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…

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

ELLIOT, Daniel Giraud.The New And Heretofore Unfigured Species Of The Birds Of North America. [1866]-1869.

ELLIOT, Daniel Giraud.

The new and heretofore unfigured species of the birds of North America. [1866]-1869.

The finest ornithological work published in the United States, by the finest bird artist in…

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…

DUPERREY, Louise-Isidore.Voyage Autour Du Monde, éxécuté Par Ordre Du Roi. Sur La Corvette… La Coquille, Pendant Les Années 1822, 1823, 1824 Et 1825 … Histoire Du Voyage.1826.

DUPERREY, Louise-Isidore.

Voyage autour du monde, éxécuté par ordre du Roi. sur la Corvette… La Coquille, pendant les années 1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825 … histoire du voyage.1826.

The finely coloured atlas of the rarest and most beautiful of the grand voyages.Born in…

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…

AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste.Histoire Naturelle Des Singes Et Des Makis. An Huitieme [1800].

AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste.

Histoire naturelle des singes et des makis. An Huitieme [1800].

A fine fresh large paper copy in a handsome contemporary binding by Bozerian, of the…

JOHNSON, Samuel.A Dictionary Of The English Language: In Which The Words Are Deduced From Their Originals, And Illustrated In Their Different Significations By Examples From The Best Writers. To Which Are Prefixed, A History Of The Language, And An English Grammar.1755.

JOHNSON, Samuel.

A dictionary of the English language: in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers. To which are prefixed, a history of the language, and an English grammar.1755.

A fine example of the first edition of the most famous English dictionary, praised by…

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