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.

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

    Amsterdam, A L’Enseigne du Coq [Brussels,...

    Rare first edition of Baudelaire’s last...

    £6000

  3. [BAUDELAIRE, Charles.]

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

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

    First edition of this anthology compiled...

    £750

  4. BECQUE, Henry.

    Les Corbeaux, pièce en quatre actes. Paris,...

    [Paris, 1882.]

    First and second editions of Becque’s...

    £3000

  5. [BOUCHER, Jean].

    Apologie pour Iehan Chastel Parisien, execute...

    [Paris?], 1595.

    First edition of Boucher’s pseudonymous...

    £600

  6. [CANAPE and CORRIEZ]. RÉGNIER, Henri de.

    La Sandale Ailée.

    Paris, Société des amis des livres modernes,...

    Limited edition, Comte Foy’s copy, number...

    £3500

  7. [CELAN, Paul, translator]. CHAR, René.

    Poésies. Dichtungen [– II].

    [Frankfurt,] S. Fischer, 1959–68.

    First edition of Celan’s translations...

    £150

  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. FRICKER, Bernard.

    Autograph working manuscript of a collection...

    c. 1946-52.

    An extraordinary, unique production, with...

    £6500

  11. GARCÍA LORCA, Federico.

    Chant funèbre pour Ignacio Sanchez Mejias...

    [Paris], GLM, 1938.

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

    £500

  12. GARCÍA LORCA, Federico.

    Ode à Salvador Dalí. Texte espagnol &...

    [Paris], GLM, [1938].

    First separate edition of Lorca’s Ode...

    £600

  13. GARCIA LORCA, Federico.

    Cinq romances gitanes, texte espagnol et...

    [Paris], GLM, [1939].

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

    £100

  14. GIONO, Jean.

    Colline.

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

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

    £450

  15. 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

  16. GOSZCZYNSKI, Seweryn and Antoni MALCZEWSKI.

    Les Ukraïniennes … traduites par Clémence...

    Paris. J. A. Merklein … 1835.

    First edition in French of two key texts...

    £650

  17. 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

  18. HOFMANNSTHAL, Hugo von.

    Studie über die Entwickelung des Dichters...

    Vienna, Verlag von Dr Hugo von Hofmannsthal,...

    Rare first edition of Hofmannsthal’s...

    £1800

  19. HUGO, Victor.

    Odes et Poésies diverses.

    Paris, Pélicier, 1822.

    First edition: Hugo's first book, printed...

    £1800