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 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.

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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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William Beckford: Aesthete And Book Collector

William Beckford: Aesthete and Book Collector

In the first of our series on great collectors of rare books, we introduce William Beckford.  His grandfather — Peter Beckford — prospered magnificently from the West Indian trade in…

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A Selection from Masterpiece London

NORTH, Roger.A Treatise On Fish And Fish-ponds. [1832].

NORTH, Roger.

A Treatise on Fish and Fish-ponds. [1832].

Classic work on edible specimens, with "magnificent hand-coloured plates, amongst the finest published illustrations of…

DESCOURTILZ, Jean Theodore.Ornithologie Brésilienne Ou Histoire Des Oiseaux Du Brésil, Remarquables Par Leur Plumage, Leur Chant Ou Leurs Habitudes.1854.

DESCOURTILZ, Jean Theodore.

Ornithologie Brésilienne ou histoire des oiseaux du Brésil, remarquables par leur plumage, leur chant ou leurs habitudes.1854.

"The rare first edition of a very important fundamental systematic treatise" (Wood). A fine example…

SEVERINI, Gino.Fleurs Et Masques: A Set Of Six Pochoir Plates. 1930.

SEVERINI, Gino.

Fleurs et Masques: a Set of Six Pochoir plates. 1930.

One of the most remarkable pochoir books. A superb depiction of Cubist still lives, harlequins…

FURBER, Robert.Twelve Months Of Flowers. 1730-32].

FURBER, Robert.

Twelve months of flowers. 1730-32].

The most magnificent of nurserymen's catalogues.In the early eighteenth century, the most important trade association…

HOLBEIN, Hans.Imitations Of Original Drawings […] In The Collection Of His Majesty, For The Portraits Of Illustrious Persons Of The Court Of Henry VIII. With Biographical Tracts.1792-[1800].

HOLBEIN, Hans.

Imitations of original drawings […] in the collection of his Majesty, for the portraits of illustrious persons of the court of Henry VIII. With biographical tracts.1792-[1800].

A Renaissance masterpiece with iconic portraits which bring the Tudor court alive."This magnificent work is…

AMUNDSEN, Roald.The South Pole. An Account Of The Norwegian Antarctic Expedition In The “Fram”, 1910-1912.1912.

AMUNDSEN, Roald.

The South Pole. An account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the “Fram”, 1910-1912.1912.

A superb copy of a cornerstone of Antarctic exploration; the account of the first expedition…

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