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KAPPA (Gulliver in a Kimono) Translation and introductory notes by Seiichi Shiojiri

By: Akutagawa, Ryunosuke

Price: $124.99

Publisher: Abeno, Osaka, Japan, Akitaya: 1948

Edition: First Edition; Third Printing

Seller ID: 39166

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


154 pages; Publisher's flexible grey boards printed in black, pictorial endpapers, in a fragile dust jacket printed in black and red on thin paper stock. This is the third printing of the first English language edition of "Kappa" -- the masterpiece of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, considered by some the father of the Japanese short story. His mother went insane shortly after his birth in 1912, so he was adopted and raised by his maternal uncle, Akutagawa Do-sho-, from whom he received the Akutagawa family name. Akutagawa published his first short story "Rashomon" in the literary maga... View more info

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Gli amori di Anacreonte o sia collezione delle sue odi di amoroso argomento Tradotte dal conte Xaverio Broglio d'Ajano

By: Anacreon

Price: $174.95

Publisher: Place Not Identified, Publisher Unstated: 1790

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 39156

Condition: Very Good


2 p.l. & 92 pages; Very scarce first edition of Count Xaverio Broglio d'Ajano's verse translation of odes by Anacreon into Italian. It was probably printed somewhere in Italy around 1790, though there is no date printed. It probably was made in the Marche, near Macerata, where the translator was a Senator in the Repubblica romana. (The date comes from a catalogue entry in the database of the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche - ICCU). This handsome octavo version was printed to celebrate the wedding of Carlo Teodoro Antic... View more info

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The Book of Good Counsels from the Sanskrit of the "Hitopadesa" with Illustrations by Gordon Browne

By: Arnold, Sir Edward ; Gordon Browne (illustrator)

Price: $39.95

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribners: 1893

Edition: New Edition

Seller ID: 40607

Condition: Very Good


163 pages; Clean and secure in original red cloth binding with bevelled edges and elaborate decorative stamping in gilt to front cover with images of various wild animals and branches. Minor wear to cloth at spine ends. Fabulous cover design bears monogram HD or possibly HC (with C reversed). Several full page b&w illustrations by Gordon Browne. Frontispiece, 6 full page & 13 b&w text illustrations. Printed at Chiswick Press. View more info

Image for Florante and Laura ...  Translated into English from the Spanish version of Epifanio de los Santos by George St. Clair Carefully compared to the Tagalog original by Fernando Villarosa

Florante and Laura ... Translated into English from the Spanish version of Epifanio de los Santos by George St. Clair Carefully compared to the Tagalog original by Fernando Villarosa

By: Balagtas, Francisco ; [Translator's own working copy]

Price: $199.95

Publisher: Manila, The Times Press: [1920]

Edition: First English Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 41608

Condition: Good


61 & [1, ads] pages; Publisher's blue wrappers -- (the front wrapper is now missing); bound with three metal staples. Somewhat worn, title page dusty, rear wrapper and spine now have some chips missing. The author's copy of the first edition of his translation into English of key work of the literature of the Philippines written in Tagalog. George St. Clair (identified on the title page as "Professor of English - University of the Philippines") had inscribed this copy in the top margin of the title page: "My own copy / St. C." -- and then crossed this out, and heavily marke... View more info

The Way of the Cross

By: Doroshevitch, Vlas ; Stephen Graham

Price: $19.95

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam & Sons: 1916

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 40585

Condition: Very Good


viii, 163, (7) pages; Clean and secure in original binding of gray pictorial boards, rubbed at head of spine. Introduction by Stephen Graham. Vlas Mikhailovich Doroshevich (1864 – 1922, was one of Russia's most popular and widely read journalists, and a novelist, essayist, drama critic, and short story writer. The Way of the Cross is his account of the refugees from the German invasion of Russia during World War I. He journeyed from Moscow to meet the oncoming refugees, travelling through to the rear of the Russian army and recording the hardships and struggling he witnessed along the w... View more info

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George Psychoundakis : A Letter To C. A. Trypanis [with a manuscript letter from Dr. John Leatham to Richard Hubbard Howland]

By: Fermor, Patrick Leigh ; [Inscribed and Signed by Dr. John Leatham]

Price: $174.95

Publisher: Athens, American College of Greece: 1999

Edition: Limited Edition

Seller ID: 42189

Condition: Very Good+


Limited Edition printed in October 1999.One of 940 copies in sewn printed cream wrappers (of 1250 total). ix, (2), 12-45, (2) A letter from Fermor to Oxford professor Trypanis in English and Greek about the contemporary Cretan poet who translated both the Illiad and The Odyssey into his native language. Provenance: Inscribed and Signed on the halftitle by Dr. John Leatham to Richard Hubbard Howland with a three-page manuscript letter from Leatham to Howland dated December 31, 1999. The letter includes interesting information referring to the scholarly activities of both writer and recipient... View more info

CRANFORD BY MRS. GASKELL

By: Gaskell, Mrs. ; (Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell)

Price: $34.95

Publisher: London and New York, Dent and Dutton: 1908

Edition: Third Printing

Seller ID: 42094

Condition: Very Good


xiv, 255 pages; Red three-quarters calf over cloth binding with five raised bands at spine with each compartment containing a central decorative device in four compartments gilt title and author in the other two compartments; title has double ruled borders. Marbled endpapers in red, tan, cream, and green; t.e.g. Illustrated titlepage and frontispiece with illustrator's monogram R K for Reginald Knowles (1879-1950). Former owner's name on blank page. A very good example of these charming sketches of Cranford by Gaskell in an attractive red leather binding. View more info

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FUTILITY - A Novel on Russian Themes

By: Gerhardi, William ; Edith Wharton (Preface)

Price: $24.95

Publisher: New York, Duffield and Company: 1922

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 38389

Condition: Very Good


(3), 256 pages; Former owner's name on ffep, otherwise clean and tight in original blue cloth binding with gilt lettering, lettering faded at spine, minor lean. Preface by Edith Wharton. This is the first published novel by William Gerhardi, one of the most critically acclaimed English novelists of the 1920s. It draws on the author's experiences fighting the Bolsheviks in Russia, as well as his childhood visits to pre-revolutionary Russia. From Edith Wharton's Preface: "Mr Gerhardie's novel is extremely modern; but it has bulk and form, a recognisable orbit, and that promise of more to... View more info

LA MORT D'ABEL - POEME EN CINQ CHANTS... TRADUIT PAR M. HUBER

By: Gessner, Solomon

Price: $84.95

Publisher: Paris, Patris, Gilbert: 1801

Seller ID: 39023

Condition: Very Good+


Clean and secure in original bindings with red leather spine labels with gilt lettering and ruling. A French translation of this classic pastoral poem. Rosenbach duplicate. Illustrated by Engravings. French, illus edition. A nice set.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. View more info

Le Opere di Orazio Flacco Recate in versi italiani da Tommaso Gargallo

By: Horace ; Quintus Horatius Flaccus ; translated by Tommaso Gargalloataaa

Price: $400.00

Publisher: Como, figli di Carlantonio Ostinelli: 1827

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 41494

Condition: Very Good+


304; 429 pages; Two volumes, bound in contemporary half vellum over pattern-printed paper covered boards, flat spines with leather labels in red and black, lettered in gilt. Bindings display just a touch of light soiling, but a handsome, tight and clean set. This charming 1827 first edition of Tommaso Gargallo's esteemed translation of Horace from Latin into modern Italian has a most interesting provenance: it was the property of two generations of one of the leading families of the American Abolitionist movement -- the son and grandson of Samuel J. May. There are ownership signatures in... View more info

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THE BETROTHED - I Promessi Sposi with Wood-cut Illustrations

By: Manzoni, Alessandro

Price: $34.95

Publisher: London, George Bell & Sons: 1878

Seller ID: 40554

Condition: Very Good


(16), xii, 723, (17-31) ads pages; Contents clean and secure in original blue cloth binding decoratively stamped in blind, gilt lettering at spine; some wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Publishers ads bound in at front and rear. English translation of the famous (and popular) historical novel by Manzoni depicting events in Northern Italy during the 17th century when the area was under Spanish domination. The description of the conditions in Milan during the plague of 1630 is particularly vivid. In the 19th century the story was drawn upon for operas by Amilcare Ponchielli in 1856... View more info

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Plutarch's Lives, Translated From The Original Greek With Notes, Critial and Historical. And A Life Of Plutrach

By: Plutarch ; John and William Langhorne (translators)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Baltimore, William and Joseph Neal: 1835

Seller ID: 40756

Condition: Very Good-


xx & 748 pages; Contemporary full sheepskin leather, five shallow raised bands on the spine, gilt-lettered spine label, marbled endpapers, edges of the text block cut and marbled to match. Some rubbing along the hinges, and missing a small piece at the head of the spine, but the boards are soundly attached and text block is tight, with sewing in excellent condition, albeit with the expected light foxing throughout, as is typical of American book production of the time. Frontispiece portrait of Plutarch signed: "Eng. by Tucker." Added engraved title page signed: "Painted by Smirk... View more info

Image for The Criminal Law Magazine and Reporter  a bi-monthly periodical devoted to the interests of bench and bar in criminal cases. Containing original articles on timely topics, full reports of important cases, and a digest of all recent criminal cases, America

The Criminal Law Magazine and Reporter a bi-monthly periodical devoted to the interests of bench and bar in criminal cases. Containing original articles on timely topics, full reports of important cases, and a digest of all recent criminal cases, America

By: Rapalje, Stewart ; Robert Linn Lawrence

Price: $274.95

Publisher: Jersey City, Frederick D. Linn & Co., Law Book Publishers: 1880

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 38972

Condition: Very Good


1800 pages; The first two annual volumes of 'The Criminal Law Magazine and Reporter' -- original editions from 1880 & 1881, bound in tan library buckram. xlii & 848; xl & 870 pp. Both have stamps from the Library of Congress, including the "Surplus-Duplicate" stamps from the LC's Division of Gift and Exchange (which make it legal to buy, sell and own these copies). But these two volumes have very different early histories. The first volume was bound up from the Copyright Deposit copies, as received and registered. The six original wrappers of the individual bi-monthly issues are bo... View more info

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La Basse-Cour en Tunisie

By: Renon, A.

Price: $9.95

Publisher: Tunis, Institut des Belles Lettres Arabes: 1946

Seller ID: 38949

Condition: Very Good+


Collection Le Bled; 95 pages; Clean and tight in original printed pink wrappers. Pages lightly toned. This early work, written in French, is a fascinating read for any poultry enthusiast or historian. Its 93 pages contain a wealth of information about poultry rearing by women in rural Northern Tunisia. Contents include a comprehensive guide to poultry related conversation with Arabic translation and grammatical and cultural notes, extensive commentary on poultry themed folklore of the region, a list of poultry based Tunisian proverbs and expressions, and a Tunisian fairy story about The Encha... View more info

Die Chronik von Canongate Aus dem Englischen übersetzt (von General J. v. Theobald)

By: Scott, Walter

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Stuttgart, Gebrüder Franckh: 1828

Seller ID: 41073

Condition: Very Good-


112, 110, 104, 104 und 103 pp. pages; Contemporary (publisher's?) drab boards, pale red label on spine "Scott's Werke . 90-94. / Die Chronik" The German translation of Scott's Chronicles of Canongate, published as volumes 90-94 in the series of Theobald translations - "Walter Scott's sämmtliche Werke" Neu übersetzt." Five volumes bound in one, each with a pair of title pages (general and this specific title) and an engraved frontispiece. Minor rubbing to the binding, scattered foxing. Sound and complete. Mit 5 ganzs. Kupferstichen. Five engraved illustrated plates &... View more info

CAESAR CASCABEL Translated from the French by A. Estoclet

By: Verne, Jules

Price: $149.95

Publisher: New York, Cassell Publishing Company: 1890

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 41539

Condition: Very Good


iv, 373 pages; Former owner's name and date on ffep, otherwise clean and tight in original dark mustard pictorial cloth binding depicting a horse drawn wagon in the mountains. Cloth worn at spine ends, minor dust toning, a few scattered spots of toning to margins of text block, corners mildly rounded. 80 black and white illustrations by George Roux; the plates printed on one side only, no ads. This New York edition is the First edition in English, (precedes the London edition). While touring the United States in 1867, A family of French circus performers become stranded in America when ... View more info

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A HUNDRED AND SEVENTY CHINESE POEMS

By: Waley, Arthur

Price: $74.95

Publisher: London, Constable and Co: 1918

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 39789

Condition: Very Good-


168 pages; Publisher's original binding of cream cloth spine lettered in gilt over with drab gray boards. Date on titlepage is 1918, no other mention of edition/printing on verso. Spine is toned and shows wear as one might expect at the corners of the boards, the endpapers are modestly toned (a reaction to the glue used in the binding), and there is an abbreviated signature from a former owner on the front free endpaper, tight and clean, -- still a very nice example of Arthur Waley's extraordinary and influential translations from Chinese and Japanese classics. Arthur David Waley was bor... View more info

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FABLES AND PROVERBS FROM THE SANSKRIT, being the HITOPADESA

By: Wilkins, Charles ; (translator) ; Henry Morley (Introduction)

Price: $24.95

Publisher: London, George Routledge: 1885

Seller ID: 42230

Condition: Very Good-


Morley's Universal Library; 277, (1), (10) ads pages; Contents clean and secure in original olive green cloth binding, wear at spine ends and rubbed at sorners; printed title label at spine mostly missing, dime-sized chip at top edge of ffep. Hitopadesa, (Beneficial Advice) is an Indian text in the Sanskrit language consisting of fables with both animal and human characters. The surviving text is believed to be from the 12th-century, but was probably composed by Narayana between 800 to 950 CE. Narayana says that the purpose of creating the work is to encourage proficiency in Sanskrit expres... View more info

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STORIES FOR NINON

By: Zola, Emile

Price: $74.95

Publisher: New York, Geo. H. Richmond & Son: 1898

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 39120

Condition: Very Good+


342 pages; Clean and tight in original light red cloth binding with white lettering, cloth mildly darkened at spine. Frontispiece portrait of Emile Zola after a lithographic by Will Rothenstein. Translated by Vizetelly. This First American Edition combines stories from Zola's Contes a Ninon and Nouveaux Contes a Ninon, including Simplice, Sister of the Poor, The Love-Fairy, Sister-of-the-Poor, Thieves and The Ass, The Adventures of Big Sidoine and Little Mederic, A Bath, The Strawberries, Neighbor Jacques, Paradise of Cats, The Slack Season and many, many more. ; Experience the pleasure o... View more info

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PETUR KANINA [Cover title: Sagan af Petri kaninu ] [Icelandic version of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit ]

By: [Beatrix Potter]

Price: $124.94

Publisher: Reykjavik, Utgefandi Bokhladan / Ingólfsprent: 1950

Seller ID: 42258

Condition: Very Good


16 pages; Contents clean and secure in original binding of pictorial boards with red cloth at spine, boards have some markings on rear and two faint spots on front. Charming illustrations in colour and in b&w. Date is approximate. This scarce Icelandic edition of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit was published in the mid-twentieth century. There is no date or indication of edition printed in the book, but Ingólfsprent was founded in 1946 by two brothers (and printers) Magnús Stefánsson (1906-1975) and Ólafur Stefánsson (1902-1990) and they ran the shop until 1968. Not found in OCLC. View more info