James has been dealing in rare books since 1991 when, aged 16, he attended bookfairs with his father. He founded Lucius Books in 1993 and consolidated his various careers (restaurateur, artist, print media distribution operative) into full time bookselling the following year. In 2014 he was appointed to rare books expert at BBC Radio York where he continues to offer biblio advice on a quarterly live phone-in.
In 2010, Monica graduated in Literature and Foreign Languages from Urbino University (Italy) with English and German literature as main subjects. Her final dissertation was on Shakespeare and his works. Monica’s interests include Italian and English literature. She moved to York in 2010 and joined Lucius Books in 2011.
Monica manages our Micklegate shop when not globetrotting to assist you (and James) at the many bookfairs we attend each year.
Poppy fell in love with books as a child when she found that each book can be a doorway to another world, which eventually led to her completing a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield. Her particular areas of interest are children’s books, fairy tales, and illustration.
Sky completed a PhD in History at the University of York, with a thesis exploring the history of vegetarianism and its connections to larger political ideas and movements. After many years of book collecting, he joined Lucius Books in 2019. Sky’s areas of interest include the history of ideas, radicalism, and natural history.
James Allen has been a bookseller for three decades. He founded Red Snapper Books, of Cecil Court in London, and is now based in Antwerp, Belgium. He has been a consultant to Lucius for five years, specialising in photography, fashion, counterculture and beat- both sorts.