SEVEN GOTHIC TALES by Isak Dinesen. First Edition, 1934, Modern Library, New York-#54. Dust jacket is in excellent condition. Corners of DJ are in very good shape. Green Boards in good condition. Owners name top right of first page. 420 pages. Introduction written by Dorothy Canfield. True first edition, debuting Isak Dinesen in America, then republished later in England and in 1935, translated and published into Danish that same year. -"The light in it is strange clear light, and in it we see a series of vigorously presented outrageously unexpected beings. They seemed endowed with a sort of legendary intensity of living, almost beyond the possible." Same author who wrote Out Of Africa.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau. With an introduction by Basil Willey and woodcut illustrations by Henry Bugbee Kane. Published in 1951 by Bramhall House, a division of Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., by arrangement with W. W. Norton and Company. Hardbound with original dust cover.
Louys, Pierre: Aphrodite. Published in Paris by Librairie Borel in 1896. Leather bound in very good condition. Measures 7.5 inches x 4 inches x 1 inches. Many little illustrations.
Leather backed set of Historie de France comprising 13 volumes. Published in Paris in 1834 by IMPRIMERIE DE CASIMIR, Rue de la Vieille-Monnais, no 12. Edited by L. Mame. Very good condition. No broken bindings or torn pages. Each volume measures 8.5 x 5 inches x 1 inch. From the collection of a retired Yale University librarian and scholar.
NIPPON TO ART SWORDS OF JAPAN: The Walter A. Compton Collection. Published by the Japan Society, New York, 1976. Black cloth, in the original slipcase. This is one of the most important catalogs on Japanese sword blades ever issued. Printed in chromolithography on heavy rag paper. The Japanese Sword and Its Cultural Significance by Homma Junji. On This Exhibiton by K. Sato. Artistic Quality of the Japanese Sword by W. Compton. Characteristics of the Japanese Sword & Exhibition Catalogue by M. Ogawa. Statement of Appreciation by Compton. A superb collection of Tsuba, blades & Midare, Kozuka, Kogai & Menuki. With outline of blades, nomenclature, points of value, appreciation, history of the Japanese sword, shapes, identification of Japanese sword by its characteristics, Koshirae, Kodogu etc. The exhibition catalog draws upon over 100 examples, each well identified and explained. Explanation of tang form and file-marks, tempering & forging characteristics, engravings, signature, mountings & accessories. By and large the most valuable reference to any collector's library.