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  1. Mitsou.

    Mitsou.

    Preface by Rainer Maria Rilke.
    First edition, first impression. Balthus's extraordinary first publication. The precocious 12-year-old Balthus created this remarkable pictorial tale of a young boy and his cat in a series of expressionist woodcuts. His endeavours were championed by Rilke ostensibly because of a respect for the work but possibly more to do with the affair he was conducting with Balthus's mother. Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1921

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    Stock Code: 60613

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  2. A Breath from the Veldt.
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1895

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    Stock Code: 59393

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  3. i1

    C. Julii Caesaris quae extant. Accuratissimè cum libris editis & MSS optimis collata, recognita & correcta.

    Accesserunt annotationes Samuelis Clarke. S.T.P. Item indices locorum, rerumque & verborum utilissimae. Tabulis aeneis ornata.
    First edition, deluxe issue on large and thick paper, of Samuel Clarke's Caesar, justly regarded as one of the finest examples of 18th-century English publishing: "The most sumptuous classical work which this country has produced" (Lowndes). As a scholarly edition, it was highly praised by Addison in the Spectator (no. 367), while the classical scholar and bibliographer Edward Harwood declared it the best edition in his Biographica Classica, 1778. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1712

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 52290

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