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John Randall (Books of Asia)
Antiquarian, rare and out-of-print books on the Islamic World, Central Asia & Tibet, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, China & Japan. Reference books on Asian and Oriental art
John Randall travelled extensively in Asia before studying the region in more detail at the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS).
His first jobs in bookselling - both in retail and publishing - were in England and Australia, but his career as an independent bookseller began in London’s Portobello Road market in the late 1970's.
John opened his own bookshop in Pimlico in 1982. 'Books of Asia' specialized in antiquarian and academic books on the Islamic World, India, Central and Southeast Asia, with a strong emphasis on the peoples and cultures of the region.
In 2001, John closed his shop to focus on building libraries and collections in his area of expertise. Since then he has bought and sold important items on all aspects of Asia, including China and Japan, as well as major collections on such diverse subjects as the mapping of India, the growth of the nationalist movements in Southeast Asia, and the archaeological discovery of Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic cultures in Asia.
Currently working on major collections on Burma and Indian archaeology, John is based in central London and East Sussex (where he houses a stock of more than 50,000 volumes), but continues to travel in pursuit of interests old and new.