About us

Nigel Phillips Rare Books was founded in 1982. We deal in antiquarian books on science and medicine, in all their aspects and in any language. We have a preference for early works, from the fifteenth century to about 1850, but some more recent classic works can also be found on our shelves.

We issue two printed catalogues a year, which can also be sent by email.

We exhibit at several of the world’s principal antiquarian book fairs each year, particularly London and New York.

We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association and of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.


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