James has been dealing in rare books since 1991 when, aged 16, he attended bookfairs with his father. He founded Lucius Books in 1993 and consolidated his various careers (restaurateur, artist, print media distribution operative) into full time bookselling the following year. With several decades experience of collection building for private and institutional clients, international auction and bookfair participation and as the proprietor of a busy city centre bookshop, James has built Lucius Books into one of the leading dealers of rare books and manuscripts in the North of England.
In 2014 he was appointed to rare books expert at BBC Radio York where he continues to offer biblio advice on a quarterly live phone-in.
Monica graduated in literature and foreign languages from Urbino University (Italy) in 2010 with English and German literature as main subjects. Her final dissertation was on Shakespeare and his works. Moving to York in 2010, she joined Lucius Books in 2011.
Cataloguing and photography aside, Monica manages our Micklegate shop in addition to keeping order at the many bookfairs we attend each year. Her passion remains Italian and English literature.
Poppy fell in love with books as a child when she found that each book can be a doorway to another world, which eventually led to her completing a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield. Her particular areas of interest are children’s books, fairy tales, and illustration.
Sky completed a PhD in History at the University of York, with a thesis exploring the history of vegetarianism and its connections to larger political ideas and movements. After many years of book collecting, he joined Lucius Books in 2019. Sky’s areas of interest include the history of ideas, radicalism, and natural history.
After many years working as a bookseller in London, Ian is currently studying for an MA in Renaissance English Literature at the University of York. His particular interests are English poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, contemporary poetry, and the works of Samuel Beckett.
James Allen has been a bookseller for three decades. He founded Red Snapper Books, of Cecil Court in London, and is now based in Antwerp, Belgium. Our man in mainland Europe, he has been a consultant and a buyer for Lucius Books since 2013, specialising in photography, fashion, counterculture and beat - both sorts.