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COLONNA, Francesco. The War of Love That Poliphilus Dreamt,
New Haven : First edition thus, number 10 of 50 copies printed, signed by the printer Marvin Kendrick on the limitation page. This fine press edition presents the notably erotic last three chapters of the second book of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, purportedly printed for the first time in English. The impression was made on Allegro Vellum paper by an 1839 Albion... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 141003
STAËL, Madame de (Anne-Louise-Germaine). De l'Allemagne.
London : 1813The first published in Paris in 1810, but the edition was suppressed by Napoleon as "un-French", with perhaps a handful of copies surviving, this being the first available edition. Exiled from France in 1803 for her Revolutionary opposition to Napoleon's elevation to First Consul, she travelled widely in Europe. De l'Allemagne, considered by many to... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140970
MARCEAU, Marcel. Les rêveries de Bip.
Paris : 1978First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A Hubert Juin, de tout coeur, Bip flower, Marcel Marceau 1978". Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) was a French actor and mime artist most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown". The recipient, in fact Hubert Loescher (1926-1987), was a Belgian poet, novelist,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140934
IBSEN, Henrik. En folkefiende;
Copenhagen : 1882-96First editions of five of Ibsen's plays - An Enemy of the People, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, Little Eyolf, and John Gabriel Borkman - all in the publisher's decorative cloth.
Printing and the Mind of Man, which singles out Hedda Gabler as "possibly his most frequently performed... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 141112
(DULAC, Edmund.) HADJI-MAZEM (trans.) Contes des Mille et une Nuits.
Paris : [c. 1910]Early edition in French of the Dulac-illustrated Arabian Nights, published around the same time as the edition of 1907, and using the same illustrations. It was this book that first announced Dulac's status as a popular artist, confirming him as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham. Susan Lambert... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140999
(WORLD WAR I.) Pages de Guerre.
Paris : 1915-16First edition, first printing, one of 100 on Japon paper, this one unnumbered. This illustrated collection of poems from the First World War was sold for the benefit of artists and craftsmen of the book industry who were wounded in that war. The contributing authors include Émile Verhaeren for Crime allemand, Léon Bloy for Nous ne sommes... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140915
KHĀQĀNI, Afdal al-Din-al-Shirwani al-. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].
[Safavid Iran : [c.1600]A most attractive and highly uncommon Safavid-era manuscript, the only mathnawi - or long narrative poem in couplet form - of the celebrated 12th century CE Persian poet Khāqāni; it is presented here in an appealing binding, the onlays, probably once gilded but the gilt now oxidised, almost certainly made of paper, a distinct Safavid practice at this... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 132183
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. When found, copies of this larger format edition are more usually seen rebound or with repair - this example survives unmolested in attractive... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139500
OVIDIUS NASO, Publius. Epistolae heroidum novissime recognitae aptissimisque figuris exculte:
Tusculani Benacum : 1533First edition thus, one of several separate editions of Ovid from the press of Alessandro Paganino in the early 16th century. Paganino had published an earlier edition of the Heroides in 1515 while still in Venice, but with less commentaries. In this edition the commentaries of Antonio Volsco, Ubertino da Crescentino, Domizio Calderino and Josse Badius... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139439
MAGALLON, Xavier de. L'Ombre.
[Paris] : 1934First edition thus, first printing, number XIV of 26 copies on Arches, with an original Moreau-inspired etching of angel-airman falling numbered 6/120 and signed by Pierre Pascal; from a total edition limited to 110 copies.
This poetic tribute to an airman killed in the First World War, was written by Xavier de Magallon (1866-1956), marquis of Magallon... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140842
BONFILS, Robert. La Manière Française.
Paris : 1917First, and only edition, number 159 of 320 copies only. Superb suite of plates celebrating the French war effort in the early years of the First World War by the designer Robert Bonfils, one of the recognised masters of Art Deco. The text is provided by the Naturalist author Descaves, a follower of Huysmans whose anti-military novel Les Sous-Offs... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140768
(JAPANESE FAIRY TALES.) The Wooden Bowl.
Tokyo : First edition thus, second overall, in large format and on crêpe-paper (the crêpeing process was applied after printing), and the 16th title in Hasegawa's "Fairy Tale" books series, published between 1885 and 1903. The Wooden Bowl tale was first published in 1887, on plain paper, and reprinted around two years later in the same format.
Takejirō... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 140781
GARCIA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. Love in the Time of Cholera.
New York : 1988First edition in English, signed limited issue, number 63 of 350 copies signed by the author and specially bound. The novel was originally published in Colombia under the title El amor en los tiempos del cólera in 1985. The American edition preceded the UK edition by a few months. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 139525
CERVANTES, Miguel de. El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Madrid : 1780First 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, illustration and printing, as... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 137798
CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. The Life and Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha.
London : 1820First Westall-illustrated edition. Richard Westall (1765-1836) was "a significant and innovative figure in the development of the English watercolour, his elegant and precise book illustrations set new standards in that field, and his portraits and historical and religious paintings have deservedly received more scholarly attention recently than hitherto"... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140103
LOUŸS, Pierre, & Sydney Reynolds (trans). Aphrodite.
Paris : 1900First edition in English. Aphrodite was Louÿs's first novel, and was originally published in French between August 1895 and January 1896. Antoine Calbet (1860-1942) was a successful French artist and illustrator who produced many illustrations for this publisher, including the 1896 French edition of Aphrodite. In 1900, Calbet was... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 139925
HESSE, Hermann. Das Glasperlenspiel.
Zurich : First edition, first printing, of Hesse's utopian futuristic novel, his final and longest work, and a major contributor to Hesse being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. It was first published in English in 1949 under the title The Glass Bead Game. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139449
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
(DORE, Gustave.) DANTE ALIGHIERI. Le Purgatoire.
Paris : 1868First edition of Doré's completion of the Divine Comedy, which started with L'Inferno in 1861; an expensive book which sold a remarkable 3,000 copies, confounding his publisher, Hachette, and garnering Doré the Légion d'honneur. Purgatory and Paradise seem not to have fired his imagination in quite the same way, which is perhaps true of all readers... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 140001
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
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
[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 several of the anonymous woodcut illustrations from the Aldine edition, including that of the title page. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139810
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