New Haven: Yale University Press,  - 1991. Hardcover. This monumental bibliography is the essential guide to 19th century American literature. This is the complete set of 10 volumes. The first seven volumes were compiled by Blanck, a noted authority on American literature. Volumes 8 and 9 were edited and completed by Michael Winship, who also compiled the 10th volume, a selective Index of titles, publishers, and dates. The individual volumes are of mixed editions but all were published as part of a matched set with black cloth bindings with title on red cloth spine label. All of the volumes are in very good or better condition. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BOB/111616. Very Good.
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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.
Risbury, England: Whittington Press, 2000. Hardcover. Number 65 of 80 copies of the deluxe edition. There were 825 total copies printed including 745 copies of the regular edition. This is one of the special copies of the annual publication of Matrix, one of the foremost publications on the book arts during its 36 year existence. Sadly, Matrix 36, published in 2020, was the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, Whittington Press owners, John and Rose Randle, decided to discontinue producing this fine annual for printers and bibliophiles on the book arts that compiled articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. This issue includes a number of articles by such well-known bibliophiles and book artists as William Peterson, Gaylord Schanilec, Leonard Baskin, Jerry Kelly, John Dreyfus, Sebastian Carter, and Roderick Cave. Interspersed throughout are photographs, printing samples, and illustrations. There is the volume's prospectus inserted in a back pocket. Quarter bound in tan Oasis leather with tan, yellow, and brown marbled boards. Letterpress printed in Caslon, Fournier, and Garamond types on Somerville Laid and Zerkall Mould-made papers.The deluxe copy includes a separate folder bound in cream paper boards with nine wood engravings by Freda Tremlett. Both volumes are housed in a light red stiff board slipcase. Near fine condition. Matrix volume and folder measure 8 x 11 inches. BOB/102621. Near Fine.