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  1. 116711

    La vie de Francois, seigneur de La Nouë, dit Bras-de-fer.

    Ou sont contenuës quantité de choses memorables, qui servent à l’éclaircissement de celles qui se sont passées en France & au Pays-bas, depuis le commencement des troubles furvenus pour la Religion, jusques àl’an 1591.
    First edition of the first significant - and conspicuously scarce - biography of the "Huguenot paladin" François de La Noue (1531-1591), one of the great Protestant captains of the 16th-century Wars of Religion, described by the distinguished American historian John Lothrop Motley as "not only one of the most experienced soldiers, but one of the most accomplished writers of his age" (Dutch Republic, III p. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1661

    Published: Leiden

    Stock Code: 116711

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  2. 116623

    Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, the Astronomer-Poet of Persia.

    Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald with an Accompaniment of Drawings by Elihu Vedder.
    First edition, first printing. The drawings and text in this edition are reproduced by Albertype process, now termed collotype, an "exacting but very rewarding process" suitable only for short runs, no longer commonly used. Elihu Vedder (1836–1923) was an American Symbolist artist who trained in New York, Paris, and Italy and became friends with authors such as Herman Melville and Walt Whitman. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1884

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 116623

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  3. 116578

    Poems.

    Translated by Denis Devlin and Jackson Mathews.
    Offprint, limited issue, number 300 of 350 copies. This collection of 19 poems printed in both French and English translation was first published in the biannual Italian literary journal Botteghe Oscure, which featured poetry and prose in five languages. Laid in is a four page promotional leaflet for Char's works. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: Rome

    Stock Code: 116578

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  4. 116547comp
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    Collected Stories.

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "To Philip, from his friend, GabM, 85" on the title page. The recipient was Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, whose collection was sold in 2016 in Ireland's largest-ever sale of first editions. In his memoir, The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), Murray writes: "I had heard that the Mexican postal system is one of the most unreliable anywhere in the world, but I decided to chance it and sent eleven books … nearly a year went by without any further word. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1984

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116547

    Signed: Yes

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    Grimms Other Tales.

    A new selection by Wilhelm Hansen: translated & edited by Ruth Michaelis-Jena and Arthur Ratcliff: Illustrated with ten wood-engravings by Gwenda Morgan.
    First edition, copy number 7 of 75 specially bound deluxe copies, signed by the illustrator, from a limited edition of 500 copies printed in Poliphilus type on Arnold's mould-made paper by the Chiswick Press. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116490

    Signed: Yes

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  6. 116476

    De l'Esprit des loix.

    Ou du Rapport que les loix doivent avoir avec la constitution de chaque gouvernement, les moeurs, le climat, la religion, le commerce, &c. à quoi l’auteur a ajouté des recherches nouvelles sur les loix romaines touchant les successions, sur les loix françoises, & sur les loix féodales.
    First edition of this classic in social science which influenced the formation of the United States Constitution and was the ideological basis of the French Revolution. "The most distinctive aspect of this immense syllabus is its moderation: a quality not designed to achieve official approval in 1748. It is an always original survey which is neither doctrinaire, visionary, eccentric, nor over-systematic" (PMM). Learn More
    £32,500

    Date of Publication: [1748]

    Published: Geneva

    Stock Code: 116476

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  7. 116473

    Love's Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, with the flaps of the original jacket laid in. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1925

    Published: Dublin

    Stock Code: 116473

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  8. 116461

    A Latin Anthology.

    An attractively bound copy, published as part of the Golden Treasury series, of this anthology of Latin poetry including Cicero, Lucretius, Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Propertius, Ovid, Seneca, Lucan, Petronius, Statius, Martial, and Boethius. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116461

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    L'Homme et la machine.

    First edition, first impression, French issue. Inscribed by the photographer on the half-title, incorporating part of the printed title into his inscription: "à Bill, avec ma reconnaissance d'avoir forcé un [Homme] a changer de [Machine] très cordialement, Henri". Simultaneously published in English under the title Man and Machine. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: [New York]

    Stock Code: 116457

    Signed: Yes

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  10. 116440

    Clovis Dardentor.

    Illustrated.
    First English edition, first impression, of this Verne caper first published in French in the previous year. This is an exceptionally nice copy in the scarce green variant cloth. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116440

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    The High History of the Holy Graal. Translated from the French.

    First edition, presentation copy of the very scarce deluxe issue, both volumes number 11 of 200 copies for England from a deluxe limited edition of 250. Each volume is inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper, "J. Newby Hetherington, with kind regards from the translator Sebastian Evans, June 1898". Evans (1830-1909) was a political activist, artist, poet and translator from medieval French, Latin, Greek and Italian. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116379

    Signed: Yes

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  12. 116357

    Thorie du paradoxe.

    [Bound with:] Théorie du libelle, ou L'Art de calomnier avec fruit, dialogue philosophique, pour servir de supplément à La Théorie du paradoxe. [By Simon Nicolas Henri Linguet; and:] Réponse sérieuse à M. L[inguet], par l'auteur de La Théorie du paradoxe.
    First collected edition of these three libelles. André Morellet (1727–1819) wrote his Théorie du paradoxe (1775) as a rebuttal to Linguet's anti-Physiocratic treatise on politics Théorie des lois civiles (1767), a work which "offended the Économistes by its disregard of Natural Law and its championship of Asiatic Despotism over modern freedom" (William Oliver Coleman, Economics and Its Enemies, 2002, p. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1775

    Published: Amsterdam [but Paris]

    Stock Code: 116357

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    Zeichnung und Fotografie.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the photographer on the title page: "A Peter avec l'amitié d'Henri". This catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition of Cartier-Bresson's drawings and photographs held at the Mannheimer Kunstverein in August-September 1986. Text in German. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1986

    Published: Mannheim

    Stock Code: 116307

    Signed: Yes

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  14. 116299

    The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.

    First UK edition, first impression; originally published in 1941 by New Directions Publishers, New York. This is Nabokov’s first novel written in English. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116299

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  15. 116294

    Specimens of the Russian Poets.

    With preliminary remarks and biographical notices.
    First edition of this anthology (misspelt "anathology" on the spine label) which features the works of Derzhavin, Batiushkov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krilov, Khemnitzer, Bobrov, Bogdanovich, Davidov, Kostrov, and Neledinsky Meletzky, as well as national songs. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1821

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116294

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  16. 116183

    Pareres, ou Avis et Conseils sur les plus importantes Matières de Commerce.

    Contenant la resolution des questions les plus difficiles, sçavoir sur les banqueroutes & faillites; des lettres & billets de change; des ordres sans datte & sans expression de valeur; des signatures en blanc; des novations des lettres & billets de change; de celles qui sont tirées ou acceptées par des femmes en puissance de mary; de minorité des tireurs; des differentes societés; de la competence des juge [sic] & consuls; & sur plusieurs autres questions touchant le fait du commerce; ensemble plusieurs arrests des parlemens rendus conformément à ces pareres.
    First edition of the author's continuation of his manual on mercantile trade, Le Parfait Négociant (1675). Savary wrote on commercial topics with considerable authority in that he made a large fortune through commerce. He suffered both politically and financially from the disgrace of Fouquet (1661), who was his patron, but he later made good his name and was admitted in 1670 into the council established to undertake commercial reforms. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1688

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 116183

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    Stories from the Arabian Nights.

    Retold by Laurence Housman.
    Signed limited edition, number 309 of 350 copies numbered and signed by the artist. It was this book that first announced Dulac's status as a popular artist, confirming him as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham. Susan Lambert noted that, compared to Rackham, Dulac ‘made greater use of the breakthrough in four-colour printing, conceiving and modelling his pictures in colour rather than adding colours to a linear design'" (ODNB). Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116101

    Signed: Yes

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  18. i1

    El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    Nueva edicion corregida por la Real Academia Española.
    First printing of the celebrated Ibarra edition. Printed for La Real Academia Española (the Spanish Royal Academy) by Joaquín Ibarra y Marín, this edition was intended to be a supreme example of Spanish craftsmanship lavished on the nation's greatest literary work. This edition excels in beauty of type, design, paper, illustration and printing, as well as incorporating a carefully edited and corrected text. Learn More
    £25,000

    Date of Publication: 1780

    Published: Madrid

    Stock Code: 116066

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  19. Peer Gynt.
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    Peer Gynt.

    A Dramatic Poem. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
    Number 337 of 450 copies signed by Rackham. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115986

    Signed: Yes

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  20. Vida y Hechos del Ingenioso Caballero Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    Vida y Hechos del Ingenioso Caballero Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    First illustrated edition in Spanish, and only the second overall to bear illustrations (preceded by the 1657 Dutch edition). The first part of Don Quixote came out in 1605 and was an immediate and resounding success, and the work was soon known throughout Europe. The writing of the second part was stimulated by the publication of a spurious "second part" in 1614; it was an even greater success. Learn More
    £22,500

    Date of Publication: 1662

    Published: Brussels

    Stock Code: 115908

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