About Us

About us

World of Rare Books specialises in rare, antiquarian and vintage books, including 1st editions of all genres. Our stock is nearly all from before 1970 and therefore does not have ISBN codes. A forward-thinking Sussex-based company run by book lovers, with over 45 years collective experience of the book trade, we currently have 120,000 books in stock and our inventory is growing.


Here at World of Rare Books we are all working towards a common goal which is a satisfied customer who will come back and buy again! When we value our stock we want our customers to be happy with the price, when we list our stock we want to describe everything you want to know before making a purchase, when dealing with customer service we will strive to make sure you’re dealt with promptly and professionally, and when packing your order we use the best possible packaging for your order. No matter the value we will treat your order with the care and attention it deserves.

If you feel we could improve in any area please do get in contact, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us at info@worldofrarebooks.com or call 01903 708111.


Other services we offer



With a strong foothold in the decor for interior design market we have regular clients from around the world. We have supplied vintage and antique decorative books for projects including; window dressing, pub and hotel decor, stage and set design, personalised libraries and for corporate events and parties. Please inquire for more information at wholesale@worldofrarebooks.com.



Vinyl is a booming market right now and here at WORB we feel there is a synergy between vintage books and vintage music. Currently we are listing over 500 records per week from 12” LPs, Eps and 7” singles to box sets. We list all genres and soon our selection will be available to browse by category. For us vinyl is here to stay and therefore we are focussed on replicating the excellent service we offer with our books to our vinyl customers.


Customer service

If you have specific requirements, or prefer the more personal touch of speaking to one of our team directly,  please do not hesitate to email or call us.  Our customer service team are on hand to answer any questions and can always discuss further the condition and price of any of our stock. Any requirements are considered including services such as order forwarding for 3rd party booksellers. If you can't get through straight away our team are probably picking inquiries so please be patient and try again in a few minutes. Our team are available on the phone Monday to Friday 8am - 9pm on 01903 708111 or via email at support@worldofrarebooks.com.



You might have noticed us elsewhere: We are a trusted seller across many bookselling websites and we are now one of the largest sellers of vintage books in the UK. Our eBay account has a positive feedback rate of 99.6%, Amazon.co.uk stands at 96% and we have a five star rating on Abe Books. We strive to exceed the high standards set by these, and other respected marketplaces in the bookselling industry, by focussing on excellence in all areas of our business.