Bibliography, Books About Books, Bookselling, Letterpress
American Institute of Graphic Arts: 365: AIGA Year in Design 23. Published by Richard Grefé. Edited by Alice Twemlow. AIGA National Design Center. New York: 2002. First edition. Paper-bound, with flush dust-wrapper. About 12 x 7 inches. Pp. 508, (iv). Illustrated. Index. Ribbon marker. Fine copy. $35.00
American Type Founders: The Book of American Types. American Type Founders. Elizabeth: 1941. Large 8vo. Printed cloth. Pp. 192. Illustrated. With supplement in pocket. Back-strip a bit worn and torn, some wear along edges of covers, else very good copy. $40.00
This is an extensive catalogue of the type-faces sold by this company for letterpress printing.
Bateson, F. W. (editor): The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. Macmillan. New York: 1941. 4 volumes. Blue buckram. Fine in frayed and torn djs. $125.00
[Belloc, Hilaire], Patrick Cahill: The English First Editions of Hilaire Belloc, A Chronological Catalogue of 153 Works Attributed to That Author. With an open letter by G. K. Chesterton. Cahill. London: 1953. First edition. 8vo. 52 pp. stapled into wrappers. Near fine copy. $45.00
Berliner, Harold (printer and with an Introduction by): The Penny Magazine. Nevada City: 1979. Reprinted from a magazine issued in London on October 5, 1833, comprising articles on paper-making, wood-cuts, type-founding, printing, presses, and bookbinding. 18 leaves stapled into wrappers. With Berliner's compliments slip. Fine copy. $15.00
Berliner, Harold (printer): A Type Specimen of Baskerville, Several Fables of Aesop. Illustrated by Gertrud Nelson. Harold Berliner. Nevada City: 1971. 9 1/4 x 6 inches. 16 pages sewn into paper wrappers. One of 975 copies. Edges of covers just a bit faded. $10.00
Berliner, Harold (printer): A Type Specimen of Garamont, Several Fables of Aesop. Illustrated by Erin Gamble. Harold Berliner, Printer. Nevada City: 1973. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 8 unnumbered leaves sewn into paper wrappers. Limited to 975 copies. This copy is signed by Berliner and includes two signed, typed letters from him laid in. Fine copy as issued. $15.00
Bixler, Michael and Winifred: Miscellaneous Monotype Borders and Ornaments. Bixler. Skeaneatles: 1995. Large 8vo. Catalogue: 20 leaves sewn into gray paper wrappers, then laid into overlapping paper covers. Fine copy. $75.00
Braches, Ernst: Drukkers in de Marge, Uitgegeven ter gelegenheid van het tiernjarig bestaan van de Stichting Drukwerk in de Marge. Foreword by Rudi Ekkart. Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum. Den Haag: 1985. First edition. Paper-bound. Pp. 160. Illustrated. Pp. 160. Text in Dutch. Fine copy. $15.00
A list of 61 private press printers working in The Netherlands back in the 1980s. Illustrated with photographs of them at work.
Burford Mason, Roger: Print and Be Damaged. Typographeum. Francestown: 1994. First edition. 8vo. 24 pp. sewn and glued into grey wrappers with printed label on front. 150 copies hand-set, printed letterpress and bound by R. T. Risk. Issued without a dust-jacket. Fine copy. $25.00
In 1975 Roger Burford Mason and Mick Rogers began to buy and sell the letterpress equipment which was being steadily abandoned by commercial printers as everyone, except private press printer, hastily converted to newer technology. This is the story of what happened along the way. It includes some very amusing anecdotes.
Carter, John: ABC for Book Collectors. Rupert-Hart Davis. London: 1972. Fifth edition, revised. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. 212. Bookplate pasted to first free end-paper; some foxing; several small tears in dj repaired with tape; else near fine copy. $22.00
A very useful reference for book collectors, with definitions of such things as fore-edge paintings, hard-grain morocco, india paper, and tree calf.
Cave, Roderick: The Private Press. R. R. Bowker Company. New York and London: 1983. Revised and Enlarged.4to. Cloth. Pp. xvi, 390, (ii). Illustrated. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $45.00
This history should appeal to anyone interested in the private press movement, those who still print with lead type on old letterpress machines.
Collins, John: Two Forgers, A Biography of Harry Buxton Forman & Thomas James Wise. Oak Knoll Books. New Castle: 1992. 8vo. Boards. pp. xiv, 318, (iv). Illustrated. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $25.00
[Corvinus Press], Paul W. Nash and A. J. Flavell: The Corvinus Press, A History and Bibliography. Scholar Press. Aldershot: 1994. Foreword by The Seventh Earl of Portarlington [son of Lord Carlow]. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. lvi, 246, (ii). Frontispiece portrait. Illustrated. Appendices. Index. Inscribed by Paul W. Nash for Terry [Risk] and dated on the first free end-paper. Fine copy in dj. $150.00
This is an extensive bibliography of the publications from the Corvinus Press which was found in 1936 by the Viscount Carlow (George Lionel Seymour Dawson-Damer) and continued until he was killed in action in 1944. During these eight years he printed a number of noteworthy books by such authors as T. E. Lawrence, Walter de la Mare, James Joyce, J. M. Barrie, and Edmund Blunden.
Crowther, Jonathan (editor). Oxford Guide to British and American Culture. Assistant Editor: Kathryn Kavanagh. Oxford University Press. Oxford: 2004. Reprinted. Paper-bound. Pp. viii, 600. Illustrated. Fine copy. $10.00
Fitch, Noel Riley: Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation, A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties. W. W. Norton. New York: 1983. Reprinted. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 448. Illustrated: (16) pp of plates. Index. Near fine copy in slightly frayed dust-jacket. This copy has been inscribed by the author on the first free end-paper. $45.00
Sylvia Beach ran a bookshop in Paris in the ‘20s and ‘30s and was at the heart of the literary world at the time. Her friends included Hemingway, Pound, Flanner, Gide, and of course Joyce whose novel Ulysses she published.
[Frick, Henry Clay], George Harvey: Henry Clay Frick, The Man. Privately Printed (Charles Scribner's Sons). [New York]: 1936. First edition. 8vo. Red buckram. Pp. viii, 384. Near fine copy in a somewhat darkened dj. $25.00
Frizzell, Alex M.: Catalogues. West Linton: [early 1980s]. 8 1/4 x 5 7/8 inches. Three bookseller's catalogues—number 200, 231, and 242—mostly with fine antiquarian Scottish literature and/or books about printing and publishing. One of the catalogues, number 242, has a personal note on the inside front cover signed by Frizzell. Fine copies. $20.00
For many years Alex Frizzell sold books from his home near the lovely village of West Linton, south of Edinburgh. He also operated a private press, The Castlelaw Press. (For more about him, please see my Resources page which is accessible at the top of this page.)
[Frizzell, Alex M.], R. T. Risk: Alex Frizzell, Private Printer. The Private Library. Pinner: 1975. Second Series 8:2, Summer 1975. Paper-bound. Illustrated with two plates. Checklist. Signed by the author. Fine copy. $15.00
[Galsworthy, John], H. V. Marrot: A Bibliography of the Works of John Galsworthy. With a hand-colored cartoon frontispiece by Max Beerbohm. Mathews & Marrot. London: 1928. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Edges and end-papers foxed, else fine copy in dj. $95.00
[Gliwa, Stanislaw]: R. T. Risk. Stanislaw Gliwa, Private Printer. The Private Library. London: 1979. First edition. Paper-bound. Includes a detailed checklist of works printed by Stanislaw Gliwa. With illustrations by Stanislaw Gliwa and with photographs by the author. One issue of The Private Library, Third Series, volume 2: 1, Spring 1979. Issued without dust-jacket. Signed by the author. Fine. $15.00
Stanislaw Gliwa was born in Krakow, Poland. During World War II he was captured by the Russians and spent years in their prisoner-of-war camps. Eventually he was released with other Poles, and together they were all formed into the Second Polish Corps which fought at Montecassino, Italy. During the battle he recorded what he saw in a remarkable series of engravings. After the War he prepared a history of his unit. Then he went to live in England where he remained the rest of his life. In 1960 he married Maria, a Polish woman who had suffered at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. They set up a printing press—the Oficyna Stanislawa Gliwy—and over the years produced a series of beautiful booklets, illustrated with Gliwa's striking linocuts.
Horsfall & Sons: Startype. Horsfall & Sons. Batley: n.d. [c. 1990s]. Small 4to. Catalogue: 48 pp. stapled into stiff paper wrappers. A specimen book of lead type for letterpress printers. Fine copy. $30.00
[Lawrence, T. E.], Elizabeth W. Duval: T. E. Lawrence, A Bibliography. Arrow Editions. New York: 1938. First edition. 8vo. Paper boards with linen back-strip and printed label. Pp. (ii), 96, (ii). Limited to 500 copies. Near fine copy with frayed glassine dj and slightly worn and darkened slip-case. $185.00
[Lewis, Percy Wyndham], Bradford Morrow & Bernard Lafourcade: A Bibliography of the Writings of Wyndham Lewis. With an Introduction by Hugh Kenner. Black Sparrow Press. Santa Barbara: 1978. First edition. 8vo. Corduroy-backed boards. Illustrated with about 75 reproductions of Lewis' dust-jackets. Prospectus laid in. The dj is now foxed; else fine copy. $50.00
[Maugham, W. Somerset], Raymond Toole Stott: Maughamiana, The Writings of W. Somerset Maugham, Being a Handlist of Works. Heinemann. London: 1950. First edition. 8vo. Buckram. Near fine copy in dj. $45.00
[Liveright, Horace], Tom Dardis: Firebrand, The Life of Horace Liveright. Random House. New York: 1995. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xviii, 398. Illustrated. Checklist. Sources. Index. Fine copy in dj. $10.00
Monotype Corporation: Caslon. The Monotype Corporation. London: (no date). 2 leaves, folded. 11 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches. A type specimen. Fine copy. $5.00
Monotype Corporation: Ehrhardt. The Monotype Corporation Limited. London: (no date). 2 leaves, folded. 9 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches. A type specimen. Fine. $5.00
Monotype Corporation: Fournier. The Monotype Corporation. London: (no date). 2 leaves folded. 9 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches. A type specimen. Fine copy. $5.00
Monotype Corporation: Garamond. The Monotype Corporation. London: (no date). 2 leaves, folded. 9 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches. A type specimen. Fine copy $5.00
Monotype Corporation: Poliphilus. The Monotype Corporation. London: (no date). 2 leaves, folded. 9 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches. A type specimen. Fine copy. $5.00
Monotype Corporation: Van Dijck. The Monotype Corporation. London: (no date). 2 leaves, folded. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. A type specimen. Fine copy. $5.00
Morison, Stanley: Early Italian Writing-Books, Renaissance to Baroque. Edited by Nicolas Barker. David R. Godine. Boston, 1990. First U.S. edition. 8vo. cloth. Fine copy in dj. $32.00
Just before his death in 1967 this noted English typographic historian was working on a study of calligraphy in 16th Century Italy. His drafts were gathered and published in this book which was beautifully printed letterpress by Martino Mardersteig at the Stamperia Valdonega, Verona.
[Morison, Stanley], James Moran: Stanley Morison 1889-1967. The Monotype Corporation Limited. Redhill: 1968. The Monotype Recorder (Volume 32, Number 3, Autumn 1968). Large 8vo. 32 pp. stapled into printed wrappers. Illustrated. Fine copy. $15.00
(Mouldtype): Distinctive Type Faces for Producing Better Print. Mouldtype. London: 1974. One sheet folded. 29 5/8 x 33 7/8 inches. Fine condition and suitable for framing. $12.00
Many of the typefaces offered by Mouldtype are displayed to advantage on this large broadside.
Myers, Robin and Michael Harris (editors): Fakes & Frauds, Varieties of Deceptions in Print and Manuscript. Oak Knoll Books. New Castle: 2006. Reprint. 8vo. Boards. Pp xii, 144, (iv.) Illustrated. Index. Issued without a dust-jacket. Fine copy. $25.00
This was originally published in England in 1989 It was the result of a conference, under the auspices of Birkbeck College, University of London, on aspects of the book trade In this case seven papers were delivered and are printed here Among them are: Michael Treadwell: On False and Misleading Imprints in the London Book Trade; and Nicolas Barker: The Forgery of Printed Documents.
Orioli, G. [Giuseppe, i.e. Pino]: Adventures of a Bookseller. Chatto & Windus. London:1938. First edition. 8vo. Red cloth. Pp. (x), 330. Frontispiece portrait by Dame Laura Knight. Includes, laid in, 8 pages of photocopied expurgations in the author's hand. Also laid in is an original 12-page Davis & Orioli catalogue of first editions, undated but probably from the late 1930s. Back-strip faded; edges foxed; no dj; else very good copy. $250.00
Pino Orioli (1884-1942) was a friend of Norman Douglas, Richard Aldington, and D. H. Lawrence. In 1928 he undertook to publish an Italian version of Lady Chatterley's Lover in an unexpurgated edition of what was stated to be 1000 copies but was actually 2000. Later, he opened a bookshop at 30 Museum Street, London. This memoir also touches upon his experiences as a gay man. Any activities of that kind were illegal in Britain in the 1930s and therefore discretion forbade them to be published in this book. The manuscript still exists, though, and the photocopies show what was expurgated: “Mr. Bartlett . . . offered me a drink, asked what I was doing in London, how long I had been there, and a hundred other questions; all this time he was caressing my hair.”
Oxford Society of Bibliophiles: Collection of Term Cards. Oxford Society of BIbliophiles. Oxford: 1978-2000. Limited private press edition. A collection of term cards printed by various private press printers. 25 cards, about 4 x 6 inches (although some are smaller or larger). Mostly printed on heavy paper stock and folded once. Additionally, there is a menu card, one proof copy, and 16 duplicates. Fine set (although one card is foxed). There are three academic terms at Oxford University: Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity. Some of the presses were: Cygnet, Perpetua, Kit-Kat, Strawberry, Typographeum. $40.00
[Pound, Ezra], Donald Gallup: Ezra Pound, A Bibliography. University of Virginia Press. Charlottesville: 1983. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. $45.00
Randle, John: Fine Press Book Fair, Catalogue of Fine Press Exhibitors, Oxford, 13 October 1990. The Rocket Press. Blewbury: 1990. First edition. 4 leaves sewn into wrappers. One of 625 copies set in Monotype Garamond and printed on mould-made Zerkall paper. Fine copy. $20.00
Randle, John, Dennis Hall, Toby English: A Private Press Renaissance. The Less Traditional Private Press Books. The Private Press and the Bookseller. Bookdealer. London: 1991. First edition. Wrappers. 192 pp. stapled. Fine copy. $6.00
This is an issue of The Bookdealer from 21 February 1991 with three articles, a list of current British private presses, as well as the usual ads from booksellers.
Risk, R. T.: Typographeum, Being Essays, Mainly Historical, on Printers and Printing, and Including a Remembrance of a Bookseller, Along With a Personal Narrative. Typographeum. Francestown: 1997. First edition. 8vo. Brown cloth with printed label on back-strip (spare label tipped in). 48 pp. 115 copies hand-set, printed letterpress and bound by R. T. Risk. Issued without a dust-jacket. Fine copy. $50.00
Includes an essay about what it may have been like to be a printer in the 15th Century, and two more about important printers from that period: Nicolaus Jenson and Aldus Manutius. There is also a chapter of autobiography, about the author's first years in Francestown. Finally there is a reminiscence of a much loved bookseller, David Low.
[Rolfe, Fr., Baron Corvo], Cecil Woolf: A Bibliography of Frederick Rolfe Baron Corvo. Hart-Davies. London: 1957. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. With a postcard and an invoice signed by the author loosely inserted. Also laid in is the prospectus. Fine copy in dj. $85.00
Rosenbach, A. S. W.: Books and Bidders, The Adventures of a Bibliophile. Little, Brown and Company. Boston: 1927. Limited, large-paper edition. 8vo. Buckram-backed boards with printed label on back-strip. T.e.g. Pp. xvi, 312. Number 714 of 785 copies signed by the author. Some wear and a little soiling to covers, else near fine copy. No slip-case. $75.00
Samuel Stephens and Wickersham Quoin Company: Blue Book of Requirement-Meeting Printing Machinery, Furniture Tools and Material. Samuel Stephens. Boston: n.d. [1930s?]. Large 8vo. Paper-bound. 150 pp. Illustrated. Back-strip a bit faded; else fine copy. $50.00
This is a catalogue of the extensive line of famous equipment that was available to letterpress printers. Very well illustrated with detailed descriptions of each piece of equipment.
Samuel Stephens: Brass Rules Supplies. Samuel Stephens. Boston: [1930s?]. 20 pp. stapled into wrappers. Illustrated. Covers a bit worn, else very good. $35.00
Schur, Norman W.: British English, A to Zed. HarperPerenial. New York: 1987. First edition thus. Paper-bound. Pp. xvi, 478, (ii). Appendices. Index. Back-strip slightely faded, else fine copy. $8.50
Here we learn that a ‘cheque’—or ‘check’ in the U.S.—is a draught (pronounced draft) which may have been derived from the medieval concept of the Exchequer, an accounting system carried out on a squared board. A cheque may be crossed, that is having two oblique lines within which are written ‘& Co.’ to signify that it can not be cashed. Then there is ‘chequers’ which in America is a game called “checkers.” But Chequers is also the official country residence of the British Prime Minister located in Buckinghamshire, a county. County, however, implies good breeding and riding to hounds. People of that sort might be drawn to Hatton Garden, a street in London identified with the diamond trade. Other sorts, those with ‘form,’ also certainly find it irresistible. Some of their escapades have featured in films which also star The Old Bill.
In England ‘head’ means headmaster or headmistress of a school—like ‘principal’ in the U.S.—and is universally understood to be so. Therefore it did not raise eyebrows once when The Times Educational Supplement reported that “A fifteen-year old Croydon boy has been suspended by his head since last September because of his long hair.” Another type of head is the cream in milk which always rises to the top. It also is called ‘the head.’
Shwartz, Ronald B. (editor): For the Love of Books, 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most. Grosset/Putnum. New York: 1999. Reprinted. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Signed by the editor on the title-page. Fine copy in dj. The writers include Rita Mae Brown, Art Buchwald, Robert Creeley, Martin Gilbert, Nadine Gordimer, John Irving, Doris Lessing, and Norman Mailer. $20.00
Silverman, Al: The Time of Their Lives, The Golden Age of Great American Book Publishers, Their Editors and Authors. Truman Talley Books/St. Martin's Press. New York: 2008. 8vo. Boards. Pp (xiv), 498. Sources, Index. Fine copy in dj. $10.00
[Sitwells], Richard Fifoot: A Bibliography of Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell. Hart-Davis. London: 1971. Second edition, revised. 8vo. Cloth. As new in dj. The Soho Bibliographies XI. $45.00
Society of Private Printers: Chap-Books, Fifth Exchange. Society of Private Printers (Private Libraries Association). [Pinner]: 1982-1986. First edition. 28 booklets, plus an Index booklet. 6 1/4 x 3 7/8 inches. Preserved in a cloth slip-case with a printed label. Fine copy. $750.00
This is the fifth printers' exchange organized by The Society of Private Printers. The 28 contributors from England, U.S.A., Australia and Italy include Bullnettle Press, Plough Press, Rocket Press, Septentrio Press, and Typographeum.
Society Of Private Printers: An Infant's Library. Society of Private Printers (Private Libraries Association). [Pinner]: 1980. First edition. 31 pamphlets. 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. Preserved in a mahogany box with a sliding front and the engraving by Pam Reuter on the front. Limited to 70 sets. Fine copy. $750.00
This is an exchange organized by the Private Libraries Association, comprising 30 booklets printed between 1975 and 1980 by various private press printers, chiefly in England and the U.S. An introductory booklet is included. Among the presses were: Cherub, Keepsake, Perdix, Pump, Peter Stockham, and Typographeum.
Sowula, Grzegorz: Samuel Tyszkiewicz. Sowula & Sowula. Offenbach: 1991. [First edition.] Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 32. Illustrated. Checklist. Inscribed by the author. Fine copy. One of a series: Bibliotheca Typographica. $35.00
Sowula, Grzegorz: Samuel Tyszkiewicz. Translated from the Polish by Friedrich Giese. Sowula & Sowula. Offenbach: 1991. [First edition.] Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 32. Illustrated. Checklist. Text in German. Fine copy. $25.00
Sutton, James and Alan Bartram: Typefaces for Books. New Amsterdam Books (by arrangement with The British Library). New York: 1990. First U.S. edition. 4to. Cloth. 288 pp. Index. Fine copy in dj. $38.00
More than 100 typefaces are displayed in double-page settings, in different sizes and with different spacings and attributes. Includes also information about the development of the typefaces.
Sweetman, John: Making Paper By Hand. St. Andrew's Press. Wells: 1977. 8 leaves stapled. Printed on hand-made paper from the Wookey Hole Mill in Wells, Somerset. With two slips signed by the editor laid in. $30.00
Tannen, Jack: How to Identify and Collect American First Editions. Arco Publishing Company, Inc. New York: 1978. Reprinted. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xii, 148. Recommended Reading. Index. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $7.50
Whitehead, John: This Solemn Mockery, The Art of Literary Forgery. Arlington Books. London: 1973. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Wilson, R. A. (Preface by): Printing and the Mind of Man Catalogue of a Display of Printing Mechanisms and Printed Materials, Arranged to Illustrate the History of Western Civilization and the Means of the Multiplication of Literary Texts Since the XV Century. F. W. Bridges and the Association of British Manufacturers of Printers'... [London]: 1963. First edition. 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 166. Illustrated. Very Good. No dust jacket, as issued. Back-strip a little browned. $40.00
This was issued in connection with the Eleventh International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades Exhibition. It is an extensively illustrated and annotated catalogue which covers all aspects of printing, including descriptions of the machinery used and details about many of the most notable books since the 15th Century.
Winchester, Simon: The Meaning of Everything, The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Oxford: 2003. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxvi, 260. Illustrated. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
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