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PRINTING. FLEET STREET. PRINTER'S DEVIL.: Catalogue of the Collection of Items at the Printer's Devil, Fetter Lane London EC4, illustrating the History of Printing. With Essays and a Glossary of Terms
Whitbread & Co., n.d. [c.1960] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, illustrated title, 16plates on 14 and numerous facsimiles (a number full-page) in the text, presentation inscription on front free endpaper; original pictorial wrappers, a very good, bright, clean copy. Catalogue of the collection of printing specimens and artefacts at the famous Fleet Street pub. Lists 140 items together with essays on The Printed Page by A. Lloyd-Taylor and The Printed Illustration by John Lewis. (Book ref. 19149) £10.00
BULLOCK (H), Mrs.: The Williamsburg Art of Cookery [Thirteenth Printing]
[Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg VA, 1966] 8vo., Thirteenth Impression thus, with a frontispiece; patterned boards, black cloth back lettered in gilt, sprinkled edges, a near fine copy complete with publisher's wrap-around band. Fine copy of this wide-ranging collection of old and new Virginia recipes. The book is styled as a facsimile of the first American cookery book: Park's 'Compleat Housewife' of 1742. (Book ref. 18958) £20.00
Blades (W). LARGE PAPER 'PENTATEUCH': The Pentateuch of Printing, with a Chapter on Judges...With a Memoir of the Author and a List of his Works, by Talbot R. Reed. 100 COPIES WERE PRINTED
Elliot Stock, 1891 4to., First Edition, LARGE PAPER, with a frontispiece, decorative and printed titles, and numerous plates (a number folding) and illustrations in the text; publisher's binding of boards, calf back gilt, gilt top, covers lightly rubbed and age-marked else a very good, clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 100 COPIES SIGNED BY THE PUBLISHER. Sold from an institution with its stamps and accession data. 'The best brief outline of the history of printing. This was the first comprehensiove primer in the English language on the subject and it may still be considered invaluable to the student of historical typography. As the title suggests, the history of the chosen art is traced in its various stages as the great Pentateuch traced the origin and wanderings of the chosen people.'. W. Turner Berry, 1924 (Book ref. 18554) £160.00
MORISON (S). UPDIKE (D.B). MCKITTERICK (D), ed.: Stanley Morison and D.B. Updike. Selected Correspondence. Edited by David McKitterick
Scolar Press, 1980 8vo., First Edition, with 20 plates; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the d/w (Book ref. 18294) £14.00
Gill (E). Harling (R): The Letter Forms and Type Designs of Eric Gill. Notes by Robert Harling
Eva Svensson and the Westerham Press, 1976 Sm. 4to., with a portrait frontispiece and numerous illustrations and facsimiles in the text, signature on front free endpaper and title; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a very good, bright, clean copy. Harling's study was first published in 'Alphabet & Image 6' (1948); this is a considerably revised and expanded edition (Book ref. 17162) £38.00
WEBB (K.G).: Stanhope Impressions. The Life and Work of Charles, Third Earl of Stanhope
College of Technology, Oxford, 1966 4to., First Edition, with a frontispiece, armorial title, with 3 plates on 2, numerous illustrations tinted red in the text and patterned endpapers; original pictorial brown cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in gilt, a near fine copy. This copy was formerly in the library of the eminent historian JH Owen. Loosely inserted are two long A.L.s to Owen. Very scarce. (Book ref. 16920) £24.00
PRINTING. THE. TIMES.: Printing in the Twentieth Century. A Survey. Reprinted from the Special Number of The Times October 29 1929
Times Publishing Company, 1930 4to., First Edition, with a sepia-toned frontispiece, numerous coloured, monochrome and sepia-toned plates, and several facsimiles (some full-page) in the text, free endpapers lightly browned, neat signature on front free endpaper; original navy buckram, upper board lettered in gilt, backstrip with red leather label lettered in gilt, gilt top, bevelled edges, a very good, bright copy. With numerous trade advertisements (many illustrated and one printed in colour with tissue guard) at end. Loosely inserted is a copy of the broadsheet publication 'The Times. Opening of New Printing Office [at St. Andrew's Hill, London] dated Thursday December 2 1937, together with a relevant contemporary cutting. (Book ref. 16887) £30.00
Blake (W). Bentley (G.E): Blake Books. Annotated Catalogues of William Blake's Writings in Illuminated Printing, Conventional Typography and in Manuscript and Reprints thereof etc., Books he owned and Scholarly and Critical Works about Him
Clarendon Press, Oxford, [2000] Sm. 4to., cloth, a near fine copy in the d/w. A standard reference. Much-needed reissue of the second and revised edition of 1977 (itself effectively a new version of the first edition of 1964). With new preface and postscript by the compiler. (Book ref. 16735) £90.00
MORISON (S) and H. JACKSON.: A Brief Survey of Printing History and Practice. IN THE d/w
The Fleuron, 1923 8vo., First Edition, with numerous type-facsimiles in the text, neat inscription on front free endpaper; original boards, cloth corners and backstrip, paper label, boards very lightly rubbed else an unusually bright, clean copy in the scarce d/w, the latter lightly age-soiled and chipped with minor loss at head and tail of backstrip. . A small portion of the contents appeared in a more condensed form in a printing supplement issued with the Manchester Guardian, 23 May 1922. Scarce in this condition, especially in the d/w. Appleton 18. (Book ref. 15840) £68.00
MORISON (S) and H. JACKSON.: A Brief Survey of Printing History and Practice
The Fleuron, 1923 8vo., First Edition, with numerous type-facsimiles in the text; original boards, cloth corners and backstrip, paper label, boards very lightly rubbed else an unusually bright, clean copy. A small portion of the contents appeared in a more condensed form in a printing supplement issued with the Manchester Guardian, 23 May 1922. Scarce in this condition. Appleton 18. (Book ref. 15839) £44.00
[CAXTON (W)]. BLADES (W), preface.: The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers. A Facsimile Reproduction of the First Book printed in England by William Caxton, in 1477. [With a Preface by William Blades]. [Second facsimile re-issue]
Diploma Press, 1974 8vo., on laid paper, black-letter throughout, neat signature on front free endpaper; original buckram, gilt back, a near fine copy in publisher's board slip-case. The first facsimile of Caxton's famous work was published by Elliot Stock in 1877. (Book ref. 15529) £38.00
Simon (O): Signature. A Quadrimestrial of Typography and Graphic Arts. New Series. Volumes 1-18. COMPLETE SET IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS AND CLOTH
Signature 1946-54 18 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition, with numerous illustrations throughout; original printed wrappers (two volumes In original cloth), a very good, clean set. Complete sets are increasingly scarce in this condition (Book ref. 14905) £248.00
Dobson (W.T): History of the Bassandyne Bible. The First Printed in Scotland, with Notices of the Early Printers of Edinburgh
William Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1887 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a frontispiece and 33 facsimiles in the text and decorative endpapers, endpapers lightly browned; pictorial cloth blocked in gilt and black, gilt back, uncut, covers a little age-soiled and backstrip mildly browned else a very good, firm copy. Scarce (Book ref. 15064) £136.00
ROBERTI (G), Count.: Della Probita Naturale. Libri Due. Di Giambatista AB. Conte Roberti. RARE TURIN PRINTING
Alliana E Paravia, Torino, 1825 2 books in one vol., 8vo., text in Italian, on laid paper, some very light spotting (mainly marginal); neat nineteenth signature on front free endpaper; contemporary pebble-grain cloth, calf back with five bands ruled in gilt, second compartment lettered and ruled in gilt, boards unevenly faded, fore-edges a little dust-soiled else a very good, bright, firm copy. A MOST UNUSUAL TURIN PRINTING of Roberti's treatise on ethics and integrity, nominated by Gamba as one of his better works, and first published in Bassano, the author's birthplace, in 1784. In it, Roberti takes his inspiration from Montesquieu and others in exploring the distinction between honesty and truthfulness, uprightness and moral rectitude. The treatise is divided into two parts; the first exploring six 'doubts', the second concentrating on six founding principles. Both parts contain numerous examples, some literary and some factual. Extremely scarce, especially in this condition. Gamba 2420 (recording the first edition). (Book ref. 14686) £180.00
Broxbourne Library: [Sale] Catalogue of valuable printed Books from the Broxbourne Library illustrating the Spread of Printing. The Property of John Ehrman
Sotheby, 1977-78 2 vols., 4to., with coloured frontispieces (one folding) and very numerous facsimiles (the majority full-page) in the text; original boards, a very good, clean copy. With the printed lists of estimates, and of purchasers and prices. The four-day sale realised a total of 1,297,000. (Book ref. 14275) £45.00
Gray (G.J): The Earlier Cambridge Stationers and Bookbinders and the first Cambridge Printer
Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society, 1904 4to., First Edition, with title in red and black, and 29 plates; original society binding of boards, holland back lettered in black, uncut, a near fine copy. Published as no. XIII of the Bibliographical Society's Illustrated Monographs. Very scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 11642) £240.00
GRANJON (R). SABBE (M) and M. RUDIN.: Die Civilite-Schriften des Robert Granjon in Lyon und die Flamischen Drucker des 16 Jahrhunderts. 250 COPIES WERE PRINTED
Bibliotheca Typographica, Wien, 1929 Sm. folio, First Edition, on laid paper, with title-vignette and 29 full-page facsimiles in the text; original blue-grey boards, backstrip with paper-label lettered in black, uncut, a near fine copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 250 COPIES (THIS COPY NO. 153). (Book ref. 11500) £42.00
WINSHIP (G.P).: Gutenberg to Plantin. An Outline of the Early History of Printing
Harvard University Press, Cambridge [MA], 1926 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; original dark blue cloth, backstrip with paper label, gilt top, uncut, a near fine copy. With the personal bookplate of Arnold Yates, printed in red and black, on front paste-down. Scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 11429) £16.00
BASKERVILLE (J). JAY (L).: Letters of the famous 18th Century Printer John Baskerville of Birmingham. Together with a Bibliography of Works printed by him at Birmingham. Collected, compiled & printed under the Direction of Leonard Jay
Birmingham School of Printing, Central School of Arts & Crafts, 1932 Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; cloth, gilt back, covers lightly age-marked else a very good, bright, clean copy. With the separately printed corrigenda slip loosely inserted. The wood-engraved frontispiece is by Joyce Francis. The works collects fifteen Baskerville letters followed by the first substantial bibliography of Baskverville's Birmingham editions. Scarce. (Book ref. 9654) £80.00
PLANTIN (C). PENNELL (J), illus. SABBE (M), Dr.: Christopher Plantin. Translated from the Flemish by Alice Van Riel-Goransson. With Illustrations by Joseph Pennell
Buschmann, Antwerp, 1923 8vo., First Edition, with title in red and black, 11 tipped-in illustrations in red by Pennell, neat signature on front paste-down, page-edges lightly browning; boards gilt, small tear at extreme head of backstrip, blank lower outer corner removed from one leaf (not affecting text), a good, firm copy in unclipped d/w, the latter browned, frayed at edges and wanting most of backstrip. Pennell's pen drawings first appeared in Devinne's 'Christopher Plantin and the Plantin Museum' published for the Grolier Club in 1888. (Book ref. 8783) £14.00