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French Literature in Translation

French Literature in Translation

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Spleen and Other Stories, Besenval, Pierre-Victor, Baron De
1 Besenval, Pierre-Victor, Baron De Spleen and Other Stories
London Chapman Hall 1927 Limited Hard Cover Very Good TEG No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Translated by H.B.V. with an introduction by Havelock Ellis. Limited edition of 1000 copies for England and America of which this is number 37. Gilt title on light brown cloth boards with decorative paper sides. Fore and lower edges uncut. Top edge gilt. Age darkening to endpapers else very clean, tight and unmarked. Uniform with XVIII Century French Romances edited by Vyvyan Holland. Book Plate of Ralph Dickinson to front pastedown. Comprises Introduction; Spleen; The Soldier Lovers; Alonzo; The Hermit; A Spanish Story. The stories first appeared, posthumously, in 1806 in the Melanges litteraires et historiques, which formed the fourth and last work of the Baron de Besenval's works. Bound and printed by the Curwen Press. 
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The Queen of Golconda and Other Tales, Boufflers, Stanislas-Jean De
2 Boufflers, Stanislas-Jean De The Queen of Golconda and Other Tales
London Chapman Hall 1926 Limited Hard Cover Very Good TEG No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Translated by Eric Sutton with an introduction by Hugh Walpole. Limited edition of 1000 copies for England and America of which this is number 48. Gilt title on light brown cloth boards with decorative paper sides. fore and lower edges uncut. Top edge gilt. Age darkening to endpapers else very clean, tight and unmarked. Uniform with XVIII Century French Romances edited by Vyvyan Holland. Book plate of Ralph Dickinson to front pastedown. Comprises Introduction; The Queen of Golconda; Ah! If Only; The Dervish. 'Aline, Reine de Golconde' was first published in Paris in 1761, 'Ah! si...' and 'La Derviche' were published in 1810, but belong, as does their author, to the 18th century. Bound and printed at the Curwen Press. 
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3 Clavel, Bernard The Fruits of Winter
London George G. Harrap 1970 0245599045 / 9780245599040 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 344 pages. Translated by Annie Mygind in collaboration with Patrick Henry. The author Bernard Charles Henri Clavel (1923-2010) won the 1968 Prix Goncourt. His novel tells the story of Gaston Dubois and his wife Fernande, forced to work their way into old age, who live in their own small world where the events and tragedies of World War 2 mean little to them. Their cares and troubles are focused on the garden which provides their food, the wood which provides heat for the long winter months, and their children: Paul, the materialistic and unscrupulous son who trades with the Germans in the Black Market; Julien, who represents all the hopes of his mother despite the fact that he is a deserter and chooses to live the life of a bohemian artist. Skilfully written and evoking all the hardships, anguish, and inner conflicts caused by the war, it is a powerful story, rich in characterization and incident. 
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Gigi and The Cat, Colette
4 Colette Gigi and The Cat
London Secker & Warburg / British Broadcasting Corporation 1971 0436105209 / 9780436105203 Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gilt title on purple boards which have fading to spine else clean, tight and unmarked. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A Good+ copy. 193 pages. Translated by Roger Senhouse and Antonia White. A reprint of the 1953 edition. 
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The Vagabond, Colette
5 Colette The Vagabond
London Secker & Warburg / British Broadcasting Corporation 1974 436-10514-4 Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on black boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally unmarked. A near Fine copy. Dustjacket is VG+ and is not price clipped. Translated by Enid McLeod. First published in 1954. 
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Adolphe and The Red Note Book, Constant, Benjamin
6 Constant, Benjamin Adolphe and The Red Note Book
London Hamish Hamilton 1959 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Silver title on green boards which are clean and unmarked with a minor indentation to front side. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. 252 pages. Translated by Carl Wildman with an introduction by Harold Nicolson. 
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The Sofa  -  A Moral Tale, Crebillon Fils, Claude Prosper Jolyot
7 Crebillon Fils, Claude Prosper Jolyot The Sofa - A Moral Tale
London George Routledge 1927 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on green cloth boards which have fading to spine but no wear. Internally a few spots to fore edge else very clean, tight and unmarked. xii + 293 pages. Translated with an introduction by Bonamy Dobree. Uniform with The Broadway Library of XVIII Century French Literature edited by Richard Aldington with a general introduction by Sir Edmund Gosse. 
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Three Stories  -  Fortunes in the Fire; A Tale of Felicity;  Arsace and Ismenie, Crebillon Fils; Voisenon, Abbe De; Montesquieu:
8 Crebillon Fils; Voisenon, Abbe De; Montesquieu: Three Stories - Fortunes in the Fire; A Tale of Felicity; Arsace and Ismenie
London George Routledge 1927 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on green cloth boards which have no wear but bumping to corner tips. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. Some pages unopened. Fore and lower edges uncut. vii + 193 pages. 4 illustrations. Translated with an introduction by Mrs. Wilfred Jackson. Uniform with The Broadway Library of XVIII Century French Literature edited by Richard Aldington. Comprises: Fortunes in the Fire - A Moral Dialogue by Claude Prosper Jolyot Crebillon le Fils; A Tale of Felicity by Claude Henri de Voisenon; Arsace and Ismenie - An Oriental Tale by Charles Louis de Secondat de Montesquieu. 
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Kings In Exile, Daudet, Alphonse
9 Daudet, Alphonse Kings In Exile
London J. M. Dent Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gilt title on blue cloth boards which have age darkening to spine and a touch of wear to spine head and tail. Internally there are fairy decorated endpapers and two contemporary inscriptions else a very clean, tight and unmarked copy. 317 pages. Coloured engraved frontispiece ' she left the room walking rigidly with eyes half shut' from chapter IV. A Good+ copy. Uniform with The Wayfarers Library. Not dated c. 1910's. Inscription dated Christmas 1915. 
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Tartarin on the Alps, Daudet, Alphonse
10 Daudet, Alphonse Tartarin on the Alps
London George Routledge 1892 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good TEG No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall Aranda, De Beaumont, Montenard, Myrbach and Rossi 
Gilt title on green cloth boards which have fading to spine and a touch of wear to top corner tips. Internally there is the usual darkening of endpapers and age toning of page edges else a clean, tight copy. 365 pages + index. Top edge gilt. Translated by Henry Frith. Printed on Japan Paper and profusely illustrated on most pages by Aranda, De Beaumont, Montenard, Myrbach and Rossi, engraved by Guillaume Brothers. **** SCARCE **** 
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The Nabob, Daudet, Alphonse
11 Daudet, Alphonse The Nabob
London The London Book Co. 1907 First Thus Hard Cover Good TEG No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Fournier, Louis Edward and Rothenstein, Will 
Half brown leather with gilt fleur de lys and title on green cloth boards. Light wear to spine head and tail and corner tips. Internally there is foxing to endpapers and to fore and lower edges else a clean, tight copy. xxvi + 429 pages. Photogravure portrait of Daudet to frontispiece after a pastel drawing by Will Rothenstein and 3 coloured plates by Louis Edward Fournier. Translated with a critical introduction by Professor Trent. Appendix of portraits by Octave Uzanne. Uniform with A Library of French Masterpieces edited by Edmund Gosse. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.89 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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Dialogues, Diderot, Denis
12 Diderot, Denis Dialogues
London George Routledge 1927 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt title on green cloth boards which have fading to spine but no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. xi + 196 pages. Translated with an introduction by Frances Birrell. Uniform with The Broadway Library of XVIII Century French Literature edited by Richard Aldington. 
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Never Again ! And Other Stories, Dorat, Claude-Joseph
13 Dorat, Claude-Joseph Never Again ! And Other Stories
London Chapman Hall 1928 Numbered Hard Cover Very Good TEG No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Translated by Eric Sutton with an introduction by Vyvyan Holland. Limited edition of 1000 copies for England and America of which this is number 9. Gilt title on light brown cloth boards with decorative paper sides. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. Fore and lower edges uncut. Top edge gilt. Uniform with XVIII Century French Romances edited by Vyvyan Holland. Book Plate of Ralph Dickinson to front pastedown. Comprises Introduction; Never Again!; Floricourt; Euphrasia or The Charms of Philosophy. 'Point de Lendemain', the authorship of which has also been attributed to Vivant Denon, was first published in 1777. 'Floricourt' appeared first in 1765 and 'Euphrasie', which has also been attributed to another hand, was first published in 1782, 2 years after Dorat's death. Bound and printed at the Curwen Press. 
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The Romance of a Poor Young Man, Feuillet, Octave
14 Feuillet, Octave The Romance of a Poor Young Man
New York P. F. Collier 1902 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt fleur de lys decoration to spine with title on gold block on green cloth boards. Slight stain to lower front cover and creased back board, internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A Good+ copy. Translated by C. G. Compton with critical introduction by Henry Harland. Photogravure to frontispiece of author, tissue protected. Appendix of other portraits with descriptive notes by Octave Uzanne. 
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The Temptation of Saint Antony, Flaubert, Gustave
15 Flaubert, Gustave The Temptation of Saint Antony
London H. S. Nichols 1895 First Thus Hard Cover Good TEG No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall S. Gorski 
Very Scarce Authorised edition translated by D. F. Hannigan. 9 Illustrations of original designs after S. Gorski. Pictorial gilt cover of two voluptious maidens and St. Antony and spine with gilt ornate decoration and lettering. Pictorial extra title page from which the cover is taken tissue protected from frontispiece. Bumping to head and tail of spine not detracting from the appeal of this highly decorative volume. Very slight fading to edges of contents consistent with it's age else internally clean and unmarked. Decorative bookplate ( By Biro, 1946) of Paul Tabori to verso of frontispiece. 
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The Fables of Jean De La Fontaine, Fontaine, Jean De La
16 Fontaine, Jean De La The Fables of Jean De La Fontaine
London William Heinemann 1933 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Stephen Gooden 
Gilt title on brown cloth boards which have a few very minor marks to lower front. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A near Fine condition volume of this classic. lxxi + 469 pages. 12 reproductions from engravings by Stephen Gooden. Translated into English verse by Edward Marsh. 
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At The Sign of the Reine Pédauque, France, Anatole
17 France, Anatole At The Sign of the Reine Pédauque
London The Library Press Hard Cover Very Good TEG No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Brown portrait on gilt of author with gilt signature of author and decoration to front and gilt lettering to spine. Boards are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. Marbled paper endpapers. Top edge gilt. Drawing by Steinlein of Anatole France examining a print to frontispiece and a portrait from a woodcut by P. E. Vibert to flyleaf tissue protected. Translated by Mrs. Wilfred Jackson and with an introduction by William J. Locke. Not dated but c. 1920's. Uniform with the Minerva Edition of the Works of Anatole France edited by the late Frederic Chapman and J. Lewis May. *** SCARCE Library Press edition *** An attractive small volume in excellent condition. 
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The Prophet's Cousin, Fromaget, Nicholas
18 Fromaget, Nicholas The Prophet's Cousin
London Chapman Hall 1926 Limited Hard Cover Very Good TEG No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Translated by Eric Sutton with an introduction by Charles Scott Moncrieff. Limited edition of 1000 copies for England and America of which this is number 49. First translation into English. Gilt title to spine on light brown cloth boards with decorative paper sides. Fore and lower edges uncut. Top edge gilt. Age darkening to endpapers else very clean, tight and unmarked. Uniform with XVIII Century French Romances edited by Vyvyan Holland. Book plate of Ralph Dickinson inside front cover. 'Le Cousin de Mahomet, ou la Folie Salutaire' was first published in Paris in 1742. So far as can be ascertained, this story has never been translated into English. Bound and Printed at the Curwen Press. 
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Dominique, Fromentin, Eugene
19 Fromentin, Eugene Dominique
London The Cresset Press 1948 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket Private Press 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt motifs and titles on green cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. 250 pages. Translated by Edward Marsh. An autobiographical novel into which the author worked many of his emotional memories of La Rochelle and Paris in his youth and early manhood. He is accepted as one of the masters of French romantic literature. 
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Camille, Gasparin, Countess De
20 Gasparin, Countess De Camille
Edinburgh Edmonston and Douglas 1867 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Brown cloth boards with paper title label. Title label has some missing portions, boards have some light marks and a little wear to spine head and tail and corner tips. Internally the front free endpaper has been removed (although this is not an ex library copy), end papers have light foxing as does the closed edges but generally a clean copy. 234 pages. Interesting publisher's catalogue bound in at rear. Authorised translation ( translator not named ) with letter from the author to the publisher dated July 16th 1867. The author is Valérie Boissier, comtesse de Gasparin, wife of Agénor Étienne, comte de Gasparin a French statesman and author. The novel has a Christian theme. **** SCARCE **** 
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