Books make great presents. Second-hand books make even better presents. At Quinto you won’t be shopping for the latest bestseller, celebrity biography or that Christmas coffee table book that’s on offer in pretty much every bookshop. If you get a second-hand book people will know you hand-picked it and bought it especially with them in mind.
Our shop is full of unusual books: hardback novels of the sixties and seventies, biographies of artists and writers of the past, art books and illustrated works. Pretty much all subjects are represented.
Come in, have a browse, and find something special for this coming Christmas! The past makes a great present.
Quinto will re-open with completely new stock today (Tue 3rd of December) at 2pm!
All the books in our basement were boxed up on Saturday and are being replaced with new stock. The shelves will be filled top to bottom with second-hand books on all subjects.
This re-stock is particularly strong on literature – unusual and hard to find novels and underground writing. We also have a large music section with scores of scores and biographies on people from Dylan to Mozart.
Other eye-catching sections are those with books about needlework, Wales, gay studies, and there is more than a bay of children’s books.
The usual subjects are there as well in large quantities: history, military, travel, theology, natural history and much more!
Come and have a look and start your Christmas shopping at Quinto!
We are thrilled to announce that star poet, Jeremy Reed will be giving one of his dazzling performances at Quinto Bookshop this coming Wednesday. The event is free and there will be some wine on offer – this is absolutely not to be missed!
‘Jeremy Reed’s talent is almost extraterrestrial in its brilliance. He is Rimbaud reconfigured as the Man who fell to Earth, a visitor from deep space whose time machine was designed by Lautreamont and de Sade, and powered by the most exotic fuels the imagination has ever devised.’ J.G. Ballard
‘The most beautiful, outrageously brilliant poetry in the world’. Bjork
Jeremy will be performing at 6.45pm, Wednesday September the 18th in the basement.
Our most recent basement re-stock was on the 3rd of September. In addition to the usual subjects, the current selection includes some old technical photography books, lots on the history of Palestine and Israel and some books on Judiaca, a large selection on the history of schools (mainly public schools) and education, child psychiatry and child law, economics books including a selection on Keynes, also quite a few Star Wars and Dr. Who novels, books on vintage cars and motorbikes as well as biology, geography and landscape related books.
We’ve also had a delivery of new books at Francis Edwards, which includes lots of naval and maritime and mountaineering books among other subjects.
We’ve been adding new titles to the shelves since the last major stock change earlier this month including a nice selection of old Penguin paperbacks. We still have a huge collection of World War II, classical studies, railways and old books on botany and gardening. We’ll be re-stocking the basement this weekend to open with a new selection on Tuesday September the 3rd at 2pm.
Newly acquired books arrive at Francis Edwards almost every week – usually on Thursdays. Recent arrivals include a small collection of books on education and the history and lore of various public schools such as Eton and Harrow. We’ve also had a good selection of Geographical Handbooks including some rarer titles as well as various other books including these lovely Lynd Ward editions from the 1930s.
God’s Man, second Impression published by Jonathan Cape (1930). God’s Man is considered to be the first American graphic novel without words and is the first of Lynd Ward’s woodcut novels, £25
We’ve just completely re-stocked the basement for August.
The new stock comprises of lots of classical studies (including a number of Loeb editions), World War II, military, railway, old gardening and botany books as well as some esoterica, modern art, old Penguin and Pelican edtions, Folio Society books and more.
We also have a number of boxes of yet more books to be shelved over the next week or two…
Hundreds of fresh titles have been shelved since the last major stock change at the beginning of July. Since then, we’ve had two big deliveries and most of the books are now on the shelves. There are many new history, literature, crime fiction, science, history of science and theology books as well as more academic books in Spanish and French.
Our next complete change of stock will be Tuesday the 5th of August.
Above is a screen shot of Jamie Muir’s romantic Telephonica Tume Spot, filmed at the shop recently. You can view the full advert here: http://vimeo.com/69929235
Acclaimed musicians Anja McCloskey and Victoria Hume will each be giving a live, acoustic performance in the basement. This is a free event and there’s no need to book but please come early to get a good view or one of our few seats!
As a solo singer, Anja has played alongside the likes of US singer Allie Moss, Thomas Truax, and The Phantom Band. With Haunted Stereo, she supported Badly Drawn Boy, Field Music, Thomas Tantrum, Micachu and The Shapes whilst with avant-garde performance orchestra, The Irrepressibles, she performed alongside The Guillemots, The Puppini Sisters and Paloma Faith.
“Sultry folk, like a Romany gypsy cabaret show”
Victoria Hume will also be playing and launching her new single at the event.
“Really beautiful stuff”
Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music
We’ve just re-stocked the basement and have 56 more boxes of history and literature arriving this Thursday. The new stock comprises of lots of literature, especially novels from the 50s, crime fiction, a lot of history books, natural history (including a number of books on fossils), some history of science books and a small selection of interesting books on avant-garde and world cinema, also Modesty Blaise comics, issues of Scouter magazine from the 50s and much more!
Yo Zushi’s Quinto fanzine launched at Charing Cross Road Festival on the 22nd of June. It features small plays by Emily Cleaver, writing by Yo Zushi, photos by Sasha Ilyukevich, lots of unusual book covers, an obituary to Jimmy Kanga and some extracts from a Walter Benjamin essay on book collecting – all for 60p a copy!
Saturday 22nd June 2013, 4pm
As part of the Love Charing Cross Road Festival, acclaimed singer songwriter, Yo Zushi will be playing a short acoustic set in the shop from 4pm and launching his zine, “Viva Quinto”. He will be joined by south London legend, Jazzman John Clarke who will be performing his jazz poetry.
Praise for Yo Zushi:
“The spirit of Bob Dylan for the 21st century” - Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 1
“Yo Zushi’s folk songs have earned him plenty of high-profile fans around the world… A masterclass in storytelling” - Dazed & Confused
“A raw… intriguing talent” - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2
Jazzman John Clarke, ”does with words what Coltrane did with the horn” - Brixtongue
We’ve just re-stocked the basement and we have loads of fiction this month. We have lots of modern fiction, a good poetry section, crime fiction, westerns, horror, fantasy, sci-fi and a good selection of children’s books including Ladybird editions, lots by Enid Blyton and Alison Uttely and much more. We also have loads of cookery books, theology, natural history including ornithology books and history, travel, social sciences and a small art section.