London: Raithby, Lawrence & Co., Ltd, 1901. Hardcover. Bound in maroon cloth covered boards with maroon leather spine titled in gilt. The leather on the spine is split along the front hinge and there is a large chip to the spine leather. The boards remains attached; although, the front board is a little loose. Ex-library with library stamps to fore edge and copyright page. Clean interior filled with samples of color printing and many articles. Browning and foxing to margins of most pages. Occasional smudge marks. Previous owner signature dated 1902 to front free endpaper. Full marbled edges and endpapers. An attractive interior and an interesting publication. 320 pages plus 72 pages of ads to rear. ART/090220. Very Good.
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Maastricht: C. Nypels Leiter-Nypels, 1925. Paperback. In Dutch. Uncommon. 1 of 100 copies. This catalog includes 97 entries plus a short supplement. The Museum Plantijn-Moretus is dedicated to book history and contains over 14,000 woodblocks. Printed by C. Nypels on the press of Leiter-Nypels in Maastricht in Erasmus Mediaeval type by S.H. de Roos. Bound in tan paper wrappers with orange illustration of a tree with lions to front wrappers. Wear and toning to spine. Wear to joints and edges of wrappers including a dampstain to the bottom edge of the rear wrapper and rubbing to front panel. Large split to middle of textblock, but pages remain bound and sewing intact. Clean and bright. 43 pages. Size: Small, thin octavo. BOB/022823. Very Good.
Hamburg: Gesellschaft der Bücherfreunde / Poeschel & Trepte, 1930. Hardcover. Number 313 of 700 copies. The first number of this fine German periodical on typography, illustration, and private press work. Includes an article by De Roos on Dutch book work, with facsimilies and a bibliography. Most text is in German. Bound in the original brown cloth with brick red and gilt title labels to spine. Slight bow to boards. Split to textblock after the front free endpaper, but binding remains secure. Slight bump to lower page corners. Clean and bright. Bookplate to front pastedown of William P. Wreden. Size: 8.75 x 11 inches. 205 pages plus 24 pages of examples. BOB/020323. Very Good.
Paris: Arts et Metiers Graphiques, 1931. Hardcover. Number 26, special. Quarto. This book focuses on the book arts with tipped in pages from private presses - Mainzer Presses, Leiter-Nypels, Harrison of Paris, and more. Photographic images of bindings, and page layouts are included. Printed pieces by illustrators and other fine artists are also included: work by Dufy, Picasso, Redon, Degas, Franz Masereel, Max Ernst, and more. Later binding of off-white cloth boards with black title to spine. The original paper wrappers are bound in. Tape repair to edges of original wrappers. Clean interior overall. Includes illustrations and prints in various media throughout - with tipped in prints and woodcuts. Browning to some pages and to most margins - including some illustrations, but clean overall. An interesting collection with most text in French. 104 pages plus plates. BOB/032723. Very Good.
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.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1939. Hardcover. In their foreword the press writes: "Specimen books of type in the modern printer's office seldom show features of marked individuality. The almost universal use of the monotype and linotype, which derive their type faces from the specimen books of the the manufacturers of these machines, tends to a considerable uniformity in the type repertories. Unique and private fonts have largely ceased to exist....Yet there are some points in which [this] specimen book may claim consideration...asbecomes a university press, the equipment of the fonts in italics, accented letters, reference marks, etc. is ample." The manual is divided into specimens of book fonts,and specimens of job fonts, borders, ornaments, signs, and rules. The pages are held together with metal looseleaf-type rings inside the blue cloth binding. Titling in gilt on spine. This specimen book is in remarkably good condition - very good plus. Sections are paginated individually. 7 x 9.5 x1 inches. BOB/040620. Very Good+.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1939. Hardcover. In their foreword the press writes: "Specimen books of type in the modern printer's office seldom show features of marked individuality. The almost universal use of the monotype and linotype, which derive their type faces from the specimen books of the the manufacturers of these machines, tends to a considerable uniformity in the type repertories. Unique and private fonts have largely ceased to exist....Yet there are some points in which [this] specimen book may claim consideration...asbecomes a university press, the equipment of the fonts in italics, accented letters, reference marks, etc. is ample." The manual is divided into specimens of book fonts,and specimens of job fonts, borders, ornaments, signs, and rules. The pages are held together with metal looseleaf-type rings inside the blue cloth binding. Titling in gilt on spine.With glassine cover that is chilled and creased. This specimen book is in quite good condition - very good plus. Sections are paginated individually. 7 x 9.5 x1 inches. BOB/040620. Very Good+.
Harper Woods, MI: Adagio Press, 1967. Hardcover. Number 60 of 473 copies. In this interesting work, Leonard Bahr explores ornamental as a fascinating aesthetic challenge. The Bradley combination ornamnets were designed 1952 by Will H. Bradley and released by American Type Founders. He states that this pamphlet was more than a year in the making. It gives the background of the creation of the ornaments, illustrates the basic four-square combinations and shows more than forty multiple combinations, including three engraved for this publication by Paul Hayden Duening. The pamphlet was printed on four colors of Italian Fabriano paper. It took about 41 different press runs to print the text pages. The pages were sewn into a white cover and a dense black wrapper. The owner of this copy bound the publication in its original wrappers in a handsome three quarter black leather binding with blue and green marbledpaper covers. Rather oddly, the owner apparently used a binding done for a different publication, as the gilt titling to the spine is for a completely different work by Albert Lantoine. This binding is in near fine condition with light wear to leather corners of covers. Marbled endpapers and an attractive bookplate on the pastedown that doesn't name its owner. Interior pages are also about fine. Accompanied by the prospectus and an undated Christmas card from Ann and Leonard Bahr. Measures 6 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches. Unpaginated [16 pages]. PRI/090123. Fine.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1989. Hardcover. Quarto. A 15th century manuscript reproduced in full color with miniature paintings - with English translations in the margins. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and decoration to front board. Clean overall. Light toning to margins, foxing to fore-edge. Slight sunning to edges. In blue illustrated jacket with white title to spine and yellow title to front panel. 175 pages. BOB/072423. Very Good / Very Good.
The Quill & Brush Press, 1975. First Edition. Paperback. FIRST EDITION LIMITED TO 2000 COPIES. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Beige illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Light soiling to wrappers. Author's signature to title pages. Previous owner's writing to inside top corner. A few pencil notes throughout though text remains clean and bright. 47 pages. BOB/012220. Very Good.
London: Whittaker and Co, 1834. Hardcover. John Aiken (1793 - 1833) was the editor of "Constable's Miscellany", "The Cabinet", and several other periodicals. He died very suddenly at a young age and this volume was put together in his memory by the contributors of his periodicals. It includes a breif biography of Aitken and over 30 liteary pieces. The contributors include: C. Torrop, G.P.R. James, William Tennet, W. M. Hetherington, W.C. Taylor, John Malcolm, Henry Inglis, George Moir, James Gardner, Thomas Rosecoe, Robert Chambers, John Macray, Henry Stebbing, William Wilson, John M'Diarmid, Thomas Aitkinson, and Henry G. Bell. Very good in black leather boards with gilt title to spine. Raised bands to spine and bllind stamped rules to boards and spine. There is a two inch crack to fhe front hinge, rubbing to the boards, and wear to the corners and edges. The endpages are purple with a few small dampstains. There are a few small spots of foxing throughout, but overall the interior is clean. Antiquated ownership signature of Ellen Nicole Liverpool to front free endpage. Full edges gilt. A nice 19th century collection of poetry and short stories. 444 pages. Very Good.
Paris: Alde, 2014. Hardcover. 4to. Blue cloth covered boards with silver title to front board and spine and illustration to front board. Lower corners lightly bumped, otherwise fine. Pristine interior. Lavishly illustrated. Introduction by Alexandre Cojannot. The catalog for the March 6 auction. Estimated price list laid in. Text in French. 267 pages. BOB/101416. Near Fine.
Columbus: Ohio State University Press, (1973). Hardcover. 8vo. Maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine. A few pencil markings to interior and ownership stamp to bottom edge of textblock, else fine. Maroon dust jacket with grey title to spine. Minor edgewear to dust jacket. Index, 310 pages. BOB/112206. Very Good+ / 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.
Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1981. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Large 8vo. Vol I (1858 - 1880) has very clean blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with tight binding. Blue & red illustrated dust jackets with minor rubbing to edges. Appendices, Indexes, & illustrations, 421 pp. Vol II (1881-1890) has very clean brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to corners and rubbing to edges of spine. Pristine interior with tight binding. Appendix, Indexes, and illustrations, 403 pages. BOB/031904 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine / 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.
Ausstin: University of texas, . Hardcover. This renowned collection includes manuscripts of Anderson's plays, poems, and essays, both published and unpublished works, as well as letters and diaries. It is the largest assemblage of his papers preserved in one place. Bound in brown cloth with gilt title to spine. In near fine condition in very good dust jacket with light bumping and nicks. 175 pages. BOB/111616. Near Fine / Very Good.
Baltimore: The John Work Garrett Library, 1949. Hardcover. 1 of 300 copies printed by The Anthoensen Press. This important bibliography of Maryland imprints up to and including 1700 was compiled by Elizabeth Baer, the Librarian of The John Work Garrett Library. It was based on a checklist compiled by John Work Garrett, who donated his book collections, including important Americana, to The Johns Hopkins University. There are 209 items described in the bibliography, and there are facsimiles of their title pages following the text. The bibliographic records are meticulous and detailed. Following the collation, there is a history of the book, references to other bibliographies, and the location of copies in libraries in the US and UK. Bound in dark blue cloth, with gilt design to cover and author and title to spine, with very light scuffing to covers. t.e.g. Interior pages clean and bright, with bookplate of John Riggs dated June 1949 affixed to front pastedown. In near fine condition. 219 pages plus 209 plates. BOB/073012. Near Fine.