Terms and Conditions

Bernard Quaritch Ltd is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) of Great Britain, and of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).  We observe the highest professional and ethical standards, and abide by the ABA Code of Good Practice.

Descriptions and Authenticity

We guarantee the authenticity and completeness of every item and will clearly note any defect in our description.  We will describe the condition of the goods at the time of the sale and provide any information in our possession about condition for which you may reasonably ask.


The copyright subsisting in all images and other materials, including this website, produced for the sale of goods is owned by us, and such images and materials may only be used with our permission.  During the period in which goods sold by us are protected by copyright, the copyright remains with its author (or any person to whom that right has been assigned).

Export Licensing

Customers outside the UK should be aware that books and photographs over 50 years old with a value exceeding the current UK OGEL (Open General Export Licence) thresholds at the point of sale, and all manuscript items and archives over 50 years old require an export licence, which may take around four weeks to be granted.  Delivery cannot be made until the licence is granted.  We will handle all aspects of the export licence application where required.


Items will be dispatched either within 7 days after full payment has been received, or after any required export licenses have been granted.  Please note that every effort will be made to meet the delivery times and dates required, however no liability is accepted for any costs, expenses or damages arising from any delay.  Please note that all items with a value in excess of £2000 will be sent by courier (Transworld within the UK or FedEx for overseas deliveries) unless you expressly request an alternative delivery method.  All items are fully insured.  For items with a value in excess of £300 we charge an additional £5 packing charge.

Items damaged or not as described

Please ensure you inspect all items upon receipt and notify us immediately if you are not satisfied that they are in the condition described.

EU Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013

In accordance with the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, private purchasers (i.e. not dealers, or institutional purchasers) within the EU have the right to cancel a contract of sale within 14 days.  The cancellation period will expire 14 days from the day on which you acquire, or a third party (other than the carrier) specified by you acquires, physical possession of the last delivered goods that are covered by the contract in question.  To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us of your decision to cancel the contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by registered post, or by fax or e-mail). You may use this model cancellation form, but it is not obligatory.  To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired.

If you cancel a contract, we will reimburse to you all payments received from you, including the costs of delivery (except for the supplementary costs arising if you chose a type of delivery other than the least expensive type of standard delivery offered by us).  We may make a deduction from the reimbursement for loss in value of any goods supplied, if the loss is the result of unnecessary or careless handling by you.  You are only liable for any diminished value of the goods resulting from handling that is not necessary to establish the nature, characteristics and functioning of the goods.  We will make the reimbursement without undue delay, and not later than –

(a)          14 days after the day we receive back from you any goods supplied, or

(b)          (if earlier) 14 days after the day you provide evidence that you have returned the goods, or

(c)           if there were no goods supplied, 14 days after the day on which we are informed about your decision to cancel this contract.

We will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction, unless expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, you will not incur any fees as a result of the reimbursement.  We may withhold reimbursement until we have received the goods back or you have supplied evidence of having sent back the goods, whichever is the earliest.  You are required to send back the goods at your own expense or deliver them to us in person without undue delay and not later than 14 days from the day on which you communicate to us your intention to cancel the contract.

EU Online Dispute Resolution Platform

Please see http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/.

Personal Data and confidentiality

We comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.  Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.