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Shapero Rare Books Blog

Welcome to the Shapero Rare Books Blog. Here you can find articles on rare books written by our Specialists on subjects ranging from Pirate books to modern first editions; on authors such as Ian Fleming and Roald Dahl; and on illustrators including Quentin Blake. Sign up to our weekly newsletter at the bottom of this page to receive regular updates.

Rudolph Ackermann | The man who made memories

When we watch Bridgerton or the many film adaptions of Jane Austen novels, it is easy ...

Time Travel: The History of Baedeker Guidebook...

Long before mobile travel apps there was the Baedeker Guide, indispensable for helping thousand...

Collecting James Bond First Editions

One of the most internationally celebrated fictional characters of all time, James Bond first e...

Caring for Antique Books

Here is some basic advice to help keep books in the best possible condition. Even if y...

William Beckford | A Collector's Dilemma

I knew next to nothing about William Beckford (1759-1844) until, a year or so after I ...

Banned Books

Books have been banned for a variety of reasons over the centuries, ranging from racism, anti-r...

10 Rare and Valuable Children's Books

A selection of our favourite rare books for children

Nature As Muse: English landscapes that inspir...

Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published in L...

Here Be Dragons | Recent Travel Acquisitions

To do an injustice to Tennyson, it’s usually at this time that my fancy turns to get...

Making Connections | A Calcutta Imprint to Lin...

What makes a book desirable apart from the important fact that you like it? Rarity pla...

Eight Banned Books That Might Surprise You

Ahead of Firsts London 2022, Shapero Rare Books takes a look at some of the titles you may neve...

On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Writers and S...

Writers and spies - exploring all things cloak and typewriter by delving into the murky world o...

An Illustrious Quartet | Four Classic Narrativ...

Mary Wollstonecraft SHELLEY Rambles in Germany and Italy, in 1840, 1...

Four things to do this July

July is here and things are hotting up. Our team of specialists have...

Iris Murdoch - House of leaves

Author Dame Iris Murdoch was born on this day in 1919, we delved back into the Rare Book Review...

Strangers in a Strange Land: Europeans in Tibe...

Last week I was fortunate to buy a small quantity of the original 19...

High Times: Trekking in Himalayas

I suppose that whenever people think of the Himalayas, they think of...

Five things you might not know about Masterpie...

Masterpiece London, opening next week on 30th June, is the unmissabl...

Türkiye, a new name for an ancient land

Following on from President Erdogan’s December 2021 statement, the...

Adam Blakeney writes on Graham Greene

Adam Blakeney writes – ‘I sometimes equate Graham Greene with mi...

Views of the Holy Kaaba | An Illustrative Acco...

The Holy Kaaba is the most important site in the Islamic world. The ...

Golfing Books - 'Here come the Bogeymen'

With the 2022 PGA Championship looming large on the fairway it seemed like a good time...

The Layered Legacy of Captain Cook

On the anniversary of Cook’s arrival in Botany Bay, we look back at an article from ...

Would you judge a book by its cover?

The joy of book collecting is the freedom to form a library exactly ...

The Anglo-Iranian Relationship from 1600 - 190...

PERSIA & AFGHANISTAN. Seen in the light of the past forty years, sinc...

The Magnificent Minimalist Mountaineer

I have always been fascinated by mountains and tra...

The Art Deco Designs of George Barbier

George Barbier (1882-1932) was the supreme decorative designer of A...

The Book in India from the 19th Century

Nowadays India is one of the largest and most important centres of printing and publis...

Travelling To Timbuctoo - not everyone gets th...

The first thing that needs saying is that not everybody that sets out for Timbuctoo ge...

Heinrich Schliemann - A Man Of Our Times

Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890), although born almost 200 years ago, seems very much a...

Inspirational Quotes From Literature

Need some motivation to keep on top of those new year resolutions? Who better to take advice fr...

'Dr Livingstone I Presume' - iconic meeting wa...

Today marks the 150th anniversary of one of those moments that scho...

Remarkable Books By Remarkable Travellers

When putting our new travel catalogue together, one of the first ...

Russian Art & Theatre - Latest Russian Calalog...

Our story begins at the end of the nineteenth century with the fairy...

Iraq, The Land Where Writing Began by Julian M...

As book lovers we all owe a debt of gratitude to the Sumerians, the ...

Qur'ans - Fine Examples from Our Shelves

Where collecting is concerned, the Qur’an is a multi-faceted text ...

The Natural History Books Of Edward Donovan

The late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries saw the publicati...

The Barbary Coast

Thinking of the British and Africa, I suppose the things that comes ...

Travels to the Roof of the World

The Tibetan plateau, situated at some 15,000 feet (4500 metres), sur...

St Petersburg

On the boggy delta of the Neva, Peter the Great founded his ‘windo...

Did they really do that?

Did they really do that? Some of the greatest feats o...

The Holy Land in the original cloth

The other day I received an e-mail offering me a copy of Brand’s H...

Aubrey Beardsley Exhibition | 'I have one aim ...

An exhibition of the illustrated works of Aubrey Beardsley who shocked and thrilled audiences.

April 28, 1789: The Mutiny on the Bounty

The Mutiny on the Bounty William Bligh (1754-1815) wi...

Books not Borders - An interview with our Gift...

An interview with Angus Robb as part of our Books not Border series, wherein we're bre...

Books not Borders - An interview with our foun...

We talk to our Founder and CEO, Bernard Shapero, as part of our Books not Border serie...

Reopening 12th April

From Monday 12th April, the doors to our bookshops and galleries at ...

Iran Zamin - Highlights From The Catalogue

Highlights from our recently published catalogue Iran Zamin, as pick...

Books not Borders - An interview with our Lite...

An interview with our Literature specialist Roddy Newlands as part of our Books not Bo...

Books not Borders - An Interview with our Seni...

As part of our Books not Borders series, where we're breaking down the barriers to the...

Books not Borders - an interview with our head...

The second in our Books Not Borders series, where we're breaking down the barriers to ...

Books not Borders - an interview with our Sale...

Today we begin the first in a new blog series, Books Not Borders or for the French Livres Sans ...

Islamic & Near East: A New Department

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Islamic departmen...

Mail Online - A hidden fortune on your bookshe...

London-based bookstore Shapero's children's book expert Roddy Newlands told MailOnline children...

Whatever the Tier, We're Still Here

Whatever the Tier might be, we are still open online for all your book buying needs. Our online...

Christmas & into the New year

Whilst our Bookshops and Gallery at 105 and 106 New Bond Street will...

New Emporium Opens on Bond Street

2020 has seen an exciting period of expansion for Shapero Rare Books...

Good Icons: An Online Exhibition

Good Icons installed at 106 New Bond Street Shapero Rare Books and Sh...

It's Business As Usual

We will be open for business as usual online whilst the doors to our Bookshop and Gallery at 1...

Art Exhibition: The Book of Neil Gaiman by Lor...

Lorna May Wadsworth installs striking portraits of Neil Gaiman at Shapero Rare Books a...

Richard Burton

One of the great men of his age, Richard F. Burton (1821-1890) was a true polymath. With an ext...

New Year, New Beginnings…

We're moving! After nearly twenty-five years in Saint George Street, the sale of our much-loved...

Why Collect Rare Books?

For the non-collector among us (are there really people who don’t collect books?), the idea t...

An update from our CEO Bernard Shapero

I am delighted to be able to announce that following changes in the ...

'The Artist in their Studio' by Gallery Manage...

Artists’ studios are the perfect place to see and understand the creative process th...

William Morris & The Kelmscott Chaucer

Kelmlscott Press founder William Morris was also a serious book collector; he amassed a library...

An Interview With Quentin Blake

Ahead of Quentin Blake’s exhibition of new works here at Shapero HQ, our Digital Content Mana...

Banned Books: The Freedom to Read

Celebrating the freedom to read, Banned Books Week has become a focal point in the literary yea...

Ralph Steadman - a brush with surrealism

Ralph Steadman was born this month in 1936; here we republish in full for the first ti...

Cosway Bindings - Search for a Star

More than 100 years after their invention, this Rare Book Review article finds true Cosway Bind...

Stargazers Saviours - Science Fiction Rare Boo...

Rare Book Review reveals that the whole universe of science fiction lies in the original pulp m...

Shiver me Timbers! Rare Pirate & Corsair Books

Rare Book Review article slicing through the cut-throat stories from the earliest pirate books ...

Rare Books & Works on Paper: A Celebration of ...

As the publishing & art world finally become more gender inclusive, we celebrate some of the fa...

Shapero Rare Books and Shapero Modern feature ...

The past month has seen Shapero Rare Books and our Gallery, Shapero Modern included in Tatler a...

Book Launch | Exceptional Women and their Stor...

Shapero Rare Books are delighted to be hosting the European la...

Millicent Fawcett inspires the first female st...

Splendidly rendered in bronze, Millicent Fawcett now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes...

John Mortimer - Paradise Postponed

In honour of the famous creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, born on this day in 19...

Manuscripts Don't Burn

The strictest period of banned books in Russia began in 1934 when Zhdanov instructed the First ...

Total Eclipse of the Sun 1878

Trouvelot's total eclipse of the sun, one of a complete set of 15 celestial chromolithographs.....

Retracing the Footsteps of 19th Century Explor...

The great natural history museum collections have at their foundation, specimens collected by 1...

Photography: Eternal cities

Incredible photos from over 100 years ago show how much our lives have changed.

Rare Books in Space

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01 APRIL 2017 London - Shapero Rare Books selected as the rare ...

The Beauty of Maps

A voyage around the history of cartography takes in sea monsters, newly charted territ...

Merian: Bringing home a pioneering woman of sc...

To mark the 300th anniversary year of her death, Shapero Rare Books will showcase the ...

Parallel worlds: Artist Jan Hendrix on explori...

26 January 2017. IRISH NEWS Before his death in 2013, Seamus Heaney had begun working ...

Topical Books to Read (and Collect) in 2017

VisitEngland has declared 2017 the 'Year of Literary Heroes'. See below...

The Greatest Polar Exploration Literature

Lines in the Ice: Marginalia My recent talk at Shapero Rare Books gave me the opportun...

Mutiny! The Court-Martial Documents of the Bou...

On 28 April 1789, disaffected crewmen took control of the HMS Bounty and cast the captain, Capt...

Censorship of Books in the Soviet Union

Banned, censored, exiled: Soviet era literature After the Soviet Union was formed in 1...

Layard and the Antiquities of Assyria

Today we are all too aware of the appalling damage inflicted by ISIS on the ancient sites of Ir...

Napoleon's Description of Egypt

The extraordinary success of a megalomaniac, an uncharted world, and a team of savant explorers

Larger than Life – The Explorer Sir Richard ...

The explorer Sir Richard Burton, after the painting by Lord Leighton.   Frequentl...

Ernest Shackleton, a Tale of the Antarctic

Ernest Shackleton, born in County Kildare, Ireland, in 1874, was for many years the forgotten m...

Imperial Mechanisms

STAUNTON, Sir George Leonard. 'An authentic account of an Embassy' (1797) The rapid acceleratio...

Sir John Barrow - Unsung Champion of the Empir...

Civil servant, naval secretary, developer, publicist, settler, author and all-round-adventurer ...

Looking for Father Christmas – Robert Peary ...

Through the nineteenth century, interest in the North Polar region was stimulated by v...

Henry Morton Stanley: 'Bula Matari'

From a workhouse in Wales to establishing one of the ...

Great Explorers: James Bruce

The industrial revolution in the United Kingdom spawned a host of great British explo...