Riverside CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. This inventive limited edition book is designed to explain little books, or rather, little case-bound books. Case-binding constructs the body of the book separately from the covers, and combines them at the end of the binding process. It is a quick and reasonably sturdy way of bookbinding, and almost all commercial hardbound books are produced like this. Every part of this book’s binding is labeled, and the back cover is left unglued to show the inner workings of the spine and hinges. The pages of the book itself contain publication data, each page labeled as itself, all the way from half-title to colophon. The book artist Pat Sweet included all she could think of that a book might possess: a tipped-in plate and barrier sheet, a fold-out diagram of the relative sizes of books (from double elephant folio to 64mo), a laid in list of extraneous matter which includes the list itself, and a note on the type, written in the typefaces used in labeling the book’s parts. The book also has examples of things attached to books: a dust jacket, a bookplate, an interior pocket containing a miniature Bo Press bookmark, a binder’s ticket, a slipcase, and a vellum belly band. This is a wonderful self-referential little reference toy for lovers of publishing and binding alike. In fine condition. 2 3/16 x 1 11/16 inches. PRI/060121. Fine.
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Birmingham, UK: Hudson & Son, 1880. Hardcover. Number 198 of 200 copies signed by Bragge. Privately printed. Very scarce edition of this extensive bibliography of books and objects related to tobacco and smoking. It is a chronological list of 409 titles of books, and a classified catalogue of about 13,000 objects connected with the use of tobacco - an ethnographic collection of pipes, snuff mills and snuff rasps, snuff bottles, fire strikers, tinder boxes, and more. William Bragge (1823 – 1884) was an English civil engineer, antiquarian and author. He established a museum and art gallery and collected a notably comprehensive library of the literature on tobacco, in all its forms and almost all languages, with pamphlets, engravings and other publications filling 17 large volumes.The original and revised volumes of his catalogues constitute the earliest specialist bibliography in the English language. In 1880, Bragge published this revised bibliography of tobacco, Bibliotheca Nicotiana [Wikipedia]. Bound in three quarter dark red leather with marbled paper boards. Spine with six compartments with titling and gilt ornaments. Front cover is partially detached. Leather is rubbed, worn, and abraded. Rear hinge tender. Front free endpaper detached. Tears to bottom margins of first few pages not affecting text. Text is otherwise clean and in very good condition. Quarto. 248 pages plus rear table of contents. BOB/083021. Very Good.
Delhi, NY: Birch Brook Press, 1995. Softcover. An entertaining compilation of readings from well known writers about the joys of books and reading. Writers include Max Beerbohm, Colette, George Eliot, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Lamb, Malcolm X and more. Grey softcover in self wrappers with titling in red to spine and front cover. Light fading along top of front cover otherwise very good. Bookstore stamp and previous owner bookplate. Letterpress printed. 189 pages. BOB/090721. Very Good.
London: Archibald Constable & Co, 1909. Hardcover. Cyril Davenport (1848-1941) was a bookbinder and author who wrote extensively on the history of bookbinding. He also wrote on topics as diverse as jewelry design, architecture, heraldry, the English royal regalia, mezzotints and other types of illustrative reproduction. This book by Davenport was owned by Thomas Parkin, who apparently organized a series of lectures by him on some of his areas of expertise, including one on heraldry. Tipped in are several articles from 1914 from the Hastings and St. Leonards Observer reporting on the talks. Tipped in is a note from Davenport to Parkin about an upcoming visit. Another note from an unidentified correspondent to Parkin cancels a visit and asks about one of Davenport's books about bindings. Tipped in the rear of the book is a 1910 copy of the Journal of the Royal Society of the Arts that includes the text of a Davenport lecture on miniatures. Bound in maroon cloth that is bumped with signs of handling and with a faded spine. Interior pages are clean and bright. Illustrated throughout with black and white images of the book stamps. Very good. Small octavo. 451 pages, BOB/040521. Very Good.
New York: The Grolier Club, 1995. Softcover. One of 1000 copies. From the collection of book seller William S. Reese, with his compliments slip laid in. Reese formed an important Graves collection that included first editions, manuscripts, and letters. Green softcover in self wrappers with title label to front cover. Light signs of handling but near fine. Octavo. 35 pages. BOB/090721. Near Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2021. Hardcover. Number 24 of the 54 copies of the standard edition. There are 10 additional copies of the deluxe edition. Each copy of the book comes with a pamphlet with photos of the manufacturing process and a soft cover book with Romano's explanation of this new work. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skill. In this book, Romano states that he is reprinting the original text of the Iti Amotytoma Muxum that arrived in England from Utopia in 1535. The book was purportedly soon "lost in the darkness of history" until 2019, when it was revealed to be in the Vatican Secret Archives. The book artist says that he was able to get possession of the book for a few weeks. Although not able to translate the mysterious lost language of Utopia, he was able to recreate the harmonious overall impression of the book with its deliberately used proportions and its classical and elementary typography. According to his book of explanation, Romano created this work in response to his own ethical, moral, and political beliefs about our modern world. The book is an intriguing production that beautifully displays his mastery of symbols and letter forms. It was hand set in lead type with brass lines and letterpress printed in black and four-colors. There were approximately 52 printing forms. The book is bound in green linen with gilt titling to front cover. It is housed in a grey paper covered slipcase along with the pamphlet of photos. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. Book: 56 pages; Explanation volume: 23 pages. ARTB/090321. Fine.