Title The Ideal Book: Or Book Beautiful a Tract on Calligraphy Printing & Illustration & on the Book Beautiful as a Whole.
Book Condition Collectible: Like New
Publisher San Francisco: Privately Printed, 1916
Seller ID IY1015-004
LIMITED EDITION of 165 copies, this is number 95, printed by John Henry Nash for private distribution only. 4to. 10 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches. [ii], (14) pp. Title page vignette and headpiece by Ray F. Coyle, title page printed in red and black, marginal notes printed in red; text clean, unmarked. Plain paper over boards, wrap around title label near head of spine, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight. SCARCE in the market. Fine. First line: "The Ideal Book or Book Beautiful is a composite thing made up of many parts and may be made beautiful by the beauty of each of its parts - its literary content, its material or materials, its writing or printing, its illumination or illustration, its binding and decorations - of each of its parts in subordination to the whole which collectively they constitute...." So begins Cobden-Sanderson's influential treatise on the ideal book which inspired may fine and private press printers since its publication in 1900, reproduced here by San Francisco's John Henry Nash.
Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, The Ideal Book Or Book Beautiful a Tract on Calligraphy Printing & Illustration & on the Book Beautiful as a Whole, John Henry Nash, Ray F. Coyle, Fine Printing, Limited Edition