When Bernard Shapero was interviewed as a young man trading from two stalls and an office in Gray’s Antiques Market in central London, he made the point that, as a young dealer, you always wanted to trade in the best, and that ambition continues to this day.
He made his reputation as a keen collector of Baedeker’s Guidebooks, which reputation continues to this day but, by 1989 he had outgrown the market stalls and took up in Holland Park where he was joined by Lucinda Boyle and Julian Mackenzie. There the team built up its reputation as a dealer in the finest natural history, illustrated and travel books.
In 1996 the team moved the shop to its current premises in St. George Street, Mayfair. Over the years it has traded prints, maps, contemporary art and photography as well as books. It has been involved with auctioneering businesses, and even run a specialist book magazine. Presently it is part of the Scholium Group, an AIM listed company which trades in the broader art and collectibles market, has one of the foremost Russian literature departments, with the expertise of Pierre-Yves Guillemet and is involved in the Modern & Contemporary prints world via its sub-brand Shapero Modern.
The basement at 32 St. George Street houses a modern and contemporary prints gallery. It was launched in 2014 under the eye of Tabitha Philpott-Kent who has extensive experience in the modern prints world having worked in and amongst galleries and auctioneers for the past ten years.
The gallery handles a very diverse range of stock. Some of the artists owned and shown are Jake & Dinos Chapman, Mat Collishaw, Keith Coventry, Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Cerith Wynn Evans, Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Johnnie Shand Kydd, Michael Landy, Sarah Lucas, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Richard Patterson, Gavin Turk, Gillian Wearing, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Kristjana, S Williams, Mark Quinn, Polly Morgan, Darwin Sinke & Van Tongeren, Cindy Sherman, Edvard Munch and many more.
Exhibitions are held regularly which focus on topical themes in Shapero Modern’s collection and draw on the magnificent stock in the rare books and prints departments.
With the wealth of experience at our disposal, every effort is made to describe our books accurately. Books leave our premises in the condition that we wish to receive them; all our books are professionally packed to the highest standards. Parcels are insured and only the most reputable shippers and couriers are used. In short we do everything possible to make sure that all transactions with us are pleasurable and stress-free.
If you are not happy with your purchase, or the condition is not as described, you are welcome to return it.
At Shapero Rare Books we have considerable experience in both buying and brokering the sale of important collections.
Amongst these are the Taurus Collection of Books on the Antarctic; The Tabor Collection of maps of London; The Denistoun Collection of books on speculation; the 150,000 volume library at Donnaueschingen; The Atabey collection of books on the Ottoman Empire; and the Ritman collection of 300 incunables concerning Humanism; and the stock of Heritage Bookshop, Los Angeles.
In addition to collections large and small, we also buy individual volumes and can guarantee sellers discretion and a professional service.