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. AEMYLIUS, Paulus (Paolo EMILIO).

    ...

    Paris, Michel Vascosan, 1550.

    Early editions of the three classical complementary...

    £750

  2. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna.

    ...

    Moscow, Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel’stvo...

    First edition: a severely censored selection...

    £250

  3. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna, translator.

    Golosa poetov. Stikhi zarubezhnykh poetov...

    Moscow, “Progress”, 1965.

    First edition: translations by Akhmatova...

    £450

  4. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna.

    Podorozhnik [Plantain].

    Petrograd, “Petropolis”, 1921.

    First edition: a collection of 38 poems...

    £600

  5. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Momus [or De principe].

    Rome, Jacopo Mazochi, 1520.

    First edition of this political...

    £4600

  6. 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

  7. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Hecatomphila che ne insegnia l’ingeniosa...

    Venice, Giovanni Antonio et Fratelli da...

    A combined edition of the Ecatomfila...

    £8000

  8. ALBERTI, Rafael.

    Cal y canto.

    Madrid, Revista de Occidente, [1929].

    First edition of Alberti’s fourth collection...

    £1100

  9. ALBERTI, Rafael.

    13 Bandas y 48 estrellas. Poema del Mar Caribe.

    Madrid, Manuel Altolaguirre, 1936.

    First edition. ‘The thirteen poems collected...

    £650

  10. ALBERTI, Rafael.

    De los Alamos y los sauces.

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

    First edition of this collection of poems:...

    £400

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

    Dos Oraciones a la Virgen.

    Paris, [Carlos Rodriguez-Pintos], 1931.

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

    £900

  12. 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

  13. ALEIXANDRE, Vicente.

    Historia del Corazón.

    Madrid, Espasa-Calpe, 1954.

    First edition of this important work by...

    £300

  14. ALEKSANDROVA, Zinaida and Dmitry GORLOV.

    Мишкины соседи [Little Bear’s...

    Moscow, VLKSM Izdatelstvo Detskoi Literaturi,...

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

    £350

  15. [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

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

    Teatro (El Convidado de piedra. Festin...

    Barcelona, Editado por la Asociación...

    First edition: Altolaguirre’s translation...

    £300

  17. ANDREEV, Leonid Nikolaevich.

    Tsar Golod. Predstavlenie v piati kartinakh...

    [St Petersburg,] ‘Shipovnik’, 1908.

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

    £800

  18. APUKHTIN, Aleksei Nikolaevich.

    Stikhotvoreniia [Poems].

    St Petersburg, F. S. Sushchinsky, 1886.

    First edition of Apukhtin’s first collection...

    £750

  19. [ARNIM, Bettina von.]

    Goethe’s Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde....

    Berlin, Ferdinand Dümmler, 1835.

    First edition of Bettina von Arnim’s...

    £650

  20. AZAÏS, Gabriel, and Charles LABOR.

    Illustrated manuscript volume of poetry,...

    Béziers, c. 1836?

    An attractive presentation volume, with...

    £1750