Currently located both in Brough, Cumbria (UK) and in Seix, AriŔge (FRANCE) - Valier Illustrated Books is a new venture by booksellers of long standing, and with a high reputation for the supply of good quality books.
After working for specialist academic booksellers, Bowes & Bowes, which latterly became part of the W H Smith group, Jon Atkins, together with his wife, Sue, started a small business selling second-hand books on botany and allied natural hiatory. This was to develop into a flourishing bookshop and mail order outlet known as Summerfield Books.
The business continued to grow, and in 2007 we sold Summerfield Books as a going concern in order to concentrate on developing internet business in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kewbooks.com. which we continue to manage, has become the first port of call on the internet for the purchase of books published at Kew.
An interest in book illustration, which started with a second-hand bookshop purchase of a book on King Arthur as a teenager, has stayed with Jon throughout, and it is with great pleasure that we are now in a position to build on that interest by offering for sale a range of fine illustrated books via the current website.