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  1. 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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  2. 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
    £1,750

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  3. 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
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 88864

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  4. 128480comp
    Very scarce inscribed copy of Marquez'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, "Diego,... Learn More
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    The Alchemist.

    San Francisco: 1993

    The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil in 1988. It has since been translated into 67 languages and has sold upwards of 90 million..."> First edition in English, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Heather: may love show you the way, Paulo Coelho". The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil in 1988. It has since been translated into 67 languages and has sold upwards of 90 million... Learn More
    £1,650

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  6. 130836
    First edition thus, first impression. Pogány's illustrations were first published in 1909. A highly attractive book from what has been termed Pogány's "golden age" (Menges, unpaginated). Learn More
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 129618
    First Ukrainian edition, and the first to include a preface by Orwell. A copy of the first English edition of 1945 fell into the hands of Ihor Shevchenko, a son of Polish anti-Bolshevik nationalists, who translated the work into Ukrainian. "In April 1946, Shevchenko wrote to Orwell, a mourning widower and single parent of... Learn More
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  10. 124888
    First edition, first impression. A superb copy. Learn More
    £850

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  11. 130706
    First Wieners edition, number 116 of 250 copies on paper (a further 50 copies were issued on japon). An attractive printing of the Rubáiyát, its art nouveau designs clearly influenced by the private press movement. Learn More
    £200

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  12. 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
    £6,000

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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
    £650

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  14. 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
    £600

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  15. 130368
    First edition of volumes II and III of Lane's translation (issued in 1840 and 1841 respectively), second issue of volume I (first published in 1839). Lane's edition, one of the earliest in English, "reigned as the leading English translation of the Nights for decades, and its copious notes are stimulating micro-essays of... Learn More
    £750

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  16. 130619
    First Nonesuch edition, number 171 of 1,475 copies. An attractively bound, printed and illustrated edition, the Nonesuch Don Quixote was printed by Walter Lewis, Printer to the University of Cambridge, on Casinensis hand-made paper. The illustrator, E. McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) is best known for his modernist poster art,... Learn More
    £575

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  17. 130615comp
    First Bull edition, signed limited issue, number 17 of 250 deluxe copies signed by the illustrator. FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát was first published in 1859, anonymously and at his own expense. Initially a failure, the translation was rapidly accepted as a classic of English literature, and became a favourite... Learn More
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  18. 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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  19. 130472comp
    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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  20. 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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  21. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
    First edition in English, first printing, first issue jacket (with the "!" on front flap). With an slip laid-in, inscribed by Márquez: "Gabito, '83". Gabito was Marquez's nickname, and it is appealing to have him sign so familiarly. One Hundred Years of Solitude was originally published in Argentina in 1967 under the title... Learn More
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  22. 127765
    First edition thus, an attractive version of "probably the single most influential work of prose in the Persian tradition" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). "The school-boy lisps out his first lessons in it; the man of learning quotes it; and a vast number of its expressions have become proverbial". Eastwick, an orientalist and diplomat... Learn More
    £650

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  23. 127100
    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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  24. 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
    £750

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  25. 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
    £550

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  26. 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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  27. 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
    £1,500

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  28. 129682
    The Kingdom of God is Within You and encouraged her to attempt others" (ODNB). Tolstoy's tragic..."> A highly readable single volume edition of Constance Garnett's translation, first published in 1901. In 1894 Garnett visited Moscow, calling upon Tolstoy who, impressed by her work, "praised her current translation his The Kingdom of God is Within You and encouraged her to attempt others" (ODNB). Tolstoy's tragic... Learn More
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  29. 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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  30. 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. Bowring includes over 20 poets, over 60 national songs, and provides over 50 pages of valuable biographical sketches. This copy with the ink ownership inscription... Learn More
    £350

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  31. 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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  32. 129572
    A handsome copy of Lane's richly illustrated translation. Lane's edition, one of the earliest in English, "reigned as the leading English translation of the Nights for decades, and its copious notes are stimulating micro-essays of enduring value" (ODNB). This set comprises the first edition of the latter two volumes, and... Learn More
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    Salomé.

    Paris & London: 1893

    First edition, trade issue, one of 600 copies thus (there were 50 on handmade paper), presentation copy to the influential drama critic William Archer (1856-1924): inscribed by Wilde on the half-title "William Archer, with the author's compliments, Feby 93." A superb association. The play was published on 22 February 1893,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 74770

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  34. The Vagrant.
    First UK Edition, First Impression. Colette's first English publication and a considerable scarcity. Learn More
    £180

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  35. 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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  36. 124078
    First separate edition, extremely rare in the original wrappers. The author's best-known work and one of his two masterpieces, Les Trois Mousquetaires was originally published earlier the same year as a serial novel in the Parisian newspaper Le Siècle, from 14 March to 1 July 1844.
    The Three Musketeers "has become the... Learn More
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  37. Le Crime et Le Chatiment.
    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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  38. 128817
    First trade edition, first impression, of this richly and intricately illustrated work. 525 signed copies were also issued. Learn More
    £950

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  39. 127552
    First UK edition, tête de tirage copy number 1 of 1,000 copies of this "Grand Edition de Luxe", all on japon and illustrated with ten etching each in two states. This edition is translated by T. F. Rogerson, whose translation was first published in the US in 1899. Musset's autobiographical novel was first published in French... Learn More
    £675

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  40. 127448
    First edition of Lane's translation. A respected scholar, Lane's edition, which is one of the earliest in English, "reigned as the leading English translation of the Nights for decades, and its copious notes are stimulating micro-essays of enduring value" (ODNB). The illustrations, of which there are over 600, were provided... Learn More
    £475

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  41. 81109
    Presentation inscription to Victoria Sackville West on the binder's front blank along with her bookplate to front pastedown. There is also a tipped in note stating that the bookplate was copied from a visiting card from Lady King. Victoria Sackville-West was the mother of gardener and writer Vita Sackville-West. Learn More
    £100

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    First Ashendene edition, one of 225 copies on Batchelor paper, out of a total edition of 245 copies. "First appearance of Ptolemy type. Ashendene knight-in-armour papertaken as a single work Don-Quixote is the largest of the Ashendene books. It has an interesting alternative to Hewitt's drawn or printed initials, the successful... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 87243

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  43. 126736comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper in English and Japanese. Learn More
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  44. 126574detail
    Limited edition, number 16 of 750 large paper copies, with a manuscript leaf by Hearn inlaid and bound in to volume I, and signed by his widow, Setsu Koizumi, on an inserted japon leaf, all as issued. The leaf is from one of the autobiographic papers found after Hearn's death, recording incidents from his early years. The... Learn More
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  45. 117493
    First complete edition in Arabic of this cycle of ancient animal fables, which were first translated into Arabic in the eighth century, and are considered one of the earliest examples of secular prose literature in the language; copies are fairly prevalent in institutional libraries, but rare in commerce, with two appearing... Learn More
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  46. 123925
    First edition, first impression. This copy is from the library of Jorge Luis Borges's controversial English-language translator, Norman Thomas di Giovanni (1933-2017), though unmarked as such. Di Giovanni's English language edition of El informe de Brodie was published in 1972 as Doctor Brodie's Report.
    Di Giovanni met... Learn More
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  47. 124573
    First edition of this important translation, far from common on the market. "The name of Hafez is closely associated with that of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in German literature. This is directly attributable to the status Goethe accords Hafez in his West-östlicher Divan, first published in 1819. It is because of Goethe's... Learn More
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  48. 119939
    First edition in English, an exceptional copy, of this verse epic on the life of Alexander the Great by the great Azerbaijan-born poet Nizami Ganjavi, the final work in his great cycle of five narrative poems, the Panj Ganj ("five jewels"), for which he is remembered as the "greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature"... Learn More
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  49. 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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  50. 113379comp
    First edition thus, first impression. One of a limited edition of 1,470 numbered copies signed by Kent. Learn More
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  51. 124828comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "Professor J. A. Thomson, from R. C. Trevelyan" on the first blank and accompanied by a tipped-in autograph letter signed from Trevelyan to Thomson dated 24 February 1918, presenting the book: "On the strength of having had the pleasure of hearing... Learn More
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  52. 117606
    First published in 1697, this revised and expanded edition of d'Herbelot's monumental work is "generally considered the best" (Arcadian Library, p. 238), containing supplements by J. J. Reiske, "undoubtedly the best Arabist in Germany" (ibid.), Leiden professor H. A. Schultens, and other pre-eminent 18th-century orientalists.... Learn More
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  53. Adam i Eva [Adam and Eve].
    1961 samizdat of the play, which was originally published in 1931. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 72556

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  54. Doctor Zhivago.
    First Feltrinelli edition in Russian (the third overall), first printing, issued in the very attractive and distinctive dust jacket designed by Ampelio Tettamanti (1914-1961), matching that of the first edition, published in Italian by Feltrinelli in 1957. Doctor Zhivago was deemed unfit for publication within the Soviet... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 100427

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  55. 123372
    The work celebrates the heroic wanderings and adventures of Amerigo Vespucci, in avowed imitation of Homer's Odyssey...."> First edition of this "magnificent" (Gamba) celebration of the discovery of America, an allegorical epic in ottava rima, forty cantos each of a hundred stanzas, "a sort of Pilgrim's Progress in verse" (Rich).
    The work celebrates the heroic wanderings and adventures of Amerigo Vespucci, in avowed imitation of Homer's Odyssey.... Learn More
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  56. 123283
    First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to half-title. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine Press books were sold to libraries and are consequently scarce. The colophon advertises 26 deluxe lettered copies but the bibliography... Learn More
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  57. 123282
    First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to half-title. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine Press books were sold to libraries and are consequently scarce. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing... Learn More
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  58. L'Issue.
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Beckett on the first blank, "to Dick Seaver with love from Sam, Paris, May 69", from an edition of 154 copies signed by Arikha on each engraving, this being one of just 15 numbered in roman. Seaver was a writer and translator and Beckett's editor at the Grove... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 40336

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  59. 122439

    Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.

    Istanbul: 1298 AH/1880-1 CE

    Uncommon Istanbul imprint of this popular Turkish translation of the Magharib al-Zaman (Sunsets of Time), a devotional work on the Prophet Muhammad, translated from the original Arabic by the author, Ottoman Sufi poet Yazicioglu Mehmet (d. 1491; his name means "son of the scribe"). Mehmet, a native of the Gallipoli peninsula,... Learn More
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  60. 120895
    First Cambiagi edition, containing a number of previously unpublished works. The Enciclopedia Machiavelliana remarks that the production of this handsome edition was a "complex editorial operation" involving the garnering of original manuscripts from the grand duke of Tuscany, the viceroy of Sardinia, the Austrian governor... Learn More
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