HOW TO

LEARN ABOUT BOOKS

The home of the rare book, Shapero Rare Books resides in an imposing 18th-century town house in the heart of London’s Mayfair. For those who aren’t able to visit us in person our Specialists will be sharing some of the knowledge they have acquired in the coming months here on our website in a series of posts about rare and antiquarian books.

LEARN ABOUT BOOKS

What you may ask is the difference between a rare and an antiquarian book? Strictly speaking an antiquarian book is one which is over 100 years old. Therefore an antiquarian book will in all likelihood be a rare book, but a rare book (perhaps a modern first edition of Ian Fleming’s Diamonds are Forever published in 1956) might not be an antiquarian book.

HOW TO ORDER

Once you have selected an item that you’d like to purchase you can either proceed to the online checkout here on our website, where you can choose payment and shipping options, or contact us directly by email or telephone to discuss further options.

HOW TO ORDER

Please note that there is no VAT (sales tax) payable on printed books and unframed maps since these are zero rated. Prints and other items are sold within the Margin Scheme and VAT (sales tax) is included within the purchase price.

All items are expertly packed and fully insured.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Our books, prints and works on paper are all accompanied by a detailed description which provides information on everything from the size and appearance of the item to its provenance (where known). We guarantee the authenticity and completeness of all items (unless otherwise described), and are happy to provide a certificate to this effect on request - see ‘Our Guarantee’ for more information or contact one of our specialists.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Our books, prints and works on paper are all accompanied by a detailed description which provides information on everything from the size and appearance of the item to its provenance (where known). We guarantee the authenticity and completeness of all items (unless otherwise described), and are happy to provide a certificate to this effect on request - see ‘Our Guarantee’ for more information or contact one of our specialists.

EXPERT ADVISE

Our Specialists are here to help and advise you whether you are making a single purchase or looking to build a collection. Between them they have over 250 years of experience in numerous areas of expertise. These include fine illustrated books from the 15th to the 20th century, travel & voyages, maps, natural history, literature (including modern first editions), children’s books, guidebooks, Hebraica & Judaica and works of Russian interest, historical & decorative prints (including natural history and architecture), and post-war and contemporary prints and works of art.

EXPERT ADVISE

Our Specialists are here to help and advise you whether you are making a single purchase or looking to build a collection. Between them they have over 250 years of experience in numerous areas of expertise. These include fine illustrated books from the 15th to the 20th century, travel & voyages, maps, natural history, literature (including modern first editions), children’s books, guidebooks, Hebraica & Judaica and works of Russian interest, historical & decorative prints (including natural history and architecture), and post-war and contemporary prints and works of art.