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

SEVERINI, Gino.Fleurs Et Masques: A Set Of Six Pochoir Plates. 1930.

SEVERINI, Gino.

Fleurs et Masques: a Set of Six Pochoir plates. 1930.

One of the most remarkable pochoir books. A superb depiction of Cubist still lives, harlequins…

BLAEU, Joan.Atlas Maior, Sive Cosmographia Blaviana, Qua Solum, Salum, Coelum, Accuratissime Describuntur. 1662-65.

BLAEU, Joan.

Atlas maior, sive Cosmographia Blaviana, qua solum, salum, coelum, accuratissime describuntur. 1662-65.

A beautiful example with an important provenance and vibrant hand-colouring, of "the greatest and finest…

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…

MORNAY.A Picture Of St. Petersburgh, Represented In A Collection Of Twenty Interesting Views Of The City, The Sledges, And The People. Taken On The Spot, At The Twelve Different Months Of The Year: And Accompanied With An Historical And Descriptive Account.1815.

MORNAY.

A Picture of St. Petersburgh, represented in a Collection of Twenty interesting Views of the City, the Sledges, and the People. Taken on the Spot, at the twelve different Months of the Year: and accompanied with an Historical and Descriptive Account.1815.

First edition of one of the best illustrated books on Saint-Petersburg, fully hand-coloured. The twelve…

CHAUCER, Geoffrey.The Works. 1896.

CHAUCER, Geoffrey.

The Works. 1896.

The most splendid book produced by the Kelmscott Press, and one of the finest illustrated…

DARWIN, Charles; Capt. Robert Fitzroy; Capt. Philip Parker King.Narrative Of The Surveying Voyages Of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure And Beagle, Between The Years 1826 And 1836, Describing Their Examination Of The Southern Shores Of South America, And The Beagle’s Circumnavigation Of The Globe.1839.

DARWIN, Charles; Capt. Robert Fitzroy; Capt. Philip Parker King.

Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle’s circumnavigation of the globe.1839.

An excellent example of the first edition of Darwin's first published book, also his most…

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