Foreign Literature

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This department specialises in rare and important works of French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and South American literature from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Here you can find first editions and signed or presentation copies of authors as diverse as Akhmatova, Balzac, Borges, Camus, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Goethe, Goldoni, Hugo, Kafka, Leopardi, Lorca, Manzoni, Pirandello, Pushkin, Schiller, Tolstoy, Zola, and many others. Among the important works which have passed through our hands are the original working manuscript of Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, now in the Pushkin House in St Petersburg, the only known copy of the first edition of Brecht's first play, Baal (1920) with his working notes, and an extraordinary collection of Pushkin first editions.
  1. [AUSSOURD, René] DUMAS, Alexandre.

    Les Trois Mousquetaires.

    Paris, Calmann Levy, 1894.

    Edition de grand luxe, number 39, one of...

    £3000

  2. AZAÏS, Gabriel, and Charles LABOR.

    Illustrated manuscript volume of poetry,...

    Béziers, c. 1836?

    An attractive presentation volume, with...

    £1750

  3. BAUDELAIRE, Charles.

    Les Epaves… avec un eau-forte frontispiece...

    Amsterdam, A L’Enseigne du Coq [Brussels,...

    Rare first edition of Baudelaire’s last...

    £6000

  4. [BAUDELAIRE, Charles.]

    Hommage à C. F. Denecourt. Fontainebleau....

    Paris, Librairie de L. Hachette & Co., 1855.

    First edition of this anthology compiled...

    £750

  5. BECQUE, Henry.

    Les Corbeaux, pièce en quatre actes. Paris,...

    [Paris, 1882.]

    First and second editions of Becque’s...

    £3000

  6. BIZET, Georges.

    L’Arlésienne. Drame en 3 Actes de Alphonse...

    Paris, Choudens, [1872].

    First edition, earliest issue (with the...

    £800

  7. [BOUCHER, Jean].

    Apologie pour Iehan Chastel Parisien, execute...

    [Paris?], 1595.

    First edition of Boucher’s pseudonymous...

    £600

  8. [CANAPE and CORRIEZ]. RÉGNIER, Henri de.

    La Sandale Ailée.

    Paris, Société des amis des livres modernes,...

    Limited edition, Comte Foy’s copy, number...

    £3500

  9. [CELAN, Paul, translator]. CHAR, René.

    Poésies. Dichtungen [– II].

    [Frankfurt,] S. Fischer, 1959–68.

    First edition of Celan’s translations...

    £150

  10. DESENFANS, Noel Joseph.

    Les deux Hermites, dédié a mylord Lyttelton...

    A Londres; chez R. Davis … J Ridley...

    First and only edition, uncommon, of an...

    £650

  11. DUMAS, Alexandre, père.

    Les Trois Mousquetaires.

    Paris, Michel Lévy, 1846.

    Rare early edition of The Three Musketeers,...

    £950

  12. FRICKER, Bernard.

    Autograph working manuscript of a collection...

    c. 1946-52.

    An extraordinary, unique production, with...

    £6500

  13. GARCÍA LORCA, Federico.

    Chant funèbre pour Ignacio Sanchez Mejias...

    [Paris], GLM, 1938.

    Rare first edition in French of Lorca’s...

    £500

  14. GARCÍA LORCA, Federico.

    Ode à Salvador Dalí. Texte espagnol &...

    [Paris], GLM, [1938].

    First separate edition of Lorca’s Ode...

    £600

  15. GARCIA LORCA, Federico.

    Cinq romances gitanes, texte espagnol et...

    [Paris], GLM, [1939].

    First edition, one of 475 numbered copies,...

    £100

  16. GIONO, Jean.

    Colline.

    Paris, Bernard Grasset, Les Cahiers Verts,...

    First edition of Giono’s first book;...

    £450

  17. GOGOL’, Nikolai Vasil’evich.

    Tarass Boulba… traduit du russe par Louis...

    Paris, Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1853.

    First separate appearance of Gogol’s...

    £250

  18. GOSZCZYNSKI, Seweryn and Antoni MALCZEWSKI.

    Les Ukraïniennes … traduites par Clémence...

    Paris. J. A. Merklein … 1835.

    First edition in French of two key texts...

    £650

  19. GUMILEV, Nikolai Stepanovich, translator. GAUTIER, Théophile.

    Emali i kamei [Émaux et camées].

    [St Petersburg, M. V. Popov, 1914.]

    First edition, very rare: Gumilev’s first...

    £850