Signed Books


Welcome to Hornseys, where our collection of signed books offers an extraordinary experience for bibliophiles and collectors. Our curated selection features works from literary giants and esteemed illustrators across various genres, ensuring a unique piece of literary history for every enthusiast. Each signed edition in our collection is a testament to the artistic and intellectual legacy of its creator, offering a tangible connection to their world.


Signed books hold a special allure, providing a direct link between the reader and the author or illustrator. These unique editions often include personal inscriptions, dates, and sometimes even messages that reflect the moment in which they were signed. They offer a rare glimpse into the personal world of the creators, making them highly valued by collectors and literary enthusiasts alike.


The value of signed books extends beyond their monetary worth. They carry a sense of history and personal touch that standard editions lack. Here are a few reasons why signed books are treasured:

  • Historical Significance: Signed books often mark significant events in the author’s life or career, such as book launches or literary festivals.
  • Personal Connection: A signature personalizes a book, making it a unique artifact that bridges the gap between the creator and the reader.


Here at Hornseys, we take pride in offering a distinguished selection of signed books. Here are a few notable examples from our collection:

Farmer Giles of Ham Signed and Dated by Pauline Baynes (£3,450.00)
This rare edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s whimsical tale is signed and dated by Pauline Baynes, whose illustrations have become iconic in Tolkien’s universe. Baynes’ intricate artwork brings this delightful story to life, making it a highly sought-after piece for Tolkien fans and collectors of illustrated classics.

The Saxon Chronicles: The Last Kingdom: Thirteen Volumes Complete, All Signed by the Author (£1,995.00)
Bernard Cornwell’s epic series, each volume signed by the author, immerses readers in the saga of early England. This complete set is a treasure for fans of historical fiction, reflecting Cornwell’s expert storytelling and deep historical insight.

The Naive and Sentimental Lover Signed and Inscribed by John le Carré (£1,450.00)
This signed and inscribed edition by John le Carré offers a rare and personal glimpse into the mind of the legendary espionage writer. As a distinctive piece of modern literature, it holds immense value for both literary enthusiasts and collectors of le Carré’s work.


At Hornseys, we are dedicated to offering items that uphold the highest standards of quality and authenticity. Our signed book collection is carefully curated to ensure that each edition is a valuable and authentic piece of literary history. Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Authenticity and Provenance: Every signed book is meticulously verified for authenticity, guaranteeing that you receive a genuine signature from the author or illustrator.
  • Expert Curation: We select each book with a keen eye for literary significance, condition, and rarity, ensuring a collection that is both diverse and distinguished.
  • Customer Satisfaction: We strive to provide an exceptional customer experience, from detailed descriptions and provenance to secure and prompt delivery of your purchase.


Understanding the value and rarity of these unique collectables, we ensure that every aspect of your purchase meets the highest standards of quality and service. This includes:

  • Free Expedited, Tracked, and Insured Delivery within the UK: Ensuring that your signed book arrives safely and promptly.
  • Fully-Insured Worldwide Delivery: Offering peace of mind for international collectors with reliable and secure shipping options.


Visit Hornseys today to explore our exceptional collection of signed books. Whether you are an avid collector or looking for a special gift, our selection offers something truly unique. Located in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, our Ripon gallery is a haven for book lovers and collectors. Discover the magic of literature at Hornseys, where each book is not just a story but a piece of history.