simon finch rare books
If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer, a beautiful house, and if I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for, I should answer, a beautiful book. To enjoy good houses and good books in self-respect and decent comfort, seems to me to be the pleasurable end towards which all societies of human beings ought now to struggle.


Simon Finch Rare Books was founded in 1983. Simon Finch began buying books beyond his pocket as a teenager.

He read English at Bristol University where his degree suffered due to him focusing on the business. At that time he was a runner, scouring the country for bargains and taking them to Oxford where he sold to Blackwells. The late John Manners was his mentor.

The company had shops in Mayfair and Notting Hill Gate in Central London. Currently it operates from Voewood, Norfolk, England and Voewood Art & Books in Holt, Norfolk.

Several fine book sellers have worked for Simon Finch Rare Books. These include Adam Douglas, now at Peter Harrington, Sven Becker, now a director of Christies. Karen Thomson, Laurence Johns, Natalie Galustian, Justin Croft and Oliver Wood, all of whom now have businesses of their own. Oliver and Simon formed, for awhile, a partnership, Woodfinch.

We do not specialise and have dealt in many areas including Literature, Philosophy, Science, Photography, Esoterica and the counterculture. Our intention is to source the resonant and rare in all fields. Books we have handled include Shakespeare, The First Folio, 1623. Machiavellis Il Principe,1532, Petrus Apianus, Cosmographica Liber 1524, Tycho Brahe's copy. Denis Hopper's fringed suede Jacket from Easy Rider and many more unique items.

We are currently working on Simon Finch Rare Books Catalogue 75 due to be published at the end of May 2014. It includes books annotated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge which are unknown to modern editors.