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 century, Baedeker — founded in 1832 by German publisher Karl Baedeker — was the indispensable guide to Europe, the Middle East and beyond, helping thousands of well-to-do travellers brave the perils of abroad.

With their distinctive red covers Baedekers are beautiful objects as well as time capsules to another era, sought after by collectors.

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For the Fly Fisher

Skues was the most revered trout fly-fishermen of his day. This book excerpts his observations and insights into how trout live

Deluxe first edition, number 46 of only 150 copies signed by the author.

OVERFIELD, T. Donald. G. E. M. Skues: The Way of a Man With a Trout. 1977


For the Baking Enthusiast

This is a handsomely illustrated monograph on the manufacture of bread, previously owned by a bakery manager from Leicestershire.

“The nineteenth-century photobook was primarily an archive in which the things of the world were stored and catalogued…. one of the humblest, yet most essential of objects is catalogued as precisely, rigorously, and objectively as any work by a 1980s Conceptual artist”.

SIMMONS, Owen.  The Book of Bread [1903]


For the Romantic

In this children’s classic, Rackham lavishly illustrates C.S. Evan’s intricate retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story with one amazing silhouette after another.

One of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration, Rackham developed a unique style, combining haunting humour with dream-like romance.

The Sleeping Beauty. Told by C. S. Evans and Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1920

This is just a small sample of precious books available for sale at Shapero Rare Books. Many more items can be browsed in our bookshop and website. For more ideas browse our gift catalogue