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  1. 132727

    Nana.

    London: 1885

    Second illustrated UK edition of this classic of 19th-century French literature, first published in 1884 by Vizetelly.
    Henry Richard Vizetelly (1820-1894) was an English publisher and writer who published seventeen translations of Zola between 1884 and 1888, which "brought him notoriety for the first time in his life... Learn More
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  2. 132463comp
    This copy brings together a nexus of Franco-Spanish network..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed by both the translators on the front free endpaper, "à Francis Poulenc, hommage des traducteurs, Paul Éluard, Louis Parrot", one of the few hors commerce copies, unnumbered as issued, from a total edition of 515 copies.
    This copy brings together a nexus of Franco-Spanish network... Learn More
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  3. 131161detail
    The 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... Learn More
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  4. 132707
    First appearance of the Futurist Manifesto in the author's own multilingual magazine (in Italian, French, and English), first issue bearing "Il Futurismo" on the cover, accompanied by an autograph letter from Marinetti to "a fellow writer" requesting that they send back their judgment of the manifesto and communicate their... Learn More
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  5. 101347
    Limited edition. Number 43 of 50 copies on china paper. With two signed etched engravings on Japanese vellum. Limited edition, number 43 of an edition of 50, of which this is one of 25 copies on papier de Chine (a further 25 were printed on japon), with two states of an engraved frontispiece on japon, signed by Bernaux and... Learn More
    £500

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  6. 134395
    First Nonesuch edition, number 262 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 Botticelli's... Learn More
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  7. 133932
    First edition, first printing, very scarce especially in this condition, of the Nobel Prize winner's ground-breaking piece of absurdist metatheatre (known in English as Six Characters in Search of an Author). The play was published as volume 3 of the playwright's "Maschere Nude" sequence. The debut performance in... Learn More
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  8. 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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  9. 112682detail
    First edition, a rare interleaved copy owned by Swedish philologist Sven Hylander (1797-1825) with his comments and additions to the work. Hylander was lecturer at the University of Lund and studied Icelandic manuscripts. The famous Swedish poet Esaias Tegner, who was a lecturer in Greek at Lund, wrote an elegy for Hylander... Learn More
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  10. 132851
    First edition thus, first printing of this modern take on scabrous medieval stories, numbered 95, 203, and 150 respectively, of 250 copies on papier d'Arches à la forme with a suite of woodcuts on china paper.
    A fabliau is a French comic tale, often anonymous, written by minstrels and jongleurs during the first half... Learn More
    £1,500

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    Chikovani..."> First edition of Pasternak's Russian translation of Goethe's masterpiece, presentation copy inscribed to a close friend and fellow poet, "to one of the most interesting people and the best poets of the present times, Simon Chikovani, with love and devotion, B. Pasternak, 9 February 1954", on the front free endpaper.
    Chikovani... Learn More
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  12. 134167
    First trade edition with Flint's illustrations, following the four-volume privately printed edition of 1910-1911. Uncommon in the dust jackets. Learn More
    £750

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  13. 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 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. 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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    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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  17. 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 etchings, 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... Learn More
    £675

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    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, and again on the title page. The publication prints Milosz's speech on accepting the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature, in both English and Polish. Very scarce signed. Learn More
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  19. 133995
    First Nonesuch edition, number 904 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 Botticelli's... Learn More
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  20. 132594
    First edition in book form of Chekhov's first-hand investigative report on the much-contested north Pacific island. Chekhov visited Sakhalin in 1890, and his account was first serialised in the popular journal Russkaya Mysl (Russian Thought) in 1893-94. This book version includes four additional chapters; Chekhov also revised... Learn More
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  21. 132612
    First edition in English of Goethe's Faust, translated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. When Faust, Part I first appeared in a finished form (1808) Coleridge expressed concern for the apparent immorality. Despite this, he briefly entertained a proposal in 1814 to translate the work, and returned to and completed the task in 1820-21.... Learn More
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    First edition thus, artist's copy number G of 15 copies on different types of paper reserved to the collaborators and signed by Chimot on the justification page.
    Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) was a French artist, illustrator and editor whose career reached its peak in the 1920s in Paris, through the publication of fine... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 132689

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  23. 129025
    First edition of Morris's Icelandic epic, his longest and most ambitious poem. Although dated 1877 this work was issued in November 1876. He had published a prose translation, in collaboration with Eirikr Magnusson, in 1870, though this edition presents the first appearance of his solo poetic treatment of the epic. "This... Learn More
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  24. 133737
    First edition, scarce. This highly influential and comprehensive translation of Sappho notably restored the feminine pronouns to her work, and includes "a compilation of explanatory notes, various appendices, and a bibliography that lists editions, translations, and imitations if Sappho over the centuries" (Prins, p. 53).... Learn More
    £450

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  25. 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
    £2,250

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  26. 129545
    First Foscolo edition, in the original Italian. John Carlyle in his 1867 translation of The Inferno, noted the importance of this 1842 Foscolo edition on account of the accurate references it contains and for the legacy that Foscolo's translations left in this book. "By accurate citation of every authority within his reach,... Learn More
    £375

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  27. 132709
    First edition, first printing on simili-Japon paper, of this collaboration between the artist and the poet, published less than a year after Paul Éluard (1895-1952) and his wife, Elena Daikonova (1894-1982, nicknamed Gala), visited German artist Max Ernst (1891-1976) at his home in Cologne, in November 1921. This edition... Learn More
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  28. 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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  29. 123238

    Bom-Crioulo.

    San Francisco: 1982

    First edition in English, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and won the Stonewall Book Award in 1980. He established the Gay Sunshine Press in 1975,... Learn More
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  30. 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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    First Baskerville edition, finely printing the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, a philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century bce. This copy, which is notably unrestored (surviving copies are usually heavily dilapidated or rebacked), has... Learn More
    £975

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  32. 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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  33. 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
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103054

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  34. Bouvard and Pécuchet.
    First English translation, scarce deluxe issue, of Flaubert's final, unfinished, novel, originally published in France in 1881, and considered by some his masterpiece. Flaubert died in 1880 while working on the book that he confessed to George Sand as early as 1874 "will be the death of me!". The story affectionately satirises... Learn More
    £875

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  35. 132476
    First edition, first printing, of Mandelstam's first prose work, a series of autobiographical sketches which provide an important source for Mandelstam's childhood, despite not formally being an autobiography: "my desire is not to speak about myself but to track down the age, the noise and the germination of time". The work... Learn More
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    Thésée.

    [Paris]: [1946]

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to his friend and biographer "à Jean Hytier, avec ma bien attentive sympathie, André Gide". This is number 9 of 30 hors commerce copies, from a total edition of 1,370 copies, of Gide's re-imagining of the myth of Theseus and the... Learn More
    £750

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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author to his English translator "a William Weaver Italo Calvino" on the first blank, with pencil annotations by Weaver in the margins of a few pages. Weaver's translation of this work into English was published in 1968, winning the National Book Award for... Learn More
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  38. 132198comp
    First edition, number 52 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 Haiku poems... Learn More
    £675

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  39. 130403
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,..."> Very attractive signed portrait of the great Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher and author, captured at the height of his fame, inscribed in ink on the mount "Rabindranath Tagore, June 17 1921"; also signed by the distinguished photographer Hanns Holdt (1880-1972).
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,... Learn More
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    First edition in Spanish, first printing, presentation copy with an astounding literary association, inscribed by Eco to Gabriel García Márquez on the half-title in Italian and Spanish, "A Gabo, i miei 1300 años de cristianidad. Umberto" ("To Gabo, my own 1,300 years of Christianity, Umberto"). This is a powerful association... Learn More
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    First edition of the first translation into any European language of one of the most influential poems in the Sanskrit canon. Kalidasa has been described by Edwin Gerow, a noted authority on Sanskrit poetics, as "probably the greatest Indian writer of any epoch" (Britannica). From internal evidence it has been suggested... 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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  43. 131534
    First edition in English of one of the masterpieces of Russian literature, Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time, originally published at Saint Petersburg in 1840, and the first of any of Lermontov's works in English. This edition was issued in the somewhat obscure, "elegant and rather miscellaneous" (Sadleir) Illustrated Family... Learn More
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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 131322comp
    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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 132701
    First edition, first impression, of Kazantzakis's ambitious verse drama based on Homer's Odyssey. The first edition is institutionally rare, with OCLC showing only six locations. Learn More
    £850

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  51. 132611
    Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English..."> First edition, presentation copy with a slip inscribed "Dall'Autore" pasted to the top corner of the title page, of this very scarce Italian translation of the final part of Spenser's Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English... Learn More
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  52. 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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  53. 132195
    This..."> First edition illustrated by Roger Ferrero, number 15 of 35 on papier Guarro à la main, from an edition limited to 180 copies, with an original drawing signed, and a suite of illustrations on Japon, signed "Grosclaude" and "RFerrero" on the limitation page, the present work with an extra 3 original drawings by Ferrero.
    This... Learn More
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  54. 132731
    First edition thus, first printing, number 233 of 300 on vélin d'arches, from a total edition of 350, with the chemise and slipcase in unusually nice condition.
    The friendship between the cartoonist and writer André Rouveyre (1879-1962) the artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) left a trail of art works and a correspondence... Learn More
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  55. 132149

    Nudité.

    [Brussels & Paris]: 1943

    First edition, number 24 of 49 copies on Japon Nacré, from an edition of 485 copies; rare on the market, particularly in such an excellent binding and condition. 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.... Learn More
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  56. 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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  58. 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
    £625

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  59. 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
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  60. 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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