Welcome to Neil Pearson Rare Books

Neil Pearson has collected rare books for thirty years: his specialism is nineteenth and twentieth century first edition literature, with a particular interest in the expatriate literary movement of Paris between the wars. He is the author of Obelisk (Liverpool University Press, 2007), a history of the notorious Paris imprint which in the 1930s published the early work of, among others, Henry Miller, Laurence Durrell and Ana├»s Nin. In 2011 he researched, compiled and wrote They Were What They Were: A Catalogue of Early Gay Fiction, 1862 -1960. More information about both of these titles can be found here.

After buying books for so many years, he is delighted finally to be selling some.



News For January



On the 13th January Neil Pearson will be giving the ABA seminar at Senate House, taking as his theme 'The Paris Pornographers: A Force For Good'. There will be swear words, there will be pictures, and it will all kick off at 6 p.m. at Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU, Admittance is free, and open to the public. For more details, click here.  



You can still browse our December E-lists, one featuring material covering a wide range of subjects -- Modern First Editions, TV Comedy, Paris and Erotica -- can be found here

A second, more modestly priced list covers subjects guaranteed to lift the January gloom, among them 1920s vegetarianism, antiquarian spanking, and a treatise on hanging. The list can be found  here



We have recently added to the website a run of volumes from the library of Spike Milligan: books inscribed by their authors, presented by family members -- and in some cases annotated by Milligan himself. To see these books -- as well as our selection of original Goon Show scripts -- click here.




 We've Joined The Club

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We are delighted to announce that Neil Pearson Rare Books Ltd. has been accepted as an Associate Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.