Thornton's Bookshop 
( W A & J S Meeuws ) 
( Ass. member of the ABA )
Established in Oxford in 1835 



Member of the ABA since 1907
(now associate member) 
The Old Barn - Walnut Court
Faringdon, SN7 7JH
Faringdon is a small market town near the 
Cotswolds, about 20 miles from Oxford
Tel.  (0044 ) (0) 1367 240056 

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184 years of bookselling experience
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The Mosaic is still located
in the entrance of
the present tourist shop 

Tommy Joy, 1904 – 2003 . Bookseller, 
talks about his 
indentured apprentice at 
Thornton’s Bookshop, 
Oxford, 1920
English literature German literature French literature Russia Eastern Europe
Limited editions Classical antiquity Ancient Near East Rare Books
Theology Private presses Spanish Spain Music
Middle Ages History Art Bibliophile

Badge received 
from the ABA.
( In fact it's 58 years 
ago since I started in
this profession) 

the Broad street shop 
till 2002

1966 - my first stock

Antiquarian Bibles 1st editions Children's books
Cuneiform Illustrated The Holy Land Mathematics
Rare  2019 Pleiade Signed books Royalty
Tolkien Africa History of Medicine Victoriana
Oxford Clocks Woodcuts Netherlands
Folio society
Limited editions


We sell on line only. 

History of 11-12 
Broad street

Thornton's in Wikipedia

Filming of
Inspector Morse

History of the bookshop

Famous visitors

Faringdon Greeting Cards

Coptic Bible

Rayner Unwin : The making of The lord of the Rings.
New edition 2018, 8 pages in stapled wrappers. 100 numbered copies


Tolkien / Inklings

Sitzungsberichte der preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften -  Physikalisch-mathematische Klasse  for the years 1922 – 1938
( Proceedings of the Prussian Academy of sciences – physics and mathematics section ) 
The set contains 26 Einstein first editions alone TO BE AUCTIONED at Dominc Winter's science sale in early 2019
The Tale of Igor's Campaign and Palekh miniature  Edition de Luxe
of the medieval epic of the Kievan Rus'.
about h 43.2 cm x w 29.8 cm x d 2.0 cm. Moscow, Academia, 1934
Unique collection of theses dating from the 16th to the 20th century.  So far 376 titles have been described here, approximately 150 more are still to be listed. Subjects: Classical antiquity, theology, history, zoology, botany, physics, chemistry. The majority are in the medical field.

TO BE AUCTIONED at Dominc Winter's science sale in early 2019

Vehmeyer, H.M.,
Clocks: Their Origin and Development 1320-1880. 2 Volumes.
Dekesel, Christian E.  & Yvette M.M. 
Dekesel-De Ruyck
A bibliography of  18th Century numismatic
books. 5 volumes 1 - 5 published so far
set will be complete in 6 volumes

1815, Napoleon’s return from Elba, "The Hundred Days - Les Cent Jours " 
posters and newspapers, a collection SOLD
History of 11-12 Broad street
Thornton's in Wikipedia
Filming of Inspector Morse

Russian view of Morse

A Frans Masereel 
Scharlie Meeuws' books on Blurb

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The last Costume ball in the Winter Palace .(1903)

2 volumes. (Kostiumirovannyi bal v Zimnem dvortse ) Bi-lingual English-Russian edition. £ 425.00
we have one set left

2003. Edition of 4000 copies One hundred years ago the office in charge of editing the State papers started work on the creation of a unique album : that of photogravures and photographs of the guests at the costume ball that took place in the winter Palace on 
11 and 13 February 1903.
The participants all wore 17th century clothing. In the end it was the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna herself who became the editor-in-chief of this album. Only a few copies of the original album survive in libraries and private collections. This edition is not a reprint of that rare 1904 volume, but it is an attempt by the publishers to show the guests of the ball as we see them today, one hundred years later. 
James Joyce Ulysses
Limited edition 
in full leather
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Joseph, Jacques,
NASENPLASTIK UND SONSTIGE GESICHTS - PLASTIK,NEBST EINEN ANHANG UEBER MAMMA - PLASTIK und einige weitere Operationen aus dem Gebiete der aeusseren Koerperplastik:
DEMIDOFF, Anatole de, Prince of San Donato. 
Voyage dans la Russie  méridi - onale & la Crimée par la Hongrie, la Valachie & la Moldavie  exécuté en 1837...par MM. de Sainson, Le Play, Hout, Léveillé, de  Nordmann, Rousseau et du Ponceau...Gihaut Frères, [1838-1848 ] Atlas

+  text volume , 7+621+(3) pp.. Illustrated with 64 plates by  Raffet. , 1840.

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When We Were Very Young; Winnie-the-Pooh; 
Now We Are Six; 
The House at Pooh Corner
London, Methuen & Co.,, 1924-1928. 4 volumes, sm-octavo. Bound int full morocco, slip case
Titles signed by the authors and/or illustrators and association copies

PRINTS and other works of ART
Ackermann's A history of the university of Oxford etc..

Siborne, Captain W.,
History of the War in France and Belgium, in 1815. 
Containing Minute Details 
of the Battles of Quatre-Bras, Ligny, Wavre, and Waterloo. By 
Captain W. Silborne. 
2 Volumes + Folder 
with all the Battle Maps.
London. T and W Boone. 
1844,  second edition 
N o w    s o l  d
The Curzon Gospel
Volume I: An Annotated Edition; Volume II: A Linguistic and Textual Introduction

Edited by Cynthia Vakareliyska
1,344 pages | 246x189mm
978-0-19-921679-6 |
Publisher's Price:  £310.00 
Our price £35.00

Shakespeare, William - Whittington Press Sonnets + edition in Chinese
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Rare , Antiquarian titles
Francis James Ronald Bottrall ( 1906  / 1989) ,  Cornish poet.
A collection of 41 (43 of which 2 duplicates) poetry magazines of which most include Bottrall’s poems / articles ( one by his wife Margaret) from the poet’s library. And 10 titles dedicated to him by Italian, Spanish, Brasilian  and Swedish poets 
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Iris Murdoch
History of 
the bookshop

Famous visitors

Umberto Eco
LEHMANN, John, (ed.)
The London Magazine
.A Monthly Review of Literature. 12 early issues 1954 - 1956, 
including the first 3 .
Eliot, Jennings, Macneice, 
Pound, Fuller, Wain,
Gunn, Auden
and many other 

William Shakespeare, Sonnets Whittington Press edition

KERGUELEN TREMAREC, Yves Joseph De, Relation D'un Voyage dans la Mer du Nord, aux cotes d'Islande, du Groenland,, de Ferro, de Schettland, des Orcades & de Norwege; faite en 1767 & 1768. Paris, 1771; with 10 engraved plates [3 folding], and 8 maps [7 folding];.
Kievskaya psaltyr'. 2 Volumes.
Vol. 1: G. Vzdornov, Issledovanie Kievskoi psaltiri. Vol. 2. Kievskaya psaltyr' 1397 goda iz Gosudarst - vennoi Publichnoi biblioteki imeni M.E. Saltykova - Shchedrina v Leningrade "Iskusstvo", Moskva, 1978; 
The guests of  Erich Alport , Esq. 
3 Mecklenburgh Square  Guestbook from 5 January 1940 to 30 July 1965 with signatures by Lucian Freud, Spender, Joyce Cary, Chagall , Coghill, A.L. Rowse, Desmond Morris and many others 
With several drawings by guests . 
Die Bamberger Apokalypse. Neunundfünfzig Farbtafeln. Die Miniaturen der Apokalypse und des Evangelistars in der Staatlichen Bibliothek Bamberg. Bibl. 140 (A II 42). Frankfurt a.M.,  Insel Verlag, 1958, Folio.59 mounted  facsimiles in full colours., 41, [1]pp.,  45 cm. , orig. half leather binding in  slipcase, Imperial folio.
Leo Duppen: Piet van Heerden; schilder, tekenaar, beeldhouwer, 1924-1996. One of the limited edition of 72 copies with a bronze medal . Profusely illustrated volume about the Dutch sculptor and painter born in Haarlem. Haarlem, 2005, 184 pages, 4to in slip case. 


Charles De COSTER: Die Geschichte von Ulenspiegel und Lamme Goedzak und ihren heldenmäßigen n fröhlichen und glorreichen Abenteuern im Lande Flanden und anderwärts.  Deutsch von Karl Wolfskehl. Mit Holzschnitten von Frans Masereel.  2 Volumes. Owner's signature by  Leni Reifenstahl . 
The Oxford Bestiarium [bestiary ]
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Ashmole 1511, Southern England, 12th Century. Facsimile edition

Kees Paling: A Rumour of Adventure: An Inklings Story Four Inklings - Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield - go on a walking tour together during four days in May, 1938. They walk in the footsteps of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge through the Quantock Hills in Somerset and into Exmoor. read the full story on Amazon HERE
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The Old Barn, Walnut Court, 
Faringdon SN7 7JH, 
United Kingdom
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Nicolis, F.Bell Beakers Today: Pottery, People, Culture, Symbols in Prehistoric Europe. 2001, 2 volumes, 736pp., black and white illustrations, Hardbacks in slip case  £ 85.00
These two volumes present over sixty contributions, from and international colloquium held in Trento, Italy, in 1998, which provide an invaluable overview of the Bell Beaker culture and recent developments in scholarship. The papers cover sites and discoveries in Spain and Portugal, Italy and Sicily, France, the Netherlands, Britain and Ireland, eastern and central Europe, as well as more thematic discussions of, for example, radiocarbon dating, metallurgy, society and culture, European contacts, technology, tools, gender and burial rituals. The majority of the papers are in English, although most European languages are represented along with English abstracts.   One of the most puzzling archaeological phenomena of prehistoric Europe is the widespread appearance of a specific form of ceramic vessel, a decorated, thin-walled, handleless drinking cup known as a bell beaker, throughout western and central continental Europe and the British Isles during the second half of the third millennium B.C. The bell beakers were often found in male burials that also included archer's wrist guards of polished stone, V-perforated buttons (with two holes drilled from one side at an angle until they converged to form a single V-shaped channel), and copper daggers. Archaeologists refer to this phenomenon as the "Bell Beaker complex" or, more efficiently, simply as "Bell Beakers."   The earliest form of Bell Beaker called the Maritime Bell Beaker probably originated in the vibrant copper-using communities of the Tagus estuary in Portugal around 2800 - 2700 BC and spread from there to many parts of western Europe. An overview of all available sources from southern Germany concluded that the Bell Beaker Culture was a new and independent culture in that area, contemporary with the Corded Ware Culture.This conclusion was supported by a review of radiocarbon dates for Bell Beaker across Europe, which showed that the earliest dates for Bell Beaker were 2900 BC in Iberia. This makes the style contemporary with Corded Ware, but beginning in a different region of Europe. Bell Beaker has been suggested as a candidate for an early Indo-European culture, more specifically, an ancestral proto-Celtic. Despite the date this work came out in 2006.