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  1. 132569

    The Iliad.

    London: 1866 & 1871

    First Paley edition, printed in Greek with Paley's extensive notes in English. Paley (1815-1888) used the Greek text of Immanuel Bekker (published in Bonn in 1858); he stated his "primary object has been to explain the Greek of Homer. This is I am well aware, only one small department that an intellectual student requires;... Learn More
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  2. 132450
    First edition. Following the failure of his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Walden was not a runaway success. The edition of 2,000 took five years to sell through, but it was from the very first an immensely influential text, and remains so today: "For almost a hundred years an inspiration to nature... Learn More
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  3. 132141
    First Belgian edition, first printing, (third overall), number 49 of 25 copies on vergé de Hollande Van Gelder antique, with the additional suite of proofs of the engravings on auvergne paper, from a total edition of 492. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent... Learn More
    £200

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  4. 132452

    Sir Orfeo.

    Cambridge [MA]: 1909

    First modern-English edition of the Middle English narrative poem, composed around the late-13th/early-14th century and detailing the quest of an English King to recapture his wife from a fairy king. The poem is a significant blend of classical myth and medieval English literature. This rendition was undertaken by Edward... Learn More
    £200

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  5. 132457
    First English-language edition, first impression. One of the great classics of Russian literature, upon first publication in 1858 Oblomov established the eponymous hero as a stock character in Russian fiction. This translation is abridged, and the book was not published in English in its complete form until the Hogarth Press... Learn More
    £300

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  6. 24398
    £850

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  7. i1
    Early printing of the Vedder edition, the first to carry the name of Bernard Quaritch as co-publisher; originally published in an edition dated 1884. Potter, in his bibliography of the Rubáiyát, mentions an issue of the first edition with the Quaritch imprint but does not enlarge on whether or not it is dated. Elihu Vedder... Learn More
    £675

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  8. 130694
    First Nonesuch edition, number 1,395 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... Learn More
    £1,250

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  9. 125557
    A superb association for this novel. Miliukov and Dostoevsky's..."> First complete edition, very rare presentation copy to Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov (1817-1897), inscribed by the author in Russian at the head of the first half-title, "Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov, from the author, in memory, with respect and sincere devotion".
    A superb association for this novel. Miliukov and Dostoevsky's... Learn More
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  10. 131639
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only, in a highly attractive custom binding, with the design incorporating the poem's multiple references to wine. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by... Learn More
    £2,250

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  11. 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

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  12. 129724
    First complete collected edition of the poems of Nekrasov, published the year after his death. At his funeral, Dostoevsky hailed him as "the greatest Russian poet since Pushkin and Lermontov". "Nekrasov did not succeed in creating a school of his own: no 'peasant' poets came in his wake. But he, more than any other Russian... Learn More
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  13. 131116
    An attractive copy of the Rubáiyát, in an elegant, understated binding showing the influence of the Doves Bindery. Learn More
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  14. 130933comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on p. v, "Para Tom, de su amigo, Gabriel 82", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler loosely inserted. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director in... Learn More
    £1,750

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  15. 128480comp
    Very scarce inscribed copy of García Márquez's first book, ninth edition, inscribed on the half-title to Diego García Elío, the son of his close friends the writers María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009) and Jomí García Elio (1927-1986), who were the dedicatees of Cien años de soledad. The inscription reads,... Learn More
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  16. 130836
    First revised edition, first impression, attractively bound and featuring Pogány's illustrations beautifully reproduced by the Edinburgh lithographic printers McLagan and Cumming. With a reputation as the finest lithographic printers in Scotland, the "lithographers concerned were truly artists, and not only in their treatment... Learn More
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  17. 130843
    Limited edition, from a stated issue of 10 copies printed on japon (this copy unnumbered); a further 170 copies were issued printed on Holland paper, 20 on China paper, and 20 on Whatman paper. The publishing company Librairie des bibliophiles was founded by Damase Jouast (1834-1893) to publish exceptional editions of the... Learn More
    £650

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    Signed limited edition, number 157 of 1,000 copies of the US issue signed by the artist. A further 1,000 signed copies were issued simultaneously in the UK. In a letter to Thomas Bodkin Clarke reported that his publisher regarded the illustrations in this work to be "full of stench and steaming horrors" (Bowe, p. 79). Learn More
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  19. 130670
    First Tice edition, limited issue, number 351 of 650 copies of which 600 were released for sale. The work was privately printed, most likely for the Pierre Louÿs Society, who published a number of Louÿs works with Tice's illustrations in 1926 and 1927. Aphrodite was Louÿs's first novel, and was originally published in... Learn More
    £600

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  20. 130574
    First edition of the complete poem; the first two Giornata were published separately in Venice in 1600. The dedicatory letter of the editor, Angelo Ingegnari, is dated 1 September 1607 at Rome. Some copies apparently lack the preface and final errata leaf, both present in this copy. Tasso's posthumously published poem, a... Learn More
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  21. 130046
    First edition, first printing, of Capek's scarce first work. Loupeník The Outlaw was first performed in March 1920 at the National Theatre in Prague, with the actress Olga Scheinpflugová in the central role. Scheinpflugová and Capek, who met during production of the play, were married in 1935. In 1911 an unpublished version... Learn More
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  22. 129748
    Limited edition, number 565 of 1,000 copies, with a dust jacket designed by the shoe designer Manolo Blahnik. To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Penguin Classics the firm commissioned five prominent artists to design bindings for limited runs of influential books previously published in the series. Madame Bovary... Learn More
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  23. 129742
    Limited edition, number 722 of 1,000 copies designed by Ron Arad and published to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Penguin Classics. The Idiot was first published serially in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1868-9, and was first translated into English from the Russian by Frederick Whishaw in 1887. The translation used... Learn More
    £450

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  24. 129609
    Limited edition, number 11 of 15 copies printed on japon with the plates in three states (printed in black on japon, bistre on chine, and blue). 15 copies were also printed on papier de chine, 40 on Watham paper, and 350 in a standard trade issue. Nerval's translation of Goethe's epic play was first published in 1828, Goethe... Learn More
    £1,500

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  25. 124078
    First separate edition, extremely rare in the original wrappers. The author's best-known work and one of his two masterpieces, Les Trois Mousquetaires was originally published earlier the same year as a serial novel in the Parisian newspaper Le Siècle, from 14 March to 1 July 1844.
    The Three Musketeers "has become the... Learn More
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  26. 128817
    First trade edition, first impression, of this richly and intricately illustrated work. 525 signed copies were also issued. Learn More
    £950

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    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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  28. 126574detail
    Limited edition, number 16 of 750 large paper copies, with a manuscript leaf by Hearn inlaid and bound in to volume I, and signed by his widow, Setsu Koizumi, on an inserted japon leaf, all as issued. The leaf is from one of the autobiographic papers found after Hearn's death, recording incidents from his early years. The... Learn More
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  29. 117493
    First complete edition in Arabic of this cycle of ancient animal fables, which were first translated into Arabic in the eighth century, and are considered one of the earliest examples of secular prose literature in the language; copies are fairly prevalent in institutional libraries, but rare in commerce, with two appearing... Learn More
    £2,500

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  30. 113379comp
    First edition thus, first impression. One of a limited edition of 1,470 numbered copies signed by Kent. Learn More
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  31. 117606
    First published in 1697, this revised and expanded edition of d'Herbelot's monumental work is "generally considered the best" (Arcadian Library, p. 238), containing supplements by J. J. Reiske, "undoubtedly the best Arabist in Germany" (ibid.), Leiden professor H. A. Schultens, and other pre-eminent 18th-century orientalists.... Learn More
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  32. 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

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  33. 123236
    First edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher and editor Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Winston Leyland (b.1940) wasa 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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  34. 123245
    First edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, from the personal collection of publisher and editor Winston Leyland, signed by him on the title page. The vast majority of the clothbound copies were sold to libraries and are very scarce. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and... Learn More
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  35. 123372
    The work celebrates the heroic wanderings and adventures of Amerigo Vespucci, in avowed imitation of Homer's Odyssey...."> First edition of this "magnificent" (Gamba) celebration of the discovery of America, an allegorical epic in ottava rima, forty cantos each of a hundred stanzas, "a sort of Pilgrim's Progress in verse" (Rich).
    The work celebrates the heroic wanderings and adventures of Amerigo Vespucci, in avowed imitation of Homer's Odyssey.... Learn More
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  36. 123283
    First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to half-title. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine Press books were sold to libraries and are consequently scarce. The colophon advertises 26 deluxe lettered copies but the bibliography... Learn More
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  37. 123282
    First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to half-title. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine Press books were sold to libraries and are consequently scarce. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing... Learn More
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  38. 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

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  39. 122439

    Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.

    Istanbul: 1298 AH/1880-1 CE

    Uncommon Istanbul imprint of this popular Turkish translation of the Magharib al-Zaman (Sunsets of Time), a devotional work on the Prophet Muhammad, translated from the original Arabic by the author, Ottoman Sufi poet Yazicioglu Mehmet (d. 1491; his name means "son of the scribe"). Mehmet, a native of the Gallipoli peninsula,... Learn More
    £3,500

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  40. 120875
    First edition of this important collection of oriental tales now known as the Forty Viziers, published three years after Galland's first edition of the Thousand and One Nights, and following its characteristic frame-narrative structure. Notably rare: one copy traced at auction, one in British institutions (SOAS), and six... Learn More
    £3,000

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  41. 117266
    First edition with the Pogány illustrations of this German poem. Written by the politically radical poet Heine in 1841 Atta Troll appeared incomplete, and never to be completed, in The Newspaper for the Elegant World, a German literary journal, in 1843. It was first published in book form in 1847, and first published in... Learn More
    £250

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  42. 112998
    First Jean Swart edition and fifth edition in French of Gulliver's Travels, which was first published in French in 1727, one year after the first edition in English. The text of the first two volumes is abbé Pierre François Guyot Desfontaines's abridged adaptation, the same as that of the Paris editions. Included as part... Learn More
    £425

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  43. 102633
    First and only edition of this epic poem in Italian recounting the life of Muhammad in 12 cantos of ottava rima, each canto illustrated with a full-page engraved plate, in addition to two frontispiece portraits of the author and of Muhammad astride a rampant horse, all after original paintings by Paolo Araldi. Originally... Learn More
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  44. 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
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  45. 121093
    First 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... Learn More
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  46. 120934
    First edition in English of the first part (all published) of Miguel de Luna's Verdadera historia del rey Don Rodrigo (1592-1600), itself purportedly translated from an Arabic source, but in fact an original composition. Luna's account of the Arab conquest of Spain to the year 761 was considered genuine by Southey, dismissed... Learn More
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  47. 116995comp
    First UK edition, with the contemporary ownership inscription of Aida Borchgrevinck in red ink to the half-title. Aida Borchgrevink (née Ada Starr) was a Bloomsbury figure, a friend of E. M. Forster and R. C. Trevelyan, described by John Furness as "an ebullient, romantic woman" who "sang Wagner at the top of her voice... Learn More
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  48. Wallenstein. A Drama in two parts.
    First edition in English, following the German edition of the same year, and combining the work of two great figures of the Romantic era: Coleridge and Schiller. The latter had a profound influence on Coleridge, who translated Schiller here into English blank verse, and "it is clearly from the two great plays at either end... Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 100247

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  49. 119778
    Giornale dei bambini, where the first instalment appeared on 7 July 1881. It was published as a book in 1883 under the title Le Avventure..."> First edition in English. "One of the best known fantasies, and the most popular children's book to come out of Italy... The story was written for a Rome children's magazine, the Giornale dei bambini, where the first instalment appeared on 7 July 1881. It was published as a book in 1883 under the title Le Avventure... Learn More
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  50. 44782
    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. Very scarce in this condition. Learn More
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  51. 117966
    First edition, first printing, copy 112 of 112 copies on papier vergé chartreuse, from an edition of 1,075 copies in total. This copy, with the original chartreuse wrappers bound in, has been handsomely bound by Cochard. Gourmont's "Letters to the Amazon" are the result of the symbolist poet, who had been stricken and disfigured... Learn More
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  52. 116547comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "To Philip, from his friend, GabM, 85" on the title page. The recipient was Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, whose collection was sold in 2016 in Ireland's largest-ever sale of first editions. In his memoir, The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), Murray writes:... Learn More
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  53. 116440
    First English edition, first impression, of this Verne caper first published in French in the previous year. This is an exceptionally nice copy in the scarce green variant cloth. Learn More
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  54. Tolstoy 1
    Number 55 of a limited edition of 210, signed by Leo Wiener. A particularly handsome set of Tolstoy's works. Learn More
    £7,500

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  55. 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
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  56. The Painted Bird.
    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Dr Philip Murray, in appreciation of his 'long distance' interest, cordially, Jerzy Kosinski, indecipherable, US. November 14th, 1983." Next to the inscription Kosinski has drawn an abstract doodle reminiscent of the jacket design.... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114972

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  57. image1
    First and limited edition, number 312 of 530 copies. Presentation copy to Francis Bacon inscribed by the author and signed by the artist on the title page: "Pour Francis Bacon, en espérant qu'un jour très prochain nous travaillions à quelque chose de moins abstrait sur son œuvre avec l'admiration et l'amitié de Michel... Learn More
    £250

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  58. The Works.
    Lyceum edition. Number 17 of 750 numbered and registered sets for America. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 114571

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  59. 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
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  60. L'Orlando Furioso.
    An attractive complete set of this scarce 1821 printing of Orlando Furioso, from the Chateau la Brede library, Gironde, France, with the library tickets to the front pastedowns of each volume. Montesquieu was born, lived, and wrote the majority of his works, at the Chateau la Brede. The library tickets bear the name M. le... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 114527

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