About Us

Meridian Rare Books trades from Deptford, London, an historic location that was the starting point for expeditions by Frobisher, Cook, Phipps, Bligh, Vancouver, and others; later, Captain Robert Scott trained here. We are close to Greenwich and the prime meridian, the site of the Royal Observatory.

Meridian Rare Books was established in 2007 by Stuart Leggatt, after nearly fifteen years’ experience in bookselling and the book trade (Henry Sotheran Ltd., Dominic Winter Book Auctions). We specialise in fine and rare books of travel, exploration, scientific voyages, and science. Our stock also includes related ephemera, manuscripts, autographs, photographs and artefacts.

The image to the right shows the grave of "Mydiddee / A Native of Tahiti / Sailed to England / with Captain William Bligh / in H.M.S. Providence / Died in Deptford 4th September 1793" - in the churchyard of St. Paul's, Deptford.