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

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…

POWELL-COTTON, Percy Horace Gordon.A Sporting Trip Through Abyssinia A Narrative Of A Nine Months’ Journey From The Plains Of The Hawash To The Snows Of Simien, With A Description Of The Game, From Elephant To Ibex, And Notes On The Manners And Customs Of The Natives.1902

POWELL-COTTON, Percy Horace Gordon.

A sporting trip through Abyssinia a narrative of a nine months’ journey from the plains of the Hawash to the snows of Simien, with a description of the game, from elephant to ibex, and notes on the manners and customs of the natives.1902

"Excellent narrative of sport and exploration in the Abyssinian hinterland." (Czech). Description First edition. 8vo.,…

COOK, James.[Three Voyages Round The World]. 1773-1777-1784.

COOK, James.

[Three Voyages round the World]. 1773-1777-1784.

A complete set of Captain Cook's great voyages, all first editions. Complete with Death of…

MAYER, Luigi.Padiglioni Del G. Vizir Nel Centro Del Campo Turco Posto Nelli Piani Di Daud Pascha. [c.1800]

MAYER, Luigi.

Padiglioni del G. Vizir nel centro del campo turco posto nelli piani di daud pascha. [c.1800]

Attractive original watercolour by Luigi Mayer depicting the pavilion of the Grand Vizir in the…

SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann.Liber Chronicarum, Cum Figuris Et Ymaginibus Ab Inicio Mundi. 12 June, 1493.

SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann.

Liber Chronicarum, cum figuris et ymaginibus ab inicio mundi. 12 June, 1493.

A particularly tall well-margined copy of the first edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle in Latin,…

STANLEY, Henry Morton.Through The Dark Continent Or The Sources Of The Nile Around The Great Lakes Of Equatorial Africa And Down The Livingstone River To The Atlantic Ocean.1878.

STANLEY, Henry Morton.

Through the Dark Continent or the sources of the Nile around the great lakes of equatorial Africa and down the Livingstone River to the Atlantic Ocean.1878.

The story of the Anglo-American expedition to Central Africa, commanded by Stanley and undertaken between…

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