Jonkers Rare Books



2015-06-26 11:07:04

Jonkers Rare Books is based in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, and specialises in handling rare books, manuscripts and original illustrative artwork.


Jonkers was founded in 1991 by Christiaan Jonkers, and specialised in the first editions of twentieth century literature.

The company grew rapidly and in 1998 merged with Sam Jonkers's Bromlea Books, which was based in the north of England and specialized in childrens' and illustrated book. The company was briefly known as Bromlea & Jonkers, before reverting to Jonkers Rare Books in 2001.

The Henley office was opened in late 1998 and the scope was extended to include nineteenth century literature, literary sets and fine bindings, as well as Thames topography and important books in the fields of travel and science.

Expertise and Services

Jonkers are acknowledged experts in the fields of nineteenth and twentieth century literature and children's books. They specialise in working closely with private collectors and institutional libraries to help them build significant collections in these areas. Libraries with whom they have worked with include The British Library; The Bodlean Library, Oxford; The Lily Library, Indiana; The Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton and The Ransom Centre, Texas.

They issue regular catalogues of collections or for exhibitions of books and manuscripts.

Jonkers also undertake appraisals for sale or valuation purposes, and represent buyer interest at auction.

Notable Sales

Jonkers hit the headlines in March 2010 for the private sale of a presentation copy of the first edition of Jane Austen's Emma for £325,000.

In April 2008 Jonkers sold a first edition of James Joyce's Ullysses inscribed by the author to his brother, Stanislaus Joyce (£250,000).

In October 2008 Jonkers sold George Bernard Shaw's typewriter for £4,500.

In December 2000 Jonkers bought the working library of Dorothy L Sayers.

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