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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Writers and Spies

Writers and spies – exploring all things cloak and typewriter by delving into the murky world of rare books written by writers who were spies, the Great Game and spy fiction in general.

Shiver me Timbers! Rare Pirate & Corsair Books

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Rare Book Review article slicing through the cut-throat stories from the earliest pirate books of the 17th century to the blockbuster movies of today…

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 [...]

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An Interview With Quentin Blake

Ahead of Quentin Blake’s exhibition of new works here at Shapero HQ, our Digital Content Manager, Oliver Bayliss was lucky enough to interview the legendary illustrator.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Writers and Spies

Writers and spies – exploring all things cloak and typewriter by delving into the murky world of rare books written by writers who were spies, the Great Game and spy fiction in general.

Banned Books: The Freedom to Read

Celebrating the freedom to read, Banned Books Week has become a focal point in the literary year here at Shapero Rare Books. Here we look at first editions of some of the most important books that have ever been banned, burned, censored or abridged.

CATALOGUES

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 [...]

FAIRS & EXHIBiTIONS

The Best Exhibitions & Events in November 2019

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A selection of the best events & exhibitions taking place in November 2019 both in London and abroad, picked by the Shapero team.

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…