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. AZAÏS, Gabriel, and Charles LABOR.

    Illustrated manuscript volume of poetry,...

    Béziers, c. 1836?

    An attractive presentation volume, with...

    £1750

  2. [BAUDELAIRE, Charles.]

    Hommage à C. F. Denecourt. Fontainebleau....

    Paris, Librairie de L. Hachette & Co., 1855.

    First edition of this anthology compiled...

    £750

  3. BAUDELAIRE, Charles.

    Les Epaves … avec un eau-forte frontispiece...

    Amsterdam, ‘A L’Enseigne du Coq’...

    Rare first edition of Baudelaire’s...

    £4500

  4. BAUDELAIRE, Charles.

    Les Fleurs du mal [from Revue des...

    [Paris, Revue des Deux Mondes, 1855.]

    First appearance in print of any of...

    £950

  5. BECQUE, Henry.

    Les Corbeaux, pièce en quatre actes.

    Paris, Tresse, [1882].

    First and second editions of Becque’s...

    £2000

  6. [BERINGTON, Simon, adapted by Jean-Baptiste DUPUY-DEMPORTES.]

    Memoires de Gaudence de Luques, prisonnier...

    Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstée & Merkus, 1754.

    Second edition of this much expanded...

    £650

  7. CAREL DE SAINTE GARDE, Jacques.

    Les sarrazins chassez de France. Poëme...

    Paris, chez Claude Barbin, 1667.

    Rare first edition of this poetic account...

    £350

  8. DESENFANS, Noel Joseph.

    Les deux Hermites, dédié a mylord Lyttelton...

    A Londres; chez R. Davis … J Ridley...

    First and only edition, uncommon, of an...

    £650

  9. DUMAS, Alexandre, père.

    Les Trois Mousquetaires.

    Paris, Michel Lévy, 1846.

    Rare early edition of The Three Musketeers,...

    £950

  10. GARCÍA LORCA, Federico.

    Chant funèbre pour Ignacio Sanchez Mejias...

    [Paris], GLM, 1938.

    Rare first edition in French of Lorca’s...

    £500

  11. GARCÍA LORCA, Federico.

    Ode à Salvador Dalí. Texte espagnol &...

    [Paris], GLM, [1938].

    First separate edition of Lorca’s Ode...

    £600

  12. GARCIA LORCA, Federico.

    Cinq romances gitanes, texte espagnol et...

    [Paris], GLM, [1939].

    First edition, one of 475 numbered copies,...

    £100

  13. GIONO, Jean.

    Colline.

    Paris, Bernard Grasset, Les Cahiers Verts,...

    First edition of Giono’s first book;...

    £450

  14. GOGOL’, Nikolai Vasil’evich.

    Tarass Boulba… traduit du russe par Louis...

    Paris, Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1853.

    First separate appearance of Gogol’s...

    £250

  15. GUMILEV, Nikolai Stepanovich, translator. GAUTIER, Théophile.

    Emali i kamei [Émaux et camées].

    [St Petersburg, M. V. Popov, 1914.]

    First edition, very rare: Gumilev’s first...

    £850

  16. [HERISSANT, Louis Théodore].

    Le fablier françois, ou élite des meilleurs...

    Paris, Lottin le jeune, 1771.

    First edition, rare, of what has a claim...

    £650

  17. HUGO, Victor.

    L’Homme qui rit. Tome premier [- quatrième].

    Brussels, A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce, 1869.

    First edition of Hugo’s social novel...

    £250

  18. JABÈS, Edmond.

    Trois filles de mon quartier. [Paris], G. L.

    M., [1948].

    First edition: one of 340 numbered copies,...

    £350

  19. JABÈS, Edmond.

    Le Livre des Questions.

    [Paris], Gallimard, [1963].

    First edition. This is the first of what...

    £300