About Us

 

Hyraxia Books specialise in modern first editions and rare books with expertise in science fiction, fantasy and literary fiction [which we group under the umbrella term speculative fiction]. We are associate members of the ABA and members of the PBFA. We both work full-time at Hyraxia, this is our day job, our night job and our pocket-money job.

We are based in Leeds, our book room is open to visitors by appointment only. Our address is:

Hyraxia Books
34 Harwill Avenue
Churwell
Leeds
LS27 7QQ
West Yorkshire, UK

07557 652 609 | 01132 161 081

shop@hyraxia.com

 

Our Team

Simon Patterson

Simon has a BSc in Computer Science and spent ten years in various complex and often dull projects before becoming a full-time bookseller. Simon's love for speculative fiction grew in his childhood years, went on hiatus in his teens, and saw a resurgence after univeristy. His favourite books are Lord of the Rings, Crime and Punishment and Kafka on the Shore.

Simon is responsible for acquisitions, client relationships and business development. He got started in the rare book business over a decade ago, buying and selling to create a collection of his favourite books. This soon got out of hand. The book he would like on his shelves more than any other is a German first edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales.


 

Gail Patterson

Gail has a BA in Psychology and Sociology. She spent a number of years working in various libraries in West Yorkshire, before becoming a full-time mum. She loves to read fairy tales to her daughters, and is a fan of world fiction and magic realism. Her favourite books include To Kill a Mockingbird, Life of Pi, The Harry Potter sequence and Mrs Dalloway.

Gail is responsible for online selling, marketing and administration. She got involved in the business when she decided that our stock didn't include enough children's books.


 

Eva and Alicia Patterson

Eva and Alicia are our latest recruits, currently at the tender ages of five and four. Eva's favourite books are The Wizard of Oz, 101 Dalmatians and Aesop's Fables (the Detmold edition), her favourite fables being the Bat and the Weasels and The Ants and the Grasshopper ("why didn't the grasshopper just go to the shops?"). Alicia's favourite books are by Julia Donaldson; The Gruffalo has been read to her 7,842 times. Both are responsible for sticking address and return labels to packages. If they're wonky, blame them. They're not allowed to touch the books.

Our Business

We specialise in the following authors:

Haruki Murakami, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, John Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury, Graham Greene, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien.

We specialise in the following areas:
 
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic Realism, Literary Fiction, Horror, Weird Fiction, Fairy Tales and early fantastic, Highlight of Modern First Editions, Highlight Antiquarian Items, Photography and Fine / Private Presses.
 
We are happy to help build collections from scratch, and work closely with our clients to find scarce copies in the desired condition. We also cater for new collectors, ensuring both ourselves and a portion of our stock are accessible. So if you're looking for all round advice don't hesitate to get in touch. We also buy books, from single items to entire collections. You can contact us via email at info@hyraxia.com or via phone on +44 (0)7557 652 609. We are based in Leeds in the UK and are open by appointment.
 
 
Some Past Highlights  

It's always with mixed feelings when we sell a treasured book, so here is a list of some our favourite books we dealt with over the last couple of years.

  • Aldiss, Brian - The Non-Stop manuscript
  • Asimov, Isaac - Foundation Sequence
  • Churchill, Winston S. - The Collected Works
  • Conrad, Joseph - Lord Jim
  • Dick, Philip K - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
  • Dick, Philip K - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Gibson, William - Neuromancer
  • Hobb, Robin - A complete set of signed books
  • Hodgson, William Hope - A set of three early UK first editions
  • King, Stephen - The Dark Tower Series
  • Le Guin, Ursula - The Earthsea trilogy
  • Murakami, Haruki - All his signed and deluxe editions
  • Niven, Larry - Ringworld
  • Owen, Wilfred - Poems
  • Pratchett, Terry - The Colour of Magic
  • Pratchett, Terry - The Light Fantastic
  • Rackham, Arthur - Original Artwork for Where the Blue Begins
  • Rankin, Ian - A complete collection of novels
  • Secunda, Arthur - The Vesuvius Portfolio
  • Stapledon, Olaf - Star Maker
  • Stevenson, Robert - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Stone, Reynolds - Some of the last letters he wrote
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Lord of the Rings 
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. - Sir Gawain
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Full History of Middle-Earth
  • Von Harbou - Metropolis
  • Von Harbou - Her first work, signed by her and Horst.