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.
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.
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.
Field Sports]. 1829.
Rare miniaturised scenes, each plate forming an entire narrative on ‘Shooting’, ‘Coursing’, ‘Hunting’, and ‘Racing’. Not located in the usual bibliographies. Description A set of 4 numbered hand-coloured aquatint plates (24.6 x 40cm), each containing six scenes, unsigned but attributed…
[Bourne & Shepherd (attributed to)].
Darjeeling, Bhootea village. [c.1880].
Description Albumen print. Very good tonal range and in good condition, pasted on original mount, photographers title and number in negative., published [c.1880]. Bibliography Stock ID: 64280
[BROADHURST , J.].
A comparative view of the form and character of the English racer and saddle-horse during the last and present centuries. 1836.
Description First edition, 4to., vi, 155pp., 18 lithographed plates of horses by Gauci and Chalon after Stubbs, Marshall etc. and printed by Hullmandel, all on india paper and mounted, some light foxing to mounts, original green cloth, paper label., published 1836. Bibliography…
£1,800Out of StockSale
An album of Chinese bird-and-flower paintings. [circa 1900].
A most attractive album reflecting what Laurence Binyon called the Chinese “exquisite courtesy to nature” inspired by Daoist philosophy.45 of the watercolours are of natural history subjects, principally birds, set amongst foliage. The remaining studies depict Chinese types and costumes.…
The tournament, or days of chivalry. 1823.
Rare. Fine hand-coloured aquatint plates. Description First edition. 8vo. (23.5 x 14.6cm). Half-title, 24 hand-coloured aquatint plates, plate 23 margin trimmed, contemporary calf by Riviere, gilt; modern red quarter morocco box and slipcase, an excellent copy., published 1823. Bibliography Stock ID: 87978
[DICKSON, R. W.].
A Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening: comprehending all the Modern Improvements in the Art; whether in the Raising of the Various Esculent Vegetables, or in the Forcing and Managing of different Sorts of Fruits and Plants, and that of Laying out, Ornamenting, and Planting Gardens and Pleasure Grounds: with Correct Engravings of the necessary apparatus, in building and other contrivances, as well of the more rare and curious plants cultivated for ornament or variety: from the Original Drawings by Sydenham Edwards. By Alexander McDonald, Gardener [pseud]. In two volumes.1807.
Edwards’s early work appeared in William Curtis’s prestigious Botanical Magazine. In 1804, he was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society. He also contributed to the Flora Londinensis among other publications, and his work is considered among the best scientific…
£3,000Contemporary LiteratureCEO, Shapero Rare BooksHead of the Travel DepartmentTravel Specialist & Shop ManagerDirector, Shapero Rare BooksAntique PrintsShapero ModernRussian Department