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Printed Bifolium from a Latin Breviary.
1 Printed Bifolium from a Latin Breviary.
English?, Sixteenth Century Collectible: Very Good 
12mo. 130 x 94 mm. 5 1/2 x 3 11/16 inches. Foliated in the top right hand corner of the rectos, 226 and 231. Printed in Gothic type in two columns, 36 lines of text per page, text in black, initials and titles in red, 1 12-line woodcut illustration of Lazarus and the rich man. Single bifolium, printed on paper; text unmarked, paper a bit toned, discoloration from former mounting in upper corners. Very Good. This bifolium contains the psalms, biblical passages, and sermons for Trinity Sunday, the service after the Octave of Pentecost. The woodcut depicts Luke 16:19-21, "There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen; and feasted sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table, and no one did give him; moreover the dogs came, and licked his sores." 
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2 Alfred Forbes Johnson (1884-1972). The Italian Sixteenth Century.
London: Ernest Benn LTD, 1926 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
Series: Periods of Typography. FIRST EDITION. 4to. 9 7/8 x 7 7/16 inches. 34 pp. Half-title, 50 plates; text clean, unmarked. Patterned paper over boards, printed paper front cover and spine labels, original dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, light shelf / use wear, the edges of the boards are toned, edges of the text block spotted. Book plate of Robert Arundell Hudson on the front paste-down. Very Good. Alfred Johnson made major contributions towards the dating and attribution of early printed books from their typography which led Johnson to a wider interest in typefaces and design. Alfred F. Johnson was an English academic librarian, bibliographer, curator, and expert in typography. He was Deputy Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum. He was the author of many bibliographical reference works, and the standard Encyclopaedia of Typefaces. PROVENANCE: Sir Robert Arundell Hudson (1864-1927) was assistant and later secretary of the National Liberal Federation. After the Liberal victory in 1906, Hudson was knighted. He worked for the Red Cross during the Great War. He resigned from politics and died in London in 1927, and is buried in the West Cloister of Westminster Abbey. 
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3 Alfred Forbes Johnson (1887-1972). The First Century of Printing at Basle.
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926 First American Edition Hardcover Collectible: Good Hardcover 
Series: Periods of Typography. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 4to. 9 7/8 x 7 7/16 inches. 27 pp. Half-title, 50 plates; text clean, unmarked. Patterned paper over boards, printed paper front cover and spine labels, original dust-jacket lacking, but with an added mylar jacket; the spine is off, but present laid in the front cover, shelf wear. Good. Alfred Johnson made major contributions towards the dating and attribution of early printed books from their typography, which led Johnson to a wider interest in typefaces and design. Here Johnson explores the contributions made at Basle, 1474-1562. 
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Herschel Logan: Man of Many Careers., Anthony L. Lehman (193501988).
4 Anthony L. Lehman (193501988). Herschel Logan: Man of Many Careers.
Van Nuys: The Westerners, Los Angeles Corral, 1986 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. (32) pp. Frontispiece, black-and-white photograph on title page, woodcuts by Herschel Logan throughout; text clean, unmarked. Blind-stamped black cloth, silver-titled spine; binding square and tight, light shelf wear. Very Good. Printed by Richard J. Hoffman. A short biography of Herschel Logan. Logan was a commercial artist who launched his personal press, Log-Anne Press, after retirement. He wrote and illustrated his own books with woodcut engravings. 
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Catalogue of Baltimore Printing Presses, Type, Supplies, and Instructions How to Print., Baumgarten & Co., Inc.
5 Baumgarten & Co., Inc. Catalogue of Baltimore Printing Presses, Type, Supplies, and Instructions How to Print.
Baltimore: Baumgarten and Co., Inc., N.D. Used: Very Good 
Pamphlet. 9 x 6 inches. Illustrated, type specimens in various sizes; text clean, unmarked except some prices in margin, pg. 1, few pages creased from original binding process. Printed self-wraps, typographic border and vignette; small tear in upper edge front, 1 cm hole in bottom edge with some of border removed, minor shelf-wear. Very Good. Catalog with illustrations of Baltimore printing presses, instructions on printing, and miscellaneous supplies. A number of type specimens are reproduced. Probably from the nineteen-teens. 
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Bookbinding: A Brief Checklist of References, Sources, Libraries &c., Bruce William Bradley.
6 Bruce William Bradley. Bookbinding: A Brief Checklist of References, Sources, Libraries &c.
San Francisco: The Bird in Hand Press, 1969 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 125 copies, this is number 126 [sic!]. Hardcover Pamphlet. 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. [16] pp. Decorative initials in red ink, headpieces and illustrations in blue ink; text clean, unmarked. Quarter red cloth, orange paper boards, illustrated with a paper label on front cover, brown paper pages, red paper dust jacket; binding square and tight, dust jacket torn and creased at tail. Comes with a signed letter to Pall Bohne from author, June 7, 1971. SIGNED by author. Very Good. "This Keepsake was produced for the Graphics Class, taught by Joan R. Abelson, at the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Center. It was given to the students as a suppliment [sic] to a brief Lecture & Demonstration of Hand Bookbinding." 
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Eight Hundred Years of Fine Printing: Catalogue of an Exhibition of Rare Books 1146-1946., Carl J. Weber (1894-1966), editor.
7 Carl J. Weber (1894-1966), editor. Eight Hundred Years of Fine Printing: Catalogue of an Exhibition of Rare Books 1146-1946.
Waterville, ME: Colby College Library, 1946 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 3/4 x 6 inches. [iv], (19) pp. Decorative initial in red and blue, tailpiece of a book; text clean, unmarked. Red cloth, gilt-titled spine, paper dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, shelf wear, dust jacket chipped. INSCRIBED by author on dust jacket. Very Good in a Good jacket. LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies, this is 1 of 100 bound in red cloth over boards, set in Linotype Janson and original hand-set Janson (c. 1670), printed on rag paper. Printed by the Southworth-Anthoensen Press of Portland, Maine. The Southworth-Anthoensen Press was a nationally renowned creator of fine press books. This is a presentation copy from the bibliographer for the exhibition, Carl J. Weber, to Mrs. Estelle L. Doheny, the famous Los Angeles book collector. 
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S P at 75: The Society of Printers, 1955-1980., Charles A. Rheault Jr.
8 Charles A. Rheault Jr. S P at 75: The Society of Printers, 1955-1980.
Boston: The Society of Printers, 1981 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies, designed by Richard C. Bartlett. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. [vi], 114 pp. Decorations throughout in red ink, contents include "Membership," "Governance," "Meetings," "Publications," "Finances," all providing a history of the 25 years prior to 1980, includes Appendices with lists of Officers, Members, a Calendar for the events during the 25 years, and series of "Examples of Announcements"; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black and red cloth; binding square and tight. Muir Dawson's copy. Fine. The Society of Printers, dedicated to the study and advancement of the art of printing, has been meeting since 1905. The Society is a private organization that meets nine times a year, to enjoy a dinner and presentation by a respected expert from one of the many areas of concern: literate design, printing and design past and present. 
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9 Charles A. Rheault, Jr. In Retrospect: The Riverside Press, 1952-1971.
Boston: Society of Printers, 1979 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 750 copies printed letterpress by Michael Bixler. 8vo. 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. xi, 63, [3] pp. Half-title with red vignette, title page printed in red and black, 9 figures, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped dark green cloth; binding square and tight. Fine. The sub-title reads: "being a concise history of the Press compiled from numerous sources, many of them unpublished, and supplemented by recollections of several veteran employees; together with an examination of the flourishing growth & subsequent decline of the late lamented titans of the book manufacturing industry in the Boston area." 
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Joseph Crawhall: The Newcastle Wood Engraver, 1821-1896., Charles S. Felver.
10 Charles S. Felver. Joseph Crawhall: The Newcastle Wood Engraver, 1821-1896.
Newcastle upon Tyne: Frank Graham. Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. viii, 144 pp. Black-and-white illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Blue leatherette, printed dust jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Pall Bohne's copy, with his pencil notations on rear pastedown. Very Good. "Newcastle has produced two of the greatest English wood-engravers, Thomas Bewick and Joseph Crawhall. The work of Thomas Bewick is internationally recognized but Joseph Crawhall is known only to a small number of people who appreciate the remarkable books he produced during the nineteenth century. Dr. Felver was written the first biography of Joseph Crawhall and examined his achievement." Dust jacket. 
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11 Conor Fahy, editor. Printing a Book at Verona in 1622: The Account Book of Francesco Calzolari Junior.
Lille: Fondation Custodia, 1993 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 750 copies, this is number 224, printed at Lunenburg, Vermont by the Stinehour Press. 4to. 10 1/4 x 7 9/16 inches. (172) pp. Illustrated throughout in black and white, bibliography, index; text clean, unmarked. Blind-stamped brown cloth, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket in archival mylar, marbled end-papers; binding square and tight. Fine. The Musaeum Francisci Calceolarii was pubished in 1622; it was the the most ambitious and complex book printed in Verona in the first thirty years of the seventeenth century. It records the objects held in the Wunderkammer of Francesco Calzolari (1522-1609), contained 800 folio pages, and forty-five engravings. This volume is based upon an account book of Francisco Calzolari junior, which is here reproduced for the first time with a transcript and glossary, demonstrating the costs and challenges of producing such an ambitious work in the seventeenth-century provincial printing industry. 
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The Printer's Guide; or, An Introduction to the Art of Printing.  With a New Introduction by Carey S. Bliss., Cornelius S. Van Winkle (1785-1843).
12 Cornelius S. Van Winkle (1785-1843). The Printer's Guide; or, An Introduction to the Art of Printing. With a New Introduction by Carey S. Bliss.
New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1981 0824038924 / 9780824038922 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FACSIMILE REPRINT. Series: Nineteenth-Century Book Arts and Printing History, No. 18. 8vo. 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. xii, iv; 229, [55 specimen pages], [4] pp. Folding frontispiece "Scale for Calculating Work" is bound in so that it does not open due to binder's error, tables of imposition and other tables, specimens at the rear; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth, gilt spine; binding square and tight, minor soiling to edges and shelf wear, else Fine. "Cornelius S. Van Winkle's Printers' Guide (New York, 1818) was the first such guide written and printed in America by an American." From Carey Bliss's Introduction. 
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Printed Leaf from: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi...., Daniel Agricola (1490-1540).
13 Daniel Agricola (1490-1540). Printed Leaf from: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi....
Basel: Michael Furter, 1513 Used: Very Good 
Single quarto leaf, Folio XX (out of XXVI, [DD4]). 202 x 151 mm. 8 x 5 7/8 inches. Single column of text printed in a larger type face in the center of the page, containing sequential biblical verses from the four gospels; commentary, by Agricola, printed in two columns in smaller type surrounding the gospel narrative, 50 lines to a column, both printed in a rounded Gothic face, 1 wood cut illustration with scenes from the passion of Christ (crucifixion) after illustrations by Urs Graf. Printed on rag paper with only minor foxing or toning. Very Good. The Commentary of Agricola, a preacher and mendicant from Basel, was first published as an appendix to William of Auvergne's Postilla... Super Epistolas et Evangelia, with woodcuts by Urs Graf, Basel: Adam Petrus, 1509. The woodcut found on this leaf, also printed in Basel, is an exact copy of Graf's original, save for Graf's woodcut initials (UG), in the lower right corner of the original, which was left out of this reproduction. 
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A History of Cambridge University Press [3 Volumes, Complete]., David McKitterick (b. 1949).
14 David McKitterick (b. 1949). A History of Cambridge University Press [3 Volumes, Complete].
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006 0521839394 / 9780521839396 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITIONS. Three Volumes. Large 8vos. 10 x 7 inches. xxiv, 500; (xxiv), 511; xxii, 513 pp. Black-and-white figures, notes, indexes; text is clean and unmarked. Black cloth, front covers and spines blocked in red, front covers and spines titled in gilt, dust-jackets in archival mylar; binding square and tight, mylar jacket covers with light shelf wear, light use wear. Very Good. This three-volume work presents the history of the oldest press in the world, a history that extends from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century. 
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Die Egenolff-Luthersche Schriftgiesserei in Frankfurt am Main und ihre geschaftlichen Verbindungen mit den Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika., David Stempel (1869-1927) and Wilhelm Cunz.
15 David Stempel (1869-1927) and Wilhelm Cunz. Die Egenolff-Luthersche Schriftgiesserei in Frankfurt am Main und ihre geschaftlichen Verbindungen mit den Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika.
Frankfurt am Main Schriftgiesserei D. Stempel, 1926 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 numbered copies, this is number 25. 4to. 12 3/4 x 9 inches. (45) pp. Dedication to Edward Everett Bartlett in English, the rest of the text in German, decorative initials, printing sample in red, 16 figures, 8 photographic plates, 5 family trees (3 folding), bibliography, index. Vellum spine, paste-paper over boards, front cover stamped in gilt, covers ruled in gilt, spine titled in gilt, top edge gilt; binding square and tight, paper heavily rubbed at extremities, covers splashed with - I don’t know? Bookplate on front paste-down. Very Good. This volume presents what is known about the important early German typefoundry, Egenolff-Luthersche Schriftgiesserie, which was active from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century in Frankfurt am Main, but with many other connections throughout Germany. 
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An Enquiry into the Reading of the Lower Classes., David W. Davies (1908-1984).
16 David W. Davies (1908-1984). An Enquiry into the Reading of the Lower Classes.
Pasadena: Grant Dahlstrom, 1970 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 750 copies. 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. (xvi), (94) pp. Color frontispiece, 17 illustrations; text clean, unmarked. Patterned cloth; binding square and tight. Pall Bohne's copy with pencil notations of inventory number, from whom he acquired the book, and date on rear pastedown. Comes with an invitation to a memorial gathering for David W. Davies and a page of notes. INSCRIBED by the author to Pall Bohne, May 26, 1983. Fine. A somewhat tongue-in-cheek account of printed works for the lower classes in England, focusing on the years 1800-1850. 
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D.B.U. and R.R.: Selected Extracts from Correspondence between Daniel Berkeley Updike and Rudolph Ruzicka from 1908-1941., Edward Connery Lathem and Elizabeth French Lathem, editors.
17 Edward Connery Lathem and Elizabeth French Lathem, editors. D.B.U. and R.R.: Selected Extracts from Correspondence between Daniel Berkeley Updike and Rudolph Ruzicka from 1908-1941.
New York: American Printing History Association, 1997 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies printed at the Stinehour Press. 8vo. 10 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches. vi, 182 pp. Half-title, title page printed in blue and black, 2 tipped-in samples of printing, a few color illustrations, index; text clean, unmarked. Blue cloth, spine titled in silver, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. Fine. This book contains extracts from the important correspondence between Updike (1860-1941) and Ruzicka (1883-1978) which reveals the closeness between them. They collaborated on many important books such as the Grolier Club's Newark. The book also shows that Ruzicka provided a great deal of advice and help in the writing of Updike's landmark book Printing Types. 
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Reed, Pen, & Brush Alphabets for Writing and Lettering., Edward M. Catich (1906-1979).
18 Edward M. Catich (1906-1979). Reed, Pen, & Brush Alphabets for Writing and Lettering.
Davenport, IA: Catfish Press, 1972 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. Two Volumes. 8vo. 10 x 6 1/2 inches. viii, 32, [2] pp. First gathering mis-numbered, printer's device on title page, printed in 3 colors, textual ornaments and headers printed in blue and brown inks, decorative initial, index of plates; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-titled gray cloth spine, marbled paper boards with paper label on front cover, decorative end papers; binding square and tight, shelf wear, small blue paint stain on label. Comes with an additional 8-page Praenotanda, a lecture given by Catich, The Origin of Letter Forms, laid in. SIGNED by Catich in preliminaries. Very Good. WITH: CATICH. Reed, Pen, & Brush Alphabets for Writing and Lettering. Davenport, IA: The Catfish Press, (1972). Portfolio. 11 3/4 x 9 inches. 27 ff. Printer's device on title page, printed in 3 colors, recto of each leaf printed with a letter of the alphabet, versos printed with samples of fonts. Gilt-titled gray cloth spine, marbled paper boards with paper label on front cover; binding square and tight, light shelf wear. Very Good. Edward Catich was an American calligrapher whose calligraphy and stone work was internationally renowned. He is well-known for his theory on the origin of serifs in Imperial Rome. Here he writes about the Roman-alphabet writing tools - the reed, the brush, and the square-tipped pen - and provides a portfolio with examples of the alphabet written in each, and printed on archival-quality Mohawk Superfine text and cover stock. 
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Printed Leaf From Cassiodorus's Psalterium in Expositio., Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator (circa 485-circa 585 AD).
19 Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator (circa 485-circa 585 AD). Printed Leaf From Cassiodorus's Psalterium in Expositio.
Basel: Johann Amerbach, 1491 Collectible: Very Good 
Folio. 288 x 204 mm. 11 3/8 x 8 inches. Text from the commentary on Psalm 118, printed double column, 50 lines per page, hand-rubricated in red, in Textualis type; margins toned, top margins stained having been mounted upon a now missing background, 1 worm hole in the text affects 1 letter on the verso but not the legibility of the text, some marginal worming. Very Good. Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator (circa 485-circa 585 AD) was a Roman Statesman and early christian writer. He was the author of many works, and was also a collector of books and promoted the preservation of books through copying and binding in a monastic setting. His commentary on the Psalter is modeled after Augustine's Explanatio psalmorum. This leaf was printed by Johann Amerbach (circa 1434-1513) an important humanist scholar-printer based in Basel. Amerbach printed at least 110 incunabula using over 30 printing types. Some of his publications include a complete edition of St Ambrose and the complete works of Augustine. 
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My Life as an Artist Blacksmith., Francis Whitaker (1906-1999).
20 Francis Whitaker (1906-1999). My Life as an Artist Blacksmith.
Francis Whitaker, 1995 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
4to. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. (vi), 122 pp. 29 black-and-white photographs, memoriam notice tipped in; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth; binding square and tight, shelf wear, ex library bookplate removed from front paste-down. Ex library copy, stamped on free end papers. Comes with newspaper clippings of Whitaker's obituary. Pall Bohne's copy with his pencil notations on rear pastedown. Very Good. Francis Whitaker was a legendary blacksmith. This autobiography, as told by Gary Mansfield, covers Whitaker's time with Samuel Yellin, his two years in Germany with Julius Schramm, his years in California, Aspen, and finally Carbondale, Colorado. 
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