R.A. Gekoski Booksellers
Established in 1982, R. A. Gekoski Booksellers is one of the world’s leading specialist dealers in modern English, Irish and American literature, including first editions, association copies, manuscripts and archives, and artworks with literary associations.
Based in Wiltshire, we source material of the highest quality, rarity, and scholarly and collecting interest. We are particularly interested in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Irish literature (Yeats and Wilde); twentieth century modernism (Conrad, Pound, Joyce, Eliot, Beckett, Woolf); expatriate small press publishers in Paris (Black Sun, Obelisk Press); the Bloomsbury Group in both its literary and artistic guises; and also later twentieth century British and Irish poetry (Larkin, Hughes, Plath and Heaney). We specialise in association copies of important American and English books.
We have a long-standing interest in buying and selling literary art, a category which for us includes: pictures and other images of, and by, literary figures; pictures of and by members of the Bloomsbury Group; Eric Gill, David Jones, and their circle; Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism.
We are members of ABA and ILAB and exhibit at the New York and London International Antiquarian Bookfairs.
Services offered by R. A. Gekoski Booksellers include valuations, auction commissions, as well as institutional placement of significant archives. We are always interested in purchasing books, letters, manuscripts, photographs and artworks.
We specialise in the placement of writer’s and publisher’s archives with our institutional clients.
These include amongst others:
The British Library - The Brotherton Collection at Leeds - The University of Texas - Princeton University - National Library of Ireland - Yale - Emory University - National Library of Wales - National Library of Scotland - Harvard University - and the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library.
We have placed the full or substantial archives of the following (amongst others):
Dannie Abse - Peter Ackroyd - Andre Deutsch Publishers - Joan Bakewell - Sebastian Barry - Angela Carter - John Fowles - James Hamilton-Patterson - Adrian Henri - Geoffrey Hill - Kazuo Ishiguro - Penelope Lively - Roger McGough - John Osborne - Brian Patten - Jeremy Reed - Iain Sinclair - Emma Tennant - D.M. Thomas - Barry Unsworth