Established in 1903 Arthur Probsthain has a history of over a hundred years.

For many years our reputation was for vast library of books from all over the world piled high from the floor to the ceiling, from corner to corner.

Now we have a more modern look with less books but a more attractive and easy to browse selection of colourful books, music, film and gifts. We also have a gallery which has a changing display of Oriental and Afrian art.

We stock a selection of great classics and also new books which have just been published. Each country or subject is separated which makes it an enjoyable browse. At our main branch we focus on art, (painting, architecture, ceramics, etc) music, film, religion, languages, literature and culture from China, Japan, South-east Asia, The Middle East, Africa, India and South Asia. We also have a collection of interesting out of print books which you will not find elsewhere.

Are you searching for an out of print or hard to find book?

We can track it down and order it for you at the cheapest price available!!!

If your looking for the perfect present then please come in and don't hesitate to ask for any recommended purchases.

We send books all over the world from the UK to Europe and the Rest of the World. Worldwide delivery within 10 days

If you want to hold a special book launch at Probsthains, email us!

To find out more about the history of Arthur Probsthain, click here

41 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3PE (opposite the British Museum)

An art gallery with world art from unknown and undiscoverd artists

In 2007 we opened our gallery which has held a number of successful exhibitions such as Chinese Woodblock prints by Weimin He, Islamic Calligraphy by Bihnam and most recently Contemporary Ghanaian Art by Francis Amoah.

To see some of our past exhibtions please click here.


At our SOAS shop, which is only 10 mins walk away we specialise in newly published and key text books on politics, history, economics, business and development studies.

We still have a collection of thousands of out of print and second hand collectable books which can be viewed online.

This is a unique collection with many books you won't find anywhere else in the world.

Please click here to browse or buy from our stock which has been amassed since our opening in 1903.

Please email us  if you would like to display your art in our gallery.

New exhibition of Chinese Woodblock Prints

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