An international reputation

The team at Shapero Rare Books has over 100 years’ collective experience in rare books, particularly travel, natural history and Russian materials.  It has been involved in advising, building and de-accessioning important collections.

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Rare Books & Works on Paper

Our stock is in Mayfair (the gallery is open from 9:30 to 18:30 Mondays to Fridays) and, if you are looking for something really special and important that we don’t have; we’d be delighted to advise you on your interests and evaluate your collection.

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Modern & contemporary prints

In 2014 we launched Shapero Modern; our modern and contemporary prints department in the gallery at 32 St. George Street.  We hold 4-5 exhibitions throughout the year focussing on topical themes in our collection.

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Jean Theodore Descourtilz

Jean Theodore Descourtilz

Descourtilz worked for the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro. He was the son of French adventurer, botanist and naturalist Michel Etienne Descourtilz. The only other work that Descourtilz was…

Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!

Ideas, ideas, ideas!

Ideas, Ideas, Ideas. So many of them around, not always that great, but we are just putting the finishing touches to our new catalogue on the History of Ideas and…

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Recent Acquisitions

ОРУЭЛЛ, Джордж [George ORWELL].1984. Russia & Eastern Europe

ОРУЭЛЛ, Джордж [George ORWELL].

1984. Russia & Eastern Europe

A fine example of this Russian edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four produced in Italy by the…

Collection Of Watercolours –Russia And Central Asia. [c. 1820].

Collection of Watercolours –

Russia and Central Asia. [c. 1820].

Fine collection of thirty eight watercolours showing scenes from everyday life in the Russian Empire…

ТУРГЕНЕВ, Иван и Владимир КОНАШЕВИЧ (художник) [TURGENEV, Ivan And Vladimir KONASHEVICH (artist)].Первая любовь [First Love]. 1923.

ТУРГЕНЕВ, Иван и Владимир КОНАШЕВИЧ (художник) [TURGENEV, Ivan and Vladimir KONASHEVICH (artist)].

Первая любовь [First Love]. 1923.

Lovely fragile edition of this love story illustrated by the famous Russian artist and a…

КАРАЗИН, Hиколай Hиколаевич. [KARAZIN, Nikolay Nikolaevich].Мои сказки [My Tales]. 1895.

КАРАЗИН, Hиколай Hиколаевич. [KARAZIN, Nikolay Nikolaevich].

Мои сказки [My Tales]. 1895.

Fine example of this popular work, with a very decorative publisher's cloth binding and Karazin's…

BURTON, Richard Francis.[Arabian Nights] A Plain And Literal Translation Of The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, Now Entitled The Book Of A Thousand Nights And A Night, With Introduction Explanatory Notes On The Manners And Customs Of Moslem Men And A Terminal Essay Upon The History Of The Nights.n.d. Circa 1903-1904.

BURTON, Richard Francis.

[Arabian Nights] A plain and literal translation of the Arabian Nights’ entertainments, now entitled The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, with introduction explanatory notes on the manners and customs of Moslem men and a terminal essay upon the history of The Nights.n.d. circa 1903-1904.

Description Illustrated Benares edition, limited to 1000 sets. 17 volumes, 8vo., title pages in red…

BAEDEKER, Karl.Spanien Und Portugal 1897.


Spanien und Portugal 1897.

A rare first edition. This title was one of the later editions published by Baedeker.The…

Meet the Experts

Angus Robb

Angus Robb

Contemporary Literature
Bernard Shapero

Bernard Shapero

CEO, Shapero Rare Books
Julian Mackenzie

Julian Mackenzie

Head of the Travel Department
Lucinda Boyle

Lucinda Boyle

Travel Specialist & Shop Manager
Pierre-Yves Guillemet

Pierre-Yves Guillemet

Director, Shapero Rare Books
Sue Prigmore

Sue Prigmore

Antique Prints
Tabitha Philpott-Kent

Tabitha Philpott-Kent

Shapero Modern
Yulia Fedorenko

Yulia Fedorenko

Russian Department