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

BURTON, Richard Francis.Goa, And The Blue Mountains; Or, Six Months Of Sick Leave.1851.

BURTON, Richard Francis.

Goa, and the Blue Mountains; or, six months of sick leave.1851.

Burton's first book and one of his less common titles. Penzer mentions "Prize" copies in…

MAYER, Luigi.Veduta Della Citta Di Constantinopoli Dalla Sette Torri Fino Al Principio Del Serraglio Presa Dalla Punta Di Calcedonia Nel’AsiaCirca 1800.

MAYER, Luigi.

Veduta della Citta di Constantinopoli dalla sette torri fino al principio del Serraglio presa dalla punta di Calcedonia nel’AsiaCirca 1800.

A fine view of Constantinople.In the foreground two men sit talking on the bank of…

GÄRTNER, Frederic.Vues Des Principaux Monuments Grecs De La Sicile … [Ansichten Der Meist Erhaltenen Griechischen Monumente Siziliens]. 1819.

GÄRTNER, Frederic.

Vues des principaux monuments Grecs de la Sicile … [Ansichten der meist erhaltenen griechischen Monumente Siziliens]. 1819.

Attractive work with large plates on the monuments of Sicily. Rare.Gärtner travelled in Italy form…

FORBERG, Friedrich Karl And Paul AVRIL (illustrator).The Manual Of Classical Erotology. 1907.

FORBERG, Friedrich Karl and Paul AVRIL (illustrator).

The manual of classical erotology. 1907.

A fine copy numbered 370 (out of 500) of this anthology of the writings of…

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…

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…

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