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. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Momus [or De principe].

    Rome, Jacopo Mazochi, 1520.

    First edition of this political...

    £4600

  2. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia...

    Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.

    First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s...

    £3800

  3. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Hecatomphila che ne insegnia l’ingeniosa...

    Venice, Giovanni Antonio et Fratelli da...

    A combined edition of the Ecatomfila...

    £8000

  4. BERTOLUCCI, Attilio.

    Sirio.

    Parma, Alessandro Minardi, 1929.

    Very rare first edition of Bertolucci’s...

    £1250

  5. [CARDUCCI, Giosuè, Emilio TEZA, and Francesco BONATELLI.]

    Per le nozze di Giambattista Gandino con...

    [Bologna, Tipi Fava e Garagnani al Progresso],...

    A rare collection of three poems presented...

    £350

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

    Das verheissene Land. Das Merkbuch des...

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

    First edition: Celan’s translation of...

    £200

  7. D'ANNUNZIO, Gabriele.

    La Figlia di Iorio. Tragedia pastorale.

    Milan, Treves, 1904.

    First edition of this verse drama, widely...

    £250

  8. FOSCOLO, Ugo.

    Lezioni de Eloquenza.

    Venice, Tip. di Commercio, 1830.

    First separate edition of Foscolo’s Pavia...

    £600

  9. GUERINI, Professor Giovanni.

    Fireside Entertainments; or, A Series of...

    London: Chapman and Hall ... 1874.

    First edition in English of Guerini’s...

    £150

  10. LEOPARDI, Giacomo.

    Paralipomeni della Batracomiomachia.

    Paris, Libreria Europea di Baudry, 1842.

    First edition, published posthumously in...

    £1800

  11. [MALAPARTE, Curzio, pseud.] SUCHERT, Kurt Erich.

    Le nozze degli eunuchi.

    Rome, Casa Editrice Rassegna Internazionale,...

    Very rare first edition of this early collection...

    £450

  12. MANZONI, Alessandro.

    In morte di Carlo Imbonati. Versi di Alessandro...

    Milan, Coi Tipi di Gio. Giuseppe Destefanis,...

    First trade edition of Manzoni’s first...

    £2500

  13. PAGLIARANI, Elio.

    Inventario privato. Prefazione di Giacomo...

    [Milan], Veronelli, [1959].

    First edition of the second published collection...

    £350

  14. [PIRANDELLO, Luigi.]

    LO VECCHIO MUSTI, Manlio. Bibliografia...

    Verona, Mondadori, 1937.

    First edition of this authoritative bibliography...

    £100

  15. PRATOLINI, Vasco.

    Le ragazze di Sanfrediano.

    Florence, Vallecchi, 1952.

    First edition in book form of The Girls...

    £300

  16. ROSA, Salvator.

    Satire, dedicate a Settano.

    “In Amsterdam, Presso Severo Prothomastix”...

    The literary triumph of the great Baroque...

    £1100

  17. SILONE, Ignazio.

    Fontamara, Roman.

    Zurich, Oprecht, 1933.

    The true first edition of Fontamara, Silone’s...

    £450

  18. SILONE, Ignazio.

    Brot und Wein, Roman.

    Zurich, Oprecht, 1936.

    First edition of Silone’s Pane e vino,...

    £280

  19. STRAPAROLA, Giovanfrancesco.

    Le Piacevoli Notti di messer Giovanfrancesco...

    Venice, Domenico Giglio, 1558.

    An early edition of both volumes of Straparola’s...

    £3250

  20. [THEATRE].

    La locanda commedia da rappresentarsi in...

    Florence, Pietro Gaetano Viviani, 1756.

    Sole edition, extremely rare (no...

    £700