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Julian Mackenzie

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.

Gift Guide 02 | Travel

Ahead of the festive season, we are delighted to present our seasonal catalogue Prese...

Rudolph Ackermann | The man who made memories

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

William Beckford | A Collector's Dilemma

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

Here Be Dragons | Recent Travel Acquisitions

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

An Illustrious Quartet | Four Classic Narrativ...

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

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...

Türkiye, a new name for an ancient land

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

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 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...

'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 ...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

Retracing the Footsteps of 19th Century Explor...

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

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...

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...

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

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

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...