Unsworths Booksellers at 12 Bloomsbury St - if you're ever in London, this is *THE* bookstore to check out!
I wandered in, rather by accident, a few days ago - was heading back from the British Museum when I lost my way and pulled into the nearest shop to escape the cold. (I'm sure the Canadians here will be laughing at what I call cold weather, but after Mauritius, English winter is **freezing**.)
You can imagine my delight when I was greeted with signs pointing out the Classics sections - not just the fact that they HAD a Classics section, but the signs were written in Latin and ancient Greek!
They stock the widest range of classical books I've seen outside an Oxford library: new publications (texts and scholarly materials), older secondhand books (not necessarily cheap, but reasonably-priced), and downstairs they have old
stuff (as in, centuries-old rare and valuable books).
Speaking of which
I fell in love with this gorgeous 3-volume set of Pindar's poems - small
books that could easily fit in your pocket - bound in blue-green embossed leather with gilded page-edges, published in 1754 and selling for about £900 (roughly US $1700)...
As far as purchases I actually
made... for the most part, just texts which I needed for my course: Xenophon's Memorabilia
(Teubner editions) and a few Aristophanian comedies (assorted editions). But at least I know where to go now, when I come back to London for university....