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. BEAUHARNOIS, Félicité (pseudonym?).

    Zoraïm, ou les aventures d’un musulman;...

    Paris, chez la cit. Dhotel, libraire,...

    Very rare (only one copy traced) cautionary...

    £750

  5. BECQUE, Henry.

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

    [Paris, 1882.]

    First and second editions of Becque’s...

    £3000

  6. CAREL DE SAINTE GARDE, Jacques.

    Les sarrazins chassez de France. Poëme...

    Paris, chez Claude Barbin, 1667.

    Rare first edition of this poetic account...

    £350

  7. DEGUERLE, Jean Nicolas Marie.

    Les amours.

    Paris, Maison and Pigoreau, An V [1797-8].

    An apparently unrecorded collection...

    £385

  8. DELILLE, Jacques.

    Le malheur et la pitié, poëme en quatre...

    London, A. Dulau & Co. and Prosper & Co., 1803.

    First London edition. First published in...

    £1250

  9. 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

  10. DUMAS, Alexandre, père.

    Les Trois Mousquetaires.

    Paris, Michel Lévy, 1846.

    Rare early edition of The Three Musketeers,...

    £950

  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. 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

  17. [HERISSANT, Louis Théodore].

    Le fablier françois, ou élite des meilleurs...

    Paris, Lottin le jeune, 1771.

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

    £650

  18. HUGO, Victor.

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

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

    First edition of Hugo’s social novel...

    £250

  19. JABÈS, Edmond.

    Les Pieds en l’Air. Poèmes précedés...

    Cairo – Alexandria, “La Semaine Égyptienne”,...

    First edition. One of 200 unnumbered copies...

    £450