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The Album Amicorum of Rhaban Giese

The following text has been written by Dr Bob Miller, and represents the research he kindly undertook on behalf of Shapero Rare Books in exploring the history of the Album Amicorum

Retracing the Footsteps of 19th Century Explorers in Africa

The great natural history museum collections have at their foundation, specimens collected by 19th century explorers. To look through these collections is to travel back in time to the heyday of exploration

Photography: Eternal cities

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

Turkish Delight: the Ottoman World Observed

Dr Philip Mansel’s top picks at Shapero Rare Books

The Greatest Polar Exploration Literature

Lines in the Ice: Marginalia My recent talk at Shapero Rare Books gave me the opportunity to spend some time browsing catalogues and, most excitingly, shelves while I waited for guests to arrive. Rare book dealers like Shapero inhabit the same areas of London as book collectors such as Sir Joseph Banks used to house [...]

Time Travel: The History of Baedeker Guidebooks

Long before mobile travel apps there was the Baedeker Guide, indispensable for helping thousands of well-to-do travellers brave the perils of abroad


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Banned Books

Books have been banned for a variety of reasons over the centuries, ranging from racism, anti-religious sentiment, immorality, indecency, perceived drug advocacy or simply the ‘portrayal of exclusively middle class rabbits’…

Iris Murdoch – House of leaves

ITEM 1 OF 4 IN THE CATALOGUE Rare Book Review archive

Author Dame Iris Murdoch was born on this day in 1919, we delved back into the Rare Book Review archives and retrieved this article, originally published in July 2003…

Millicent Fawcett inspires the first female statue in Parliament Square

Splendidly rendered in bronze, Millicent Fawcett now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Winston Churchill & Mahatma Gandhi outside the Palace of Westminster…


From Black Sea to China Sea | Asia Catalogue 2018

A “teaser” selection of images from our latest catalogue on Asian Travel & Exploration…

Intercontinental Musings – highlights from our Catalogue of Continental Works

Highlights from our upcoming catalogue of continental works, how printing has facilitated the exchange of ideas across cultures…

A Summer Miscellany – August 2017

Our latest catalogue, Wealth of Many Nations (a derivation on the title of Adam Smith’s milestone work, number 116), is a compilation of titles and subjects to appeal to all tastes and pockets

Back to the Cradle: Highlights from our Africa Travel Catalogue

This is the first catalogue on Africa we have produced since 2005 and we hope you find it worth the wait. Discover first editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to Western exploration and adventuring in Africa over 350 years

Gift ideas for book lovers, 2016

'Tis the season for giving. Precious rare books make the perfect gifts for friends and family that love to read. We have curated some ideas from the bookshop for you.  Select from signed copies, sumptuous first editions and beautifully illustrated works. We also offer a free gift wrapping service. For the Armchair Traveller For a [...]

Voyages and the Pacific 2016

Download the PDF catalogue Welcome to our first ever catalogue devoted to the Pacific regions Highlights - A complete set of The Bligh Court Martial Pamphlets - Berkh's first edition illustrated account of the Arctic and Russian America - Sarychev's voyage of Captain Billings - The rare atlas to Lisianskiy's voyage For further information please [...]


Shapero @ Frieze Masters 2018

We are delighted to be exhibiting once more at Frieze Masters in London’s Regent’s Park this week. This annual showcase is one of the key events on the international art scene, featuring galleries from all over the world.

Tokyo Antiquarian Book Fair 2018 | Gallery of Selected Highlights

TEFAF Maastricht 2018 | Gallery of Selected Highlights

California International Antiquarian Book Fair 2018

Shapero Rare Books are delighted to be exhibiting at the 51st Californian International Antiquarian Book Fair, which takes place from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th February 2018, at the Pasadena Convention Center. 

Shapero Rare Books at China in Print 2017

Shapero Rare Books are delighted to be exhibiting at the China in Print 2017…

TEFAF Meet the Expert – Jeffrey Kerr from Shapero Rare Books

TEFAF Meet the Expert @ TEFAF New York Fall 2017 In the video below Shapero Rare Books’ Sales Director Jeffrey Kerr discusses the history, technique and merits of Trouvelot’s splendid series of chromolithographs illustrating astronomical phenomenon and objects for the TEFAF Meet the Expert series. The set was exhibited on Shapero Rare Books’ stand at the […]