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

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


[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].…

PIRANESI, Giambattista.Spaccato Interno Della Basilica Di S. Paolo Fuori Della Mura. C.1790].

PIRANESI, Giambattista.

Spaccato interno della Basilica di S. Paolo fuori della Mura. c.1790].

From the "Veduta di Roma", posthumous Rome edition. Description Etching with drypoint., published c.1790]. Bibliography Stock ID:…

PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.Veduta Interna Dell’antico Tempio Di Bacco. C.1790].

PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.

Veduta interna dell’antico Tempio di Bacco. c.1790].

For the "Veduta di Roma", posthumous Rome edition. Description Etching with drypoint., published c.1790]. Bibliography Stock ID:…

SHORT, Richard; J. Mynde [engraver].Pair Of Spanish Ships. 1748

SHORT, Richard; J. Mynde [engraver].

Pair of Spanish ships. 1748

Richard Short (?-1702) was a naval officer and topographical draughtsman in the GB Royal Navy.…

TOLSTOI, Leon And Edy LEGRAND (artist).La Guerre Et La Paix. 1960

TOLSTOI, Leon and Edy LEGRAND (artist).

La Guerre et la paix. 1960

Excellent copy of this famous and attractive production: copy numbered 10226 from the 10 250…

GUERRY, André-Michel.Statistique Morale De L’Angleterre Comparée Avec La Statistique Morale De La France. 1864.

GUERRY, André-Michel.

Statistique morale de l’Angleterre comparée avec la statistique morale de la France. 1864.

Rare, original edition of one of the first works on criminological statistics. André-Michel Guerry (1802…

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