'thoughtful' - Samuel Johnson's dictionary definition of 1784:
contemplative, full of reflection, attentive careful
'On these he mused within his thoughtful mind'
John Dryden
                                                                                             English poet & playwright 1631-1700

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We have been trading in downland Sussex for over 25 years, having opened our first bookshop on the south coast near Brighton in 1980. We went on to run two quaint bookshops in the beautiful Cathedral city of Chichester until May 2004. The last one called Canon Gate Bookshop was situated near the historic gateway of the same name (illustrated here), which leads into the cathedral precincts.

We have always endeavoured to maintain fairness and courtesy in our business dealings - and we believe that the principles of careful presentation and accurate description of stock are as important when selling to customers worldwide on the internet as we considered they were when welcoming visitors to our bookshops.

Although we have always been general booksellers, our main subjects of interest are Christian spirituality and comparative religion. We are also particularly drawn to books on India, Tibet and Eastern travel generally. We have in stock a considerable quantity of books on other subjects too - with an emphasis on history.

For many years we were members of the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association, one of the UKs leading associations for the second-hand and antiquarian book-trade and we continue to abide by the PBFA's high standards of trading practice, although we no longer trade at book fairs and have accordingly recently retired as members.

To see our collection of books & to purchase please go to:-  www.abebooks.com


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