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WHITMAN, Walt. Ode a la France.
Paris : 1917First separate edition, first printing, one of 556 copies only, of this translation of Whitman's poem "O Star of France" dated 1870-71, which was first published in Leaves of Grass. Combet-Descombes's illustrations evoke the landscapes of the war-torn country after the Franco-Prussian War of July 1870 - May 1871, which marked the end of French... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 140650
CALVINO, Italo. Prima che tu dica "Pronto".
Cottondale : 1985Signed limited edition, number 73 of 75 copies signed by the artist and the author, of this bilingual publication of Before you say "Hello".
With the printer's change of address humourous slip loosely inserted, explaining that he, Richard-Gabriel Price Rummonds, "has forsaken Cottondale, Alabama, wimpish deans, dragonlady paper decorators,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140672
(GREEK VERSE.) LUCAS, F. L. The Golden Cockerel Greek Anthology. A Selection of the Poems, Edited, with Translations into English Verse and an Introduction, by F. L. Lucas.
London : 1937First edition, first printing, number 190 of 206 copies printed on hand-made paper. A beautiful edition, edited and translated by F. L. Lucas, one of the finest Greek scholars of his generation - described by Virginia Woolf as "pure Cambridge: clean as a breadknife and as sharp" - gathering selections from fifty poets in a small compass. The illustrations... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139717
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Ficciones.
New York : 1962First edition, first impression, of this early collection of Borges's stories in English. Though the translators were predominately Scottish, this translation was published in New York by the Grove Press, preceding the London edition by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the same year. This classic collection, including the stories such as "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140759
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
London : 1819Second and best edition of one of the most important translations of Dante of the Romantic era, following the very scarce first edition which appeared in 1814 in such a diminutive format that it was barely legible.
"In January 1797 Cary began his translation of Dante's Divina commedia into blank verse. He started with the Purgatorio in 1797-8, but... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139502
HESSE, Hermann. Steppenwolf.
London : 1929First edition in English, first impression. It was first published in its original German in Berlin, 1927, before its translation into English by Basil Creighton. Now a classic of international literature, in its time Der Steppenwolf was castigated by the Nazis as a corrupting force for its depiction of a disaffected outsider and his lapse... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 137164
WILDE, Oscar, & Henry-D. Davray (trans.) Ballade de la Geôle de Reading.
Paris : 1898First edition in French, with the original English text facing the translation. It was first published in the same year in London under the pseudonym "C.3.3." after Wilde's cell in Reading Gaol (cell 3 on the third landing of Gallery C). The first edition sold out rapidly, and a second edition was printed within weeks. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140497
(GONNE, Maud, illus.) YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
Dublin : 1910First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "To John Varian, With Greeting from Ella Young", and with over ten annotations in ink by Young.
The recipient, John Osborne Varian (1863-1931), was an Irish-American poet and a leader within the theosophist utopian community of Halcyon,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139842
WALEY, Arthur. The Originality of Japanese Civilization.
Oxford : 1929First edition, sole printing, one of 250 copies. Waley wrote this essay for the British group attending the third conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations, held in Kyoto in 1929. The work was reprinted in Tokyo in 1941 by the Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai The Society for International Cultural Relations to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of the... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140348
BORGES, Jorge Luis. El Congreso.
Buenos Aires : 1971First edition in book form, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Borges to fellow writer Hugo Manning, who drew Borges's portrait, used as a frontispiece in the English edition, The Congress (1974). Though this utopian meditation has confused some critics, Borges was very fond of it: "If of all my stories I had to save one, I would... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 135421
CARMEN SYLVA & Alma Strettell. Legends from River & Mountain.
London : 1896First edition. The author was actually German-born Elizabeth of Wied (1843-1916), Queen of Romania as the wife of King Carol I, widely known by her literary name of Carmen Sylva. Most of the stories were taken from her German childhood, "many of them are associated with the mountains which surround her home among the pine-woods of Sinaia; others belong... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 138108
GRIMM, Jacob & Wilhelm. German Popular Stories,
[London] : 1823-1904First Frowde edition, facsimile reprint of the true first edition, numbered 41 of a total edition limited to 250 copies. A handsomely bound and attractive set of the Grimm's tales. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 137343
TAGORE, Rabindra Nath. Gitanjali (Song Offerings).
London : 1912First edition in English, one of 750 copies printed, of which just 250 were released for sale, and now very scarce. Tagore's seminal collection of poems was first published in Bengali in 1910, however, it was the present work which caught the world's attention. With the support of W. B. Yeats, who provided the introduction, and the artist William Rothenstein,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 140189
[BAUDELAIRE, Charles, trans.] POE, Edgar Allan. Aventures d'Arthur Gordon Pym.
Paris : 1858First edition, printed in Corbeil, with the Crété typography, of Baudelaire's translation of Poe's only complete novel. Scarce in the original wrappers and in such good condition.
It was first published both in the US and UK in 1838 as The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, and was described by Jorge Luis Borges as "Poe's greatest book",... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 140025
[WILDE, Oscar (trans).] D'AUREVILLY, Barbey. What Never Dies. A Romance.
Paris : 1902First edition, first printing; one of 500 privately printed and circulated copies, of this pseudonymous and posthumously published translation by Wilde of D'Aurevilly's romance. Sebastian Melmoth was Wilde's pseudonym used while living out his disgrace on the continent after his release from prison. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 84895
HOMER. The Iliad [and] The Odyssey.
New York : 1942-3A handsomely bound copy of the Heritage Press edition. This was an attractive printing, pairing the late-18th-century illustrations of John Flaxman with the early 18th-century translation of Alexander Pope. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 139922
VERNE, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days.
Boston : 1873First illustrated US edition, the uncommon first state with 1873 on the title page. The overwhelming majority of both the US and UK copies have the title dated 1874, in line with usual contemporary practice for books published for the Christmas market. The first English-language edition was published in the US in July 1873 by Osgood & Co. under the... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 136910
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Other Inquisitions, 1937-1952.
London : 1973First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US in 1964, and was originally published in Spanish in 1952, under the title Otras inquisiciones (1937-1952). A collection of essays by Borges that features a variety of topics as well as the author's comments on literary figures such as Coleridge, Hawthorne, Wilde, and Kafka. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 139988
TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace.
London : First translation into English from the original Russian, UK issue. This translation was the work of American editor and translator Nathan Haskell Dole (1852-1935), issued in the same year in the US and UK, with the UK issue published in four volumes and omitting the translator's preface (Walter Scott reissued the work in two volumes in 1897). Two versions... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139548
(LANG, Andrew trans.) COLONNA, Francesco. The Strife of Love in a Dream.
London : 1890First edition thus, one of 500 copies. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili was first published by Aldus Manutius in 1499, this edition reproducing a number of the anonymous woodcut illustrations from the Aldine edition, including that of the title page. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139810
(TAGORE, Rabindranath, trans.) KABIR. One Hundred Poems.
London : 1914First edition in English, from a total edition of 750 copies printed by the Chiswick Press for the India Society. This influential verse by Medieval Indian poet and mystic Kabir (1440-1518), was translated by the first non-European winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Kabir grew up in the Islamic faith, but later... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138672
CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. Don Quixote de La Mancha.
London : 1820First Westall edition. Richard Westall (1765-1836) was an important illustrator and a "significant and innovative figure in the development of the English watercolour," whose engravings for Don Quixote are lively and well executed. Westall served for nine years as drawing master to Princess Victoria and is best remembered for his portraits of Byron,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138480
SHAKESPEARE, William. [Othello.] Othllo.
Istanbul : 1293 First edition in Ottoman Turkish, done by Hasan Bedreddin and Mehmet Rifat from the French translation of Jean-Francois Ducis, and performed 186777 in Gedikpasa theatre in Istanbul, the first theatre in Turkey where plays were performed by Turkish actors rather than travelling troupes. Shakespeare was becoming popular at this time, after the Armenians... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 131742
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Letters and Reminiscences.
London : 1923First edition in English, first impression. The material includes a letter from Dostoevsky to his brother, letters to Maikov, to his wife, and to Pobiedonoszev, and reminiscences of Dostoevsky by his wife. S. S. Koteliansky translated a number of Russian works into English, often working with Virgiana Woolf, publishing their translations at the Hogarth... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 121093
(KATIP ÇELEBI.) HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.
The Hague : 1777-9.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. The Bibliothèque orientale... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 117606
CALVINO, Italo. The Path to the Nest of Spiders.
London : 1956First edition in English, first impression, of Calvino's first book. It was first published in Italy as Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno in 1947, winning the prestigious Premio Riccione award on publication. Archibald Colquhoun was Calvino's translator of choice, and translated five of his novels before Colquhoun's death in 1964. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139522
PIRANDELLO, Luigi. The Late Mattia Pascal.
New York : 1923First trade edition in English, first printing, of Pirandello's "most important novel of the New Italy" (jacket). It was first published in Italy in 1904, and the author was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934 "for his bold and ingenious revival of dramatic and scenic art" (Nobel Prize). Uncommon in such good condition and in the dust jacket.... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139624
[BURTON, Richard Francis.] The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana.
[London] : 1883 [but later]The fifth edition overall, the fourth in book form, Penzer outlines the complicated publishing history; the first printing was in seven parts ("now practically unobtainable"); the second printing was the first edition in book-form, distinguished most easily by the absence of "the" on the spine. The third, fourth and fifth printings all reset the type... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 134343
FOUJITA, Tsuguharu. Légendes Japonaises
Paris : 1923First edition, number 474 of 2,000 copies on vélin alfa (from a total edition of 2,104), of this collection of Japanese folk tales, both translated and colourfully illustrated by the artist Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), a notable figure of the Bohemian art scene in Montparnasse. It was published as the third in a series of "Plus Belles Légendes du... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139768
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Poor Folk.
London : 1894First edition in English, first impression. This is the first appearance of Dostoevsky in English and was the third title in John Lane's Keynote Series, with covers and title pages designed by Aubrey Beardsley. The novel was first published in Russian in 1846. The translator Lena Milman (1862-1914) was an architectural historian and literary critic... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139654
SUE, Eugene. The Wandering Jew.
London : 1844-5First English-language edition, and a very attractive set, of Sue's Le Juif Errant (1844), an internationally popular gothic novel which makes some thematic use of the legend of the Wandering Jew ("in Christian legend, a character doomed to live until the end of the world because he taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion" (Ency. Brit.). Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 139788
HEARN, Lafcadio. Some Chinese Ghosts.
Boston : 1887First edition of this stylised retelling of ancient Chinese legends by Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn. The present work is one of his earliest writings and the only one about China and its folklore. It was published the year he was sent by magazine Harper's to the French West Indies as a correspondent for two years.
In 1890, at 30, Hearn went... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 139801
SUE, Eugene. The Wandering Jew.
London : 1844-6First English-language edition, scarce complete as issued in cloth with the original illustrations volume, of Sue's Le Juif Errant (1844), an internationally popular gothic novel which makes some thematic use of the legend of the Wandering Jew ("in Christian legend, a character doomed to live until the end of the world because he taunted Jesus on the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139787
(ARABIAN NIGHTS.) BURTON, Richard F. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
London : 1897The Library Edition, a most striking and handsome set of Burton's Arabian Nights, retaining the imposing box which has kept the set in lovely condition. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights in English, Burton's was... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 131161
NERUDA, Pablo. Cien sonetos de amor.
Santiago : 1959First edition, first printing, number 203 of a total edition of 300 copies signed by the author. This is one of the 250 printed on Ledger paper and accompanied by a lithograph by Antunez, signed in pencil by the artist. Of the remaining 50 copies, 20 were printed for the press, eight copies were reserved for collaborators, and 22 copies were printed... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 139649
ÉLUARD, Paul, & Max Ernst. Les malheurs des immortels.
Paris : 1945Second edition, number 1,729, one of 500 on vélin rose, from a total edition of 1,860. The first edition was printed in an unspecified "small number of copies" (rear of volume).
This is Ernst and Éluard's second joint publication and first genuine collaboration: for Répétitions, published earlier the same year as Les Malheurs... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139596
(LUCCHESI, Edmondo, illus.) BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Ten Tales from the Decameron.
London : 1930First Lucchesi edition of Boccaccio's Decamerone, number 1 of 12 copies on japon, and specially bound, this being the top paper copy from a total edition of 1,012. This abridged text of Boccaccio's Decameron is based on an anonymous English translation of 1741, revised by S.W. Orson in 1896. Edmondo Lucchesi was an Italian artist active in... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 139473
DANTE ALIGHIERI; PHILLIPS, Tom, illus. & trans. Dante's Inferno.
London : 1985First trade edition of Phillips's Dante, this number 67 of 100 special copies containing a loose signed and numbered Phillips screenprint, additionally signed on the limitation page, and slipcased. This is the signed limited issue of the "popular edition" (jacket front flap), following the 180 copies of the original edition produced at the Talfourd... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139494
BULGAKOV, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita.
New York : 1967First US edition, first printing, of the Michael Glenny translation, originally published in the UK in the same year. The Glenny translation was preceded in 1967 by Mirra Ginsburg's who took as her copy text the bowdlerized Soviet version, which had large portions excised. Glenny's version, being complete, is preferred, and is the standard English translation... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 139527
CALVINO, Italo. The Silent Mr. Palomar.
New York : 1981First edition, one of 250 copies, signed by Calvino, printed on handmade paper and finely bound (the colophon says by Tapley-Rutter, but a laid-in errata slip corrects this to A. Horowitz & Son). This copy was presented by the publisher William Targ to the writer John Barth (b. 1930), with Barth's ownership inscription to the half-title and a typed... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139389
KAFKA, Franz. The Metamorphosis.
London : 1937First English language edition, first impression, of the author's masterpiece, which was originally published in the German magazine Die Weißen Blätter in October 1915, under the title Die Verwandlung. The translator was A. L. "Bert" Lloyd. Lloyd came from a humble background, emigrated to Australia in the 20s and, after stints working... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139325
(PAUL, Evelyn.) Aucassin and Nicolete.
London : First Evelyn Paul edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 117 of 125 copies signed by the illuminator Evelyn Paul, and bound in decorated full vellum. Paul's designs are based on the decoration of mediaeval manuscripts, a fine accompaniment for Michael West's translation of the French tale, composed around the late 12th to early 13th century. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139446
(KELMSCOTT PRESS.) MORRIS, William, trans. The Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea.
Hammersmith : 1894First edition of Morris's translation of these French romance tales, one of 525 copies on paper (with an additional 20 printed on vellum). Morris's translations from these 13th-century French romances were subsequently collected as the first two of the four Old French Romances. Done into English by William Morris (1896). This copy was has four... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139268
[BORGES, Jorge, & Adolfo BIOY-CASARES.] BUSTON [sic.] DOMECQ, H., pseud. The Twelve Figures of the World.
[Austin : Autumn 1960First English-language edition, rare offprint issue, of one of Borges's earliest appearances in English, this copy signed by Borges in his blind hand on the front wrapper, and signed by the translator Donald Yates on the first page. Yates has also hand-corrected the error in the author's pseudonym to the front wrapper and first page, correcting "Buston"... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139334
SÉVIGNÉ, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de. The Letters of Madame De Sévigné.
Philadelphia : 1927The Carnavalet Edition, number 20 of 1,550 copies only, here including a document signed by Louis XIV. Whitman Bennett bound a number of sets in the same style, either through agreement with the publishers or as an offering to subscribers, but we could trace no other set which included a similar document. The document, dated 2 May 1698 and signed by... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139107
PASTERNAK, Boris. Doctor Zhivago.
London : 1958First English-language edition, first impression, of Pasternak's classic novel. First published in Italy in 1957, the original manuscript had been smuggled out of the Soviet Union in the same year. It was an immediate success and has been adapted to screen a number of times, most famously in the 1965 film adaptation starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138805
(LAURENCIN, Marie.) CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.
Paris : 1930First Black Sun Press edition, number 361 of 420 copies for distribution in the United States, from a total edition of 790; "the colophon is the only difference between the American and European issues" (Minkoff).
"For Alice in Wonderland, Caresse signed Marie Laurencin, one of the foremost French artists, to do the illustrations. She had never... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136578
COELHO, Paulo. The Alchemist.
San Francisco : 1993First edition in English, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Fanny: be always faithful to your destiny, Paulo Coelho, Oct 95", quite scarce and appealing thus with a personal inscription. The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil in 1988. It has since been translated into... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138966
(NONESUCH PRESS.) HOMER. The Iliad [and] Odyssey.
[London] : 1931First Nonesuch editions, number 313 of 1,450 copies and 3 of 1,300 copies respectively. The Nonesuch Homer was one of the finest productions of the Nonesuch Press, a shining example of how fine printing and commercial viability could be brought together. The Greek text is printed in parallel with the English translation of Alexander Pope, which was... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 135113
(CRANE, Walter.) GRIMM, [Jacob & Wilhelm]. Household Stories,
London : 1882First Crane edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies only, which "sold out on publication. It is perhaps the best of Crane's more ambitious works. The book is a triumph in his characteristic mode of decoration, yet its designs, even the headpieces and initial letters, remain true illustrations" (Ray).
Provenance: engraved pictorial bookplate... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 137499
(MITFORD, Nancy.) LAFAYETTE, Madame de. The Princesse de Clevès.
London : 1950First edition, first impression, scarce with the jacket in such lovely condition, of Mitford's translation of Madame de La Fayette's novel, a high spot of French literature originally published in 1678. Mitford undertook the translation after her permanent move to Paris following the success of Love in a Cold Climate (1945). Privately printed,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137823
BULGAKOV, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita.
London : 1967First complete edition in English, first impression. Although this translation by Glenny was beaten to the press by Mirra Ginsburg's translation earlier the same year, Ginsburg had taken as her copy text the heavily censored Soviet version, published in two issues of the journal Moskva in November 1966 and January 1967. There was also a samizdat... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 135813
(PENGUIN CLASSICS.) DOSTOEVSKY, Fydor. The Idiot.
London : 2006Limited edition, number 35 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 in this edition, by David... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 133763
MANDEVILLE, Sir John. The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, Kt.,
New York : 1927First Grabhorn edition, number 129 of 150 copies only. A very attractive production, finely printed, delicately illustrated by Angelo, and handsomely bound. The text is taken from the English edition of 1725, which was taken from a 15th-century manuscript in the Cottonian library, collated against seven other manuscripts. Angelo's decorations are after... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 138808