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1. Aesop in Greek. [Greek letters]: Mythoi Aisopoy. | Æsopi Fabulæ Græco-Latinæ. Cum novis notis, necnon versione emendata. Editio, prioribus antehac editis correctior; et ad usum Juventutis Regiæ Scholæ Etonensis accommadata. Boston [and] Cambridge: Sumptibus Cummings et Hilliard [and] Hilliard et Metcalfe typographis, 1812. . Contemporary calf with green label, front joint cracked but holding soundly by the cords, typical wear and tanning but quite good for an American student book of the period.
This would appear to be the first example of Aesop in Greek printed in America. (#kfk31) $750

2. Aesop. [James Ross, translator and contributor.]. Fabulæ Æsopi Selectæ, Select Fables of Æsop, with an English Translation as literal as possible, answering line for line throughout, the Roman and Italic characters being alternately used; so that it is next to impossible for the student to mistake. The Second edition improved with a compend of latin prosody by James Ross, professor of the Greek and Latin languages in Fourth near Arch Street. Philadelphia: James Maxwell, 1814. Original calf backed boards. Corners of endpapers stained, still very good. (#kfk43) $250

3. [Aesop]. Select Fables of Esop and other Fabulists. In three books. Birmingham: Printed by John Baskerville, for R. and J. Dodsley..., 1761. Octavo. Frontispiece, sixteen full page plates (comprising multiple miniature illustrations of fables), head and tail pieces for each book, all in tasteful but modern color. Modern 3/4 morocco gilt by Bayntun. Fine.
A pleasing edition by the celebrated printer, Baskerville. (#kfk14) $1,200

4. [Aesop]. Fables d'Esope en Vaudevilles Esope en belle humeur. Paris: A la Librairie économique, Rue de la Harpe nº 94, [circa 1830's]. 12mo. Full green calf, spine gilt. Illustrated. (#kfk19) $850

5. [Allen Press] [Nicolaus Pergamenus]. Dialogues of Creatures Moralised. Being Ancient Fables, Curious to the Philologer, Interesting to the Lover of Natural History, and Helpful to the Moralist. [Preface by Joseph Haselwood]. Kentfield, CA: Produced by hand at the Allen Press, 1967. Folio, (206)pp. Illustrated with 122 woodcuts after the 1480 first edition. Original pictorial tan cloth stamped in red and brown, matching slipcase. Fine.
One of 130 copies designed, printed and bound by Lewis and Dorothy Allen. This beautiful production reproduces the woodcuts from the very rare first edition "Dialogus Creaturarum", and utilizes the text of the first edition in English published in 1535. (#kfk10) $750 CLICK FOR PICTURES

6. [America's Cup]. Stone, Herbert L., and Alfred F. Loomis. Millions for Defense A Pictorial History of the Races for the America's Cup. New York: The Derrydale Press, 1934. First edition. Quarto. Original blue buckram, front cover lettered in gilt with burgees printed in red, blue, and white. Color frontispiece, numerous black and white plates. Spine and edges tanned and rubbed, very good. Very Good.
Number 448 of 950 copies printed. (#kfk28) $185

7. Anstruther, Robert H. and Raffaele Settembrini. Sea-Faring Phrases and Technical Terms English and Italian for the Use of Naval Officers. Portsmouth, United Kingdom: J. Griffin and Co., 1894. Original blindstamped and gilt lettered blue cloth, illustrated with color plates of insignias, flags, etc. A very good copy. (#kfk75) $100

8. (Beauharnais, Hortense de). Romances mises en musique par S(a).M(ajeste).L(a).R(eine).H(ollande). [n. p.: n. p., circa 1810]. Oblong 8vo. Contemporary dark green morocco, gilt spine, front cover with gilt supra-libros of Hortense de Beauharnais in centre, both covers elaborately gilt with harps and Napoleonic eagles as cornerpieces, gilt inner dentelles. Engraved title with aquatint crowned coat of arms, handcoloured stipple-engraved portrait of Hortense De Beauharnais by Isabey, engraved by Monsaldi, 12 aquatints by Müller and Firinger, 12 engraved plates with musical scores engraved by Richomme.
Composed by the Queen of Holland, Hortense de Beauharnais. Her own copy! Nice set of illustrated musical scores and songtexts inspired by medieval legends and chivalry romances by Eugenie-Hortense de Beauharnais (1783-1837), daughter of the Empress Josephine. She had to marry Louis Bonaparte, the younger brother of Napoléon for political reasons. She became Queen of Holland in 1806, but lived in France more often, away from her husband, the King of Holland, whom she disliked. She loved the arts and was a praiseworthy painter and composer. She had three sons, one of them the future emperor Napoléon III. After divorcing her husband and the abdication of Napoléon, she lived as '' la Duchesse de St. Leu'' on the bords of Lake Constance in Switzerland, where she died in 1837. Nice copy.- (First blanks replaced; some foxing throughout). ¶ Olivier-Hermal-Roton, Manuel de l' amateur de reliures françaises, 2658. (#kfk185) $19,500 CLICK FOR PICTURES

9. Bowditch, Nathaniel. The New American Practical Navigator: being an Epitome of Navigation... Newburyport, MA: Edmund M. Blunt, 1807. Second edition. Tall octavo. Eleven engraved plates including a folding frontispiece map of the Atlantic Ocean. Contemporary and possibly original calf with red label. Map with mends to fold tears, front joint with very subtle repair, a very handsome and attractive copy.
The second edition, with considerable additions to the First published in 1802. A quite appealing copy with little or no evidence of open-water use of a title renowned for being found in well worn or damaged condition. This edition followed the first by five years, and contains several more plates and over 100 additional pages of text. "Often termed the greatest book in all the history of navigation ... an intellectual achievement of our early culture ... indispensable to the maritime and commercial expansion of the nineteenth century" - Grolier 100 American, concerning the 1802 edition, also published by Blunt. In 1799, Blunt published "A New American Navigator", based on Hamilton Moore's "The New Practical Navigator", published in London in 1772. Bowditch had taken five long sea voyages beginning in 1795 and made extensive use of Moore's work which he found to be replete with errors. What he initially intended to be a revision of Moore's work instead became an entirely new volume, and Bowditch's legacy. Noted by Howes as the "First accurate navigator's guide." A very appealing copy of a book which, due to it's practical use, is generally encountered in poor condition. (#kfk157) $4,500

10. [Bradley, Eliza.]. An Authentic Narrative of the Shipwreck and Sufferings of Mrs. Eliza Bradley,... Written by Herself. Boston: James Walden, 1820. Duodecimo. Modern 1/4 calf. 108pp. Folding frontispiece (with tear.)
Probably the first American edition, there is also an 1820 edition printed in Concord, NH. A popular work which went through many editions in New England and New York during the 1820's. Mrs. Bradley was separated from her husband after the ship Sally was wrecked off the coast of Morocco and held captive for six months by the Arabs before ransomed by the British consul. This is generally considered a fictitious account, though opinions vary. (#kfk116) $750

11. 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

12. Bullen, Frank T. Deep Sea Plunderings. A Collection of Stories of the Sea. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1901. First edition. Original blue cloth decorated in white black and gilt. A very nice copy. (#kfk115) $150

13. 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

14. 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

15. [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. First edition thus. Original Illustrated paper covered boards, in original chemise and slipcase with paper labels. Includes the Illustrated paper knife often missing. Surface rubbing to extremities of slipcase, still a fine copy.
The Artist and the Book, 47. (#kfk003) $2,750 CLICK FOR PICTURES

16. Cardell, William S. The Sailor Boy. Philadelphia: Uriah Hunt, 1832. (#kfk94) $300

17. Coggeshall, George. History of the American Privateers, and Letters-of-Marque, during our War with England in the years 1812, '13, and '14. Interspersed with several Naval battles between American and British Ships-of-War. New York: Published by and for the Author, 1856. Original blindstamped cloth, spine gilt. Eight lithographic plates. Some staining internally, especially to plates, the cloth quite bright. A very good or better copy.
First edition. (#kfk4) $750 CLICK FOR PICTURES

18. 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

19. [Cook, Captain James]. Nathaniel Dance, engraved by J. K. Sherwin. Engraved Portrait of Captain Cook. London: J. K. Sherwin & W. Hinton, 1784. A finely engraved plate 290 x 245 mm (mat window). Attractively matted and framed.
The trademark image of the great explorer. This is the second issue of the first separately issued portrait of Cook (the first issue was 1779 and is known in fewer than five copies). This striking image is thought to be the best available likeness, in fact Cook's wife Elizabeth is known to have distributed copies to friends. (#kfk164) $3,500

20. [Cook, James.] Anderson, George William. New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World... Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority. Containing an Authentic, Entertaining, Full, and Complete History of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages... The Whole of these Voyages of Capt. James Cook, &c. being Newly written by the Editors from the Authentic Journals of Several Principal Officers and other Gentlemen of the most Distinguished Naval and Philosophical Abilities, who sailed in the Various Ships... Assisted, Very Materially, by a Principal Officer who sailed in the Resolution Sloop, and by Many Other Gentlemen of the Royal Navy. London: Printed for Alex Hogg, [1784-6]. First edition. Two folio volumes, 390 x 255mm. iv, 5-655, [v] pp. Folding world map, 156 full page plates including portraits, views, maps and charts. Fine modern 1/2 morocco gilt with red and green labels over marbled boards in period style. Closed tear to gutter of title, occasional light staining (affecting lower corner of first and upper corner of second volume), a few marginal tears, list of subscribers with skillful repair affecting some text; still a fresh and very appealing copy.
First edition of this important compilation of voyages, originally issued in eighty six-penny numbers, which brought the voyages of Cook and other British heroes (Sir Francis Drake, Lord Anson, Philip Carteret, Samuel Wallis, John Byron and Lord Mulgrave) of discovery to a mass audience. "The Poor as well as the Rich will thus become familiarly acquainted with these extraordinary and important Voyages and Discoveries" (Publisher’s Preface). Unlike other inexpensive publications of the day, the text of this edition was carefully edited by Anderson and in some cases material was added from other sources to give scope and depth to the narratives. (#kfk149) $9,750 CLICK FOR PICTURES

21. Cooper, J. Fennimore. The American Democrat, or Hints on the Social and Civic Relations of the United States of America. Cooperstown: H. & E. Phinney, 1838. Octavo. Original cloth with paper label on spine. Head frayed, very good.
First edtion, quite scarce. BAL 3880; Howes C-745; Sabin 16412; Spiller and Blackburn 25. (#kfk117) $1,500

22. [Cuba]. La République de Cuba. Bruxelles: Imprimerie Odry-Mommens (Soc. An), 1926. Octavo. 24pp. Original wrappers, with Cuban flag printed in color. Fine. (#kfk45) $50

23. 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

24. [Defoe, Daniel (?)]. Madagascar: or Robert Drury's Journal, during fifteen years' captivity on that island : containing I. His voyage to the East Indies ... II. An account of the shipwreck ... III. His being taken into captivity, hard usage, marriage and variety of fortune. IV. His travels through the island ... V. The nature of the people ... conferences ... concerning the Christian and their religion. VI. His redemption from thence by Capt. Mackett ... VII. A vocabulary of the Madagascar language ... illustrated with a sheet map of Madagascar and cuts... Written by Himself. London: W. Meadows, 1729. First edition. Octavo, xvi, 464 pp. Folding map and five plates. Modern 3/4 calf. Final eighty pages stained, else very good.
First edition. Very scarce in commerce. Though the attribution to Defoe will probably never be beyond dispute, it is likely his work. In recent years Robert Drury has been proven to have been a real person, and the outlines of his story contained herein are largely factual. In 1703 Drury and his 180 shipmates were washed up on the southern shore of Madagascar after the Degrave was wrecked. They were captured by the warlike Tandroy people, conscripted into the local army, and ordered to join the Tandroys in battles with local tribes. The captive crew decided to escape. They seized the Tandroys' king and held him hostage while they fled in the hope of finding a part of Madagascar more sympathetic to their plight. Pursued by 2,000 enraged warriors, the sailors headed eastwards but were eventually caught. Only a handful escaped. All except four boys were slaughtered. Drury was one of the four youngsters. He was kept as a slave of the Tandroys in a village for eight years. Again he tried to escape, this time fleeing to the west. There he was recaptured, this time by the army of the neighbouring Sakalava people. Again he was enslaved, and released only when an English ship arrived. Drury returned home on it. He later returned to Madagascar as, of all things, a slave trader, but spent his final years frequenting Old Tom's Coffee House in Birchin Lane, London, where he would tell of his adventures to anyone prepared to listen. Wreckage from the ship "Degrave" has been found off the coast of Madagascar. (#kfk133) $6,500 CLICK FOR PICTURES

25. [Defoe, Daniel?]. Johnson, Captain Charles. A General History of the Pyrates, from their first rise and settlement in the Island of Providence, to the present Time. With the remarkable Actions and Adventures of the two Female Pyrates Mary Read and Anne Bonny; [also the histories of Captains] Avery, Martel, Teach [akn. Blackbeard], Bonnet, England, Vane, Rackam, Davis, Roberts, Anstis, Worley, Lowther, Low, Evans, Phillips, Spriggs, Smith... [Vol. 2] Mission, Bowen, Kidd, Tew, Halsey, White, Condent, Bellamy, Fly, Howard, Lewis, Cornelius, Williams, Burgess, North and their several crews. Intermixed with a description of Magadoxa in Ethiopia... taken from Captain Beavis' Journal... London: T. Woodward, 1726. Two volumes, octavo. Three engraved plates, one folding. Contemporary Cambridge style calf, very skillfully rebacked with green morocco labels lettered in gilt. Without either of the rarely found maps.
Fine copy of the best edition, consisting of the fourth edition of Volume one, enlarged from 320 pp. to 443 pp., with the lives of Anstis, Phillips and Spriggs added; and the first edition of Volume two, without a date but circa 1726. Three editions of Volume one were published before Volume two appeared, and it was not until the above fourth edition that “Vol. I” appeared on its title.This seminal work in the literature of piracy gave for the first time (in the first edition) an account of the quintessential bucaneer Captain Teach alia Blackbeard; the model, at least visually, of most fictional pirates since. In the second edition the portrait of Blackbeard was reworked replacing the beaver busby hat with the more familiar tricorn. The women pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny also made their first appearence in print in this work, excepting the account of their trial published in Jamaica and known in one copy only. The second volume, probably published in conjunction with the fourth edition of volume one, contains an important section on the Kenyan and Somali coast, taken from the journal of Captain Beavis, who after losing his way was forced onto the coast of "Zanguebar" which is described along with some other excitiing adventures. The account of the sensible pirate, Misson, set in Madagascar is an utopian fiction which lead to the highly questionable attribution to Daniel Defoe. All Eighteenth cenury editions of this work are uncommon in commerce. NMM (Piracy), 272; Sabin, 36190; Gosse, 7. (#kfk127) $6,500 CLICK FOR PICTURES

26. Defoe, Daniel. Aventures de Robinson Crusoé... Illustré de 26 Grandes Lithographies Trés-soignées par Coppin. Traduction Nouvelle. Paris: Librairie Louis Janet, [circa 1860]. Quarto. Original purple pebbled cloth boards, leather spine, tooled in blind, black and gilt. Illustrated with twenty-six hand colored lithographs. Some foxing, very good.
A charming illustrated edition of the classic work, abridged and translated into French. (#kfk9) $500 CLICK FOR PICTURES

27. [Defoe, Daniel.]. The History of Robinson Crusoe. Woodstock: Printed by David Watson, 1820. Sextodecimo, 30pp. Original self-wrappers, Alphabet on verso of title plus ten woodcuts in the text. Typical tanning and wear, a fragile item in quite presentable condition. (#kfk27) $950 CLICK FOR PICTURES

28. [Defoe, Daniel]. The New Robinson Crusoe. Designed for Youth. Ornamented with plates. Cooperstown: H. & E. Phinney, 1830 [title dated 1829]. Original printed yellow wrappers. Thirteen woodcut illustrations (including wrapper and title.) Some soil and staining, still a presentable example. (#kfk26) $185

29. Dorat, [CL.J.]. Fables Nouvelles. La Haye Et se trouve A Paris: Chez Delalain, 1773. 2 parts in 1 vol. XXII, (2), 309, (3) pp. Contemporary full-grained red morocco, spine ribbed and richly gilt, with orange title-label, with gilt fillet borders on sides, richly gilt inner dentelles, g.e. With 2 fine engraved frontispieces, engraved vignette on title, full-page engraved allegorical plate, and 99 finely engraved head-pieces and 99 beautifully engraved tail-pieces illustrating the fables, all after designs by C.P. Marillier.
A splendid copy in red morocco of the "chef-d'oeuvre" of the French artist Clément Pierre Marillier (1740-1808), the outstanding French artist, who invented the illustration by vignettes at the head and at the end of short pieces of text in the style of Louis XVI. Marillier's illustrations to Dorat's "Fables" together with those he did for Dorat's "Baisers" are generally considered to be the two masterpieces of 18th century miniature book-illustration. His intricate designs were executed by about 25 of the best engravers of the time. The 1773 edition of Dorat's "Fables" is the first with Marillier's illustrations, and according to the author in his foreword it was enlarged with 24 new fables. It must originally have been published in parts, and obviously not finished before 1775, as several of Marillier's illustrations in the second part are dated 1774 and 1775. The second volume is here in first edition, but the first volume was meanwhile once republished, with the same date 1773. The work contains 4 series of 24 fables, with at the end of the first three series an extra "Conte" added. Claude Joseph Dorat (1734-1780), a very prolific but not very successful author of gallant poetry, was always much interested in the rich production and fine illustration of his works. For this he defends himself in an interesting preface, in which he further discusses previous authors of fable books, from Aesop to La Motte-Houdart. Fine copy from the library of Paul Menso.- (The allegorical plate not repeated in the second part). ¶ Cohen-De Ricci p. 313; ff. Sander 508; Cioranescu 25113; Fabula Docet 102; Landwehr, Emblem & Fable Books, F079; Lewine pp. 150-151; Ray, The Art of French ill. books, pp. 81-83; Fürstenberg 104; Ann Stevenson Hobbs, Fables, p. 74. (#kfk186) $9,500

30. 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

31. [Dunlap, William]. Samuel James Arnold. The Shipwreck: a Comic Opera, in two acts. As performed at the Theatres, New-York and Drury Lane. From the New York Prompt Book. By Permission of the MAnager. New York: D. Longworth, 1805. First American edition. Twelvemo, 43, [1] blank, [3] ads pp. Disbound pamphlet. Small inkspots on pages 32-33, not affecting legibility, very good.
First American Edition; first edition with American alterations which were probably by Dunlap. BAL 4997 (Dunlap). American Imprints 7882. (#kfk90) $250

32. [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

33. [Essex Whale-Ship Disaster.][CHAPPEL, Thomas.]. An account of the loss of the Essex, from having been struck by a whale in the South Seas with some interesting particulars of the sufferings of her crew on a desert island and in the boats at sea. From the narrative of one of the survivors. London: Printed for the Religious Tract Society, [1824]. 8pp., Small 8vo. Woodcut vignette on title. Modern speckled calf with red spine label over marbled boards in period style, very good.
This scarce pamphlet recounts the event which would become a primary inspiration for Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick”. On the 20th November 1820 the Essex, a whale-ship from Nantucket, sank after being attacked by a sperm whale three thousand miles off South America. While Melville is known to have possessed a copy of Owen Chase’s more substantial and widely known account of the same story, this work gives a different perspective as Chappel elected to separate, along with two others, from the sixteen other survivors and remain on Henderson Island which they encountered in the first month after the shipwreck. Of the sixteen who risked the 3,000 mile journey to South America in three boats, only Nantucketers survived. Matthew Joy’s boat, on which Chappel was boatsteerer, was never heard from again and the others suffered from unthinkable hardships culminating in the resort to cannibalism. Subsisting on a diet of turtles, sea birds and rainwater, Chappel and his companions discovered a number of skeletons in a cave before their eventual rescue in April 1821 by the Surry. An account by a mate (Edward Dobson, or W. L Edwardson) on the Surry of the rescue became the basis of the first published account of the Essex disaster in the Sydney Gazette, 9 June 1821. At least two versions of this pamphlet were printed, all are infrequently encountered. The present version is used by Penguin Books in the reprint cited below giving the date 1824, though other authorities (Forster) assert it was as late as 1830.
Forster 16. Philbrick, Nathaniel and Thomas, editors. The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale. First Person Accounts. Penguin Books, 2000.
(#kfk001) $1,950 CLICK FOR PICTURES

34. [Fables]. Chambaud, L. Fables Choisies, á l'usage des Enfans, et les autres personnes qui commencent á apprendre le Langue François; avec un index alphabétique De tous les Mots traduits en Anglois; et, beaucoup plus considerablement augmenté que dans les Editions précédentes. Boston: W. W. Clapp, Imprimeur, dans la rue-Congress., 1823. Duodecimo. Original calf, expected wear but in a fine state of preservation for such a book. (#kfk42) $250

35. [Fables]. Crithannah, Job (?). R. Cruikshank, illus. Fifty-one Original Fables with Morals and Ethical index, Written by [?]. Embellished with Eighty-five original designs by R. Cruikshank... also a Translation of Plutarch's Banquet of the Seven Sages, Revised for this Work. London: Printed for Hamilton, Adams and Co..., 1833. First edition. Octavo, 251pp. Original cloth lettered in gilt. Eighty-five engraved plates by R. Cruikshank. Tiny chip near lettering, corners bumped but a fine copy.
First edition, a fine group of illustrations with dreadfully moralistic and dated text. (#kfk18) $250 CLICK FOR PICTURES

36. Faerno, G. (Charles Perrault, translator). Cent Fables en Latin et en François, choisies des anciens auteurs, mises en vers Latins, et traduites par Mr. Perrault. Nouvelle Edition. London: Chez C. Marsh & T. Payne..., 1744. 4to. [24], 46, 238, [2]pp. Modern calf in period style, edges untrimmed. Engraved frontispiece and 99 quarter page engravings with the text. Frontis. creased, a bit of soil, small stain at lower corner affecting final 60 leaves (approx.), A very good copy.
The first edition of Perrault's translation was published in Paris in 1699. (#kfk12) $1,500 CLICK FOR PICTURES

37. Falconer, William. The Shipwreck. Chiswick: Printed by Charles Whittingham and sold by Thomas Tegg, 1823. Duodecimo. Original printed boards. Engraved title with a fine vignette depicting survivors on shore in a storm. Some wear but still a very nice copy of this fragile item. Very good. Very Good. (#kfk25) $175

38. [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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

39. Galland, M. Les contes et fables Indiennes, de Bidpai et de Lokman. Traduites D'Ali Tchelebi-Ben-Saleh, auteur Turc.
Oeuvre posthume.
Paris: Jacques Ribou, 1724. 2 vols. 12mo. XL, (4), 390, (2); (2), 382, (2) pp. Contemporary red morocco, spine ribbed and elaborously gilt with flowers and other figures, gilt calf title-labels, triple-fillet borders on both covers, gilt inner dentelles, g.e. 9 full-page engraved plates illustrating some of the fables.
The first author ever of these fables was a Brahman, or Indian wise-man by the name of Vichnolu-Sarma. It is said that he wrote the fables, then called pantcha-tantra, in order to advice the ruler of the Indian empire. And in order not to offend him, he did this in writing stories in which the malign fox and the noble lion are the protagonists. It is clear that the fox stood for the ministers and other people with power, who wanted to undermine the powers of the king, represented as the lion. The king, Dabchelim, was very contented with this work and praised both the author and his work extensively. In the 6th century King Nouchirvan of Persia sent his medic, Barzouyeh to India to obtain this famous collection of fables. Soon, people from Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Arabic world came to read the work and translate it in their own languages. And though it is unavoidable that changes occur in these processes of translation, the basis, the real meaning or message of the fables has always been the same. In his forword to this work, Galland tells the reader that the Bidpai fables are at that time translated in every language used on the continent, and besides the translations in Arabic and Turkish he mentions translations in Greek, German, Flamish, Dutch, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian and Latin. The Greek and Latin versions, were the first "European tranlations. Siméon Seth made the Greek version already in the eleventh century, whereas the Latin version "Directorium Humanae Vitae" was written by Johannes de Capua, in the 12th or 13th century. The later one based his version on a Hebrew version, whereas Seth based his one on an Arabic text. Troughout the ages fables in general played an important role. Within this fable-tradition, the Bidpai-fables play an important role. Antoine Galland born in 1646, died in 1715. He published a lot of works, of which a considerable part postumous. It is said that of this work, he was only able to finish 4 chapters himself and that Cardonne completed the work. Splendid copy from the library of Ledru-Rollin. ¶ Cohen-De Ricci 146 ; Lewine, p. (lists an edition of 1724 with 9 plates, however 3 in the first volume and 6 in the second); Brunet 938; Graesse, p. 422. (#kfk187) $15,000 CLICK FOR PICTURES

40. 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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

41. 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, entirely unsophisticated, 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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

42. [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 blue boards, spine with repair, bubbling and wear.
In all likelihood the first American edition of Carcassi's celebrated method, quite interesting to find in the original boards. Selch. The Legacy of Sebastian Virdung: 371 (illustrated). (#kfk29) $1,250

43. [Harper's Family Library] [Pacific Voyages]. An Historical Account of the Circumnavigation of the Globe and of the Progress of Discovery in the Pacific Ocean, from the Voyage of Magellan to the Death of Cook. New York: Harper and Brothers, [circa 1840's]. Duodecimo. Original black cloth decorated and lettered in gilt on spine. Numerous woodcut illustrations in text. Library stamp on inner pastedown, a bit of foxing, small paper label on spine; but the cloth remarkably nice with bright gilt. (#kfk35) $65

44. 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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

45. Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Grandfather's Chair: A history for Youth. [with] Famous Old People: Being the Second Epoch of Grandfather's Chair. Boston: E. P. Peabody., 1841. Together two volumes, Duodecimo. Original cloth, black label on cover. (#kfk111) $1,250

46. 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

47. Hill, Mrs. Anne. Drawing Book of Flowers and Fruit: with Beautifully colored illustrations; for the use of seminaries, private pupils and amateurs. Philadelphia: Edward C. Biddle, 1844. First edition. Oblong 4to. Original cloth stamped in blind and gilt on front cover, red leater gilt ruled spine. 17 (of 18, lacking the penultimate plate) lithographed plates, several hand colored. Very good. Inquire for photos, detailed condition.
Only edition(?) A very scarce American colorplate book, OCLC locates three copies (Fordham, Yale, Georgia College and State University). (#kfk100) $2,500

48. [Indian Music.] Tagore, [Raja Sir] Saurindo Mohun. Fifty Tunes, Composed and Set to Music. Calcutta: Printed by I. C. Bose & Co., and Published by the Author, 1878. First edition. Tall 8vo., [8], 57, ii, [1]pp. Contemporary pebbled green pebbled morocco, most certainly Indian, elaborately gilt on spine, cover and board edges. Endpapers possibly but if so expertly replaced, spine ever so slightly faded, still a fine example.
First edition. (#kfk5) $1,750 CLICK FOR PICTURES

49. James Madison & James Monroe. Document Signed as President and as Secretary of State. Signed War of 1812 Privateer’s Commission. Washington, November 13, 1812.
“I have Commissioned... the private armed Schooner called the Rossie...mounting five carriage guns and navigated by Thirty five men... to subdue, seize and take any armed or unarmed British vessel, public or private... to bring within some port of the United States...”.The use of private vessels as ships of war proved necessary for the United States both during the Revolution and again during the War of 1812 due to the weakness of the navy. Although these armed private merchant vessels often subordinated warfare in favor of trade, they managed to attack and seize over 1000 British ships between 1812 and 1815. (#kfk172) $4,250 CLICK FOR PICTURES

50. Jefferson, Thomas. Autograph Letter Signed, as President, to Joseph H. Nicholson; Relating to the War with the Barbary Pirates. During a lull in the Tripolitan War (1801-1805), Thomas Jefferson assures Maryland Congressman Joseph Nicholson that he expects no expansion of hostilities, and is reducing America’s naval force in the Mediterranean. Washington DC, February 23, 1803. One page signed. ALS.
Congressman Nicholson, a Republican floor leader in the House, had written Jefferson the day before, alerting him to possible problems in passing “the Bill to reduce the Marine Corps” if it seemed that American forces would be stationed off North Africa for extended periods. Jefferson assures him he expects no expansion of hostilities, in spite of the bluster from the Barbary potentates. As Jefferson notes, this letter is in keeping with his message to Congress in which he told them that ships in the Mediterranean would be reinforced "only in a moment when war with other powers was expected.” Diplomatic efforts with the corsairs of North Africa had commenced in 1795 when the United States signed a treaty with Algiers in order to insure safe passage of U.S. ships through the Mediterranean. Even after the Treaty of Algiers, piracy continued to be a major danger for American ships. The 1795 treaty provided the Dey of Algiers with a million dollars in ransom for American captives and promised an annual tribute. Although lessened, piracy was not eradicated. When Jefferson became president in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli demanded a new payment of $225,000. Jefferson refused, hoping to inaugurate a new era in Mediterranean diplomacy, but war broke out soon after. For two years, the United States Navy went unchallenged, with eight U.S. ships blockading Barbary ports and executing raids. By February 1803, Jefferson felt able to report to Nicholson that the conflict would be limited. He ordered three frigates homeward. His optimism was misguided, however. In October, the Barbary Pirates seized the USS Philadelphia and its crew, and planned to use the ship to attack other American vessels. A year later the USS Intrepid was destroyed. In 1805, U.S. Marines executed a daring land raid on the Tripolitan city of Derna, memorialized in the “Marine Hymn.” The Philadelphia captives were ransomed for $60,000, treaties were signed and broken, and fighting continued intermittently until Commodore Stephen Decatur’s decisive victory in 1815, which finally ended the threat of the Barbary Pirates. This letter also has great importance because it reveals Jefferson’s fear of another threat. In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson condemned King George’s attempts to “render the military independent of and superior to the civil power.” After defeating John Adams and the Federalists in the electoral “revolution of 1800,” one of Jefferson’s first actions was to dismantle the Provisional Army authorized in 1798 during the war scare with France. The crux of Jefferson’s argument, expressed here to Nicholson, is that the U.S. government could not afford to maintain “all the force which might be necessary in the worst state of things” in relation to the Barbary States, or to any foreign power. Like many of the revolutionary generation, Jefferson was committed to the positive ideal of the citizen militia turning out temporarily in cases of national emergency. He was, conversely, opposed to the idea of a permanent “standing army.” Jefferson saw standing armies as emblematic of oppressive European governments – they tended to bust budgets, produce a baneful influence in politics, and worse, to deprive citizens of their liberties. Letters by Jefferson on the Barbary Pirates are extremely rare. (#kfk170) $50,000 CLICK FOR PICTURES

51. Jefferson, Thomas. Document signed. Congressional Act authorizing tribute payments to the Barbary Pirates, which would be paid for through funds from the infamous Excise or “Whiskey” Tax. Philadelphia, March 3, 1791. Document Signed, as Secretary of State. One page. Partial Transcript: “Appropriation...for the purpose of effecting a recognition of the treaty of the United States, with the new Emperor of Morocco, there be, and hereby is appropriated a sum not exceeding twenty thousand dollars, to be paid out of the monies which prior to the first of January next, shall arise from the duties imposed upon spirits distilled within the United States…And the President is hereby authorized to take on loan, the whole sum by this act appropriated...at an interest not exceeding six percent per annum...”
Jefferson opposed paying tribute to the sultans of the Barbary states--they were essentially bribes for permitting American ships to pass through their Mediterranean ports. But all other nations paid these “duties” as a cost of doing business in the region, and President Washington and Congress decided to do so as well. Here the Congressional lawmakers describe the payment destined for a sultan's purse in suitably decorous language. After Jefferson became President in 1801—and after the Tripoli sultan decided he needed a larger “appropriation”—Jefferson decided to end this practice (at least in the case of Tripoli) through force of arms. Interestingly, the Act provisions money for the tributes to come from Alexander Hamilton’s infamous Excise Act, or “Whiskey Tax,” which gave rise to the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. The assumption of state revolutionary war debts forced the federal government to find new sources of revenue. Thus, Congress passed one of the most controversial tax measures in American history. The Excise Act imposed duties not only on imported spirits, but also on those produced domestically. Passage of the act immediately stirred resentments among western residents who depended on whiskey for income. Whiskey provided the most efficient means to process their harvests into an easily transportable commodity and was even used as a currency. Riots against collection of the tax broke out in western Pennsylvania in 1794. President Washington called up 12,000 troops, but there was no significant violence and the rebels were quickly dispersed. Although Jefferson signed this document in his role as Secretary of State, he was vehemently against the “Whiskey Tax” and paying bribes to the Barbary Pirates. This act also authorized the President to take on loans under the new national bank. (#kfk169) $25,000 CLICK FOR PICTURES

52. 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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

53. La Borde, Jen-Benjamin de. Essai sur la musique ancienne et moderne. Paris: l'Imprimerie de Philippe-Denys Pierres et Eugène Onfroy,, 1780-81. 4 parts and a supplement in 4 vols. 4to. Vol.1: (4), 5, (3), V-XX, 200, XX, 201-445; vol.2: (4), 444, 178; vol. 3: (4), 702; vol. 4: (4), 476, 27, 8, LVI (General index), (4), XIV, 70, 59, 59, 59 pp. (Supplement). Vol. 1: (4), 5, (3), V-XX, 200, XX, 201-445; vol. 2: (4), 444, 178; vol. 3: (4), 702; vol. 4: (4), 4 Contemporary calf, gilt spines with red morocco labels lettered in gold, red painted edges, marbled endpapers. With engraved vignettes on the titles and numerous very interesting head- and tailpieces by Malapeau and Masquelier; many staves and musical notations in the text. Vol. 1 (part 1): 3 folding and 57 full-page engraved plates of Arabic and Asiatic musical instruments, musical notations and tables; vol. 2 (part 2): 2 folded engraved plates with musical notations, 2 full-page engraved plates and 220 engraved plates with musical notations and poems, the last 177 as chap. XII (separately numbered 1-178); vol. 3 (part 3): 2 folded tables and 3 full-page engraved plates with musical notations; vol. 4 (Suppl.): 3 times 59 (=177) full-page engraved plates with musical notations and poems.
Very rare first edition of one of the best and finest illustrated books on music of the 18th century, together with all the supplements as indicated by Brunet and Barbier. The last supplement with separate title bound at the end of vol. 4: Mémoires sur les proportions musicales, le genre énarmonique des Grecs et celui des modernes. Avec les observations de M. Vandermonde ... & des remarques de M. l'Abbé Roussier. Paris, Philippe-Denys Pierres, 1781. The work is i.a. important for its extensive accounts on the history of ancient Greek and Asiatic music as well as for the publication - sometimes for the first time - of pieces of 16th and 17th century music.beautiful vignettes were engraved by Malapeau and Masquelier; the plates are engraved by Bouland, Chenu, Piquenot, Mme Ponce & Mme Moria after the drawings by Boulant, Myris and Paris.Benjamin de la Borde (1739- 22 July 1794, when he was executed on the guillotine) was until the death of King Louis XV subsequently his lackey (1762), Gouverneur of the Louvre (1773) and Farmer General (1774). He studied the violin under A. Dauvergne and composition with the famous composer Rameau. He composed three trio's, numerous songs, parodies for the Théâtre de la Foire and many other works presented at court and at the Opéra de Paris. Very fine copy uniformly bound in contemporary calf of this important work on music. ¶ Brunet III, 712; Graesse IV, 58; Fétis II, 26; Cat. biblioth. Fétis 3195; Barbier II, 242b; Cohen 538; Honegger II, 682; RISM B, VII, p. 466; Gregory, Cat. early books on music, p. 142. (#kfk188) $21,000 CLICK FOR PICTURES

54. 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

55. La Fontaine, Jean de. Fables of La Fontaine. Illustrated by J. J. Grandville. Translated from the French by Elizur Wright, Jr. Boston: Published by Elizur Wright, Jr. and Tappan and Dennet..., 1841. First English language edition illustrated by Grandville. 2 volumes, large octavo. Contemporary 3/4 blue morocco over marbled boards, spines lettered in gilt. Extra-illustrated with two portraits and fifty india proof plates from another illustrator. A very presentable copy, some minor rubbing. Fine internally.
This handsome copy of Fontaine's Fables includes the well known plates by Grandville, as well as additional india proof plates by [?]. Of particular note in this edition are the highly varied and creative headpieces composed of typographical ornaments. (#kfk7) $1,950

56. [LeadBelly.] [Huddie Ledbetter.] Lomax, John A. and Alan. Negro Folk Songs as Sung By Leadbelly "King of the Twelve-String Guitar Players of the World," Long-Time Convict in the Penitentiaries of Texas and Louisiana. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936. Small 4to. iv, 242pp. Original tan cloth lettered in red. Spine faded and tanned, very good without the dustwrapper. A newspaper article noting Lead Belly’s death is pasted to the front pastedown, and offset onto the front free endpaper. A very good or better copy. Cloth.
First edition, a signed copy, rare thus. A very interesting book about one of the greatest blues guitar players during the advent of recorded sound. The book contains a life story as given by Lead Belly as well as forty-nine songs with his descriptions transcribed in his vernacular. The Lomax’s, first John, and later joined by Alan, travelled with Lead Belly around the South, eventually heading for New York, where they spent another three months, by which time Lead Belly’s story (exaggerated at the very least) of release from prison based on the Governor hearing a recording of his singing had aroused the curiosity of audiences there. The Lomax’s set out to use the new technology of sound recording to document the folk song traditions of America and their recordings in the Library of Congress represent the earliest available sounds that would become the quintessential American artform: jazz and blues. A film was made in 1976 based on the life of Lead Belly, and he continues to be revered by guitar aficionados. An single auction record represents the only other example of a signed copy of this book that I have encountered. (#kfk002) $2,250 CLICK FOR PICTURES

57. Livingston, Robert R. Autograph Letter Signed, to Vice President Elbridge Gerry. Advocating a more forceful response to British attacks against American shipping, particularly the “Chesapeake Affair,” which occurred two weeks prior to this.
“What will be the consequence of the last outrage upon our national flagg?” Clermont, July 3, 1807. Partial Transcript: “I received at New York your favor & enclose a letter for Mrs. Blake which I hope she will receive before she sails. She may depend upon every attention from both Mr and Mrs Armstrong during her stay in France. What will be the consequence of the last outrage upon our national flagg? I very much fear that though our ministers have been instructed to speak decisively on former occasions they have been too delicate in following their instructions. The affair of Cambria was by no means in my opinion followed up with the spirit with which it should have been. And the trial of [Wilbry?] by a court marshal, instead of a special maritime court as the laws of England direct where a person is charged with murder committed on the high seas, was a mere mockery. The rewards that have attended every insult offered to us by the capt. of ships of war, can not but encourage them to heap one upon the others, as the best and cheapest means of preferment…”
On June 21, 1807, the British warship H.M.S. Leopard fired upon the U.S.S. Chesapeake off the Virginia coastline. Three Americans died and 18 were wounded. British officers boarded the Chesapeake and impressed four seamen. As is apparent from this letter, Livingston shared the outrage of the Jefferson administration. In December, President Jefferson responded with the fateful Embargo Act, prohibiting all Americans from trading with Britain and France, both of which violated the rights of neutral shipping. Interestingly, one month after this letter, on August 9, Robert Fulton first tested the Clermont (the first viable steamboat, partially bankrolled by Livingston) in the East River. Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813) was a member of the Continental Congress, and one of the committee of five who drew up the Declaration of Independence. Under the Articles of Confederation, he was appointed the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs, serving until 1783, when he became Chancellor of the State of New York. An advocate of the Federal Constitution, Livingston served as a delegate to New York’s ratifying convention in 1788, and a year later administered the oath of office to George Washington. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson appointed Livingston resident minister at the court of Napoleon, where he subsequently negotiated the Louisiana Purchase. He was an innovative gentleman farmer in the Hudson Valley, and funded Robert Fulton’s construction of the first commercially successful steamboat, the Clermont, in 1807. Livingston had been succeeded as Minister Plenipotentiary to Napoleon by his brother-in-law, John Armstrong, Jr. (#kfk171) $1,800 CLICK FOR PICTURES

58. Madison, James. Letter Signed as Secretary of State, to James L. Cathcart. Department of State. As War with Tripoli Heats Up, Madison Orders Special Envoy to Stay in Mediterranean. [Washington], June 11, 1804. 2 pp., with integral address leaf.
President Jefferson and Secretary of State Madison faced an immediate crisis in the Mediterranean upon assuming office in 1801. James Cathcart had been special envoy to Tripoli for several years under President Adams. In 1801, Yusuf Karamanli—the Pasha of Tripoli—demanded $225,000 tribute from Catchart up front and $25,000 annually. Through Cathcart, Jefferson expressed his desire for a permanent change in policy away from tributes and toward military intervention if Tripoli continued to prey on American commercial vessels. He reacted with righteous anger at Bashaw’s ultimatum. “I know that nothing will stop the eternal increase from these pirates but the presence of an armed force.” Despite his previous opposition to the creation of a permanent navy, Jefferson dispatched a squadron to Tripoli, reasoning that this step would be cheaper than fulfilling the exorbitant tribute demands. Madison instructed Catchart “to stifle every pretension … that the United States will … make the smallest contribution to [the bashaw] as the price of peace.” Jefferson did not ask Congress for a declaration of war, however. Despite Jefferson’s public letter to the Bashaw offering “assurances of friendship,” and insisting that the U.S. force was only a “squadron of observation,” Tripoli declared war on the U.S. later in 1801. Commodore Richard Dale’s squadron achieved an early victory when Lieutenant Andrew Sterrett and his Enterprise destroyed the pirate ship Tripoli. Because of the absence of a formal Congressional declaration of war, Sterrett did not take the Tripoli as a prize, instead throwing its guns overboard and allowing the combatants to go free. The U.S. did follow up on the victory by establishing a blockade, but neither Dale nor his successors—Commodores Richard Morris and Edward Preble—succeeded in completely closing Tripoli off from the outside world. Jefferson soon became embroiled in a political crisis with fiscal conservatives in his own party over the rising costs of the war with Tripoli. At a heated cabinet meeting, Jefferson asked, “Shall we buy peace of Tripoli?” According to historian Frank Lambert, they were unanimous in voting yes, but two assented qualifiedly: “[Albert] Gallatin, [Henry] Dearborn, and [Levi] Lincoln thought the United States should pay both a gross sum up front and an annual tribute and secure a peace treaty immediately. Madison and [Robert] Smith objected to paying tribute, though they thought it would be necessary to promise the renewal of presents from time to time.” Jefferson decided to try the carrot and stick approach: Cathcart was empowered to offer tribute by way of a peace treaty, but Preble was ordered to establish a tighter blockade of Tripoli harbor by using smaller, faster gunboats. But a new crisis commenced before the new gunboats arrived. In Otober 1803, the U.S.S. Philadelphia ran aground while on blockade patrol. After a brief action, a Tripolitan naval force took the Philadelphia, imprisoned Captain William Bainbridge and his crew, and turned its guns against the other American ships. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur became the first genuine American hero since the Revolutionary War when, in command of a small force of marines, he assaulted and torched the Philadelphia on February 16, 1804. While the Philadelphia crewmen still languished in Tripolitan prisons, Jefferson and Madison encouraged Preble, and then Commodore Samuel Barron, to escalate their attacks. In fact, while Barron was on his way to reinforce the American squadron in the Mediterranean, with this letter to Cathcart, Commodore Preble was hammering the enemy fleet and harbor fortifications in Tripoli. The breakthrough came on land, however. Barron was given separate instructions to empower ex-army captain William Eaton to lead a force of U.S. Marines and Arab and Greek mercenaries to operate in the North African interior and encourage opposition to the reigning Pasha within Tripoli. Eaton’s force surprised the city of Derna from the rear, an event memorialized in the Marine hymn, “To the Shores of Tripoli.” Diplomat Tobias Lear finally hammered out a treaty with Tripoli on June 10, 1805, by which America agreed to pay a ransom of $60,000 to secure release of prisoners of war. Lear, George Washington’s former secretary, may have been one of the “gentlemen” acquainted “with Barbary affairs.” As Lear himself put it when negotiating with the Pasha, the U.S. would pay a one-time ransom “but not a cent for peace,” a perfect reflection of Jefferson’s ideal. Despite the new treaty, fighting with the Barbary States continued intermittently until Commodore Decatur’s decisive victory in 1815. Decatur captured two Algerian ships and forced the Dey of Algiers to submit to a new treaty. When he brought his nine-ship squadron to bay in Tunis and Tripoli later that year, he forced their leaders to submit to American demands, and ended the age-old Barbary practice of exacting tributes for safe passage through the Mediterranean. References: Lambert, Frank. The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World (New York, 2005), 123-155. (#kfk173) $7,500 CLICK FOR PICTURES

59. Mangin, Arthur. Les Mystères de l'Océan. Tours: Alfred Mame et Fils, 1865. Large octavo. Original morocco backed cloth gilt. Illustrated by W. Freeman and Jules Noël. Head chipped, light staining to pastedown, very good.
"Deuxieme Edition" stated on title. (#kfk60) $225

60. 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

61. Meyer, Captain W. E. Wrecked on the Bermudas the Thrilling Adventures of Three Boys. A True Story of the Pesent Age. Providence, RI: E. L. Freeman & Son, 1892. First edition. Octavo. Original blue pictorial cloth decorated in black and gilt. Illustrated. Near Fine. (#kfk56) $250

62. Montague, Dr. J. F. Why Bring That Up? A Guide to and from Seasickness. New York: Home Health Library, [1936]. First edition. Octavo. Original green cloth, gilt. Spine dulled, else fine.
First edition, printed most appropriately on green paper. (#kfk58) $225 CLICK FOR PICTURES

63. [Music] Elson, Louis C. Curiosities of Music; A Collection of Facts not generally known, regarding the music of Ancient and Savage Nations. Boston et. al.: Oliver Ditson Company et. al., 1880. First edition. Octavo. Original cloth lettered in gilt on spine, slight mild rubs but a fine, bright copy.
Includes interesting essays on music of India, Ancient Egyptian, China, Japan, and many other exotic musical subjects. (#kfk17) $125

64. [Music]. Stoughton, Thomas P. Elements of Music. By Thomas P. Stoughton, Professor of Music at Poughkeepsie. Second Edition- Enlarged. New York: R. Craighead, 1849. Second revised. Original cloth stamped in blind and gilt on cover. Top of front joint cloth cracked but holding sound, still a very nice copy. (#kfk82) $75

65. New York Yacht Racing Association. Constitution and By-Laws, Sailing Regulations, Rules and Time Allowances.... Officers, rules, and "records of regattas and list of yachtclubs and their flags and delegates enrolled." [New York], [1893]. [4], 96, [2] pp. Illustrated in color and black and white, with a folding chart of lower New York Harbor showing courses. Original burgundy cloth lettered in gilt, rear cover spotted else very good.
This rare specimen presents a fascinating picture of early Yacht racing in New York City, and perhaps surprisingly it was quite active compared to the present day, judging by the number of clubs listed herein. The Association was started in 1889. The profuse illustrated advertisements add interesting context and background. No copies of this title are found in OCLC. (Morris and Howland records an 88 page copy of the 1892 edition, p 331.) (#kfk76) $950

66. [Nuremberg Chronicle]. Hartmann Schedel. Liber chronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, publisher, July 12,, 1493. First edition. 326 (of 328) leaves, without fols. 61/5-6 blank, with blank leaf 55/6; quire 55, the Sarmatian supplement, bound between quires 53 and 54. 4/1-61/3 foliated I-CCLXVI with errors, quire 55 without printed foliation, fols. CCLVIIII-CCLXI (fols. 54/1-3) left blank except for printed headlines, intended for readers’ manuscript additions to the Sixth Age. Types 9:165G (headings), 16:110BG (text). 64 lines and headline (variable). Xylographic title, 2- and 3-line pearled Lombard initials, spaces left blank for larger initials. 645 woodcuts repeated to a total of 1809 illustrations (by Sydney Cockerell’s count, in Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century, (1987, 35-36), including 2 double-pate maps, of the world (Shirely 19), and of central Europe, 29 town views extending across two pages, and 8 full-page cuts, by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, including the young Albrecht Dürer. Unrubricated. Bound in modern pigskin, new endpapers, original front flyleaf preserved. Lacking last two blank leaves; title-leaf with upper and lower margins extended (inscription excised from upper margin). Minor marginal repairs to about 12 leaves. Pagination of fol. CLX cropped. Europe map with dampstain at outer edges and with a single minute hole touching printed surface on right sheet (with a small ink stain nearby). Some worming to lower blank margins at front and towards end. Faint marginal dampstaining towards end. A few leaves browned. Blue cloth clamshell case.
History of the world compiled by physician Hartmann Schedel with the assistance of Conrad Celtis and Hieronymus Münzer. One of the best known books of woodcut engravings, the Nuremberg Chronicle boasts 645 distinct blocks, intermittently repeated, rendering a total of 1,809 illustrations. These include many pictures of minor European towns as well as depictions of different bishops and saints. As one of our colleagues noted, the Nuremberg Chronicle is one of the earliest examples of ‘clip art,’ as the same images are used in several cases for different kings or different cities, though the major cities are individualized. One of the first secular histories of the world, the Nuremberg Chronicle reflects the humanist aspirations of its author and patrons. Its maps, which include one of the earliest obtainable maps of the world, the earliest printed map of Europe, and geocentric Ptolemaic astronomical charts, reflect the known geography and astronomy that Columbus had at his disposal when, only a year earlier, he embarked on his first voyage of discovery. Fifty years later Copernicus would publish De Revolutionibus (1543), which would resurrect the heliocentric theories of Pythagoras. Michel Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff produced most of the woodcut blocks, many of which are considerable. Albrecht Dürer, at the time an apprentice to Wolgemut, also produced some of the woodcuts here. The Nuremberg Chronicle’s publishing history is perhaps the most thoroughly documented of any incunable edition, owing to the survival of the contracts between Koberger and his financial partners and team of artists, and of the manuscript exemplars of both the Latin and German editions, all preserved in the Nuremberg Statdbibliothek. Anton Koberger established a large, well-organized and successful printing business, employing a fleet of twenty-five presses and one hundred pressmen. He also had other printers producing books for him on commission. For more information, see Adrian Wilson, The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle (1976). (#kfk190) $98,000 CLICK FOR PICTURES

67. [Octopi] Lee, Henry. Aquarium Notes | The Octopus or, the "Devil-Fish" of Fiction and Fact. London: Chapman and Hall, 1875. Octavo, viii, 114 pp. Original cloth stamped in black. Illustrated in black and white. A very good copy.
First edition, a wonderfully quirky but serious exposition of the myths and legends the surround the "devil fish." "Octopods I have Known" and "The Octopus Out of Water" are among the interesting chapters herein. This copy inscribed and signed to "Jonas Levy Esq." (#kfk20) $400 CLICK FOR PICTURES

68. Ovid. Dr. Garth, Croxall, Dryden and others, translators. Metamorphoses. London: Printed at the Stanhope Press by Whittingham and Rowland, 1812. ISBN: seattleseattle. Sextodecimo, 3 volumes bound in one. Frontispiece to each volume. Contemporary straight grain morocco tooled in blind and gilt on spine and covers, a.e.g., some typical rubbing, a very good copy.
A handsome little volume of this classic. (#kfk49) $225

69. [Panorama]. Ffarington, Susan Maria. The 104th Psalm. . (#kfk92) $500

70. [Parley, Peter.]. Peter Parley's Tales of the Sea. With many Engravings. Philadelphia: Thomas, Copperthwaite & Co., 1841. Square duodecimo. Contemporary 1/4 calf over boards. Frontispiece and numerous woodcuts within text. Rear free endpaper excised, typical and not unsightly wear. A very good copy.
An early edition of this title, first printed in 1831. A wide selection of maritime subjects are covered for a juvenile audience ranging from the parts of a ship to the natural history of the sea. Of particular interest are the passages on sea monsters, and more importantly, a chapter on the sinking of the Whaleship Essex, and another on La Perouse. All editions of this are scarce. (#kfk104) $500

71. Paulding, Lieut. Hiram. Journal of a Cruise of the United States Schooner Dolphin, among the Islands of the Pacific Ocean; and a visit to the Mulgrave Islands, in pursuit of the Mutineers of the Whaleship Globe. New York: G. & C. & H. Carvill., 1831. First edition. Duodecimo. Folding lithograph frontispiece map. Twentieth Century 3/4 speckled calf over marbled boards, red label. Small lower corner stain affecting final twenty pages.
A nice copy, with clipped signatures of Percival and Paulding pasted to the front and rear free endpapers. The schooner Dolphin, under the command of "Mad Jack" Percival, was sent to the Pacific to rescue survivors of the incredibly gory mutiny aboard the Nantucket whaleship Globe. After stopping in the Galapagos, the Marquesas and the Gilberts, the Dolphin made its way to Mili, where Lieut. Hiram Paulding rescued William Lay and Cyrus Hussey, the only two survivors of the crew. On the return home, the Dolphin stopped in Hawaii to refit, and thus became the first U.S. warship to visit there. While in Honolulu, the crew, along with the whalers in port, were involved in an attack on the home of the "prime minister," Kalanimoku, in a protest against a law forbidding Hawaiian women to visit aboard ships. Percival later faced a court martial for inciting the riot. Howes P-131; Forster 80; Sabin 59186. (#kfk155) $2,250

72. Perrault, [Ch.]. Tales of Passed Times by Mother Goose. With Morals. And Englished by R.S(amber) Gent. To which is added a New one, viz. The Discreet Princess.- Contes du Tems Passé de Ma Mere L'Oye. Avec des Morales. Augmentée d'une Nouvelle, viz. L'Adroite Princesse. The Sixth Edition, Corrected. and adorned with fine Cuts. London: for J. Melvil, 1764. Small 8vo. 227, (1 blank) pp. Modern half calf over period marbled boards. With woodcut vignette on two titles, one title in English at the beginning, the other in French for the added story, richly engraved frontispiece, and 8 fine engraved plates by H. Immink, one for each fairy tale.
Early English bilingual edition of the fairy tales by Charles Perrault with parallel texts in English and French on facing pages. The added tale by Perrault's niece Marie Jeanne L'Héritier de Villaudon is also with parallel texts in English and French on opposite pages, and starts on page 150, so it is a fairly lengthy one. The fine engraved plates by the Dutch artist H. Immink are here of somewhat smaller size than the text-leaves, so they were probably printed elsewhere, perhaps in The Netherlands. They illustrate each fable in rich and elegant scenes, and the frontispiece, which is still inspired by the original, a woman spinning and telling tales to three children before the fire, is now executed in the more flourishing and elegant style of the full 18th century. The translation here is stated to be the one by R. Sambler Gent(leman), which was found advertised in the "Morning Chronicle" of 1729, but of which no edition earlier is known than the third, of 1741. Another translation, by G.M. Gent(leman), first published in about 1765, but of which the eleventh edition of 1799 is the earliest known, succeeded the translations by R. Samber. Gumuchian however, states that G. M., who is Guy Miege, was the first English translator, from the start in 1729. It was the first English translator, whoever he was, who was responsible for the switch from "La Belle au Bois Dormant", that is "The Beauty in the Sleeping Wood" to "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood", probably due to a faulty understanding of the French language, but since kept in all translations, not only in the English, but also in the other European translations, like the Dutch and the German. The English translation was the oldest, from 1729, then followed the first Dutch translation in 1754. French editions had already been published in The Netherlands from the start however, in 1696, and the first German edition appeared in 1790. All 18th century editions are extremely rare. Good copy, with all the prints in fine and strong impressions.- (Binding sl. rubbed & restored). ¶ Muir p. 51; Cohen-De Ricci 789; this ed. not in Brunet, and no 18th century English ed. in Gumuchian, or Boekenoogen; not in Coll. Osborne; cf. Gumuchian 4422, note (English ed. by G.M. of ca. 1810). (#kfk189) $19,500 CLICK FOR PICTURES

73. Phædrus. Fables de Phédre. Paris: se vend en la rue de Beaune a l'Enseigne du Pot Casse, [1928. Octavo. 204pp. Illustrated by Geneviève Rostan. 3/4 brown goatskin over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Original wrappers bound in. Spine faded.
One of 2500 copies. (#kfk83) $150

74. [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. (#kfk91) $1,200

75. 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

76. [Prohibition]. The Recharged Livewire Prohibition Battle Songs... Compiled and Editied by Dr. J. B. Herbert. Chicago and Philadelphia: The Rodehearver Company, [1916, circa]. Octavo, 62pp. Original printed wraps. Some creasing, very good.
Fully scored sappy songs in favor of "freeing the slaves of rum". (#kfk97) $65

77. 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

78. 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

79. Rey, H. A. Curious George. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, [1941 or after]. Octavo. Illustrated in color throughout. Original red cloth, in yellow pictorial dustjacket. Fine in a worn wrapper.
A later printing of this high spot of children's literature. The first edition in first jacket is an exceptional rarity which commands the expected large sum. Later jackets, as here, are not an everyday occurrence either. (#kfk66) $1,250

80. [Reynard the Fox.]. History, the most Delectable- of Reynard the Fox. Newly Corrected and Purged, from all grossness in Phrase and Matter. Augmented and Enlarged with sundry Excellent Morals and Expositions upon every several Chapter. To which may now be added a Second Part of the said History: As also the Shifts of Reynardine the Son of Reynard the Fox, Together with his Life and Death, &c. London: T. Ilive for Edward Brewster, A.M. and R.R. for Edward Brewster, and T.J. for Edward Brewster, and Thomas Passenger,, 1701, 1681, 1684. 3 parts in 1 vol. Sm.4to. (160); (112); (4), 160 pp. Contemporary mottled calf, spine ribbed and gilt, with red title-label, red mottled edges. With large woodcut of King Lion's court on title and 61 large woodcuts in text, all signed EB, in the first part; and 15 large woodcuts, mostely repeats, in the second part.
One of the rare collected editions of three parts of the English Reynard the Fox. The first part, "The Most delectable History of Reynard the Fox", is here in the newly corrected younger English tradition with morals, in modernised language and divided into 25 chapters. This version was first published at London by Edward Alde in about 1620. Ours is dated 1701, and has a general title, comprising the two other parts as well. The second part, "Containing Much Matter of Pleasure and Content. Written For the Delight of young Men, Pleasure of the Aged, and Profit of all. To which is added many Excellent Morals", was already promised by Alde in 1620, but only first appeared in 1672. Here dated 1681, it contains 32 chapters. The third part is published here for the first time. Dated 1684, the title reads: "The Shifts of Reynaldine, the Son of Reynard the Fox, Or a Pleasant History of his Life and Death. Full of Variety, &c. And may fitly be applied to the Late Times. Now Published for the Reformation of Mens Manners". This part is unillustrated. The woodcuts, all signed EB, were probably cut by the publisher Edward Brewster. They are rather primitive but very charming and illustrative. The 62 woodcuts in the first part are printed from 39 differend blocks. The second part contains 15 woodcuts, of which five are repeated, but all are repeats from the first parts as well. Collected editions with two or three parts were only published between 1672 and 1701 in various combinations as all parts were published separately as well. Good copy, with the bookplate of L.H. Dorreboom.- (Binding very sl. rubbed). ¶ Menke V, B, c, and 35 (1st part), 29, (2nd part), and 30 (3rd part); Kirmse 15; not in Prien; Ebert II, 18879; Graesse VI, 85; Brunet IV, 1228. (#kfk184) $9,500 CLICK FOR PICTURES

81. [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. (#kfk30) $150 CLICK FOR PICTURES

82. 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

83. 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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

84. 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

85. [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

86. Snow, Alice "Rowe". Log of a Sea Captain's Daughter with Adventures on Robinson Crusoe's Island. By Alice Rowe Snow who sailed with her father Captain Joshua N. Rowe on the Bark Russellduring a voyage of four years and a half. Boston: Meador Publishing Company, [1944]. First edition. Original cloth gilt in dust-jacket. Bit of fray to head of jacket, a very good copy. Near Fine in very good dust-jacket.
First edition, a rare UNsigned copy. (#kfk37) $75

87. [Swift, Jonathan]. Verses on the Death of Doctor Swift. Written by Himself: 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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

88. Trimmer, Mrs. Mary. A Natural History of the most remarkable Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, Serpents, Reptiles and Insects. Chiswick: printed by C. Whittingham and sold by Thomas Tegg, 1830. Two volumes in one, duodecimo. Contemporary 1/2 calf over marbled boards with dark green spine label gilt. Illustrated with "upwards of" 300 woodcuts by Mrs. S. WIlliams. Spine faded, a bit of wear but a solid and appealing copy of this charming little book of beasts. (#kfk16) $250

89. 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

90. Twain, Mark. [Samuel L. Clemens.]. The Celebrated Jumping Frog. London and New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1884. Octavo, 101pp. Original pictorial printed wrappers printed in green and black. Spine chipped with some remnants of lettering, a bit loose, the cover shows quite well.
An early edition of Twains first book (first printed in 1867.) An unlikely survival. (#kfk98) $350

91. 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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

92. 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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

93. [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 CLICK FOR PICTURES

94. Wilde, Oscar. Aubrey Beardsley, illustrator. Salomé A Tragedy in one act. Boston: John W. Luce and Co., 1907. Octavo. Original cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on front cover. With the original illustrations from the first edition in English. Abrasion to lower rear joint, else near fine.
An early American edition. (#kfk39) $150

95. Wilson, James, F. R. S. E., M. W. S. The Natural History of the Quadrupeds and Whales; being the article "Mammalia," from the seventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Brittanica. With above one hundred and fifty illustrations. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black; Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., and Hamilton, Adams, & Co. London; and John Cumming, Dublin, 1837. First edition thus. (#kfk89) $750 CLICK FOR PICTURES

 

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