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…

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A Selection from Masterpiece London

LOUDON, Jane.The Ladies’ Flower-Garden [comprising] Ornamental Annuals; Ornamental Perennials (2 Volumes); Ornamental Bulbous Plants; Ornamental Greenhouse Plants; British Wild Flowers.1834-1849.

LOUDON, Jane.

The Ladies’ Flower-Garden [comprising] ornamental annuals; ornamental perennials (2 volumes); ornamental bulbous plants; ornamental greenhouse plants; British wild flowers.1834-1849.

An ttractive set including two first editions of Loudon's popular botanical works, containing a wealth…

STRAND, Paul.Wall Street. 1916.

STRAND, Paul.

Wall Street. 1916.

An iconic image of Wall Street and a turning point in modern photography.Wall Street depicts…

FORBIN, M. Le Comte De.Voyage Dans Le Levant. 1819.

FORBIN, M. Le Comte de.

Voyage dans le Levant. 1819.

One of the first important French books to use lithography on a grand scale -…

COLIN, Paul.Le Tumulte Noir. 1927.

COLIN, Paul.

Le Tumulte Noir. 1927.

Spectacular scenes from the Jazz Age.Le Tumulte Noir was designed for and sold at the…

[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…

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…

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