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From rubber ducks and postcards to books and maps, there is something for everyone at our shop!

We stock key publications on the history of London, including the City and its Livery Companies. We also sell publications relating to our collections, genealogy guides and historic maps of the City of London and surrounding area.

With over 65 titles available to purchase, prices ranging from £1 to £45, and new titles being added regularly, we're sure you'll find something to interest you. The following is a selection of what is available to buy both in the library and online. 

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  1. Book cover of Books as History Books as History
    Books can develop their own individual histories, which provide important evidence about the way they were used and regarded in the past, and which make them an indispensable part of the fabric of our cultural heritage.
  2. City of London Past City of London Past
    The history of the City of London is at the heart of the history of Britain. This book is a remarkable encapsulation of its history up to modern times, complemented by an array of splendid pictures.
  3. Covent Garden: An Illustrated History Covent Garden: An Illustrated History
    This booklet provides an insight into the rich history of Covent Garden, one of London’s most interesting and vibrant areas, from Saxon times to the modern day.
  4. Guildhall Library Postcards Guildhall Library Postcards
    A set of 16 postcards taken from images found in Guildhall Library's collection of treasures.
  5. Harrison in the Abbey Harrison in the Abbey
    This is a commemorative book to mark the unveiling of the memorial to John Harrison in Westminster Abbey. Edited by the 14th Astronomer Royal, Sir Arnold Wolfendale, it is a tribute to the man who overcame great difficulties to produce the first seagoing clock which determined longitude accurately.
  6. Historic Trade Directories in Guildhall Library Historic Trade Directories in Guildhall Library
    Guildhall Library has one of the largest collections of historic trade and telephone directories held in any UK public library. This publication is an index to the national, regional, county, city, town, district and borough directories and is a valuable tool for local historians and researchers.
  7. Lloyd's Marine Collection Lloyd's Marine Collection
    The Lloyd’s Marine Collection at Guildhall Library contains sources providing details of Merchant Navy vessels, shipping movements and casualties from the 18th century onwards. This publication is a comprehensive guide to the collection and related sources.
  8. London: A 1000 Years London 1000 Years - Treasures from the Collections of the City of London
    Highlights include the City’s charter from William the Conqueror, its Magna Carta, a property deed signed by Shakespeare, a love letter from the dying John Keats and pre-Raphaelite paintings.
  9. London Sketchbook: A Pictorial Celebration London Sketchbook: A Pictorial Celebration
    A celebration of one of the world's great cities, 'London Sketchbook' is packed with over 200 evocative watercolour illustrations of the author's favourite landmarks and sights.
  10. Cover of the book London vol 1: City of London
    The City of London has an amazingly rich architectural heritage which is quite unique in its diversity. In this book, Simon Bradley unlocks the treasures of this most ancient and modern of capitals, aided by numerous maps, plans, drawings and photographs, building upon Pevsner's iconic guide to the City.
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