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. [ARNIM, Bettina von.]

    Goethe’s Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde....

    Berlin, Ferdinand Dümmler, 1835.

    First edition of Bettina von Arnim’s...

    £650

  2. BELISHEVA, S. P., translator.

    ‘An die Fantasie, aus dem russischen.’...

    Germany, c. 1830

    A contemporary manuscript of an early 19th...

    £1750

  3. BRANDT, Johann Daniel und Georg Karl.

    Opfer de Lieb’ und Freundschaft. Dargebracht...

    Berlin, Wilhelm Dieterici, [1790].

    A luxurious and unusual production, both...

    £400

  4. BÜCHNER, Georg.

    Nachgelassene Schriften.

    Frankfurt am Main, J. D. Sauerländer’s...

    First edition of Büchner’s posthumous...

    £1350

  5. CELAN, Paul.

    Von Schwelle zu Schwelle. Gedichte.

    Stuttgart, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, [1955].

    First edition of Celan’s second collection...

    £400

  6. CELAN, Paul (translator). ESENIN, Sergei.

    Sergej Jessenin. Gedichte. Ausgewählt...

    [Frankfurt], S. Fischer, 1961.

    First edition of these poems by Esenin,...

    £200

  7. [CELAN, Paul (translator).] UNGARETTI, Giuseppe.

    Das verheissene Land. Das Merkbuch des...

    [Frankfurt am Main], Insel Verlag, [1968].

    First edition: Celan’s translation of...

    £200

  8. CELAN, Paul, translator. BLOK, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich.

    Die Zwölf.

    [Frankfurt,] S. Fischer, 1958.

    First edition of this version of Blok’s...

    £150

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

    Poésies. Dichtungen [– II].

    [Frankfurt,] S. Fischer, 1959–68.

    First edition of Celan’s translations...

    £150

  10. DÖBLIN, Alfred.

    Berlin Alexanderplatz. Traduit de l’Allemand...

    [Paris], Librairie Gallimard, [1933].

    With a punning signed presentation inscription...

    £750

  11. [EXPRESSIONISM.] LAUTENSACK, Heinrich, Alfred Richard MEYER, and Anselm RUEST (Editors).

    Die Buecherei Maiandros. Eine Zeitschrift...

    Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Paul Knorr Verlag,...

    A complete run, with all the supplements,...

    £750

  12. GEORGE, Stefan.

    Die Bücher der Hirten- und Preisgedichte,...

    Berlin, Im Verlage der Blätter für die...

    Very rare first edition: an early collection...

    £3000

  13. [GOETHE.] ECKERMANN, Johann Peter.

    Razgovory Gete sobrannye Ekkermannom. Perevod...

    St Petersburg, A. S. Suvorin, 1891.

    Rare first edition in Russian of Eckermann’s...

    £1500

  14. GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von.

    Faustus: from the German of Goethe.

    London: Boosey and Sons ... and Rodwell...

    First edition of this expanded translation...

    £2250

  15. GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von.

    Die Wahlverwandtschaften. Ein Roman…...

    Tübingen, in der Cottaischen Buchhandlung,...

    First edition of the novel which Goethe...

    £2400

  16. GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von, and Carl Friedrich ZELTER.

    Briefwechsel zwischen Goethe und Zelter...

    Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 1833-34.

    First edition, printed on a superior paper...

    £1800

  17. [GOETHE.] REICHARDT, Johann Friedrich.

    Goethe’s Lieder, Oden, Balladen und Romanzen...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, [1809-11].

    Very rare first complete edition of Reichardt’s...

    £6500

  18. GRASS, Günter.

    Gleisdreieck.

    Darmstadt, Luchterhand, 1960.

    Rare first edition of this volume of poems...

    £100

  19. GRASS, Günter.

    Katz und Maus. Eine Novelle.

    Neuwied & Berlin, Luchterhand, 1961.

    First edition of the novella Katz und Maus,...

    £150

  20. GRASS, Günter.

    Onkel, Onkel. Ein Spiel in vier Akten....

    Berlin, Klaus Wagenbach, 1965.

    First edition.

    £75