we will reply within minutes!

  ~ house visits ~

If you have a lot of books to sell then we will be more than happy to come and view them. We will travel anywhere within the UK to look at collections or libraries.

Please text Rab on 07702 592972 to arrange a house visit . . . we'll reply within minutes to all texts.

THe Gently Mad Edinburgh Book Store

The Gently Mad
2 Summer Place
(near the Botanic Gardens)

0131 261 6028 / 07702 592972


11am - 5.30pm 7 days a week
~ Featured ~
Leather onlay for Mervyn Peake's Alice
A leather onlay for Mervyn Peake's Alice
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~ Mini-binding ~
Miniature leather bound boo by The Gently Mad Bookbinder
To see our gallery
of work
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~ Dutch Onlay ~
Leather only for Dutch Fairy Tale Book
Example of Baz's
leather onlay work
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~ Egg & Flour ~
egg and flour used in bookbinding
We use eggs and flour in all our fine leather bindings but we dont bake them!
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The Gently Mad : 2 Summer Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NR : 0131 261 6028 / 07702592972