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In 1995 Vicky and Bill Stewart, a corporate VP and a lapsed high school English teacher, opened Vamp & Tramp in Birmingham's historic Pepper Place, selling 20th -century literary and mystery first editions — and they didn’t know that artists’ book existed. Through wondrous serendipity, they stumbled onto Ron King’s Circle Press edition of Antony and Cleopatra, and into the world of contemporary fine press and artists’ books.

Vicky and Bill spent almost twenty years on the road visiting libraries, museums, and other institutions, educating and connecting book artists and acquisitions; and placing artwork with special collections across the globe.

In 2013, Bill and Vicky were joined by their nibling, Lindsay Garrett, who began building the shop an online presence ( @vampandtramp), which became a crucial tool for maintaining connections through the pandemic.

Currently the bookshop is tucked away in Hoover, and most sales are done online, through Zoom presentations with classes, librarians, and collectors.

We accept walk-ins by appointment Monday-Friday 9am -3pm CST

205-824-2300.

ABOUT US

We love books that haunt and comfort us. That’s what we’ll try to have for each of you.

- Vicky & Bill Stewart

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We love books that haunt and comfort us. That’s what we’ll try to have for each of you.

- Vicky & Bill Stewart

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