PY Rare Books was launched by Pierre-Yves Guillemet in 2017, following a successful career both with London bookseller Shapero Rare Books and international auction house Christie’s.

Through the specialist knowledge and contacts accumulated over these years, PY Rare Books has now become the book dealer outside Russia holding the largest stock of works pertaining to the history, culture and politics of the Russian Empire and its neighbouring regions (such as Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, Russian¬† America, the Pacific…).

Operating from London, but travelling internationally for book fairs and related events, PY Rare Books are able to offer rare Russian literature, important works on the history  of the Empire and its regions, striking examples of Russian art from Coronation albums to Ballet Russe and the Avant-Garde, and richly illustrated accounts of travel and exploration.

We aim to provide our customers with the highest quality of service and a straightforward approach to collecting. We focus on rare, unusual and attractive books, prints, maps and autographs.

Feel free to contact us to discuss books or other works on paper you are interesting in collecting, or if you have books within our specialist areas you are looking to sell. Our team speak a range of languages, including Russian, French, German or English.

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We regularly attend book fairs in Europe and America, occasionally even further afield! Visit our Events page for more information.

Pierre-Yves interviewed about rare Russian books and wine among other things (in Russian!)