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MATHERS, E. Powys (ed.) The Book of the Thousand and One Nights
London : 1923First edition thus, limited issue, number 177 of 750 copies on antique paper; there were also 1,500 copies printed on Bond paper. This privately-printed edition of the Arabian Nights was translated into English by Edward Powys Mathers (1892-1939).
Mathers's translation influenced a number of modernist writers, including W. B. Yeats, who "admired... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146289
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
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
MOORE, Henry (illus.); 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.
"During... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 135517
KATIP ÇELEBI; HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.
The Hague : 1777-79First 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
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... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 132166
CLARKE, Harry (illus.); 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
GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.
Paris : 1828First edition of Gérard de Nerval's translation of Faust, subsequently used by Berlioz for his La Damnation de Faust. This is one of Nerval's earliest works, which he translated when still in his early twenties, and helped to establish his reputation. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 144339
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
MACARTNEY, Frederick T. Collection of ten works.
1912-58A remarkable collection of scarce works by influential Australian poet and critic Frederick T. Macartney (1887-1980), four of which signed, all in notably bright condition.
Macartney was a noted critic across the early 20th century. He "valued his poetry far above his other literary endeavours and was a craftsman, ranging diversely from philosophy... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 142582
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, Library Hub records only one copy in British and Irish institutional libraries (Oxford); WorldCat 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... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 103471
OMAR KHAYYÁM; PAYNE, John (trans.) The Quatrains.
London : 1898First Payne edition, deluxe issue, number 560 of an unknown limitation. The translator of this edition, John Payne (1842-1916), was a poet and friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Payne took an interest in limited edition publishing, and co-founded the Villon Society with a small circle of friends in order to publish his translations of the works... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 147878
MISHIMA, Yukio. The Sound of Waves.
London : 1957First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Angus with the author's best wishes, Yukio, 23 March 1965". The recipient was novelist Sir Angus Wilson (1913-1991), one of England's first openly gay authors and a friend of Mishima's.
Mishima stayed at Wilson's Suffolk Cottage while... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145159
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
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Original drawing: the Prophet Almustafa.
1923 or afterOriginal drawing by the author, a version of the same image that was used as the frontispiece to The Prophet. It is evidently an idealized portrait of Gibran himself. Several versions are known; this example was a gift to Barbara Young, his last companion and assistant, author of a biography of Gibran.
Gibran (1883-1931) emigrated from Lebanon... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 130660
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
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
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 WorldCat. 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
OMAR KHAYYÁM; HANSCOM, Adelaide, & Blanche Cumming (illus.) The Rubáiyát.
New York : 1912First edition thus. Originally published in 1905 with black-and-white lithographic plates, this edition of the Rubáiyát is lavishly illustrated in colour by Adelaide Hanscom Leeson (1875-1931), one of the first artists to use photography to illustrate literary works. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147880
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
MISHIMA, Yukio. The Sound of Waves.
Tokyo : 1956First Japanese printing of the first English language edition, very scarce presentation copy inscribed by Mishima on the front free endpaper, "To Donald Warren-Knott with the author's best wishes, Yukio Mishima, 10th March '57". Donald Warren-Knott was a young expatriate based in Tokyo in the late 1950s, stationed as a junior member of the Information... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 144379
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
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
DULAC, Edmund (illus.) 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
BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. The Decameron.
London : 1886First Payne edition, number 340 of 750 copies on Holland paper, in the rare jackets, an unrecorded variant in which the imprint on the title pages do not state that it was printed "for the Villon Society". "A landmark in the history of the Decameron in English, and the very first complete and unexpurgated version" (Armstrong, p. 259).
A linguistic... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145739
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
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
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
FLEMING, Ian - CÉLINE, Louis-Ferdinand. Death on the Instalment Plan.
London : 1938First edition in English, first impression, Ian Fleming's copy with his ownership to the front endpaper "Ian Fleming, London 1939," penned the year he was recruited to naval intelligence, a formative experience which prompted his Bond novels.
This association is not obvious given the apparent contrast in the outlook and work of the two writers... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 148733
DULAC, Edmund (illus.) Stories from the Arabian Nights.
London : 1907Signed limited edition, number 44 of 350 copies signed by the artist.
Stories from the Arabian Nights was the 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... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 147743
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
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
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... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 120934
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
SOLZHENITSYN, Alexander. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. (Odin den' Ivana Denisovicha.)
Moscow : 1963First edition, first impression, presentation copy of the author's first book, inscribed by the author in Cyrillic to Viktor Goegievitch Sentsov on the title page and dated March 2006. Inscribed copies of this work are rare.
Solzhenitsyn's novel was first published within Russian literary magazine Novyi Mir in November 1962. Based on the author's... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 149420
BABUR; Annette Susannah Beveridge, trans. The Bābur-nāma in English (Memoirs of Bābur).
London : 1922First edition in book form of this landmark version of the Bāburnāma, the earliest example of autobiographical writing in world literature, the diary of Zahīr-ud-Dīn Muhammad Bābur (14831530), founder of the Mughal Empire and descendant of Timur, translated into English directly from the original Chagatai Turkish, the spoken language of the Andijan-Timurids;... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 141930
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), lamenting 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 of his... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 132323
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,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 146519
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 (trans.); 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
HUYSMANS, Jorris Karl. Against the Grain. [A Rebours.]
New York : 1922First edition in English, first printing. This is a remarkably fresh copy, notably uncommon in such good condition and in the rare dust jacket.
Against the Grain was originally published in French in 1884 under the title À Rebours. It became prominent in Britain after it was discovered that a passage in Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, in which a... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145716
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
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, Thomas-Simon... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 126130
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
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
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
MATISSE, Henri, & André Rouveyre. 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
KAFKA, Franz. Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis).
Leipzig : 1915First edition, first printing, first issue, without the German censor stamp on the title page; here in the less common case-bound issue (also issued in wrappers). This copy is the state with the serif type on the spine and front cover (no priority assigned).
Metamorphosis, the first of Kafka's masterpieces, met with unimpressive sales. After... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 146212
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
CRANE, Walter (illus.); 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
MIKI, Teicki Teiichi; TAKAHASHI, Goro; KONISHI, Toyonosuke (ed.). (Nihon Kokon Meika Zukai.) Short Biographies of Emineni [sic] Japanese in Ancient and Modern Times.
Tokyo : Meiji 20 First edition, volume 1, of the biographical instalment of a trilingual publication project celebrating the beautiful land and remarkable people of Japan. The present edition is in English, with a colophon in Japanese.
The editor planned on publishing two works of ten volumes each, in a style similar to each other, each containing ten illustrations.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 136267
PROUST, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past.
London : 1922-31First editions in English, first impressions, of the Proust's complete roman a fleuve, scarce and sought after with all volumes as first impressions and in such sharp condition. The final volume, Time Regained, has the original publisher's prospectus for the complete set laid in. Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu was first published in France... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139929
AL-HAKIM, Tawfiq. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.
Cairo : 1939First edition in any western language of the second novel, widely considered as one of his best, by a key figure in the development of modern Egyptian literature. A limited edition of 450 copies, this 349, signed by the author, rare with just four locations identified world-wide: American Universities Beirut and Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Bibliothèque... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 141117