Book dealers

ABC Book Shop
P.O. Box 100-001, Scottsville 3209 South Africa
Sells antiquarian and out of print books on Africa and, in particular, South Africa. Has a small number of current books.

African Books Collective Limited
Founded in 1989 by 17African publishers. ABC itself is non-profit making. Twice-yearly, an average of 60% of net proceeds of sales are remitted to member publishers
in hard currency.Choose from 1,700 African-published titles, in stock in UK warehouse and available for immediate supply.

Africa Books Centre, London
Managing Director: A. W. Zurbrugg. Fax 44-171-497-0309
Long established seller of current books on Africa, carries James Currey titles.

African Imprint Library Services
Suppliers of the African publications which are virtually unobtainable through other sources -- the publications which originate in Africa and are not intended for distribution abroad. Titles by country and subject.

Allport Books
Books on southern Africa from a Rhodesian point of view. Books
"Earth's biggest bookstore". 2,5 million titles. Searchable.

Antiquarian Booksellers' Assoc. of America
Specializes in rare and antiquarian books, maps, and prints. Searchable.

Art - Bookdealers Specializing in African Art
A directory compiled by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries' National Museum of African Art Library.

Bennett-Penvenne Livros, Books & Pamphlets on Africa & the Portuguese & Spanish Worlds
162 Oak Street, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA
Contact: Norman Bennett
Has extensive stock on Lusophone Africa. Periodically distributes a list of c. 70 pages with titles for sale including publications from Spain and on non-Lusophone Africa.

Christison Books
P.O.Box 100245, Scottsville; 3209, South Africa
1st Floor, Pelham Centre, 56 Oribi Road, Pietermaritzburg, 3201, Kwazulu-Natal Province, South Africa     Fax. ++27 331 68809
Contact: Norman Robert Christison (father) and Grant Christison (son)
Specialist dealers in antiquarian Africana (South Africa and southern Africa, in particular). Grant is the author of Book collecting in South Africa. They issue three or four catalogues of out-of-print Africana per year.

Clarke's Bookshop
General antiquarian and secondhand bookshop. Hold a large stock at their premises situated in central Cape Town. Specialise in Africa - mainly Africa south of the Zambezi.

Michèle Dhennequin
76, rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris
Contact: Mme. Michèle Dhennequin
Antiquarian bookseller, established 1969, specializes in old books related to the former French Overseas Territories and French-speaking countries including Madagascar. Sends catalogs on request.

Mark Duffill
43 Park Avenue North, London N8 7RS, United Kingdom. Phone/fax: (44) 181-340-3087 Email:
Supplies out-of-print, antiquarian titles.

Fables Bookshop
119 High St, Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa. Phone/fax +27-461-311525
Contact: Ian Balchin
Has a stock of about 1,000 Africana titles, will search and find out-of-print titles. Specialises in books relating to Southern Africa, issues irregular catalogues, will mail worldwide.

Foreign Book Service
159 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02541, USA
Contact: Gale Clark
Publications from various countries including: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Mauritius.

Frankfurt Book Fair - African Exhibitors Numbers
Chart showing the number and countries of origin of African exhibitors 1993-1996.

Great Epic Books
15918 20th Place West, Lynnwood, WA 98037
Contact: Donal Brody
Email: or
Supplies antiquarian books, maps, documents from Africa. Select Browse the Books to access titles by subjects or country. Has a newsletter which describes the library of former Malawi President H. Kamuzu Banda which Brody cataloged.

Hogarth Representation
1 Birchington Court, Birchington Road, London N8 8HS, England
Contact: David Hogarth
Extensive stock of titles published in West, Central, and East Africa. Supplies contemporary African political ephemera and pamphlets from the U.K.. Does not handle antiquarian titles

Henry Hollander
55 New Montgomery St., Suite 317, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone 415-882-4541 or 415-957-9030
Contact: Henry Hollander E-mail:

Huxley's Books
New, out-of-print and collectable books. Has Africana (particularly from Southern African). Will search for titles. Contact: Matthew White Email:

Indian Ocean Books
Contact Larry W. Bowman.
Mainly antiquarian books, serials, maps on Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Reunion. Interested in all subject areas: travel and voyages, history and natural history, literature, memoirs.

International Subscription Services
P. O. Box 41095, Craighall, 2024 South Africa
Contact: Edwin Polakow
Supplies Southern African serials to libraries. Orders to the e-mail address will be faster.

Internet Book Shop
Based in the UK, prices in British pounds. Can search by author, title, ISBN, publisher. Has a book awards list, links to UK publisher web pages. To order, one needs an account with them which can be set up online. Seems to have a good selection of academic titles. Thanks to P. Bischof & S. Bockie for the URL.

Leila Books
39 Kasr El-Nil Street, Floor 2, Office 12, Cairo, Egypt. Contact: George Fawzy. Supplies publications for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, includes some publications from the Sudan.

Livres de l'Afrique Centrale
1531 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709 and B. P. 3366, Kinshasa/Gombe, Zaire. Contact: Dr. William Drake, Simon Bockie (Berkeley) and Isaac Ntiakulu (Zaire)
Phone: (510) 841-6732
Supplies publications form Zaire, Congo-Brazzaville, accepts wants lists for older titles, sends out lists of publications.

McBlain Books
P.O. Box 5062, Hamden, CT 06518, 2348 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, Ct
Contact: Philip and Sharon McBlain. Email:
Have issued catalogs on Sub-Saharan Africa about once a year since 1972. Supply all topics. Interested in buying collections or valuable individual items, members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America since 1976.

Natural History Book Service Ltd., NHBS
Mail-order bookstore in Totnes, Devon, U.K., supplies environmental books. Books on Africa are arranged by region.

The Old Bookroom
A bookshop in Canberra, Australia which sells secondhand, antiquarian books on Asia, Middle East, Africa. The catalog for African titles in Sept. 95 listed 29 titles which represented only part of their stock. Has an online form to order titles, request their catalogue by e-mail, and submit a wants list.

Smitskamp Oriental Antiquarium
Nieuwe Rijn 2, 2312 JB Leiden, The Netherlands
Fax: +31 71 512 7542
Contact: R. Smitskamp. Email:
Mainly Middle East antiquarian titles, has some Ethiopica. Will send catalogs on request. Was the antiquarian side of E. J. Brill Publishers (since 1683), is now independent.

Thorold's - Frank Thorold Ltd.
P. O. Box 241, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa.   Fax: (011) 838-4715
Contact: Robin Fryde.
Supplies antiquarian and current imprints from Southern Africa. All topics; will search for titles.

Zimbabwe International Book Fair (UK)
Agent in Europe and North America for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair, the main book trade event for the African publishing industry. Includes their latest Book Fair Bulletin.
Main Book Fair site:
Mirror site in the U.S.:

John T. Zubal
2969 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Some antiquarian books on Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Africa and other Lusophone countries.

Zed Books
Publish some forty books annually on international and Third World issues, widely used in university courses throughout the world. Complete downlodable stock list.


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