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  1. 133932
    First edition, first printing, very scarce especially in this condition, of the Nobel Prize winner's ground-breaking piece of absurdist metatheatre (known in English as Six Characters in Search of an Author). The play was published as volume three of the playwright's "Maschere Nude" sequence. The debut performance,... Learn More
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  2. 132594
    First edition in book form of Chekhov's firsthand investigative report on the much-contested north Pacific island. Chekhov visited Sakhalin in 1890, and his account was first published in parts between 1893 and 1894 in the popular journal 'Russkaya Mysl' Russian Thought. This book version includes four additional chapters,... Learn More
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  3. 132612
    First edition in English of Goethe's Faust, translated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. When Faust, Part I first appeared in a finished form (1808) Coleridge expressed concern for the apparent immorality. Despite this, he briefly entertained a proposal in 1814 to translate the work, and returned to and completed the task in 1820-21.... Learn More
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  4. 132689comp
    First edition thus, artist's copy number G of 15 copies on different types of paper reserved to the collaborators and signed by Chimot on the justification page.
    Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) was a French artist, illustrator and editor whose career reached its peak in the 1920s in Paris, through the publication of fine... Learn More
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  5. 129025
    First edition of Morris's Icelandic epic, his longest and most ambitious poem. Although dated 1877 this work was issued in November 1876. He had published a prose translation, in collaboration with Eirikr Magnusson, in 1870, though this edition presents the first appearance of his solo poetic treatment of the epic. "This... Learn More
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  6. 132518
    First complete edition in English, and the first under this title, UK issue from the US sheets with a cancel title page (the US sheets published by T. Y. Crowell, New York, 1886). The novel first appeared in English in 1854 under the title Home Life in Russia, but that was an adaptation of part one only, with an altered... Learn More
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  7. 129545
    First Foscolo edition, in the original Italian. John Carlyle in his 1867 translation of The Inferno, noted the importance of this 1842 Foscolo edition on account of the accurate references it contains and for the legacy that Foscolo's translations left in this book. "By accurate citation of every authority within his reach,... Learn More
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  8. 132709
    First edition, first printing on simili-Japon paper, of this collaboration between the artist and the poet, published less than a year after Paul Éluard (1895-1952) and his wife, Elena Daikonova (1894-1982, nicknamed Gala), visited German artist Max Ernst (1891-1976) at his home in Cologne, in November 1921. This edition... Learn More
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  9. 129707
    First edition of Kozlov's Byronic poem, the work that established his literary reputation, and which spread Byronic ideals among the Russian literary scene. Kozlov (1779-1840) lost his sight in 1821 and had to forgo his successful military and civil service career. He instead took to writing, learning English and German... Learn More
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  10. 129730
    First edition of the work that introduced Hungarian literature to the English-speaking world, and for a long time the only Western source for Hungarian poetry. The volume includes the work of more than 20 poets, more than 60 national songs, and above 50 pages of valuable biographical sketches. Bowring (17921872), a politician,... Learn More
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  11. 128964
    First edition published by the Fath al-Karim press in Bombay, 1600 copies printed. The first printed edition of the Arabian Nights in Persian and with lithographic illustrations appeared at Tehran in 1855. "The Persian translation of the Arabian Nights experienced some seven illustrated editions between 1272/1855 and 1320/1902"... Learn More
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  12. 126850
    First edition. Scarce, with only 11 locations on OCLC. A lavishly produced copy the first edition of these works by Suleyman Zati, clearly specially produced for presentation, since the printers have deliberately omitted the opening title device and a new design has been hand painted in its place. The attractive binding... Learn More
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  13. 123238

    Bom-Crioulo.

    San Francisco: 1982

    First edition in English, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and won the Stonewall Book Award in 1980. He established the Gay Sunshine Press in 1975,... Learn More
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  14. 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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  15. 124888
    First English-language edition, originally published in Italy by Feltrinelli in 1958 after the author's death in the preceding year. Learn More
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  16. 118428detail
    First Baskerville edition, finely printing the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, a philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century bce. This copy, which is notably unrestored (surviving copies are usually heavily dilapidated or rebacked), has... Learn More
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  17. 112682detail
    First edition, a rare interleaved copy owned by Swedish philologist Sven Hylander (1797-1825) with his comments and additions to the work. Hylander was lecturer at the University of Lund and studied Icelandic manuscripts. The famous Swedish poet Esaias Tegner, who was a lecturer in Greek at Lund, wrote an elegy for Hylander... Learn More
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  18. 116066
    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,... Learn More
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  19. i1
    First edition, first impression, of Lagerlöf's debut novel, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her Danish translators Ida Falbe-Hansen and her partner Elisabeth Grundtvig on the front flyleaf of Volume I: "Frkr Falbe Hansen och Grundtvig med tacksamhet och tillgifvenhet, från förf", with their pencil marginalia... Learn More
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  20. Bouvard and Pécuchet.
    First English translation, scarce deluxe issue, of Flaubert's final, unfinished, novel, originally published in France in 1881, and considered by some his masterpiece. Flaubert died in 1880 while working on the book that he confessed to George Sand as early as 1874 "will be the death of me!". The story affectionately satirises... Learn More
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  21. 132751
    First edition thus, one of 300 copies, inscribed to Jane Morris on the blank preceding the title, "To Mrs. Morris from The Editor", and probably bound for presentation. Ouseley's translation was originally published in 1800 but had become rare by the 1880s and the Orcadian scholar Clouston considered it worth reprinting.... Learn More
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  22. 131534
    First edition in English of one of the masterpieces of Russian literature, Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time, originally published at Saint Petersburg in 1840, and the first of any of Lermontov's works in English. This edition was issued in the somewhat obscure, "elegant and rather miscellaneous" (Sadleir) Illustrated Family... Learn More
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  23. 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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  24. 131730
    First edition, first printing, 4,282 copies were published. "Perhaps no one at home or in exile made claim to Pushkin's legacy more faithfully than Nabokov. Born one hundred years after Pushkin in 1899, Nabokov adopted him as his personal muse and never abandoned that calling. He took Pushkin as his fellow traveler on every... Learn More
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  25. 131820
    Second edition, substantially expanded and revised from the first of 1859. Five hundred copies of the second edition were printed, with Quaritch selling each at a price of 1s. 6d.; when a copy re-appeared in their catalogue in 1929, it had already reached a price of 52 10s. (Potter, p. 12). FitzGerald substantially revised... Learn More
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  26. 130381comp
    First edition, hors commerce copy inscribed by Cocteau on the front wrapper, "Pour madame de Brontelle respectueux hommage Jean Cocteau". This was the author's first book, published when he was only 19 years old, a poetical collection inspired by the Mille et un nuits. "Cocteau's poetry was at one with his Parisian image... Learn More
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  27. 131322comp
    First edition in English, limited issue, number 35 of 750 copies. Inscribed by novelist and translator Sydney Schiff, using his pseudonym Stephen Hudson to fellow translator Edwin Muir, on the second blank, "Edwin Muir, from S. S. (Stephen Hudson) Jan. 1. 30". This is an important association between three friends and contemporary... Learn More
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  28. 132701
    First edition, first impression, of Kazantzakis's ambitious verse drama based on Homer's Odyssey. The first edition is institutionally rare, with OCLC showing only six locations. Learn More
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  29. 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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  30. 132611
    Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English..."> First edition, presentation copy with a slip inscribed "Dall'Autore" pasted to the top corner of the title page, of this very scarce Italian translation of the final part of Spenser's Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English... Learn More
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  31. 132476
    First edition, first printing, of Mandelstam's first prose work, a series of autobiographical sketches which provide an important source for Mandelstam's childhood, despite not formally being an autobiography: "my desire is not to speak about myself but to track down the age, the noise and the germination of time". The work... Learn More
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    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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  33. 132225comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author to his English translator "a William Weaver Italo Calvino" on the first blank, with pencil annotations by Weaver in the margins of a few pages. Weaver's translation of this work into English was published in 1968, winning the National Book Award for... Learn More
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  34. 132198comp
    First edition, number 52 of 150 copies on folded hemp paper, signed by Levitt. This is the first Mandrill Press publication, which appears to have published only one other book: Flower-gazer: Japanese poems, printed in 1961.
    This publication, in the Japanese woodblock printing style, brings together Haiku poems... Learn More
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  35. 132171
    First European edition, first printing, scarce. Zweig's great chess novella (published in English as "Chess" or "The Royal Game") was first printed in Buenos Aires in 1942, but that edition is rare - the Stockholm edition is the first printed on the continent that Zweig had fled. One of the most popular writers in the world... Learn More
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  36. 130403
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,..."> Very attractive signed portrait of the great Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher and author, captured at the height of his fame, inscribed in ink on the mount "Rabindranath Tagore, June 17 1921"; also signed by the distinguished photographer Hanns Holdt (1880-1972).
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,... Learn More
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  37. 128501comp
    First edition in Spanish, first printing, presentation copy with an astounding literary association, inscribed by Eco to Gabriel García Márquez on the half-title in Italian and Spanish, "A Gabo, i miei 1300 años de cristianidad. Umberto" ("To Gabo, my own 1,300 years of Christianity, Umberto"). This is a powerful association... Learn More
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  38. 122308detail
    First edition of the first translation into any European language of one of the most influential poems in the Sanskrit canon. Kalidasa has been described by Edwin Gerow, a noted authority on Sanskrit poetics, as "probably the greatest Indian writer of any epoch" (Britannica). From internal evidence it has been suggested... Learn More
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  39. 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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  40. 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.
    This... Learn More
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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 132519comp
    First edition, first printing. With a signed presentation inscription from the author to the philosopher and essayist Ramiro de Maeztu on the verso of the front wrapper: "A Ramiro de Maeztu, mi devoción por su obra maravillosamente hispana, cerradamente española. R. E. Scarpa... Stgo de Chile. Dic. 1935" ("To Ramiro de... Learn More
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  44. 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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  45. 132170
    First European edition, first printing, scarce and in exceptional condition. Zweig's great chess novella (published in English as "Chess" or "The Royal Game") was first printed in Buenos Aires in 1942, but that edition is rare - the Stockholm edition is the first printed on the continent that Zweig had fled. One of the most... Learn More
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  46. 132569

    The Iliad.

    London: 1866 & 1871

    First Paley edition, printed in Greek with Paley's extensive notes in English. Paley (1815-1888) used the Greek text of Immanuel Bekker (published in Bonn in 1858); he stated his "primary object has been to explain the Greek of Homer. This is I am well aware, only one small department that an intellectual student requires;... Learn More
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  47. 132450
    First edition. Following the failure of his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Walden was not a runaway success. The edition of 2,000 took five years to sell through, but it was from the very first an immensely influential text, and remains so today: "For almost a hundred years an inspiration to nature... Learn More
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  48. 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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  49. 128474comp
    First edition, first printing, a superb presentation copy inscribed by García Márquez to his close friend the writer and actress María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009), the dedicatee of Cien años de soledad, on the dedication page: "María Luisa, adivina quien te quiere. Gabriel 89" ("María Luisa, guess who loves... Learn More
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  50. 24398
    £850

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  52. 125557
    A superb association for this novel. Miliukov and Dostoevsky's..."> First complete edition, very rare presentation copy to Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov (1817-1897), inscribed by the author in Russian at the head of the first half-title, "Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov, from the author, in memory, with respect and sincere devotion".
    A superb association for this novel. Miliukov and Dostoevsky's... Learn More
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  53. 131639
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only, in a highly attractive custom binding, with the design incorporating the poem's multiple references to wine. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by... Learn More
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  54. 131116
    An attractive copy of the Rubáiyát, in an elegant, understated binding showing the influence of the Doves Bindery. Learn More
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  55. 130933comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on p. v, "Para Tom, de su amigo, Gabriel 82", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler loosely inserted. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director in... Learn More
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    Very scarce inscribed copy of García Márquez's first book, ninth edition, inscribed on the half-title to Diego García Elío, the son of his close friends the writers María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009) and Jomí García Elio (1927-1986), who were the dedicatees of Cien años de soledad. The inscription reads,... Learn More
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  57. 130836
    First revised edition, first impression, attractively bound and featuring Pogány's illustrations beautifully reproduced by the Edinburgh lithographic printers McLagan and Cumming. With a reputation as the finest lithographic printers in Scotland, the "lithographers concerned were truly artists, and not only in their treatment... Learn More
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  58. 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
    £650

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  59. 130719comp
    Signed limited edition, number 157 of 1,000 copies of the US issue signed by the artist. A further 1,000 signed copies were issued simultaneously in the UK. In a letter to Thomas Bodkin Clarke reported that his publisher regarded the illustrations in this work to be "full of stench and steaming horrors" (Bowe, p. 79). Learn More
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  60. 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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