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1. Aesop in Greek. [Greek letters]: Mythoi Aisopoy. | Æsopi Fabulæ Græco-Latinæ. Cum novis notis, necnon versione emendata. Editio, prioribus antehac editis correctior; et ad usum Juventutis Regiæ Scholæ Etonensis accommadata. Boston [and] Cambridge: Sumptibus Cummings et Hilliard [and] Hilliard et Metcalfe typographis, 1812. ISBN: seattle. Contemporary calf with green label, front joint cracked but holding soundly by the cords, typical wear and tanning but quite good for an American student book of the period.
This would appear to be the first example of Aesop in Greek printed in America. (#kfk31) $750.00

2. Aesop. Twenty Four Fables of Aesop and other eminent mythologists, as rendered into English by Sir Roger L'Estrange, Knight, with illustrations after the etchings of Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder. New York: E. F. Dutton, [circa 1920's]. Quarto. Original purple cloth gilt. A very nice copy. (#kfk85) $25.00

3. Aesop. [James Ross, translator and contributor.]. Fabulæ Æsopi Selectæ, Select Fables of Æsop, with an English Translation as literal as possible, answering line for line throughout, the Roman and Italic characters being alternately used; so that it is next to impossible for the student to mistake. The Second edition improved with a compend of latin prosody by James Ross, professor of the Greek and Latin languages in Fourth near Arch Street. Philadelphia: James Maxwell, 1814. ISBN: seattle. Original calf backed boards. Corners of endpapers stained, still very good. (#kfk43) $250.00

4. [Aesop]. Select Fables of Esop and other Fabulists. In three books. Birmingham: Printed by John Baskerville, for R. and J. Dodsley..., 1761. ISBN: seattle. Octavo. Frontispiece, sixteen full page plates (comprising multiple miniature illustrations of fables), head and tail pieces for each book, all in tasteful but modern color. Modern 3/4 morocco gilt by Bayntun. Fine.
A pleasing edition by the celebrated printer, Baskerville. (#kfk14) $1,200.00

5. [Aesop]. Fables d'Esope en Vaudevilles Esope en belle humeur. Paris: A la Librairie économique, Rue de la Harpe nº 94, [circa 1830's]. ISBN: seattle. 12mo. Full green calf, spine gilt. Illustrated. (#kfk19)SOLD

6. [Allen Press] [Nicolaus Pergamenus]. Dialogues of Creatures Moralised. Being Ancient Fables, Curious to the Philologer, Interesting to the Lover of Natural History, and Helpful to the Moralist. [Preface by Joseph Haselwood]. Kentfield, CA: Produced by hand at the Allen Press, 1967. ISBN: seattle. Folio, (206)pp. Illustrated with 122 woodcuts after the 1480 first edition. Original pictorial tan cloth stamped in red and brown, matching slipcase. Fine.
One of 130 copies designed, printed and bound by Lewis and Dorothy Allen. This beautiful production reproduces the woodcuts from the very rare first edition "Dialogus Creaturarum", and utilizes the text of the first edition in English published in 1535. (#kfk10) SOLD

7. Bransom, Paul, illustrator. Frederic Taber Cooper, editor and compiler. An Argosy of Fables. A Representative Selection From the Fable Literature of Every Age and Land. New York: Frederic A. Stokes Company, [1921]. First edition thus. ISBN: seattle. Quarto. Original blue cloth lettered and decorated in yellow and orange. Color illustrations. Spine dulled, some marginal tears, a very good copy. (#kfk67) $175.00

8. [Calder, Alexander, illus.] Aesop. Fables of Aesop According to Sir Roger L'Estrange... with Fifty Drawings by Alexander Calder. Paris: Harrison of Paris. Minton, Balch and Company, New York, 1931. First edition thus. ISBN: seattle. Original Illustrated paper covered boards, in original chemise and slipcase with paper labels. Includes the Illustrated paper knife often missing. Surface rubbing to extremities of slipcase, still a fine copy.
The Artist and the Book, 47. (#kfk003) $2,750.00 pictures

9. [Calder, Alexander, illus.] Jean de La Fontaine. Selected Fables. New York: The Quadrangle Press, 1948. Original paper boards and dustjacket. Profusely illustrated. Fine in edge worn wrapper.
The first trade edition (a limited signed edition was printed in 90 copies). A charming follow up to Calder's fine edition of Aesop. A new translation by Eunice Clark. (#kfk11) $150.00

10. [Fables]. Chambaud, L. Fables Choisies, á l'usage des Enfans, et les autres personnes qui commencent á apprendre le Langue François; avec un index alphabétique De tous les Mots traduits en Anglois; et, beaucoup plus considerablement augmenté que dans les Editions précédentes. Boston: W. W. Clapp, Imprimeur, dans la rue-Congress., 1823. ISBN: seattle. Duodecimo. Original calf, expected wear but in a fine state of preservation for such a book. (#kfk42) $250.00

11. [Fables]. Crithannah, Job (?). R. Cruikshank, illus. Fifty-one Original Fables with Morals and Ethical index, Written by [?]. Embellished with Eighty-five original designs by R. Cruikshank... also a Translation of Plutarch's Banquet of the Seven Sages, Revised for this Work. London: Printed for Hamilton, Adams and Co..., 1833. First edition. ISBN: seattle. Octavo, 251pp. Original cloth lettered in gilt. Eighty-five engraved plates by R. Cruikshank. Tiny chip near lettering, corners bumped but a fine copy.
First edition, a fine group of illustrations with dreadfully moralistic and dated text. (#kfk18) $250.00

12. [Fables]. Serl, Emma. Illustrated by Harry E. Wood. In Fable Land. Boston, NY, Chicago: Silver, Burdett & Co., 1911. Original cloth. (#kfk23) $25.00

13. [Fables]. Speckter, Otto, illustrator. Mary Howitt, translator. The Child's Picture and Verse Book: Commonly called Otto Speckter's Fable Book. With the Original German and with French. Translated into English. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1844. Small quarto. [iv], 201pp. Woodcut illustrations after Otto Speckter throughout, the text in German (these are the original poems by Wilhelm Hey), French and English. Original red cloth tooled in blind and gilt. Cover stained, head of spine slightly frayed, corners rubbed, slightly shaken, the dramatic gilt decoration on cover and spine quite bright, about very good.
First edition with English translation [?]. (#kfk59) $125.00

14. Faerno, G. (Charles Perrault, translator). Cent Fables en Latin et en François, choisies des anciens auteurs, mises en vers Latins, et traduites par Mr. Perrault. Nouvelle Edition. London: Chez C. Marsh & T. Payne..., 1744. ISBN: seattle. 4to. [24], 46, 238, [2]pp. Modern calf in period style, edges untrimmed. Engraved frontispiece and 99 quarter page engravings with the text. Frontis. creased, a bit of soil, small stain at lower corner affecting final 60 leaves (approx.), A very good copy.
The first edition of Perrault's translation was published in Paris in 1699. (#kfk12) $1,500.00 pictures

15. Florian. (Delhomme, Ch., Illus.). Fables de Florian. Paris: [A. Henry], 1847. 8vo. Illustrated with woodcuts in text and two-color full page plates. Original blue cloth stamped in blind and gilt, elaborately so on cover. Spine gilt dulled, endpapers and some leaves soiled, very good. (#kfk34) $75.00

16. [French Literature.] [Roland] Leon Gautier, translator. La Chanson de Roland. Texte critique accompagné d'une traduction nouvelle et précédé d'une introdution historique. Tours: Alfred Mame et fils, 1872. Tall quarto. 3/4 red morocco, spine richly gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Illustrated with fine mounted plates. Top corner rubbed, still a fine copy.
A handsomely bound scholarly edition of the oldest surviving major work in French Literature. A second volume was published comprising a glossary and notes which is not present. (#kfk13) $275.00

17. Harte, Bret. [Fables]. George Thomas Lanigan. Fables by G. Washington Æsop and Bret Harte. With Illustrations by F. S. Church. London: E. Hamilton, [1882]. First UK edition. ISBN: seattle. Square duodecimo. Original pictorial boards printed in red and black. Minor wear, soiling and staining, very good. Very Good.
First English edition and first edition in book form of the Bret Harte contributions (they appeared previously in an occasional newspaper, The Hospital Bazaar, Chicago 1874). Bret Harte's "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Fox and the Stork," and "The Wolf and the Lamb" are added to the text of the prvious printing of this book by George Thomas Lanigan (NY: 1878). Very scarce. BAL 7318. (#kfk88) $650.00 Pictures

18. La Fontaine, Jean de. Fables of La Fontaine. Illustrated by J. J. Grandville. Translated from the French by Elizur Wright, Jr. Boston: Published by Elizur Wright, Jr. and Tappan and Dennet..., 1841. First English language edition illustrated by Grandville. ISBN: seattle. 2 volumes, large octavo. Contemporary 3/4 blue morocco over marbled boards, spines lettered in gilt. Extra-illustrated with two portraits and fifty india proof plates from another illustrator. A very presentable copy, some minor rubbing. Fine internally.
This handsome copy of Fontaine's Fables includes the well known plates by Grandville, as well as additional india proof plates by [?]. Of particular note in this edition are the highly varied and creative headpieces composed of typographical ornaments. (#kfk7) $1,950.00

19. Phædrus. Fables de Phédre. Paris: se vend en la rue de Beaune a l'Enseigne du Pot Casse, [1928. ISBN: seattle. Octavo. 204pp. Illustrated by Geneviève Rostan. 3/4 brown goatskin over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Original wrappers bound in. Spine faded.
One of 2500 copies. (#kfk83) $150.00

20. [Reynard the Fox]. Day, Samuel Phillips. The Rare Romance of Reynard the Fox, the Crafty Courtier: together with the Shifts of the Son of Reynardine. In words of one syllable. New York: Felt and Dillingham, 455 Broome Street, [circa 1872]. ISBN: seattle. Octavo. Black pebbled buckram. Numerous chromolithographs. Some soiling.
A gift inscription on page nine is dated 1872. (#kfk30) $150.00