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[Emblem Book.] Ayres, Phillip. Emblems of love in four languages. Dedicated to the ladys by Ph: Ayres Esq. [London]: Printed for John Wren bookseller & binder at ye Bible & Crown near Great Turn-Style Holborn,, [1750 circa]. Octavo. Engraved throughout, Engraved title, Introductory sonnet, and forty-four full page engraved emblems with facing text in four languages (Latin, English, Italian and French). Contemporary calf, old and very skilled reback. A very good and attractive copy.
A pretty copy of this charming English Emblem book, first printed in 1683. (#kfk355) $1,750.00 full description and more images


A Collection of Mock Valentines
London, circa 1830. Half leather and marbled paper over boards (5” x 7.5”); 5 raised bands comprising 6 compartments with gilt-stamped lettering and fleur-de-lis; unpaginated (approx. pp. 100), with twenty-four hand colored illustrations. A curious collection, seemingly culled from three rather scarce sources: “The New London Fashionable Gentleman’s Valentine Writer” and “Richardson’s New Fashionable Lady’s Valentine Writer; or, Cupid’s Festival of Love,” both published in Derby by Thomas Richardson and Son, and “Collection of Mock Valentines” from an unknown publisher – all published circa 1830-1840.

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[Black Sun Press]. Choderlos de Laclos. Alastair, illus. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Black Sun Press. Two volumes, quarto. Magenta cloth in dustjackets. (#kfk469) $650.00

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[MUSIC] SOUVENIR DES MENESTRELS. Le Souvenir des menestrels, contenant une collection de romances inedites (4e annie). Ed. Charles Laffillg. Paris: Widow Benoist [au Magasin de Musique de Mme Benoist], 1817.
This appears to be the issue on papier velin, with engravings avant la lettre, and in publisher's lavish gilt red morocco binding. The 9 plates were designed by popular artists of the period: Chasselas, Garnerey, Patras, Horace Vernet, Desmoulins, and were engraved by Lambert and Godefroy. The musical scores and lyrics are also engraved. Among the musical compositions included in this volume are some by Rodolphe Kreutzer (the violinist to whom Beethoven dedicated the so-called "Kreutzer Sonata"), Hyarinthe Jadin, Giovanni Pacini, Ignaz Pleyel, Francois Naderman, et al.. $850.00 More images and full description

A Transvestite Love Story, from the library of Pompadour.

Choisy, Francois Timoleon, abbe de. (1664-1724). Histoire de Madame la Comtesse des Barres. A Madame la Marquise de Lambert. Bruxelles: Chez Francois Foppens, 1736. 12mo. 19th-century fine dark-blue crushed morocco by Trautz-Bauzonnet of Paris. Near Fine.
First Edition. Splendid association copy with the most elite of 18th century French women. This book was at once in the famed collection of rococo femme savant and marquise Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764). Choisy, although a prominent French cleric, diplomat, and writer of works on church history and memoirs, is perhaps best known as a cross-dresser. (#kfk380) $2,750.00 Click here for complete description and pictures

[Print] La Fontaine, [Jean de]. Les Oyes de Frere-Philippe, Conte tiré de La Fontaine. Friar Phillip's Geese, A Tale from La Fontaine. London: Thomas Watson, 1782. Engraving.
This beguiling image renders a scene from the first tale of the second volume of La Fontaine's "Contes et Nouvelles" (the verses printed here in French and English are the final lines of the tale.) The Hermit Phillip has brought his son to the city for the first time. (#kfk297) $950.00 More images and full description

(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 octavo. 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. First blanks replaced; some foxing throughout.

Composed by the Queen of Holland, Hortense de Beauharnais. Her own copy! $17,500 More Pictures and full description

[Golden Cockerel Press]. Lucas, F.L. (Translator) & Mark Severin (Illustrator). The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite. A New Translation... [London]: Golden Cockerel Press, 1948. First edition. Small folio, pp.35, [1], engraved border and vignette on title and twelve other attractive engravings. Original quarter black morocco and sienna buckram by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt vignette to front cover, near fine.
One of 750 copies printed. (#kfk309) $275.00

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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

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Lamb, Charles; Lang, Andrew (Intro.). Beauty and the Beast. London: Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press / New York: Scribner & Welford, [1887]. Blue calf with red spine labels by Riviere. With 8 plates and musical score. Very good. (#kfk383) $350

Beauty and The Beast





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