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  1. 125658
    First edition, first printing (without the dedication to Lamartine and the note on pronunciation). Mistral's long narrative poem was his first great literary success, and is generally considered his masterpiece. Taking eight years in composition, the poem, written in the Provençal dialect, tells of a young couple's thwarted... Learn More
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  2. 123945comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Eda, dear Eda, Nancy Cunard, Paris, June 1947". Below the inscription is a pasted in newspaper clipping of a photo of Cunard. The recipient was likely the novelist and friend of Cunard's Eda Lord (1907-1976). This... Learn More
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  3. 82840comp
    First edition in French, presentation copy, inscribed by the translator Victor Derély (1840-1904) on the first half-title to an unidentified recipient, but warmly with "homage affecteux d'un vieux comerade, V. Derély". Crime and Punishment was originally published in 12 monthly instalments during 1866 in the literary journal... Learn More
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  4. 131728comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to her friend Henry Harrisse: "a mon ami Henry Harrisse G. Sand"; together with Harrisse's ownership signature on the verso of the front free endpaper, and with his gilt initials "HH" on the spine. The American historian and man of letters Henry... Learn More
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  5. 132707
    First appearance of the Futurist Manifesto in the author's own multilingual magazine (in Italian, French, and English), first issue bearing "Il Futurismo" on the cover, accompanied by an autograph letter from Marinetti to "a fellow writer" requesting that they send back their judgment of the manifesto and communicate their... Learn More
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  6. 132448comp

    Thésée.

    [Paris]: [1946]

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to his friend and biographer "à Jean Hytier, avec ma bien attentive sympathie, André Gide". This is number 9 of 30 hors commerce copies, from a total edition of 1,370 copies, of Gide's re-imagining of the myth of Theseus and the... Learn More
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  7. 132462comp
    First edition in French (second overall), first printing, presentation copy of the service de presse issue, inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper "à Giuseppe Ungaretti, ce livre dont il a été l'un des premiers confidents. Avec toute mon amitié, Paul Henri Michel". The recipient Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970)... Learn More
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  8. 132315
    First edition, no. 46 of 50 deluxe large-format copies printed on Alfa paper; with a card signed by the author loosely inserted. The book was also issued on regular paper bound in cloth and in wrappers, both without a stated limitation; this deluxe issue is very scarce. A seminal work of 20th-century science fiction, La... Learn More
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  9. 132231
    First edition thus, number 101 of 200 copies only. The present work is a fragment from de Sade's Histoire de Juliette, here printed on japon and erotically illustrated by Couperyn, pseudonym of Belgian artist Georges Alexandre Drains. A rare survival: only three copies traced in OCLC. Learn More
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  10. 123593
    First edition of this account, held in high esteem by Adam Smith, of European coinage and the commodities market from circa 1002 to 1742, written by the economist Dupré de Saint-Maur (1695-1774). Smith called Dupré de Saint-Maur and Bishop Fleetwood "the two authors who seem to have collected, with the greatest diligence... Learn More
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  11. 123048
    First edition of this treatise on political economy, including a detailed history of the Banque de France, by the liberal economist Carrion-Nisas (1794-1867). Learn More
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  12. 123571detail
    An attractively bound 18th-century facsimile reprint of Choyselat's famous treatise on rural economics which recommends poultry farming as the most dependable means of assuring profit. Extremely popular, it was printed with considerable frequency until 1800. A list of referenced authors at the end of the text includes Plato,... Learn More
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  13. 122820detail
    First edition of this important contribution to the population debate by Claude François-Joseph d'Auxiron (1728-1778), a key non-physiocratic economist prior to Malthus and one of the earliest advocates of the importance of mathematical economics. "Auxiron's work is significant chiefly because of his analysis of the determinants... Learn More
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  14. 122972detail
    First edition of Dupont's "treatise attempting to state a philosophy of life" (Saricks) dedicated to his long-time friend Lavoisier, in an attractive contemporary binding. "From the dates given at the beginning of the book, the Philosophie de l'univers was apparently written between December 20, 1792, and June 10, 1793.... Learn More
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    First edition, second issue, presentation copy from a member of Caillard's family, inscribed "Donné à Monsieur Grutter, par son ami S. C. Caillard" on the half-title, with the rare four page sale schedule. First published by Debure in 1808, the catalogue was printed again, with the additional schedule inserted, for the... Learn More
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  16. 122682
    First edition in French of what Locke termed "the best discourse I ever read on that subject" (Palgrave I, p. 230), translated and expanded from the first edition in English (1695), and containing material not included in the last English edition of 1745, thus bringing the work up to date. McCulloch judged that the additions... Learn More
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  17. 120792detail
    Second edition, published the same year as the first, of this popular work comparing the British and French political economies, this copy from the library of André Morellet, a collection which was largely acquired as reading material during the preparation of his Encyclopédie.
    Although it claimed to be a translation,... Learn More
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  18. Le Balcon.
    First edition, first impression. Number 18 of a limited edition of 3000 copies printed on Japon nacre imperial and numbered in roman. Learn More
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  19. 132195
    This..."> First edition illustrated by Roger Ferrero, number 15 of 35 on papier Guarro à la main, from an edition limited to 180 copies, with an original drawing signed, and a suite of illustrations on Japon, signed "Grosclaude" and "RFerrero" on the limitation page, the present work with an extra 3 original drawings by Ferrero.
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  20. 132731
    First edition thus, first printing, number 233 of 300 on vélin d'arches, from a total edition of 350, with the chemise and slipcase in unusually nice condition.
    The friendship between the cartoonist and writer André Rouveyre (1879-1962) the artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) left a trail of art works and a correspondence... Learn More
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  21. 132149

    Nudité.

    [Brussels & Paris]: 1943

    First edition, number 24 of 49 copies on Japon Nacré, from an edition of 485 copies; rare on the market, particularly in such an excellent binding and condition. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent most of his life in Paris. Carlègle excelled in wood engraving.... Learn More
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  22. 133182
    First edition, limited issue of one of the most influential texts of modern gender politics. This edition limited to a total of 2,105 copies, including 2,000 numbered copies on Alfama Marais paper of which these are numbers 293 and 359. Of the remaining 105 copies, 55 were printed on vellum, and the remaining 50 were unnumbered... Learn More
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  23. 93440
    First edition. Pâris-Duverney and Deschamps refute Dutot's Réflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce (1738) - a favourable consideration of John Law's paper currency system. Pâris-Duverney (the third of the four brothers Pâris, whose financial plans had been accepted under the Regency in 1716) had fallen... Learn More
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  24. 115912
    A highly detailed cycling map of Paris and its surrounding areas at a scale of 1:300,000. The map, which was designed for the use of both cars and cyclists, features key routes and viewing points and makes notes of any climbs or descents. In 1908 The National Library of France noted that "conventional signs are used to indicate... Learn More
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  25. 132145
    First Carlègle edition, number 497 from a total edition of 585 copies. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent most of his life in Paris. Carlègle excelled in wood engraving. His illustrations for Daphnis et Chloé exhibited in the autumn Salon of 1913 launched... Learn More
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  26. 132141
    First Belgian edition, first printing, (third overall), number 49 of 25 copies on vergé de Hollande Van Gelder antique, with the additional suite of proofs of the engravings on auvergne paper, from a total edition of 492. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent... Learn More
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  27. 132505
    One of two editions published in 1787, one under the present title, the other under Réflexions d'un citoyen..., without established priority. The work was Gosselin's contribution to one of the many philosophical essay contests held in 18th-century France. The book is scarce, with OCLC locating five copies of this edition.... Learn More
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  28. 125728
    First edition, uncommon complete as here, of this charming set of instructive tales for children by the French bluestocking Alida de Savignac (1790-1847). Volume I comprises three stories, each bound separately: La Petite Malade imaginaire; Juliette à Rome, ou les histoires du temps passé; and Camille. Volume II is divided... Learn More
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  29. 129302comp
    Having served as Sweden's envoy to the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, and Switzerland..."> Later edition in book form, presentation copy to the Swedish diplomat and Francophile Count Albert Ehrensvärd, inscribed by Bergson on the half-title, "à Monsieur le Comte Albert Ehrensvärd en dévoué hommage H. Bergson".
    Having served as Sweden's envoy to the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, and Switzerland... Learn More
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    First trade edition, service de presse copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Pour Raymond Federman avec amitîé Hélène Cixous". The recipient was French-American novelist, essayist and Beckett critic Raymond Federman (1928-2009), who edited a number of Cixous's critical essays on Beckett.... Learn More
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  31. 130910
    First edition, limited issue. A presentation card inscribed by the author is loosely inserted into this copy, "Souvenir de plusieurs heureux séjours à l'Aichi, S. de Beauvoir", translating as "Remembrance of several happy stays at the Aichi". In 1966 Beauvoir undertook a three week lecture tour of Japan with Jean-Paul... Learn More
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  32. 127491
    First edition, notably rare, of the revolutionary French socialist and feminist's critique of London following her 1839 visit to England, emphasising the city's poverty crisis as a symptom of the English capitalist system, and written in the fluent reportorial style for which Tristan became best known. OCLC locates just... Learn More
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  33. 126533
    A largely unbroken, notably scarce, run of 40 issues of La Dépêche, dating from September 1949 until October 1950, together with three issues of La Note de Paris, from August and October 1950, with a key fashion association, the subscriber being renowned milliner, fashion designer, and female entrepreneur Lilly Daché... Learn More
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  34. 131685
    First edition of this classic of social science, "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM). Montesquieu began work on his magnum opus in 1734, and took fifteen years to finish. The book is in six sections: the first dealing with law in general and the different forms of government, the second with... Learn More
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  35. 97220
    First edition, first impression, containing pp. 143-164 from the scientific journal Annales de Mines, May 1942. Learn More
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  36. 113296
    First edition of one of the author's last works, an enlarged compilation of most of his writings on economy. "In order to explain, once for all, his entire social philosophy, Sismondi had the happy idea to assemble, and to publish under the title Etudes sur les sciences sociales, an old treatise on political constitutions... Learn More
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  37. 123649
    First edition of this riposte to Montesquieu's and Mirabeau's claims of depopulation, a classic example of the 18th-century French tradition of political arithmetic. "Messance was secretary to the intendant of the Auvergne, Jean-François de La Michodière, and he published his Recherches sur la population in 1766. Recognizing... Learn More
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  38. 131773
    First edition of this classic of social science, "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM). Montesquieu began work on his magnum opus in 1734, and took fifteen years to finish. The book is in six sections: the first dealing with law in general and the different forms of government, the second with... Learn More
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  39. 125626
    First edition of each volume of Sartre's existentialist novel, comprising l'âge de la raison, le sursis, and la mort dans l'âme. Learn More
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  40. 24398
    £850

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  41. i1
    First edition of Nicolas Gueudeville's translation of Utopia, one of the very few copies with a cancel title printed entirely in black, unseen by Gibson. This copy also contains the often removed plate on K4 verso by Bleyswick, which depicts future spouses in a state of undress as they inspect each other before marriage.... Learn More
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  42. 124093
    First edition, the extremely rare first issue with the fictitious Pékin imprint on the title pages of both parts, in the corrected state. Issued thus to avoid French censorship, but in fact printed in Paris, the Pékin issue was printed in very small numbers and swiftly withdrawn because of a reference made by the editor,... Learn More
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  43. 131461
    First edition. Alfred Binet (1857-1911) was a highly influential figure in French psychiatry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, now best remembered as being the inventor, with Théodore Simon, of the first practical IQ test. La suggestibilité is an analysis of suggestibility, based on Binet's studies on schoolchildren,... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Beckett and Pinget on the same page, next to their photographic portraits: "Merci, cordialement, Samuel Beckett"; "Pour Madame indecipherable, avec mes hommages, Robert Pinget". As part of its 1965-6 season he Odéon Theatre (or, Théâtre de France, now Théâtre de l'Europe)... Learn More
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  45. 120761
    First edition of the French historian's intellectual biography of Marx, examining in particular his school and university days, his time spent as editor of the Rheinische Zeitung, and his early collaborative work with Engels. Cornu's doctoral thesis of the same year was the first French academic work on Marx, and he has... Learn More
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  46. 130843
    Limited edition, from a stated issue of 10 copies printed on japon (this copy unnumbered); a further 170 copies were issued printed on Holland paper, 20 on China paper, and 20 on Whatman paper. The publishing company Librairie des bibliophiles was founded by Damase Jouast (1834-1893) to publish exceptional editions of the... Learn More
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  47. 61428
    First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century, originally issued in Dutch, Amsterdam 1711. Cornelis de Bruyn, the Dutch traveller and painter, also known for his account of his journey through the Levant, was the first traveller to whom the tsar gave permission to make... Learn More
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  48. 98719
    First edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont.
    "Samuel Bentham, Jeremy's brother, had long been urging Bentham to translate, or get translated into French, his writings on legislation, in order... Learn More
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  49. 101528
    Second edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont. This work was first published in English as The Rationale of Reward, (London, J. & H. Hunt, 1825) and The Rationale of Punishment, (London, R. Heward,... Learn More
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  50. 119070
    First edition of Iasaac de Laffemas's History of Commerce in France, extremely scarce. Son of Barthélemy de Laffemas, the first great mercantilist minister of France, Isaac obtained the position of civil lieutenant of Paris, and subsequently member of the council of state. Like his father, he embraced the idea of improving... Learn More
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  51. 129609
    Limited edition, number 11 of 15 copies printed on japon with the plates in three states (printed in black on japon, bistre on chine, and blue). 15 copies were also printed on papier de chine, 40 on Watham paper, and 350 in a standard trade issue. Nerval's translation of Goethe's epic play was first published in 1828, Goethe... Learn More
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  52. 34122comp
    First trade edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription, "Pour Georges ? en hommage et reconnaissance Sam Beckett Paris, fevrier 1957". One of Beckett's finest plays. Uncommon with a contemporary presentation inscription. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 34122

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  53. 121182
    Second edition of the French anarchist philosopher's notorious thesis which caused a scandal by equating all property with theft, printed by Proudhon himself in his hometown Besançon as stated on the half-title verso. As a result of his family's financial difficulties, Proudhon entered a printing-office in Besancon as a... Learn More
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  54. 60 Fotos/60 Photos/60 Photographies.
    First edition, first printing of Biermann's first and only book, which includes Franz Roh's important essay "The literary dispute about photography", and with the scarce wraparound band. Designed by Jan Tschichold and edited by Franz Roh, the book has text in English, French, and German. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 100942

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  55. 93433
    First separate edition in French of three of Hume's Four Dissertations, first published in English in 1757: The Natural History of Religion, Of the Passions, Of Tragedy, and Of the Standard of Taste, translated into French by Johann Bernhard Merian. The volume was originally issued as volume four of Schneider's Oeuvres philosophiques... Learn More
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  56. 128963
    Second, revised and corrected edition, in a handsome contemporary binding. Bausset's expansive biography of Jacques-Bénigne Lignel Bossuet, first published in 1814, was awarded the decennial prize by the Institute of France. Learn More
    £875

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  57. 123798comp
    Deluxe signed limited edition, number 6 of 150 copies on Grand Vélin d'Arches signed by the artist and editor. This edition contains two original lithographs signed by the artist as well as 12 other original unsigned lithographs. This is volume two of the four-volume series by Fernand Mourlot. The trade edition was first... Learn More
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  58. 100475comp
    Signed limited edition, number 110 of 200 copies signed by Henry Moore. Loosely inserted as issued is a signed lithograph of "Seated Mother and Child" (1973), which is printed on Barcham Green, numbered 35/100 and housed in its original card chemise. This deluxe edition of the catalogue raisonné of the artist's work in... Learn More
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  59. 84058
    "Pareto's aim in the Cours was 'to provide an outline of economic science considered as a natural science based exclusively on facts'" (IESS). The main economic..."> First edition of Pareto's first major work, inscribed by the author; "A Mr, le Dr Sülzer, Hommage amical, Vilfredo Pareto" to the title of each volume (see below).
    "Pareto's aim in the Cours was 'to provide an outline of economic science considered as a natural science based exclusively on facts'" (IESS). The main economic... Learn More
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  60. 126891
    First edition in French, first published in Latin in 1705, an English edition was published in 1712, and a German in 1715. "Edited by David Durand this important work by the Dutch orientalist Reeland sets out to correct misconceptions in the popular about Islam, and to bring a better understanding of it. The work was based... Learn More
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