Sign In | Register


Next >

The Irish Hand : Scribes and Their Manuscripts from the Earlist Times to the Seventeenth Century with an Exemplar of Irish Scripts

By O'Neill, Timothy. inroduction by Francis John Byrne

Mountrath, Portlaoise, Ireland: The Dolmen Press Limited, 1984. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Thin quarto (oversized). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. Some fading to spine but text still easily legible. 1992 gif inscription in pencil on flyleaf. SIGNED in a lovely calligraphic hand by the author on the title page. 100 p. w/ bibliography ad many b&w examples of manuscripts and scripts. A lovely survey of Ireland's scribal tradition, with great background on individual manuscripts. Very uncommon signed.


Jean Webster : Storyteller

By Simpson, Alan and Mary Simpson with Ralph Connor

Tymor Associates, 1984. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Tall octavo (slightly oversize). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. Dj has fading at spine and edges. 213 p. w/ illus., endnotes, genealogy, chronology, index. A biography of this early 20th century woman writer, who died in childbirth in 1916, after some success with her first books and plays. Printed very nicely by the Stinehour Press and designed by Freeman Keith.


Lettering in Book Art

By Reiner, Imre and Hedwig

St. Gall, Germany: Zolliker and Company, 1948. 2nd printing. Hardcover. Very good/good. Thin squarish ocavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards, more so to dust jacket which has light chipping at edges. Boards slighly bowed. Name of former owner on flyleaf in a calligraphic hand. Bookseller ticket on pastedown from "Charles Wilson Bookseller" in Liverpool. 95 p. w/ calligraphic illustrations in black and red. Examples shown are from title pages and interior pages. Imre Reiner (1900-1987) was a Hungarian - Swiss typographer, painter, artist, woodcut illustrator, and graphic designer, known for his Meridian and Corvinus fonts. He best work was in Stuttgart and in Switzerland, with stints in London and New York. His wife Hedwig was also a designer, and collaborated on a number of his books.


Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond (Mother of King Henry VII); Elizabeth of York (Queen of King Henry VII) and Wynkyn de Worde.

By Croft, P. J.

London: Bernard Quaritch Ltd. , 1958. First edition. Pamphlet. Very good. Thin octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers, Brown paper wraps. "A Copy of Walter Hylton's SCALA PERFECTIONIS, Printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1494 at the Special Command of Lady Margaret, with Presentation Inscription by her and by the Queen." [with] " a description of a unique copy, printed on vellum and quite complete, of the hitherto unrecognized first edition of the translation by Lady Margaret of Jacobus de Gruytrode's THE MIRROURE OF GOLD, printed by Richard Pynson about 1505". 12 pages, 6 b&w plates. A lovely bit of bookselling ephemera with a great description of the books, with good illustrations.


The Luttrell File : Narcissus Luttrell's Diaries on Contemporary Pamphlets 1678 - 1730

By Parks, Stephen assisted by Earle Havens. with article by James M. Osborn

New Haven, CT.: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1999. First edition. Paperback. Very good. Octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. 223 p. w/ a few illus., chronological index (the majority of the book). a reference work covering the pamphlets accumulated by Narcissus Luttrell who annotated his collection with notes and comments as he acquired and read them.


Who Goes There ? A Bibliographic Dictionary of Pseudonymous Literature in the Fields of Fantasy and Science Fiction

By Rock, James A.

Bloomington: James A. Rock & Co., 1979. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Quarto. Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket.


Typographia or the Printer's Instructor 1824. English Bibliographical Sources Series 3 Printer's Manuals. vols I & II.

By Johnson, John, D. F. Foxon editor.

London: Gregg Press Ltd. and the Archive Press Ltd. , 1966. Reprint edition. Hardcover. Very good. Landscape octavos (standard size). 2 vols. Slight wear to edges and corners of boards. No dust jacket issued. An attractive reproduction of a 19th century printer's manual by Johnson (1777-1848), a prominent London printer.


The History of French Children's Books 1750 - 1900 frm the Collection of J.-G. Deschamps, Exhibition and Sale January 1934.

By Bookshop for Boys and Girls. Preface by Esther Averill.

Boston : Bookshop for Boys and Girls, 1934.. 1st printing. Very good in cloth covered paper wraps. Scuffing spotting, and slight wear to covers, more so at edges. Cloth has a few small tears at top back, and one at top front near spine. 39 p. More than an exhibition or sale catalog, this work is also an excellent introduction. Types covered include ABC's, Fables, Books of Deportment, Old Fairy tales, Books of Science and Nature, Classic novels adapted for children, hisory, travel, magazines, printed games, printed box covers, and songs. Each section has a brief and informative introduction. A scarce, useful, and entertaining item.


History of the Book in Canada. Volume One : Beginnings to 1840

By Fleming, Patricia Lockhart, Gilles Gallichan, and Yvan Laminde, editors

Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Large octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. 540 p. w/ maps, illus., endnotes, bibliography, extensive index. The first volume of a 3 part scholarly study of the book and publishing in Canada. Some 56 articles with numerous case studies by a team of librarians, historians, and literary scholars from all around the country.


Vermont Maps Prior to 1900 : an Annotated Cartobibliography. Special Double Issue. Vermont History Proceedings of the Vermont Historical Society. Volume XXXIX [ 39 ] Numbers 3 & 4 Summer & Fall 1971

By Cobb, David Allen

Montpelier, VT: Vermont Historical Society, 1971. First edition. Original Wraps. Good. Octavao (standard size). Some wear to edges and corners of covers. Stamp of a library on cover with a line drawn thru it, but no other markings or evidence of library ownership. Old price in ink on front cover, along with a couple spots of coffee. Rear cover has a coffee ring. A few spots of foxing along the textblock. Name of former owner on title page in pencil. xii, 317 (3) p. w/ appendices, select bibliography, and indexes of place and name.


Notes from a Proofreader's Diary: the Serious and the Comic Sides of a Printer's Life ; Valuable Information for Master Printers, Authors, Editors, Compositors, and Proofreaders

By Lea, John W.

Philadelphia: the author, 1923. Second edition. Paperback Original. Very good. Thin. Slight wear to edges and corners of covers and pages. Slight creases to corners of covers. 82 p. w/ order blank page and additional 6 pages of ads. Covers are brownish grey with cursive text on front. Lea worked in the proofroom of the University of Chicago Press, the final Reader for Curtis Publishing, and then moved to the John Winston Company. A solid survey of the kidnof work he was doing, with detailed anecdotes and pracical information. Uncommon.


The Chained Library : a Survey of Four Centuries in the Evolution of the English Library

By Streeter, Burnett Hillman

New York, NY: Burt Franklin, 1970. Reprint. Hardcover. Very good/No dust jacket issued. Octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards. Slight scuffing to boards. 368 p. w/ many b&w ollus., appendices, name and general indices. A classic introduction to medieval and ancient British libraries and their chained books. A great adition to a library of books about books.


National Gallery Alexandros Soutzos Museum - Exhibition Catalogue: Libraries from Antiquity to the Renaissance and Major Humanist and Monastery Libraries (3000 BC - 1600 AD).

Athens, Greece: Aristide D. Karatzas, 1997. First edition. hardcover with pictorial boards. Very good/no dust jacket issued. Quarto (oversized ) Slight wear to edges and corners of boards. 281 p. w/ many b&w (kind of sepia toned) ullus., bibliography, index. An attractive cataloge of this major exhibition - with details on individual books and libraries both. Text in English and Greek.


"John DePol : Artist and Engraver " Exhibition Program and Reception

Newark, DE: University of Delaware Liibrary, 2004. First edition. Pamphlet. Very good. 2 pgs with two DePol illustrations and a loose DePol print inside of "Alfred in London", a street scene that includes a person looking at a stall of books.


Painting with Words : the Calligraphy of Donald Jackson [ Exhibition catalog ]

St. Paul, MN: Minneapolis Institute of Arts / London Link, 1988. First edition. Pamphlet. Very good. Tall thin, pamphlet. Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. Attractively signed in black ink wih calligraphic initials D. J. and the date 1989 by Jackson on the Exhibition description page. [ 26 ] p. w/ color and b&w illustrations, forword by Christopher de Hamel, with brief statements by calligraphers John Stevens, Ann Hechle, Guillermo Rodriguez - Benitez, and Kazuaki Tanahashi. Uncommon signed.


Hunger for the Printed Word : Books and Libraries in the Jewish Ghettos of Nazi - Occupied Europe

By Shavit, David

Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1997. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/No dust jacket issued. Thin octavo (standard size) Slight wer to edges and corners of boards, Small scuff on front board. 178 p. w/ good chapter notes, short index. A detailed study of this aspect of the Holocaust, with a good look on the structures the Nazis used for gathering Jewish property, as well as how the libraries operated in such harsh conditions.


Publishing, Printing, and the Origins of Intellectual Life in Russia, 1700-1800.

By Marker, Gary.

Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1985. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Octavo hardcover (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of dj and boards. 301 pages with tables, endnotes, bibliography, and index. A study of how efforts to control the publishing and printing of books in tsarist Russia shaped the development of the intellectual elites.


The Crombergers of Seville : The History of a Printing and Merchant Dynasty

By Griffin, Clive

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Tall octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and a bit more so at head of dj spine. 270 p. w/ footnotes, tables, bibliography, general index, index of editions, and twenty microfiche contaning 1600 pages covering bibliographic descriptions, typefaces, woodcuts etc., and ornamental initials. The first full length study of this important printing clan in the first half of the sixteenth century Seville. Includes discussion of their other mercantile interests such as trading voyages and silver mines. Uncommon.


Catalogue of the Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project. Volume 7 : Codices 601-654, The Meseret Sebhat Le-Ab Collection of Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa

By Kesis Melaku Terefe, Steve Delamarter, and Jeremy R. Brown

Eugene OR: Pickwick Press, 2011. First edition. Trade Paperback. Very good. Octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. 250 p. w/ bibliography, indices.


A Handlist of the Manuscripts in the Institute of Ethiopian Studies Volume II : The Arabic materials of the Ethiopian Islamic Tradition. Ethiopian Manuscripts, Texts, and Studies series volume 20

By Gori, Allessandro et. al.

Eugene OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014. First edition. Trade Paperback Original. Very good. Octavo (standard size). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. 179 p. w/ color illus., bibliography, several indexes.


Next >