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Roddy Newlands

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.

10 Rare and Valuable Children's Books

A selection of our favourite rare books for children

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

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

Victorian Detective Fiction

An introduction to collecting Victorian Detective Fiction at Shapero Rare Books.

William Morris & The Kelmscott Chaucer

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

Millicent Fawcett inspires the first female st...

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

Collecting James Bond First Editions

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

The Album Amicorum of Rhaban Giese

The following text has been written by Dr Bob Miller, and represents the research he kindly und...

Total Eclipse of the Sun 1878

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

The Beauty of Maps

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