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Adams, John. A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America. London: C. Dilly [vols. II-III: C. Dilly and John Stockdale], 1787-88. Three volumes. Contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt, morocco labels, the third volume with less ornate spine, the label reading 2, edges yellow.
First Editions. Adams wrote this classic of American political philosophy while serving as envoy to the Court of St. James's in England. The first volume was published in early 1787; volumes two and three appeared later in 1787 and in 1788, respectively, and the complete work was also issued in collected form.On receipt of his copy, Jefferson wrote to Adams, "I have read your book with infinite satisfaction & improvement. It will do great good in America. Its learning & its good sense will I hope make it an institute for our politicians, old as well as young." Late that year Adams secured his recall from his post in England and returned home to the new nation he helped create. $35,000

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[Broadside. Maritime Song sheet.]. Will Watch, The Smuggler Bold. n. p.: n. p., 1825.
This is a rare broadside with an attractive hand colored copperplate and the text of a popular ballad. A version of this text, set to music by John Davy, is included in "Everyman's Book of Sea Songs" [Richard Baker and Antony Miall, L: J. M. Dent and Sons, 1982] which gives his dates as 1769- 1824. Searching the usual sources I find no example of the present broadside in institutional holdings, one copy located in the trade seven years ago. [TPI catalog 181 12/7/2008]. I locate a sheet music version by Davy from 1872. (#kfk804) $750 click here for larger image
[Chapbook]. William the Sailor. London: Orlando Hodgson, [circa 1840]. Eight leaves hand colored woodcuts, printed front wrapper and blank back wrapper bound in blue calf over marbled boards.
Scarce, Worldcat showing only three libraries holding copies (and dating this item 1840 inferred from Hodgson's years of activity at the 111 Fleet Street address.) ex-libris signature of Eugene Field. (#kfk798) $750 click here for larger images

Doyle, Richard. (& William Allingham). Fairyland - Pictures From the Elf-World. London: Longman's Green & Co, 1870. Folio. Original cloth gilt. A fine copy.
First edition. Richard Doyle's masterpiece is indubitably In Fairyland, a series of Pictures from the Elf World, with a poem by William Allingham, printed by Edmund Evans and published by Longman in time for Christmas 1869 (dated 1870). In the 16 colour plates and 36 line illustrations plus title page, Doyle was given a completely free hand. The folio was richly bound in green cloth, and has been described as one of the finest examples of Victorian book production (Richard Dalby, The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, 1991 p. 12). The illustrations were used in the publication of another book as well, The Princess Nobody by Andrew Lang (1884).[7]__-----wikipedia (#kfk743) $4,500.00

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[Emerson, Ralph Waldo.] Victor David Brenner. Portrait Plaque of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Bronze, 7? inches diameter.
Brenner designed the Lincoln cent. The edition for this cast was 300 in bronze and 3 in silver. -The Grolier Club 1884 - 1984: Its Library, Exhibitions, & Publications. (#kfk802) $750 click for bigger image
[Judaica]. The Haggadah. A New Critical Edition with English Translation, Introduction, and Notes Literary, Historical, and Archaeological by Cecil Roth. With Drawings by Albert Rutherston. London: Soncino Press, 1930
Parallel text in English and Hebrew (Hebrew fonts by Enschede; English set in Baskerville),15 full-page illustrations and numerous head and tailpieces, all stenciled in colors under the supervision of Harold Curwen. An extremely small winestain is barely evident at the lower corner of several pages. Original gilt-ruled green crushed morocco by Henry T. Wood, upper cover with gilt-stamped illustration, morocco and brass clasps, edges gilt. Ex libris of Anna and Robert H. Siskin Memorial Buildings.
One of only ten copies printed on Roman vellum, signed by the editor and the illustrator, from an overall edition of 110 copies. "In issuing this new edition of the Haggadah, the publishers have aimed at giving to this time-honoured liturgy a setting of consummate beauty, a fitting testimony to the almost filial affection in which it is held by the Jewish people" (Publisher's Note, by J. Davidson). $60,000 images and full description
(McLoughlin Brothers). Lyrics Inspired by Edward Harrigan; Music by David Braham. The Ten Little Mulligan Guards. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1874.Ê
12 leaves including the cover. Each page (printed on one side only) shows a colorful representation of the ever decreasing Mulligan ranks. Light wear. Clean pages with an occasional finger smudge. Very neatly mended spine and faint corner crease on front cover; otherwise near fine.
No doubt inspired by Harrigan's incredibly successful series of Broadway shows about the Mulligan Guards, a fictionally inept Irish fraternal organization. The guards die off one by one on each page, which includes new lyrics to the score of the chorus of the hit song, The Mulligan Guard. The penultimate guard to die is an African-American who appears in nearly every illustration. Instructions for using the book to play a game are on the last page. (#kfk805) $750 more pictures

[Poe, Edgar Allan.] Edith Woodman Burroughs. (1871-1916). Portrait Plaque of Edgar Allan Poe. New York: [Roman Bronze Works], 1909. Bronze, 7 inches diameter. Marked R. B. W. / N. Y. on lower edge.
"The edition was 277 in bronze (limited to number of subscribers plus 3 additional for the Club), 3 in silver. $8.00. Modeled by Edith Woodman Burroughs, cast by the Òcire perdueÓ process." [The Grolier Club 1884 - 1984: Its Library, Exhibitions, & Publications.] (#kfk803) $3,750 click for bigger image

 

A Korean album of watercolors.A fine late 19th century album of fourteen views with figures. $7500

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[Trade Catalog]. The Moehle Lithographic Co. Cigar Labels.
Moehle Lithographic Co. [circa 1908-1930], Brooklyn, 1908. Hardcover. Only edition. Trade catalog of cigar labels -- 377 samples in full color. 21 x 15.5 cms. The Moehle Lithographic Co. was in business from 1908 to 1930. Original printed boards. In fine condition. $1750

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A late 19th century Chinese erotic panorama containg five images. $1000 pictures

 

 

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