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 members of ILAB, the ABA and 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 Hutton Cranswick between York, Hull and Leeds, our book room is open to visitors by appointment. Our address is:
1 Beverley Road
West Yorkshire, UK
07557 652 609 | 01132 161 081
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.