I no longer deal in rare and antiquarian books.
This website is gradually closing, but some items may still be for sale:
Make me an offer if you wish to buy.
I still buy for my own collection rare books, magazines and ephemera of gay interest, almost always published before 1980,
and science-fiction and fantasy (books, not magazines) published before 1950.
I also buy erotica of any sexual interest published before 1900.
If you have something to sell contact me.
With many thanks to my customers over the last nine years
- I hope you always find what you are looking for.

Rare and old gay, lesbian and transgender books and ephemera
Founded in 2009, Arbery Books is the UK's leading online dealer in rare and secondhand books and ephemera of gay, lesbian and transgender interest. Our other fields of interest are sexuality in general and antiquarian (pre-1900) curiosities, erotica, picaresque and sexual behaviour. Recently we have added early science-fiction and fantasy to our lists and we expect to reinstate our bargain gay book section shortly.

We ship worldwide, usually within one working day of receiving an order. £ prices include UK postage and packing. Where $ prices are given, they include postage to the USA. Discounts are generally available for orders of three books or more - contact us before submitting payment.

Inspecting books

Our books are stored in Edinburgh; they are not available for browsing, but prospective customers can arrange a visit to see specific titles. Books can also be brought to potential customers in central Scotland.

Mainstream books

Our mainstream titles are not accessible on this website; they can be found on our Abebooks website.

Who we are

Arbery Books is run by writer Martin Foreman, with assistance from his partner. Martin's published work includes novels (Weekend and The Butterfly's Wing) and collections of short stories (A Sense of Loss and First and Fiftieth). In the 1980s he was a literary critic for Gay News (UK) and the New York Native. Between 1986 and 2006 he wrote extensively on the sociological causes and consequences of the global HIV epidemic, with a particular focus on male sexuality. His writing currently focuses .

Martin's current writing focus is theatre. He has had critically successful productions in London and Edinburgh in 2013 and 2014. Selections of his writing can be seen on




Arbery Books also sells secondhand and rare mainstream titles.

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