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

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

POITEAU, A. and P. TURPIN.

Traité des arbres fruitiers: A Set of Six Pears 1807-1835.

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

MAYER, Luigi.Veduta Della Città Di Constantinopoli Con I Suoi Soborghi Presa Da Bulgurla Daghi Sopra Scutari In Asia. Circa 1800.

MAYER, Luigi.

Veduta della Città di Constantinopoli con i Suoi Soborghi Presa Da Bulgurla Daghi Sopra Scutari in Asia. circa 1800.

A fine watercolour view of Constantinople taken from Bulgarlu above Scutari, in the foreground two…

MARTYN, Thomas.The Universal Conchologist. Exhibiting The Figure Of Every Known Shell Accurately Drawn And Painted After Nature With A New Systematic Arrangement. Figures Of Non Descript Shells, Collected In The Different Voyages To The South Seas Since The Year 1794.1789.

MARTYN, Thomas.

The universal conchologist. Exhibiting the figure of every known shell accurately drawn and painted after nature with a new systematic arrangement. Figures of non descript shells, collected in the different voyages to the South Seas since the year 1794.1789.

Martyn "produced a work which, for beauty, has seldom been surpassed in the history of…

CHIKANOBU, Yoshu  (1838–1912)A Set Of Four Bust Portraits Of Beauties – Jidai Kagami (Mirror Of The Ages). 1896-1898

CHIKANOBU, Yoshu (1838–1912)

A Set of Four Bust Portraits of Beauties – Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages). 1896-1898

Toyohara Chikanobu (1838–1912), better known to his contemporaries as Yōshū Chikanobu, was one of the…

Cindy Sherman.Untitled.

Cindy Sherman.

Untitled.

Description Ektacolor photograph, 1986-87, signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 90 in pencil…

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…

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