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WILLIAMS, Helen Maria (trans.); SAINT-PIERRE, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de. Paul and Virginia.
London : 1795First edition in English, translated by the celebrated bluestocking Helen Maria Williams (1759-1827) "amidst the horrors of Robespierre's tyranny", as she explains colourfully in her Preface; it became "the standard English edition well into the nineteenth century" (Deborah Kennedy, Helen Maria Williams and the Age of Revolution, 2002, p. 122). The... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 127769
PRÉVERT, Jacques. Paroles.
Paris : 1945 [i.e. 1946]First edition, first printing, one of 324 copies on rives paper, Jacques Brunius's copy of one of Prévert's best known collection of poems. They were first published separately in various magazines from around 1930, and were, partially and amateurishly, collected by students from Rheims at the end of the war. The poems were officially gathered in 1945... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 140435
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
VERNE, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas;
Boston : 1873First American edition, a particularly nice copy in the original cloth of one of the classics of science fiction, originally serialized in France between 1869 and 1870.
It was first published in English by Sampson Low in late 1872 and issued in America shortly after by James Osgood, bound from the same sheets and with a cancel title page. This... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 142445
FRENCH LITERATURE. Fables, lettres, et variétés historiques.
Londres : 1777Second 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 importing foreign books and was... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 100358
DIDEROT, Denis. Œuvres philosophiques et dramatiques.
Amsterdam : 1772First edition of Diderot's collected philosophical and theatrical works. It is rare to find a complete set as each volume has both a collective title page and its own, and could have been sold separately.
There were two editions of published in Amsterdam that year, the other being the octavo-format edition of Marc Michel Rey, though the present... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141232
ROBINSON, W. Heath (illus.); 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
BECKFORD, William. Vathek.
A Londres : 1815First 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
HUNT, Edward Eyre. Sir Orfeo.
Cambridge [MA] : 1909First 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
BAROJA, Pío. Weeds.
New York : 1923First edition in English, first printing, an exceptionally well-preserved copy in the scarce jacket. It was first published in 1904 as the second novel in Baroja's best-known trilogy. Comprising La busca (The Quest, 1904), Mala hierba (Weeds, 1904), and Aurora roja (Red Dawn, 1905), it enjoyed both critical and popular success in Spain. Hemingway counted... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 140485
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
PROUST, Marcel. À la recherche du temps perdu.
Paris : 1913-27First editions throughout, a superb set, of Proust's massive roman-fleuve which has been judged by many to be the major novel of the 20th century. Proust at first could not find a publisher willing to take a chance on such a substantial work and so published the first volume at his own expense with Grasset. That first volume, Du côté de chez Swann,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 142457
GAY SUNSHINE PRESS. Out of the Blue.
San Francisco : 1997First 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 notes that "this has not... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 123283
GORKY, Maxim. Meshchane. [Philistines.]
St Petersburg : 1902First edition of Gorky's controversial first play. Initially, Meshchane was licensed for publication but banned from public performance by the censors. Following negotiations and some judicious cutting, permission was granted for the play to proceed at the private Panayevsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It debuted on 26 March 1902 with a heavy police presence... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 140124
CAMOENS, Luis de. The Lusiad,
London : 1655First edition in English of Os Lusíadas (1572), the epic poem describing Portugal's rise from obscurity to greatness. Camoens based his Virgilian epic around Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route from Europe to India via the Cape of Good Hope in 1497-98, coloured by his own experiences during the 14 years he spent in the East (1553-67), including... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 136059
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Diálogos.
[Buenos Aires] : 1983First edition, first printing, of these dialogues, gathered by Montenegro to "expose in an articulate way Borges's thoughts about the events of the past years, and to rectify the fragmented or circumstantial interpretations that distorted his thought" (front flap). This copy bears the ownership inscription of Borges's controversial English-language... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 142917
TRANSTROMER, Tomas. Citoyens.
Knotting, Bedfordshire : 1974First English language edition, copy 100 of 150 copies, printed on Abbey Mills laid paper, this a presentation copy inscribed by Transtromer and additionally signed by the translator Robin Fulton on the colophon.
Copies numbered 1 to 50 were issued signed by Transtromer; this copy, though a later number, is presented by the poet with a lengthy... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 141215
TOLSTOY, Leo. La Guerre et la Paix,
Paris : 1879Rare first edition in French of War and Peace, one of 500 copies printed, the first translation into another language and a key moment in the appreciation of Russian novelists in the West. The translation was by Princess Irina Ivanovna Paskevich. It was Turgenev who found a French publisher and urged the translation on Zola, Flaubert, and Daudet.
A... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 142081
COELHO, Paulo. The Alchemist.
San Francisco : 1993First edition in English, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Fanny: be always faithful to your destiny, Paulo Coelho, Oct 95". The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil in 1988. It has since been translated into 67 languages and has sold upwards of 90 million copies worldwide. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138966
YAZICIOGLU MEHMET. Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.
Istanbul : 1880-1 CEUncommon Istanbul imprint of this popular Turkish translation of the Magharib al-Zaman (Sunsets of Time), a devotional work on the Prophet Muhammad, written in Arabic by the Ottoman Sufi poet Yazıcıoğlu Mehmet (d. 1491; his name means "son of the scribe") and translated into Ottoman Turkish by his younger brother Ahmed Bican. Mehmet, a native of... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 122439
OPIUM FANTASY - LIGNE, Charles-Joseph de (attrib.) Voyage à Visbecq.
[Brussells? : ca.1794]Original manuscript of an extraordinary dreamlike fantasy which describes an opium-induced journey to the centre of the earth. The existence of the novel remained unknown for more than 200 years until it was discovered in a Parisian bookshop and published in 2007 with a long essay by Éric Lysøe (see below).
The text is written in the first... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 139702
GOLL, Ivan. Lucifer Vieillissant.
Paris : 1934First edition in French, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to the Amazon of Paris, Natalie Clifford Barney, "à Miss Barney ce testament d'un 'individu' en grande admiration. Ivan Goll". This is a press review copy, with "S.P." (service de presse) on the spine. Lucifer Vieillissant was first published in German as Die Eurokokke... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 146077
BEMBO, Pietro. De gliasolani di M. Pietro Bembo nequali si ragiona d'amore.
Venice : 1530Second 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 volgar lingua" (Theodore Cachey,... Learn More£1,600.00
Stock Code: 114075
GAY SUNSHINE PRESS. Partings at Dawn.
San Francisco : 1996First 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 and won the Stonewall... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 123282
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
GUIMARÃES ROSA, João. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands.
New York : 1963First edition in English, first printing. Originally published in Portuguese as Grande Sertão: Veredas in 1956, this is the book that "firmly established Guimarães Rosa's international reputation" (Ency. Brit.). A landmark of South American literature, The Devil to Pay in the Backlands exhibits characteristics of the Brazilian regionalist novel while... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 137068
PERTSCH, Wilhelm. Die Arabischen Handschriften der Herzoglichen Bibliothek Zu Gotha.
Gotha : 1878-92First editions. Uncommon in complete state, WorldCat shows perhaps fewer than 20 sets completing worldwide; Library Hub 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... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 94282
CAMUS, Albert - WILDE, Oscar. La Ballade de la Geôle de Reading.
[Paris] : First edition thus, first printing, out-of-series presentation copy, inscribed by Camus on the title page of "L'artiste en prison" "A Sylvestre, en souvenir d'Iguape, et avec l'amicale pensée d'Albert Camus" ("to Sylvestre, in memory of Iguape and with the amicable thought of Albert Camus"), and with the two corrections in his hand on pp. 19 and 21.
An... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143345
RASK, Rasmus Kristian. Vejledning til det Islandske eller gamle Nordiske Sprog.
Copenhagen : 1811First edition, a rare interleaved copy owned by Swedish philologist Sven Hylander (1797-1825) with his comments and additions to the work. Hylander was lecturer at the University of Lund and studied Icelandic manuscripts. The famous Swedish poet Esaias Tegner, who was a lecturer in Greek at Lund, wrote an elegy for Hylander on his early death in 1825,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 112682
SVEVO, Italo. Zéno.
Paris : 1927First 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
CERVANTES, Miguel de; Jacob Campo Weyerman (trans.) De voornaamste Gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot,
The Hague : 1746An extraordinary example of one of the most significant illustrated Cervantes editions of the 18th century; a fine, large paper copy of the lavish 1746 Hague edition of Don Quixote, each of the 31 copperplates here beautifully illuminated by a contemporary hand and heightened with gold, presented in an elaborately worked Dutch binding.
The grand... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 137295
MARTÍN DE CÓRDOBA, Fray. Jardín de las nobles donzellas.
Medina del Campo : 1542Rare second edition, effectively the only obtainable printing, of this book of advice for Queen Isabel of Spain, a pro-feminist treatise in the "mirror for princes" tradition, which instructed and entertained "with references to the popular contemporary controversy of the battle between the sexes" (Goldberg, p. 126).
Fray Martín taught at the... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 139886
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
SIMONDE DE SISMONDI, Jean Charles L. De la littérature du midi de l'Europe.
Paris : 1813First edition of Sismondi's survey of Italian, Provençal, Spanish, and Portuguese literature, which established him among the initiators of French Romanticism. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 102671
CARRIÓN, Ulises. De Alemania.
Mexico : 1970First edition and only edition, number 533 of 3,000 copies, of Carrión's second book, a collection of six short stories employing the interior monologue, by "perhaps Mexico's most important conceptual artist" (Torre). Uncommon on the market: we were unable to trace any other copies for sale or at auction.
Ulises Carrión (1941-1989) wrote De... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 143753
MANDEVILLE, Sir John. The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, Kt.,
New York : 1927First Grabhorn edition, number 129 of 150 copies only. A very attractive production, finely printed, delicately illustrated by Angelo, and handsomely bound. The text is taken from the English edition of 1725, which was taken from a 15th-century manuscript in the Cottonian library, collated against seven other manuscripts. Angelo's decorations are after... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 138808
APOLLONIUS RHODIUS. Argonautica
Florence : 1496Editio princeps of the most important Greek epic of the 3rd century BCE, the definitive telling of the story of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. The Argonautica is the only epic before Virgil's Aeneid that can be compared with Homer in subject and extent and it is the first epic to give a prominent place to love. With the... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 136329
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
LAURENCIN, Marie (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.
Paris : 1930First Black Sun Press edition, number 361 of 420 copies for distribution in the United States, from a total edition of 790; "the colophon is the only difference between the American and European issues" (Minkoff).
"For Alice in Wonderland, Caresse signed Marie Laurencin, one of the foremost French artists, to do the illustrations. She had never... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136578
GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS: JONES, Gwyn & Thomas (trans.) The Golden Cockerel Mabinogion.
London : 1948First Golden Cockerel edition, number 440 of 550 copies printed (the first 75 copies being specially bound), presenting a new translation of the ancient Welsh epic The Mabinogion (first fully brought into modern English by Lady Charlotte Guest 1838-1845) alongside illustrations by Dorothea Braby. The Mabinogion encompasses Arthurian legend (though originally... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 139319
ARABIAN NIGHTS; BURTON, Richard F. (trans.) 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
GOURMONT, Remy de. Lettres à l'Amazone.
Paris : 30 March 1914First 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 by lupus vulgaris,... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 117966
PONIATOWSKI, André, Prince (ed.) Revue Franco-Américaine.
Paris & New York : 1895First edition, first volume, one of the 45 copies on Japon Imperial paper which were sent to the world leaders of the time, including both the French and the American presidents, the Pope, and Queen Victoria, as listed on the colophon.
This elite magazine aimed to be the "intellectual hyphen between the old and the new continents" (avant-propos)... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138956
RIMBAUD, Arthur; VIEILLARD, Roger (illus.) Hommage A Rimbaud.
Paris : 1945First edition, first printing, inscribed in pencil "à Ralph Kirkpatrick pour 'les possibilités harmoniques' Roger Vieillard amicalement" inside the first blank, including two musical drawings, further drawings on the title page with the caption "pour Ralph Kirkparick" signed with Vieillard's "RV" monogram and dated "1942-1971-1982". This copy number... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135463
LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Fables choisies, mises en vers.
Paris : 1755-9First edition, large-paper issue, and one of a small number printed on thick holland paper, of "one of the most ambitious and successful of all illustrated books" (Ray). Jean-Baptiste Oudry's sketches for La Fontaine's Fables were executed for his own enjoyment between 1729 and 1735. They were purchased by the publisher Montenault, who asked the finest... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 135957