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A Commented Bibliography of One Hundred and One Influential Books By and About People of African Descent (1556-1982).

By BLOCKSON (Charles L.)

Amsterdam: A. Gerits & Sons, 1989. First Edition, 4to, with over 60 black and white reproductions of title pages, orig. cloth, d.w. A record of books by and about people of African descent who have influenced world literature and history. Provides collations and literary, historical and bibliographical information.


Bibliothèque dramatique de Monsieur de Soleinne. Catalogue rédigé par P. L. Jacob.

By JACOB (P. L.)

Graz: Akademische, (Reprint of the 1843-45 edition), 1969. 5 Vols., in one (plus supplements and index), orig. cloth. An important bibliography of the French Theatre.


A Bibliographical Sketch of the Aldine Press at Venice, Forming a Catalogue of all Works Issued by Aldus and his Successors, from 1494 to 1597, and a List of all Known Forgeries or Imitations..

By GOLDSMID (Edmund)

E. & G. Goldsmid, Edinburgh. 1887. 3 Vols., in one, 56; 80; 42, xxivpp., one of 75 copies on large paper, four of the leaves in the first section (pgs 9/10, 19/20, 25/6 and 37/8) with tears (no loss of text), orig. cloth, hinges worn, spine a little creased, uncut.


An Act for Sale of Part of the Manor of Low-Laiton, in the County of Essex, and other Lands there, and for Laying out the Money arising thereby, in the Purchase of other Lands in the County of Lincoln, to be Settled to the same Uses as the said Part of the Manor of Low-Laiton is Settled


[London:] [s.n.], [1715.]. Folio, drop-head title, docket title, some browning of the text, 4pp., disbound. The land in Essex was to be sold to Sir Fisher Tench of Low Laiton. With the proceeds the Mayor and aldermen of the City of Lincoln were to buy an estate in Bardney, seven miles from Lincoln, and with the residue purchase other lands near Lincoln from which the poor in the two parishes of St. Swithin and Eastgate will benefit by fifty pounds a year. British Library and Bodleian Library copies only on the ESTC.


Hand-Book to the Popular, Poetical, and Dramatic Literature of Great Britain, from the Invention of Printing to the Restoration. [Supplemented by:] Bibliographical Collections and Notes on Early English Literature, 1474-1700

By HAZLITT (W. Carew)

New York: Burt Franklin, (Reprint of the 1867-1903 Edition) 1961. 8 Vols., (complete set), orig. cloth. Comprising many thousands of titles, with an exhaustive general index compiled by J. G. Gray.


Book Catalogues: their varieties and uses.

By TAYLOR (Archer)

St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1986. Second Edition, revised, xxxviii, 284pp., limited to 500 copies, from the library of Robin Alston, frontis., orig. cloth. Concerned with catalogues mostly prior to 1800 that lists printed books owned by private persons, institutions, booksellers and publishers. Great attention is paid to the list of private library catalogues - probably the most frequently consulted section of the book.


The Art of Bookbinding.


London: George Bell & Sons, 1900. Small 8vo, x, 190, frontis., numerous plates, orig. green decorated cloth, small white stain on upper cover. A manual by one of the greatest craft-binders. The work is in three parts, the first comprising twenty-two chapters on forwarding, the second on finishing and the third on general information mostly concerning repair and restoration.


French Bookbinders 1789-1848.

By RAMSDEN (Charles)

Printed for the Author by Lund Humphries & Co. Ltd. 1950. First Edition, 4to, xiv,228pp., frontis., 40 plates, orig. buckram, t.e.g. a fine copy. This book consists of an alphabetical list of about 1,500 French binders who were at work during the period, precede by a dozen pages of introductory matter and illustrated by 40 collotype plates. In his choice of plates Mr Ramsden has avoided examples by binders already well illustrated elsewhere and concentrated on less-known craftsmen or the less-known aspect of the great masters.


Encyclopaedias: Their History Throughout the Ages. A Bibliographical Guide with Extensive Historical Notes to the General Encyclopaedias Issued Throughout the World from 350 B.C. to the Present Day

By COLLISON (Robert)

Hafner Publishing Company. 1964. First Edition, ex-library, 6 plates, orig. cloth. An extremely comprehensive work.


Trial of James Charlton, at the Northumberland Assizes, Held on the 20th of August, 1810, before Sir Robert Graham, Knt., one of the barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer, at the prosecution of Michael Aynsley the elder, on the charge of robbing Kirkley Hall on the 3d of April, 1809, and feloniously stealing therefrom the sum of L1157 13s. 6d., the property of Nathaniel Ogle, Esq


Newcastle on Tyne: Printed and Published by J. Mitchell, for the Benefit of Charlton's Family, [c. 1810.]. First edition, 64, [4] + [4]pp., of publisher's adverts, 12mo (165 x 105 mm), blank upper margin of title torn away and replaced, several tears to title repaired, lower blank margin of final leaf of text torn away and replaced, last line of text to first leaf of text cropped, soiled and stained, stitched as issued. Although this pamphlet is a little grubby it is rare, Copac locates copies at the BL and Newcastle University.


Phillipps Studies. Vol. 1: The Catalogue of Manuscripts & Printed Books of Sir Thomas Phillips. Their Composition and Distribution. Vol. 2: The Family Affairs of Sir Thomas Phillipps. Vol. 3 and 4: The Formation of the Phillipps Library up to the Year 1872. Vol. 5: The Dispersal of the Phillipps Library


Cambridge: at the University Press, 1951-60. First edition, 5 vols., bookplate to vol. I, frontispieces (1 coloured), 24 plates, orig. cloth, no dust wrapper to vol. I, dust wrapper for vols., II-V.


The Clumber Library. Catalogue of the Magnificent Library, the Property of the Late Seventh Duke of Newcastle Removed from Clumber, Worksop, and Sold by Order of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Lincoln. The First [-Fourth] Portion. Which will be Sold by Auction by Messrs Sotheby & Co... on Monday, the 21st June, 1937 [-1938]

By NEWCASTLE (Seventh Duke of)

Sotheby & Co. 1937-38. 4 Vols., 4to, 11 coloured plates, 97 monochrome (some folding), printed wrappers, upper cover of the first part detached, 1412 lots. The preface notes that "The books and manuscripts from Clumber, the most important to appear at auction in this country since the Holford sales nearly ten years ago, are probably less well known to collectors than any library of similar consequence." The fourth Duke of Newcastle (1785-1851) apparently was principally responsible for the formation of the library, which included a First Folio. Lot 1 was the prize of the sale: the Hours of Isabel of Brittany, otherwise known as the Lamoignon Hours. The collection's three Caxtons (lot 10-12) included a fine copy of 'Reynard the Fox'. Symour de Ricci provided a handlist of the manuscripts in the collection, which was used by Sotheby's in their preparation of the catalogue. From the library of Pierre Berès.


The Elder James Whatman: England's Greatest Paper Maker (1702-1759). A Study of Eighteenth Century Papermaking Technology and its effect on critical phase in the history of English White Paper manufacture


J.N. Balston. 1992. 2 Vols., 4to, limited to 350 copies, 362; 330pp., illustrs., sewn ready for binding. A comprehensive and carefully integrated account of the economic, political, geographical and technological factors that affected the paper industry in what was perhaps the most important centre of White paper manufacture in 18th Century Britain.


A Manual of the Art of Bookbinding: Containing Full Instructions in the Different Branches of Forwarding, Gilding and Finishing: also, the Art of Marbling Book-Edges and Paper. The Whole Designed for the Practical Workman, the Amateur, and the Book-Collector


Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird & Co., 1902. 8vo (200 x 125 mm), 318 + 32pp., of adverts, 7 marbled paper samples, 12 plates of designs for bindings, 13 text illustrs., of machines, etc., orig. cloth, a very good ex-library copy. First published in 1856 this was the first practical manual of bookbinding by an American.


Rambles Round Old Canterbury.

By CROSS (Frances W.) & HALL (John R.)

London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1882. First edition, small 4to (220 x 170 mm), 148, 12pp., illustrs., orig. cloth, gilt.


The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction. A History of its Criticism and a Guide for its Study, with an Annotated Check List of 215 Imaginary Voyages from 1700 to 1800

By GOVE (Philip Babcock)

London: The Holland Press, 1961. xi, [iii], 445pp., ex-library, orig. cloth, d.w. The work is of the highest value and use to all those who are interested in the bibliographical and historical study of the novel, and the imaginary voyage of the 18th Century. A scarce and important work.


The Tennessee Farmer and Horticulturist. Edited and Illustrated by Charles Foster. Vol. I, No. 2

By FOSTER (Charles)

Nashville: [n.p.,] 1846. Small 4to, 25-48pp., stitched as issued in the orig. printed wrappers, frayed at margins.


Sino-Western Relations, Conceptions of China, Cultural Influences and the Development of Sinology. Disclosed in Western Printed Books 1477-1877. Supplement


Hua Hin, The Elephant Press. 2012. 4to, xxiv, 207pp., numerous coloured and black and white plates, orig. cloth, d.w, in a cloth box. Supplement to the important reference work on Western books on China published between 1477 and 1877: An extensively annotated catalogue in English of books on China in Western languages (1550 entries, each with a minute collation), arranged chronologically. With an introduction, references, indices, and a preface by Professor Han Qi of the Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Löwendahl - von der Burg collection is a most important assembly of Western books on China, written by sinologues, missionaries, travellers, merchants and other authors. The collection also includes works by Chinese authors translated and edited by Western scholars. The contents cover Chinese history, language, philosophy, religion, society, science, medicine, missionary work and the "Chinese Rites" controversy, trade (incl. treaties with foreign powers), Hong Kong, foreign aggression, and travel accounts.


The Windmills of Surrey and Inner London.

By FARRIES (K. G.) & MASON (M. T.)

London: Charles Skilton, 1966. First edition, 4to, 276pp., numerous illustrs., and maps, orig. cloth, d.w.


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