The Classics Bookshop

Classics Bookshop Information


If you cannot find what you are looking for please ask ! There are thousands of books still in reserve because ongoing acquisitions make it impossible to keep the book lists completely up-to-date.



Payment may be made by cheque, cash or postal order, Visa and MasterCard or Paypal (using To pay by credit/debit card, please call The Classics Bookshop on one of the numbers given below.

If paying within the UK, direct bank transfer may also be made to our National Westminster Bank account, details of which will be forwarded on request.

If you are buying from overseas and would like to make a bank transfer we will send you our IBAN / SWIFT payment code on request, although be warned that the costs of these transactions are onerous on both seller and buyer.



If you cannot find a title you are looking for in the "Loebs and Texts" section of the website catalogue, please send us an e-mail and we'll perform a search. We have extensive stocks of (particularly) Loeb but also some OCT editions in stock which are not yet catalogued.



Personal callers are welcome to visit the Bookstore by prior arrangement, but we will not be able to open to visitors until March this year on account of the move.



Classics Bookshop Membership enables you to view new classics book stock in advance, and without trawling through the whole site. It also makes ordering books slightly easier. From time to time all books listed as Specials within the Members section of the website will offered at a discount, available to Members only. If you wish to be added to the Members list please send us a mailing address (postal) as well as your e-mail address. We will send you a password which you will need to use, with your e-mail address, in order to log in.



The Classics Bookshop was opened in 1975 by Anne and Philip Powell-Jones in Hay-on-Wye.

In 1982 the bookshop moved to Oxford, where their premises, initially on the High Street and subsequently in Turl Street, will still be remembered by many. After 20 years in Oxford they moved the business to Burford, dealing solely through their website and by mail order.

On Anne’s retirement at the end of 2015 the business was acquired by Martyn Shorrock, who will continue trading through the website and by mail order from premises based in Cleobury Mortimer in South Shropshire. Visitors to the area are welcome to come and browse in the Book Room, which is situated in the centre of the village, although this will require prior arrangement as opening hours are not fixed.

We specialise exclusively in Latin and Greek Classics and the Ancient Classical World in all its aspects.

Any queries or requests are always welcome, and we will do our best to help.

N.B. Please note that the new e-mail address for the Bookshop is