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  1. De gliasolani di M. Pietro Bembo nequali si ragiona d'amore.
    Second edition of Gli Asolani, Bembo's most famous work, first published in 1505. The second edition has significant revisions, "which brought the work into greater linguistic and stylistic conformity with Bembo's watershed contribution to the Italian language question debate (questione della lingua) and the Prose della... Learn More
    £1,600

    Stock Code: 114075

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  2. Peer Gynt.
    Deluxe edition, number 250 of 460 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 113157

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  3. Nine Chains to the Moon.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106968

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  4. History of the Arabs and their Literature
    First and only edition in English of this uncommon late Khedival-period course-book for Cairene students, originally published in Arabic the previous year as Ta'rikh al-'Arab wa-adabihim, scarce in commerce and just five copies in UK libraries, of which two are in the British Library.
    Van Dyck was an American diplomat... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 108183

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  5. Evraq-i Perishan [Title in Persian]. Moral Aphorisms in Arabic, and a Persian Commentary in Verse,
    First and only edition of this commercially very scarce work translated from a 16th-century manuscript and once identified as a formative influence on the oriental yearnings of the young Lord Byron, a thesis which has since proved controversial as no explicit reference to the text has yet been identified in Byron's writings... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 110194

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  6. .
    First edition, number 93 of 250 copies only on handmade paper. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 110005

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  7. Representative Men:
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand on the front free endpaper "Frederic H. Hedge / From the Author." The book shows Hedge's close reading, with marginal pencil lines marking several passages, and a number of manuscript marginalia. A key association: Emerson first met Frederic... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 109707

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    First edition of each work. The Independent (1784) was an English-language novel in two volumes by the ill-fated Scottish poet and playwright Andrew Macdonald (1757-1790). It is here "imitated" by the French historian and translator François Soulés (1748-1809), author of the two-volume Histoire des troubles de l'Amérique... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 111406

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  9. 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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  10. An Anthology of West African Folklore.
    £125

    Stock Code: 107475

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  11. 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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  12. Salomé.
    First edition, limited issue, one of 50 copies printed on Van Gelder paper. There was also a trade issue of 600 copies. Salome was composed by Wilde in French and not published in English until the following year. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 112802

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. The Mimic Men.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Naipaul on the title page. From the library of historian and auctioneer Anthony Hobson and with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 102695

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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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    First edition of Sismondi's survey of Italian, Provençal, Spanish, and Portuguese literature, which established him among the initiators of French Romanticism. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 102671

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. i1
    A rare offprint, Copac records only one copy in British and Irish institutional libraries (Oxford); OCLC adds 2 locations at University of California. David Garnett's copy, inscribed at the head of page 96: "David Garnett, May 1919". An appealing Bloomsbury Group association copy, Garnett later included Waley in Great Friends:... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103471

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.
    Third revised edition of Herbert Allen's translation. Pu Songling's collection of fantastic stories was originally published in China in 1740, Giles's translation, the first in the English language, in 1880. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 100509

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    Second edition (first published by Elmsly alone in 1771) of this compendium of passages for students of French, here handsomely bound in red morocco, an English binding making considerable effort to match the generally higher standards of contemporary French binders. Peter Elmsly, or Elmsley, was principally involved in... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 100358

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  29. Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel.
    Limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies. A handsomely bound set of this attractive edition of Rabelais's great work, with excellent presswork by the Chiswick Press, and extra-illustrated with many colour plates after Jules Garnier. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 100271

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  30. The Works.
    First Constance Garnett translated editions, first impressions. Garnett (1861-1946) was the wife of literary critic Edward Garnett and herself a highly acclaimed translator of Russian literature recognised for introducing authors such as Tolstoy to the general British public. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 100585

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  31. Mercier et Camier.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 99 numbered copies. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 99588

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

    Stock Code: 99860

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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. The Overcrowded Barracoon
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 98804

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  36. i1
    First UK edition, first impression. A series of short stories originally published separately in Spanish, and first published in English as a collected edition in the US in 1978. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 98639

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. i1
    First UK edition, first impression. A series of short stories originally published separately in Spanish, and first published in English as a collected edition in the US in 1978. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 98638

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  41. L'Esperienza Futurista.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 97865

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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 89058
    An attractively bound copy. Twenty-third edition. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89058

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  46. 89054
    Fifth edition. An attractively bound copy. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89054

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  47. 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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  48. 89057
    An attractively bound copy. Fifty-fourth edition. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89057

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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. Face to Face.
    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 91257

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  52. 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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  53. Metropolis.
    First edition, first impression. Based on the original screenplay written by German director Fritz Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou in 1924, this novelization was published before the release of the film version on 10 January 1927. The film Metropolis is a classic both of German expressionism and of silent-era science fiction;... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 90076

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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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