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[COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, trans.] GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faustus: from the German.
London : 1821First 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
[COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, trans.] GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faustus: from the German.
London : 1821First 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
(KATIP ÇELEBI.) HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.
The Hague : 1777-9.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. The Bibliothèque orientale... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 117606
(MOORE, Henry.) GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von, & André Gide (trans.) Prométhée.
Paris : 1950-51First and limited edition of Moore's first lithographic portfolio, this copy marked "H.C." (hors de commerce) and initialled by the publisher P. A. Nicaise, perhaps one of the copies réservées à des collaborateurs (reserved for collaborators); the edition was limited to 183 copies on vélin de chiffon à la forme des Papeteries du Marais.... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 135517
(CLARKE, Harry.) GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.
New York : 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
(PASTERNAK, Boris, trans.; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.) Faust.
[Leningrad] : 1953First 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
(ROBINSON, W. Heath.) RABELAIS, François. The Works.
London : 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 became one of the illustrator's... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 102201
WALEY, Arthur. Further poems by Po Chu-I, and an extract from his prose works, together with two other T'ang poems.
[London] : 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: Portraits of Seventeen... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 103471
[BURTON, Richard Francis.] The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana.
[London] : 1883 [but later]The fifth edition overall, the fourth in book form, Penzer outlines the complicated publishing history; the first printing was in seven parts ("now practically unobtainable"); the second printing was the first edition in book-form, distinguished most easily by the absence of "the" on the spine. The third, fourth and fifth printings all reset the type... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 134343
MORRIS, William. The Story of Sigurd the Volsung.
London : 1877First 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 four-book narrative in resounding... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129025
CURTIES, T. J. Horsley. St. Botolph's Priory; or, the Sable Mask.
London : 1806First 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
FELICITE, Stéphanie, comtesse de Genlis. Tales of the Castle.
London : 1806Eighth Edition, in a handsome period binding with the gift inscription on the front free endpaper of volume 1: "Cecilia Charlotte Leeson, The Gift of Her fond mamma on her birthday the 3rd of March 1808". Cecelia Charlotte Leeson (1801-1818) was the daughter of the Irish peer Joseph Leeson, 2nd Earl of Milltown (1730-1801), and stepdaughter to Valentine... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 138487
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Zapiski iz mertvago doma (Notes from the House of the Dead).
St Petersburg : 1862First 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 brother Mikhail were... Learn More£185,000.00
Stock Code: 125557
ZATI, Suleyman. Divân-ı Zâtî ("Diwan of Zati"); [together with:] Sawanih al-nawadir fi ma'rifat al-anasir ("Rare Thoughts about Knowledge of the Elements").
Istanbul : 1841First 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 bears the seal of the reigning... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 126850
KHĀQĀNI, Afdal al-Din-al-Shirwani al-. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].
[Safavid Iran : [c.1600]A most attractive and highly uncommon Safavid-era manuscript, the only mathnawi - or long narrative poem in couplet form - of the celebrated 12th century CE Persian poet Khāqāni; it is presented here in an appealing binding, the onlays, probably once gilded but the gilt now oxidised, almost certainly made of paper, a distinct Safavid practice at this... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 132183
PERTSCH, Wilhelm. Die Arabischen Handschriften der Herzoglichen Bibliothek Zu Gotha.
Gotha : 1878-92First 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 at the ducal library at... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 94282
(TAYLOR, Thomas, trans.) ORPHEUS. The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus.
Chiswick : 1824Second edition (edited and expanded since the first edition of 1787, with additional notes) of the Hymns of Orpheus by the influential translator and neoplatonist Thomas Taylor (1758-1835). Taylor was the first to translate into English the complete works of Plato and Aristotle, and also these Orphic fragments. He was such a committed Hellenist that... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 137323
SHAKESPEARE, William. [Othello.] Othllo.
Istanbul : 1293 First edition in Ottoman Turkish, done by Hasan Bedreddin and Mehmet Rifat from the French translation of Jean-Francois Ducis, and performed 186777 in Gedikpasa theatre in Istanbul, the first theatre in Turkey where plays were performed by Turkish actors rather than travelling troupes. Shakespeare was becoming popular at this time, after the Armenians... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 131742
(NONESUCH PRESS.) HOMER. The Iliad [and] Odyssey.
[London] : 1931First Nonesuch editions, number 313 of 1,450 copies and 3 of 1,300 copies respectively. The Nonesuch Homer was one of the finest productions of the Nonesuch Press, a shining example of how fine printing and commercial viability could be brought together. The Greek text is printed in parallel with the English translation of Alexander Pope, which was... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 135113
TURGENEV, Ivan. Russian Life in the Interior
Edinburgh : 1855First edition in English of Turgenev's first major work, the short story collection A Sportsman's Sketches, here translated by James Meiklejohn from the 1854 French translation, after its first appearance in 1852 as Zapiski Okhotnika. This, the first appearance in English of any complete work by Turgenev, is scarce in commerce, with... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 135879
(TOLKIEN, J. R. R.) BRAY, Olive (ed. and trans.) The Elder or Poetic Edda,
London : 1908First edition, first impression, of this uncommon English translation that influenced J. R. R. Tolkien, this copy with a nice literary association: from the library of Gladys Huntington (18871959), author of the anonymously-published novel Madame Solario (1956), with her bookplate and ownership inscription, dated 19 May 1917, to the front endpaper.... Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 142356
BOWRING, John, trans. Poetry of the Magyars,
London : 1830First 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, diplomatist, and writer,... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 129730
MANDELSTAM, Osip. Shum Vremeni [i.e. The Noise of Time].
Leningrad : 1925First 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
PUIG, Manuel. Kiss of the Spider Woman.
New York : 1979First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front blank, "To Michael Blower, with gratitude for his interest in my work, Manuel Puig. Boston 86". Originally published in Argentina in 1976. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 85941
RABELAIS, François. Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel.
London : 1892Limited 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£650.00
Stock Code: 100271
KOZLOV, Ivan Ivanovich. Chernets, kievskaia povest [The Monk, a tale of Kiev].
[St Petersburg : 1825First 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 to add to his Russian and French,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 129707
(DULAC, Edmund.) Stories from the Arabian Nights.
London : 1907Signed limited edition, number 302 of 350 copies numbered and signed by the artist. It was this book that first announced Dulac's status as a popular artist, confirming him as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham... The exotic stories he illustrated struck a new chord in Dulac. They allowed him to enlarge... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 131648
LUNA, Miguel de. The History of the Conquest of Spain by the Moors.
London : 1687First 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 by George Ticknor and other... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 120934
KALIDASA. The Mégha Dúta;
Calcutta : 1813First 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 that he was a Brahman during... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 122308
KAFKA, Franz. The Metamorphosis.
London : 1937First English language edition, first impression, of the author's masterpiece, which was originally published in the German magazine Die Weißen Blätter in October 1915, under the title Die Verwandlung. The translator was A. L. "Bert" Lloyd. Lloyd came from a humble background, emigrated to Australia in the 20s and, after stints working... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139325
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
London : 1819Second and best edition of one of the most important translations of Dante of the Romantic era, following the very scarce first edition which appeared in 1814 in such a diminutive format that it was barely legible. When found, copies of this larger format edition are more usually seen rebound or with repair - this example survives unmolested in attractive... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139500
(MITFORD, Nancy.) LAFAYETTE, Madame de. The Princesse de Clevès.
London : 1950First edition, first impression, scarce with the jacket in such lovely condition, of Mitford's translation of Madame de La Fayette's novel, a high spot of French literature originally published in 1678. Mitford undertook the translation after her permanent move to Paris following the success of Love in a Cold Climate (1945). Privately printed,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137823
MUCHA, Jiří. The Problems of Lieutenant Knap.
London : 1945First edition, first impression, preceding its publication in the original Czech (as Problémy nadporučíka 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£150.00
Stock Code: 107712
ČAPEK, Karel. Továrna na absolutno. (The Absolute at Large.)
Brno : 1922First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the first blank to the young actress Táňa Čuprová (b.1900) and dated in the year of publication. The recipient is noted in the Czech National Theatre archives as having started work there in this year, going on to become art director from 1945. It was at the Prague National Theatre that Čapek's... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139802
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
London : 1819Second and best edition of one of the most important translations of Dante of the Romantic era, following the very scarce first edition which appeared in 1814 in such a diminutive format that it was barely legible.
"In January 1797 Cary began his translation of Dante's Divina commedia into blank verse. He started with the Purgatorio in 1797-8, but... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139502
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 1926An 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
AHMAD, Nazir. The First Five Chapters of the Taubatu-n-Nasûh (of M. Nazir Ahmed).
London : 1890Actually 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 disposal in preparing for examinantion.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 94792
MONTAIGNE, Michel de. The Essayes Or Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses
London : 1603First edition in English of the Essais of Montaigne, one of the great books of the Elizabethan era and the crowning achievement of its translator John Florio. "His extraordinary skill in the use of alliteration, his ability to embroider and amplify the French original through the addition of English synonyms, his sense of rhythm, his art of turning... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 135666
CLOUSTON, William Alexander (ed.) The Bakhtyar Nama: a Persian Romance.
[Larkhall, Lanarkshire] : 1883First 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
OMAR KHAYYÁM. One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.
Worcester, Mass. : 1910First edition in Japanese, number 31 of 100 copies, and invariably scarce; this a particularly well preserved copy of a fragile publication.
In his introduction, Hikozo Kikase remarks that his translation was undertaken as the behest of "my friend Mr. F. L. Coes so as to add a new variety to his collection of seven hundred copies of the original... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 141753
GUEULLETTE, Thomas-Simon. The Thousand and One Quarters of an Hour.
London : 1893First Smithers edition, one of five copies printed on Japanese vellum. Originally published in 1715 as Mille et un quarts d'heure, contes tartares, these stories - referred to by Smithers as "very lively, ingenious, and entertaining imitations of the 'Arabian Nights'" - were the work of the lawyer, bibliophile and prolific compiler of tales,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 126130
(ARABIAN NIGHTS.) BURTON, Richard F. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
[London] : [c.1903]The illustrated Benares edition, number 980 of 1,000 sets. This set comprises ten volumes of Arabian Nights and seven Supplemental Nights, and features artwork by Albert Letchford originally produced for the Smithers-Nichols edition of 1897. Unlike previous editions, the Burton Club editions consisted of 17 volumes rather than the 16 volumes of the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137603
(ARABIAN NIGHTS.) BURTON, Richard F. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
London : 1897The 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 in English, Burton's was... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 131161
OUSELEY, Gore. Biographical Notices of Persian Poets;
London : 1846First edition. The diplomat and orientalist Gore Ouseley (1770-1844) served as ambassador to the Qajar court, and became acquainted with Persian, Sanskrit and Arabic. In the present work, published posthumously, Ouseley set out to make Persian poetry known to English readers. Working from manuscripts in his own collection, he discussed 31 poets and... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 126941
RILKE, Rainer Maria. Ewald Tragy.
Munich : 1929First 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
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Letters and Reminiscences.
London : 1923First 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 Virginia Woolf, publishing their translations at the Hogarth... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 121093
(MATISSE, Henri.) ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire.
Paris : 1952First 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
(CRANE, Walter.) GRIMM, [Jacob & Wilhelm]. Household Stories,
London : 1882First Crane edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies only, which "sold out on publication. It is perhaps the best of Crane's more ambitious works. The book is a triumph in his characteristic mode of decoration, yet its designs, even the headpieces and initial letters, remain true illustrations" (Ray).
Provenance: engraved pictorial bookplate... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 137499
BACCANTI, Alberto. Maometto, legislatore degli Arabi e fondatore dell'Impero musulmano.
Casalmaggiore : 1791First 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 from Casalmaggiore, Araldi (d.... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 102633
HOMER. Iliados... Odysseias... [in Greek].
Glasguae : 1756-8First edition of the Foulis Press Homer, described by Edward Harwood as "One of the most splendid editions of Homer ever delivered to the world its accuracy is equal to its magnificence" (Harwood, 4-5). The text was carefully edited by the Glasgow professors James Moor and George Muirhead (Moor was Robert Foulis's brother-in-law) and the book was printed... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 115338
ARIOSTO, Ludovico. L'Orlando Furioso.
Prato : 1821An 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 baron Clouet. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 114527
NERUDA, Pablo. "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice", typescript poem signed.
[June 1944]A scarce example of a signed carbon copy typescript poem by Pablo Neruda, with three small corrections in his hand. The 18-verse poem "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice" ("Argentina, hear what my country says to you") was written by the Chilean poet and diplomat on 4 June 1944 in response to the coup d'état of 1943 in Argentina. It was first... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 134176