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Masterpiece London 2022

Masterpiece London is the unmissable art fair where visitors can view and buy the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery - from antiquity to the present day. The fair offers an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover exceptional works for sale, from international exhibitors spanning every major market discipline.

Shapero Rare Books & Shapero Modern will be exhibiting once more and look forward to welcoming you to our new, larger stand at the Royal Hospital Chelsea showground. 

'The Royal Hospital Chelsea becomes the meeting point of creatives and collectors during Masterpiece London. What sets it apart is the juxtaposition of art and design from all periods and origins.' (Tony Chambers, ES MAGAZINE)

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  1. Six fine illuminated miniature painting, ink and watercolour opaque colours on thick buff paper, heightened in gold, each a loose leaf from a monumental illuminated manuscript, in Awadhi, overall size 555 x 640 mm; text in single column, devanagari script, both sides of each leaf framed within intricately painted floral decorative borders illuminated in gilt (each of a different design), miniatures in a remarkably clean and attractive state of preservation; framed and glazed.

    £150,000
  2. Two fine hand-coloured stipple engravings (482 x 612 mm & 479 x 612 mm) by F. Bartolozzi and Daniel Orme respectively, after Mather Brown, along with the rare key plate (383 x 538 mm), fine fresh condition. Framed and glazed, overall size: 73.4cm x 61cm x 2.5cm.

    £9,500
  3. Single volume, illuminated manuscript on paper with fine marbled paper borders, in Farsi, 119 leaves, complete, 336 x 230 mm; single column, 11 lines to the page written in neat nasta'liq script in black ink, occasional headings and significant words in blue, inner margins ruled in gold and blue, outer borders throughout decorated with fine marbling, one illuminated opening headpiece, one further illuminated heading; contemporary burgundy leather binding, blind-stamped with corner pieces to covers, a very handsome volume.

    £30,000
  4. Second edition; 2 vols, folio, (67.1 x 51.2 cm); engraved author portrait, 86 hand-coloured engraved plates, 2 plain engraved folding plates, 3 further plates loosely inserted in volume 2 (comprising duplicates of author portrait, 'Pinus Lambertiana', and 'Araucaria Imbricata'), scattered spotting, transfer from illustrations onto facing leaves, both folding plates creased with closed tears at folds; contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards, leaves uncut, extremities rubbed.

    £30,000
  5. The complete portfolio of 12 screenprints and 12 original poems by the artist in colours, 1997, on A.N.W Crestwood Museum Edition paper, each screenprint signed, numbered and dated by the artist in pencil, an artist's proof aside from the edition of 200, with text pages as issued, title page on parchment, signed by the publisher Michael McKenzie, in the original black-lettered stiff card cloth-backed portfolio with cloth ties, sheet size 61 x 51 cm. (24 x 20 in.)

    £175,000
  6. First English editions, folio (42 x 27 cm) I. Title-page printed in red and black, portrait frontispiece of John Ogilby signed by P. Lilly, additional engraved title-page by Hollar, double-page engraved map and 19 engraved plates (of which one double-page, 121 engravings in thetext, of which 14 signed by Hollar, plate at page 40 with short margins, occasional light toning, occasional dusty margin, new endpapers.

    II. Letterpress title-page printed in red and black, additional engraved title-page, double-page engraved map, 38 plates in full-page of which 32 double-page, 57 engravings in the text, plate at page 44 with short margin and repair to lower margin not affecting image, occasional light toning, new endpapers.

    Together 2 volumes, contemporary mottled calf, neatly rebacked, spines richly gilt, a very handsome set.

    £15,000
  7. Fourth edition, Imperial copy on thick white wove paper, 8vo, x, 526 pp, engraved vignette on title page, title variant A (without Bell and Rivington in imprint) and 'Price One Guinea' (denoting imperial copy) on title, 200 wood-engravings by Bewick, 104 smaller vignettes, nineteenth century red morocco gilt extra by J. Clarke, covers with gilt panel with floral tooling to corners within gilt borders, spine in six compartments, gilt lettered direct in second, others richly gilt with floral tools within framed borders, raised bands with gilt filletsgilt inner dentelles,all edges gilt, a fine copy.

    £1,500
  8. Folio, (40.5 x 29 cm); text in English and French, title and spine dated 1766 but actually 1794 (1794 watermarked paper), additional hand-coloured decorative title, hand-coloured engraved frontispiece, 44 hand-coloured engraved plates, scattered light foxing (not affecting plates), occasional light marginal dust-staining (not affecting illustrations), ex libris to front free endpaper; contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, corners slightly rubbed, an excellent copy; iv, 145, [iv, index]pp.

    £9,750
  9. Original hand-coloured aquatint engraving on Whatman wove paper for Oriental Scenery. Colours bright and fresh. Fine condition. Framed and glazed, overall size: 82cm x 66cm x 4cm.

    £5,000
  10. First edition; 2 vols, 8vo, (24.6 x 15.5 cm); 104 hand-coloured stipple engraved illustrations of fruit on 98 plates, including 7 folding, scattered light spotting, occasional offsetting, some plates trimmed by the binder (as usual); contemporary green morocco, blind and gilt embossed, all edges gilt, corners slightly rubbed, overall a very good copy of a scarce work; vii, [iv], 96; 104pp.

    £5,000
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