Welcome to the website of Deborah Coltham Rare Books, specialist dealer in rare Antiquarian Books on science and medicine. My aim is to stock rare and significant books, manuscripts and ephemeral items, in a range of subjects, primarily in first or early editions, and both in the original language or translation. My stock will usually include works from across the centuries, though with an emphasis upon books from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Books by or about women are a particular area of interest. Having a fascination with the weird and the wonderful I occasionally offer more obscure material, such as medical medallions and tokens, medical teaching aids and scientific instruments. I am a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and issue regular illustrated and fully annotated catalogues and lists, which are sent out on request. I exhibit at a number of major international book fairs, including California, London and New York. Not all the books that I have in stock are listed on this website. If there are any books or subjects that you are particularly looking for please do not hesitate to contact us. Images of any books may be sent upon request.

About Deborah Coltham Rare Books

After graduating from St Andrews University in 1994 with an MA Honours degree in English Literature and Medieval History, I joined the leading London firm of Pickering & Chatto Ltd as an apprentice to the Head of the Science and Medicine Department. After succeeding the role in 1998 and enjoying many years of successful trading, […]

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Recent News

February 2, 2017 |

Membership of the PBFA

I am delighted to say that as of December, I am now also a member of the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association...

January 31, 2017 |

Ten Years in the Trade – article in the ABA Newsletter

Ten years – I can’t quite believe it. If asked when I began to trade under my own banner, I would be hard...

October 17, 2016 |


Only a couple of days to go until the opening of this new fair. Please find below a link to my  fair catalogue...

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