Newcastle, England: J.G. Foster, 1860. Hardcover. Scarce. Thomas Bell (1785-1860) was a prominent land valuer and surveyor who also served as a commissioner and arbitrator for lands in districts of northern England. He is best remembered, however, as an extraordinary book collector, "bringing together one of the largest and most valuable collections of books, papers, and engravings ever formed in the North of England particularly in matters of local interest"(from obituary reprinted in catalogue). The auction sale lasted fifteen days. On the front free endpaper, there is an interesting later handwritten transcript of notes originally written by John Gray Bell, son of Thomas, about his father's library. He described a good-sized library that was shelved round with filled bookcases buried by other bookcases, also filled and then buried as well. The door of the room would only open slightly ajar and one had to sidle in one at a time along a narrow round pathway. A woman wearing a crinoline could not enter at all. The catalog was published in paper wrappers. This copy has been rebound with covers in blue cloth with a black and gilt spine label. Original wrappers bound in. Some bumping and fading. Browning to wrapper cover and browning to to untrimmed edges and to some page margins, not affecting text. Very good condition. 276 pages. BOB/042415. Very Good.
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Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey, 2019. Hardcover. Number 25 of 55 copies. This is one of 30 standard copies. There were also 20 deluxe copies and five hors de commerce. This beautifully produced leaf book begins with Pollard’s essay that was written for the catalogue of William Andrews Clark Jr.’s renowned book collection, published in 1921 by John Henry Nash. "Rather than a straight historical account of the two presses, Pollard offers a meditation on their influences and influence, particularly in matters of design and typography. It is embellished here with calligraphy by Martin Jackson, and accompanied by a leaf from both of the presses: the Kelmscott's Golden Legend and the Doves' English Bible." [Publisher statement] "Heavenly Monkey is the imprint of publisher Rollin Milroy, dedicated to creating books for people interested in contemporary applications of traditional book crafts: handmade papers, letterpress printing, and bindings that emphasize both aesthetic and structural integrity. Our books are designed as objects to be experienced both intellectually and physically; innovative use of technology from any era, and its skillful application are the studio's guiding principles." [Publisher website] Bound in blue paper covered boards with dark blue cloth spine and with titling and cloth title label to front cover. Printed in Centaur type and with calligraphy in red by Martin Jackson from polymer plates on dampened Arches paper. In fine condition. Measures 10 x 15 inches. 18 pages plus leaves and colophons. PRI/022819. Fine.
London and Berkeley: Scolar Press, . Hardcover. Volume I of this set reproduces the landmark 1934 work by Carter and Pollard in which they outline the detailed and laborious process by which they determined that the illustrious bibliophile Thomas J. Wise had actually produced a large number of forgeries of the writings of many major Victorian writers. The sequel describes their continuing efforts over the next many years to expand their disclosure of Wise's forgeries. This examination revealed that another noted bookman, H. Buxton Forman, was also involved in producing the fraudulent works. Both volumes are fascinating and elegantly written. Volumes I and II are bound in full black morocco with gilt titles to spines. the 3rd volume is a portfolio that holds two pamphlets and is bound in quarter black morocco with grey paper boards and gilt title to spine. All volumes are housed in a black cloth slipcase. The two pamphlets are an original copy of "Two Poems" by Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Chapman & Hall, 1854) and "A Note on Two Poems" by Nicolas Barker (Scolar Press, 1983). The "Note on Two Poems" is printed in an edition limited to 80 copies, of which this is number 64. "An Inquiry into the Nature..." is the second edition while the other volume is the first edition.Volume I: 400 pages plus 31 pages of corrections and notes: Volume II: 394 pages. "Two Poems" is 15 pages and "A Note on Two Poems is 27 pages. BOB/041906. Fine.
Liberty, WI: The Heavy Duty Press, 2018. Softcover. Number 8 of 26 copies. This charming and beautifully printed book is a fitting tribute to the art of fine printing. It reprints an article by master printer Stan Nelson that originally appeared in Parenthesis in 1999. The article described the pleasurable steps and details of typesetting and hand printing. Stan wrote that the essence of fine printing "is really the marriage of the right paper, excellent presswork, perfect type, and good typography." The Heavy Duty Press has produced a book that fulfills Stan's criteria for fine printing. The text is printed on both translucent and opaque sheets that allow the words on separate pages to show through and continue the flow of sentences. Interspersed are designs showing snow through a window. Tipped in is a small facsimile of a letter sent by Stan to Mike Koppa in 1998 about printing. Printed in 10 pt. Century Old Style type on Zerkall Laid and Classic Crest papers on a Vandercook press. The book is hand bound and inserted into one-of-a-kind covers, constructed without adhesive, featuring designs taken from the Specimen Book and Catalogue of the American Type Founders Company. In fine condition. Measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/050719. Fine.