View Full Version : RIP Dover Bookshop

03-23-2013, 08:58 AM
The Dover Bookshop in Covent Garden, London is one of my favourite little haunts. It sells loads of royalty free reference material in book form, many of which I have used in my maps over years, like Heck's Archive of Art and Architecture (http://www.abebooks.co.uk/Hecks-Pictorial-Archive-Art-Architecture-Heck/3972516709/bd) and Fairbairn's Heraldic Crests (http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Heraldic_Crests.html?id=m9ecsUm7HDAC)the list goes on and on. I dropped in a couple of days ago after visiting one my other favourite haunts, the SF shop, 'Forbidden Planet', and found a sign up saying that the Bookshop was closing down for good this Sunday. I went in and had a last hurrah buying a few books but was really sad to see the end of an institution. The Dover Online store (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/) may still survive, but the proprietor is not yet sure. It's all very sad as Dover specialised in reprinting out of print reference books and I don't think that there is anything else out there that is comparable (in terms of dead tree books).

The reason for its closure is not hard to see:

Dover's own output has also declined in recent years, admits Matthews, with a limited range of new titles being published, but its biggest competitor is now the range of cheap (and free) images that can be sourced online.

From here (http://creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2013/february/dover-bookshop-to-close)

Doubtless the shop will be turned into yet another coffee bar or clothes shop (as we don't have enough of these already).


03-23-2013, 09:32 PM
Dammit ! That was a cool shop - you sent me an image out of a book of theirs once and it was useful. I wish I had that kind of shop close to me and I would have used it for sure.

03-25-2013, 02:46 AM
Sorry to hear that Ravells. As I age, I notice the world changing more than when I was a youth and not always for the better. I didn't read the article linked but it sounds like they are another victim of societal change.

I never new them, but I sympathize with your sadness in their passing.