Whether you wish to buy or sell, or simply require advice, please call Rochdale Book Company on 01706 658 300 or 07968 140 393.


​We buy rare and second-hand books from around the UK

Rochdale Book Company specialises in rare and out of print books.

John and Sue Worthy, trading as the Rochdale Book Company, opened an antiquarian and second-hand book shop in 1972, but had to close at the end of 2005 to make way for a large roundabout. We now work from a warehouse in the adjacent town of Bury. 

We sell principally at around 30 book fairs a year and also on the internet. A small selection of our stock may be viewed online by clicking here.

We are very keen to buy good quality books on most subjects, but do not require paperbacks, book club books, text books, or modern popular publications. 
Single items of value and collections both large and small are of interest, and we are prepared to travel throughout the country for the right books. Immediate payment is offered.

The subjects of interest to us include:

  • Travel and exploration, especially Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Polar books
  • Maps and atlases
  • Good leather bindings
  • Collectable children's books
  • Local history, especially Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire and the Lake District
  • Naval and the military
  • Mountaineering
  • Railways
  • Motoring
  • Finely illustrated books
  • Science and medicine
  • Architecture
  • Industrial history
  • Natural history
  • Early printing

We regularly make home visits to purchase books throughout:

  • Lancashire
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Yorkshire
  • Cumbria
  • Manchester
  • Bury
  • Rochdale
  • Oldham
  • Tameside
  • Rossendale
  • Saddleworth
  • Preston
  • Bradford
  • Leeds
  • Sheffield
  • Chesterfield
  • Doncaster
  • Liverpool
  • And many more