Jersey City, NJ: American Type Founders Company, 1912. Hardcover. This heavy encyclopedic catalog from the American Type Founders is the largest ever issued by the company, with its 1000+pages showing every possible type face available. They exhort printers to study every page to understand how type faces can make the difference between having a profitable vs. unprofitable business. In addition to displaying the type styles themselves, the specimen book offers numerous examples in different colors and layouts to showcase how the type can be used. Altogether a fascinating view of the art of printing at the beginning of the 20th century. Each volume has a unique number stamped in that links it to the buyer for purchases. Bound in red cloth with black titling to spine and front cover. Spine is somewhat worn but the binding is in very good condition. The interior pages are near fine save for one decorative ornament image on page 974 having been neatly excised from the middle of the page. Measures 8 x 11 x 3 inches. 1096 pages. BOB/040920. Near Fine.
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Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2013. Simon Brett. Hardcover. Endgrain Editions Four. Limited to 120 copies in the regular edition. This is the first addition to the Endgrain Editions since 2003, and it is a major return to the series. It is a celebration of the work of Simon Brett documenting his fifty plus years as an engraver. Simon is acknowledged as one of the masters of wood engraving of the past half-century. With 134 engravings printed from the wood, an introduction by the artist, and a chronological catalogue of the more than 1,000 engravings Simon has so far engraved, this is a major work of 250 pages, and is certain to be an important reference on Simon’s work as well as being a splendid book from this important private press. Text printed in Joanna with Fry’s Ornamented for display in green and black on Zerkall Cream laid with engravings printed on Zerkall White Smooth. Bound in quarter green cloth with paper patterned boards and title label to spine. In fine condition. PRI/062014. Fine.
Essex, UK: . Three nice handwritten letters from Coulson Kernahan related to publishing matters. Kernahan (1858-1943) was a prolific writer and editor, reading and editing submissions for publisher Ward, Lock & Co. among other efforts. He was their copy editor for Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Two of the three letters are dated 1896 and the third undated one pertains to content in one of the previous letters. All were sent on printed letterhead “Thrums,” Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The first two-page letter is addressed to Mr. Tickell. In it Kernahan apologizes for taking so long in getting back to him and then turns down an invitation to write a story for a publication he refers to as “BW.” He also writes that one of his works, “A Literary Gent,” is a Ward Lock copyright but says they would probably agree to have it reprinted for “some small sum.” He goes on to talk about manuscripts submitted [does not say where] for a 200 pound prize. The second one-page letter is sent to “Dear Sirs.” Kernahan writes to say that he had expected three manuscripts to be read for his proposed honorarium of 9 pounds, or 3 pounds each. To his surprise he received seven manuscripts and states that the honorarium must be adjusted but instead of asking for 21 pounds, states he would be satisfied with 15 pounds. The third letter of 1.5 pages is a cover letter to a report that he is sending offering his opinions of the stories reviewed. He says that he reads manuscripts for possible publication with two considerations in mind. The first is the literary quality of the work, and the second is for the potential popularity of the piece - ”to put myself, so to speak in the place of the public which buys and enjoys books which the literary [part of word obscured] journals condemn.” The letters are quite legible despite soiling and darkening to paper. The letters appear to have been previously affixed to something, two with glue on the back and one by tape to the left margins, with some remnants still attached. Light creases where folded. 7 x 9 inches. AUTO/113016. Very Good -.
London: Chaundy & Cox, 1922. Hardcover. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Michael Sadleir (1888 - 1957) was the most noted scholar and bibliographer of Victorian literature of his time. In this work he calls the material included his “notes” rather than an exhaustive bibliography, and speaks of his great love for the Victorian novelists. Those included here are Anthony Trollope (his favorite), Benjamin Disraeli, Frederick Marryat, Wilkie Collins, Charles Reade, G.J. Whyte Melville, Mrs. Gaskell, and Herman Melville. There are several introductory pages on the writing of each author followed by the bibliographical notes. The book is inscribed “To James S. Bain and W. de Coverly for use in the shop if they care to Michael Sadleir May 1922.” Bound in very good black cloth boards with gilt title and author to spine. The interior is clean and bright except for browning to front and rear endpapers and slight aging to margins of pages. 240 pages including an index of titles. BOB/062008. Very Good.