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Jackdaw books was established in Holt by Mick and Eleanor Finn in 1997. We operated as a retail shop for nine years but have now closed. We trade on the internet and by appointment on the premises.



While we specialise in books about Norfolk and History, we also offer a large general stock including an antiquarian section. Other subject areas are ornithology, children's books, general fiction, literature, biography, art, antiques and many others.





Holt is a vibrant town situated in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. It has many antique shops and galleries and with two second hand book shops, is well worth a visit. Should you wish to find self-catering accommodation in Holt or nearby try visiting www.glavenvalley.co.uk.



Our 'on line' stock can be searched by 'title', 'author' or key word or can be browsed in over 100 catalogues covering different subjects.


We are always happy to answer questions about particular books by e-mail or telephone. We try to process orders within 24 hours. We can also send digital images of books to confirm condition. All orders should be regarded as firm although books incorrectly described may be returned within 7 days of receipt subject to prior notice being given.



Most of our books are graded to give a quick indication of condition
Fine The book and dustwrapper (if applicable) looks new.
Nr Fine At first glance book looks new but on closer examination there might be a minor flaw for example a corner bumped or an ownership inscription.
Very good + The book looks secondhand/read but there are no major faults.
Very good A nice firm copy but there will be a significant fault eg. Foxing (uneven browning) to page edges or the early pages (prelims) of the book.
Very good- Still a good sound copy but more than one obvious fault.
Good A book that is good as a ‘reading copy’ but has a major fault eg. The binding is shaken.
Poor Several faults – offered only because it is a scarce title.
dw = dust wrapper or dust jacket
bw = black and white
pp = pages
ffep = front free endpapers - blanks at beginning of book
AEG = all the page edges gilt
TEG = top page edges gilt
elephant folio - a very large format volume over 30 inches tall
folio - a large book which is 18 inches or more tall
4to (quarto) - a large book- coffee table size
8vo = octavo. The size of most books but can vary so ‘small 8vo’ ‘large 8vo’ or ‘square 8vo’
12mo = definitely smaller than normal size but not quite ‘pocket size’
16mo = pocket size 24mo = smaller pocket size
Hardback bindings come in various materials:
Leather (there are many different types and these will be specified)
Cloth Buckram (a very sturdy type of cloth)
Imitation cloth - many modern hard cover books are cased in this material
Pictorial laminated or glazed boards Book covers are often decorated in the following ways:
- with gilt ornament
- with gilt vignettes (small pictorial representations in gilt)
- with gilt crests
- with mounted pictures
- with pictorial cloth
- with blind-tooling (stamping)
Soft back bindings are also variously described:
Wraps paper covers usually very simply printed
Card covers where a book has a stiff card binding – usually illustrated
Pamphlet a book with few pages which are often stapled together.
NB All our dustwrappers are protected with transparent acid free plastic which can be easily removed.



Our policy is to charge shipping at cost and costs will vary according to weight. Here is a rough guide: Within the UK: 3.00 GBP to Europe: 4.00 Everywhere else: airmail 7.00; surface 4.00. If requested we can e mail the exact cost of shipping a particular item. Please note that all our prices are quoted in British Pounds (sterling).

Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to eleanor.finn@btopenworld.com
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