About Us


At E.C. Rare Books, our priority is to not only create a bookshop of high value and fine conditions but to care for the rare volumes and remarkable titles that pass through our door. Three generations of binding and trade has prepared owner, Richard Smart for the preservation and care of antiquarian books. 


E.C. Rare Books is the product of three generations in the antiquarian book trade. From sales to binding, the Smart family began their trade in London, a central hub for antiquities. In addition to caring for aged volumes, access to a bindery allows for the construction of clamshell boxes, repairs, careful collation as well as historical description, provenance and detail. 


At E.C. Rare books, we believe that there is a collector inside everyone. Far from being simple shelf decoration, books can be a good investment, at any budget. Our staff aid to build collections for the concerning collector by providing or hunting down those rare items to fill the gaps in new or already beautifully curated and established collections.