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  1. 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
    £125

    Stock Code: 107010

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  2. .
    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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  3. 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
    £3,500

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 94079
    First edition of this foundational study of early Arabic poetry, from the collection of British Arabist and colonial agent Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a printed bookplate noting his widow's bequest of his books to Bath Public Library in 1920, and associated manuscript shelf-marks and blind-stamps as usual.... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 94079

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  7. 44782
    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. Very scarce in this condition. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 44782

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  8. 116294
    First edition of this anthology (misspelt "anathology" on the spine label) which features the works of Derzhavin, Batiushkov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krilov, Khemnitzer, Bobrov, Bogdanovich, Davidov, Kostrov, and Neledinsky Meletzky, as well as national songs. Learn More
    £125

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  9. 101198
    First edition, deluxe issue, number 7 of 100 copies specially bound, from a limited edition of 300 numbered copies printed on handmade paper by W. Drugulin. Die Sonette an Orpheus (The Sonnets to Orpheus) is considered, along with the Duino Elegies, as Rilke's masterpiece. They were composed in what the author described... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 101198

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    First edition, number 93 of 250 copies only on handmade paper. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 110005

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  11. Salaman and Absal.

    Salaman and Absal.

    Dushanbe, Tajikistan: 1977

    First edition thus. An attractive facsimile of an illuminated manuscript copy dated 1521 is accompanied by a complete Russian translation and commentary in Persian and English. Salaman and Absal is one part of Persian Jami's Haft Awrang, a cycle of seven poems in mathnavi (couplet) form considered one of the foundational... Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 110797

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  12. An Anthology of West African Folklore.
    £125

    Stock Code: 107475

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  13. The Calf of Paper.
    First UK edition, the publisher's retained copy with their ink-stamp to the front pastedown and to the front panel of the dust jacket. Originally written in Yiddish as Baym Opgrunt and published in German as Der Krieg Geht Weiter (Amsterdam, 1936), Asch's account of the rise of fascism in post-war Germany was translated... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 106557

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  14. The Problems of Lieutenant Knap.
    First edition, first impression, preceding its publication in the original Czech (as Problémy nadporucíka Knapa) by a year. Ewald Osers was a noted translator of Czech, Slovak and German; of Jewish origin, he left his native Prague for England in 1938 and spent more than 40 years working for the BBC Monitoring Service.... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 107712

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  15. Special Friendships.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in France in 1945 under the title Les Amitiés Particulières. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 104141

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  16. Mahu, or, The Material.
    First edition in English, first impression. Originally published in France in 1952 under the title Mahu ou le Matériau. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 103914

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  17. En Route.
    Number 478 of a limited edition of 980 numbered copies. En Route was first published in 1895 and is the second of Huysmans's books to feature the character of Durtal, who had first appeared in La-Bas (1891). A handsome copy of this attractive edition, with Malo Renault's striking designs. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 105740

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  18. A Dove in Santiago.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the Soviet literary journal Novy Mir in 1978. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 103393

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  19. Judas Eye and Self-Portrait / Deathwatch.
    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Voor Bibi, veel goeds van Bibi, Breyten Breytenbach, 24.6.91". Originally published in the UK in the same year. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 103399

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  20. Black Tears. Stories of War-torn China.
    First edition of this collection. This copy inscribed by the author, "Dear Ms. Josephine Pullein-Thompson with very best wishes, Peng Ko, 1988." Peng Ko has combined a successful career as a newspaperman, now editor-in-chief of the Central Daily News, with that of a prolific author of novels, short stories, and opinion... Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 102406

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  21. Chinese Opera Watercolors. Volumes III and IV.
    First editions. Both volumes warmly inscribed by the author to Josephine Pullein-Thompson. One of Taiwan's leading literary figures, Lan was also chairman of the Chinese Watercolor Society, these volumes reproducing some of his colourful operatic images. Probably best known for her pony novels, in her later years Pullein-Thompson... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 102404

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  22. The Works of Mr. Francis Rabelais.
    Third Heath Robinson edition. The works of Rabelais illustrated by William Heath Robinson were commissioned by Grant Richards and first published as two large quarto volumes in 1904. Heath Robinson "chose a grotesque style which emphasized the earthiness of the epic while overlooking the bawdy" (ODNB). The resulting book... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 102201

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  23. The Blue & the Black.
    First edition in English, first published 1958. This copy inscribed by the author, "To Dear Ms. Josephine Pullein-Thompson with best wishes, Wang Lan, 1988, Taipei, R.O.C." Lan's is considered one of of the most important novels of the war against Japan, and remains a major best-seller; "Superficially The Blue and the Black... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 102373

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  24. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta [with uncorrected proof copy].
    First UK edition, first impression. Together with an uncorrected proof copy. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta was originally published in Spain in 1984, under the title La Historia de Mayta. It was first published in English in the US a few months prior to the UK edition. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 101622

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  25. Pantaloon.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 99860

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  26. The Hydra Head.
    First edition in English, first printing, of the author's "Third World spy thriller" (front flap blurb), which was originally published in Mexico in the same year under the title La cabeza de la hidra. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 99858

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  27. A Season in Paradise.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's anti-apartheid travelogue. Closely monitored by the Security Police from the start of his expedition in his native South Africa, Breytenbach finally had to carry on under an assumed identity. Originally published in Holland in the same year, under the title Een seizoen... Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 99835

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  28. The Overcrowded Barracoon
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 98804

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  29. The Blind Beauty.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the play Slepaya krasavitsa, left unfinished on Pasternak's death. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 99216

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  30. The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's account of the time he spent in South African prisons between 1875 and 1982 for being a political dissident. Originally published in South Africa in the same year. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 99129

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  31. A Season in Paradise.
    First edition in English, first printing, of the author's anti-apartheid travelogue. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "B. Breytenbach, 17 June 1983, Rotterdam". Closely monitored by the Security Police from the start of his expedition in his native South Africa, Breytenbach finally had to carry on under an assumed... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 99126

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  32. An Atomic Phantasy.
    Second UK edition, first impression, and the first edition with this title; first published in Czech titled Krakatit in 1924, with the first English edition, translation by Lawrence Hyde, published by Geoffrey Bles under the same title in 1924. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 97954

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  33. Histoire de l'œil.
    The "Burgos" clandestine edition, the third and last edition of the Story of the Eye to be published during Bataille's lifetime and under his pseudonym of Lord Auch. Published in 1951, in a limited edition of 2,000 copies, although the imprint states that it was published in 1941, in a limited edition of 500 copies reserved... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 94460

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  34. Die Arabischen Handschriften der Herzoglichen Bibliothek Zu Gotha.
    First editions. Uncommon in complete state, OCLC shows perhaps fewer than 20 sets completing worldwide; Copac lists just two: SOAS and Glasgow, the Oxford set lacking the much later fifth volume; no other copies traced at auction.
    The five volumes comprise the catalogue of the extraordinary collection of Arabic manuscripts... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 94282

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  35. 89058
    An attractively bound copy. Twenty-third edition. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89058

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  36. 89054
    Fifth edition. An attractively bound copy. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89054

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  37. Helsinki. Selected Poems.
    Signed limited edition, number 2 of 100 copies signed by the author and the translator. Except for the title poem and "London Poem" the poems in this volume were originally published in Finland. Part of the Poetry Europe series. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 90857

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  38. 89057
    An attractively bound copy. Fifty-fourth edition. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89057

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  39. Jonah.
    Limited edition, number 3 of 100 copies signed by the translator. This translation of the French post-war poet's posthumously published book of verse is part of the Poetry Europe series. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 90861

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  40. Jonah.
    Limited edition, number 2 of 100 copies signed by Edward Lucie-Smith and with his presentation inscription, "Stanley, parlez-vous français? Best, Ted." This translation of the French post-war poet's posthumously published book of verse is part of the Poetry Europe series. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 90860

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  41. Face to Face.
    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 91257

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  42. The First Five Chapters of the Taubatu-n-Nasûh (of M. Nazir Ahmed).
    Actually the first edition, the work's status as a second relates to the earlier publication of the complete Taubat (under the title The Repentance of Nussooh) without such thorough scholarly apparatus. The present edition of the first five chapters being "intended for students who have a comparatively short time at their... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 94792

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  43. Selected Poems.
    First US edition, first printing, originally published in the UK the previous year. Translated from Sobranie Sochinenii, Vol. I (2nd edition, revised and expanded, 1967). Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 89426

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  44. Die Rebellion der Gehenkten.
    First edition, first impression, of the novel that was published as The Rebellion of the Hanged in English. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 86682

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  45. i1
    First collected edition, first impression, presentation binding. Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve published his biographical portraits anonymously and for private circulation among his circle of friends. For rather obscure reasons he had second thoughts and destroyed most copies. It is said that he did not keep a copy for himself... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 90713

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  46. Damaged Goods.
    First novelised edition, first printing. Learn More
    £60

    Stock Code: 85766

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    £150

    Stock Code: 89800

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  48. A Virgin Heart.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the French author's erotic Bildungsroman, which was originally published in 1907, under the title Un coeur virginal. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 89473

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  49. The Adventures of a Coquette.
    First UK edition, first impression, translated from the French La farouche aventure, ou La coquette punie which was serialised in Le Journal in 1924 and first published in book form in 1925. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 87169

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  50. Kiss of the Spider Woman.
    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front blank, "To Michael Blower, with gratitude for his interest in my work, Manuel Puig. Boston 86". Originally published in Argentina in 1976. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 85941

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  51. Soviet Anthology.
    First edition, first impression. An anthology of 23 short stories by Soviet authors, including In the Town of Berdichev by Vasily Grossman and A Boy by Maxim Gorky. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 84504

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  52. Siberian Garrison.
    First English language edition, first impression of this important novel based on the author's experiences during the First World War and the Russian Civil War. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 84386

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  53. 81171
    A handsomely bound copy. With the bookplate of Victoria Sackville-West, mother of writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 81171

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  54. 81169
    Limited to 400 numbered copies printed on japon ("vellum paper"). With the monogram and bookplate of Victoria Sackville-West, mother of writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 81169

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  55. Nell in Bridewell.
    A beautiful copy, one of a limited edition of 1000 numbered copies of this "flagellation classic" (Shorter, Written in the Flesh, p. 208). First published in Germany in 1840, Reinhard's novel was "written in the sanctimonious tones of social protest but featuring male and female warders flagellating their female charges"... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 82336

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  56. 77499comp
    First edition thus, reprinted from the fifth edition of 1839. From the library of the Irish author Lady Gregory, with her bookplate on the front pastedown and the gift inscription to the front free endpaper, "The Chatelaine of Coole, from Guy V. H. Gough, Lough Cutra, Aug '27". Gough was Lady Gregory's neighbour and the... Learn More
    £475

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  57. 73705
    Page proofs, first state, hand-corrected by Shaw. The rare first state page proofs of Shaw's Preface to Three Plays by Brieux, which was published in 1911 by A. C. Fifield. Laurence located only 8 copies and notes "Shaw used copies of this proof state (and of the revised proof which followed) for purposes of translation... Learn More
    £1,560

    Stock Code: 73705

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  58. The Works.
    Japanese imperial vellum edition. Limited to 180 numbered copies. Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 62905

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  59. The Way of the Lancer [together with] Lances Down. Between the Fires in Moscow.
    First editions, first impressions, volume II is a second issue in a remainder binding with a new price ink stamp to the front flap of the jacket. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 79153

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    Salammbô.

    London and New York: 1886

    First English edition of Flaubert's historical novel set in 3rd-century B.C. Carthage, originally published in French in 1862. Sheldon's translation precedes Chartre's translation for Vizetelly the same year. The printed dedication is to the translator's friend Henry M. Stanley, the man who found Dr Livingstone. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 82593

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