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

[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…

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…

Andy Warhol.Orangutan From Endangered Species (Feldman & Schellmann. II.299).1983.

Andy Warhol.

Orangutan From Endangered Species (Feldman & Schellmann. II.299).1983.

Description Screenprint in colours, 1983, signed in pencil and numbered from the edition of 150…

POITEAU, A. And P. TURPIN.Traité Des Arbres Fruitiers: A Set Of Four Grapes. 1807-1835.

POITEAU, A. and P. TURPIN.

Traité des arbres fruitiers: A Set of Four Grapes. 1807-1835.

Four plates from 'One of the finest and rarest books on fruit' (Dunthorne p.192). This…

PREZIOSI, Count Amadeo.Constantinople’s Harbour From Koum Kapou. [mid XIX C.].

PREZIOSI, Count Amadeo.

Constantinople’s Harbour from Koum Kapou. [mid XIX c.].

A most striking view of the harbour taken from the European side. In fine fresh…

CASTELLAN, Antoine Laurent.Moeurs, Usages, Costumes Des Othomans, Et Abrege De Leur Histoire. 1812.

CASTELLAN, Antoine Laurent.

Moeurs, usages, costumes des Othomans, et abrege de leur histoire. 1812.

Fine example, attractively bound, of the first edition of this lovely work, richly illustrated in…

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