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A B C et cetera: The Life and Times of the Roman Alphabet., Alexander Humez and Nicholas Humez.
1 Alexander Humez and Nicholas Humez. A B C et cetera: The Life and Times of the Roman Alphabet.
Boston, MA: David R. Godine, Publisher, 1985 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches. xi, (276) pp. Bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped navy cloth, dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Fine. Written in a lively, anecdotal, and irreverent style, this book covers an abecedarian spectrum of Roman history and society. The book is arranged alphabetically, and explores many Roman words in order to understand various aspects of classic Roman society. 
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2 Aloys Ruppel (1882-1977), editor. Gutenberg Festschrift, zur feier des 25 jahrigen bestehens des Gutenbergmuseums in Mainz.
Mainz: Verlag der Gutenberg-Gesellschaft 1925 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION of this tribute volume to the 25th anniversary of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. 4to. 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches. xvi, 448 pp. Articles on all aspects of the book arts in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish, etc., but with a focus on incunabula, title page printed in red and black, color letterpress frontispiece illustration, text illustrated throughout including type specimens, 46 numbered plates, followed by 12 unnumbered plates showing the development of book illustration (about half color), plus ten pages of advertisements from contemporary printers; text clean, unmarked. Oatmeal cloth stamped in black and red, decorative end-papers, top edge stained yellow, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, minor foxing to covers. Very Good. Beautifully letterpress printed. Explores the full range of the book arts, including Stanley Morison on "The type of the Hypnertomachia Poliphili," (2 figures); Douglas McMurtrie on "The early typefounders of Denmark," (4 plates); and Juan B. Iguiniz on "La imprenta en Mexico durante la dominacion espanola;" and much, much more. 
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Steel-Engraved Book Illustration in England., Basil Hunnisett.
3 Basil Hunnisett. Steel-Engraved Book Illustration in England.
Boston: David R. Godine, 1980 0879233222 / 9780879233228 First American Edition. Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 8vo. 10 1/4 x 6 7/8 inches. xvi, 263 pp. 66 black-and-white plates, index; text clean, unmarked, coated stock pages are toned at the outer margins. Blue cloth, spine blocked in black and titled in gilt, dust-jacket; binding square and tight, light toning to jacket. Muir Dawson's Copy. Very Good. Discusses the early history of steel engravings, through production and printing of the plates, studies several of the noted engravers and artists and reviews the books in which these illustrations appeared. 
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Essays on Manuscripts and Rare Books., Cora E. Lutz (1906-1985).
4 Cora E. Lutz (1906-1985). Essays on Manuscripts and Rare Books.
Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1975 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches. 177 pp. Frontispiece, 9 illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Navy cloth, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket; binding square and tight, jacket with light shelf wear. Fine. Reprints a series of 16 essays in which Lutz presents some of the finds she made while cataloguing the holdings of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection in the Yale University Library. Cora E. Lutz was Professor Emeritus of Classical Languages, Wilson College, and cataloged pre-1600 manuscripts at the Beinecke from 1969 to 1985. 
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Winslow Homer and the Illustrated Book., David Tatham.
5 David Tatham. Winslow Homer and the Illustrated Book.
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1992 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. xiv, 348, [2] pp. Frontispiece, 172 plates, detailed checklist of works that contain Homer's illustrations, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth, spine titled in blue, dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Fine. This book "offers groundbreaking new insights not only into the development of Winslow Homer's (1836-1910) career but also into the growing field of the history of the Book. Tatham considers the illustrations in relation to the literary genres in which they appeared (children's literature, popular fiction, poetry, history); the business of book production and merchandising; the ideologies and reading practices of middle-class Americans; the succession of technological changes in pictorial printing and their implications for artists and viewers; the impact on conventions of book illustration made by the wave of skilled graphic artists who emigrated from Europe to America around 1850; and the rise of the book as an art object." Jacket blurb. 
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6 David Thomas Pottinger (1884-1958). The French Book Trade in the Ancien Regime, 1500-1791.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1958 0674321006 / 9780674321007 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. xiv, 363 pp. Half-title, tables, plates, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped red cloth, original dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, use / shelf wear. Very Good. This is the first comprehensive account of the publishing business in France from 1500 through the French Revolution, concentrating on people and their social and professional organizations. 
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An Enquiry into the Reading of the Lower Classes., David W. Davies (1908-1984).
7 David W. Davies (1908-1984). An Enquiry into the Reading of the Lower Classes.
Pasadena: Grant Dahlstrom, 1970 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION, limited to 750 copies. 8vo. 10 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches. (xvi), (94) pp. Color frontispiece, 17 black-and-white illustrations; text clean, unmarked. Quarter tan linen, spine titled in gilt, patterned paper over boards; binding square and tight. Fine. David W. Davies' peek at the literature produced for the lower classes in England, 1800-1850. 6 chapters discuss "Working Men, the Indigent, Criminals, and Other Possible Lower Class Readers," "The Political Journals, A Sampling of Their Discontents," and more. 
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8 H. L. Bronner's Druckerei und Verlag. 200 Jahre Frankfurter Druckgewerbe: an Hand der Geschichte der H. L. Bronner's Buchdruckerei und Verlagsanstalt in Frankfurt a. M., 1727-1927, eine Erinnerungsgabe zum 1. October 1927.
Frankfurt am Main: H. L. Bronner's, 1927 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
4to. 11 5/8 x 8 3/8 inches. [vi], (56) pp. Frontispiece portrait of founder Johann Carl Bronner (1712-1773), Foreword by Gustav Mori, initials and page numbers in red, 16 plates (some photographic, some reproduce title pages of significant volumes issued by the firm, bibliography, printed on laid paper; text clean, unmarked, pages a bit toned. Quarter orange cloth, fancy paper side with beveled edges, front cover and spine stamped in gilt, fancy end-papers; binding square and tight, paper on the boards foxed, soiled, corners showing, edges of text block faintly foxed. Very Good. This is a commemorative volume tracing the history of publishing in Frankfurt am Main with special reference to the H. L. Bronner publishing firm. 
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Modern German Book Design., Hans Adolf Halbey (1922-2003), compiler.
9 Hans Adolf Halbey (1922-2003), compiler. Modern German Book Design.
Hamburg: Hans Christians Druckerei und Verlag, 1959 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. Small 4to. 10 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches. 35 pp. Text in English, black-and-white illustrations throughout of the Klingspor-Museum, the exhibition, and objects from the exhibition, lists 158 items shown in the exhibition, indexes; text clean, unmarked, paper toned. Color pictorial wrappers; binding square and tight, light shelf wear and soiling to covers. Very Good. The Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach, is a museum for modern international book art, typography and calligraphy. It opened on November 7, 1953; its holdings are based on the books of Dr. H. C. Karl Klingspor (1868-1950), who operated a type-foundry with his brother in Offenbach am Main. This exhibition catalog is from one of their first exhibitions, which came to the United States and toured in Boston, Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., Lexington, KY, Chicago, Berkeley, and Los Angeles in 1959. Hans Halbey was the Director of the Klingspor-Museum in 1959. 
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10 Herman Ralph Mead (b. 1873), compiler. Incunabula Medica in the Huntington Library.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1931 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches. (107)-151 pp. List of references, 532 entries, printed on laid paper; text clean, unmarked. Brown printed wrappers; binding square and tight, lower corner bumped, shelf wear. Very Good. "The purpose of this list is to enumerate the items of medical interest contained in the incunabula collection of the Huntington Library." More than 500 items of medical interest, from among a collection of over 5,000 incunabula. 
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Early Book Illustration in Spain.  With an Introduction by Dr. Konrad Haebler., James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell (1871-1948).
11 James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell (1871-1948). Early Book Illustration in Spain. With an Introduction by Dr. Konrad Haebler.
New York: Hacker Art Books, 1976 Reprint Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
REPRINT EDITION, first published 1926. Large 8vo. 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. xxvi, 331 pp. 248 black-and-white illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Illustrated cloth; binding square and tight. Fine. James Lyell published a number of books on Spain; this is his best-known and remains a standard work in the field. 
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12 Joseph Blumenthal (1897-1990). Art of the Printed Book, 1455-1955. Masterpieces of Typography Through Five Centuries from the Collections of the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. With an Essay by Joseph Blumenthal.
New York and Boston: Pierpont Morgan Library and David R. Godine, 1973 0879230827 / 9780879230821 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. Composition in Baskerville type for text, Bulmer headings and Perpetua for title display by the Stinehour Press, Lunenburg Vermont, typography by Joseph Blumenthal. 4to. 12 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches. xiv, (194) pp. Half-title, double-page title page printed in red and black, printer's devices in the text, 125 plates (1 folding plate of a Gutenberg leaf), bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped cloth, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, lower corner bumped affecting the lower corner of the text block, jacket with small tears and chips at the extremities. Very Good. "This handsome, fully illustrated, meticulously produced volume fills a long-standing gap in the history of books concerned with distinguished typography and bookmaking. Neither a printing manual nor a technical treatise, it was written by an accomplished designer and printer and presents concisely and consecutively the history and romance of the greatly printed books." Jacket blurb. 
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Nicholas Gouin Dufief of Philadelphia: Franco-American Bookseller, 1776-1834., Madeleine B. Stern (1912-2007).
13 Madeleine B. Stern (1912-2007). Nicholas Gouin Dufief of Philadelphia: Franco-American Bookseller, 1776-1834.
Philadelphia, PA: The Philobiblon Club, 1988 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Signed by Author
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, designed and printed by W. Thomas Taylor in Austin, Texas. Series: Philobiblon Studies in Philadelphia Booklore, No. 1. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. (84) pp. Frontispiece, 3 illustrations; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. SIGNED by the author on the colophon. Fine. This is the first and only book in the projected Philobiblon Studies in Philadelphia Booklore; the series was intended to explore facets of the Philadelphia printing, publishing, library, or bookselling scene. Nicolas Gouin Dufief was a French emigre teacher in early Republican Philadelphia. He is best known today as a teacher who published "Nature displayed in her mode of teaching Language to Man" (2 vols., London, 1818). But Dufief was also a bookseller; here Madeleine Stern documents what can be learned of his efforts as a bookseller, including his purchase and dispersal of Benjamin Franklin's library. 
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14 Pamela R. Robinson and Rivkah Zim, editors. Of the Making of Books: Medieval Manuscripts, Their Scribes and Readers. Essays Presented to M. B. Parkes.
Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1997 185928079X / 9781859280799 First Edition Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches. xiii, 324 pp. Half-title, frontispiece portrait of Parkes, illustrated throughout in black and white, 12 essays on medieval books, bibliography of the writings of M. B. Parkes, notes on contributors, indexes; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped navy cloth, added mylar dust jacket; binding square and tight, jacket with shelf wear. Very Good. This volume is a festscrift for Malcolm Beckwith Parkes (1930-2013), English paleographer, who made important studies of the manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland. His "The Production of Copies of the 'Canterbury Tales'" was seminal. 
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Books and Printing: A Treasury for Typophiles., Paul A. Bennett (1897-1966), editor.
15 Paul A. Bennett (1897-1966), editor. Books and Printing: A Treasury for Typophiles.
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1951 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover Signed by Editor
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches. xv, (420) pp. Illustrated throughout with specimens of texts under discussion; text clean, unmarked. Gray cloth, illustration on front cover and spine blocked in black and printed in gilt, top edge stained red, price-clipped dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light water stains on top edge. SIGNED by Paul Bennett on the half-title. Very Good. Design and typography by Jos. Trautwein. 42 essays by such greats in the field of book production and its history as Ronald McKerrow, Porter Garnett, Edwin Grabhorn, Bruce Rogers, and many others. "Paul Bennett was Director of Typography for the Mergenthaler Linotype Company in the USA for 30 years before his retirement in 1962. Bennett wrote a number of papers, monographs, and keepsakes for The Typohiles, and also edited the book Books and Printing." Wikipedia. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Books and Printing: A Treasury for Typophiles., Paul A. Bennett (1897-1966), editor.
16 Paul A. Bennett (1897-1966), editor. Books and Printing: A Treasury for Typophiles.
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1951 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches. xv, (420) pp. Illustrated throughout with specimens of texts under discussion; text clean, unmarked. Gray cloth, illustration on front cover and spine blocked in black and printed in gilt, top edge stained red, lacks the jacket; binding square and tight. Fine. Design and typography by Jos. Trautwein. 42 essays by such greats in the field of book production and its history as Ronald McKerrow, Porter Garnett, Edwin Grabhorn, Bruce Rogers, and many others. "Paul Bennett was Director of Typography for the Mergenthaler Linotype Company in the USA for 30 years before his retirement in 1962. Bennett wrote a number of papers, monographs, and keepsakes for The Typohiles, and also edited the book Books and Printing." Wikipedia. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Art of Illustration, 1750-1900., R. Margaret Slythe.
17 R. Margaret Slythe. The Art of Illustration, 1750-1900.
London: Library Association, 1970 0853650829 / 9780853650829 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 10 1/4 x 8 1/8 inches. 144 pp. Half-title, color frontispiece, illustrated throughout in black-and-white, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Dark green cloth, spine titled in gilt, illustrated end-papers, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, lower corners bumped, jacket price clipped, soiled. Very Good. Describes various illustration processes used in books up to 1900, with outstanding examples of each process illustrated, including wood-cuts, wood engraving, etching, and lithographs, among others. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Book Collector, Number 1847., Richard Linenthal, guest editor.
18 Richard Linenthal, guest editor. The Book Collector, Number 1847.
London: The Collector Limited, 1997 First Edition Paperback Collectible: Like New Paperback 
The Book Collector: Special Number for the 150th Anniversary of Bernard Quaritch, 1997, Number 1847. (London: The Collector Limited), 1997. 8vo. 8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches. 216 pp. 16 articles by Nicolas Barker and others on the contributions of the Quaritch firm, color and black-and-white illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Printed wrappers; binding square and tight. Fine. The important London-based book selling firm marked its 150th anniversary in 1997 with this special issue including articles about the history of the firm. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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19 Siegfried Joost (b. 1915), editor. Bibliotheca Docet: Festgabe fur Carl Wehmer.
Amsterdam: Verlag de Erasmus-Buchhandlung, 1963 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 550 copies. Large 8vo. 10 7/8 x 8 inches. 411 pp. Illustrated throughout; text clean, unmarked. Gray cloth, red leather spine label titled in gilt, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight, corners bumped. Very Good. Contains 28 articles in honor of Carl Wehmer (1903-1978) in English, German, and Italian on the subjects of Paleography, Letterpress Printing and Bookbinding, Libraries, and Art History. Contributors include Victor Scholderer, Stanley Morison, and others. Carl Wehmer was Director of the University Library at the University of Heidelberg. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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