Who we are
Harrison-Hiett is a small, family business. Formerly based in Dorset, we maintain a small stock and office here. In April 2017, we relocated to The Netherlands, and are now to be found scurrying around the fairs and markets of northern Europe. We sell books online, and also exhibit at a number of PBFA and ILAB fairs throughout Europe.
Marc (the Harrison part of the name) has been a full time bookseller for almost 20 years and is a full member of the PBFA and the NVvA / ILAB. Keen to maintain links with the “mother country,” Marc has retained Associate membership of the ABA. He is a former Chairman of the PBFA.
Marcia brings the Hiett part (using her maiden name) and is co-manager with Marc of the PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair. Marcia is responsible for the marketing of Harrison-Hiett, and (for her sins) attempts to keep Marc’s purchasing in check. She also keeps the manifesto alive (see below)!
Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to meet you at a book fair soon.
Why consult us?
If you should ever like, or need, to sell some books or other printed materials (including maps, manuscripts and other ephemera), then it is important that you find the right outlet.
We promise to deal honestly and fairly with you at all times. We will give you an accurate and up-to-date valuation and will recommend the best way forward (even when that does not involve working with us).
This promise, backed up by the assurance of our membership of the ABA and PBFA, means that you can trust us to give you the best advice, and if appropriate, the fairest price for your books and printed materials.
Why buy from us?
We have some beautiful items for sale, but in addition, you can rest assured that you will always know what you are getting. All of our books are fully described and photographed. Any faults are honestly listed and (unless clearly detailed) all items are complete.
Everyone should have a manifesto. At Harrison-Hiett we live by the philosophy that too much of a good thing is a better thing. The best plan is no plan and that the pursuit of pleasure is a noble one. (Even if the pleasure itself might not be).
Let us banish the jobsworth, the wet blanket, the killjoy. Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often. Let curtains twitch!
All hail the rogue, the rascal and the reprobate. We have a way of dealing with outsiders: Invite them in for a drink.
(with thanks to Balans for inspiration).