We are antiquarian and rare book dealers based in Liverpool in the North-West of England. Though the ‘M’ of ‘J and M’ lives in Newark in the East Midlands…and we also have a representative in Greater London, so in fact we cover a lot of bases!
When describing our books, we attempt to list all significant defects in a concise and accurate manner. We will happily buy and sell any book that seems interesting or attractive, but we tend to loosely specialise in literary fiction, pre 1960. We also have a penchant for pre-war weird, science fiction and supernatural titles, and of course detective fiction, if only for the fun factor of the lurid artwork and sensationalist titles.
New stock is added every month and can be found on the recent acquisitions page, we also have a search function which should allow you to go straight to the specific author or title that you are seeking. Following on from that, if you have any specific wants we are always very happy to hear from you, and enjoy the challenge of seeking out rare and exotic titles.
We are also always looking to buy books, so if the excitement has gone from your relationship with certain titles and authors, or indeed your entire collection, then we will happily relieve you of them and find new and suitable homes. Likewise, if you have inherited a collection of books, or a single title that you think may be of value, contact us and we will advise you as to their value and where possible offer you a good price. Distance is no obstacle if the books are sufficiently exciting!
Working out of J&M HQ in Liverpool, Jonathan is without question J&M's "front-of-house", our man at the book fairs, his peripatetic peregrinations often have him travelling the length & breadth of the country in pursuit of the perfect purchase for J&M clients, or just generally adding exciting rare books to our stock. Personal enthusiasms include Patrick Hamilton, P.G. Wodehouse, Bram Stoker, Ian Fleming, Richmal Crompton and a host of far obscurer authors which he would love to help bring to the attention of the more general reading public...
Although Jonathan may be the public face of J&M Books, this does not mean for a moment that Mark is simply a back-room boy who only cares about the money! A passionate collector of books and other works on paper across a wide range of rare genres, Mark's own enthusiasms include Detective Fiction, Gothic Horror and Imperial British history (notably relating to exploration); authors he specialises in include Jules Verne, Agatha Christie, Richard Burton, Baroness Orczy, H.G. Wells, Graham Greene and W.E. Johns. His "real" job means he travels widely which also allows him opportunity to make appointments with collectors and potential sellers in Europe, America, Africa and beyond.
Based in Greater London, our South East representative is available for evaluations and enquiries regarding a wide range of rare and collectable books, from early printed antiquariana to modern first editions.