The Best Exhibitions & Events in November 2019

The nights are getting longer and the mercury is sinking lower, but there’s no excuse to stay at home this November. The Shapero team have picked the best exhibitions and events for November 2019 both in London and further afield.

Egyptian treasures, surrealist photography, book fairs and more make the cut in the first of our monthly round ups of the best in culture.

What: Marie-Antoinette: Metamorphoses of an Image

When: Ongoing until 26th January 2020

Where: Conciergerie, Paris

Only a handful of historic figures have been the subject of such an abundance of representations.  Marie-Antoinette is one of these, both during her lifetime and more notably after her death.  Even today, this queen-turned-icon is still a key emblem in popular culture.

The exhibition illustrates the many representations of her through almost 200 works, artefacts, heritage and contemporary archives, never-before-seen interviews, film extracts and more.

What: The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair 2019

When: 1st - 2nd November

Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall

Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, this 29th edition of the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors from all round the world, including Shapero Rare Books, Stand 43.

For those of you who plan their Christmas shopping in advance (as opposed to the mad dash many do come Christmas eve), this is the perfect place to find the perfect present for the bibliophile in your life!

What: TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

When: 2nd November - 3rd May 2020

Where: Saatchi Gallery

The third stop in a record-breaking global tour that has seen both Paris and Los Angeles play host to the boy pharaoh.  In LA the exhibition was among the most successful in the history of the California Science Centre, while in Paris it became France's most attended exhibition of all time with over 1.4 million visitors!

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, it will be the final chance for Londoners to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever.

Exploring the life of King Tutankhamun, and the history of the discovery that captivated the world, there are more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb, 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.

What: Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels

When: 8th November – 1st March 2020

Where: The British Library

A free, family-friendly exhibition exploring rebels in classic children’s literature.

Roald Dahl's handwritten drafts of Matilda sit alongside Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, as well as other enduring classics from The Secret Garden to Where the Wild Things Are.

The annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, is a key event in any book collector’s calendar. Run under the aegis of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), it draws in a wide selection of exhibitors from America and abroad (including Shapero Rare Books), and attracts a diverse range of collectors.

If you're attending do drop by Stand 519 to say hi to Bernard, Jeffrey and Roddy.

What: Dora Maar

When: 20th November – 15 March 2020

Where: Tate Modern

Exploring the breadth of Dora Maar’s long career in the context of work by her contemporaries, this is the largest retrospective of the Surrealist photographer ever held in the UK.

During the 1930s, Maar’s provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism. Her eye for the unusual also translated to her commercial photography, including fashion and advertising, as well as to her social documentary projects.

What: Troy: Myth and Reality

When: 21st November – 8 March 2020

Where: British Museum

A legend that’s endured for more than 3,000 years, the story of the city of Troy, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic.

This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed. But what of the characters and main players who are said to have taken part in the Trojan war? This exhibition explores these captivating characters, bringing them to life through some truly breath-taking art.

What: Quentin Blake: An Anthology of Readers

When: 29th November - 22nd December

Where: Shapero Rare Books

Yes, yes, we know! It's our exhibition! But we couldn't include a round up of the best exhibitions in November without including it.

Opening on the 29th November 2019, An Anthology of Readers is comprised of seventy-two new pen, ink & watercolour drawings by the much-loved Quentin Blake, all of which affectionately caricature people who love books - the perfect Christmas present for any bibliophile.

Head over to the blog to read an interview we were lucky to do with the great artist.

What: Antony Gormley

When: Ongoing until 3rd December 2019

Where: Royal Academy of Arts

Following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley is the next artist to take over the Main Galleries at the RA.

Testing the scale and light of the RA’s architecture, this is the most ambitious exhibition seen from the artist in more than ten years.

London International Antiquarian Book Fair Highlights

We have been busy preparing for the upcoming Book Fairs that form this year's Rare Books London event, including selecting stock to take to the ABA, PBFA and Etc Fairs Book Fairs.

Shapero Rare Books Highlights

View our Book Fair Highlights PDF for a list of the key rare, unique and unusual items we taking across the spectrum of natural history, literature, travel and Judaica. A more visual version can also be viewed on our Olympic Book Fair exhibitor page.

Our thanks also to Etc Fairs for publishing a dealer profile on Shapero Rare Books for their recently reinvigorated 'Featured Dealer' section on the Bloomsbury Book Fair website!

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Some Book Fair Highlights for Olympia

London International Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

Date: 1 – 3 June 2017

Location: Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX


Now celebrating its 60th year, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers. The Fair is the jewel in the crown of Rare Books London, a new week-long festival celebrating old and rare books, with special events and behind-the-scenes activities for bibliophiles.

Register for complimentary tickets giving free entry and join Shapero Rare Books on stand H02.

The Fair is presented and managed by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), in collaboration with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). These internationally recognized badges of excellence guarantee the accuracy of description and authenticity of all items for sale, as well as the professionalism and knowledge of the exhibitors.

View our highlights

If you have any special requests of books you would like us to bring please contact us.