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. 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

  2. ALIGHIERI, Dante.

    Boska komedja … tłómaczenie Juliana Korsaka.

    Warsaw, S. Orgelbranda, 1860.

    Rare. First edition of the first complete...

    £2700

  3. BARTOLI, Adolfo.

    Scenari inediti della Commedia dell’arte....

    Florence, Sansoni, 1880.

    Rare first edition, one of only 350...

    £500

  4. CHIESA, Sebastiano.

    Capitolo fratesco.

    [Italy, probably Emilia, seventeenth century.]

    Unpublished seventeenth-century Italian...

    £1750

  5. [FRANCE and ITALY.]

    A collection of manuscript and printed...

    [1537 – c. 1630].

    A collection of memoranda concerning...

    £750

  6. GONZAGA, Curzio.

    Il Fido amante, poema eroico.

    Mantua, [(colophon:) Giacomo Ruffinello, 1582].

    First edition of an Italian Renaissance...

    £600

  7. GUERINI, Professor Giovanni.

    Fireside Entertainments; or, A Series of...

    London: Chapman and Hall ... 1874.

    First edition in English of Guerini’s...

    £150

  8. [MALAPARTE, Curzio, pseud.] SUCHERT, Kurt Erich.

    Le nozze degli eunuchi.

    Rome, Casa Editrice Rassegna Internazionale,...

    Very rare first edition of this early collection...

    £450

  9. MARINO, Giambattista.

    La Murtoleide fischiate del cavalier Marino...

    ‘Norinbergh’ [i.e. Venice], Ioseph...

    Rare first edition of the manifesto...

    £900

  10. MIRANDA, Giovanni.

    Historia del valoroso cavallier Polisman,...

    Venice, Lucio Spineda, 1612.

    Second edition (in fact a reissue of...

    £1750

  11. PAGLIARANI, Elio.

    Inventario privato. Prefazione di Giacomo...

    [Milan], Veronelli, [1959].

    First edition of the second published collection...

    £350

  12. [PIRANDELLO, Luigi.]

    LO VECCHIO MUSTI, Manlio. Bibliografia...

    Verona, Mondadori, 1937.

    First edition of this authoritative bibliography...

    £100

  13. STRAPAROLA, Giovanfrancesco.

    Le piacevoli notti di messer Giovanfrancesco...

    Venice, Domenico Giglio, 1558.

    An early edition of both volumes of Straparola’s...

    £2750

  14. TASSO, Torquato.

    Il Goffredo overo Gierusalemme liberata...

    Rome, Filippo de Rossi, 1657.

    Attractive copy of the 1657 illustrated...

    £400

  15. [TRENTO, Giulio].

    Gli spiriti. Paragoni poetici. Dialogo...

    Treviso, G. Trento, [1788].

    Only edition, mentioned only in one or...

    £300