Literature: European languages

AESOP and PHILELPHE, François, translated by Jean Baptiste Morvan de Bellegarde (abbe de Bellegarde).

Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien, avec Celles de Philelphe.
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Russian imperial example of an uncommon illustrated edition of Aesop's fables, in red morocco with Tsarina Maria Feodorovna's gilt arms. Attractively illustrated edition of Bellegarde's compilation of fables by Aesop, Philelphus, Gabrias, and Avienus, first published in Amsterdam in 1708. Read more

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Literature: European languages

DUPRÉ DE SAINT-MAURE, Jean-Pierre-Émile (editor).

Anthologie russe, suivie de poésies originales.
£2,500

Pushkin and the Golden Age of Russian poetry come to the West: the very first publication of Russia's celebrated poet in Western Europe in the first anthology of Russian poetry in French.

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Literature: European languages

BONAPARTE-WYSE, William Charles.

On occasion of Roumania constituting herself a kingdom. An ode. With a French version by Constant Hennion.
£950

An inscribed copy of this rare and unusual provincial publication, in original wrappers and with wide margins, the half-title bearing "With the author's compliments". The poem was written on the setting up of the Transylvanian principalities as an independent kingdom at the Treaty of Berlin... Read more

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Literature: European languages

[THORY, C.-A.].

Annales originis magni Galliarum O. ou Histoire de la fondation du Grand Orient de France.
£3,750

The first edition of this important illustrated history of the largest French Masonic organisation and the oldest on the Continent. 'Most valuable' ('Enc. of Freemasonry') and 'très rare' ('Bib. Esoterica'): we were indeed unable to trace any example at auction in recent decades... Read more

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Literature: European languages

FAGNANI, Federigo.

Lettere scritte di Pietroburgo correndo gli anni 1810 e 1811.
£2,250

A superb example, very fresh and exempt of any foxing, of the expanded second edition, containing sixteen more letters in addition to the six published in the original edition of 1812. Scarce.

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Literature: European languages

BYRON, George Gordon Lord.

The Works by Lord Byron, including the suppressed poems. Complete in one volume.
£875

First complete collection of Byron's works in a luxury binding by the famous French binder Bauzonnet, with his signed receipt bound in and dated 1832: an uncommon example of Bauzonnet's work before his succesful association with Georges Trautz. Read more

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Literature: European languages

SHAKESPEARE, William and Charles KNIGHT (editor).

The Works of William Shakspere, Imperial Edition.
£2,750

One of the most impressive editions of Shakespeare in a very unusual example, fresh and bound in striking full red morocco richly gilt, this binding being rather rare for this edition. The Imperial edition was an ambitious project... Read more

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Literature: European languages

MONTESKE – MONTESQUIEU, Charles Louis de.

Pisma persidskiia. S frantsuskago iazyka perevel kol. sov. Efim Roznotovskii. [Lettres persanes.] [Persian Letters. Translated from French by the Collegiate Councillor Efim Roznotovskii].
£3,750

A masterpiece of French Enlightenment in Catherine's Russia: very rare early translation of Montesquieu, the first illustrated. Completed in 1721, this important piece of French literature recounts in 161 letters the experiences of two Persian noblemen... Read more

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Literature: European languages

THOMPSON, James.

Les saisons.

An early reprint of the first illustrated edition with outstanding provenance. Between 1754 and 1818 Thomson's poem was translated into French four times in full and more often in part.

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