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[Miniature Book.]. London Almanack for the year 1795... London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1795. 30 x 30mm. Entirely engraved. Red morocco "wallet style" binding ruled in blind with a charming clasp incorporating an eight pointed star and fleur-de-lis like device. The flap, and an inner folding pocket lined in green morocco. Housed in a marbled board slipcase, tiny bookplate of Wilbur Macy Stone.
Rather an amazing piece of work. (#kfk493) $1,750.00 more pictures

 

[Indian imprint.]. The Hindoo foundling girl, or the history of Little Polly S*****, related by a mother to her children A true tale written by the person who found her and with whom she is now living. Calcutta: Printed at the Baptist Mission Press and sold in London by G. Wightman, 1831. 109 x 75mm. Original wrappers printed on front cover, lithograph frontispiece, 35 [36]pp. Very good.
First edition (?), rare. Descriptions of gruesome deaths and inexplicably inhumane behavior are employed to make a case against the wicked Brahmans. Worldcat locates one copy (Princeton), and three copies of an edition dated 1834. (#kfk509) $500.00 images

 

Worm, Ole (1588-1654). Danicorum monumentorum libri sex: e spissis antiquitatum tenebris et in Dania ac Norvegia extantibus ruderibus eruti (Additamenta ad Monumenta danica). Copenhagen: Joachim Moltke, 1643 [-1651?]. Folio 273 x 187mm. 2 parts, [24 (incl. engraved title-page)], 526, [16]; 40pp. Engraved title-page, one folding engraved plate, woodcut illustrations, woodcut initials and head-pieces. Contemporary vellum. A few areas of very light foxing, a near fine copy.
First Edition. The Earliest written account of the Rune stones of Denmark and Norway, and one of only a few surviving sources for many runic inscriptions otherwise now lost. Ole Worm, professor of medicine at Copenhagen, studied and published on a wide range of subjects. (#kfk515) $3,500.00 images

 

Las Casas, Bartolome de. [Las Obras del Obispo D. Fray Bartolome De Las Casas...]. [Barcelona]: [en casa de Antonio Lacaualleria], [1646]. Octavo, 200 x 140 mm. 214 leaves (lacks general title and license as usual). Contemporary limp vellum.
First collected edition of the Tracts. The importance of Las Casas treatises is difficult to overstate. He has much to say about the Indians of many regions (Florida, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, the Caribbean islands, etc.), their status under the Spaniards, their treatment by both private individuals and government officials, and such basic questions as whether they have souls and whether one can wage "just war" on them. Indeed, Las Casas' writings have long been recognized as a major source on the early history of the New World and as foundation documents in the history of human rights. Very scarce. European Americana 646/34. Sabin 11239. (#kfk513) $6,500.00 images

 

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

 

[Manuscript, 18th century, in English and Latin.]. Puerilium Fasciculus; sive, Variarum rerum ad Brachygraphiam, Glossographiam, Arithmeticam, et Artes alias spectantiam Collectio. .

Circa 1755. Eight astronomical diagrams. Early twentieth century 3/4 calf with brown gilt label.
Introduction to shorthand, arithmetic, astronomy, geography, and other subjects, written in question and answer form for young people.This highly legible manuscript presents a fascinating, thorough picture of common knowledge of the day with appealing diagrams, some in color. (#kfk217) $4,500.00 images

 

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

 

[MURRAY, Hannah and Mary]. The American Toilet. New York: Imbert's Lithographic Office, [1827]. First American edition. Sextodecimo. 116 x 87mm. Twenty leaves (includes title), entirely lithographed. Marbled boards, in a finely embroidered pink silk cover with a different bouquet of flowers on each cover. Three (of twenty-one) of the moving pieces in this copy are lacking, so that the answers to the riddles are not hidden. Ownership inscriptions, very good or better.
A series of nineteen poetic riddles about virtues, each with a moving part concealing the answer. Rosenbach 683. (#kfk496) $750.00 images

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