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[The Myriopticon.... Milton Bradley & Co., n.d. but after 1865and before 1880] Printed panorama, approx. 4 1⁄2 inches by 15 feet, mounted between two scrolls, set in cardboard frame printed in colors, representing a stage. In original 8 by 5 by 2 1⁄4 inch box, lacking cover and printing information, with replacement knobs, wear to scroll and box, repairs.

Designed to mimic the popular 19th century panoramic amusements, the Myriopticon features 22 scenes from the Civil War, beginning with the firing on Ft. Sumter and ending with the burning of Richmond.

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[Music, Dance.] Tellez Villar, Marcos. Colección de estampas de diversos pases de Las Seguidillas Boleras. Madrid, [c. 1790]. Folio. 275 x 223mm. Six engraved plates, with fine contemporary hand coloring.
First edition of this extremely rare complete collection of plates of Spanish dances which depict a variety of dances with all participants wearing elaborate and beautiful costume. Each plate is titled above the dance with banner headline. (#kfk812) $14,500


(McLoughlin Brothers). Lyrics Inspired by Edward Harrigan; Music by David Braham. The Ten Little Mulligan Guards. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1874.
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.Instructions for using the book to play a game are on the last page. (#kfk805) $600 description and pictures

Aesop. Fables. London: John Murray, 1848. First edition thus. Calf. Illustrated by Tenniel. Very good.
The first edition of Aesop illustrated by John Tenniel, perhaps most famous for his illustrations of Alice in Wonderland. (#kfk404) $375


A fine, ornate19th century guitar case

Smith's Wassail-Bowl illustrated by John Leech in a 1/2 green morocco gilt binding. $250 pictures

A handsome embroidered and painted binding on an eighteenth century almanach. $3750 pictures

Goldschmidt, Thora. Bildotabuloj por la instruado de Esperanto. 35 bildoj kun klariganta teksto, ekzercoj, ekzemploj kaj gravaj aldonoj (fundamenta gramatiko kaj ekzercaro de Dro Zamenhof, monsistemaj tabeloj kaj Esperantaj dokumentoj).
Leipzig,: F. Hirt, 1919. Original boards. Illustrated.
Though OCLC locates NYPL as the only holding in the US, presumably the LOC retained a copy, this has a Library of Congress surplus duplicate stamp on the title. Esperanto is an international construced language, created to facilitate communication amongst people from different countries, Esperanto is said to translate: "One who Hopes". (#kfk814) $75


Gillett, W. The phonograph, and how to construct it. With a chapter on sound. London, New York: E. & F.N. Spon, 1892. Original maroon cloth lettered in gilt. Frontispiece and six folded diagrams. Some bumping and rubbing, offsetting to title, very good.
Apparently the only edition. While widely held in institutions, this book is scarce in commerce. (#kfk815) $200


[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]. Octavo. Black pebbled buckram. Numerous chromolithographs. Some soiling.

A gift inscription on page nine is dated 1872.               $150.00 pictures

[Golden Cockerel Press.] Ghose, Sudhin N. Folk Tales and Fairy Stories from India. with Illustrations by Shrimati E. Carlile. London: (i.e. Waltham Saint Lawrence),: Golden Cockerel Press, 1961. Printed in black and brown with six full page illustrations, and endpaper illustrations, by Shrimati E. Carlile; brown lead letters. Tall 4to, gilt-pictorial brown morocco by E. W. Hiscox; orange cloth slipcase.
One of 100 specially-bound copies from a total edition of 500. (#kfk270) $400


[English History]. [Verstegan, Richard]. A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence: In antiquities. Antwerp: Robert Bruney, 1605. Quarto. Engraved vignette of the Tower of Babel on the title page, title printed in red and black, engraved coat-of-arms, ten fine half-page engravings in the text, woodcut ornaments. Bound in a very fine English "Etruscan style" acid stained calf with green spine and red label, decorated in gilt. Extremeties rubbed, a fine example.
First edition, a very lovely example in an important binding. See Nixon, Five Centuries of English Bookbinding 79 for a more ornate but similar example. The illustrations are certainly evocative of emblems. Among the lore herein is the earliest known version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, made popular two centuries later by Robert Browning. Verstegen (fl. 1565-1620, née Richard Rowlands) was a London-born recusant of Dutch parentage who returned to the Netherlands to escape persecution. He distinguished himself early in the study of English history and Anglo-Saxon. (#kfk759) $4,500.00 more description and pictures
[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) $500 click here for larger image

Douce, Francis. The Dance of Death. Exhibited in Elegant Engravings on Wood, with a Dissertation on the Several Representation of That Subject but More Particularly on Those Ascribed to Macaber and Hans Holbein. London: William Pickering, 1833. Modern morocco gilt. Profusely illustrated. (#kfk385) $600


[Shipwrecks]. Mossman, Samuel. Narrative of the Shipwreck of the "Admella," inter-colonial steamer, on the Southern Coast of Australia: drawn up from authentic statements furnished by the rescuers and survivors... with a map of the coast, and a sketch of the wreck at the time of rescue, by J. Fawthrop, harbormaster, Portland.

Melbourne: For the committee of the "Admella" Fund, by J. H. Moulines and Co., 1859. First edition. Small octavo. Original green cloth decorated in gilt on cover and spine.
Huntress 413c. (#kfk129) $2,200 pictures


[Watchmaking]. Swiss Hairsprings. [Literally!]. n.p.: n.p., [circa 1920?]. Green buckram box with paper printed label, containing 30 individually labelled smaller boxes (10 sizes; weak, medium and strong for each), with each containing an wax paper wrapped hairspring. Very Good.

An interesting and ephemeral curiosity for the watch aficionado in your life. (#kfk32)                      $350.00 Pictures

I can't add much to what the pictures show. An interesting object from the early days of motoring.



Dickens All the Year Round Christmas Stories 1853-73

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Pynchon, Thomas. Gravity's Rainbow.

New York: Viking, [1973]. First edition. Original cloth in pictorial dustjacket. Very fine. Housed in a 1/2 red morocco slipcase and chemise.

First edition, a beautiful copy of this celebrated novelist's most celebrated novel. Its artistic value is often compared to that of James Joyce's Ulysses. Some scholars have hailed it as the greatest American post-WW2 novel, and it has similarly been described as "literally an anthology of postmodernist themes and devices." (#kfk144) $3,000.00 pitctures

[Food. Marketing.]. Electrotype printing blocks and samples. . Seventeen Electroype steel printing blocks with stamped envelopes addressed to "Ideal Baking Co." in Reidsville NC. along with sixteen [i.e. one lacking] 75 x 120mm slips bearing an imprint from the block as well as added text.
Based on the style of illustration and the stamps on the envelopes this unusual group of objects and ephemera dates from approximately 1923. I have never encountered a similar item. While only speculation, it is possible these were advertizements for a newspaper, or perhaps these slips were tucked in with loaves of bread. (#kfk816) $300


Pirate's Serenade

sheet music, complete.




Voltaire (Arouet François Marie). La Henriade, poème, suivi de quelques autres poèmes.[Kehl]: De l'Imprimerie de la Société Littéraire-Typographique., 1789. Quarto. 311 x 245mm. 624pp. Two portraits and ten dramatic engraved plates after Moreau la Jeune. Early Nineteenth century (perhaps earlier) full green morocco with red onlays.

This handsome edition was a specimen volume for the proposed complete works of Voltaire to be published by Beaumarchais. La Henriade is an epic poem written in 1723. According to Voltaire himself, the poem concerns and was written in honour of the life of Henry IV of France, and is a celebration of his life. The ostensible subject is the siege of Paris in 1589 by Henry III in consort with Henry of Navarre, soon to be Henry IV, but its themes are the twin evils of religious fanaticism and civil discord. It also concerns the political state of France. $650 Description and pictures

[GUITAR]. Oechsler, F., comp. fl. 1860s. Kurze practische Anweisung zur Lieder begleitung auf der Guitarre.

Manuscript guitar method compiled by F. Oechsler, most probably a guitar teacher in Thierstein in Bavaria, Germany. Together with: Guitarr=Ubungen. Manuscript exercises for the guitar. Signed and dated F. Oechsler, Thierstein [?Germany]:, 1863 [and 1861-2]. 4 volumes. Oblong quarto. Original paper-backed thick paper wrappers with manuscript titling to upper. 15, [i] (blank) pp. Slightly worn and browned, but in very good condition overall. (#kfk350) $850.00 pictures

[Swift, Jonathan]. Verses on the Death of Doctor Swift. Written by Himmseld: Nov. 1731. London [i.e. Edinburgh]: Printed for C. Bathurst, 1739. First edition thus. Octavo in fours, 22, [2 blank] pp. Disbound pamphlet with new sewing, light stain along left of title, subtle repair along rear blank, very good.

First Edinburgh and first octavo edition, improved from the corrupt folio text printed the same year. Swift had given a manuscript to Dr. William King for the first publication in London; but was dissappointed to put it mildly: much was cut out and 61 lines from "Life and Character" of 1733 were added. A correct text was given to Faulkner in Dublin and the authoritative text is offered here.                      $750 pictures

[Juvenile]. Vie & Aventures de Jacquot. Paris: A Marcilly., [circa 1850]. Oblong octavo. Original boards with lithograph cover. [1], 24 ff. (hand colored lithographs). An English translation is laid in in manuscript.
A melancholy tale of a captive monkey carried to France.Two copies only found on Worldcat (Princeton, Rome).
(#kfk728) $2500 Pictures

[MUSIC] SOUVENIR DES MENESTRELS. Le Souvenir des menestrels, contenant une collection de romances inedites (4e annie). Ed. Charles Laffillg. Paris: Widow Benoist [au Magasin de Musique de Mme Benoist],, 1817. Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, gilt, edges gilt.
This appears to be the issue on papier velin, with engravings avant la lettre, and in publisher's lavish gilt red morocco binding. The 9 plates were designed by popular artists of the period: Chasselas, Garnerey, Patras, Horace Vernet, Desmoulins, and were engraved by Lambert and Godefroy. The musical scores and lyrics are also engraved. Among the musical compositions included in this volume are some by Rodolphe Kreutzer (the violinist to whom Beethoven dedicated the so-called "Kreutzer Sonata"), Hyarinthe Jadin, Giovanni Pacini, Ignaz Pleyel, Francois Naderman, et al.. § Grand-Carteret, Les almanacks francais, 1712; Barbier, rv, 541. (#kfk473) $650


Kipling, Rudyard. Captains Courageous A Story of the Grand Banks. New York: The Century Company, 1897. First American edition. Octavo. Original green cloth decorated in black, gold, and red. Ownership stamp and inscription on ffep., else a fine copy.

First American edition, with revisions from the English which appeared the same year. A bright copy. (#kfk44)                      $300


[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) $650 click here for larger images
[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

[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

Millie Christine. A scarce early carte-de-visite photograph of the famous conjoined twins. Philadelphia: H. L. German's Temple of Art, circa 1870. 65 x 105mm. Carte-de-visite photograph.
An image of the twins with a guitar, signed on the verso. Born into slavery in North Carolina in 1851, Millie and Christine were taken from their parents, sold three or four times, stolen and retrieved; and placed on display at fairs and "freak-shows" from New Orleans to as far away as Canada. At one time, having been sold to J. P. Smith, they were kidnapped and taken to England. Smith retrieved them with the aid of their mother and they were brought back to North Carolina in 1857. Smith taught them to read and write, as well as sing and dance. The twins composed and performed their own music as well as that of others. The twins died in 1912. (#kfk735) $1750


Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768-1835) – Hungarian Diet of 1805; Maria Theresa of Austria (1717-1780) (Signed) – Hungarian Diet Of 1741. Two Volumes: Articuli Diaetales Anni MDCCCV [SOLD WITH] Articuli Diaetales Anni MDCCXLI.

Vienna / [Landerer], 1805 / [1741]. Important original reports dating to the end of Austria’s Empirical reign, signed by a mother and son both at the height and wane of their influence, this dual offer including the report from the Hungarian Diet of 1805 dedicated to the last reigning Holy Roman Emperor, Francis II signed by him ‘Franciscus’ and with his official embossed seal. The Holy Roman Empire was dissolved the next year in 1806. $2500 More pictures and full description

Six Military and Patriotic Illustrated Songs. Elaborately Colored. In a novel form. Series No. I. (Wrapper title].
New York: Charles Magnus. Branch Office: 520 7th St., Washington, D.C., [1863-65?]. First edition. 12mo. 4 leaves, with wrappers on recto & verso of two illustrated songs. Orig. green printed wrappers. Minor chipping to wrappers.
Included among the 6 Broadside Song Sheets is "Dixie's Land" featuring a Black Minstrel Show Band and two Negro Dancers. There is a second Black Americana Song titled "Kingdom Coming" with the illustration showing two Black Slaves looking out over a harbor full of Union Ironclad Battleships and singing a tale of the horrors of slavery and the joys of emancipation. This is "Copied by permission of Root & Cady," music publishers in Chicago. Other titles include "Want-A Substitute" (a somewhat tongue in cheek song about a draftee's desire to find a substitute to take his place in the Union Army), "Young America and ould Ireland" (a song about the Irish immigrants fighting in the Union Army and their "Irish Brigades"). 'The Captain With His Whiskers" (the illustration showing a company of Zouave Soldiers marching in formation) and "Our Grandfather's Days" (a timeless lament for "better times" gone by). (#kfk791) $1200 pictures

[American Music- The Star Spangled Banner.]. The American Musical Miscellany: A Collection of the Newest and Most Approved Songs, Set to Music. Northampton, Mass: Andrew Wright, 1798. First printing. Twelvemo. Contemporary and probably original sheep. Discreet repair to inner hinge. E1, E6, and W1 genuine but inserted. A lovely copy.
First edition containing early American secular music, including patriotic and anti-slavery songs with tunes. Noted as containing the first American appearance of the tune to the Anacreontic song, which would become the basis for the Star Spangled Banner. "Contains words and music of 'Adams and Liberty' ('Ye sons of Columbia, who bravely have fought') at page 211."This is apparently the first American book publication of the music"--Star-Spangled Books B8. A very nice copy of this scarce book. Evans 33294; Sabin 1163. (#kfk457) $1500 more pictures

La Fontaine, Jean de. Fables choisies, mises en vers par M. de La Fontaine. Genève [Paris: Cazin], 1777. Two volumes in one, 12mo. 119 x 64 mm. Engraved frontispiece by Delaunay after Marillier dated 1779[!], woodcut title vignettes; a few light spots in preliminary leaves. Contemporary olive morocco, triple-fillet border, spine richly gilt, gold-stamped red morocco title label on spine, edges gilt; small (3/8 inch) closed crack at top of upper hinge, slight rubbing at extremities. A very nice copy.
Cohen-De Ricci col. 552. (#kfk717) $850.00

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Bosworth, Newton. The Accidents of Human Life; with Hints for Their Prevention, and the Removal of Their Consequences. New York, 1814. First American edition. (#kfk471) $500 More Pictures


Gueudeville, Nicolas. Le Grand Théâtre Historique Ou Histoire Universelle, Tant Sacrée Que Profane, Depuis La Création Du Monde Jusqu'au Commencement Du XVIIIès... Leiden: Pieter Van Der Aa, 1703. First edition. Five volumes in three, folio. Profusely illustrated with copper engravings including a double page world map, several double page battle scenes, full page portraits and plates within the text. Contemporary mottled calf, a very appealing copy.
First and probably only edition. A fantastically illustrated history of the world from the beginning to the date of publication. Peiter Van Der Aa's publications deserve far more attention for their quality of illustration, and this is perhaps his "magnum opus". (#kfk183) $8,500 pictures

[Children's Books.]. Picture Lessons, Illustrating Moral Truth. Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, [between 1847 and 1853?]. Small folio. ten leaves text and ten hand colored lithograph plates (lined). Some plates signed: MHT [i.e., Morris H. Traubel]. Fourth plate signed: A Kollner Lith. Camp print. Title, issued originally as the wrapper, supplied in facsimile. Modern binding. Occasional tears, the penultimate plate especially worn; withal most of the plates are in attractive state and given the book's scarcity, this is a more than acceptable copy.
An extraordinarily rare and desirable American color plate children's book. Plate 1 lists the publisher's name and address: American Sunday Sc. Union 146 Chestnut St. Phila. The American Sunday-School Union was located at 146 Chestnut St. between 1827 and 1853. Some plates are signed by John Henry Camp as printer. John Henry Camp is first listed in Philadelphia directories for 1847. (#kfk450) $10,500.00

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[India]. Gaekwar of Baroda. Hindoo Mythology Popularly Treated... Madras: Printed by Gantz Brothers | Adelphi Press,, 1875. Square octavo. Title, [4ff.], 42 pp. Printed in gold on japan vellum paper. Publisher's presentation red morocco binding (with their ticket on inner rear pastedown), pink coated endpapers, gilt on covers and spine, front cover lettered and with a central pictorial tool depicting Lord Brahma. Rubbed at the extremities, still an attractive example of a scarce Indian binding.
First edition, a special copy printed in gold, a stunning production in a charming Indian binding. Worldcat locates six copies, none of which mention printing in gold. . (#kfk447) $3750

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Greene, Graham. Brighton Rock, An Entertainment.

New York: Viking Press, 1938. First edition. Fine/near fine. Original cloth in pictorial dustwrapper. Slightest edgewear to jacket, but bright and not played with. Housed in a 1/2 blue morocco clamshell box.

This, the first edition, preceded the English edition by one month. Considered by many to be Greene's best mystery, a "Cornerstone" for collector's of the genre. Two films have been made based on this book, Greene himself participated in the first one which was released in 1947. Very scarce in this condition.$4500

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A late 19th century Chinese erotic panorama containg five images. $750 pictures
[Munchausen]. “Complete Original Edition” of the Surprising Travels and Adventures of Baron Munchausen, in Russia, the Caspian Sea… Also, an Account of a Voyage into the Moon and Dog Star; Many Extraordinary Particulars Relative to the Cooking Animal in Those Planets, Which are There Called the Human Species. To Which is Added, A Sequel, Containing his Expedition to Africa…. London: S. Kirby,, 1819. 3/4 brown morocco. With Forty Copper-Plates, some with repairs at folds. Very good. (#kfk382) $650.00 more pictures

Bicycle broadside. The Greatest Offer THE VOICE has Ever Made! THE NEW 1897 "FIREFLY" BICYCLE New York: The Voice, Bicycle Department, 1897. Original folds present and unobjectionable. 21" x 16" Very Good. Includes illustrations of both men's and women's bicycles.

[Unrecorded by WorldCat.] (#kfk755)                    $225 more

[Guitar]. Carcassi, M[atteo]. New and Improved Method for the Guitar.

Boston et. al.: Oliver Ditson & Co. et. al., [1853]. First American edition(?). Quarto. Handsome woodcut frontispiece depicting the manner of holding the guitar. Original printed boards, cloth, spine.

In all likelihood a later printing of the first American edition of Carcassi's celebrated method, quite interesting to find in the original boards. Very scarce. Selch. The Legacy of Sebastian Virdung: 371 (illustrated). (#kfk261) $650

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[Colorplate]. Marriage costumes of various nations.
. London: Ackermann Repository of Arts, [circa 1820]. 12 cards with mounted handcolored plates depicting various countries' nuptial costume. Original slipcase with green printed label and a duplicate of the Russian plate on back. A bit of wear to case, occasional spot here and there.

Not in Abbey. (#kfk750)                    $2,500.00



[Astronomy] (U. S. Naval Observatory) Commodore B. F. Sands. Reports on the Total Solar Eclipse of August 7th, 1869. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1870. Quarto. [vii], 217pp. Twelve lithograph plates, three of which are in color. Original dark brown cloth, lettered in gilt on cover. Small ownership inscription of D. W. Craig, Salem Oregon dated 1871 on title, inscription by the same gentleman to the Oregon Historical Society dated 1902 on the inner pastedown; this copy was later owned by the distinguished collector of books on science, Helmut Friedlander. A few light stains to cover, small pinholes at the upper right corner of a few plates, a very good copy.
First edition of this exhaustive report of a grand project to observe this solar eclipse, with a few plates that have a surprisingly modern aesthetic appeal. Sabin 76435. (#kfk293) $400 More Pictures


Aesop. Fables, with a Life of the Author. London: John Stockdale, 1793. First edition. Two volumes, tall octavo (or in the words of the publisher, "Elephant Octavo"). 285 x 180 mm (11 1/4 x 7 inches). One hundred and twelve engraved plates including vignette titles by Grainger, Bromley, Martin and others. Uncut and unopened in original boards with paper labels. Some typical browning or foxing, spines worn and becoming loose, very good.
An unusual survival in entirely original condition of this beautifully illustrated edition of Aesop, generally found rebound. The edition of Gay's Fables which was uniform with this set (and in fact advertised in this edition) has plates engraved by William Blake, and, though some of the plates here are unsigned, the occasional assertion of his involvement is unfounded. The illustrations were all based on those of Francis Barlow in his great edition of 1666 (which survives primarily in the reprint of 1687), with the clothing of the depicted humans updated to the late 18th century. (#kfk410) $1500 More Pictures


Robinson Crusoe's Island Home 'A Set-up'. folio.


Pocock, George. The Aeropleustic Art, or Navigation by the Use of Kites, or Bouyant Sails. [London: W. Wilson for Sherwood and Co., 1827]. First edition. Quarto. [2], 51, [1]pp. Engraved title with hand-coloured aquatint vignette and three hand-coloured aquatints by P. Roberts; after Thomas Buttersworth and Samuel Colman.
First edition, quite rare. The eccentric George Pocock, evangelist, schoolmaster and inventor, settled in Bristol where he opened a school for boys, to whom this work is dedicated. He provides a history of kites and details experiments with them as auxiliary sails for ships, as a means of rescue from shipwrecks, for signals, crossing rivers and most famously for his patented Char-volant, a kite powered carriage that could reach speeds of twenty miles per hour. (#kfk233) $6000

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[Typography]. Wölfs, J. A. after Josef Paul Cserny. Denkmal der Zusammenkunft in Töplitz im September. n.p.: n.p., circa 1813. Lithograph. 19 1/2 by 29 inches (sight). Several letters hand coloured. A few repaired marginal tears, no loss; lined. Matted and handsomely framed.
This obscure curiosity commemorates the Treaty of Töplitz, which was an agreement between Russia, Austria, and Prussia to establish a coalition force against Napoleon I of France, signed on September 19th, 1813. Though the history behind this unusual oddity is fascinating, the visual appeal is it's primary attraction. (#kfk253) $2500

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The Original Ocean Ear Drum Protector. $125 more

[Guitar]. Paixo Ribeirõ, Manoel da. Nova arte de viola... Coimbra: Real Officina da Universidade..., 1789. First edition. Quarto. [1] leaf, V, 51 pp. With eight double page engraved plates. Uncut and unbound as issued with traces of wrappers. Generally a fine copy in original condition with the engraved plates unsewn so that they would sit flat on the music stand. Very light marginal stain to two plates. Preserved in a folding case with leather label. Near Fine.
First Edition, a desirable, unsophisticated copy of this rare 18th century source of instrumental pedagogy on the Portuguese baroque guitar (or viola).$2500

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[Economics] Fitz-Geffry, Charles. The curse of corne-horders: with the blessing of seasonable selling. In three sermons, on Pro. II.26. Begun at the general sessions for the county of Cornwall, held at Bodmyn, and continued at Fowy. London: : By I[ohn] B[eale] for Michael Sparke at the blew Bible in Greenarbor,, 1631. Early (possibly original?) paper wrappers, resewn. 7 3/4 x 5 3/8 inches (19.5 x 13 cm); [6] ff, 56 pp., with a splendid cut on the title page; Light staining to a few leaves, generally a very good copy.
First edition. An important sermon pertaining to the distribution of food, preached after "Theese two yeeres of dearth." Fitz-Geffry condemned the practice of hoarding corn with the intention of selling it at a higher price. In effect, this is a diatribe against a commodity market, a startlingly modern economic theme. Fitz-Geffry states "let Ministers (as his Majesty commandeth) joyne forces with the Magistrates against this Monster, Avarice." ESTC S102168; STC (2nd ed.), 10938; Goldsmiths' 624; Kress S.619, (#kfk483) $3750 More Pictures

Puzzle. circa 1830. $650


Martial. Marci Valerii Martiallis Epigrammata libri xiiii. Venice: Rusconibus, 1514. Royal octavo. 305mm. Vellum, joints cracked but holding. Woodcut title, others in text. Some staining and marginal worming.
Martial's mordant verses depict with unequalled realism the diverse characters of imperial Rome: "gluttons, drunkards, debauchers, hypocrites of various kinds, a few devoted wives, faithful friends, true poets, and honest critics, hot sausage vendors, [and] Gaul[s]" (Oxford Companion to Classical Literature). (#kfk491) $2,500.00 pictures
[Smyth, Henry DeWolf][The "Smyth Report" on Atomic Energy for Military Purposes, in Russian.]. [Moscow], 1946. Octavo. 276pp. Illustrated. Modern cloth, Original front wrapper bound in.
First Edition in Russian. Printing and the Mind of Man 422e (describing the English language edition printed the preceding year. Published in the U. S. six days after HIroshima, this is ".the remarkably full and candid account of the development work carried out between 1940 and 1945 by the American-directed but internationally recruited team of physicists.which culminated in the production of the first atomic bomb." (PMM) Smyth was chairman of the Department of Physics at Princeton, and his account of the "Manhattan Project" is the first officially published description of the immediate history of atomic reaction following Hahn and Strassman's Discovery of Nuclear fission, 1939. (#kfk523) $5,500.00 pictures

Ellis, John. An Essay towards a Natural History of the Corallines, and other marine productions of the like kind, commonly found on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland. To which is added the description of a large marine polype taken near the North Pole by the Whale-fishers, in the summer 1753. London: For the Author, 1755. Contemporary calf. Quarto, 260 x 195mm. xvii, [10], 103 [1]pp. Frontispiece, plates numbered I-XXXVIII ( many folding, a few out of order), as well as the folding plate of Cuff's aquatic microscope [i.e. forty engraved plates total]. Some offsetting, spine tanned, very good.
First edition, this work is notable for demonstrating for the first time that Corals were animals rather than plants. John Ellis (1705?-1776) was an Irish-born naturalist and merchant in London and agent for West Florida (1764) and for the Island of Dominica (1770). He had built up a well-known Herbarium from which he did send specimens to many botanists, a. o. to Linnaeus. Specimens received by Ellis from his correspondents are also in the Smith herbarium. Ellis is best known as the author of the present Essay. He published also some pamphlets on the subject of preserving plants and seeds during long voyages. The work was also translated into French, Dutch, in the same year and printed by the same printer, as well into German (in 1767). (#kfk518) $1,500.00 pictures

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. 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. (#kfk485) $750 pictures

[Children's]. Robinson Crusoe. New York: McLoughlin Bros., [1893].
A curious format which opens from the center out creating a theatre, with a brief poetic synopsis of the classic novel illustrated with chromolithographs. (#kfk577) $600 more pics

The New EZ Method for Hawaiian Guitar. NY 1937



[Nadasdy, Ferencz III, Count de.]. Mausoleum Potentissimorum ac Gloriosissimorum Regni Apostolici Regum & Primorum Militantis Ungariae Ducum Vindicatis è mortuali pulvere Reliquiis ad gratam apud posteros memoriam... Nuremburg: Apud Michaëlem & Joannem Fridericum Enteros, 1664. Tall quarto. 311 x 190mm. [4]ff., 407, [5] pp. Engraved title, title printed in red and black, fifty-nine full page copper engraved full length portraits of Dukes and Kings of Hungary. Probably eighteenth century red morocco, ruled in gilt on covers, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine, edges speckled red.
First Edition. Rare history of the dukes and kings of Hungary, from the first formation of the federation of united tribes, to the crowning of Saint Stephen as the first king in 1001, to Ferdinand IV, king from 1647 until his death in 1654. The fine engravings are portraits, the earlier dukes in fighting armor, the later kings in regal robes and symbols of office including a lone woman, Maria, who reigned in the fourteenth century. The images are richly imbued with symbols of their office, regalia and weapons; often with detailed views of battles, landscape, or cities in the background. (#kfk620) $3,000.00 more desc/pics


Stendhal [i.e. Marie-Henri Beyle]. Maxims of Love. London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1906. Small octavo. 165 x 125mm. [4], 201pp. Handsome full red morocco gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Printed on fine rag paper with French facing English.
A charming book published by the underated printer Arthur Humpheys. (#kfk622) $500.00

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[manuscript; sketchbook]; "Lives of Notorious Felons. Joseph Shed! The Stocking Stealer of the Pacific!" -- Original Manuscript Story, and Sketchbook of Travels in the United States and Caribbean -- Steamer Winfield Scott. . Original full red morocco, ornately stamped in blind and gilt; 8vo; 31 manuscript pages, including an illustrated short story, landscapes in pencil (Havana, the Hudson River, harbor of St. Thomas, Martinique), and 3 colored-pencil cartoons of American Indians (these seemingly contributed by a child).
The landscapes are nicely accomplished: "Yosemite Falls from Black's Hotel" (signed "H.R."), "Highland Park Hotel, Aiken S.C.," "Vineyard Haven," "View from the Window in our Parlor in the Hotel El Telegrafo, Havana, 1872," "View from my Window at the West Point Hotel, Looking up the Hudson, 1872," and "Fort de France, Martinique, from the Sea." Opens with a weird little short story, in which the malefactor Joseph Shed spends his entire life stealing stockings (even dirty ones), punishment be damned. (#kfk574) $2,250.00

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[English Monarchy]. Portraits and characters of the kings of England : from William the Conqueror to George the Third. Part One... Part two. London: John Harris, 1830. Third edition. Duodecimo. Two volumes bound in one. ff. 17; 18. [title for each part, leaves printed on one side]. A total of thirty-three hand coloured woodcut portraits. Period drab boards, endpapers renewed (possibly a remboîtage). A few minor tears, an excellent copy. Very Good +.
Third edition, apparently with a plate added since the first edition. Handsome coloured woodcut portraits of Monarchs and other notables from English history, with short descriptions (ten lines) in verse of their reigns. Published as part of Harris’ ‘Cabinet of Amusement and Instruction’ series. A charming little book, very scarce in commerce. Osborne II.790 [describing the first edition of 1823]. (#kfk399) $600 more images

[Hungary]. Exemplar, Reconciliationis Cum Hungaris Factae 23 Junii, Anno 1606, nec-non Conditiones Pacis Turcicae. Patakini [i.e. Saros-Patak, Hungary]: Typis Illustrissimae Principis Excudebat Georgius Renius, 1653. First edition thus. Folio in sixes. [2], 582pp. Fanciful typographic ornaments on title and beginning and end of chapters.
A rare work from the first press at Saros-Patak. It was established by Susanna Lorandfi, widow of Prince George Rakoczi de Felso-Vadasz for the College in the town. The first recorded book by this printer is dated 1652. The text comprises an important treaty in the history of Hungary. In June 1606 Archduke Matthias, in the name of the Emperor Rudolph II, concluded the Treaty of Vienna with the rebellious Hungarians by granting extensive concessions, and in November of the same year he concluded the truce of Zsitvatörök with the Sultan Ahmed I. The text of the two treaties (pp. 30) is followed by the articles of various Hungarian statutes and ordinances, dating from 1608 to 1649 (pp. 31-582). The BM copy contains further articles for 1659, not present here. Worldcat locates two copies (BM [with extra material], and U. Penn.) One copy only located on ABPC, in 1983. (#kfk624) $2,500.00 Full description and more pictures


[Emblem Book.] Ayres, Phillip. Emblems of love in four languages. Dedicated to the ladys by Ph: Ayres Esq. [London]: Printed for John Wren bookseller & binder at ye Bible & Crown near Great Turn-Style Holborn,, [1750 circa]. Octavo. Engraved throughout, Engraved title, Introductory sonnet, and forty-four full page engraved emblems with facing text in four languages (Latin, English, Italian and French). Contemporary calf, old and very skilled reback. A very good and attractive copy.
A pretty copy of this charming English Emblem book, first printed in 1683. (#kfk355) $1,250 full description and more images


[Emblem Book]. Quarles, Francis. Emblems, Divine and Moral. London: Thomas Tegg, 1845. Small octavo, 134mm. 3/4 red morocco gilt by Riviere. Illustrated with seventy-nine woodcuts. Fine. (#kfk575) $300

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[Crusoe]. Bisset, James. "Robinson Crusoe" Original watercolor design comprising a trompe l’oeil image of an open book showing a full-page color illustration facing a page of text, signed by the artist (“Inv. & Pinx.”) on one of the “pages” under the picture. Of British origin, early 19th century. Measures 9 1/2 x 12 inches (including borders), on stiff board.
A charming bibliophilic image celebrating Daniel Defoe’s great novel, here illustrating a scene from chapter IV of Robinson Crusoe. Bisset (1762?-1832) was a prolific painter and poet, as well as a publisher, art dealer, and noted Birmingham eccentric. (#kfk462) $3,500.00 image

[Punch]. "Punch's" Dossay Portraits. Engraved by Duval. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845. First American edition?. 17pp. plus six plates (including frontis.) and [6]pp. of publisher's advertisements. Disbound. Small bookseller's inkstamp in lower margin of titlepage. Foxing, else very good.
Satirical biographical sketches of six English types of the 1840s, each accompanied with an engraved portrait. "No. III, Nicholas Twang, Esq., The Guitar Player," after learning to play the drum, "attracted the attention of the owner of the caravan which contained - or rather professed to contain - the pig-faced lady, and he was at once engaged for the performance of a series of solos on the Chinese gong; which is usually resorted to as a finale to an exhibition, for the purpose of drowning out the complaints of the company" (pp.7-8). OCLC locates only two copies (Harvard and Union College). Scarce. This is the only edition of this title found on OCLC. also see: noting mention of the title (#kfk249) $250 more

Twain, Mark [i.e. Samuel L. Clemens.]. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Hartford, Conn. : American Publishing Company, 1876. First American edition. Quarto. Illustrated. Original blue cloth decorated in black and gilt. Very discreet repair to inner hinge, the slightest dulling to spine, an excellent example of the striking binding.
First American Edition, third printing. BAL 3369. (#kfk499) $4,000 images

[Angling]. Bailey, William. The Angler's Instructor. A Treatise on the best modes of Angling in English rivers, lakes and ponds. First edition. (#kfk470) $450 more images

Chet Atkins. Country Gentleman. First edition, inscribed and signed. $200


[Print] La Fontaine, [Jean de]. Les Oyes de Frere-Philippe, Conte tiré de La Fontaine. Friar Phillip's Geese, A Tale from La Fontaine. London: Thomas Watson, 1782. Engraving.
This beguiling image renders a scene from the first tale of the second volume of La Fontaine's "Contes et Nouvelles" (the verses printed here in French and English are the final lines of the tale.) The Hermit Phillip has brought his son to the city for the first time. (#kfk297) $500


Lecomte, Hyppolite. Costumes civils et militaires de la Monarchie française depuis 1200 jusqu'à 1820. Paris: Chez Depelch, [1820]. 338 x 255mm. 380 hand colored lithograph plates (including a colored lithograph title), three engraved titles. Loose in a clamshell box. (#kfk449) $3,750.00 more images
[Day, Mahlon]. Picture of New-York. New York: Printed and Sold by Mahlon Day at the New Juvenile Book-Store, No. 376, Pearl-Street,, [1828-1833]. 5 l/2cmx 8 3/4cm. 16pp, stitched in original printed pale yellow wrappers. Vignette of sailing ship on front wrapper [repeated on title page], rear wrapper an advertisement for Day's books for sale. Wood engraving frontis, entitled "Distant View of the City of New-York' plus eight additional engravings [mostly of vessels, one of them for Day's Juvenile Book Store], Rear wrap with a small old repair hitting text, Very Good.
AAS notes that Day's place of business was at 376 Pearl Street from 1828-1833. Verse on the title page: 'Here you have a picture small,/ Of New-York, far renown'd;/ But recollect, when it you've read,/ Where others can be found.' With illustrations and text concerning New York's maritime commerce and its "large number of vessels, called ships, brigs, schooners, sloops, steam-boats, and numerous smaller boats." Rosenbach, Children's Books 745. Not in American Imprints or Sabin. (#kfk461) $750 more images

Aguado, Dionisio. Nuevo Método para guitarra. $3000


ivanhoe [Scott, Sir Walter.]. Ivanhoe; A Romance. By "The Author of Waverly" &c. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable, 1820. Second edition. Three volumes, octavo. Original boards with printed paper labels, uncut. Typical wear, foot of spine to volume 2 moreso, entirely unsophisticated and a rare survival. Housed in a 1/2 blue morocco clamshell box. (#kfk150) $2,500.00 more images

[Guitar]. Winner, Sep[timus]. The Ideal Method for the Guitar... Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1882. Oblong octavo, 80pp. Original paper wrappers. A very good copy with a tide mark along outer edge and lower edge (varies through book). (#kfk346) $150


Sonderland, J. B. Bilder und Randzeichnungen zu dentschen Dichtungen.

Dusseldorf, et al:: Verlag von Julius Buddeus,. Folio. Half calf and marbled paper over boards, gilt-lettered leather spine label; unpaginated, with illustrated title-page, followed by 40 full-pages plates (all etchings), and poems (30 pages, in German). A very tiny scuff marks here and there, mostly along edges of boards; two plates show a little, very faint, foxing or soiling – otherwise bold, bright, and clean, with large margins. Near fine. Striking. (#kfk394) $1,450.00 more images

Segovia, Andres and George Mendoza. Segovia, My Book of the Guitar. Guidance for the Beginner. [Cleveland and NY]: Collins, 1979. First edition. Original pictorial paper boards, in dust jacket. Small surface crack at top of front joint, else fine an fine price clipped jacket. Near Fine in near fine dust-jacket. First edition, signed and dated on the title page by Segovia. (#kfk6)                        $500

Tocqueville, Alexis de. De la Démocatie en Amérique. Paris: 1848

The twelfth edition of the first part, fifth edition of the second part, in handsome uniform contempory bindings, a very appealing and uncommon example of this enduring work on the United States.

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Carulli, Ferdinando. Méthode Complete pour Guitare...

Paris: n.p., circa 1824. Quarto. Engraved title, lithograph portrait of Carulli. Sympathetic modern binding in period style (utilizing old marbled boards), some paper repairs.

A rare early edition of this important method, stated fourth edition on title. Carulli is of tantamount importance in the history of classical guitar, he wrote the first complete method, which continues to be a part of guitar pedagogy. Born in Naples, Carulli spent most of his life in Paris, where he attracted patrons and elevated the profile of the guitar as a serious instument. He was among the most prolific of composers for the guitar, writing over four hundred works in the span of twelve years; ranging from the simplest pieces for beginners to full orchestral concertos. Copies of his method are very rarely encountered. (#kfk301) $1000 more

[Banjo]. Golden, Frank. Latest Banjo Songster... New York: Popular Popular Publishing Co., [circa 1880?]. Original wrappers, front cover hand colored.

An amusing piece, scarce. (#kfk727)            $200


Signed photograph of Andres Segovia. $200


Joyce, James. Storiella as She is Syung. London: Corvinus Press, 1937. Small folio. Original orange vellum gilt, with original slipcase, housed in a custom clamshell box. Very occasional light spotting (As always due to the paper stock used), the slipcase broken with small loss.

First edition, a near fine copy. Though the slipcase, which has the matching limitation number on spine has seen better days, it is as uncommon as hen's teeth. This would later evolve into a part of Finnegan's Wake.

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Yeats, W. B. [Sprague, Mary, ill.]. Unnoticed Like a Bird. n. p.: Singletree Press, 1987. Original textured wrappers, small folio.

One of thirty-five numbered copies. A beautiful small press edition of Yeats, with fine woodcuts. (#kfk364)            $500 pictures

Singer, Joseph. How to Play Mandolin. $65


[ZUNIGA, Lorenzo Bautista de]. [Antonio de Solis(?)]. Annales eclesiasticos i seglares de la M.N. i M.L. Cividad de Sevilla que comprehenden la Olimpiada, o Lustro de la Corte en ella.Seville: F.J. de Blas y Quesada, [1747]. Small folio 295 x 205mm. Engraved title, 26ff., 250pp. plus two large (800mm) plates. (p. 33 misnumbered 49, 209 misnumbered 225, 232 misnumbered 123.) Contemporary limp vellum. Endpapers renewed, typical stains to binding, occasional foxing, pp. 57-64 with expert repair affecting rules, p. 193 with closed tear just crossing rule, some creasing to corners. A very good copy.
First edition of this fine fête book which updates the Annales eclesiásticos, y seculares of 1677. A very rare account of the festivities surrounding the visits to Seville every four years by the Royal Court, known as the Olimpiad. The work contains the texts of pageants and poetry composed for these occasions, which combined various religious and secular events, including bull-fights, tournaments, and other festivities. (#kfk401) $6500 full description and more images




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