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"ONE OF THE GREAT NOVELS OF WORLD LITERATURE"

TOLSTOY, Leo. Voina i Mir (War and Peace). Moscow, 1868-69. Six volumes bound in three.

Rare first edition of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, one of the greatest novels ever written, in the original Russian. Handsomely bound, with the original printed paper front wrappers of parts 2-5 bound in. $48,500.

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“I HAVE RESOLVED ON AN ENTERPRISE WHICH HAS NO PRECEDENT, AND WHICH, ONCE COMPLETE, WILL HAVE NO IMITATION”

ROUSSEAU, J(ean) J(acques). Les Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Geneve, 1782. Two volumes.

First edition of the first six books of the Confessions and the Reveries, Rousseau’s autobiographical masterpiece, handsomely bound. $12,000.

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“WHO, IF I CRIED OUT, WOULD HEAR ME AMONG THE ANGELS’ HIERARCHIES?”

RILKE, Rainer Maria. Duineser Elegien. Leipzig, 1923.

Deluxe limited large-paper first edition of one of the greatest volumes of poetry of the 20th century, number 83 of only 300 copies, this copy one of the first 100 copies specially bound in full green gilt-decorated morocco at the Wiener Werkstadt. $12,000.

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“BOVARY C’EST MOI”

FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary. Paris, 1857. Two volumes. Rare first edition, first issue in book form of Flaubert’s literary masterpiece, “the definitive model of the novel” (Émile Zola) and the work that “ushered the age of realism into modern European literature,” in marbled boards by Thierry de Petit-Simier. $10,500.

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VERLAINE’S FÊTES GALANTES, SPLENDIDLY ILLUSTRATED BY BARBIER

(BARBIER, George) VERLAINE, Paul. Fetes Galantes. Paris, 1928.

Beautiful limited edition, number 810 of 800 copies on Rives paper (of a total edition of 1200), illustrated by George Barbier with 20 full-page hand-colored pochoir plates in his characteristic Art Deco style. $9000.

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“THE SUNSHINE OF PURE IMAGINATION”

PERRAULT, Charles (DESANDRE, Jules-Marie, illustrator). Les Contes de Perrault. Paris, circa 1855.

Very rare mid-19th-century French illustrated edition of "the basis for the modern canon of fairy tales," with engraved frontispiece and 11 engraved plates by Lefrancq after Desandré, numerous in-text wood-engraved vignettes, and wood-engraved borders on every page. This is copy number 5 of only ten copies on Vergé paper, with two states of the full-page engravings, one of each a mounted proof before letters on Chine. $8800.

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“THE FIRST EUROPEAN NOVEL”

(ROJAS, Fernando de). Celestina. Leyden, 1599.

Plantin edition of this classic tragicomedy of the Spanish Renaissance—arguably the most important early work of Spanish literature aside from Don Quixote—published within a century of the unobtainable first edition. $8500.

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THE FIRST COMPLETE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF GOGOL’S DEAD SOULS, 1886

GOGOL, Nikolai V. Dead Souls. New York, 1886. Two volumes.

First edition of the first complete English translation of the Russian novelist’s unfinished masterwork, “the first novel from which the world began to form its ideas of 19th-century Russia” (Hornstein, 139). $8500.

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“TELL US, MY SISTER, SOME OF YOUR TALES OF MARVEL…”

MARDRUS, J.C. Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night. New York, circa 1923. Eight volumes.

Limited “Sultana” Edition of this unexpurgated and unabridged translation, number 41 of only 100 sets from the first American printing, with 24 hand-colored plates by Roderick McRae, signed by publisher Whitman Bennett, who also executed the beautiful deluxe morocco-gilt bindings. A stunning set. $7800.

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