Africana Books and Database

Africana Books. Peter Ayre’s Books
Greenham Hall, Greenham,
Wellington, UK. TA21 OJJ

O1823 672603

Peter also created a database of names of Europeans who lived in East Africa prior to 1939.

Christine Nicholls has done stalwart work to help get this on a website for researchers to access. It is still in the early stages, and the photographs have not yet been added, but I am most grateful to Christine for all she has done to make this happen.

The Database of names.

The Story behind this collection of books.
Peter Ayre lived and worked in Kenya for nearly 7 years. On his return to UK 45 years ago, he became an avid collector of books on East Africa, his passion lead him to start dealing in Africana books.
There are over 3500 books in the collection, and I am starting to list them online in the hope that I can find good homes for them with people who were as passionate about the history of the country as he was.
The topics range from early books, mainly written by missionaries and explorers, going onto political and administration reports. There are books by hunters, settlers, game rangers, medics, hoteliers and endless other topics including fiction and poetry, newspapers, and bound reports.  Some only a few pages long, others running to several volumes, some are just reading copies, while others are fine signed first editions. Each is priced according to rarity, and condition and how much he paid for the book at the time.

Since Peter Ayre passed away in June 2018, and I have taken over and I am slowly learning my way round his stock system, and am relying on the descriptions he had made for the books he held in stock. I am more than happy to attempt to provide more detail if you require it, or send photos on request. I would also be happy for you to pass it on to anyone you feel may be interested.

I will have new lists coming out soon, please sign up to receive notification of their coming on line.

My first selection of books consists of  in interesting selection of books printed prior to 1900. Age has not been kind to some, so do please read the descriptions carefully.

If you are interested in any of them, please note the reference number especially if more than one is listed.

I will deal with orders in the order I receive them.

Post and packing will be quoted depending on size, weight and destination and choice of service. Payment can be made on receipt of invoice by Paypal or direct to the bank.

Caro Ayre   Email me at

The lists……

Hunting, game rangers and African adventures

Military and other matters.

Books published before 1900

Books EA 1900-1929

Books EA 1930-1984

You could also check out a comprehensive list that is on ABE (Antiquarian Book Exchange) on amazon,  If you find the book there you can either order it from them, or contact me and pay direct by paypal.

Peter’s books on ABE

Listings are made up as follows:-

Author, title, publisher, country, date, edition, size, weight, page numbers, Frontis, maps, binding description, comments, condition, ref number, and price.

If anyone has any particular book that they are looking for, do let me know, I have approximately 2,500 Africana books in stock.