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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William Beckford: Aesthete And Book Collector

William Beckford: Aesthete and Book Collector

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

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…

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…

[MACPHERSON, Robert].[Relief Of Triumph Of Titus, Roman Forum]. [c.1880].

[MACPHERSON, Robert].

[Relief of Triumph of Titus, Roman Forum]. [c.1880].

Description Albumen print. Good rich tones and in good condition. Slight sunning in the margins., published [c.1880].…

ШИЛЬДЕР, Николай Карлович. [SHILDER, Nikolay Karlovich].Император Николай I. [Emperor Nikolas I].1903.

ШИЛЬДЕР, Николай Карлович. [SHILDER, Nikolay Karlovich].

Император Николай I. [Emperor Nikolas I].1903.

Complete set in the most desirable version of the publisher's binding with large gilt crowns…

ШИЛЬДЕР, Николай Карлович. [SHILDER, Nikolay Karlovich.]Император Александр I. [Emperor Alexander I].1904 – 1905.

ШИЛЬДЕР, Николай Карлович. [SHILDER, Nikolay Karlovich.]

Император Александр I. [Emperor Alexander I].1904 – 1905.

Complete set of this monumental work in most desirable version of the publisher's binding with…

СУВОРИН, А.С. и С. Соломко (художник) [SUVORIN, A.S. And S. SOLOMKO (artist)]Царь Дмитрий Самозванец и Царевна Ксения [The Tsar False Dmitriy And Tsarina Kseniya].1904.

СУВОРИН, А.С. и С. Соломко (художник) [SUVORIN, A.S. and S. SOLOMKO (artist)]

Царь Дмитрий Самозванец и Царевна Ксения [The Tsar False Dmitriy and Tsarina Kseniya].1904.

A beautiful example of this historical drama in luxurious half morocco binding by Shnel. Aleksey…

КОЛОКОЛЬЦОВ, Константин Васильевич [KOLOKOLTSOV, Konstantin Vasilievich].Хор любителей духовой музыки, состоящий под августейшим государя императора покровительством: Очерк 1858-1897. [The Choir Of The Wind Music Lovers Under The Auspices Of The Emperor: 1858-1897].1897.

КОЛОКОЛЬЦОВ, Константин Васильевич [KOLOKOLTSOV, Konstantin Vasilievich].

Хор любителей духовой музыки, состоящий под августейшим государя императора покровительством: Очерк 1858-1897. [The choir of the wind music lovers under the auspices of the Emperor: 1858-1897].1897.

The "wind music lovers club", originally called "Tsarevich Alexander Alexandrovich's chorus", was founded in November…

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