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

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…

Cindy Sherman.Untitled.

Cindy Sherman.

Untitled.

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

Andy Warhol (1928-87).Pine Barrens Tree Frog, 1983 From Endangered Species (Feldman & Schellmann. II.294).1983.

Andy Warhol (1928-87).

Pine Barrens Tree Frog, 1983 From Endangered Species (Feldman & Schellmann. II.294).1983.

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

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…

DARWIN, Charles; Capt. Robert Fitzroy; Capt. Philip Parker King.Narrative Of The Surveying Voyages Of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure And Beagle, Between The Years 1826 And 1836, Describing Their Examination Of The Southern Shores Of South America, And The Beagle’s Circumnavigation Of The Globe.1839.

DARWIN, Charles; Capt. Robert Fitzroy; Capt. Philip Parker King.

Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle’s circumnavigation of the globe.1839.

An excellent example of the first edition of Darwin's first published book, also his most…

[BALLETS RUSSES] – BAKST, Leon.Programme Officiel Des Ballets Russes: Mai – Juin 1912. Septieme Saison Des Ballets Russes Organisee Par M. Serge De Diaghilew Avec Le Concours De M. Gabriel Astruc. Theatre Du Chatelet.1912.

[BALLETS RUSSES] – BAKST, Leon.

Programme Officiel des Ballets Russes: Mai – Juin 1912. Septieme saison des Ballets Russes organisee par M. Serge de Diaghilew avec le concours de M. Gabriel Astruc. Theatre du Chatelet.1912.

Fine copy, in original fragile wrappers, of this early programme lavishly produced by Brunoff together…

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