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. BOWRING, Sir John.

    Wybōr poezyi polskiéy. Specimens of the...

    London, printed for the author, and sold...

    First edition: the first collection of...

    £300

  2. BOWRING, Sir John.

    Poetry of the Magyars, preceded by a Sketch...

    London, printed for the author, and sold...

    First edition: the first appearance of...

    £300

  3. ČAPEK, Karel.

    Loupežník. Komedie o třech dejstvích.

    Prague, Aventinum, 1920.

    First edition, rare, of Čapek’s first...

    £800

  4. ČAPEK, Karel.

    Věc Makropulos. Komedie o třech dějstvích...

    Prague, Aventinum, 1922.

    First edition of Čapek’s satirical drama...

    £1250

  5. GOSZCZYNSKI, Seweryn and Antoni MALCZEWSKI.

    Les Ukraïniennes … traduites par Clémence...

    Paris. J. A. Merklein … 1835.

    First edition in French of two key texts...

    £650

  6. KAFKA, Franz.

    Zámek. Román.

    Prague, Mánes, 1935.

    First edition in Czech of Kafka’s The...

    £500

  7. PUSHKIN, Aleksandr Sergeevich.

    Můj rodokmen [My genealogy].

    [Prague, Průmyslová tiskárna, 1937.]

    First edition, privately printed, of this...

    £250

  8. RADIUS, J. S. C. de.

    Characteristic Features of Russian and...

    London, printed by Seyfang & Co. [for...

    Only edition. This little book contains...

    £325