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  1. 133123
    First complete translation into English verse of the poems of Hafiz, copy number 36 of an unstated limitation of the ordinary issue (there being also a rare large paper issue). John Payne's (1842-1916) privately printed translations for the erotic Villon Society include Boccaccio's Decameron, Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, and... Learn More
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  2. Exploits of Don Quixote.
    First Ardizzone edition, first impression. Learn More
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  3. 96870
    First edition, first printing. This was the sole volume published of a far more extensive project designed to bring a cross section of cutting edge world literature to the American public. The venture was never fully realized and perhaps its lasting legacy will prove to have been as Beckett's first appearance in a US publication.... Learn More
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    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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  5. 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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  6. 132255
    First French-language edition to be published in England, first issue (later issues have a Mount Street address for Clarke); third edition in French overall. Beckford's oriental novel, Vathek, was written in French between January and May 1782, and published in Lausanne in December 1786 (though postdated 1787). It was beaten... Learn More
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  7. 132201
    First authorized English-language edition, preceded only by the American piracy in the same year, and considerably scarcer. The translation was by Lascelles Wraxall, and published in October 1862, within months of the original French-language edition. Copies in publisher's cloth are rare. The Guinness Book of World Records... Learn More
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    First and signed limited edition, number 81 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... Learn More
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  9. 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
    £450

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    First English-language edition of Neruda's masterpiece, the publisher's copy signed for him by the poet on the front free endpaper, "Pablo Neruda, 1970", with the bookplate of Tom Maschler to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular... Learn More
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  11. 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
    £750

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    Icaro.

    New York: 1933

    First edition in English, US issue, first printing, presentation copy from the translator to the publisher, of this 1928 Olympic Prizewinning verse-play by the extraordinary Italian poet Lauro de Bosis (1901-1931), first printed in Italian (Milan 1930), here printed for the first time with facing Italian-English text. The... Learn More
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    First Bodoni edition of Eliot's masterpiece, number 152 of 300 copies signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the twentieth century. Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Daniel Devoto on the half-title: "Para Daniel S. Devoto - instalado para siempre en la amistad sin vericuetos ni otros dobleces, con toda la simpatia y el afecto de Norah Lange. Talcahuano 638. Nov. 1942" ("For Daniel S. Devoto - installed forever... Learn More
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  15. 132617
    First edition of the first collection of Serbian poetry in English. The translator John Bowring (1792-1872) learnt several languages as a boy from foreign traders on the quay at Exeter, and his translations did much to introduce then little-known literatures to the English speaking world. He would go on to have an adventurous... Learn More
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  16. 132565
    First edition of the first collection of Polish poetry in English, including the great Renaissance writers such as Jan Kochanowski and Szymon Szymonowic to contemporary writers such as Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, Kazimierz Brodzinski, and Krystyn Lach Szyrma. The translator John Bowring (1792-1872) was a great friend of the... Learn More
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    His Dark Materials.

    London: 1995-1997-2000-2003

    Northern Lights with the required issue points to the jacket; 12.99 price, "Point" to the..."> First editions, first impressions, each work signed by the author on the title page; Northern Lights and The Amber Spyglass additionally inscribed, "my greetings to Stephen" and "To Amanda", respectively. Northern Lights with the required issue points to the jacket; 12.99 price, "Point" to the... Learn More
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page "Para Atilio con la amistad la Jorge Luis Borges" For Atilio with friendship Jorge Luis Borges. An excellent association copy: the recipient was Borges's friend, the Italian artist Attilio Rossi (1909-1994), who designed the covers of two of Borges's... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, the publisher's copy with their bookplate, signed by all three contributors (Borges, Casares, and Chello) on the title page. La Ciudad, both publisher and bookshop, was founded by Borges's friend Luis Alfonso in 1969. The bookshop was across the street from where Borges lived, and he frequently... Learn More
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    First UK edition, first impression, the publisher Tom Maschler's copy, signed by Borges on the half-title and with Maschler's bookplate. Tom Maschler (b. 1933) was head of Jonathan Cape, and a highly influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular genius for bringing world-class writers from abroad (such... Learn More
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  25. 132452

    Sir Orfeo.

    Cambridge [MA]: 1909

    First modern-English edition of the Middle English narrative poem, composed around the late-13th/early-14th century and detailing the quest of an English King to recapture his wife from a fairy king. The poem is a significant blend of classical myth and medieval English literature. This rendition was undertaken by Edward... Learn More
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  26. 132457
    First English-language edition, first impression. One of the great classics of Russian literature, upon first publication in 1858 Oblomov established the eponymous hero as a stock character in Russian fiction. This translation is abridged, and the book was not published in English in its complete form until the Hogarth Press... Learn More
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    First edition, Colombian issue (simultaneously published in Colombia, Mexico, and Spain), an excellent presentation copy inscribed to the author's close friend the writer and actress Maria Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009), the dedicatee of Cien años de soledad, on the first blank, "María Luisa de mi corazón, tambien... Learn More
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    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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  29. 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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  30. 130655
    Second edition of the most famous Italian Renaissance commentary on Aristotle's Poetics, expanded from the first edition printed at Vienna by Gaspar Stainhofer in 1570. Castelvetro's independent-minded commentary quickly stimulated controversy and contributed to the widespread adoption of a tight conception of the three... Learn More
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  31. 24398
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  33. i1
    Early printing of the Vedder edition, the first to carry the name of Bernard Quaritch as co-publisher; originally published in an edition dated 1884. Potter, in his bibliography of the Rubáiyát, mentions an issue of the first edition with the Quaritch imprint but does not enlarge on whether or not it is dated. Elihu Vedder... Learn More
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  34. 130694
    First Nonesuch edition, number 1,395 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, a translation much loved by Coleridge), and with reproductions of Sandro... Learn More
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  35. 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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    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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  37. 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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  38. 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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    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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  40. The Bard of the Dimbovitza.
    First edition of the Second Series, early edition of the First Series (originally published in 1891). A popular collection of verse folk songs, going through several editions, interpreted by the Romanian-French aristocrat Elena Vacaresco (1864-1947) and first published as Le rhapsode de la Dâmbovita (1889). The translation... Learn More
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  41. 129724
    First complete collected edition of the poems of Nekrasov, published the year after his death. At his funeral, Dostoevsky hailed him as "the greatest Russian poet since Pushkin and Lermontov". "Nekrasov did not succeed in creating a school of his own: no 'peasant' poets came in his wake. But he, more than any other Russian... Learn More
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  42. 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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    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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  45. 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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    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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  47. 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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  48. 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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    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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  50. 130670
    First Tice edition, limited issue, number 351 of 650 copies of which 600 were released for sale. The work was privately printed, most likely for the Pierre Louÿs Society, who published a number of Louÿs works with Tice's illustrations in 1926 and 1927. Aphrodite was Louÿs's first novel, and was originally published in... Learn More
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  51. 130574
    First edition of the complete poem; the first two Giornata were published separately in Venice in 1600. The dedicatory letter of the editor, Angelo Ingegnari, is dated 1 September 1607 at Rome. Some copies apparently lack the preface and final errata leaf, both present in this copy. Tasso's posthumously published poem, a... Learn More
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    First Tice edition, limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies on Pannekoek paper, bound in variously coloured morocco; this copy additionally signed by the artist on the limitation page, though uncalled for. A further 750 trade copies were also issued, bound in quarter cloth, with the plates uncoloured. Signed copies of the... Learn More
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  53. 130046
    First edition, first printing, of Capek's scarce first work. Loupeník The Outlaw was first performed in March 1920 at the National Theatre in Prague, with the actress Olga Scheinpflugová in the central role. Scheinpflugová and Capek, who met during production of the play, were married in 1935. In 1911 an unpublished version... Learn More
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  54. 129025
    First edition of Morris's Icelandic epic, his longest and most ambitious poem. Although dated 1877 this work was issued in November 1876. "This four-book narrative in resounding rhyming couplets is constructed with the confidence of one of the great Victorian feats of engineering. Sigurd was Morris's own favourite of all... Learn More
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  55. 129748
    Limited edition, number 565 of 1,000 copies, with a dust jacket designed by the shoe designer Manolo Blahnik. To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Penguin Classics the firm commissioned five prominent artists to design bindings for limited runs of influential books previously published in the series. Madame Bovary... Learn More
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  56. 129742
    Limited edition, number 722 of 1,000 copies designed by Ron Arad and published to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Penguin Classics. The Idiot was first published serially in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1868-9, and was first translated into English from the Russian by Frederick Whishaw in 1887. The translation used... Learn More
    £450

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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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