about quinto

DRAWING ON DECADES OF EXPERIENCE AT THE HEART OF THE LONDON BOOK TRADE.

Quinto may now only exist as an online bookshop, but we are proud of our history as a renowned second hand bookshop on the world-famous Charing Cross Road in central London.

Quinto was established in 1983 on 48a Charing Cross Road by Hay Cinema Bookshop Ltd. when it took over from E. Joseph, one of the first booksellers on the street. Quinto soon became famous for the long queues outside when they had their monthly ‘changeover’. Over the years they built up a loyal customer base.

 In 2010 Quinto and their next door neighbours, antiquarian booksellers Francis Edwards, a London business founded in 1855 and already under the same ownership, moved to their joint new premises a few doors away at 72 Charing Cross Road.

In March 2020, following the sudden impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic, and amidst increasing challenges to the second hand book trade, it was decided not to renew the lease on the shop on Charing Cross Road and Quinto Bookshop moved online.

Francis Edwards continues to trade at Hay Cinema Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, specialising in rare and antiquarian books. They also exhibit at book fairs and issue regular catalogues.

Quinto only sells on the internet for the time being, continuing a long tradition of selling quality second hand and collectable books. Quinto is run by a book lover with a particular interest in music, art and foreign literature, who worked at the Charing Cross Road premises for almost two decades and for many years ran the shop on 72 Charing Cross Road.