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. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna.

    ...

    Moscow, Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel’stvo...

    First edition: a severely censored selection...

    £250

  2. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna, translator.

    Golosa poetov. Stikhi zarubezhnykh poetov...

    Moscow, “Progress”, 1965.

    First edition: translations by Akhmatova...

    £450

  3. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna.

    Podorozhnik [Plantain].

    Petrograd, “Petropolis”, 1921.

    First edition: a collection of 38 poems...

    £600

  4. 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

  5. ALBERTI, Rafael.

    Cal y canto.

    Madrid, Revista de Occidente, [1929].

    First edition of Alberti’s fourth collection...

    £1100

  6. ALBERTI, Rafael.

    13 Bandas y 48 estrellas. Poema del Mar Caribe.

    Madrid, Manuel Altolaguirre, 1936.

    First edition. ‘The thirteen poems collected...

    £650

  7. ALBERTI, Rafael.

    De los Alamos y los sauces.

    [Buenos Aires], Ediciones del Angel Gulab,...

    First edition of this collection of poems:...

    £400

  8. ALBERTI, Rafael, and Carlos RODRIGUEZ-PINTOS.

    Dos Oraciones a la Virgen.

    Paris, [Carlos Rodriguez-Pintos], 1931.

    First edition, rare, one of 325 copies...

    £900

  9. ALEICHEM, Sholem [pseud. Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich].

    Sholom Aleikhem. Perevod s evreiskago S....

    St Petersburg, M. G. Kornfel’d, 1911.

    Very rare first edition in Russian of three...

    £2000

  10. ALEIXANDRE, Vicente.

    Historia del Corazón.

    Madrid, Espasa-Calpe, 1954.

    First edition of this important work by...

    £300

  11. ALEKSANDROVA, Zinaida and Dmitry GORLOV.

    Мишкины соседи [Little Bear’s...

    Moscow, VLKSM Izdatelstvo Detskoi Literaturi,...

    First edition. A very nice copy of this...

    £350

  12. [ALTOLAGUIRRE, Manuel, translator.] MILTON, John.

    Fragmento de El Paraíso perdido. Traducción...

    Madrid, Cruz y Raya, 1935.

    A rare off-print from Cruz y Raya,...

    £150

  13. [ALTOLAGUIRRE, Manuel, translator.] PUSHKIN, Aleksandr.

    Teatro (El Convidado de piedra. Festin...

    Barcelona, Editado por la Asociación...

    First edition: Altolaguirre’s translation...

    £300

  14. ANDREEV, Leonid Nikolaevich.

    Tsar Golod. Predstavlenie v piati kartinakh...

    [St Petersburg,] ‘Shipovnik’, 1908.

    First edition of this play by one of the...

    £800

  15. APUKHTIN, Aleksei Nikolaevich.

    Stikhotvoreniia [Poems].

    St Petersburg, F. S. Sushchinsky, 1886.

    First edition of Apukhtin’s first collection...

    £750

  16. AZAÏS, Gabriel, and Charles LABOR.

    Illustrated manuscript volume of poetry,...

    Béziers, c. 1836?

    An attractive presentation volume, with...

    £1750

  17. BABEL’, Isaak Emmanuilovich.

    Stat’i i materialy [Articles and materials].

    Leningrad, “Academia”, 1928

    First edition, from the ‘Academia’...

    £250

  18. BAL’MONT, Konstantin Dmitrievich, translator.

    Sochineniia Shelli... Vypusk 7-i, Chenchi,...

    Moscow, Mamontov, 1899

    First edition of Balmont’s translation...

    £900

  19. BAL’MONT, Konstantin Dmitrievich.

    Iz Mirovoi Poezii [From the world’s poetry].

    [Berlin], “Slovo”, 1921.

    First edition: Bal’mont’s translations...

    £50