Dione historico delle guerre et fatti de Romani. Tradotto di Greco in lingua vulgare per M. Nicolo Leoniceno. Con...
Venice, Niccolò Zoppino, March 1533.
First edition of Dio’s Roman History in any language, translated into Italian from the original Greek by Niccolò Leoniceno and preceding the Greek editio princeps, printed by Robert Estienne in 1548, by some fifteen years.
Les Corbeaux, pièce en quatre actes.
Paris, Tresse, .
First and second editions of Becque’s innovative realist drama, inscribed by the author on the first half-title to ‘mon cher [Jules-Charles] Truffier’, with authorial marks and annotations on thirty-three pages in the second edition showing changes made for performance.
[BERINGTON, Simon, adapted by Jean-Baptiste DUPUY-DEMPORTES.]
Memoires de Gaudence de Luques, prisonnier de l’Inquisition...
Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstée & Merkus, 1754.
Second edition of this much expanded and altered translation of Berington’s celebrated utopian novel, Memoirs of Sigr Gaudentio di Lucca (1737). The Memoirs enjoyed immense popularity, undergoing at least twelve eighteenth-century editions in English and contemporary translations...
[GOSCH, Josias Ludwig.]
Der unglückliche Dauphin von Frankreich. Ein dramatisches Gemählde von Louis.
Hamburg, Friedrich Hermann Nestler, 1804.
Very rare first edition of this dramatised account of the life, imprisonment and death of Louis-Charles (1785–1795), son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Dauphin of France from 1789, and titular King of France, as Louis XVII, from 1793, composed by the German philosopher and writer Josias...
Versi latini dell’ eminentissimo Sig. Cardinale Angelo Durini sopra il Cocchio Volante del Sig. di Montgolfier...
First edition, with a parallel Italian translation, of these Latin verses commemorating the first Montgolfier experiments with balloon flight by the Milanese diplomat and cardinal Angelo Maria Durini (1725–1796).
GAYOT DE PITAVAL (Conseil).
Question d’estat: fille reclamée par deux meres.
Paris, Nicolas le Gras, 1716.
First edition of this account by the famous advocate François Gayot de Pitaval (1673–1743) of a 1709 case, where a midwife had substituted a new-born girl who was then claimed both by the real mother and the woman to whom the baby had been given. Pitaval’s account details the principles by...
Les Epaves … avec un eau-forte frontispiece de Félicien Rops.
Amsterdam, ‘A L’Enseigne du Coq’ [Brussels, Poulet-Malassis], 1866.
Rare first edition of Baudelaire’s last book, a collection of poems published in Brussels, containing the six banned poems from the Fleurs du mal – their first appearance since the suppressed 1857 first edition – and seventeen new poems which had previously appeared in journals and...
The constant mistress ... with engravings by Eric Gill.
London, Golden Cockerel Press, November 1934.
No. 174 of a limited edition of 300 copies. Enid Clay was Eric Gill’s sister; he also provided engravings for her Sonnets and Verses (1925). Gill’s collaboration with the Golden Cockerel Press was enormously successful: ‘For a while the Golden Cockerel was Eric Gill’ (Fiona MacCarthy, Eric Gill...
Paris, A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven et Cie, 1871.
First edition of the second novel in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series, La Curée. The first six volumes of the series were printed on ordinary paper only (no grand papier issue) and are all very rare.