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164. KEATS, John. Life, Letters and Literary Remains of John Keats. Edward Moxon. 1848.


£998


Small 8vo. 2 vols. Recently rebound in full red morocco, double gilt fillets to sides, spines with elaborate gilt tools, gilt raised bands, contrasting khaki and black morocco labels with gilt lettering, gilt turn- ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; frontispiece portriats of Keats in each volume, extra illustrated with 24 plates from various sources; occasional internal spotting, previous owner’s inscription to top of half- titles, very handsomely bound, very good.


First edition. Unique thus. 163 164 165. KENT, Rockwell. Portrait of the American Adventurer. original Pencil Drawing. [no date]. £2,995


mounted framed and glazed, 65 x 230 single sheet (335 x 405 in frame). Light creases, ink splash to top right corner, otherwise in very good condition.


An original pencil drawing by Rockwell Kent on a sheet of cream paper with his ink seal stamp in the lower left corner.


The drawing shows a man lying on the sea shore with a rocky promontory behind with falling snow. Below the image Kent has captioned the drawing in pencil:


“Portrait of the American adventurer mERKEn who [after] having been shipwrecked upon the perilous cost of Greenland, was so overwhelmed by the hospitality of its savage in habitants that he now, in commemoration [token] of the high respect, esteem, regard, honor and affection in which he came to hold [holds] his entertainers, and


in appreciation of courtesy of his


especial the last


Greenland host and latest friend paints and inscribes this page”. (Words in brackets represent lined through corrections edited by Kent.)


Although unfinished this is a finely executed drawing


in Rockwell Kent’s distinctive style. Kent pencilled in the section of the sheet behind the drawing on the reverse of the page to add a background depth to the image.


The caption with its use of the name merkén is elusive. Rockwell Kent was himself shipwrecked off Greenland in 1929 an experience that was captured in his book n By E. he returned to Greenland on two other occasions to live and paint in 1931 and 1934 it is unclear whether this drawing relates to his first shipwreck or to a later visit.


Sold with a copy of the first UK edition of n by E (cassell 1934), a very good copy in original cloth with dust wrapper.


166. [KENT]. NESBIT, Edith (author). in homespun. London: John Lane, Vigo St. 1896.


£198


8vo. original brown cloth pictorially decorated in cream with a key design to the lower cover and spine and an Art nouveau pictorial panel to upper cover depicting a young girl holding aloft a large bowl, edges uncut; pp. [viii] + 189 + 14 + [ii] + 16 (publisher’s catalogues, dated 1896); a near fine copy, both externally and internally, with only minor browning to endpapers.


First edition. This is a volume of charming short stories, written in the dialect of the South Kent villages.


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