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William Caxton: A Portrait in a Background., Edmund Lunness Childs.
1 Edmund Lunness Childs. William Caxton: A Portrait in a Background.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 1976 First American Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 8vo. 8 x 5 1/8 inches. (192) pp. 20 figures, 6 plates, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket; binding square and tight, some minor wear to jacket. Fine. Edmund Childs paints a credible word-picture of Caxton the man on a colorful canvas of the bloody and troubled years of the fifteenth century. 
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William Caxton., Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924).
2 Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924). William Caxton.
New York: Burt Franklin, 1970 Reprint Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
Burt Franklin: Bibliography & Reference Series, No. 359. Reprint Edition. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches. 118 pp. Frontispiece, 28 illustrations, list of Caxton's books with collations, index; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight. Fine. Essential reading for anyone interested in William Caxton, especially the collector. Gordon Duff was an English bibliographer and librarian, known for his works on early English printing. 
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John Baskerville of Birmingham: Letter-Founder & Printer., Frank Ernest Pardoe.
3 Frank Ernest Pardoe. John Baskerville of Birmingham: Letter-Founder & Printer.
London: Frederick Muller Limited, 1975 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 9 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches. xvi, 181 pp. Color frontispiece portrait, 12 illustrations, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth-textured paper, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Fine. John Baskerville was concerned with everything to do with the art and craft of printing, from the design of type to the improvement of the print and paper of his day. Here Frank Pardoe, Principal Lecturer in Communication Studies at the City of Birmingham Polytechnic and self-taught printer, argues for Baskerville as the greatest English printer. 
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The Books of William Morris Described, With Some Account of His Doings in Literature and in the Allied Crafts., H. Buxton Forman (1842-1917).
4 H. Buxton Forman (1842-1917). The Books of William Morris Described, With Some Account of His Doings in Literature and in the Allied Crafts.
New York: Burt Franklin, 1969 Reprint Edition. Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
Burt Franklin: Bibliography & Reference Series, No. 104. REPRINT EDITION. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. (xvi), 224 pp. Frontispiece, printer's device on title page, 29 illustrations, bibliography of Morris' published works; text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, light shelf wear, else Fine. Henry "Harry" Buxton Forman was a Victorian-era bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller whose literary reputation is based on his bibliographies of Percy Shelly, John Keats, and this bibliography of the writings of William Morris. In 1934 Forman was revealed to have been in a conspiracy with Thomas James Wise (1859-1937) to purvey large quantities of forged first editions of Georgian and Victorian authors. 
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Stanley Morison Displayed: An Examination of His Early Typographic Work., Herbert Jones.
5 Herbert Jones. Stanley Morison Displayed: An Examination of His Early Typographic Work.
London: Frederick Muller Limited, 1976 0584103522 / 9780584103526 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 10 x 7 3/8 inches. 127 pp. Half-title, 98 figures, index; text clean, unmarked. Dark blue cloth, gilt spine, original dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Very Good. Foreword by Sir William Emrys Williams. Jones focuses on the 1920s, the period when Morison did the most basic work in the field of typography but also the most varied. These were the decisive ten years when Morison rose from an amateur to a polished professional. 
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William Morris: His Life and Work., Jack Lindsay (b. 1909).
6 Jack Lindsay (b. 1909). William Morris: His Life and Work.
New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, 1979 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches. [viii], 432 pp. Illustrated throughout in black-and-white, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Green cloth, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket; binding square and tight, jacket with shelf wear, else Fine. This fine, comprehensive biography draws the various elements of William Morris' life - political beliefs, writings, and art work - into a compelling and integrated whole. 
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7 John Philip Immroth (1939-1976), compiler. Ronald Brunlees McKerrow: A Selection of His Essays.
Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1974 0810806908 / 9780810806900 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
The Great Bibliographers Series, No. 1. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches. viii, 240 pages. Bibliography of McKerrow's writings, index; text clean, unmarked. Green cloth, spine titled in gilt, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, light shelf wear to jacket. Very Good. Contains an "Introduction, Ronald Brunlees McKerrow, 1872-1940," by W. W. Greg, 16 of McKerrow's essays on early printing history and bibliography, and a bibliography of McKerrow's publications by F. C. Francis. 
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Caxton in Focus: The Beginning of Printing in England., Lotte Hellinga.
8 Lotte Hellinga. Caxton in Focus: The Beginning of Printing in England.
London: The British Library, 1982 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 109 pp. 52 figures, 3 color plates, recommended reading, index; text clean, unmarked. Black cloth, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket; binding square and tight, jacket with minor shelf wear. Fine. This book reviews the history of Caxton studies including modern forensic equipment and detective work to paint a new picture of Caxton's intentions when he established England's first printing house at Westminster Abbey. 
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Stanley Morison., Nicolas Barker (b. 1932).
9 Nicolas Barker (b. 1932). Stanley Morison.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1972 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 566 pp. 16 plates with black-and-white photographic illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Red cloth, spine titled in gilt, top edge stained red, dust-jacket; binding square and tight, jacket with minimal shelf wear, else Fine. Jacket blurb: "Mr. Barker has written an account of Morison's life at once balanced and humane with a rare degree of insight into his complex and fascinating character. He has been able to draw on the private papers of most of those whom Morison knew best, as well as on the archives of the Monotype Corporation and The Times. It will be recognized both as the definitive life of Stanley Morison, and as the authoritative account of typography in the twentieth century." 
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Caxton: England's First Publisher., Norman Francis Blake (1934-2012).
10 Norman Francis Blake (1934-2012). Caxton: England's First Publisher.
New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1976 First American Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. xii, 220 pp. Frontispiece, 63 illustrations, list of Caxton's editions, index; text clean, unmarked. Maize-colored cloth, spine blocked in red, titled in gilt, dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Fine. Goes beyond the story of Caxton's life as a printer to trace his work as merchant and businessman, diplomatic negotiator in Europe for Edward IV and Henry VII, and as printer, bookseller, and publisher. 
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The Work of William Morris., Paul Thompson (b. 1935).
11 Paul Thompson (b. 1935). The Work of William Morris.
New York: The Viking Press, 1967 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. xvi, 200 pp. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates, bibliography, gazetteer, index; text clean, unmarked. Two-toned cloth stamped in blind and black, dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Fine. "Paul Thompson's impressive portrait of this dynamic personality re-evaluates the importance of Morris's work to both his own time and ours, and makes a long-needed contribution to the scholarship of the late nineteenth century." Jacket blurb. 
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12 Stanley Morison (1889-1967). Talbot Baines Reed: Author, Bibliographer, Typefounder.
Cambridge: Privately Printed at the University Press, 1960 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 10 x 7 inches. [x], 80 pp. Black-and-white frontispiece portrait of Reed, reed vignette on title page, 11 illustrations (1 double-page); text clean, unmarked. Red cloth, portrait of Reed on a yellow lozenge on front cover surrounded by gilt rules, spine titled in gilt, no dust-jacket; binding square and tight, light shelf wear, spine lightly faded. Very Good. Talbot Baines Reed (1852-1893) was an English writer of boys' fiction who established a genre of school stories that endured into the second half of the twentieth century. Through his family's business, Reed became a prominent type-founder, and wrote a classic History of the Old English Letter Foundries. Reference: Crutchley, A Printer's Christmas Books, p. 30. 
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A Tribute to Doyce B. Nunis Jr. in the year of his 70th Birthday, October 1, 1994., The Historical Society of Southern California.
13 The Historical Society of Southern California. A Tribute to Doyce B. Nunis Jr. in the year of his 70th Birthday, October 1, 1994.
Los Angeles: The Historical Society of Southern California, 1994 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Like New Paperback 
LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies designed by Ward Ritchie, typeset and printed by Premier Printing Corporation, Sultana Press. Square Pamphlet. 8 x 8 inches. Unpaginated. [24] pp. Black-and-white photographic portrait of Nunis on the title page, title printed in green and black, text consists of quote in honor of Nunis from his friends and the text is embellished with illustrations of title pages from Nunis' books, selected bibliography of Nunis' publications; text clean, unmarked. Plain white wrappers, stitched, and over all is a French-fold grey paper cover with the title and Nunis' portrait in green; binding square and tight. Also laid in is a bifold program for the "70th Birthday Tribute Luncheon, Doyce B. Nunis Jr." Fine. Doyce Nunis was an educator, author, and historian. He was a professor of history at the University of Southern California, and editor of the Southern California Quarterly for 43 years. 
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