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. BELISHEVA, S. P., translator.

    ‘An die Fantasie, aus dem russischen.’...

    Germany, c. 1830

    A contemporary manuscript of an early 19th...

    £1750

  2. BRANDT, Johann Daniel und Georg Karl.

    Opfer de Lieb’ und Freundschaft. Dargebracht...

    Berlin, Wilhelm Dieterici, [1790].

    A luxurious and unusual production, both...

    £400

  3. BUQUOY, Georg Franz August de Longueval, Freiherr von Vaux, Graf von.

    Anregungen für philosophisch-wissenschaftliche...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, 1825.

    First edition, rare, of a comprehensive...

    £950

  4. CELAN, Paul.

    Von Schwelle zu Schwelle. Gedichte.

    Stuttgart, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, [1955].

    First edition of Celan’s second collection...

    £400

  5. DÖBLIN, Alfred.

    Berlin Alexanderplatz. Traduit de l’Allemand...

    [Paris], Librairie Gallimard, [1933].

    With a punning signed presentation inscription...

    £750

  6. [GOETHE.] ECKERMANN, Johann Peter.

    Razgovory Gete sobrannye Ekkermannom. Perevod...

    St Petersburg, A. S. Suvorin, 1891.

    Rare first edition in Russian of Eckermann’s...

    £1500

  7. [GOETHE.] REICHARDT, Johann Friedrich.

    Goethe’s Lieder, Oden, Balladen und Romanzen...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, [1809-11].

    Very rare first complete edition of Reichardt’s...

    £6500

  8. GRASS, Günter.

    Gleisdreieck.

    Darmstadt, Luchterhand, 1960.

    Rare first edition of this volume of poems...

    £100

  9. GRASS, Günter.

    Katz und Maus. Eine Novelle.

    Neuwied & Berlin, Luchterhand, 1961.

    First edition of the novella Katz und Maus,...

    £150

  10. GRASS, Günter.

    Onkel, Onkel. Ein Spiel in vier Akten....

    Berlin, Klaus Wagenbach, 1965.

    First edition.

    £75

  11. GRASS, Günter.

    Die Plebejer proben den Aufstand. Ein deutsches...

    Neuwied & Berlin, Luchterhand, 1966.

    First edition of a play, ‘The Plebeians...

    £100

  12. GRASS, Günter.

    Ausgefragt.

    Neuwied & Berlin, Luchterhand, 1967.

    First edition.

    £75

  13. GRASS, Günter.

    Über meinen Lehrer Döblin und andere...

    Berlin, Literarisches Colloquium, 1968.

    First edition, signed by Grass on fly-leaf.

    £50

  14. GRASS, Günter.

    Gesammelte Gedichte. Mit einem Vowort von...

    Neuwied & Berlin, Luchterhand, 1971.

    First edition.

    £50

  15. GRASS, Günter.

    Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke.

    Neuwied & Darmstadt, Luchterhand, 1972.

    First edition: an account of Grass’s...

    £75

  16. GRASS, Günter.

    Der Butt.

    Darmstadt & Neuwied, Luchterhand, 1977

    First edition: a review copy, with the...

    £100

  17. GRASS, Günter.

    Der Butt.

    Darmstadt & Neuwied, Luchterhand, 1977

    First edition.

    £75

  18. GRASS, Günter.

    Das Treffen in Telgte. Eine Erzählung.

    Darmstadt & Neuwied, Luchterhand, 1979.

    First edition.

    £75

  19. GRASS, Günter.

    Kopfgeburten, oder Die Deutschen sterben aus.

    Darmstadt & Neuwied, Luchterhand, 1980.

    First edition.

    £40

  20. GRASS, Günter.

    Die Rättin.

    Darmstadt & Neuwied, Luchterhand, 1986.

    First edition. The narrator receives as...

    £50