Baltimore: Horn-Shafer Company, 1941. Hardcover. Limited to 250 copies. Signed and inscribed by the author: "To F.C. Latrobe compliments of Bruce Cotten Sept 4th 1941." Born in Wilson, North Carolina, Bruce Cotten (1873 - 1954) was a serious collector of books, art, and ephemera relating to North Carolina. Much of his collection can now be found at the Louis Round Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina library. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Very subtle dampstain to front cover. Offsetting to endpages and a few small spots of foxing to interior, but overall clean and bright. Includes 100 facsimile impressions of titlepages. 66 pages plus 101 plates. BOB/022814. Very Good.
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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.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896-97. The Earthly Paradise was a collection of epic and romantic poems by William Morris (1834-1896) that first appeared in 1868-1870 when he was still in his thirties, and established Morris's reputation as an important poet. He planned to do an edition elaborately illustrated by his great friend, the artist Edward Burne-Jones but it was never realized. This Kelmscott Press edition had eight volumes that were issued between July 1896 and September 1897. There were 225 paper copies and 6 copies on vellum. These eight leaves are from volume five and contain pages 49-64 of The Land East of the Sun and West of the Moon. They are collected as one signature. The beautiful text pages have two 6-line decorated initials and twenty 4-line initials. Printed on Apple paper in Golden type using red and black inks. This was the first book in which Apple paper was used. Pages measure 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Except for some light browning to page edges the leaves are in near fine condition. An excellent example of the typography and printing of the Kelmscott Press and a wonderful addition to a teaching collection. PRI/070320. Near Fine.
Lower Marston Farm, Risbury, Herefordshire: Whittington Press, 2020. It is sad to say, but this will be the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, John and Rose Randle have decided to discontinue producing this fine annual for printers and bibliophiles on the book arts that compiles articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. Their Whittington Press was founded in 1971 to print and publish books by letterpress. Since its beginnings, they have printed over 200 books, including the renowned Matrix, an annual review for printers and bibliophiles. Contributors to this issue include David Butcher, Sebastian Carter, Jerry Kelly, Russell Maret, Paul Nash, Martyn Ould, Elies Plana, and Marianne Tidcombe among others. Bound in cream paper wrappers with blue titling and cover illustration. In fine condition. 193 pages. BOB/031221. Fine.
New York: Museum Books, 1964. Hardcover. Number 49 of 500 copies of the American edition signed and numbered by Hermann Zapf. Zapf (1918-2015) was a German typographer, book designer, and calligrapher who is considered one of the most influential figures in these fields. This work showcases Zapf's designs 78 title and text pages of both projected designs and published books. "Each shows what can happen when by good fortune an impassioned reader happens also to be a supreme typographer - a conjunction of talents still, alas! uncommon in our book-manufacturing world." [Propectus] At the end of the volume is a four-page analytical table of contents citing each item's production details. Bound in half-vellum with grey board covers. With a brown paper dust jacket with titling to spine and front cover. Printed in color throughout on Hahnemuhle handmade paper at the house printing-office of the D. Stempel AG type foundry in Frankfurt am Main. In very good or better condition save for speckles left by dust along the top edge of the pages. Prospectus inserted. Measures 8.25 x 12 inches. BOB/040420. Very Good.