About Us

 

Alison J Edwards  (Founder & CEO)

Alison became a joint partner in 1997, originally brought in to modernise and move the business foward in an increasingly digital and internet based world, also being one of the youngest antique book and print dealers on the scene in the late 1990's. Now with over twenty years experience in the fine art, rare book and prints trade, Alison specialises in architectural books and more specifically fine works of art on paper covering the subjects of english country houses, seats of the nobility and gentry, historic and listed buildings. Alison is also a successful garden designer, specialising in historical and formal garden management, topiary and roses.           

 

Trevor Rostron  1938 - 2017  (Founder)

Trevor began dealing in antique books and rare prints in the 1970's, with a particular interest and passion for fine colour plate books. He was a prominent figure in the London sale rooms for over forty years. Establishing Rostron & Edwards with Alison in 1997, Trevor continued to specialise in colour plate books along side topographical and architectural pieces. Trevor retired from the business in 2008 but was still actively involved until he passed away in 2017.

 

Rostron & Edwards

We specialise in fine antique books and prints on historical and listed buildings, important collections of seats of the nobilty and gentry and very early original issues of Country Life magazine.

Supplying national institutions such as The National Trust, English Heritage, museums and private owners of many of the finest country houses and listed buildings in the UK and overseas, with early original issues of Country Life magazine featuring their homes and properties.

Country Life magazine commenced publication in 1897, the weekly issues contain a detailed and illustrated main article on a country house / historical building and offer a fascinating record of the interior, exterior, decór, furniture, gardens and alterations over the past 120 years or more. These early original issues have become sought after, not only to the owners of the properties that featured but to architects, restorers, historians and collectors. On realising a demand for these, we have catalogued and are now able to offer these original issues here on our website.

We also specialise in fine original antique prints of historical and listed buildings, country houses, castles and mansions from 1686-1930, including rare original hand coloured aquatints, lithographs, engravings, woodcuts, sectional plans and photographs.

 

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