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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to literary works composed and first published in a language other than English, including English translations of such works.

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  1. A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments,
    (ARABIAN NIGHTS.) BURTON, Richard F. A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments,

    Denver, CO : [1900-01]

    First and limited US edition of Burton's translation, number 989 of 1,000 sets, "the first and by far the best reprint of the original unexpurgated edition of the Nights" (Penzer); each page of the original edition of 1885-88 was photographed "from the negatives of which zincos zincograph plates were prepared, and electros electrograph plates from these... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 85108

  2. Faustus: from the German.
    [COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, trans.] GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faustus: from the German.

    London : 1821

    First edition in English of Goethe's Faust, translated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The book is most often met with in the publishers' reddish-brown paper boards, the flimsy backstrip having perished. This copy, however, has an attractive contemporary polished calf binding by the London binder Charles Murton, who Ramsden notes specialised in blind stamping.... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 134583

  3. Ewald Tragy.
    RILKE, Rainer Maria. Ewald Tragy.

    Munich : 1929

    First edition, number 87 of 95 copies; this the copy of Dr Arno Ed Lampe, with his name printed to the colophon and his bookplate to the front pastedown. Lampe was a Munich based doctor and scientist who published a number of works on the treatment various ailments such as anaemia and Basedow's disease with his wife Lavinia. Rilke wrote Ewald Tragy... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 134127

  4. Confessions of Zeno.
    SVEVO, Italo. Confessions of Zeno.

    London : February 1930

    First English-language edition, first impression, very scarce in the jacket. This key modernist novel is a posed as rambling memoir set down by a troubled tobacco fiend named Zeno, whose life is an interminable success of "last cigarettes", at the suggestion of his psychiatrist, and vengefully published by the doctor after Zeno discontinues his visits.... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 134148

  5. Le Morte D'Arthur.
    (FLINT, William Russell.) MALORY, Thomas. Le Morte D'Arthur.

    London : 1920

    First trade edition with Flint's illustrations, following the four-volume privately printed edition of 1910-1911. Uncommon in the dust jackets. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134167

  6. Crime and Punishment.
    DOSTOEVSKY, Fydor. Crime and Punishment.

    London : 1914

    First Garnett edition, first impression, being the fourth of her comprehensive twelve-volume series of Dostoevsky's novels. Constance Garnett's translations of Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev introduced and popularised Russian literature among the English public. The translations, though they have been the subject of some criticism, remain... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 134078

  7. Nobel Lecture.
    MILOSZ, Czeslaw. Nobel Lecture.

    New York : 1980

    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
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 134095

  8. Volsunga Saga. The Story of the Volsungs & Niblungs
    MORRIS, William, & Eirikr Magnusson, trans. Volsunga Saga. The Story of the Volsungs & Niblungs

    London : 1870

    First edition, first impression, of Morris and Magnusson's prose translation from the Icelandic epics, this an excellent association copy with the pencil ownership inscription of Georgiana Burne-Jones to front free endpaper. Georgiana Burne-Jones met Morris through her friendship with, and eventual engagement to Edward. The pair spent summer holidays... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 133897

  9. Fabliaux du Moyen-Age.
    BOUCHER, Lucien (illus.), MEUNIER, Mario (trans.). Fabliaux du Moyen-Age.

    Paris : 1921 [but 1922]-1924-1925

    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 of the 12th century. It is... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132851

  10. Parallèlement.
    (CHIMOT, Édouard, illus.) VERLAINE, Paul. Parallèlement.

    Paris : 1931

    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 quality art-printed books. His... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 132689

  11. Odysseas.
    KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos. Odysseas.

    Athens : 1928

    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
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 132701

  12. Nana.
    ZOLA, Émile. 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 and turned him into a reluctant... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 132727

  13. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.
    NERUDA, Pablo. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.

    London : 1966

    First English-language edition of Neruda's masterpiece, the publisher's copy signed for him by the poet on the front free endpaper, "Pablo Neruda, 1970", with the bookplate of Tom Maschler to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular genius for bringing world-class... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 132729

  14. Apollinaire.
    (MATISSE, Henri.) ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire.

    Paris : 1952

    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 caricaturist and writer André Rouveyre (1879-1962) and the artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) left a trail of art works and a correspondence of over 1 100 letters.... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 132731

  15. Thésée.
    GIDE, André. 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 Minotaur. Jean Hytier (1899-1983)... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 132448

  16. Zéno.
    SVEVO, Italo. Zéno.

    Paris : 1927

    First edition in French (second overall), first printing, presentation copy of the service de presse issue, inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper "à Giuseppe Ungaretti, ce livre dont il a été l'un des premiers confidents. Avec toute mon amitié, Paul Henri Michel". The recipient Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970) was an Italian poet... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 132462

  17. Ode à Salvador Dali.
    LORCA, Federico García. Ode à Salvador Dali.

    Paris : 1938

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by both 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 of friendships and affairs between... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132463

  18. Shum Vremeni [i.e. The Noise of Time].
    MANDELSTAM, Osip. Shum Vremeni [i.e. The Noise of Time].

    Leningrad : 1925

    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 was commissioned in 1923... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 132476

  19. Ostrov Sakhalin. Iz putevykh zametok.
    CHEKHOV, Anton Pavlovich. Ostrov Sakhalin. Iz putevykh zametok.

    Moscow : 1895

    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 serialized in the popular journal Russkaya Mysl (Russian Thought) in 1893-94. This book version includes four additional chapters; Chekhov also revised and corrected the previous... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 132594

  20. La Mutabilita.
    SPENSER, Edmund. La Mutabilita.

    Napoli : 1827

    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 scholar and Italophile who from... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 132611

  21. Romances et la Bonne Chanson.
    (FERRERO, Roger.) VERLAINE, Paul. Romances et la Bonne Chanson.

    Zurich : [1944]

    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 luxury edition was published... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132195

  22. Poems from the Japanese.
    (JAPANESE POETRY.) LEVITT, Martin, & Lafcadio Hearn. Poems from the Japanese.

    [No place] : 1958

    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 of various eras which "were... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 132198

  23. Edipo Re. Traduzione. Sofocle.
    (DE BOSIS, Lauro, trans.; SOPHOCLES.) Edipo Re. Traduzione. Sofocle.

    Roma : 1924

    First edition, very scarce presentation copy of this first publication by Lauro de Bosis (1901-1931), the anti-fascist Italian poet and translator who was killed defying Mussolini. The inscription, to the first blank, reads: "A Guido Ruberti devoto ommagio di Lauro de Bosis, Roma 8.vii 1924". Ruberti (1885-1955) was an Italian theatre critic, an apt... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 132224

  24. Autograph letter signed to Paul Thun-Hohenstein, one of the last to be written by the poet.
    RILKE, Rainer Maria. Autograph letter signed to Paul Thun-Hohenstein, one of the last to be written by the poet.

    Hôtel Bellevue Sierre (Valais), Switzerland : 4 November 1926

    An emotionally-charged autograph letter signed from Rilke to his fellow Prague poet, the Austrian essayist and translator Count Paul Thun-Hohenstein (1884-1963), in which he laments his inability to host his friend at Muzot due to a sudden sickness and divulges his desire to travel to the Mediterranean - content made poignant in light of the seriousness... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 132323

  25. Nudité.
    COLETTE, [Sidonie-Gabrielle]. 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. His illustrations for... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132149

  26. Oblako v shtanakh. Tetraptikh. (A Cloud in Trousers: A Tetraptich.)
    MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir. Oblako v shtanakh. Tetraptikh. (A Cloud in Trousers: A Tetraptich.)

    1918

    First edition with the unexpurgated original text, the second overall following a substantially censored first edition in 1915. Before the 1917 revolution Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) had been a "regular scandal-maker" (his own words) of the Futurist school, but by 1918 his revolutionary voice found endorsement in this uncensored edition of his key... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 130878

  27. Doctor Zhivago.
    PASTERNAK, Boris. Doctor Zhivago.

    Milan : [1959]

    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 Union due to certain passages... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 134123

  28. Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore.
    PIRANDELLO, Luigi. Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore.

    Firenze : 1921

    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 Milan was greeted with shouts... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 133932

  29. Omnia quae extant operis.
    XENOPHON. Omnia quae extant operis.

    [Venice : 1525]

    The first complete Aldine edition of Xenophon. The edition marks the first printing of Xenophon's De Atheniensium re publica and De vectigalibus, alongside the Hellenica (which the Aldine press had published in October 1503) and the Agesilao, which had previously been erroneously attributed to Plutarch. The text was edited by Gian Francesco d'Asola,... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 133029

  30. The Bakhtyar Nama: a Persian Romance.
    CLOUSTON, William Alexander (ed.) The Bakhtyar Nama: a Persian Romance.

    [Larkhall, Lanarkshire] : 1883

    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. Noted on the title page as editor... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132751

  31. Faustus: from the German.
    [COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, trans.] GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faustus: from the German.

    London : 1821

    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. Coleridge denied that... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 132612

  32. Dead Souls,
    GOGOL, Nikolai. Dead Souls,

    London : [1887]

    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 ending. Isabel Florence Hapgood's... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 132518

  33. Dos poetas españoles. Federico García Lorca. Rafael Alberti.
    SCARPA, Roque Esteban. Dos poetas españoles. Federico García Lorca. Rafael Alberti.

    Santiago : 1935

    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 Maeztu, my devotion to his marvellously... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 132519

  34. Anillos.
    NERUDA, Pablo, & Tomas Lago. Anillos.

    Santiago : 1926

    First edition of this early Neruda work, scarce in such nice condition. From the library of the noted Argentinean writer, musicologist, and hispanist Daniel Devoto (1916-2001), with his and his wife Maria Beatriz del Valle-Inclán's stamp to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 132520

  35. Los orilleros [and] El paraiso de los creyentes.
    BORGES, Jorge Luis, & Adolfo Bioy Casares. Los orilleros [and] El paraiso de los creyentes.

    Buenos Aires : 1955

    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 books. Borges wrote the introduction... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 132522

  36. El rumbo de la rosa.
    LANGE, Norah. El rumbo de la rosa.

    Buenos Aires : 1930

    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 in friendship without twists... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 132524

  37. The Kiss, and Other Stories.
    CHEKHOV, Anton. The Kiss, and Other Stories.

    London : 1908

    First edition in English, first impression. "The present volume... is an attempt to bridge a gap in international literary relations, all the more marked because of the rapid growth both at home and in Western Europe of Tchekoff's fame as short-story writer and playwright" (Translator's Note). Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 132528

  38. Specimens of the German Lyric Poets:
    (GERMAN POETRY.) Specimens of the German Lyric Poets:

    London : 1822

    First complete edition of this collection of contemporary German poetry, gathering 73 poems alongside 20 biographical accounts of the authors. A portion of the collection, translated by Benjamin Beresford, was published in 1801-1803 in Berlin; its popularity led to this expanded edition, with new translations by Joseph Charles Mellish, British Consul... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132563

  39. Wybor Poezyi Polskiey. Specimens of the Polish poets;
    BOWRING, John, trans. Wybor Poezyi Polskiey. Specimens of the Polish poets;

    London : 1827

    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 Poles, and an ardent spokesman... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 132565

  40. Malay Sonnets. Pantun mĕlayu.
    (MALAYSIAN POETRY.) Malay Sonnets. Pantun mĕlayu.

    [Singapore : 1932?]

    First edition, first printing, of this collection of Malaysian poetry, with the text printed in both the original language and English translations by the colonial police officer Arthur Wedderburn Hartwig "Haji" Hamilton (1887-1967), who arrived in Malaya in 1909 and joined the Malayan Police. He became fluent in Malay and also Hokkien, Cantonese, and... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 132455

  41. The Kiss and Other Stories.
    CHEKHOV, Anton. The Kiss and Other Stories.

    London : 1908

    First edition in English, first impression. "The present volume... is an attempt to bridge a gap in international literary relations, all the more marked because of the rapid growth both at home and in Western Europe of Tchekoff's fame as short-story writer and playwright" (Translator's Note). With the publisher's perforated "presentation copy" stamp... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 132510

  42. The House of the Dead.
    DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. The House of the Dead.

    London : 1915

    First Garnett edition, being the fifth volume of her comprehensive twelve-volume series of Dostoevsky's novels. Constance Garnett's translations of Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev introduced and popularized Russian literature among the English public. The translations, though they have been the subject of some criticism, remain in print today.... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 132511

  43. Sir Orfeo.
    HUNT, Edward Eyre. 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 Eyre Hunt (1885-1953), then... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 132452

  44. Die Sonette an Orpheus.
    RILKE, Rainer Maria. Die Sonette an Orpheus.

    Leipzig : 1923

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on what is believed to be the original binder's blank, "Â Madame Cella Delavrancea Lahovary, hommages dévonés Rainer Maria Rilke (Paris, en mars 1923)". Cella Delavrancea was a Romanian pianist and member of Rilke's literary coterie; a sketch of him is included in her collection of writings... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 132293

  45. Les Misérables.
    HUGO, Victor. Les Misérables.

    London : 1862

    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 (1981) claims that "The shortest... Learn More
    £20,000.00

    Stock Code: 132201

  46. Poems from the Japanese.
    (JAPANESE POETRY.) LEVITT, Martin, & Lafcadio Hearn. Poems from the Japanese.

    [No place] : 1958

    First and signed limited edition, number 81 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 of various... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 132202

  47. Vathek.
    [BECKFORD, William.] Vathek.

    A Londres : 1815

    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 to the press by the English... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 132255

  48. Les Contrerimes.
    TOULET, P.-J. Les Contrerimes.

    Brussels : 1927

    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 most of his life in Paris.... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 132141

  49. Mon Amie Nane.
    TOULET, P.-J. Mon Amie Nane.

    Paris : 1925

    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 his career. From then until... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132145

  50. Faust.
    (PASTERNAK, Boris, trans.; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.) Faust.

    [Leningrad] : 1953

    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 (1902-1966) was a "lifelong... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 132166

  51. St. Botolph's Priory; or, the Sable Mask.
    CURTIES, T. J. Horsley. St. Botolph's Priory; or, the Sable Mask.

    London : 1806

    First edition of this Gothic novel, set on the Isle of Wight at the time of the English civil war, published by James Fletcher Hughes, the black sheep of the contemporary publishing world, whose output in the years 1806-7 outstripped even the Minerva Press, though he was bankrupt by 1811, having fallen out of step with a new taste for "proper" novels.... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 131950

  52. La Faoniade: inni ed odi
    (SAPPHO.) [IMPERIALE, Giovanni Vincenzo.] La Faoniade: inni ed odi

    Crisopoli [Parma] : 1792

    First edition printed with the types of Bodoni; first published in two parts at Naples in 1780-86. "A Neapolitan general, Vicenzo Imperiale... presents La Faoniade: Inni ed odi di Saffo as a translation of a previously unknown work by Sappho, newly discovered in true Ossianic fashion by 'the famous Russian scholar Ossur,' who was visiting Cape Leukas... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 131990

  53. Les Maitres sonneurs.
    SAND, George. Les Maitres sonneurs.

    Paris : 1853

    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 Harrisse (1829-1910) mingled... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 131728

  54. Obras I. Lamentaciones.
    (BORGES, Jorge Luis.) ALMAFUERTE. Obras I. Lamentaciones.

    La Plata : 1906

    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce first instalment in the works of Argentine poet Pedro B. Palacios (1854-1917, who wrote as "Almafuerte"). This is a superb association copy with the ownership inscription of his Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) to the first blank. Borges in his early career, before turning to short stories in the 1940s, considered... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 131513

  55. Fallen Leaves.
    (KOTELIANSKY, S. S., trans.) ROZANOV, V. Vasily. Fallen Leaves.

    London : 1929

    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 translators: Schiff,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 131322

  56. The Congress.
    BORGES, Jorge Luis. The Congress.

    London : 1974

    First edition in English in book form, signed limited issue, number 6 of 50 copies signed by the author and the translator, here additionally signed by the artist Hugo Manning. A further 250 unsigned copies were also issued. The English translation was first published in the New Yorker in 1971, and originally published in Spanish in Buenos Aires by... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 131125

  57. Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
    GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

    London : 1982

    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher 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 1966. He soon... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 130933

  58. Les mille & une nuits.
    (ARABIAN NIGHTS.) Les mille & une nuits.

    Paris : 1881

    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 great works of French and world... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 130843

  59. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám,
    FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám,

    London : 1868

    Second edition, substantially expanded and revised from the first of 1859. Five hundred copies of the second edition were printed, with Quaritch selling each at a price of 1s. 6d.; when a copy re-appeared in their catalogue in 1929, it had already reached a price of 52 10s. (Potter, p. 12). FitzGerald substantially revised the text of the Rubáiyát... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 130715

  60. Faust.
    (CLARKE, Harry.) GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.

    New York : [1925]

    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
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 130719

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