About Us

John Edmondson in the Acanthophyllum bookstore

About Acanthophyllum Books

We specialise in second-hand and antiquarian books on: Botanical Art, Botany, Ecology, Gardens, Geology, Natural History, Science, Travel and Zoology.


We also have a more general stock: Agriculture, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Biographies, Conservation, Equestrian, Genetics, History, Horticulture, Topography and Transport.


We can offer a range of maps and travel guides, including Ordnance Survey maps, together with town plans and geological maps. We have a good selection of Field Guides for various natural history topics, as well as Bird Faunas and Monographs.


If you are looking for a hard-to-find, out of print or antiquarian title, we will be happy to search for you - no obligation. You can register a "want" on this web site.


Our Book stores are open by appointment. We regularly exhibit at Premier Book Fairs organised by the Provincial Booksellers' Fairs Assocation (PBFA) at York, Dublin, Oxford and Cambridge together with smaller fairs in northern England and north Wales and the Graiguenamanagh book festival in Ireland. Due to current restrictions we won't be attending fairs this autumn with the possible exception of Dublin (10-11 October) and Edinburgh (27-28 November). Visit the PBFA web site for the latest information: www.pbfa.org


Office address: Long Chase Farm, Sundawn Avenue, Holywell, Flintshire, UK. tel. +44 (0)775 858 3706.


Our Name and Location

Acanthophyllum Books takes its name from a group of south-west Asian plants "haunting high hot rocks from the Caucasus to Persia" (in the words of Reginald Farrer). It can also be interpreted as a play on the words 'acantho-' (spine) and 'phyll-' (leaf).


Holywell is named for a spring of water with miraculous properties, having helped to reattach the decapitated head of a wronged maiden (or so it is believed).