“I lived for about a year and a half in Paris, writing novels and short stories which no one would publish”.  George Orwell

Researching for my book, Orwell in Paris: The Making of a Writer, has led to eclectic reading about life in the French capital between the wars, especially the late 1920s. 

Eric Blair aka George Orwell (1903-50) visited Paris six, perhaps seven times between 1927 and 1945 as a tourist, aspiring expatriate writer and war correspondent. His longest stay was for eighteen months during 1928-9 when he lived in the Latin Quarter, at 6 Rue du Pot de Fer, in the 5th ArrondissementThis experience provided much of the material for his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London (1933). The unnamed narrator resides in a squalid hotel on the fictional Rue du Coq d’Or:

“My hotel was called the Hôtel des Trois Moineaux. It was a dark, rickety warren of five storeys, cut up by wooden partitions into forty rooms. The rooms were small and inveterately dirty, for there was no maid, and Madame F., the patronne, had no time to do any sweeping. The walls were as thin as matchwood, and to hide the cracks they had been covered with layer after layer of pink paper, which had come loose and housed innumerable bugs.” 

where he meets some unusual characters:

“The lodgers were a floating population, largely foreigners, who used to turn up without luggage, stay a week and then disappear again. They were of every trade – cobblers, bricklayers, stonemasons, navvies, students, prostitutes, rag-pickers. Some of them were fantastically poor. In one of the attics there was a Bulgarian student who made fancy shoes for the American market. From six to twelve he sat on his bed, making a dozen pairs of shoes and earning thirty-five francs; the rest of the day he attended lectures at the Sorbonne. He was studying for the Church, and books of theology lay face-down on his leather-strewn floor. In another room lived a Russian woman and her son, who called himself an artist. The mother worked sixteen hours a day, darning socks at twenty-five centimes a sock, while the son, decently dressed, loafed…”


Endeavouring to uncover Blair’s experiences in Paris continues to be an enthralling intellectual adventure. Peering into the deeper, hidden recesses of the radical bohemian, intellectual and literary life Paris offered has been a vicariously hedonistic pleasure. Walking the city, trying to re-imagine those days, reading widely and scouring the (digitised) archives for sources has revealed more about Blair, before he was Orwell, than I ever expected to learn. The generosity of others in sharing their knowledge has been humbling.

The bibliophile within has had a ridiculously good excuse to collect books, journals and other ephemera to build a library that would aid my understanding of the period 1919-1945 but also led me to branch out, reading books from (and about) the period commonly known as the Belle Époque.

Please feel welcome to make suggestions after scanning my collection.

Place Monge from Historic Paris by Jetta S. Wolff (1921)

Rue Mouffetard from Historic Paris by Jetta S. Wolff (1921)

Non fiction

Archer-Shaw, Petrine, Negrophilia: Avant-Garde Paris and Black Culture in the 1920s, Thames & Hudson, 2000. 200pp.
Arenander, Britt, Anais Nin’s Lost World: Paris in Words and Pictures 1924-1939, Sky Blue Press, 2012. 167pp.
Assouline, Pierre (translated by Harold J. Salemson), Gaston Gallimard: A Half-Century of French Publishing (English and French Edition), Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988. 430pp.
Azema, Jean-Pierre et al, Collaboration and Resistance: Images of Life in Vichy France 1940-1944, Harry N. Abrams, 2000. 210pp.
Barclay, Steven, A Place in the World Called Paris, Chronicle Books, 1994. 168pp.
Baxter, John, Hemingway’s Paris: A User’s Guide, CB Creative Books (Kindle Edition), 2016. 57pp.
Baxter, John, The Golden Moments of Paris: A Guide to the Paris of the 1920s, New York: Museyon Inc. (Kindle Edition) 2014. 272pp.
Baxter, John, Montparnasse: Great Parisian Neighborhoods, Harper Perennial (Kindle Edition), 2017. 262pp.
Baxter, John, We’ll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, Bantam, 2011

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Beach, Sylvia, Shakespeare and Company, Bison Books, 1991

Beach, Sylvia, The Letters of Sylvia Beach, New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. 376pp.

Begnal, Michael (editor), Joyce and the City: The Significance of Place (Irish Studies), New York: Syracuse University Press, 2002. 212pp.

Benjamin, Walter, Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism, Verso Books, 1997

Beach, Sylvia, The Letters of Sylvia Beach


Benjamin, Walter, The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire, Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University, 2006

Benstock, Shari, Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940, University of Texas Press (Kindle Edition), 2010. 367pp

Bouvet, Vincent, Paris Between the Wars: Art, Style and Glamour in the Crazy Years, Thames & Hudson, 2010

Brassaï (translated by Timothy Brent), Henry Miller: The Paris Years, New York: Arcade Press, 2011. 224pp.

Brassaï (translated by Jane Marie Todd), Happy Rock, University of Chicago Press, 2002. 184pp.

Breton, André, Nadja, Penguin, 1928/1999.160pp.

Burgess, Anthony, Ernest Hemingway, Tauris Parke, 2015

Buse, Peter; Hirschkop, Ken; McCracken, Scott; Taithe, Bertran, Benjamin’s Arcades: An unGuided tour, Manchester University Press, 2006

Calonne, David Stephen, Henry Miller (Critical Lives), Reaktion Books, 2014

Camus, Albert, Create Dangerously, Penguin Random House, 2018

Camus, Albert, Notebooks 1935-1942, Ivan R. Dee, 2010. 236pp.

Camus, Albert, Notebooks 1942-1951, Ivan R. Dee, 2010. 236pp.

Camus, Albert, Notebooks 1951-1959, Ivan R. Dee, 2008. 284pp.

Cohen, Lisa, All We Know: Three LivesFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

Colette, The Pure and the Impure, New York: NYRB Classics, 2008. 208pp. (Translated by Professor Herma Briffault)

Craig, Sandy and Schwarz, Chris, Down and Out: Orwell’s Paris and London Revisited, Penguin1984 


Cronin, Vincent, Paris, City of Light: 1919–1939, HarperCollins Publishers, 2017. 384pp.

Dazun, Edmond , Bannier, Lucien, Dictionnaire pratique d’esperanto: Francais-Ssperanto – Esperanto-Francais, Paris: SAT Amikaro, 1974. second edition

Dearborn, Mary V., Henry Miller – The Happiest Man Alive, London: HarperCollins, 1991. 368pp.

Dearborn, Mary V., Queen of Bohemia, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. 365pp.

Douglas, Charles, Artist Quarter: Modigliani, Montmartre & Montparnasse, Pallas Athene, 2018

Dudley Andrew, Steven Ungar, Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008, 449pp.

Dupouy, Alexandrer, City of Pleasure: Paris Between the Wars, Korero Press, 2019. 176pp.

Ferguson, Robert, Henry Miller – A Life, London: Hutchinson, 1992. 397pp.

Fitch, Noel Riley, Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties, W. W. Norton & Company, 1985. 448pp.

Fitch, Noel Riley, In Transition: A Paris Anthology – Writing and art from Transition magazine 1927-1930, Anchor, 1990

Fitch, Noel Riley, Anaïs: The Erotic Life of Anaïs Nin, Abacus, 1996. 525pp.

Flanner, Janet, Paris Was Yesterday: 1925-1939Little, Brown Book Group, 2003. 320pp.

Ford, Hugh, Published in Paris American and British Writers, Printers, and Publishers in Paris, 1920-1939, Macmillan Publish Co., 1975. 453pp.

Fussell, Paul, Abroad: British Literary Travelling Between the Wars, London: Oxford University Press, 1982. 246pp.

Gide, André, Back from the U.S.S.R., London: Secker & Warburg, 1937. 121pp. (First edition in DJ translated by Dorothy Bussy)

Gajdusek, Robert E., Hemingway’s ParisNew York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1978. 182pp.

Glassco John, Memoirs of Montparnasse, New York: NYRB Classics, 2007. 296pp.

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Glass, Charles, Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940–44, HarperPress, 2010

Gordon, Mel, Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World of Paris, 1920-1946, Feral House, 2015. 224pp.

Govenar, Alan and Mary Niles, Anne Morgan: Photography, Philanthropy & Advocacy (English and French Edition), The American Friends Of Blerancourt, 2016

Green, Julian, Paris (Marion Boyars Modern Classics), Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd, 2005

Green, Julian, Diary: 1928-57, New York: Carroll & Graf Inc., 1985. 314pp.

Hansen, Arlen J., Expatriate Paris: A Cultural and Literary Guide to Paris of the 1920s, Skyhorse Publishing, 2012. 368pp.

Hemingway, Ernest, A Moveable Feast, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1964. 211pp. (First edition with A-3.64[H] on verso)

Hemingway, Ernest, A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition, New York: Scribner Book Company, 2009, 240pp. (First edition with foreword by Patrick Hemingway; introduction by Seán Hemingway who edited this new edition)


Hooker, Denise, Nina Hamnett: Queen of Bohemia, Constable, 1986

Horne, Alistair, Seven Ages of Paris, Vintage, 2004

Jackson, Roger, Henry Miller: A Personal ArchiveValentine Miller, Tony Miller, Roger Jackson, Wm. E. Ashley Publishers, 1994 (1000 printed)

Johnson, Douglas & Madeleine, The Age of Illusion: Art and Politics in France: 1918-1940, Rizzoli, 1987. 160pp.

Kearney, Patrick J., The Paris Olympia Press, London: Black Spring Press Limited, 1987. 112pp. (No. 265/750 printed)

Klüver, Billy and Martin, Julie, Kiki’s Paris: Artists and Lovers 1900-1930, Harry N. Abrams, 1994. 264pp.



Latimer, Tirza True, Women Together/Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris, Rutgers University Press, 2005

Lee, Jennifer (editor), Paris In Mind: From Mark Twain to Langston Hughes, from Saul Bellow to David Sedaris: Three Centuries of Americans Writing About Their Romance (and Frustrations) with Paris, Vintage, 2003

Levy, Bernard Henri, Adventures on the Freedom Road: The French Intellectuals in the 20th Century, Harvill Press, 1995

Lewis, Elaine, Left Bank Waltz, Vintage, 2006

Lottman, Herbert R., The Left Bank : Writers, Artists and Politics from the Popular Front to the Cold War, The University of Chicago Press, 1998. 334pp.

MacNiven, Ian S., The Durrell-Miller Letters 1935-1980, London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1980. 528pp.

McAlmon, Robert; Boyle, Kay, Being Geniuses Together, 1920-1930, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997

McCullough, David, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2011

McMillan, Douglas, Transition: The History of a Literary Era 1927-38, London: Calder and Boyars, 1975, 303pp.

Monnier, Adrienne, The Very Rich Hours of Adrienne Monnier, University of Nebraska Press, 1996

Paxton, Robert et al, Collaboration and Resistance: French Literary Life Under the Nazi Occupation, Five Ties Publishing, 2010. 448pp.

Peabody, Polly, Occupied Territory, London: The Cresset Press, 1941. 292pp.

Pearson, Neil, Obelisk: A History of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press, Liverpool University Press, 2008

Perlès, Alfred, My Friend Henry Miller, The John Day Company, 1956 (first edition)

Porter, Bern, Happy Rock, Literary Licensing, LLC, 2013. 166pp.

Pryce-Jones, David, Paris in the Third Reich: A History of the German Occupation, 1940-1944. Collins, 1981. 320pp.

Putnam, Samuel, Paris Was Our Mistress: Memoirs of a Lost and Found GenerationNew York: Viking Press, 1947. 264pp.

Reynolds, Michael, Hemingway: The Paris Years, W. W. Norton & Company, 1999. 432pp.

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Roe, Sue, In Montparnasse: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali, Fig Tree, 2018

Rood, Karen Lane (Editor), Dictionary of Literary Biography Volume 4: American Writers in Paris, 1920-1939, Gale Research Inc., 1980. 426pp.

Sante, Luc, The Other Paris: An Illustrated Journey Through a City’s Poor and Bohemian Past, Faber & Faber, 2017

Sobanet, Andrew, Generation Stalin: French Writers, the Fatherland, and the Cult of Personality, Kindle Edition: Indiana University Press, 2018. 363pp.

Souhami, Diana, No Modernism Without Lesbians, London: Head of Zeus, 2020


Starkie, Enid, Baudelaire, Pelican Biographies, Great Britain, 1971, 720pp.

Stearns, Harold, Confessions of a Harvard Man: Paris and New York in the 1920s & 30s, The Paget Press, 1984, 423pp.

Stern, Ludmila, Western Intellectuals and the Soviet Union, 1920-40: From Red Square to the Left Bank, Kindle Edition: Routledge, 2006. 276pp.

Sutton, Geoffrey H., Concise Encyclopedia of the Original Literature of Esperanto, Mondial, 2008

Turner, Frederick, Renegade: Henry Miller and the Making of the Tropic of Cancer, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011

Van Vechten, Carl, The Splendid Drunken Twenties: Selections from the Daybooks, 1922-30, University of Illinois Press, 2007

Weber, Ronald, News of Paris: American Journalists in the City of Light Between the Wars, Ivan R Dee, Inc., 2007. 352pp.

Weiss, Andrea, Paris Was a Woman: Portraits from the Left Bank, Counterpoint, 2013

Wheeler, Robert, Hemingway’s Paris: A Writer’s City in Words and Images,Yucca, 2016. 179pp.

Wickes, George, Americans in Paris, New York: Da Capo Press, 1980. 302pp.

Wiser, William, The Crazy Years: Paris in the Twenties, Thames and Hudson, 1983

Wolff, Jetta Sophia, Historic Paris, London: John Lane Company, 1921

Jardin du Luxembourg from Historic Paris by Jetta S. Wolff (1921)

Jardin du Luxembourg from Historic Paris by Jetta S. Wolff (1921)


Bordes, François, “Un lieu littéraire pour la réflexion politique: la revue Paru, (p. 76-91) in La Revue des revues n° 37, Ent’revues, 2005, 128pp.

Esteves, Olivier & Rosat, Jean-Jacques, George Orwell: Entre littérature et politique, Agone 45, 2011 (George Orwell, between literature and politics)

Le Progrès Civique, No. 496, 16th February, 1929, 30pp. (Eric Blair published four articles in this paper between December 1928 and January 1929. I have never been able to find them but do have scanned copies.)



Blair, E.A., ‘Une enquête du “Progrès Civique” en Angleterre: La grande misère de l’ouvrier britannique — 1. Le chômage’,  Le Progrès Civique, No. 489, 29th December, 1928, 30pp.  (scan)

Blair, E.A., ‘Une enquête du “Progrès Civique” en Angleterre: La grande misère de l’ouvrier britannique — 2. La journée d’un tramp’, Le Progrès Civique, No. 490, 5th January, 1929, 30pp. (scan)


Blair, E.A., ‘Une enquête du “Progrès Civique” en Angleterre: La grande misère de l’ouvrier britannique — 3. Les mendiants de Londres’, Le Progrès Civique, No. 491, 12th January, 1929, 30pp. (scan)

Blair, E.A., ‘Comment on exploite un peuple. — L’Empire britannique en Birmanie’, Le Progrès Civique, No. 507, 4th May, 1929, 30pp. (scan)



Monde, Numero 158, 13th June, 1931, 16pp. This edition above provides an example of the rag that Henri Barbusse edited. Thank you Chris Angel.


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Blair, E.A., “La Censure en Angleterre”, Monde, Numero 18, 6th October, 1928 (A scan of Eric Blair’s first professional article)

Blair, E.A., “John Galsworthy”, Monde, Numero 42, 23rd March, 1929 (A scan of Eric Blair’s article)

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Revue L’ARC N°94 George Orwell, 1984

Patri, Aimé (Rédacteur en chef) Paru: L’actualité littéraire, intellectuelle et artistique, Numéro 36. Novembre 1947, Broschur; Éditions Odile Pathé, Monaco, 1947

Patri, Aimé (Rédacteur en chef) Paru: L’actualité littéraire, intellectuelle et artistique, Numéro 49. Décembre 1948, Broschur; Éditions Odile Pathé, Monaco, 1948

Salemson, Harold J., Tambour: Facsimile Edition, Volumes 1-8, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002 (generously gifted to me and inscribed by Steve Salemson)

Salemson, Harold J., Tambour, Issue 1, ND, 1929 (No. 60/200) 60pp.

Salemson, Harold J., Tambour, Issue 2, April 1929 (No. 62/200) 60pp.

Salemson, Harold J., Tambour, Issue 3, June 1929, 76pp.


Salemson, Harold J., TambourIssue 5, November 1929, 77pp. (A memorial issue for Anatole France)

Salemson, Harold J., Tambour, Issue 6, February 1930, 75pp.

Salemson, Harold J., Tambour, Issue 8, June 1930 (No. 61/250) 77pp. (The final issue)


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Salemson, Harold J., Communisme de l’Oeil avec dix dessins de Touchagues, Paris: Editions Tambour, 1930. 29pp. in 13 x 17 cm format (#61 generously gifted to me by Steve Salemson)

Salemson, Harold J., “Why Do Americans Live in Europe?” transition #14 (Fall 1928)



Bifur, Number 1, Paris: Éditions du Carrefour, 1929. 1161/3000
BifurNumber 3, Paris: Éditions du Carrefour, 1929. 2988/3000
Bifur, Number 4, Paris: Éditions du Carrefour, 1929, 328/3000
Bifur, Number 5, Paris: Éditions du Carrefour, 1930, 376/3000
BifurNumber 6, Paris: Éditions du Carrefour, 1930, 1241/3000


First Editions

Barbusse, Henri (translated by Warre B. Wells), One Looks At Russia, London: J. M. Dent, 1931

Barbusse, Henri (translated by Vyyan Holland), Stalin: A New World Seen Through One Man, New York: International Publishers, 1935

Barbusse, Henri (translated by John Rodker), Inferno, London: Joiner & Steele, 1932. 263pp. (First British edition. 2000 copies printed)

Barbusse, Henri, (translated by Robert Baldick) Hell, London: Chapman & Hall, 1966 (first unexpurgated English edition which has risqué dust-wrapper artwork by Charles Mozley)

Emile-Bayard, Jean, The Latin Quarter: Past & Present (with reminiscences by well-known authors and writers), T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1926

Emile-Bayard, Jean, Montmartre: Past and Presentwith reminiscences by well-known authors and writers), New York: Brentano’s, 1926

Hamnett, Nina, The Laughing Torso: Reminisces, London: Constable & Co Ltd, 1932. 326pp.

Hoffman, Frederick John et al, The Little Magazine: A History and a Bibliography, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1946

Huddleston, Sisley, Back to Montparnasse: Glimpses of Broadway in BohemiaPhiladelphia & London: J. B. Lippincott, 1931

Huddleston, Sisley, Paris Salons, Cafes, Studios Being Social, Artistic and Literary Memories, Philadelphia & London: J. B. Lippincott, 1928

Huddleston, Sisley, Articles De Paris: A Book of Essays, Macmillan, 1928 (includes the first English review of Ulysses)

Kiki (translated by Samuel Putnam with an introduction by Ernst Hemingway), The Education of a French Model: Kiki’s Memoirs, Boar’s Head Books, 1950. 185pp.

Lewis, D.B. Wyndham, François Villon, London: Peter Davies, 1928

Millant, Richard, La Drogue: Fumeurs et Mangeurs d’Opium, Paris: Librairie Africaine & Coloniale, 1910



Orwell, George, Down and Out in Paris and LondonVictor Gollancz, 1933 (1500 copies printed)

Down and Out in Paris and LondonVictor Gollancz, 1933 Second Impression (1500 copies followed by another 500 for the second impression in the same month)

Orwell, George, Down and Out in Paris and LondonVictor Gollancz, 1933 Third Impression (1500 copies followed by another 500 for the second impression and then 1000 for this third impression – all in January)

Orwell, George, Down and Out in Paris and LondonHarper and Brothers, 30th June 1933 (First American edition 1750 copies printed)

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Orwell, George, Down and Out in Paris and London, Penguin, 1940. (55 000 copies; Penguin No. 297)

Perrin, Elula, (translated by Harold J. Salemson), Women prefer women, New York: William Morrow and Company, 1979. 239pp.

Perrin, Elula, (translated by Harold J. Salemson), So Long As There Are Women, New York: William Morrow and Company, 1980. 215pp.

Roberti, Jacques (translated by Mary Ford), Houses of the Lost (Á la Belle de Nuit), London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd., 1933

Roberti, Jacques (translated by Samuel Putnam), Without Sin (Á la Belle de Nuit), New York: Convci-Friede Publishers,1932

Rodker, John, Adolphe 1920The Aquila Press, 1929 (one of 850 numbered copies)


French Language

Bordes, François, La canne à pêche de Gerges Orwell, Corlevour, 2018. 112pp.

Canet, Nicole, Maisons closes 1860-1946Editions Galerie Au Bonheur du Jour, 2009. pp.328. (Limited edition of 1500 hand-numbered copies in English)

Canet, Nicole (with a preface by Claude Croubois)Décors de Bordels: Entre Intimité et ExubéranceEditions Galerie Au Bonheur du Jour, 2019. pp.416. (Limited second edition of 500 copies)

Canet, Nicole (with a preface by Florent Paudeleux)Joyeux Polissons: Photographies Homoérotiques Clandestines – 1860-1930, Editions Galerie Au Bonheur du Jour, 2019. pp.220 (No. 386 of 500 hand-numbered copies in French/English)

Canet, Nicole, Le Chabanais, Histoire de la célèbre Maison close 1877-1946Editions Galerie Au Bonheur du Jour, 2015. 368pp. (No. 32 of 950 numbered copies)

Canet, Nicole, Maisons Closes Objets – Peintures – Photographies – Dessins 1860-1946, Editions Galerie Au Bonheur du Jour2021. 480pp. (Limited edition No. 10 of 800 hand-numbered copies)


Daguerches, Henry, Consolata Fille Du Soleio, Paris: Librairie Lemercier, 1928 (#145 of 250)

En feuilletant les Archives du Quotidien: A Henri Dumay, par ses amis et collaborateur, 1927. 61pp.

Dunn, Avril, George Orwell, mon frère, L’Échoppe, 2018. 35pp (Translated into French by Patrice Cotensin; illustrated by Ernest Pignon-Ernest) 

France, Anatole, Les Contes de Jacques Tournebroche, Chez Calmann-Lévy à Paris, 1921

Jaulmes, Adrien, Sur Les Traces de George Orwell, Paris: Editions de Équateurs, 2019. 160pp.

Orwell, George, La Vache Enragée, Paris: Gallimard 25 May, 1935 (First French edition of Down and Out in Paris and London translated from English by Gwen Gilbert and René-Noël Raimbault – 5500 copies printed)

Orwell, George, La Vache EnragéeGallimard, 1957. 289pp. (La Vache Enragée literally means The Raging Cow and this French edition of Down and Out in Paris and London was translated from English by Gwen Gilbert and René-Noël Raimbault)

Orwell, George, Dans la dèche à Paris et à LondresEditions Champ Libre, 1982. 278pp. (Second French edition of Down and Out in Paris and London translated from English by Michel Pétris)

George Orwell: Correspondance avec son traducteur René-Noël Raimbault 1934-1935, édition bilingue français-anglais, Editions Jean-Michel Place, 2006. 141pp.

Orwell, George, Tragédie Birmane‎, Nagel, August 1946. 342pp. (First French edition of Burmese Days translated from English by Guillot de Saix – 7800 copies printed)

Orwell, George, Et Vive L’Aspidistra!Gallimard, 1960, 332pp. (First French edition of Keep the Aspidistra Flying translated from English by Yvonne Davet – No. 31 of 35 numbered copies)

Orwell, George, Et Vive L’Aspidistra!, Paris: Editions Champ Libre, 1982. 340pp (Second French edition of Keep the Aspidistra Flying translated from English by Yvonne Davet)

Orwell, George, La Quai de WiganParis: Editions Champ Libre, 1982. 260pp. (First French edition of The Road to Wigan Pier translated from English by Michel Pétris)

Orwell, George, La Catalogne LibreGallimard, 1955. 302pp. (First French edition of Homage to Catalonia translated from English by Yvonne Davet – No. 52 of 60 numbered copies)

Orwell, George, Hommage a La CatalogneParis: Editions Champ Libre, 1982. 296pp (Second French edition of Homage to Catalonia translated from English by Yvonne Davet)

Orwell, George, Journal D’Un Anglais Moyen, Amiot Dumont, 1952. 240pp. (First French edition of Coming Up For Air translated from English by Claude de Leschaux and serialised in Le Monde during August-September 1952)

Orwell, George, Essais ChoisisGallimard, 1960, 304pp (First French trade edition of selected essays translated with a preface by Philip Thody)

Orwell, George, Les Animaux Partout!Odile Pathé, 15 October 1947, (First French edition of Animal Farm translated by Sophie Dévil, preface by Jean Texcier – 5000 copies printed)

Orwell, George, Les Animaux Partout!Odile Pathé, 15 October 1947, (First French edition of Animal Farm translated by Sophie Dévil, preface by Jean Texcier – 5000 copies printed) Contemporary binding in full green fabric, guards and contreplats of handmade paper, preserved covers, marbled.

Orwell, George, Les Animaux Partout!Odile Pathé, 1948, (French magazine format edition by Réalités Littéraires Animal Farm translated by Sophie Dévil)



Orwell, George, La République des AnimauxGallimard, 12 June 1964. 160pp. June (Another French edition of Animal Farm with the translator not named)

Orwell, George, La République des Animaux, Gallimard, 12 June 1964. 160pp. June (One of 31 copies printed on pure thread vellum in original glassine wrapper)

Orwell, George, La Ferme des Animaux, Ivrea, Champ Libre, June 1981. 113pp. (French edition translated from English by Jean Queval)

Orwell, George, 1984, Gallimard, Paris, 1950. 374pp. (First French trade edition of 1984 translated from English by Amélie Audiberti)

Philippe, Charles Louis, (Preface by T.S. Eliot), Bubu of Montparnasse, New York: Boar’s Head Books, 1950. 158pp.

Roberti, Jacques, Á la Belle de Nuit, Albin Michel, 1931. 384pp.


Photography and Art

Allan, Tony, Americans In Paris: An Illustrated Account Of The Twenties and Thirties, Chicago: Contemporary Books, Inc., 1977. 208pp.

Aubenas, Sylvie and and Bajac, Quentin, Brassaï: Paris Nocturne, Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2013. 312pp.

Atget, Eugène, Atget: Postcards of a Lost Paris, MFA Publications, 2017

Aury, Bernard, La delivrance de Paris, 19-26 aout 1944, Paris: Arthaud, 1945. 127pp.

Benjamin, Roger,  Orientalism: Delacroix to Klee, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1997. 259pp.


Bouqueret, Christian, Germaine Krull: Photographie 1924-1936, Musées d’Arles, 1988. 155pp.




Brassaï and Morand, Paul, Paris After Dark, Thames & Hudson, 1987. 96pp.

Brassaï, Gyula Halasz, The Secret Paris of the 30’s, New York: Pantheon Books, 1977. 192pp.

Deedes-Vincke, Patrick, Paris: The City and Its Photographers, Boston: Bullfinch Press. 1992. 144pp.


Eparvier, Jean, Paris Sous La Botte des Nazis, Paris: Aux Editions Raymond Schall, 1944. 100pp.

Flammarion, Ernest, Paris: 285 Photographies, Flammarion, 1931. 212pp.

Franck, Dan, The Bohemians: The Birth Of Modern Art: Paris 1900-1930, Orion Pub Co: New Edition, 2002. 448pp.

Galassi, Peter, Brassaï, Fundación Mapfre, 2018. 368pp.



Gautrand, Jean-Claude, Brassaï, Paris (25th Anniversary Special Editions), Taschen, 2008

Gautrand, Jean-Claude, Atget, Eugène: Paris, Taschen, 2016. 672pp.

Grenier, Roger, Brassaï (Photofile), Thames & Hudson, 2014. 144pp.

Holm, David George, Drawing Paris, Jane Curry Publishing, 2010. 220pp.

Kertész,AndréJ’Aime Paris Photographs Since the Twenties, Grossman Publishers, 1974

A Paris bistro kitchen (1927) André Kertész.

A Paris bistro kitchen (1927) André Kertész.

Kertész,André, Andre Kertesz, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou, 1977 (Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou, 9th Dec. 1977-30th Jan. 1978)

Krull, Germaine, 100 X Paris, Berlin-Westend: Verlag der Reihe, 1929. 131pp. (First edition in German French and English)

Le Goffic, Charles, Ensemble of the Decorative Work of  Jean-Julien Lemordant, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1919 (facsimile printed in India by Pranava Books)

Jean-Julien Lemordant (1917)

Jean-Julien Lemordant (1917)

Lottman, Herbert R., Man Ray’s Montparnasse, Harry N. Abrams, 2001

Rauschenberg, Christopher, Paris Changing: Revisiting Eugene Atget’s Paris, Princeton Architectural Press, 2016

Robertson, Nichole, Literary Paris: A Photographic Tour, Chronicle Books LLC, 2019. 128pp.

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Salmon, André, Modigliani – A Memoir, New York: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1961

Scott, Clive, Street Photography: From Atget to Cartier-Bresson, London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2007

Stettner, Louis, Sous le ciel de Paris, French and European Publications Inc., 2016. 248pp.

1920 Robelin Map of Paris, France - Geographicus - Paris-robelin-1920


Truc, Gonzague, Le Quartier St Victor et le Jardin des Plantes, Firmin-Didot, 1930. 114pp.

Warehime, Marja, Brassaï: Images of Culture and the Surrealist Observer, Louisiana State University Press, 1998



Zola, Émile, Zola: Photographer, HarperCollins, 1989. 184pp.


Travel Guides

Anonymous, The Pretty Women of Paris, Wordsworth Classic Erotica, 1999. 192pp. (Anonymously authored and first published in 1883 by the Préfecture de Police)
Anonymous, The Shuttered Houses of Paris: Being a Companion to the Pretty Women of ParisGrove Press, 1986. 278pp. (Originally printed for private circulation in a limited edition of one hundred and fifty copies only in 1906)

Baxter, John, The Golden Moments of Paris: A Guide to the Paris of the 1920s, Museyon Guides, 2014. 272pp.

Baxter, John, Montparnasse: Paris’s District of Memory and Desire, HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2017. 272pp.

Cahill, Susan, The Streets of Paris: A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History, St. Martin’s Press, 2017

Garance, Jacques; Ratton, Maud, Secret Paris, Jonglez Publishing, 2017

Leconte, A., Indicateur des Rues Paris Metro, Guide Pratique Pour Voyager dans Paris, August, 1929, 165pp.

Lesbros, Dominique (Simon Beaver Translator), Curiosities of Paris: an Idiosyncratic Guide to Overlooked Delights… Hidden in Plain SightLittle Bookroom, 2017




Renault, Olivier, Montparnasse – les lieux de légende (Paris guides illustrés et thématiques), PARIGRAMME, 2013

Reynolds, Bruce, Paris With the Lid Lifted, New York: G. Sully & Company, 1927. 281pp.

Cook’s Handbook To Paris, Simpkin Marshall Limited, 1929. 286pp.

Cook’s Motor Tours, How to See Paris: It’s Environs & the Battlefields, Thomas Cook, 1929




Apollinaire, Guillaume, Zone: Selected Poems, NYRB Poets, 2015

Baudelaire, Charles, (translated by Edward K. Kaplan), The Parisian Prowler Le Spleen de Paris, Petits Poemes en Prose, The University of Georgia Press, 1997. 154pp.

Baudelaire, Charles, Flowers of Evil: A Selection (English and French Edition), New Directions, 1955

Baudelaire, Charles (translated by Greg Boyd), La Fanfarlo, Donald S. Ellis: Creative Arts Book Company, 1986. 127pp.

Baudelaire, Charles, Twenty Prose Poems (French and English Edition), City Lights Publishers, 2001

Miller, Henry, The Time of the Assassins: A Study of Rimbaud, New Directions, 1962


Fiction & Faction

Barnes, Djuna, Ladies Almanack, Martino Fine Books, 2016

Cocteau, Jean, Opium: The Diary of His Cure, Peter Owen Publishers, 2013. 244pp.



Colette, The Pure and the Impure, New York: NYRB Classics, 2000,.190pp. (originally published in 1932 as Le Pur et l’impur)

Farrere, Claude (translated by Samuel Putnam), Black Opium: Ecstasy of the Forbidden, Ronin Publishing, 2016. 200pp.

Farrere, Claude; Dubut de Laforest (translated by John Baxter), Morphine/My Lady Opium,  Harper Perennial, 2010



France, Anatole (translated by B. Drillien) The Amethyst Ring, London: John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1924. 308pp.

Hemingway, Ernest, The First Forty Nine Stories, Arrow Books Ltd, 1994

Joyce, James, Ulysses, Dover Publications, 2009. 752pp. (An unabridged republication of the original Shakespeare and Company edition, published in Paris by Sylvia Beach, 1922)



Miller, Henry, Tropic of Cancer, Paris: Obelisk, Feb. 1939 Fifth Printing

Miller, Henry, Black Spring, Paris: Obelisk, Feb. 1938 Second Printing

Miller, Henry, Paris 1928Indiana University Press, 2012. 168pp.

Miller, Henry, Sextet, New Directions, 2010



Orwell, George, Down and Out in Paris and LondonVictor Gollancz, 1933 (1500 copies printed)

Down and Out in Paris and LondonVictor Gollancz, 1933 Second Impression (1500 copies followed by another 500 for the second impression in the same month)

Orwell, George, Down and Out in Paris and LondonVictor Gollancz, 1933 Third Impression (1500 copies followed by another 500 for the second impression and then 1000 for this third impression – all in January)

Orwell, George, Down and Out in Paris and LondonHarper and Brothers, 30th June 1933 (First American edition 1750 copies printed)

Orwell, George, Pages from a Scullion’s Diary, Penguin, 1995, 53pp (first edition)

Down and Out in Paris London 2


The World of Marcel Proust

Albaret, Celeste, Monsieur Proust (New York Review Books Classics), NYRB Classics, 2003. 456pp.

Bales, Richard (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Proust (Cambridge Companions to Literature), Cambridge University Press, 2001. 266pp.

Beistegui, Miguel de, Proust As Philosopher, New York: Routledge, 2012. 130pp.

Bernard, Anne–marie, The World of Proust as Seen by Paul Nadar, MIT Press, 2004. 158pp.

Carter, William C., Proust in Love, Yale University Press, 2006. 280pp. 

Caws, Mary Ann, Marcel Proust: OVERLOOK ILLUSTRATED LIVES, New York: Overlook Duckworth, 2005. 112pp.


Foschini, Lorenza, Proust’s Overcoat, London: Portobello Books, 2010. 160pp.

Heuet, Stéphane, Remembrance of Things Past: Combray, New York: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing, 2001. 48pp. 

Heuet, Stéphane, Remembrance of Things Past: Within a Budding Grove (Part 1), New York: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing, 2008. 48pp. 


Heuet, Stéphane, Remembrance of Things Past: Within a Budding Grove (Part 2), New York: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing, 2002. 48pp. 

Heuet, Stéphane, Remembrance of Things Past: Swann in Love, New York: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing, 2007. 48pp. 

Karpeles, Eric, Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to ‘In Search of Lost Time’, Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2017. 360pp.

Landy, Joshua, Philosophy As Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust, Oxford University Press, 2009. 268pp.

Maurois, Andre, The World Of Marcel Proust, New York: Harper & Row, 1974. 288pp.

Moss, Howard, The Magic Lantern of Marcel Proust: A Critical Study of Remembrance of Things Past, Pennyslvania: Paul Dry Books, 2012. 124pp.

Muhlstein, Anka, Monsieur Proust’s Library, New York: Other Press, 2012. 160pp.



Neugroschel, Joachim, The Complete Short Stories of Marcel Proust, New York: Cooper Square Publishing, LLC, 2003. 224pp. (Foreward by Roger Shattuck)

Proust, Marcel, Proust on Art and Literature, New York: Carroll & Graf, 1997. 416pp.

Proust, Marcel; Curtiss, Mina (Translator), Letters of Marcel Proust, Helen Marx Books, 2006. 564pp.

Proust, Marcel; Prendergast, Christopher (ed), In Search of Lost Time: The Way By Swann’s; In the Shadow of Young Girls; The Guermantes Way; Sodom and Gomorrah; The Prisoner and the Fugitive; Finding Time Again (6 Volumes), Allen Lane: The Penguin Press, London, 2002



Shattuck, Roger, Proust’s Way: A Field Guide to In Search of Lost Time, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. 288pp.

Tadie, Jean-Yves; Cameron, Euan (Translator), Marcel Proust, Penguin, 2001.1016 pp.

Watt, Adam, The Cambridge Introduction to Marcel Proust (Cambridge Introductions to Literature), Cambridge University Press, 2011. 154pp.

White, Edmund, Marcel Proust: A Life (Penguin Lives), New York: Penguin, 2009. 176pp.


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