John & Judith Head - Salisbury

John & Judith HeadJohn and Judith Head sell antiquarian books on the following subjects: Fishing, Shooting, Deer Stalking, Big Game Hunting, Falconry, Dogs, Horses, Racing and Ornithology. All the popular authors such as: Joe Bates, Fred Buller, Sir Edward Grey, Zane Grey, Augustus Grimble, R. Haig Brown, F. M. Halford, J. W. Hills, J. W. Martin, Alfred Ronalds, G. E. M. Skues, Peter Stone, Eric Taverner, Fred Taylor, Bernard Venables, Richard Walker, Peter Wheat, Izaac Walton.

"John entered the book world upon leaving the R.A.F. in 1958, when he purchased a small but well-established business. I met him in 1959, and helped out in my spare time and upon our marriage in 1961 entered bookselling full time. At that time we were selling all types of books, from paperbacks to first edition Dickens.

My father was keen on shooting and was helping friends at the CLA Game Fair and as we were at a loose end, John and I decided to visit the Game Fair ourselves. This chance outing changed the whole direction of our business as in 1962 we decided to specialise in antiquarian books on Field Sports. After exhibiting at the Game Fair and the leading Horse Shows, we opened at 88 Crane Street in 1971. During the next few years we continued to exhibit at leading Horse Shows, Sporting conventions and book fairs throughout the world.

Although we still cover field sports the emphasis in recent years has focused on angling and we have helped a number of collectors to build their libraries and handled some well-known important collections.

Yours sincerely, Judith Head".

John and Judith HeadJohn & Judith Head
The Barn Book Supply
88 Crane Street
Wiltshire SP1 2QD

Tel: 01722 327767
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Website: John & Judith Head

Opening hours: 9.30-5.00; preferably by appointment.


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Edinburgh Book Fair - 6th & 7th March 2015

The 2015 Edinburgh PBFA & ABA joint Book Fair is looming and marked in every bibliophile’s calendar we are sure. The Edinburgh Book Fair represents an important union between the two pre-eminent national bookseller associations and this two-day event provides an excellent opportunity to see and buy a wide selection of rare, antiquarian and secondhand books, manuscripts, ephemera and artwork from some of the country's leading bookdealers.

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