About Us

 

Hyraxia Books specialise in modern first editions and rare books with expertise in science fiction, fantasy and literary 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.

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, The Farseer Trilogy 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 ofThe Metamorphosis by Kafka.


 

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, administration and finances. 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 three. 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, we have read her The Gruffalo 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:

Haruki Murakami, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein, Kazuo Ishiguro, Isaac Asimov, John Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury, Graham Greene, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Folio Society Books, General Modern First Highlights.

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 associate members of the ABA and members of the PBFA.
 
 
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 in 2012.

  • Abercrombie, Joe - A complete set of signed UK first editions
  • Aldiss, Brian - The Non-Stop manuscript
  • Asimov, Isaac - Foundation Sequence
  • Conrad, Joseph - Lord Jim [UK first edition]
  • Dick, Philip K - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch [US first edition]
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Hound of the Baskervilles [UK first edition]
  • Folio Society - The Luttrell Psalter
  • Folio Society - The Surinam Album
  • Gibson, William - Neuromancer [signed UK first edition]
  • Goodkind, Terry - The complete Sword of Truth series
  • Hobb, Robin - A complete set of signed UK first editions and limited editions
  • Hodgson, William Hope - A set of three early UK first editions
  • King, Stephen - The Dark Tower Series [Signed Limited Editions]
  • Le Guin, Ursula - The Earthsea trilogy [UK first editions]
  • Murakami, Haruki - 1Q84 [Deluxe edition]
  • Murakami, Haruki - After Dark [Deluxe edition]
  • Murakami, Haruki - What I Talk About... [Deluxe edition]
  • Niven, Larry - Ringworld [UK first edition]
  • Pratchett, Terry - The Colour of Magic [UK first edition]
  • Pratchett, Terry - The Light Fantastic [UK first edition]
  • Rankin, Ian - A complete collection of novels [UK first editions]
  • Secunda, Arthur - The Vesuvius Portfolio [artist's proof]
  • Stone, Reynolds - Some of the last letters he wrote
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Fellowship of the Ring [UK first edition]
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. - Sir Gawain [UK first edition in jacket]
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Full History of Middle-Earth
  • Von Harbou - Metropolis [UK first edition]
  • Von Harbou - Her first work, signed by her and Horst.