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.
Rare Books & Works on Paper
Our stock is in Mayfair (the gallery is open from 9:30 to 18:30 Mondays to Fridays and 11:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays) 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.
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.
Holme, C. G. (Editor) & C. W. Beaumont.
Design for the Ballet. 1937.
First edition of this richly illustrated work exploring the designs for settings and costumes for Ballet. Description Small folio. 152 pp., profusely illustrated in colour and black and white, tipped in colour plates; minor waterstain to lower corner. Publisher’s blue…£65
[RUSSIAN SEASONS] –
Official programme for “Concerts Historiques Russes”. 1907.
A fine example of this thick, richly illustrated programme for Diaghilev’s second “export campaign” of Russian art and culture to Paris. The year before he brought to Parisians, who at that time were unaware of even most famous names of…£1,250
[BAKST] – [PROGRAMME].
Serge De Diaghileff’s Ballet Russe. Souvenir. 1916.
Fine copy of this beautiful ‘souvenir’, a catalogue presenting for the first time to the American public Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe, during their 1916-17 ‘American Tour’, with photographs of some dancers (Massin in particular) and many colour plate of Bakst’s best…£850
[BALLETS RUSSES] –
Les Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilev 1909-1929. 1969.
Richly illustrated catalogue published on the occasion of Ballet Russes exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg in may – 15 September 1969. Description Octavo (22 x 14.5 cm). 331 pp, 54 plates (10 coloured), 2…£25
OPERA PRIVE DE PARIS –
Famous programme, with a great cover designed by Bilibin and profusely illustrated, for the Opera Privé de Paris production of ‘Prince Igor’ by Borodine. After the difficulties of WW1 and the split between Diaghilev and Nijinsky, Russian opera and ballet…£250
[OPERA RUSSE A PARIS] –
Programme for the second season of the Opera Russe in Paris, with a beautiful cover designed by Bilibin as well as photographs of the artists. The programme features such pieces as Borodin’s Prince Igor, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko and The Tsar’s Bride,…£250
[CHALIAPIN, Feodor] –
Programme for Chaliapin’s concert. 1929.
Illustrated programme for Chaliapin’s concert on 4 June 1929 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.It contains lyrics of all the pieces performed by Chaliapin at the famous Parisian concert hall with accompaniment by Max Rabinowitz. Among them there are pieces…£250
[BAKST, GONCHAROVA, BENOIS, PICASSO, DERAIN and others] – PROPERT, W.A.
The Russian Ballet in Western Europe, 1909-1920. 1921.
Fresh copy of this richly illustrated study, No. 151 out of 500 copies only; with fine contemporary provenance. The plates represent all main artists which contributed to the early times of the Ballets Russes – actually all main Parisian painters…£2,250
[BALLET RUSSES] –
La Revue Musicale – Les Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilew. 1930.
Fine copy of an illustrated Revue Musicale issue dedicated to the Ballets Russes, with a special tribute to Diaghilev, who had died the previous year. It contains testimonials, memories of friends and collaborators such as Gabriel Astruc, Alexandre Benois, Robert…£250
JOHNSON, A. E. and Rene BULL (illustrator).
The Russian Ballet. 1913.
A very good example of the first edition of this lovely work, with many charming illustrations. Featuring 17 important ballets from the early years of Diaghilev, and a portrait of Pavlova. Description Quarto (28 x 22.5 cm). Half-title, colour frontispiece,…£195Contemporary LiteratureCEO, Shapero Rare BooksHead of the Travel DepartmentTravel Specialist & Shop ManagerDirector, Shapero Rare BooksAntique PrintsShapero ModernRussian Department