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San Francisco Book Fair 2013

February 15-17 at the Concourse Exhibition Center

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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. (#kfk485) $1,250.00

2. Aesop. Aesopi Phrygis Fabulae, elegantissimis eiconibus veras animalium species ad vivum adumbrantes. Gabriae graeci fabellae XXXXIIII. Batrachomyomachia Homeri, hoc est ranarum et murium pugna. Galeomyomachia hoc est felium et murium pugna tragoedia graeca. Lvgduni [i.e. Lyon]: Tornaesium [Tournes], 1582. Contemporary vellum. Title page defective. Sextodecimo. 410, [6] pp. Woodcuts after Bernard Salomon. Text in Greek and Latin. Ms. label on bottom edge.
Worldcat 614807647 (#kfk645) $1,250.00

3. Aesop. Bennett Aesop. . Original boards. (#kfk541) $1,200.00

4. Aesop. [Gooden, Stephen, Ill.]. Fables. London: Harrap, 1936. Original vellum in slipcase. Bookplate. Some light rubbing to slipcase, else fine.
One of 533 copies of which this is number 257 of 525 copies on paper (#kfk363) $1,750.00

5. [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) $1,200.00

6. Aguado, D. Nuevo método para guitarra. . (#kfk571) $3,250.00

7. [Aldine imprint.] Pontano, Giovanni Gioviano. Pontani Opera. Vrania, siue de stellis libri quinq;. Meteororum liber unus. De hortis Hesperidum libri duo. Lepidina, siue postorales [sic] pompæ septem. Item Meliseus. Mæon. Acon. Hendecasyllaborum libri duo. Tumulorum liber unus. Neniæ duodecim. Epigrammata duodecim. Quæ vero in toto opere habeantur in indice, qui in calce est, licet uidere. . Later vellum over boards. (#kfk490) $2,750.00

8. Alston, John. Musical Catechism, with Tunes, for the Use of the Blind. Glasgow: Printed in the Asylum, by the Institution Press, 1838. Oblong folio, 147 x 240 mm. 24 ff. text and 13 ff. musical annotation in musical staves. Bound in Scottish black pebbled morocco, floral scroll tooling in gilt on front and back covers, spine richly gilt. Lightest rubs to extremities, a near fine example of a rare book.
First Edition (but see below) of this musical guide. Printed with the Fry-Alston embossed-type system. As with all editions from the Asylum Press, which started printing in late-1836, this is a rare book. Alston's goal with this work was to produce a basic instruction book to aid in the musical education of the blind. He was awarded the silver medal from The Society of Arts for Scotland, in large part for the present volume. The text portion contains an introduction by Alston and 20 ff. definitions of concepts such as harmony, melody, notation, staves, clefs, time, expression, etc., in a question-and-answer format. This is followed by 13 ff. of musical catechism, printed using the same technique that Alston used for text. He wanted to use the same symbols that the seeing used, so that they could read the music as well, and help to instruct the blind. The Edinburgh Society of Arts had awarded in 1832 a gold medal for the best method of printing for the blind to Dr E. Fry of London, and In 1836 John Alston began to print with an embossed type based on Fry's design. The first effort to print books for the blind was in 1786, by one Valentin Haüy. "The outcome of the movement Haüy started would have been hard for him to believe: by the middle of the nineteenth century there were altogether too many writing systems!"-Harris. The tension between the urge to use a type based on established letters, and making a purpose-made alphabet was long lived, and though Braille would eventually win out, the Allston/Fry design was an elegant solution. The sans serif type used is now quite familiar, but at the time it was very novel. The present example, being finely bound without being pressed by a careless binder, is quite stunning. OCLC/Worldcat locates five copies, two in Scotland, two in Britain, and a copy at Princeton. This last bears the same title and imprint but differs in collation to the present example, the most obvious difference being that it has 12, rather than 13 leaves of music. At the present time it is impossible to determine priority of this difference. A third edition was published in the same year (based on a copy located on Worldcat in Britain). Elizabeth Harris, In Touch: Printing and Writing for the Blind in the Nineteenth Century (Smithsonian, 1981). (#kfk452) $7,500.00

9. [American Music- The Star Spangled Banner.]. The American Musical Miscellany: A Collection of the Newest and Most Approved Songs, Set to Music. Northampton, Mass: Andrew Wright, 1798. First printing. Twelvemo. Contemporary and probably original sheep. Discreet repair to inner hinge. E1, E6, and W1 genuine but inserted. A lovely copy.
First edition containing early American secular music, including patriotic and anti-slavery songs with tunes. Noted as containing the first American appearance of the tune to the Anacreontic song, which would become the basis for the Star Spangled Banner. "Contains words and music of 'Adams and Liberty' ('Ye sons of Columbia, who bravely have fought') at page 211."This is apparently the first American book publication of the music"--Star-Spangled Books B8. A very nice copy of this scarce book. Evans 33294; Sabin 1163. (#kfk457) $2,250.00

10. [Astronomy] (U. S. Naval Observatory) Commodore B. F. Sands. Reports on the Total Solar Eclipse of August 7th, 1869. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1870. Quarto. [vii], 217pp. Twelve lithograph plates, three of which are in color. Original dark brown cloth, lettered in gilt on cover. Small ownership inscription of D. W. Craig, Salem Oregon dated 1871 on title, inscription by the same gentleman to the Oregon Historical Society dated 1902 on the inner pastedown; this copy was later owned by the distinguished collector of books on science, Helmut Friedlander. A few light stains to cover, small pinholes at the upper right corner of a few plates, a very good copy.
First edition of this exhaustive report of a grand project to observe this solar eclipse, with a few plates that have a surprisingly modern aesthetic appeal. Sabin 76435. (#kfk293) $500.00

11. [Banjo]. Converse, Frank B. Frank B. Converse's Banjo Instructor, Without A Master. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, [1865 or after]. Octavo. Original yellow printed boards, cloth spine gilt, corners rubbed, still a fine copy.
A lovely copy of a scarce book. Yellow pictorial covers portray a nude angel picking the banjo. Although the copywright page shows the year 1865, this copy is more probably from the 1880's judging from the ads in the back of the book. Contains intricate directions, including music manuscript, for songs. Certainly a must-have for the serious banjo collector. (#kfk280) $850.00

12. Bowkler, Richard. The Art of Angling Improved, in all its parts, Especially Fly-Fishing: Containing A particular Account of the several Sorts of Fresh-Water Fish, with their most proper Baits. Also The Names, Colours, and Seasons of all the most Useful Flies. With Directions for Making each Fly... Worcester: Printed by M. Olivers, [ca. 1747]. First edition. Small octavo. [4], 95 pp. Printer's ornaments at beginning and end of text. Contemporary calf, skillfully rebacked. Extensive manuscript material on front and rear blank leaves, including an index and "Directions for feeding Carp". A nice copy.
First edition. Although only Richard Bowlker's name appears in the first edition, in the second, his son Charles seems to lay claim to the work. At his death in 1779, Charles "was considered the most finished fly- fisher of his day." The work went into many editions; this, the first, is quite rare. (#kfk443) $5,000.00

13. [Calder, Alexander, illus.] Aesop. 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) $2,750.00

14. {California Literature]. Gunnison, Charles A. Though Given in Vain. The Mysterious Egg. A Berkshire Story. San Francisco: Commercial Publishing Company, 1889. Original Wrappers. Very good. (#kfk633) $75.00

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

. Hartford: F.J. Huntington, 1833. Original wraps, folio. Maps are hand colored engravings by Illman & Pilbrow after the author's drawings. Some staining and wear, a good, unsophisticated copy.
First edition of what would become a immensely popular work. The true first as here is quite scarce. I locate three copies in Worldcat (Princeton, Alder, Stanford). American Imprints 18047. (#kfk549) $1,450.00

16. [Children's Books.]. Picture Lessons, Illustrating Moral Truth. Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, [between 1847 and 1853?]. Small folio. ten leaves text and ten hand colored lithograph plates (lined). Some plates signed: MHT [i.e., Morris H. Traubel]. Fourth plate signed: A Kollner Lith. Camp print. Title, issued originally as the wrapper, supplied in facsimile. Modern binding. Occasional tears, the penultimate plate especially worn; withal most of the plates are in attractive state and given the book's scarcity, this is a more than acceptable copy.
An extraordinarily rare and desirable American color plate children's book. Plate 1 lists the publisher's name and address: American Sunday Sc. Union 146 Chestnut St. Phila. The American Sunday-School Union was located at 146 Chestnut St. between 1827 and 1853. Some plates are signed by John Henry Camp as printer. John Henry Camp is first listed in Philadelphia directories for 1847. (#kfk450) $10,500.00

17. [Children's] March's Library of Instruction and Amusement. The Little Traveller, or Customs and Costumes of All Nations. London: James March, [1847, circa.]. 240 x 150 mm. Original pink wrappers [cover title], eight pages [including wraps], printed on one side per leaf. Eight hand colored woodcuts. A very good copy.
James March was located at this address between 1846 and 1848, Ref. P.A.H. Brown, London publishers and printers, 1800-1870, p. 123. (#kfk579) $500.00

18. [Children's]. Robinson Crusoe. New York: McLoughlin Bros., [1893].
A curious format which opens from the center out creating a theatre, with a brief poetic synopsis of the classic novel illustrated with chromolithographs. (#kfk577) $750.00

19. [Civil War; Naval]. Reports of the Naval Engagements on the Mississippi River, resulting in the Capture of Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the City of New Orleans, and the Destruction of the Rebel Naval Flotilla. [with] Together with a near-contemporary drawing depicting ironclads in battle. [And and 1869 pamphlet about the Battle of New Orleans]. Washington DC: GPO, 1862. Original cloth stamped in gilt and blind. 9 x 5 1/2 inches (22 x 14 cm); 2 hand-colored lithographic plates depicting ironclads, three folding maps, 107 pp. One map split but present, spine sunned and marked in manuscript "Bailey" for Theodorus Bailey, bookplate and signature of Walter R.T. Jones. Drawing in color on an irregular sheet, 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches (15 x 19 cm). A few spots.
Sabin 53373 (#kfk660) $750.00

20. Clarkson, L. [Illustrator and Author.]. The Gathering of the Lilies. Philadelphia: J. L. Sibole and Co., [1877]. Original cloth gilt. Very pretty color illustrations. (#kfk565) $250.00

21. [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. Frame available at extra cost.
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

22. Ellis, John. An Essay towards a Natural History of the Corallines, and other marine productions of the like kind, commonly found on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland. To which is added the description of a large marine polype taken near the North Pole by the Whale-fishers, in the summer 1753. London: For the Author, 1755. Contemporary calf. Quarto, 260 x 195mm. xvii, [10], 103 [1]pp. Frontispiece, plates numbered I-XXXVIII ( many folding, a few out of order), as well as the folding plate of Cuff's aquatic microscope [i.e. forty engraved plates total]. Some offsetting, spine tanned, very good.
First edition, this work is notable for demonstrating for the first time that Corals were animals rather than plants. John Ellis (1705?-1776) was an Irish-born naturalist and merchant in London and agent for West Florida (1764) and for the Island of Dominica (1770). He had built up a well-known Herbarium from which he did send specimens to many botanists, a. o. to Linnaeus. Specimens received by Ellis from his correspondents are also in the Smith herbarium. Ellis is best known as the author of the present Essay. He published also some pamphlets on the subject of preserving plants and seeds during long voyages. The work was also translated into French, Dutch, in the same year and printed by the same printer, as well into German (in 1767). (#kfk518) $1,500.00

23. [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. A reissue of the plates of the 1714 edition, with an engraved titlepage, and an introductory sonnet. Dated books printed for John Wren range between the years 1748 and 1757. (#kfk355) $1,750.00

24. [Emblem Book]. Quarles, Francis. Emblems, Divine and Moral. London: Thomas Tegg, 1845. Small octavo, 134mm. 3/4 red morocco gilt by Riviere. Illustrated with seventy-nine woodcuts. Fine. (#kfk575) $450.00

25. Eskew, Harry. The House of the Honeymoon. Bloomfield, NJ: H.B. Wiggin's Sons, 1903. First Edition Clothbound in Fab-ri-ko-na Burlap with string.
A short story involving the use of Fab-ri-ko-na burlap, for which this is an advertising giveaway. Scarce. (#kfk634) $75.00

26. Evons, Louis E. I Pick 'Em Up. Short True Stories of Hitch Hikers. Drexel Hill, PA: the Author, 1941. Printed wraps. (#kfk558) $450.00

27. Gass, Patrick. Journal of the Voyages and Travels of A Corps of Discovery, Under the Command of Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clarke [sic] of the Army of the United States, From the Mouth of the River Missouri Through the Interior Parts of North America to the Pacific Ocean, During the Years 1804, 1805 & 1806. Pittsburgh: Printed by Zadok Cramer, for David M'Keehan, Publisher and Proprietor, 1807. First printing. Octavo. 262pp. Contemporary calf over boards. Owner inscriptions, including on title. Typical staining, tanning, and marginal tears, a very good copy in natural state.
The rare first edition of the earliest published firsthand account of the Lewis and Clark expedition, by a member of their party. Gass was a sergeant who, by order of Lewis and at the insistence of Thomas Jefferson, kept a journal of the expedition's activities, and this book seems closely based on that document. ".One of the essential books for an Americana collection" - Streeter 3120. Graff 1516; Howes G-77; Sabin 26741, Hill 685. (#kfk661) $18,000.00

28. [Grabhorn Press] [Aesop]. The Subtyl Historyes and Fables of Esope. Translated Out of Frensshe in to Englysshe By William Caxton at Westmynstre in the Yere of oure Lorde mcccc. lxxxiii. San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1930. First edition thus. Large octavo. Original red morocco, spine gilt lettered. Illustrated in colors and heightened in gold, with initials in color, by Valenti Angelo. Spine a bit faded, a few scuffs, a very good copy.
One of two hundred numbered copies by this esteemed private press of San Francisco. Ashby, The Fox and the Grapes, Aesop through the Ages: p. 37 (and illustrated plate 1.) (#kfk209) $325.00

29. Greene, Graham. Brighton Rock. An Entertainment. New York: Viking Press, 1938. First edition. Original cloth in pictorial dustwrapper. Slightest edgewear to jacket, but bright and not played with. Housed in a 1/2 blue morocco clamshell box. Fine in near fine dust-jacket.
This, the first edition, preceded the English edition by one month. Considered by many to be Greene's best mystery, a "Cornerstone" for collector's of the genre. Two films have been made based on this book, Greene himself participated in the first one which was released in 1947. Very scarce in this condition. (#kfk140) $4,500.00

30. [Guitar]. Ambrotype of a man holding a Martin Guitar. n.p. : n. d., circa. 1860's.. 1/2 ambrotype plate in a fine Union case.
Inquire for more information. (#kfk299) $3,500.00

31. [Guitar]. Broadside. Second Concert. Mr. and Mrs. J. M. White, of Boston,... announce to the citizens of Keene,... will give a Grand Vocal Concert... consisting of Songs, Duetts &c...embracing the Italian, Tyrolean Yodelin, Scotch, Irish and English. Mr. White will accompany a number of the Sngs and Duetts on that ancient and celebrated instrument, The Spanish Guitar, on which... he will perform the celebrated Spanish Retreat, In Imitation of a Military Band. n. p. [Keene?]: n. p., ca. 1841. (#kfk617) $375.00

32. [Guitar]. Carcassi, M[atteo]. New and Improved Method for the Guitar. Boston et. al.: Oliver Ditson & Co. et. al., [1853]. First American edition(?). Quarto. Handsome woodcut frontispiece depicting the manner of holding the guitar. Original printed boards, cloth, spine.
In all likelihood a later printing of the first American edition of Carcassi's celebrated method, quite interesting to find in the original boards. Very scarce. Selch. The Legacy of Sebastian Virdung: 371 (illustrated). (#kfk261) $1,500.00

33. [Guitar]. Paixo Ribeirõ, Manoel da. Nova arte de viola, que ensina a tocalla com fundamento sem mestre, divida em duas partes, huma especulativa, e outra practica; Com Estampas das posturas, ou pontos naturaes, e accidentaes; e com alguns Minuettes, e Modhinas por Musica, e por Cifra. Obra util a toda a qualidade de Pessoas; e muito principalmente ás que seguam a vida litteraria, e ainda ás Senhoras. Coimbra: Real Officina da Universidade..., 1789. First edition. Quarto. [1] leaf, V, 51 pp. With eight double page engraved plates. Uncut and unbound as issued with traces of wrappers. Generally a fine copy in original condition with the engraved plates unsewn so that they would sit flat on the music stand. Very light marginal stain to two plates. Preserved in a folding case with leather label. Near Fine.
First Edition, a desirable, unsophisticated copy of this rare 18th century source of instrumental pedagogy on the Portuguese baroque guitar (or viola). The work is divided into both a practical section; explaining and illustrating the tuning, fingering, notational signs and exercises; followed by a number of minuets and modinhas for entertaining and personal enjoyment. The five course baroque guitar is tuned as the present day guitar without the lower E course. The instrument uses twelve strings with three double-string courses and two triple-string courses. The author notes bourdons are required on the 4th and 5th course, and an upper octave string should also be used on the 3rd course. The 3rd course is called "toeira" or "singing string." Because of the bright strumming qualities of the viola it was especially popular for accompaniment of folk songs and dances as well as a solo instrument. A guitar of this type, by Diego Costa, is dated 1715 and preserved in the musical instrument museum of the University of Leipzig. Selch. The Legacy of Sebastian Virdung: 58 (illustrated); RISM A/I, P 647 & B VI, 633; Eitner VII, 293; Wolfheim I, 897. (#kfk260) $3,750.00

34. Helvetius, Claude-Adrien. De l'esprit: or Essays on the Mind and it's Several Faculties. London: Printed for the Translator..., 1759. First English language edition. Quarto, 256 x 205 mm. xvi, 331pp. Title in red and black. Contemporary calf, a good copy.
First edition in English, published in 1758 in French, much to the consternation of virtually all in power in France, where it's license was revoked and most copies of the true first were destroyed. (#kfk522) $1,450.00

35. 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

36. Howitt, Samuel. A New Work of Animals: principally designed from the fables of Æsop, Gay, and Phædrus. London: Edward Orme, 1818. Quarto. One hundred hand colored etchings. 115,[1]pp. Full red morocco gilt by Bayntun, a.e.g., in a slipcase. Small closed tear to two plates, repaired tear to one; withal a fine copy. "
First edition, and interesting hybrid of natural history and fable book, in stunning condition. (#kfk569) $2,250.00

37. [Hungary]. Exemplar, Reconciliationis Cum Hungaris Factae 23 Junii, Anno 1606, nec-non Conditiones Pacis Turcicae. Patakini [i.e. Saros-Patak, Hungary]: Typis Illustrissimae Principis Excudebat Georgius Renius, 1653. First edition thus. Folio in sixes. [2], 582pp. Fanciful typographic ornaments on title and beginning and end of chapters. Nineteenth century 1/4 roan over marbled boards, red label, edges red. Worn but sound, very light occasional stains, an excellent copy.
A rare work from the first press at Saros-Patak. It was established by Susanna Lorandfi, widow of Prince George Rakoczi de Felso-Vadasz for the College in the town. The first recorded book by this printer is dated 1652. The text comprises an important treaty in the history of Hungary. In June 1606 Archduke Matthias, in the name of the Emperor Rudolph II, concluded the Treaty of Vienna with the rebellious Hungarians by granting extensive concessions, and in November of the same year he concluded the truce of Zsitvatörök with the Sultan Ahmed I. "By the peace of Vienna, [Stephen] Bocskay obtained religious liberty and political autonomy, the restoration of all confiscated estates, the repeal of all unrighteous judgments and a complete retrospective amnesty for all the Magyars in royal Hungary, besides his own recognition as independent sovereign prince of the enlarged Transylvania. This treaty is remarkable as being the first constitutional compact between the ruling dynasty and the Hungarian nation. Almost equally important was the twenty years’ truce of Zsitvatörök, negotiated by Bocskay between the emperor and the sultan, which established for the first time a working equilibrium between the three parts of Hungary, with a distinct political preponderance in favour of Transylvania. The emperor on the other hand, was freed from the humiliating annual tribute to the Porte on payment of a war indemnity." (Encyc. Britan., 11th Edn.) The text of the two treaties (pp. 30) is followed by the articles of various Hungarian statutes and ordinances, dating from 1608 to 1649 (pp. 31-582). The BM copy contains further articles for 1659, not present here. Worldcat locates two copies (BM [with extra material], and U. Penn.) One copy only located on ABPC, in 1983. (#kfk624) $2,500.00

38. [India]. Gaekwar of Baroda. Hindoo Mythology Popularly Treated: being an epitomized description of the various Heathen Deities illustrated on the silver swami tea service, Presented As a Memnto of His Visit to India to H. R. H. the Prince of Wales, K. G. , G. C. S. I. by His Highness the Gaekwar of Baroda. Madras: Printed by Gantz Brothers | Adelphi Press,, 1875. Square octavo. Title, [4ff.], 42 pp. Printed in gold on japan vellum paper. Publisher's presentation red morocco binding (with their ticket on inner rear pastedown), pink coated endpapers, gilt on covers and spine, front cover lettered and with a central pictorial tool depicting Lord Brahma. Rubbed at the extremities, still an attractive example of a scarce Indian binding.
First edition, a special copy printed in gold, a stunning production in a charming Indian binding. Worldcat locates six copies, none of which mention printing in gold. Scarce as it is in any version, it is a fair presumption that only a limited number (one can be tempted to suggest only one, but I shall not) were printed this way. This is a typical example of a book published in India with the goal of impressing on the English colonizers the depth of ancient civilized culture of India. It is curious that the deities are referred to as "heathen". The Gaekwads, together with the other Maratha chieftains, fought the British in the First Anglo-Maratha War. In 1802, the British intervened to defend a Gaekwad Maharaja who had recently inherited the throne against rival claimants, and the The Gaikwads rule of Baroda began when the Maratha general Pilaji Rao Gaekwad conquered the city from the Mughal Empire in 1721. Gaekwads concluded a treaty with the British that recognized their independence from the Maratha empire and guaranteed the Maharajas of Baroda local autonomy in return for recognizing British suzerainty. Due to its fertile black soil, lush forest and vast treasury (the rewards of numerous military campaigns) Baroda was the wealthiest of the Maratha states. Cotton was a mainstay of Baroda’s economy, which helped fill its coffers with copious amounts of currency. Because of their British allies, the Gaekwars were able to retain power of` this state. In return the British received a share in the state revenue and required representation, a British resident, be at the Maharajah’s court.[2] Maharaja Sayyaji Rao III, who took the throne in 1875, did much to modernize Baroda, establishing compulsory primary education, a library system and the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He also encouraged the setting up of textile factories, which helped create Baroda's textile industry. He is well known for offering a scholarship to study at Columbia University to one of the most prominent Indian Bharat Ratna Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.-[Wikipedia]. (#kfk447) $4,500.00

39. [Indian Music.] Tagore, Sourindro Mohun. A few specimens of Indian songs... [with] Victoria Samrajyan, or Sanskrit Stanzas [With a Translation] on the Various Dependencies of the British Crown, Each Composed and Set to The Respective National Music in Commemoration of the Assumption of Her Most Gracious Majesty The Queen Victoria of the Diamem - 'Indiæ Imperatrix'. Calcutta: Printed by I. C. Bose & Co., and Published by the Author, 1879 [and] 1882. Together two octavo volumes. Parallel text in Sanskrit & English. The second work with charming woodcuts of Indian instruments. Original Calcutta bindings of pebbled green morocco, spines and covers richly gilt, board edges and inner dentelles gilt, a.e.g. Printed in English and The first work with dedication (to Edward Robert Lytton... Viceroy and Governor General of India) printed in blue with red decorative border. Slightest surface rubbing to extremities, fine copies.
First edition of the first work, Sceond edition of the second. A very handsome pair of volumes on Indian music, of particular interest to the study of the history of Raga; and more generally to the history of Indian culture in Colonial India. Tagore (1840-1914) was a leading Indian musicologist and patron of Indian music. A descendant of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Calcutta (Rabindranath Tagore belonged to another branch of the family), he sponsored or co-authored some of the first general music treatises in Bengali. Such vernacular publications, produced and promoted by the Calcutta élite, were an important part of the renaissance in Bengali culture which took place in the 19th century. Tagore founded several schools of music in Calcutta beginning in 1871, and supplied music teachers and books to these and other public and private schools at his own cost. His publications ranged from music treatises in Sanskrit and Bengali to explanations of Indian music for a colonial audience. These publications were aimed at British and European orientalists both in India and in Europe as well as the Bengali intelligentsia centered in Calcutta He endeavoured to promote Indian music in the West as a symbol of India's classical heritage, comparable to European art music in artistic and academic value. (New Grove). Setting aside the content of these works, these books would be perfectly suited to a collection focused on bindings alone. Very scarce. (#kfk615) $2,250.00

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

41. [Law]. An act for punishing of such persons as live at high rates, and have no visible estate, profession or Calling Answerable thereunto...17 sep 1656. London: Printed by Henry Hills and John Field, 1657. Folio, 4pp. 270 x 179mm. Marginal tear and light marginal tidemarks.
Wing E 1049. (#kfk498) $500.00

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

43. Man Ray. Photographies 1920-1934 Paris. .
Second edition. (#kfk536) $3,750.00

44. [manuscript; sketchbook]; Phoenix, John; Derby, Lewis; Richardson, Horace. "Lives of Notorious Felons. Joseph Shed! The Stocking Stealer of the Pacific!" -- Original Manuscript Story, and Sketchbook of Travels in the United States and Caribbean -- Steamer Winfield Scott. . Original full red morocco, ornately stamped in blind and gilt; 8vo; 31 manuscript pages, including an illustrated short story, landscapes in pencil (Havana, the Hudson River, harbor of St. Thomas, Martinique), and 3 colored-pencil cartoons of American Indians (these seemingly contributed by a child). Just a little scuffed along joints and edges of boards, else fine.
Likely the work of Horace Richardson, the title-page and "publication information" (see above) states that this unique item was "copied" by him, and one of the drawings (most of which are clearly by the same artist) is initialed "H. R." The book does, indeed, seem to correspond (at least in part) with a journey on the Winfield Scott, a sidewheel steamer that transported cargo and passengers from San Francisco and Panama during the California Gold Rush -- then sank in December of 1853. The landscapes are nicely accomplished: "Yosemite Falls from Black's Hotel" (signed "H.R."), "Highland Park Hotel, Aiken S.C.," "Vineyard Haven," "View from the Window in our Parlor in the Hotel El Telegrafo, Havana, 1872," "View from my Window at the West Point Hotel, Looking up the Hudson, 1872," and "Fort de France, Martinique, from the Sea." Opens with a weird little short story, in which the malefactor Joseph Shed spends his entire life stealing stockings (even dirty ones), punishment be damned. (#kfk574) $2,250.00

45. [Manuscript.]. [Doctor's Diploma conferred by the faculty of legal studies in the University of Modena, to Thomas de Balestris, native of the city, on June 20th, 1725.]. Modena: n. p., 1725. Folio, Eight leaves on vellum, 262 x 185mm. Three full page armorial illuminations in many colors and gold (The Estes, Dukes of Ferrara, Modena; the University itself; and the recipient's family; followed by nine pages in black and gold with colored floral borders. The text block has become loose in the binding, else in lovely condition with some expected light wear to binding.
A beautiful example of illumination and calligraphy. (#kfk534) $6,500.00

46. Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, Empress Consort of Francis I, Emperor of Germany [1717-1780]. Constitutio criminalis Theresiana, oder Der Römisch-kaiserl. zu Hungarn und Böhmen [et]c. [et]c., Königl. Apost. Majestät Mariä Theresiä, Erzherzogin zu Oesterreich, [et]c. [et]c., Peinliche Gerichtsordnung. Wien: Gedruckt bey J.T. Edlen von Trattnern,, 1769. folio. 338 x 215mm. 8 ff, 282, lvi pp. 27 engravings in the text & 3 folding engraved plates (included in pagination). Woodcut and typographic ornaments & initials. Text in German black letter with glosses in Latin. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, red edges, interesting woodblock printed pastedowns. Half-title trimmed at upper margin (probably to remove a signature, some browning in text, binding a bit rubbed but still appealing. A very good copy.
First Edition of the famous criminal code of Maria Theresa, which redefined torture as "a subsidiary means of eliciting truth". Torture could be applied to obtain confessions only in cases where condemnation would have involved capital or severe corporal punishment. A remarkable publication, including graphic illustrations of instruments and methods of torture (thumb-screws, stocks, racks, burning candles, leg vices, winches, the ‘Viennese shoe’), with detailed and precise instructions on their use. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th Edn.), this illustrated edition was suppressed by Prince Kaunitz, chancellor of state and advisor to the Empress, a few days after its appearance. Torture was formally abolished in the empire in 1776. (#kfk625) $3,000.00

47. Martial. Marci Valerii Martiallis Epigrammata libri xiiii. Venice: Rusconibus, 1514. Royal octavo. 305mm. Vellum, joints cracked but holding. Woodcut title, others in text. Some staining and marginal worming.
Martial's mordant verses depict with unequalled realism the diverse characters of imperial Rome: "gluttons, drunkards, debauchers, hypocrites of various kinds, a few devoted wives, faithful friends, true poets, and honest critics, hot sausage vendors, [and] Gaul[s]" (Oxford Companion to Classical Literature). (#kfk491) $2,750.00

48. Marx, Karl. Le Capital Paris: Librairie du Progres.
. Quarto. Contemporary quarter red morocco.
First French Edition, second issue. (#kfk514) $1,250.00

49. [Metcalfe, James Stetson 1858-1927]. The Diary of a District Messenger. By th Author of "Another Three Weeks". New York: Life publishing co., 1909. Wraps. A bit worn. (#kfk632) $75.00

50. Morrow, George and Others unnamed. Farthest from the Truth. A Series of Dashes. London: Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons,, 1909. First edition. Original wrappers. Illustrated. Near fine. (#kfk637) $50.00

51. [Munchausen]. “Complete Original Edition” of the Surprising Travels and Adventures of Baron Munchausen, in Russia, the Caspian Sea… Also, an Account of a Voyage into the Moon and Dog Star; Many Extraordinary Particulars Relative to the Cooking Animal in Those Planets, Which are There Called the Human Species. To Which is Added, A Sequel, Containing his Expedition to Africa…. London: S. Kirby,, 1819. 3/4 brown morocco. With Forty Copper-Plates, some with repairs at folds. Very good. (#kfk382) $650.00

52. [Music] Finch, C. The Gamut and Time-Table, in Verse. For The Instruction of Children.... Embellished with Twelve Illustrative Coloured Engravings. London: Dean and Munday, [circa 1820]. Duodecimo. 35pp. Original printed wrappers. Twelve hand coloured woodcuts. Very good.
An early ownership inscription is dated 1838. (#kfk351) $1,000.00

53. [Nadasdy, Ferencz III, Count de.]. Mausoleum Potentissimorum ac Gloriosissimorum Regni Apostolici Regum & Primorum Militantis Ungariae Ducum Vindicatis è mortuali pulvere Reliquiis ad gratam apud posteros memoriam... Nuremburg: Apud Michaëlem & Joannem Fridericum Enteros, 1664. Tall quarto. 311 x 190mm. [4]ff., 407, [5] pp. Engraved title, title printed in red and black, fifty-nine full page copper engraved full length portraits of Dukes and Kings of Hungary. Text in German and Latin, with charming woodcut and typographical ornaments. Probably eighteenth century red morocco, ruled in gilt on covers, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine, edges speckled red. Sympathetic old repairs to spine and bottom corners, repair to lower margin of engraved title just touching edge of image; withal a nice copy.
First Edition. Rare history of the dukes and kings of Hungary, from the first formation of the federation of united tribes, to the crowning of Saint Stephen as the first king in 1001, to Ferdinand IV, king from 1647 until his death in 1654. The fine engravings are portraits, the earlier dukes in fighting armor, the later kings in regal robes and symbols of office including a lone woman, Maria, who reigned in the fourteenth century. The images are richly imbued with symbols of their office, regalia and weapons; often with detailed views of battles, landscape, or cities in the background. The author was Ferencz III, Count de Nadasdy, a patriotic Hungarian statesman who opposed the despotic policy of the Emperor Leopold. He was accused of a conspiracy against the life of Leopold, unjustly condemned, and beheaded in 1671. (#kfk620) $3,000.00

54. [PACIFIC.]. Theatre Royal, Birmingham … July 9, 1827 … a melo-dramatic romantic spectacle (in two acts) founded on the fanciful popular adventures of Peter Wilkins, or the Flying Indians …. [Birmingham,: n.p., 1827.]. Playbill (20 x 63.5cm) first line shaved, old folds, very good.
Advertising a Birmingham performance in 1827 of Peter Wilkins or the Flying Indians, this playbill includes much information concerning the scenery and machinery employed in the production of this Pacific island fantasy. Written by Rober t Paltock (1696-1767) and first published as a prose romance in 1750, the narrative is centred on the castaway Peter Wilkins and his adven- tures with mysterious “flying islanders”. The work became popular towards the end of the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth – perhaps in par t because in provided oppor tunities for creative theatrical spectacles. Here the scenery, “entirely new, painted by Mr. Latilla, Mr Soane and assistants” includes “the Loadstone rock in the Pacific ocean on which the ship De La Cruz is wrecked … interior of Peter Wilkins’s hut … picturesque pespective Indian forest … basaltes crystallised cavern …” (#kfk553) $1,000.00

55. Plato.; (Simon Grynäus; Marsilio Ficino). Divini Platonis Opervm a Marsilio Ficino tralatorvm, Tomvs primvs [-qvintvs] ... Omnia emendatione, & ad græcum codicem collatione Simonis Grynæi ... repurgata. [with, as issued,] Platonici dialogi sex. Lvgdvni [i.e.Lyon]: Apvd Ioan. Tornaesivm,, 1550. Five volumes, in 8s. 118 x 70mm (vol. two and five shorter). Within volume five is bound as issued the author's Platonici dialogi sex. Probably 16th century navy morocco, the spines with raised bands creating five compartments, spines decorated in gilt, covers in blind and gilt; edges gilt and gauffered, with volume numbers. Minor wear, volume two and five similar but not quite uniform though the set appears to have been together for a very long time.
A very charming set of volumes, this important text went through many editions throughout the 15th and 16th centuries and beyond. Marsilio Ficino (19 October 1433 – 1 October 1499) was one of the most influential humanist philosophers of the early Italian Renaissance, an astrologer, a reviver of Neoplatonism who was in touch with every major academic thinker and writer of his day, and the first translator of Plato's complete extant works into Latin. Ficino introduced the term and concept of "platonic love" in the West. (#kfk626) $3,000.00

56. Pocock, George. The Aeropleustic Art, or Navigation by the Use of Kites, or Bouyant Sails. [London: W. Wilson for Sherwood and Co., 1827]. First edition. Quarto. [2], 51, [1]pp. Engraved title with hand-coloured aquatint vignette and three hand-coloured aquatints by P. Roberts; after Thomas Buttersworth and Samuel Colman. . Later quarter morocco over marbled boards. Bound without the ads. Light foxing to text, small marginal tear to leaf first leaf of preface, binding rubbed; a very good or better copy of a rarely encountered book.
First edition, quite rare. The eccentric George Pocock, evangelist, schoolmaster and inventor, settled in Bristol where he opened a school for boys, to whom this work is dedicated. He provides a history of kites and details experiments with them as auxiliary sails for ships, as a means of rescue from shipwrecks, for signals, crossing rivers and most famously for his patented Char-volant, a kite powered carriage that could reach speeds of twenty miles per hour. The text is strewn with literary references and poetry, exhibiting the versatile and quirky personality of this most unusual author. The beautifully executed plates illustrate these various experiments, especially the slightly humorous scene with the Char-volants gleefully roving an idyllic countryside in multiple directions. A strain of defensiveness is unmistakeable in this work, and another item in our offerings, "The March of Reason" (1828) may paint a picture of why: it includes two of Pocock's proposed uses of kites in it's satirization of various new ideas of the day. (#kfk233) $7,500.00

57. [Polyglot Bible (The Lord's Prayer)]. Joanne Chamberlaynio. [John Chamberlain]. Oratio Dominica in Diversas Omnium Fere Gentium Linguas Versa.... Amsterdam: Guilielmi & Davidis Goerei, 1715. Small quarto, 193 x 145mm. [48], 94, [5]; [2], 156 (final page misnumbered 256)pp. Two folded engraved plates, some text engraved, all depicting letterforms of various languages. Modern calf with red label, a fine copy.
The Lord's Prayer in too many languages to count... (#kfk512) $2,250.00

58. Porter, Dick. Thirty-two years on the hurricane deck of a freight train. Chicago, Ill.: Porter & Regan,, [1918]. Original printed wrappers. Illustrated. Some blemishes and soiling, very good. (#kfk635) $50.00

59. [Prayer book]. Officium Rakoczianum, Sive Varia Pietatis Exercitia. Cultui Divino, Magnae Matris Mariae, Sanctorumque Patronorum Honori debita. Editio novissima, omnibus prioribus auctior & locupletior. Budæ [Budapest]: Typis Regiæ Universitatus, 1794. Duodecimo. Title page in red and black. Engravings. Red smooth morocco gilt, with wear but an intriguing binding.
None of this imprint on Worldcat. (#kfk653) $500.00

60. 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 by Pynchon, widely considered the best writer of the latter Twentieth Century. A stunning copy of a jacket that is normally prone to fading. (#kfk142) $5,000.00

61. Rameau, M. [Jean-Phillipe]. Code de musique pratique ou méthodes. Pour apprendre la musique, même à des aveugles, pour former la voix & l'oreille, pour la position de la main avec une méchanique des doigts sur le clavecin & l'orgue, pour l'accompagnement sur tous les instrumens qui en sont susceptibles, & pour le prélude: Avec de nouvelles réflexions sur le principe sonore. Paris: l'Imprimerie Royale, 1760. Quarto. 251 x 195mm. Engraved forontispiece, [2], xx, 237, 14, [2](blank), 33 (engraved music)pp. Contemporary marbled calf, burgundy morocco label, spine gilt with floral tools, covers ruled in blind. Joints just started at top and bottom (entirely sound), general wear, a very good, unsophisticated copy. Some light occasional spotting.
First edition. The work of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), French composer and music theorist, marks the apogee of the French classicism. Inception Les Indes galantes (1753) is his best known work. Claude Debussy, French composer of the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, said of Rameau: "the need to understand - so rare among artists - is innate in Rameau." Rameau's earlier work of 1722, Traité de l'Harmonie initiated a revolution in music theory, and the present work follows considerable controversies involving the likes of Rousseau and Diderot. Previous treatises on harmony had been purely practical; Rameau added a philosophical dimension, and the composer quickly rose to prominence in France as the "Isaac Newton of Music." His fame subsequently spread throughout all Europe, and his Treatise became the definitive authority on music theory, forming the foundation for instruction in western music that persists to this day. (#kfk619) $3,250.00

62. Roscaud, Count. Richard Burton (foreword.). Human Gorillas. A Study of Rape with Violence. Paris: Charles Carrington, 1901. Octavo. 3/4 blue morocco lettered in gilt. Illustrated.
Limited to 500 copies. (#kfk576) $450.00

63. [Roscoe, William]. The Butterfly's ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. London: J. Harris, 1807. Later floral wraps, Entirely engraved. Originally issued in printed wrappers not present here. (#kfk562) $1,750.00

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

65. [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) $2,200.00

66. [Smyth, Henry DeWolf][Atomnaia energiia dlia voennykh tselei in Russian letters][The "Smyth Report" on Atomic Energy for Military Purposes, in Russian.]. [Moscow], 1946. Octavo. 276pp. Illustrated. Modern cloth, Original front wrapper bound in.
First Edition in Russian. Printing and the Mind of Man 422e (describing the English language edition printed the preceding year. Published in the U. S. six days after HIroshima, this is ".the remarkably full and candid account of the development work carried out between 1940 and 1945 by the American-directed but internationally recruited team of physicists.which culminated in the production of the first atomic bomb." (PMM) Smyth was chairman of the Department of Physics at Princeton, and his account of the "Manhattan Project" is the first officially published description of the immediate history of atomic reaction following Hahn and Strassman's Discovery of Nuclear fission, 1939. (#kfk523) $5,500.00

67. Stendhal [i.e. Marie-Henri Beyle]. Maxims of Love. London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1906. Small octavo. 165 x 125mm. [4], 201pp. Handsome full red morocco gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Printed on fine rag paper with French facing English.
A charming book published by the underated printer Arthur Humpheys. (#kfk622) $500.00

68. 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

69. [Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.] Sebastien Voirol; Léon Bakst, illus. Le sacre du printemps. Paris: Jules Meynial, 1917. xii, 58] p. illus., port. 23 cm.
Second edition, one of twenty-five copies (this being number "XII"; the first was in 1913 and limited to thirteen. A handsome item and a true literary curiosity. The text is a play based on Le sacre du printemps, and dedicated to Nijinsky and Stravinsky. It was performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on June 3, 1917 with mise en scene by Mme. Lara and décor by Martine. Mimeographed (?) text, in green, purple, and red ink. With etched portrait by Bakst, a facsimile of a page of Stravinsky's ms. score, and watercolor drawing by Martine (printed in pouchoir) on cover. Second printing, limited to 25 copies, signed by the author. Clearly scarce, two on Worldcat (NYPL and Vanderbilt Univ.) (#kfk542) $2,750.00

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

71. Tagore, Sourindro Mohun. Hindu Loyalty: A Presentation of the Views and Opinions of the Sanskrit Authorities on the Subject of Loyalty. [In connection with the movement of the "National Anthem for India".]. Calcutta: By the Author, printed by I. C. Bose... Stanhope Press, 1883. First edition. Octavo. Original Calcutta binding of pebbled green morocco, spine and cover richly gilt, board edges and inner dentelles gilt, a.e.g. Title in red and black, text in English and Sanskrit black with red border rules, half-title with blue device within a red decorative border. A little rubbing at extremities, still a handsome example of a scarce Indian binding. pp. 25-28 bound out of order (after p. 32).
First edition. The proposal of 'God Save the Queen' as a National Anthem for India. Pages 77-100 is a subscribers list of those in favour of establishing the Anthem in India including 'Princes and Chiefs, Noble and Eminent Persons in India. Peers, Baronets, Knights and Eminent Persons in the United Kingdom' sometimes listed with their financial contribution. one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Calcutta (Rabindranath Tagore belonged to another branch of the family), he sponsored or co-authored some of the first general music treatises in Bengali. Such vernacular publications, produced and promoted by the Calcutta élite, were an important part of the renaissance in Bengali culture which took place in the 19th century. Tagore founded several schools of music in Calcutta beginning in 1871, and supplied music teachers and books to these and other public and private schools at his own cost. His publications ranged from music treatises in Sanskrit and Bengali to explanations of Indian music for a colonial audience. These publications were aimed at British and European orientalists both in India and in Europe as well as the Bengali intelligentsia centered in Calcutta He endeavoured to promote Indian music in the West as a symbol of India's classical heritage, comparable to European art music in artistic and academic value. (New Grove). Setting aside the content of this work, this book would be perfectly suited to a collection focused on bindings alone. Very scarce. (#kfk616) $650.00

72. Twain, Mark [i.e. Samuel L. Clemens.]. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Hartford, Conn. : American Publishing Company, 1876. 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.
Third Printing of the First American Edition. BAL 3369. (#kfk499) $4,500.00

73. [Violin]. [Prelleur, P.]. The Art of Playing on the Violin with a New Scale showing how to stop every Note, Flat or Sharp, exactly in Tune, and where the Shifts of the Hand should be made. To which is added A Collction of the finest Rigadoons, Almands, Sarabands, Courants & Opera Airs extant. London: Printing Office in Bow Street, [circa 1750]. Octavo. Frontispiece (a man playing a violin), folding plate (showing scales on the neck), title and 48pp. Entirely engraved. Modern marbled boards. A fine copy.
A charming book on violin technique, quite scarce. Prelleur was probably French and had settled in London after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. In 1739 he was elected member of the Royal Society of Musicians. The present volume was originally written for the Modern Musick Master (1731) and it, along with its companion pieces was issued separately prior to 1765. The book is entirely engraved and devoted exclusively to instruction for the violin while being supplemented by a number of compositions (including Handel). Kassler II, 853. (#kfk334) $1,750.00

74. Voltaire. Chinese Catechism, Dialogues and Philosophic Criticisms. New York: Peter Eckler, 1915. Original wrappers. Very Good. (#kfk636) $35.00

75. Wells, H. G. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham. His Remarkable Adventures in This Changing World. London: William Heineman Ltd., 1930. First edition. Publisher's burgundy cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, in white pictorial dust jacket. 10 illustrations by David Low, (contemporary figures such as Churchill and Mussolini are quite apparent), including dust jacket design. Edges foxed, a touch also internally, the jacket is FINE.
First edition, Wells' oft unnoticed maritime novel which critiques the contemporary educational system to prepare students for the pressure of leadership in times of war. (#kfk611) $175.00

76. Wells, H. G. The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman. London: Macmillan, 1914. First edition. Octavo. Original ribbed green cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. A sharp fine copy.
A presentation copy inscribed by the author on the recto of the first blank: "A. T. S. fr H. G." The recipient was Tommy Simmons, one of Wells' closest friends from his days at the Royal College. (#kfk608) $500.00

77. [World War II]. Design for an "Umbrella Barrage Aerial Bomb".
. n. p.: n, p., 1940 or before. Three blueprints, 17x20 3/4 inches, folded, in a black leatherette folder. Inscribed and signed "read and understood, J. H. Payne, Sept. 12th, 1940"
A strange juxtaposition of aesthetic appeal and cold clinical description of a terribly horrible weapon. (#kfk548) $600.00

78. Yeats, W. B. [Sprague, Mary, ill.]. Unnoticed Like a Bird. n. p.: Singletree Press, 1987. Original textured wrappers, small folio.
One of thirty-five numbered copies. A beautiful small press edition of Yeats, with fine woodcuts. (#kfk364) $750.00

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