Vintage book subscriptions and bookish gifts

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Last updated on 08 Sep, 2022

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Prudence and the Crow

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Prudence and the Crow


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5 out of 5 stars


"Display your love of your favourite author on your fridge (or dishwasher or other magnetic surface)!\n\nChoose from:\n\na) Oscar Wilde\nb) Charles Dickens\nc) Virginia Woolf\nd) Agatha Christie\ne) Everyone"
"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need ... someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, ... enough to eat, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing. \n\nThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome."
"P G Wodehouse's Carry On Jeeves. First edition. Fourth printing completing 52,230 copies. Undated but from 1925. Green canvas board with black detailing. Highly aesthetic pictorial cover and amazing pegasus logo on the back. A very rare find."
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About prudenceandthecrow

Sales 111
On Etsy since 2017

The Vintage Book Subscription Service.

We are Prudence and the Crow, otherwise known as Abigail Shaw and Peggy Seymour, both from London. We love books. Hoorah!

We have been working together online for over twenty years and believe wholeheartedly in the power of the Internets to enable the greatest geekery and most joyful post.

We wanted a bespoke subscription service that would send us an amazing vintage paperback book every month along with added fun and surprises. There wasn't one so we made one.

Our aim is to share our love of the content and aesthetic of previously loved paperback books with likeminded people from all over the world. We source hundreds of books each month for our subscribers, personally matching books to people based on their individual preferences. We have helped thousands of readers find their next perfect book and saved thousands of books from being ignored or needlessly discarded.

Starting on the 13th of every month we send out exciting book boxes to our wonderful subscribers containing a hand-selected vintage paperback book, a handmade book bag, a library card to catalogue their growing collection and added surprises!

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  • Prudence

    Resident Bear

    Meet our namesake! Prudence the bear has been keeping a watchful eye over our business since its very beginning in 2013.

  • The Crow


    Elusive as always, you'll find Crow somewhere underneath this hat.

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    London, England

    Hullabaloo Prints is a tiny Printmakers and Graphic Design studio based near a bend in the River Thames in South West London.

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Last updated on 10 Dec, 2021


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Last updated on 18 May, 2022

Frequently asked questions

When can I sign up for your book subscription?

You can sign up at any time but in order to receive the current month's box you must sign up by midnight on the 13th of that month or your subscription will start the following month.

When can I expect my book subscription box?

We ship out boxes once a month like a magazine subscription. Boxes start to go into the post on the 13th of every month. Dispatch lasts for about a week (there are a lot of you!) and we use Royal Mail.

Once sent, UK subscribers can expect their box within 1-10 days. Please note: our boxes do NOT have tracking numbers.

I want to sign up for a continuous subscription. How can I do that?

For continuous subscriptions and subscriptions lasting more than one month, please visit our website at

What kind of condition are your books in?

Our books are vintage. This means they are at least 20 years old (in most cases) and have been pre-loved. We won't send you anything that's completely falling apart but we do think old books are beautiful so please bear that in mind. Have a quick search around on social media and you'll soon get a feel for what we are offering.

Can I combine an order of a book subscription box and something else from your shop?

You can purchase them at the same time but the book subscription box will be sent separately at the time stated in the listing. The rest of your order will be dispatched within 5 working days.

Will my subscription box fit through my letterbox?

Yes in most cases! And even better, there's no need to sign for it! Simply go about your daily business, and return home to find your exciting post waiting happily for you on your doormat! Or, wherever your postbox leads to. The box doesn't automatically go for doormats unless gravity leads it that way.

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