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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

[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) $2,250.00 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) $750.00 More 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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[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

[Calder, Alexander, illus.] 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. 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.

$2,750

First edition thus. The Artist and the Book, 47. (#kfk003)  

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[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) $1,250.00

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[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) $500.00 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) $2,250.00 More Pictures

 

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) $7,500.00

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Alston, John. Musical Catechism..., for the Use of the Blind. Glasgow: Printed in the Asylum, by the Institution Press, 1838. Oblong folio, Bound in Scottish black pebbled morocco, floral scroll tooling in gilt on front and back covers, spine richly gilt. Lightest rubs to extremities, a near fine example of a rare book.
First Edition (but see below) of this musical guide. Printed with the Fry-Als ton embossed-type system. As with all editions from the Asylum Press, which started printing in late-1836, this is a rare book. (#kfk452) $7,500.00

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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) $3,500.00

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[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).$3750

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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
[Manuscript.]. [Doctor's Diploma conferred by the faculty of legal studies in the University of Modena, to Thomas de Balestris, native of the city, on June 20th, 1725.] Modena: n. p., 1725. Folio, Eight leaves on vellum, 262 x 185mm. Three full page armorial illuminations in many colors and gold (The Estes, Dukes of Ferrara, Modena; the University itself; and the recipient's family; followed by nine pages in black and gold with colored floral borders. The text block has become loose in the binding, else in lovely condition with some expected light wear to binding.
A beautiful example of illumination and calligraphy. (#kfk534) $5000.00 pictures
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

[Celestial Atlas]. Burritt, E. H. Atlas, designed to illustrate the geography of the heavens : comprising the following maps ...

Hartford: F.J. Huntington, 1833. Original wraps, folio. Maps are hand colored engravings by Illman & Pilbrow after the author's drawings. Some staining and wear, a good, unsophisticated copy.
First edition of what would become a immensely popular work. The true first as here is quite scarce. I locate three copies in Worldcat (Princeton, Alder, Stanford). American Imprints 18047. (#kfk549) $1,250.00

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[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

Bryant, William Cullen (Ed.). Picturesque America; or, the land we live in. A delineation by pen and pencil of the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, water-falls, shores, cañons, valleys, cities, and other picturesque features of our country. New York: D. Appelton and Company, 1872-74. Two volumes, large quarto.
Beautifully illustrated work on America which presents a full description and elaborate pictorial delineation of all the different portions of the United States, including Canada. The prints in this work are of exquisite quality, many are almost photographic. The purpose of the editor of this work, William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), has been 'to illustrate with greater fullness and artistic excellence than has hitherto been attempted, all the spots endeared to us by association, and, at the same time, to bring into public appreciation the many glorious scenes that lie in the by-ways of travel'. (#kfk551) $2,250.00

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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

Taylor, Bayard (editor). Picturesque Europe: a delineation by pen and pencil of the natural features and the picturesque and historical places of Great Britain and the Continent. Illustrated on steel and wood by European and American artists. New York: D. Appleton & Co,, [n.d. but circa 1876-1879]. Three volumes, quarto.
This work, published as a companion to the earlier Picturesque America, was published in both England and America. (#kfk550) $2,500.00

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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) $1,250.00 pictures

[World War II]. Design for an "Umbrella Barrage Aerial Bomb".
. n. p.: n, p., 1940 or before. Three blueprints, 17x20 3/4 inches, folded, in a black leatherette folder. Inscribed and signed "read and understood, J. H. Payne, Sept. 12th, 1940"
A strange juxtaposition of aesthetic appeal and cold clinical description of a terribly horrible weapon. (#kfk548) $600.00 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) $750.00 more pics
[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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Wells, H. G. The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman. London: Macmillan, 1914. First edition. Octavo. Original ribbed green cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. A sharp fine copy.
A presentation copy inscribed by the author on the recto of the first blank: "A. T. S. fr H. G." The recipient was Tommy Simmons, one of Wells' closest friends from his days at the Royal College. (#kfk608) $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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Tagore, Sourindro Mohun. Hindu Loyalty: A Presentation of the Views and Opinions of the Sanskrit Authorities on the Subject of Loyalty. [In connection with the movement of the "National Anthem for India".]. Calcutta: By the Author, printed by I. C. Bose... Stanhope Press, 1883. First edition. Octavo. Original Calcutta binding of pebbled green morocco, spine and cover richly gilt, board edges and inner dentelles gilt, a.e.g. Title in red and black, text in English and Sanskrit black with red border rules, half-title with blue device within a red decorative border.
First edition. The proposal of 'God Save the Queen' as a National Anthem for India. one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Calcutta (Rabindranath Tagore belonged to another branch of the family), he sponsored or co-authored some of the first general music treatises in Bengali. Such vernacular publications, produced and promoted by the Calcutta élite, were an important part of the renaissance in Bengali culture which took place in the 19th century. Tagore founded several schools of music in Calcutta beginning in 1871, and supplied music teachers and books to these and other public and private schools at his own cost. He endeavoured to promote Indian music in the West as a symbol of India's classical heritage, comparable to European art music in artistic and academic value. (New Grove). (#kfk616) $650.00 Full description and pictures

[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) $750.00 more images

Maria Theresa,[1717-1780]. Constitutio criminalis Theresiana... Wien: Gedruckt bey J.T. Edlen von Trattnern,, 1769. folio. 338 x 215mm. 8 ff, 282, lvi pp. 27 engravings in the text & 3 folding engraved plates (included in pagination). Woodcut and typographic ornaments & initials. Text in German black letter with glosses in Latin. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, red edges, interesting woodblock printed pastedowns.
First Edition of the famous criminal code of Maria Theresa, which redefined torture as "a subsidiary means of eliciting truth". Torture could be applied to obtain confessions only in cases where condemnation would have involved capital or severe corporal punishment. A remarkable publication, including graphic illustrations of instruments and methods of torture (thumb-screws, stocks, racks, burning candles, leg vices, winches, the ‘Viennese shoe’), with detailed and precise instructions on their use. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th Edn.), this illustrated edition was suppressed by Prince Kaunitz, chancellor of state and advisor to the Empress, a few days after its appearance. Torture was formally abolished in the empire in 1776. (#kfk625) $3,000.00 Full description and pictures

Macchiavelli, Niccolo. [Edward Dacre, trans.]. Discourses upon the first decade of T. Livius ... to which is added His Prince with some marginal animadversions noting an taxing his errors. by E. D. [Separate title for The Prince]: Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca. And the meanes Duke Valentine us'd to put to death Vitellozzo Vitelli... London: Printed for Charles Harper..., 1674. Contemprary calf, rebacked.
Second edition, the third appearance in English of The Prince. (#kfk555) $2,000.00 more pictures

[Japan] Kanda, T. Notes on Ancient Stone Implements, &c., of Japan. Tokio [i.e. Tokyo]: Kokubunsha, 1884. Wraps. 4pp. advert laid in. (#kfk557) $450.00

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[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]. 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) $450.00

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[Sheet Music]. The Power of Wine. Np: Np, [circa 1790]. I sheet printed music. (#kfk578) $300.00

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Helvetius, Claude-Adrien. De l'esprit. [with] Arrest du Conseil... [and] Lettre au Reverend Pere... Paris: Chez Durand, 1758. Quarto, 248 x 190 mm. [2]; 4; [4], xxii, 643,[1]pp. (The "Arrest" and Letter bound at front). Contemporary marbled calf, spine gilt with floral tools, red label. Front joint cracked but holding soundly by the cords, a handsome unsophisticated copy.
First edition, second issue. First edition of the last major work of the French philosopher and encyclopédiste, Helvetius, DE L'ESPRIT (On the Mind) was condemned by the Church and the Sorbonne for its uncompromising atheism, regarded as dangerously revolutionary by the Court of Louis XV, and publicly condemned by Parliament. A follower of Locke's empiricism, Helvetius's work was an important development in the history of utilitarian thought, and both Bentham and Mill were strongly influenced by Helvetius' elaboration of a theory which saw mankind as the product of his environment and his education. The first issue of the first edition is very rare: Smith locates only 15 copies. Although the second issue of the 1758 quarto is not as rare as the first, it should be noted that only one copy of the First edition has appeared at auction (in ABPC) since 1975, and that copy was the first issue; no copies of the second issue have appeared for 30 years. (#kfk520) $4,500.00 images
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. London: Longmans, Green an Co., 1886. First UK edition. Octavo. Original buff wrappers printed in red and blue. Ownership inscription (Kate Rae) in upper margin of front wrap, spine a touch chipped, but an unsophisticated and entirely attractive copy. Housed in a cloth chemise.
First English Edition First Issue. This state in wrappers preceded the casebound issue by a week or so. The first issue is identified by the ink correction of the date on the upper wrapper. (#kfk497) $6,500.00 images
[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) $4,500.00 image

Man Ray. Photographies 1920-1934 Paris.

Original wrappers. Text in English and French. $3750 images

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) $4,500.00 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) $550 more images
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) $950.00 more images
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

[Music] Finch, C. The Gamut and Time-Table, in Verse. For The Instruction of Children.... Embellished with Twelve Illustrative Coloured Engravings.

London: Dean and Munday, [circa 1820]. Duodecimo. 35pp. Original printed wrappers. Twelve hand coloured woodcuts. Very good.
An early ownership inscription is dated 1838. (#kfk351) $850 more images

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)                        $750.00

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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[Acoustics]. Chladni, Ernst Florens Friedrich. Traité d'Acoustique,... avec huite Planches. Paris: Chez Courcier, 1809. First edition in French. Octavo. [4], xxviii, 375pp. Eight folding engraved plates. 48pp. publisher's catalogue bound in at end. Numerous tables within text. Contemporary and probably original sheep over marbled boards, orange label lettered in gilt, spine ruled in gilt with a roll, uncut. Minor rubbing, occasional light spotting; still a fine, unsophisticated copy. Fine.
First edition in French, translated by Chladni himself from his 1802 treatise on acoustics. Chladni, an amateur musician and instrument maker fascinated by the phenomenon of sound, established acoustics as a science. "Chladni, professor of physics in Breslau, was the first to reduce the general association between vibration and pitch to a tabular basis and thus lay the foundation of the modern science of acoustics" -Printing and the Mind of Man 233b (original edition in German). Bibliotheca Mechanica, page 71 (this edition); DSB III, 258-59. (#kfk197) $1,400.00 full decription and more images

[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) $7,500.00 full description and more images

 

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