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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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…

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…

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A Selection from Masterpiece London

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…

MAYER, Luigi.Veduta Della Citta Di Constantinopoli Dalla Sette Torri Fino Al Principio Del Serraglio Presa Dalla Punta Di Calcedonia Nel’AsiaCirca 1800.

MAYER, Luigi.

Veduta della Citta di Constantinopoli dalla sette torri fino al principio del Serraglio presa dalla punta di Calcedonia nel’AsiaCirca 1800.

A fine view of Constantinople.In the foreground two men sit talking on the bank of…

[PORCELAIN] – MARTEL, Georges.Desvres Porcelain Designs. Circa 1900.

[PORCELAIN] – MARTEL, Georges.

Desvres Porcelain designs. Circa 1900.

A lovely pair of uncommon original watercolours of porcelain services.Desvres, situated in the north of…

BARBIER, Georges.Falbalas & Fanfreluches: A Set Of Six Pochoir Fashion Plates. 1923-1926.

BARBIER, Georges.

Falbalas & Fanfreluches: A Set of Six Pochoir Fashion Plates. 1923-1926.

An exquisite series displaying fashion in magnificent and imaginative illustrations by George Barbier the noted…

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…

БЕКЕТОВ, Платон (издатель). [Platon BEKETOV (editor)].Описание в лицах торжества, происходившаго в 1626 году Февраля 5, при Бракосочетании Государя Царя […] Михаила Феодоровича с Государынею Царицею Евдокиею Лукьяновною из рода Стрешневых. [Description [of The] Wedding Ceremony Between Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich And Tsarina Evdokiya Lukiyanovnaya Streshneva].1810.

БЕКЕТОВ, Платон (издатель). [Platon BEKETOV (editor)].

Описание в лицах торжества, происходившаго в 1626 году Февраля 5, при Бракосочетании Государя Царя […] Михаила Феодоровича с Государынею Царицею Евдокиею Лукьяновною из рода Стрешневых. [Description [of the] Wedding Ceremony between Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich and Tsarina Evdokiya Lukiyanovnaya Streshneva].1810.

One of the most celebrated productions of Beketov's remarkable historical and scholarly effort. A fine…

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