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.

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...

10 Rare and Valuable Children's Books

First and early editions of children's books can be immensely valuable, but only if they are in...

Photography: Eternal cities

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

The Bookshop: A poem

Birds sat on tables poised at every angle their feathers clouded with motes of dust, p...

Fine illustrated books: Highlights from 2017 c...

In our latest Fine Books catalogue, discover a selection of some of the most beautiful...

Topical Books to Read (and Collect) in 2017

VisitEngland has declared 2017 the "Year of Literary Heroes". See below for the titles and auth...

Inspirational Quotes From Literature

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

Censorship of Books in the Soviet Union

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

All rise: The Book of Bread by Owen Simmons

Most staple foods are never given the chance to shine, humbly carrying on, being consumed at i...

Literary Brunch - John Gimlette's 'Elephant Co...

[vcex_spacing] This Saturday, we were treated with a brilliant talk by John Gimlette fo...

Artists' Books

Click here to discover our selection of artists' books

Imperial Mechanisms

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

Exploring the Ground Floor

In the heart of Mayfair, Shapero Rare Books is full of treasures. From John Gould to ...

Looking for Father Christmas – Robert Peary ...

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

Utagawa School - Japanese Prints

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Serge Diaghilev and The Ballets Russes

Almost a century has passed since Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev founded the fam...

Opportunity Knocks

The second part of our spectacular clearance offer presents 25 illustrated books a...

Top Ten British Colour Plate Books (Travel & T...

Produced towards the end of the age of colour plate, overlapping with the new age of p...

Top Ten British Colour Plate Books (Travel & T...

  Produced towards the end of the age of colour plate, overlapping with the new age o...

Russian Literature 2015

On occasion of the Russian week in London we are delighted to be able to offer you a ...

Jean Theodore Descourtilz

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