Country Life Banner

Country Life Magazine

Original early issues of Country Life magazine from 1897 to post-war

Find out more

Architects in Country Life

Architects in Country Life

Country houses by Inigo Jones,  John Nash, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Oliver Hill, Guy Dawber, Norman Shaw, Serge Chermayeff and others



Rare Antique Prints

Fine antique lithographs, engravings and woodblock prints from 1686-1900


Antique Aquatints

Fine Aquatints

Fine original hand coloured aquatints of english country houses 1793-1828

Find Out More

Photographs and Plans

Photographs & Plans

Antique images and sectional plans of architectural features including plasterwork, mouldings and panelling



Antique Engraved Prints

Including views by Johannes Kip, Paul Sandby, Michael Burghers & John Preston Neale


About Us

Established in 1997, Rostron & Edwards began supplying early Country Life magazines to owners of country houses and historic buildings world-wide. 

Our clientele include national institutions such as English Heritage, The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, V&A Musuem, The Wallace Collection and private owners and occupiers of many of the finest historic buildings in the world. Our customers also include SDTA Productions for film sets and television production companies. 

For over twenty five years we have specialised in rare antiquarian books and fine works of art on paper, predominantly on British architecture, country houses and historic and listed buildings.  

Our archives include one of the largest collections of early Country Life magazine in the UK and we supply original issues from the first year of publication in 1897 to present day. These issues have become valuable historical records for restorers, historians, property owners and collectors.

Find out more


"Many thanks, we recently bought the house and had been looking for the articles that featured in Country Life before the war, the house was damaged by bombing and some of the photographs featuring in the magazines show details of parts of the house that are no longer. Fascinating!" 

Mrs B (London)

"Such a unique business, in a world of digital images and downloads, its a pleasure to recieve the original 'paper' issue, a work of art in itself!, thank you"

Mr W (Nottingham)

"So thrilled! we only had photocopies of the article given to us when we bought the house, wonderful to have the original magazine and great presents for family members"

 Mrs T (Cotswolds)

"So pleased with the beautiful antique engraving by Johannes Kip which shows our family seat in Gloucestershire, it now sits proudly on my office wall in London. An excellent find, thank you so much''

Mrs P (Kensington, London) 

"Absolutely delighted with the magazine - a present for my daughter who is researching and restoring the gardens"

Lady E (Suffolk)  

"What a wonderful service! Just what I was looking for and arrived within 48 hours"

Mr N. Bateson (Kent)

"Many thanks for the Country Life, we are currently restoring the plasterwork in the great hall and dining room, photographs from 1899 illustrate details that we have been unable to find anywhere else, these will be extremely useful for our project" 

E. B. Architects & Interior Designer. (London)

"Thank you for the two issues of Country Life magazine, we are currently renovating the property featured and the pictures of the interior are most useful to us"

A. M (Architect) London

"Thank you for the two antique prints illustrating my family seat in England, they are beautiful and I am delighted to add them to my collection. Please offer me anything else that you find on the house or my family"

E. C (France)

"Thank you very much for the two Country Life magazines featuring Aldenham House received today, I was married at Aldenham and these issues of Country Life from 1901 are the perfect anniversary gift for my husband"

C. M.  Buckinghamshire

"Dear Rostron & Edwards, Thank you for the two original photographs and plans of my house from 1900, we in the process of rebuilding this wing after a fire and these pictures will be very useful"

H. W.  Cornwall

"Thank you for the early issue of Country Life, I am head gardener of this property which is now a hotel and it is fascinating to see old photographs of the garden and how it has changed since 1898. I am pleased to be able to add this to my collection"

A. J. P  Hertfordshire, UK

"We have just recieved the two prints illustrating our property and we are delighted to add them to our archives, thank you for packing them up so well, they are in perfect condition and will be a valuable addition to our collection"

The National Trust.  Cornwall, UK