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Rare books and first editions, including copies in fine bindings, across a range of World Literature. Including works by Nabokov, Murakami and Kafka, as well as foreign-language translations of Beckett and Eliot. Browse this category below, or select a different category (left) to modify your search.
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  1. Hero & Leander.
    New Arrival

    Hero & Leander. 1949

    £400

    First edition thus, number 438 of 400 copies (numbered 101-500) from a limited edition of 500, Lucas’s translation of 6th century Greek poet Musaeus’s famous poem finely printed by the Golden Cockerel Press with etched illustrations by John Buckland-Wright, designed by Christopher Sandford. Very scarce …Read more

  2. Il Dottor Zivago; [with:] Doctor Zhivago [in Cyrillic].
    New Arrival

    Il Dottor Zivago; [with:] Doctor Zhivago [in Cyrillic]. 1957 & [1959]

    £7,500

    The first edition of Pasternak’s masterpiece and the third edition in Russian (the first published by Feltrinelli). Doctor Zhivago was deemed unfit for publication within the Soviet Union due to certain passages that were perceived as anti-Soviet. It was therefore first published in Italian by …Read more

  3. The Castle.
    New Arrival

    The Castle. 1941

    £325

    Second US edition of Kafka’s novel and the first to include the introduction by Mann. Originally published in German in 1926, The Castle was first published in English in 1930. Read more

  4. The High History of the Holy Graal. Translated from the French.
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    The High History of the Holy Graal. Translated from the French. 1898

    £750

    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 …Read more

  5. A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.
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    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov. 1929

    £675

    First edition thus, number 210 from a strictly limited edition of 750 copies on Maillol hand-made paper, of Lermontov’s poem translated by John Cournos and with decorations and binding designed by Paul Nash. The Nash designs in this Aquila Press production are some of his …Read more

  6. Grimms’ Other Tales.
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    Grimms’ Other Tales. 1956

    £650

    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. Read more

  7. Love’s Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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    Love’s Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 1925

    £225

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, with the flaps of the original jacket laid in. Read more

  8. A Latin Anthology.
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    A Latin Anthology. 1909

    £125

    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. Read more

  9. Clovis Dardentor.
    New Arrival

    Clovis Dardentor. 1897

    £1,250

    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. Read more

  10. Argonautica
    New Arrival

    Argonautica 1496

    £47,500

    Editio princeps. A remarkable presentation copy, inscribed on the verso of the final blank from the Greek scholar Robert Pember to his friend and student Roger Ascham: “R. Pemberi hunc librum dono dedit Rogero Aschamo testi magistro Fitzerbert et multis aliis.” The presentation inscription brings …Read more

  11. Stories from the Arabian Nights.
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    Stories from the Arabian Nights. 1907

    £3,000

    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. …Read more

  12. Specimens of the Russian Poets.
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    Specimens of the Russian Poets. 1821

    £125

    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. Read more

  13. La Divina Commedia.
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    La Divina Commedia. 1928

    £1,325

    First Nonesuch edition. Number 982 from a limited edition of 1,475 copies on Dutch paper. A beautifully presented and bound edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy, with Dante’s Italian printed parallel to Rev. Henry F. Cary’s English translation (1814, the first complete English translation, much loved …Read more

  14. A Series of Seventy Original Illustrations to Captain Sir R. F. Burton’s “Arabian Nights”
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    A Series of Seventy Original Illustrations to Captain Sir R. F. Burton’s “Arabian Nights” 1897

    £2,500

    First edition, one of 250 copies of the larger and preferred “choice” issue of Letchford’s illustrations for his friend’s translation of the Arabian Nights, this set unnumbered. Letchford’s paintings were not ready for the first edition of Burton’s translation, published without illustrations in 1885–8; they …Read more

  15. El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. 1780

    £25,000

    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 …Read more

  16. Peer Gynt.

    Peer Gynt. 1936

    £875

    Number 337 of 450 copies signed by Rackham. Read more

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

    Vida y Hechos del Ingenioso Caballero Don Quixote de la Mancha. 1662

    £22,500

    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 …Read more

  18. The Tin Drum.

    The Tin Drum. 1962

    £300

    First UK edition, first impression. The American translator Manheim’s 1961 translation of The Tin Drum was elected to fourth place among outstanding translations of the last half century by the Translators Association of the Society of Authors on the occasion of their 50th anniversary in …Read more

  19. The General in his Labyrinth.

    The General in his Labyrinth. 1990

    £175

    First edition in English, first printing. From the collection of Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). The story explores the labyrinth of the life of Simón Bolívar, liberator and leader of Gran Colombia, through the narrative of his …Read more

  20. Wanderer and Minstrel Under Moons of Cathay.

    Wanderer and Minstrel Under Moons of Cathay. April 1929

    £400

    First edition, number 29 of 50 copies printed on Japan vellum, signed by one of the translators Edna Worthley Underwood. “This is the first edition in the world of Tu Fu to be printed outside China, likewise it is the first edition of any one …Read more

  21. History of the Arabs and their Literature

    History of the Arabs and their Literature 1894

    £650

    First and only edition in English of this uncommon late Khedival-period course-book for Cairene students, scarce in commerce and just five copies in UK libraries, of which two in the BL; originally published in Arabic the previous year as Ta’rikh al-‘Arab wa-adabihim. Van Dyck was …Read more

  22. The Apple and Eve.

    The Apple and Eve. 1933

    £200

    First UK edition, first impression. First published as Der Apfel und Eva in 1932. Read more

  23. Illustrations of Dante.

    Illustrations of Dante. 1978

    £400

    First edition thus, number 4 of 376 numbered copies, from a total edition of 440 copies all on Lana rag paper. This Trianon Press edition is the first accurate reproduction of Blake’s seven engravings for Dante’s Divine Comedy, which were first published in 1838. The …Read more

  24. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. 1962

    £300

    First trade edition, handsomely bound. Originally published in 1934 by the Limited Editions Club. Read more

  25. Edward Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat

    Edward Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat 1899

    £250

    First edition thus, the scarcer US issue (one of 500 with the Boston imprint on the spine) from a total edition of 2000, the first Quaritch edition of this Rubaiyat with Heron-Allen’s literal translations from the Persian set comparatively alongside Fitzgerald’s own more poetical attempts, …Read more

  26. Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories.

    Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories. 1978

    £1,500

    First edition in English, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, “Par Philip, Gabriel, ’89.” From the library of the Irish book collector Dr Philip Murray. In his book, The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), Murray writes: “I had heard that the …Read more

  27. No One Writes to the Colonel.

    No One Writes to the Colonel. 1971

    £1,500

    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, “Par Philip Murray, bel amigo, Gabriel. ’89.” From the library of the Irish book collector Dr Philip Murray. In his book, The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), Murray writes: “I had heard …Read more

  28. Iliados … Odysseias … [in Greek].

    Iliados … Odysseias … [in Greek]. 1756–8

    £5,000

    First edition of the Foulis Press Homer, described by Edward Harwood as “One of the most splendid editions of Homer ever delivered to the world … its accuracy is equal to its magnificence” (Harwood, 4–5). The text was carefully edited by the Glasgow professors James …Read more

  29. The Satyricon of Petronius. A New Translation with Introduction and Notes.

    The Satyricon of Petronius. A New Translation with Introduction and Notes. 1902

    £475

    First edition, in the publisher’s deluxe half vellum, of this translation (falsely attributed by the publisher to “Sebastian Melmoth”, a.k.a. Oscar Wilde) of the Satyricon of Petronius, one of the few surviving novels of Classical Rome, from a limited edition of 515 copies, this one …Read more

  30. The Complete Works.

    The Complete Works. [c.1904]

    £7,500

    Number 55 of a limited edition of 210, signed by Leo Wiener. A particularly handsome set of Tolstoy’s works. Read more

  31. Candide, or The Optimist.

    Candide, or The Optimist. [c.1945]

    £575

    The finely produced Peter Pauper Press edition, in a stylish and unique hand-decorated vellum binding signed “H. L. Boetgger”, illustrated by Kredel, set in the Baskerville types (of which the originals were used for the first great collected edition of Voltaire’s works) and printed on …Read more

  32. Il Gattopardo.

    Il Gattopardo. November 1958

    £1,350

    First edition, first printing (one of 2,000 copies printed on 25 October but bearing the November date on the colophon). First printed in English in 1960, and the basis for Visconti’s epic film starring Burt Reynolds, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, this is the scarce …Read more

  33. The Painted Bird.

    The Painted Bird. 1966

    £675

    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “For Dr Philip Murray, in appreciation of his ‘long distance’ interest, cordially, Jerzy Kosinski, [indecipherable], US. November 14th, 1983.” Next to the inscription Kosinski has drawn an abstract doodle reminiscent …Read more

  34. Constante parité.

    Constante parité. 1977

    £250

    First and limited edition, number 312 of 530 copies. Presentation copy to Francis Bacon inscribed by the author and signed by the artist on the title page: “Pour Francis Bacon, en espérant qu’un jour très prochain nous travaillions à quelque chose de moins abstrait sur …Read more

  35. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. [c.1900]

    £3,250

    Number 270 of 1,000 sets. A complete set of Burton’s translation of the Arabian nights, containing ten volumes of the Arabian Nights plus the seven supplementary volumes. A particularly handsome set. Read more

  36. The Dramatic Works.

    The Dramatic Works. 1875

    £875

    A handsomely bound set of Moliere’s works. Read more

  37. One Hundred Years of Solitude.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude. 1970

    £6,250

    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, “Gabriel. ’85.” together with an original ink drawing of a fish. It was first published in the US earlier the same year, and originally published in Argentina in 1967 under the title Cien …Read more

  38. The Works.

    The Works.

    £1,750

    Lyceum edition. Number 17 of 750 numbered and registered sets for America. Read more

  39. Memoires.

    Memoires. 1730

    £475

    Very scarce early edition, Ada Lovelace’s copy, of the memoirs of the Duchess of Montpensier (1627–1693), the greatest heiress in 17th century France, who received the suit numerous European Kings but eventually fell in love with a (comparatively) lowly courtier and soldier. The memoirs were …Read more

  40. La Divina Commedia.

    La Divina Commedia. 1928

    £950

    First Nonesuch edition. Number 818 from a limited edition of 1,475 copies on Dutch paper. A beautifully presented and bound edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy, with Dante’s Italian printed parallel to Rev. Henry F. Cary’s English translation (1814, the first complete English translation, much loved …Read more

  41. L’Orlando Furioso.

    L’Orlando Furioso. 1821

    £500

    An attractive complete set of this scarce 1821 printing of Orlando Furioso, from the Chateau la Brede library, Gironde, France, with the library tickets to the front pastedowns of each volume. Montesquieu was born, lived, and wrote the majority of his works, at the Chateau …Read more

  42. Boccaccio’s Decameron.

    Boccaccio’s Decameron. 1934

    £1,250

    First and limited Shakespeare Head Press edition, number 31 of 325 copies; this is one of an unspecified, but small, number of copies bound in full morocco (Colin Franklin notes the standard binding as “half bound in morocco on linen”). One of …Read more

  43. Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories.

    Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories. 1979

    £85

    First UK edition, first impression. A series of short stories originally published separately in Spanish, and first published in English as a collected edition in the US in 1978. Read more

  44. Le decameron de Jean Boccace.

    Le decameron de Jean Boccace. 1757–61

    £3,000

    A fine edition illustrated in large part by Gravelot: “One of the most accomplished illustrated books of the 18th century” (Cohen-de Ricci 158–61); “one of the masterpieces of the illustrated book” (Ray 15). The imprint is false; the book was published in Paris by Prault. …Read more

  45. The Transformation of Lucius, otherwise known as The Golden Ass.

    The Transformation of Lucius, otherwise known as The Golden Ass. 1950 [i.e. 1951]

    £150

    First Robert Graves edition, first impression. Signed limited edition, number 1,729 of 2,000 copies only signed by Graves. The Golden Ass is the only ancient novel to survive in its entirety, and was an inspiration for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Read more

  46. Specimen Poeseos Persicae,

    Specimen Poeseos Persicae, 1771

    £2,750

    First edition of any substantial part of the Hafiz corpus in the original Persian, compiled by Austro-Hungarian diplomat and Persianist Count Karl Emmerich Reviczky (1737-1793). With the bookplate of Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861), “England’s earliest female bibliophile” (ODNB), whose famous library at Eshton Hall, …Read more

  47. One Hundred Years of Solitude.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude. 1970

    £8,750

    First English language edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the dedication page, adding “and for Philip, Gabriel, 85” to the printed dedication. From the library of the Irish book collector Dr Philip Murray. In his book, The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), …Read more

  48. Peer Gynt.

    Peer Gynt. 1936

    £1,850

    Deluxe edition, number 250 of 460 numbered copies signed by the artist. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Hero & Leander.
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    MUSAEUS. MUSAEUS.

    Hero & Leander.

    £400

  2. New Arrival
    Il Dottor Zivago; [with:] Doctor Zhivago [in Cyrillic].
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    PASTERNAK, Boris Leonidovic. PASTERNAK, Boris Leonidovic.

    Il Dottor Zivago; [with:] Doctor Zhivago [in Cyrillic].

    £7,500

  3. New Arrival
    The Castle.
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    KAFKA, Franz. KAFKA, Franz.

    The Castle.

    £325

  4. New Arrival
    The High History of the Holy Graal. Translated from the French.
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    (ARTHURIANA.) EVANS, Sebastian, trans. (ARTHURIANA.) EVANS, Sebastian,...

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

    £750

  5. New Arrival
    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.
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    LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch; trans. John Cournos. LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch;...

    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.

    £675

  6. New Arrival
    Grimms’ Other Tales.
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    GRIMM, Jakob & Wilhelm. GRIMM, Jakob &...

    Grimms’ Other Tales.

    £650

  7. New Arrival
    Love’s Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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    FLOWER, Robin, trans. FLOWER, Robin, trans.

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

    £225

  8. New Arrival
    A Latin Anthology.
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    (LATIN POETRY.) (LATIN POETRY.)

    A Latin Anthology.

    £125

  9. New Arrival
    Clovis Dardentor.
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    VERNE, Jules. VERNE, Jules.

    Clovis Dardentor.

    £1,250

  10. New Arrival
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    Stories from the Arabian Nights.
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    (DULAC, Edmund.) HOUSMAN, Laurence. (DULAC, Edmund.) HOUSMAN,...

    Stories from the Arabian Nights.

    £3,000

  12. New Arrival
  13. New Arrival
  14. New Arrival
    A Series of Seventy Original Illustrations to Captain Sir R. F. Burton’s “Arabian Nights”
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    (ARABIAN NIGHTS.) LETCHFORD, Albert (illus.) (ARABIAN NIGHTS.) LETCHFORD,...

    A Series of Seventy Original Illustrations to Captain Sir R. F. Burton’s “Arabian Nights”

    £2,500

  15. El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.
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    CERVANTES, Miguel de. CERVANTES, Miguel de.

    El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    £25,000

  16. Vida y Hechos del Ingenioso Caballero Don Quixote de la Mancha.
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    CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel...

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

    £22,500

  17. The Tin Drum.
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    GRASS, Günter. GRASS, Günter.

    The Tin Drum.

    £300

  18. The General in his Labyrinth.
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    MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García. MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García.

    The General in his Labyrinth.

    £175

  19. Wanderer and Minstrel Under Moons of Cathay.
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    (DU FU.) TU FU. (DU FU.) TU...

    Wanderer and Minstrel Under Moons of Cathay.

    £400

  20. History of the Arabs and their Literature
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    DYCK, Edward A. van. DYCK, Edward A....

    History of the Arabs and their Literature

    £650

  21. Illustrations of Dante.
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    BLAKE, William. BLAKE, William.

    Illustrations of Dante.

    £400

  22. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
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    BURTON, Richard F. BURTON, Richard F.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

    £300

  23. Edward Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat
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    OMAR KHAYYÁM. OMAR KHAYYÁM.

    Edward Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat

    £250

  24. Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories.
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    MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García. MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García.

    Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories.

    £1,500

  25. No One Writes to the Colonel.
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    MARQUEZ, Gabriel Garcia. MARQUEZ, Gabriel Garcia.

    No One Writes to the Colonel.

    £1,500

  26. Iliados … Odysseias … [in Greek].
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    HOMER. HOMER.

    Iliados … Odysseias … [in Greek].

    £5,000

  27. The Satyricon of Petronius. A New Translation with Introduction and Notes.
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    [WILDE, Oscar, attrib. trans., pseud. Sebastian... [WILDE, Oscar, attrib....

    The Satyricon of Petronius. A New Translation with Introduction and Notes.

    £475

  28. The Complete Works.
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    TOLSTOY, Leo. TOLSTOY, Leo.

    The Complete Works.

    £7,500

  29. Candide, or The Optimist.
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    VOLTAIRE, J. F. M. A. de. VOLTAIRE, J. F....

    Candide, or The Optimist.

    £575

  30. The Painted Bird.
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    KOSINSKI, Jerzy. KOSINSKI, Jerzy.

    The Painted Bird.

    £675

  31. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
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    (ARABIAN NIGHTS) BURTON, Richard F. (ARABIAN NIGHTS) BURTON,...

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

    £3,250

  32. The Dramatic Works.
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    MOLIÈRE. MOLIÈRE.

    The Dramatic Works.

    £875

  33. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
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    MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García. MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude.

    £6,250

  34. L’Orlando Furioso.
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    ARIOSTO, Ludovico. ARIOSTO, Ludovico.

    L’Orlando Furioso.

    £500

  35. Boccaccio’s Decameron.
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    BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. BOCCACCIO, Giovanni.

    Boccaccio’s Decameron.

    £1,250

  36. Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories.
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    MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García. MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García.

    Innocent Eréndira and Other Stories.

    £85

  37. Le decameron de Jean Boccace.
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    BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. BOCCACCIO, Giovanni.

    Le decameron de Jean Boccace.

    £3,000

  38. The Transformation of Lucius, otherwise known as The Golden Ass.
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    (GRAVES, Robert.) APULEIUS, Lucius. (GRAVES, Robert.) APULEIUS,...

    The Transformation of Lucius, otherwise known as The Golden Ass.

    £150

  39. Specimen Poeseos Persicae,
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    HAFIZ, Shams al-Din Muhammad. HAFIZ, Shams al-Din...

    Specimen Poeseos Persicae,

    £2,750

  40. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
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    MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García. MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel García.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude.

    £8,750

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