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1. The History of Fair Rosamond. Philadelphia: Printed for the Booksellers, 1828. (#kfk93) $225.00

2. Aristophanes. Aubrey Beardsley, illustrator. Lysistrata. London: Beardsley Press, 1927. Original silver cloth over black boards. Illustrated.
One of 750 copies printed. (#kfk48) $185.00

3. Blake, William, illustrator. Robert Blair. The Grave. London and New York: George Routledge & Sons, Limited and E. P. Dutton & Co., [circa 1906]. Octavo. Original cloth, decorated in black, white and gilt. Very good. (#kfk47) $125.00

4. Browne, J. Ross. Etchings of a Whaling Cruise, with notes of a Sojourn on the island of Zanzibar. To which is added a brief History of the Whale Fishery, it's past and present condition. New York: Harper & Bros.,, 1846. First edition. Original cloth, embossed and gilt. Skillfully recased. Engraved frontispiece and seven engraved plates, with numerous woodcuts in text. A very good copy. Very Good.
First edition. Browne's keen eye and perceptive writing make this one of the most accessible works on the American whaling industry. Pp. 549-564 reprint Charles Wilkes' chapter on the whale fishery from his Narrative. “The narrative provides one of the few accounts we have of life in the whaling fleet of the 1840s written by an intelligent and sensitive observer”---Hill, page 36. This book was reviewed by Melville in Harper's Weekly and likely had some influence on Moby-Dick. In the preface, Browne refers to Dana's Two Years Before the Mast, explaining the he he thought his subject (life on a whale ship) complements Dana's Narrative of life on a merchant vessel. While the voyage recounted was in the Atlantic and Indian oceans, the substantial appendix gives much information relevant to whaling in the Pacific. Forster 11. Sabin 8658. Howes B-877. (#kfk158) $1,250.00

5. Bullen, Frank T., F. R. G. S. First Mate. The Cruise of the "Cachalot" Round the World after Sperm Whales. London: Smith, Elder & Co..., 1903. 8vo. Contemporary 3/4 blue morocco, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Small abrasion to upper front joint, still a fine copy. Fine.
Eleventh impression (Second Edition) stated on title. A handsomely bound copy of this whaling classic. A letter of praise by Rudyard Kipling is printed facing the preface. Forster 329. (#kfk24) $250.00

6. Byron, George Gordon, Lord. Hebrew Melodies... The First New York Edition. New York: Printed and sold by T. & J. Swords, 160 Pearl Street, 1815. First American edition. Duodecimo, 39, [1, blank] pp. Contemporary and probably original mottled calf. Binding with typical edgewear, the spine moreso, numerous ownership inscriptions, an unsophisticated and appealing copy.
The first American edition, first appearing in London the same year. Perhaps Byron's greatest short poem, "She Walks in Beauty" appeared for the first time in this work. The American imprint is quite scarce. (#kfk95) $850.00 Pictures

7. Cattullus, Caius Valerius. Richard F. Burton and Leonard C. Smithers, translators. The Carmina... Completely Englished into Verse and Prose, the Metrical part by Caprtain Sir Richard F. Burton, and the Prose Portion, Introduction, and Notes Explanatory and Illustrative by Leonard C. Smithers; including the Latin Test of Catullus. New York: Privately Printed for Subscriber's Only, 1928. Octavo. Illustrated. Original parchment backed brown boards, black leather label lettered and ruled in gilt. Edges uncut. Spine toned, near fine.
One of an edition limited to 750 copies. (#kfk74) $100.00

8. Conrad, Joseph. Typhoon. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. First edition. Original cloth lettered and decorated in orange and blue. Near Fine.
A near fine copy of the true first edition. This was published the following year in Britain with other stories added. (#kfk118) $800.00

9. [Cooper, James Fennimore]. The Bravo: A Tale. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1831. First American edition. Two volumes, octavo. Original boards. With 32pp. publisher's catalogue and 4pp. prospectus for the Encyclopedia Americana bound into volume one.Spines rebacked, volume one with original label, volume two with label and much of original spine laid down. Very Good. (#kfk136) $800.00

10. Dante Alighieri. [Dante Gabriel Rossetto, translator and illustrator. La Vita Nuova (the New Life). London and New York: George Routledge & Sons, Limited an E. P. Dutton & Co., [circa 1908]. Octavo. Original cloth, decorated in black, white and gilt. Very good.
Part of the "Photogravure Series". (#kfk46) $75.00

11. Dreiser, Theodore. The Financier A Novel. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1912. First printing. Octavo. Original cloth gilt. In half green morocco slipcase with chemise. Small bookplate of Crosby and Hilda Gaige. (#kfk103) $500.00

12. [Emerson, Ralph Waldo.] [Sadi]. Saadi, Musle-Hudeen Sheik of Shiraz. The Gulistan or Rose Garden. Translated from the original by Francis Gladwin. With and Essay on Saadi's life and genius, by James Ross, and a preface by R. W. Emerson. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1865. First American edition. Octavo, 379pp. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on cover and spine. With the patina of age one might expect in such a volume, a very good copy which shows quite better than that sounds.
First American Edition of a landmark literary work in Persion; poems and stories written in 1259 C. E. by one of the most esteemed Persion poets. With a 13-page preface by Emerson. With an 1865 ownership initials "M. D. V. D." i.e. Dr. Mathews Dyckman Van Doren, and his daughter Amelia Van Doren, future wife of Civil Woar general Edward H. Ripley, with small hand lettered label. With the Carolyn Wells bookplate. A scarce item, a nice copy. BAL 5247. (#kfk86) $400.00

13. [French Literature.] Lucas, St. John, compiler. The Oxford Book of French Verse xiiith–xixth Century. Oxford: the Clarendon Press, 1908. Octavo. Full green morocco lettered in gilt for Hatchard's of Piccadilly, a.e.g. Spine slightly sunned else fine. (#kfk51) $225.00

14. [French-English Grammar]. Miege, [Guy] et Boyer, [Abel]. edited with additions by M. Mather Flint. Grammaire Angloise-Françoise, par Mrs. Miege et Boyer, contenant Une Instruction claire & aisée pour acquerir en peu de tems l'usage de L'Anglois. Et enrichie de Regles fondamentales & succintes, pour le parler purement; d'un Vocabulaire assez amle, & des Phrases les plus familieres. Enfin de Dialogues utiles & récréatifs, & des Proverbes les plus Usités, &c. Paris: Chez Briasson... David l'Aîné..., 1756. Duodecimo. Contemporary calf gilt, corners and foot of spine rubbed, signature on title, still a fine copy. (#kfk15) $225.00

15. Greene, Graham. Brighton Rock. An Entertainment. New York: Viking Press, 1938. First edition. Original cloth in pictorial dustwrapper. Slightest edgewear to jacket, but bright and not played with. Housed in a 1/2 blue morocco clamshell box. Fine in near fine dust-jacket.
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. (#kfk140) $4,500.00 Pictures

16. [Greene, Graham. His copy] Sitwell, Edith. The Wooden Pegassus. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1920. First edition. Octavo. Original half cloth over rose boards. "H. Graham Greene June '23" on inner pastedown.
First edition, limited to 750 copies, Graham Greene's copy with his early ownership signature on upper paste-down (''H. Graham Greene June '23''). Greene was baptized Henry Graham Greene, but dropped his first name after leaving Oxford. The Sitwells were an important contact for Greene when he first went up to Oxford in 1923, and he soon came to admire Edith in particular and count on her as a friend. He wrote in March 1923 of ''being converted to Sitwellianism'' and in June he wrote to his mother that he had read Edith's first volume of poetry and was ''absolutely out middle stump''. In Oxford Outlook Greene wrote that ''In Miss Edith Sitwell we find the style of the Decadents, broadened in outlook, shorn of its madness, and intensified in emotion and beauty, there is no more room for progress here...'' (see Norman Sherry, The Life of Graham Greene, volume 1). (#kfk138) $1,850.00

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. 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. Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. Tall octavo. Original white vellum over paper boards, black label gilt on spine, in original slipcase which has been very skillfully repaired. Housed in a red half morocco clamshell box. A very good or better copy.
One of 510 numbered and signed copies of what may be Hemingway's best work. This is the only signed limited book that Hemingway published. (#kfk141) $15,000.00 Pictures

19. 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) $500.00

20. La Fontaine, J. de. Tales and Novels in Verse... Illustrated with the Eighty Five Original Plates by Eisen. Paris [and] New York: J. Lemonnyer and E. -F. Bonaventure, 1883. 2 vols, octavo. 3/4 red morocco over marbled boards, spines lettered in gilt in two compartments, the remaining four with a floral device utilizing a green onlay. Some light foxing, edges more so, spines slightly tanned, still a nice copy. (#kfk8) $450.00

21. Lawrence, D. H. Lady Chatterley's Lover. [New York]: William Faro Inc., 1930. First edition thus. Original cloth, paper spine label. Very good.
A pirated edition, the text expurgated. (#kfk73) $45.00

22. Longus. Daphis and Chloe A Pastoral Romance: translated from the Greek... illustrated with copper-plate engravings after designs by Prudhon, Baron Gerard, and Phillipe d'Orleans, Regent of France. London: Vizetelly and Co., [1890?]. Octavo. 3/4 blue morocco lettered in gilt, t.e.g. for Hatchard's. Spine very slightly sunned, a very good copy. (#kfk52) $300.00

23. [Marcus Aurelius] George Long, translator. The Thoughts of the Emperor M. Aurelius Antonius. Translated by George Long. Second Edition. Revised and Corrected. London: George Bell and Sons, 1875. Octavo. Original blue cloth decorated in blind and lettered in gilt on the spine. Spine just sunned, still a fine copy.
This edition includes a note facing the title in which George Long chides an unnamed American publisher for pirating the text and suggests he would dedicate the book to the leader of the Confederate Army and the Virginian soldier. (#kfk64) $50.00

24. Marryat, Frederick. Masterman Ready; or, the Wreck of the Pacific. Written for Young People. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Greene and Longman's, 1841-2. First edition. 3 volumes, duodecimo. Original cloth. Volume two shaken and worn. Housed in an attractive 1/2 morocco slipcase with three chemises. (#kfk119) $750.00

25. Matthews, Brander. A Secret of the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. Original cloth. Front hinge pastedown cracked (the hing itself sound), cocked, but better than it sounds.
First edition, the author's only mystery. (#kfk80) $45.00

26. [Pinkney, Edward Coote]. Look out upon the Stars My Love. A Serenade. Written by a Gentleman of Baltimore, and adopted to a favourite Air, with an accopmaniment for the piano forte and Spanish guitar, by H[enri] N[oel] Gilles. Baltimore: Published by John Cole [Copyright:January 20th, 1823]. First edition. Quarto. Disbound, in a blue cloth chemise.
First edition. Edward Coote Pinckney's greatest poem, set to music with a guitar accompaniment. Who the hell is Edward Coote Pinkney? "It was the misfortune of Mr. Pinkney to be born too far south. Had he been a New Englander it is probable that he would have been marked as the first of American lyrists by that magnanimous cabal which has so long controlled the destinies of American letters in conducting the thing called the North American Review"- Edgar Allan Poe. Who cares? I do, I like Poe, and I like guitar, and I like great Poems. When I bought this thing the esteemed dealer I bought it from remarked: "wow, finally someone looked at my stock thouroughly enough to buy that" or something like that. Maybe I can say the same to you, today. Or maybe I'll sell some other things, at some point, such that my wife and I will have the time to play this piece together and then I'll be able to write a better description. And, probably, I'll continue to enjoy owning it. (#kfk91) $1,200.00

27. Porter, Katherine Anne. French Song-Book. Paris: Harrison of Paris, 1933. First edition. Original 1/4 cloth over paper boards. Without dust-jacket. Near fine.
One of 595 copies signed by Porter. Printed in Haarlem, Holland. (#kfk180) $125.00

28. 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

29. Pynchon, Thomas. Mason & Dixon. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1997. First edition. Original cloth in dustwrapper and printed glassine. (#kfk145) $200.00

30. Pynchon, Thomas. Mason & Dixon. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1997. First edition, advance reading copy. Original printed wrappers. (#kfk147) $250.00

31. Pynchon, Thomas. V. A Novel. Philadelphia and NY: J. B. Lippencott, [1963]. First edition. Original cloth in pictorial dustwrapper. Very fine. Housed in a 1/2 purple morocco slipcase with chemise.
First edition of the first novel Pynchon, widely considered the best writer of the latter Twentieth Century. A stunning copy of a jacket that is normally prone to fading. (#kfk142) $5,000.00

32. Pynchon, Thomas. Vineland. Boston, Toronto, London: Little, Brown and Company, [1990]. First edition. Original cloth in pictorial dustwrapper. (#kfk143) $200.00

33. Russell, W. Clark. An Ocean Free-Lance. From a privateersman's log, 1812. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1882. First edition thus. Octavo. Original dark green cloth tooled in blind and gilt. Armorial bookplate of William H. Gaddum. A near fine copy.
The first one volume edition, published the year before as a three-decker. Sadleir 3003 (#kfk128) $500.00

34. [Sappho]. Marion Millis Miller and David Moore Robinson, translators. The Songs of Sappho Including the Recent Egyptian Discoveries. The Poems of Erinna | Greek Poems about Sappho | Ovid's Epistle of Sappho to Phaon... New York: Frank-Maurice, Inc., 1925. First edition thus. Quarto. Original gilt lettered parchment over paper covered boards (cover lettered in gilt); original slipcase. Spine a bit tanned, else fine.
One of 750 numbered copies. (#kfk99) $100.00

35. Shakespeare, WIlliam. The Complete Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press, [1947]. Octavo. Full green calf, spine with tan label, spine slightly faded, else fine. (#kfk84) $250.00

36. [Swift, Jonathan.]. The benefit of farting explain'd : or, the fundament-all cause of the distempers incident to the fair-sex, enquired into. Proving à Posteriori most of the Dis-ordures in-tail'd upon them, are owing to Flatulencies not seasonably vented. Wrote in Spanish by Don Fartinando Puff-indorst Professor of Bumbast in the University of Crackow. And Translated into English at the Request, and for the Use, of the Lady Damp-fart of Her-fart-shire. By Obadiah Fizzle, Groom of the Stool to the Princess Arsimini in Sardinia. Longford, 1722. Calf antique. (#kfk102) $1,500.00

37. [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 authitative text is offered here. (#kfk87) $950.00

38. Twain, Mark. Extracts from Adam's Diary [with] Eve's Diary. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1904 [and] 1906. First editions. Together two volumes, octavo. Original red pictorial cloth, decorated in white and green. Very good or better copies of both titles, nice to find together. Adam's diary is faded on the spine.
First editions of both titles. A highly underrated work by Twain. (#kfk57) $950.00

39. Twain, Mark. The Private Life of Adam and Eve Being Extracts from Their Diaries. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, [1931]. First edition thus. Octavo. Original 1/4 navy cloth with gold spine label over blue paper boards with an illustration of Adam and Eve printed in black. With 100 illustrations by F. Strothman and Lester Ralph. Fine in a good jacket, faded and chipped. Fine in good dust-jacket.
The first combined edition, the diaries were published separately in book form in 1904 and 1906. (#kfk63) $450.00

40. Virgil. Publii Virgilii Maronis: Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis. Ex editione Petri Burmanni... Glasguæ [Glasgow]: In Aedibus Academicus,Excudebat Andreas Foulis..., 1778. Two volumes, folio. Original boards uncut, spines sympathetically renewed with paper labels. Fine.
A handsomely printed edition by the Foulis press, "the Elzivir of Britain". The subscriber's list includes Alexander Hamilton. (#kfk166) $1,000.00 Pictures

41. 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, spine with red onlaid "bands" decorated in gilt forming six compartments, one lettered in gilt, the remaining with a central lozenge surrounded by sprays; covers ruled with gilt rolls, a.e.g. Some very skillful repair to spine, extremities rubbed, occasional spotting; a very good or better copy.
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. (#kfk165) $1,000.00 Pictures

42. Wallace, Susan E. The Storied Sea. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883. First edition. Twelvemo. Original green cloth lettered and decorated in brown and gilt. Front hinge cracked, shaken, but the cloth still bright.
First edition in book form, the author's first book, a compilation of letters from the Mediterranean previously published in the New York Independent. The author's husband was Lew Wallace, who wrote Ben-Hur. (#kfk79) $250.00