Leipzig: State Academy for Graphic Arts and Book Trade / Der Staatl. Akademie fur Graphische Kunste und Buchgewersse, 1931. Hardcover. One of 1000 copies. A comprehensive yearbook of the contributions of publishers and printers to the development of graphic arts and art in books. It offers an interesting picture of the book arts in the early 20th century. In addition to 115 reproductions of text pages or illustrations from various presses in Germany and other European countries there are numerous essays in German throughout written by scholars and educators in the printing arts. Bound in paper covered boards with embossed ornament on front cover and linen spine with paper title label. Bumping to corners and a bit of fading to the spine label. Bowing to boards. A few spots to the front endpapers. Hinges weak but text block is firm. Interior pages are clean. Very good condition. Quarto. 139 pages of text plus the 115 images. BOB/121422. Very Good.
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Haarlem: 1929. Paperback. Modern binding of light blue paper wrappers titled by hand in black pen. Offsetting to first and last page of text with light spots of foxing throughout. Includes several speciment texts printed in different languages, pages of specimen type, and explanatory text in Dutch, French, German, and English. The type is difficult to read, as much of it originated in the late sixteenth century. 40 pages. BOB/012323. Very Good.
Mainz: Gutenberg-Gesllschaft (Gutenberg Society), 1929. Hardcover. A collection of essays on bookish subjects in various languages. Please note that each essay is in one language only. Essays in German, French, Italian, and English. Subjects include the origin of Papier velin, modern type design, small private collections of incunabula, ancient Chinese letterpress art, Incunable illustration techniques, and more. Illustrated. Bound in black paper covered boards with light green spine titled in black. Gilt emblem to front board. Chipping and loss to cloth on spine at ends and along hinges. Minor wear and chipping to paper along edges and corners. Bumping to corners. Minor toning to margins, but overall the interior is clean and bright. Size: Quarto. 315 pages plus ads. BOB/010422. Very Good.
Los Angeles: Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc., 1985. Hardcover. One of 150 copies. A handsome leaf book that documents the life and achievements of 15th century printer Johann Zainer and his press. The original leaf contained in the book was printed at Zainer's press sometime between 1478-81. It is from Hugo Ripelin's Compendium Theologiae Veritatis. There are also three reproductions of pages from other books from Zainer's press. Bound in blue cloth with cream title label on spine. The text was printed on Mohawk Superfine paper in Aldine Bembo types by Patrick Reagh, Printers. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 11 inches. 22 pages. PRI/120722. Fine.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1932. Softcover. Number 157 of 420 copies. This is the text of an address given by Frederick Ashley, Chief Assistant Librarian of the Library of Congress at the eleventh National Conference on Printing Educationin in honor of the important collection of 15th century books from the library of Doctor Otto Vollbehr. The Library purchased the collection That included a Gutenberg Bible for over one million dollars. Designed and printed by George Henry Carter, the Public Printer of the United States. Bound in white parchment with black and blue titling to cover and printed on handmade paper with Cloister types in two columns of forty-two lines each and illuminated with handmade initial letters similar to the Gutenberg Bible. Prefaced with three black and white photographs of Dr. Vollbehr and the Gutenberg Bible - the Book of Books. Housed in a worn and soiled light blue slipcase. Book is in very good condition. Measures 10 x 13 inches. Unpaginated [14 pages plue colophon]. PRI/012323. Very Good.
Frankfurt am Main: Bauerschen Giesserei, 1940. Hardcover. A major German publication issued to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of printing. The title translates as "adventure and art. A chronicle of the book printing trade from the invention of movable type to the present." Extensively illustrated throughout with facsimiles and reproductions from books, manuals, and other sources to chronicle the history of printing from incunabula to the 20th century. Bound in brown paper covered boards with cream paper covered spine, with titling in black to both. Light wear and bumped corners. In a cream dust jacket with stains, creases and wear. Crease to front endpaper. Interior pages are clean and bright. In very good condition. Measures 10 x 13 inches. 437 pages including index. BOB/101123. Very Good.
Boston: Merrymount Press, 1914. Hardcover. In an introductory note the author writes that he was interested in John Baskerville and collected his imprints. He was invited to read a paper on Baskerville to the Boston Society of Printers. That paper formed the basis for this book on Baskerville's life and achievements. Bound in green paper covered boards with black linen spine. The paper covers are chipped, bumped and soiled. The interior pages are somewhat rippled from a tight binding. Pages are generally clean with a light spot or so on a few pages. Offsetting on the title page from the frontis portrait of Baskerville. Includes a facsimile letter and an image of a hand-press like that he would have used. Following the text is a list of Benton's collection of Baskerville editions and an index. About very good. Small quarto. 78 pages. BOB/112222. Very Good.
North Hills, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1982. Hardcover. One of 500 copies. A facsimile of the the important 1664 history of printing by Richard Atkyns and the Caslon specimen book published in 1764. The introductory text by Carey Bliss was composed in Van Dijck types and printed on Frankfurt paper. The facsimiles were printed on Mohawk Text and the binding was done by Gray Parrot. Bound in beige cloth with title label on spine. Housed in a blue paper covered slipcaseshowing slight wear. In fine condition. Quarto. 137 pages. PRI/112222. Fine.
New York: The Typophiles, 1976. Hardcover. Bound in dark blue cloth backed patterned orange paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and black initials to front board. Clean, bright interior with full color frontispiece facsimilie. In original glassine with several chips to the edges. 54 pages. BOB/012323. Very Good.
Haarlem: Stichting Museum Enschedé, 1978. Hardcover. Number 1233 of 1500 copies. A history based mainly on material in the collection of Joh. Enschedé en zonen at Haarlem. First published in 1908. This limited edition was letterpress printed in Romanée type on laid paper by G. Schut of Holland. Bound by Brandt-Weesp of Holland. Layout and design by Bram de Does. Bound in quarter tan leather over dark brown patterned paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light scuffing and sunning to spine. Light wear to corners of boards. Clean, bright interior with frontispiece illustration and many reproductions of typefaces. Folio. BOB/010523. Near Fine.
New York: The Grolier Club and David R. Godine, 2004. Hardcover. Signed by both authors on half title page. Revised edition. This book includes "(at least in the opinions of Messrs. Hutner and Kelly) the hundred greatest printed books of teh twentieth century. Given another pair of editors, you'd probably be offered a differetn list, but this one serves and serves well, for it concentrates not only on the recognized chestnuts, but also lesser-known, and often exceeding récherché volumes that have left their mark" (jacket). Navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Pristine interior with many full color illustrations. Tight binding. Blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Minor rubbing to panelas and a few light creases. Index, 110 pages. BOB/012423. Fine / Near Fine.
Cambridge: Merrymount Press for Harvard College Library, 1940. Hardcover. 1 of 250 copies, with Ray Nash signature to half title page. French and Flemish text in facsimilie, English translation and notes by Ray Nash. "This Dialogue, which has been surprisingly overlooked, presents an interesting description of the art of writing. But it is even more important as the earliest account of the working of teh printing press. Therefore, it is a highly appropriate first publication by the Harvard Library's new Department of Printing and Graphic Arts" (foreword). Cream cloth spine over blue paste paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Clean and bright. In original glassine with many tears and losses to edges. 30 pages plus plates in facsimilie. BOB/. Very Good.
Bloomsbury, The Nonesuch Press. 1937. Hardcover. A bibliographical list of the original illustrations to the works of Charles Dickens being those made under his supervision now compiled for the first time by Thomas Hatton. Includes the prospectus issued by the press for their complete set of Dickens's works. Bound in blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. Foxing to endpapers and previous owner's signature in pen, else interior pages are clean and bright. Very good condition. 128 pages. BOB/011623. Very Good.
Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press in association with the New York Public Library, (2004). Hard Cover. 8vo. Light blue cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Gilt and black decoration to boards. Pristine interior with full color photographic illustrations on every page. Index, 119 pages. Books about books. BOB/122022. Fine.
Hamburg: Maximilian Gesellschaft, 1963. Hardcover. One of 1600 copies of this important first edition about German book arts in the 19th and 20th centuries, printed for the members of the Maximilian Society as an annual gift. The Society was founded in 1911 as an association of bibliophiles providing support for modern German book arts. The text volume is by Georg Kurt Schauer. Volume II is the extensively illustrated overview of individual German book artists, presses, and designers, with the illustrations and the bibliography compiled by the board of the society. Bound in beige cloth with paper title labels to cover and spine. LIght wear with fading to the spine labels and bump to top edge of first volume. Volume I has a pencil note saying that the book was a gift from Schauer. Missing the slipcase. In very good condition. Inserted is a list of member donors for the publication. Quarto. Volume I: 297 pages plus table of contents; Volume II: Bibliography is 32 pages; Illustration descriptions: 163 pages, plus the same number of unnumbered pages with plates. BOB/011623. Very Good.
New York: Landmark Press, 1979. Hardcover. A beautifully printed facsimile of the famed Nuremberg Chronicle, one of the most noted early printed books and one of the first to sucessfully integrate text and illustrations. It was originally written in Latin, but this German translation followed within a few months. Bound in dark green pebbled cloth with gilt and black titling to front cover and spine. Small stain to fore-edge otherwise in near fine condition. Housed in a gray cardboard slipcase with light wear. Measures 10 x 14 inches. 286 leaves. BOB/011123. Near Fine.
New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1997. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. Eugene Victor Thaw (1927 - 2018) was an American art dealer who owned a gallery in Manhattan. He and his wife donated over 1,000 works of art to the Pierpont Morgan Library and Fenimore Art Museum. This book collects articles he wrote on auction houses, museums, and collecting; book reviews; essays on artists; and more. All were previously published in various periodicals including the New York Times Book Review, ARTNews, Heritage, The Times, The Spectator, his own published books, and more. Maroon cloth over marbled paper covered boards with black and gilt title to spine. Pristine. Tipped in photographic frontispiece. Letterpress printed from Dante type on Simpson Teton paper by the Stinehour Press. Designed by Jerry Kelly. Bound by Acme Bookbinding. 229 pages. BOB/122022. Fine.
DC: Judd & Detweiler, Inc, 1938. Hardcover. Designed and printed by the printing house of Judd and Detweiler. Cream cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board with a gilt emblem inlaid into front board. Illustrated with several facsimilie pages. Bump to head of spine and to one corner of slipcase. Clean and bright. Housed in a matching cream cloth covered slipcase. Minor wear to edges of case. 51 pages. BOB/012423. Very Good.
San Francisco: Windsor Press, 1926. Hardcover. Number 77 of 200 copies. Printed by the Brothers Johnson at the Windsor Press on hand-made paper. Cream cloth over dark brown paper coverd boards with black title to spine. Wear and fraying to spine ends with about a 1/2 inch loss to foot of spine. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Large initial letters and illustrations. An attractive printing of this abridged biography of William Caxton, the first English printer. Size: Thin Quarto. [20 pages.] Unpaginated. PRI/012423. Very Good.