Specialist second hand bookseller of material on all topics to do with Socialism. From here you can access one of the world’s best on-line collections of books, pamphlets, journals and ephemera on this subject.
Left on the Shelf is run by myself, Dave Cope, and was set up in 1992 when I bought the second hand stock from Central Books, at the time when the shop in Grays Inn Road was closed. I have spent practically all my working life in the radical book trade – from 1975 I managed Progressive Books in Liverpool, before moving to Central Books in London in 1987. Left on the Shelf was a part-time business till I moved to Kendal in Cumbria in 2004.
My storeroom is open by arrangement – I do not have a shop.
Kendal is very accessible by public transport and is also a lovely town to visit, at the edge of the Lake District.
I am always interested in buying material in my areas of interest - best prices paid.
Send me your ‘Wants’ lists – I always have thousands of titles that are not yet listed.
This website also includes some of my research into the history of Radical Bookselling and also the Paris Commune of 1871.
My web-site will be up-dated every two months.
I produce catalogues approximately every three months. Given the high cost of printing and postage I prefer to send a pdf version. If you would like to receive the pdf copy please let me know. I will still produce printed copies for those who don't have access to the net and by special request from those who do, but still prefer a hard copy. Please leave your details here.
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