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  1. ADAMS, JR. Frederick B. Compiled By. Tenth report to the fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library. 1960. New York: 1960. 8vo, 82 pp., illus. Blue cloth, gilt title. FIRST edition. 1 of 550 copies. Fine. $25.00

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    Color Plates

  2. [AUCTION CATALOG]. Illuminated manuscripts, incunabula and Americana from the famous libraries of the Most Hon. the Marquess of Lothian, C.H. American Art Association Anderson Galleries. New York: 1932. 4to, 170 pp., illus., some full color. Disbound. $195.00

    Lacking the printed wrapper except for spine remnants. Annotated with prices fetched in fountain pen.

    Seymour de Ricci wrote the Forward for this sale of 35 manuscripts and 133 books, labeling it the most important in this country since the Robert Hoe sales of 1911-12. Indeed, no English library of this stature had ever been sold in America. (De Ricci described the four full-color reproductions as among the most successful yet produced in the United States.) The price fetched for each item has been inked in, in many cases along with the purchaser's name; Rosenbach, Wells and Beyer all dropped a bundle. Aside from the fact that Rosenbach spent money he didn't have (he sold the Tickhill Psalter to NY Public Library without commission), there is a fascinating behind the scenes story to this auction that bears telling.

    Mitchell Kennerly had made an arrangement with the dealer Barnet J. Beyer wherein Beyer only paid for his lots after they had been sold! The effect was to shore up prices against erosion - and gave Beyer a competitive edge. When, a few years later, the arrangement was discovered by Cortland Bishop, owner of the galleries, Kennerley was fired. He subsequently committed suicide.

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  3. AUERBACH, Sylvia. An insider's guide to auctions. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley; [1981]. 8vo, 236 pp., illus. Red printed wrapper. Uncorrected proof. Fine. $25.00

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  4. BARR, John (b. 1934). The Officina Bodoni, Montagnola, Verona. Books printed by Giovanni Mardersteig on the hand press 1923 - 1977. London: British Library; 1978. 4to, 96 pp., illus. Printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $50.00

    Fine. Describes about half the books printed at the press. Hence, useful as a reference.

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  5. BENNETT, Paul A., Editor. Books and printing. A treasury for typofiles. Cleveland: World; 1951. 8vo, 417 pp., illus. Grey cloth, gilt and black stamping. d.j. FIRST edition. Fine. $60.00

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  6. BERRETTA, Paul A. A brief technical talk. Some points which those who write for publication should observe. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1907. 16mo, 34 pp. Printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $20.00

    Waterstain to lower gutter margin. Blue pencil notes on front fly.

    "The object of this brochure is to acquaint authors and others who are called upon to read and revise proofs with the easiest and most economical way to attain uniformity and good typographic form."

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  7. [BINDING]. GIRALDON, Ferdinand. Le relieur pratique. Paris: Hachette; 1926. Small 8vo, 124 pp., drawings. Printed wrapper. $50.00

    Head and tail of spine chipped revealing gatherings. Spine age-toned. Contents fine. Business card of R. Vincent, bookbinder, Gold Medal. Paris, 1937 (in French).

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  8. BLUNT, Wilfred [Scawen] (b. 1901). Cockerell. New York: Knopf; 1965. 8vo, 385 pp., illus. Burgundy cloth, d.j., heavily gilt spine. FIRST American edition. $30.00

    Book nearly mint, jacket chipped at extremities with age-toned spine.

    Blunt was S. C. Cockerell's (1867-1962) literary executor, having access to all his papers, including his daily diary spanning seventy seven uninterrupted years. Sir Sydney was a librarian to Wm. Morris, traveller to the continent with Ruskin and Shaw, literary executor of Thomas Hardy, friend of Lawrence of Arabia and Tolstoy, etc.

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  9. [BOOK CATALOG]. A catalogue of books, in English and foreign languages, ... including Greek and Latin classics, books printed by the Aldines and Elzevirs, & other early printers in Greek, voyages & travels; old English poetry;... ethnography from the library of Dr. Barnard Davis, for sale at the prices affixed by E.W. Stibbs, 32, Museum Street, London. [Cat.] No.38. [internal evidence indicates ca.1882]. 16mo, 70 pp., decorative initials for each new letter of the alphabetical entries. Printed wrapper. $30.00

    Wrapper chipped but the sewn gatherings nice and tight.

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  10. [BOOK CATALOG]. A selection of extremely rare and important printed books and ancient manuscripts. William H. Robinson Ltd. Catalog 77. London: 1948. 4to, 200 pp., ca. 198 illus. Cream colored boards. $85.00

    Extremities bumped, otherwise fine.

    194 exemplary items ranging from the clay cylinder of Nebuchadnezzar recording the building of the 'Hanging Gardens' palace to the first book printed in the English language. Many of these books were unrecorded as texts, not just as divergencies of imprint and issue. "The class of book described here is not merely of uncommon occurrence in the auction room, it is rare 'at source,' i.e. in the ancestral libraries of the English and Continental aristocracy... . The wise collector does not count the present cost too closely: the market prices of one generation tend to be the envy and despair of the succeeding one.... We feel it will not be a hundred years - perhaps not even a decade - before collectors will ...look back with nostalgia to the opportunities of the present moment, some, at least, of which can never recur." Each item is illustrated.

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  11. [BOOK CATALOG]. Catalogue des livres de fonds, et d'une partie des livres d'assortiment, qui se trouvent a la librairie mathématique de Bachelier, (successeur de Madame Veuve Courcier,)... Paris: July 1827. 4to, 12 pp. Cover-title. $ 175.00

    Disbound, fraying edges.

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  12. [BOOK CATALOG]. Catalogue of practical and scientific books, published by Henry Carey Baird & Co., industrial publishers and booksellers. Philadelphia: April 1, 1875. 8vo, 96 pp. Printed wrapper. $65.00

    Wrapper chipped at head and tail of spine.

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  13. [BOOK CATALOG]. Catalogue of the more important books, autographs and manuscripts in the library of George C[lifford] Thomas. Philadelphia: 1907. 8vo, 86 pp., frontis photo, rubricated title. Blue cloth boards, white spine, gilt titles. FIRST edition. $35.00

    Fine. White spine lightly dusted.

    Standard rich guy's, well-printed vanity catalog with loads of books no longer available, regardless of one's wealth! The stuff that dreams are made of.

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  14. [BOOK CATALOG]. John Wheldon's catalogue of books on microscopy, ornithology, entomology,...astronomy, electricity, chemistry, geology palaeontology.... London: ca. 1867 8vo, 48 pp. Orange printed wrapper. $60.00

    Wrapper dust-soiled and showing a bit of wear. Catalog 72, Part I with 1689 items from this firm.

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    A Touch of Crass

  15. [BOOK CATALOG]. Fortieth anniversary catalogue containing forty selections from stock. House of El Dieff, Inc. New York: 1975. Small folio, [88 pp.], illus. Green cloth, blind and gilt stamped in glassine wrapper, as issued. $50.00

    Fine.

    Lew David Feldman's 40th anniversary catalog with forty selections. While it is true this catalog contained many amazing and wonderful items, did he have to include the closing line, on a page of its own, "The total value of the contents of this catalog is $1,925,077.00."?

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  16. [BOOK CATALOG]. Lagerkatalog von Oswald Weigel's Antiquarium in Leipzig. Zoologie, mit einschluss der palaeozoologie. 1900. 8vo, 186 pp. Printed wrapper. $25.00

    Poor condition on chip-prone paper. Ex-Library of Congress duplicate. An amazing catalog with 5380 items in many languages.

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  17. [BOOK CATALOG]. Modern publications, and new editions of valuable standard works, printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman. London: May 1832. 8vo, 16 pp. Cover-title. $70.00

    Fine. Small tear in the margin of the first two leaves.

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  18. [BOOK CATALOG]. Shakespeare quartos for sale by The Rosenbach Company. [Philadelphia or New York]: 1920. 8vo, 23 pp., Tipped-in photo and title page facsimiles. Brown printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $125.00

    Fine, near mint. Pencilled annotations on several items as to purchaser and price actually received.

    This historic catalog was issued to set the tone for the opening of the Rosenbach brothers' new sales salon, a townhouse at 273 Madison Avenue in New York city. Bought in November 1919 the house would serve as a New York showplace for Philip's antiques and paintings and Dr. R's books. It would also provide the springboard to have a go at the premier American bookseller of the day, George D. Smith (who unexpectedly died soon after this catalog was issued). In Rosenbach, by Wolf and Fleming, most of the quartos are described as coming from the Marsden J.Perry collection in Providence and they write that "No book dealer in modern times had ever had a stock of Shakespeare quartos like that and no book dealer ever had had the audacity to offer them at such prices in print." The quartos did not sell like hot cakes, nor all for the prices in the catalog. Nevertheless, it was a pretty stunning first offering to attract the big money buyers to the brothers' new salon!

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  19. [BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS]. Some account of the Oxford University Press 1468 - 1926. Oxford: Clarendon Press; 1926. 4to, 134 pp., illus. Blue-grey paper boards, cloth backstrip. Second [revised] edition. $110.00

    Chipping and splitting along the spine, else fine. A standard and well-printed history of this important press.

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  20. [BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS]. Books at Brown. Providence: Vol. XVIII, No. 1; May, 1956. 8vo, 32 pp. Tan printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $ 15.00

    Fine. Contains four articles: the John William Graham Collection of Literature of Psychic Science, Washington Irving and E.A. Poe, the Saunders Collection of Whitmaniana and Holmes and the National Hymn.

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  21. BRADLEY, Van Allen. Gold in your attic. New York: Fleet; 1958. 8vo, 277 pp., illus. Cloth, d.j., gilt title. FIRST edition. $75.00

    Book very good, jacket getting tatty. One of the most recognized names in the book collecting world.

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  22. CALLAWAY, Frances Bennett. Charm and courtesy in letter-writing. WITH an A.L.S. from the author, concerning a correspondent's writing style, laid in. New York: Dodd, Mead; 1895. 12mo, 250 pp. Cloth, gilt, red and white decoration. FIRST edition. $35.00

    Ex lib, but very good. Letter fine.

    Writing from the old school, sometimes overblown and windy, but always charming and now a lost art. "It is better never to regard letter-writing as a matter of duty or recompense, but rather as an expression of love and endearment." The A.L.S. is to a Rev. whose letters Callaway has seen, "letters which are themselves a power for good in the world."

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  23. CARTER, John. Books and book-collectors. Cleveland: World; 1957. 12mo, 196 pp. Black cloth, gilt title. FIRST American edition. $140.00

    Very good. Stains to endpapers from acid-paper jacket. COPY of William Targ, bookman and author.

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  24. CARTER, Thomas Francis. The invention of printing in China. New York: Columbia University Press; 1925. 4to, 282 pp., illus. Black embossed cloth, gilt title. FIRST edition. $150.00

    Hinges cracked internally. Printed by Douglas C. McMurtrie.

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  25. [CATALOG]. A catalog of optical, mathematical and philosophical instruments, made and sold by W. and S. Jones, {No. 30,} Lower Holborn, London. Printed By W. Glendinning; 1815. 8vo, 16 pp. Cover-title. $125.00 // On Hold

    Spine re-enforced with rice paper, otherwise fine.

    A catalog with prices of such items as refracting telescopes, microscopes, theodolites and mathematical and optical recreations. Among the more expensive items were working models of steam engines, pile drivers, etc. For a stiff £100 one could purchase a working Boulton & Watt engine with boiler and complete apparatus.





  26. [CATALOG]. A catalog of optical, mathematical, and philosophical instruments, made and sold by W. and S. Jones .... Printed By W. Glendinning; 1817. 8vo, 16 pp. Cover-title. $125.00 // On Hold

    Very good. See Item above for almost identical catalog.





  27. CHAPPELL, Warren. A short history of the printed word. Boston: Nonpareil; 1980. 8vo, 244 pp. + index, illus. Printed wrap. Fine. $25.00

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  28. CLODD, Edward. The story of the alphabet. New York: Appleton; 1903. 12mo, 209 pp., illus. Cloth, gilt title, t.e.g., boxed. $20.00

    Front inner hinge broken, rear one cracked. Spine sunned.

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  29. [COLOR PRINTING]. WATERHOUSE, D. B. Harunobu and his age. The development of color printing in Japan. London: Trustees Of The British Museum; 1964. 8vo, 326 pp. Color frontis, black & white photos Cloth cover over spiral binding. FIRST edition. $60.00

    Fine. A fine reference work on Japanese prints containing biographies, very good reproductions and a bibliography.

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  30. DOWNS, Robert B. Books that changed the world. New York: New American Library; 1964. 12mo, 200 pp. Printed wrapper. Eighth printing. $10.00

    Cover dust-soiled, but no tears. 5 ink checkmarks next to 5 chapter titles.

    Describes sixteen books that changed the course of history. Volumes by Copernicus, Stowe, Darwin, Freud, Einstein, Marx, Hitler, Mackinder, etc.

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  31. EMBLEN, D. L. Peter Mark Roget. The word and the man. New York: Crowell; 1970. 8vo, 368 pp., illus. Cloth, d.j. FIRST edition. $35.00

    Fine. The first full scale biography of Roget (1779 - 1869). While he is today remembered for his Thesaurus, he was a leading physician, scientist and educator; friend and correspondent with the leading lights of his day - Cuvier, Darwin, Ampere, Bentham, Babbage, Faraday, Davy, Watt, Lyell, Coleridge, etc.

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  32. FADIMAN, Clifton (d. 1999). The lifetime reading plan. Cleveland: World; 1960. 8vo, 320 pp. Cloth, d.j., gilt titles. $10.00

    Very good. One hundred books and authors from the Western world. But nothing from the East as Fadiman proclaims no competence in its traditions and little enthusiasm for that which he has explored. At any rate, what is here makes great reading. This book began as an article in This Week Magazine and generated so much mail that the idea of a book was proposed. This copy was a Book-of-the-Month Club dividend.

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  33. FARRER, J. A. Literary forgeries. London: Longman, Green, And Co.; 1907. 8vo, 282 pp. Cloth, gilt design and title. FIRST edition. Extremities rubbed. $35.00

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  34. FITCH, George Hamlin. Comfort found in good old books. San Francisco: Paul Elder; 1911. 12mo, 171 pp., 32 tipped-in illus. Cloth, gilt titles. FIRST edition. $45.00

    Extremities very worn with chipping on spine. Booksellers label on front paste-down. Interior fine.

    Printed by Elder's Tomoyé Press under the direction of John Henry Nash. Trods well-worn ground, but with style and erudition; the Bible, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, Arabian Nights, the Classics, Dante, Johnson, Defoe, etc. all come to life. There are also notes on the best reading editions of the great authors. These essays were inspired by the death of Fitch's only son and originally were published in the Sunday book-pages of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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  35. GILL, Brendon. Here at the New Yorker. New York: Random; 1975. 8vo, 406 pp., illustrated. Cloth, d.j. FIRST edition. $30.00

    PRESENTATION copy. Front inner hinge cracked. Good to very good.

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  36. GILMER, Walker. Horace Liveright. Publisher of the Twenties. New York: David Lewis; 1970. 8vo, 287 pp., frontis photo. Cloth, d.j. FIRST edition, second issue. $30.00

    Fine. Jacket showing some wear at top edge.

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  37. GOERL, Stephen. Papermaking in America. A pictorial account. New York: Bulkley, Dunton; 1945. Small 4to, [48 pp.], 22 full-page illus by Robert Greco. Salmon-colored paper boards, black cloth spine, paper label. FIRST edition. $65.00

    Tips a bit worn and some shelf wear, otherwise fine.

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  38. GRANT, Jane. Ross, the New Yorker and me. New York: Reynal; 1968. 8vo, 271 pp., illus. Cloth, d.j. FIRST edition. $20.00

    Very good to fine.

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  39. GREBANIER, Bernard. The great Shakespeare forgery. New York: Norton; 1965. 8vo, 308 pp., illus. Cloth, d.j. FIRST edition. $30.00

    Very good. William Henry Ireland and the great scam with the Bard.

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  40. HAIGHT, Anne Lyon. Banned books: informal notes on some books banned for various reasons at various times and in various places. New York: Bowker; 1955. 8vo, 172 pp. Cloth, gilt title. Second edition, revised, enlarged. $30.00

    Very good. The list of titles in this book may be seen as a tribute to small minds. On almost any page one may see books that are now considered 'classics' and works of social or creative genius.

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  41. HAMILTON, Charles. Auction madness. An uncensored look behind the velvet drapes of the great auction houses. New York: Everest House; 1981. 8vo, 255 pp. Cloth, d.j., gilt title. FIRST edition. Fine. $30.00

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  42. HUMEZ, Alexander & Nicholas. Alpha to omega. The life and times of the Greek alphabet. Boston: Godine; 1981. 8vo, 203 pp. Cloth, d.j., gilt titles. FIRST edition. $25.00

    Fine condition with boards slightly splayed.

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  43. [INCUNABULA]. Incunabula typographica. A descriptive catalogue of the books printed in the fifteenth century (1460-1500) in the library of Henry Walters. Baltimore: Typis Officinae Aldinae Florentiae; 1906. 4to, 522 pp., illus., rubricated title page. Dark tan leather, decorated with raised bands, strapped fleur-de-lys, gilt titles, deckled edges, with t.e.g. FIRST edition. $SOLD

    Fine. Beginning to show shelf wear on the extremities of the soft leather. Medallion from Florence tipped onto upper corner of rear pastedown. This is not the Olschki label I've seen in other books, but it's possible this copy was sold in his shop.

    One of the most glorious vanity catalogs of all time with the books well described by the man from whom most were purchased, Leo S. Olschki. In the forward Walters writes, "It is a synthesis of book making in the second half of the XVth century which will aid the student or the curious to follow step by step the early development of the art of printing."





  44. [INK]. The history of ink including its etymology, chemistry, and bibliography. New York: Thaddeus Davids & Co.; Ca. 1860. Small 8vo, (vi), 72 pp., (ii), 4 pp., 16 plates, (iv). Gilt, red & blue litho title. Chocolate brown blind & gilt stamped cloth, gilt title, a.e.g. $475.00

    Head & tail of spine wearing. Tips starting to show wear with the front lower one exposing a bit of board. Gilt title and design fading. Blind stamping and covers, however, are fresh and bright.

    This quite rare book is absolutely marvelous with lots of details on its topic written in a straightforward, though engaging, style. For example, the color plate of Mayan writing (surely about the earliest depiction in color in the United States) is described as being destroyed "by the first Spanish archbishop of Mexico - an act of fanatical vandalism equalled only by the burning of the Alexandrian Library, and the vast hoard of Moorish literature at Granada by Ximenes."

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  45. JACKSON, Joseph. A famous bookstore in a new home. [With a Leary's business envelope whose verso is filled with text.] Philadelphia: Leary's; 1927. 16mo, 37 pp., illus. by William Morris Thayer. Printed wrapper, stitched and stapled. FIRST edition. $30.00

    Fine. Staple rusted without affecting text.

    Leary's was one of America's great used bookstores. This pamphlet describes former locations, gives a little history and talks about the new store - all seven stories of it.

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  46. JENISON, Madge. Sunwise Turn. A human comedy of bookselling. New York: Dutton; 1923. 12mo, 162 pp. Cloth backstrip, paper boards and labels. FIRST edition, second issue. $30.00

    Very good. Laid in are the flaps and a panel from the d.j., news clippings on Jenison featuring a Lotte Jacobi photo and other articles. There is also a letter from Doubleday, Doran Book Shops, Inc. "To Patrons of the Sunwise Turn", describing the takeover of the Sunwise Turn by Doubleday and asking for patrons continued support of the shop.

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  47. KOGAN, Herman. The great EB. The story of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press; 1958. 8vo, 339 pp., photos. Red cloth, d.j. FIRST edition, 2nd printing. $30.00

    Book fine, jacket very good.

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  48. KRAUS, H[ans] P[eter] (1907-198 ). A rare book saga. The autobiography of H.P. Kraus. New York: Putnam; 1978. 8vo, 386 pp., illus. Cloth, d.j. FIRST edition. $55.00

    Very good. A good read, full of ego, idiosyncracy, shrewd deals and great books. Kraus wrote "...read every letter, whether postmarked Topeka or Taiwan. Study every list, neatly prepared... or scrawled on pages from a grade-school tablet."

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  49. [LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB]. ALLEN, Hervey (1889-1949). "Samples". A book containing fine illustrations and fine pages from the books to be published by The Limited Editions Club in its sixth series. With a prefatory essay by Hervey Allen. N.p. ca. 1933. Folio, illus. Brown & black printed wrapper, spiral bound with gilt title. $75.00

    Fine. Samples printed and illustrated by John Henry Nash, D.B. Updike, William Kittredge, Bruce Rogers, George Grosz, Covarrubias, and Matisse.

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  50. [LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB]. A prospectus of the fine books to be published by The Limited Editions Club in the twelfth series November 1940 - October 1941. N.p. Circa 1940. 8vo, 35 pp., application w/ envelope. Brown printed wrapper. $20.00

    Fine. A finely printed description of the coming year's books and lauditory commendations from leading lights in the book, literary and business world.

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  51. [LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB]. A prospectus of the tenth anniversary series of the fine books published by The Limited Editions Club together with some notes upon a project for an illustrated Shakespeare. New York: ca. 1938/9. Folio, 36 pp., application & envelope, photos, illus. Silver and red printed wrapper. Very good to fine. $25.00

    First use (publication) of two new type faces

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  52. [LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB]. LEWIS, Sinclair (1885-1951). Samples. A book containing many fine pages from the books to be published by The Limited Editions Club in its seventh series with notes on book collecting by Sinclair Lewis. N.p. Circa 1934. Folio, illustrated. Red printed wrapper, spiral bound with gilt title. $95.00

    Fine. Sinclair Lewis gives us an interesting glimpse into his life at the age of ten with his memories of his father's books. There are also sample pages of the Club's books for 1935/36. Among the commissioned art included is an Edward Steichen photo for the Club's edition of Walden. Other printers and artists represented are Officina Bodoni, W.A. Dwiggins, Hans Mardersteig (using his Fountain type for the first time), and a new Eric Gill designed 14-pt Roman type cut by Caslon & Co.

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  53. [LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB]. Ten years and William Shakespeare. A survey of the publishing activities of The Limited Editions Club from October 1929 to October 1940. 1940. Folio, 82 pp., colophon, illus. Tan pigskin, glassine wrapper. Original mailing box. FIRST edition. $85.00

    Fine. Glassine browned and tatty.

    Articles by Paul Beaujon (pseud. for Mrs. Beatrice Warde, widow of Frederic), Edward Alden Jewell, John T. Winterich and Philip Van Doren Stern with a bibliography by Will Ransom with notes by George Macy.

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  54. [LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB]. The Limited Editions Club. Beaux Livres. Belles Lettres. Boston: The Merrymount Press; 1929. 8vo, Rubricated title, 23 pp., application. Cloth backstrip, marbled boards, paper label. FIRST edition. $95.00

    Fine. Paper label lightly dust soiled. Essentially a prospectus, printed by Daniel Berkeley Updike.

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  55. [LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB]. Shakespeare. A review and a preview. Part I: Review. [3 articles]. Part II: Preview. IV. A note upon a new Shakespeare by George Macy... VI. The format of the new Shakespeare by Bruce Rogers.... New York: ca. 1938. Folio, 25 pp. + sample pages, order form & envelope. illus. Tan cloth. $110.00

    Fine. Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Agnes Parker Miller, Gordon Ross and Demetrios Galanis.

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  56. LYDENBERG, Harry Miller and ARCHER, John. The care and repair of books. New York: Bowker; 1945. Small 8vo, 123 pp. Cloth. Third, revised ed. of 2000 copies. $20.00

    Spine sunned, otherwise fine.

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  57. MABIE, Hamilton Wright. Books and culture. New York: Dodd, Mead; 1896. 12mo, 279 pp. Cloth, gilt title. FIRST edition. $20.00

    Extremities worn, spine ends chipped. Remains of postage stamp on spine. Owner's signature.

    "Time, which is the relentless enemy of all that is partial and provisional, is the friend of Shakespeare, because it continually brings to the student of his work illustration and confirmation of its truth.... It is as impossible, therefore to get away from the books of power as from the stars."

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  58. MATTHEWS, William. Modern bookbinding practically considered. A lecture read before the Grolier Club of New York, March 25, 1885 with additions and new illustrations. New York: Grolier Club; 1889. 4to, 96 pp., illus. Cream cloth, gilt title, t.e.g. FIRST edition, 1 of 300 copies. $325.00

    Spine age-darkened with one small spot, otherwise fine.

    PRESENTATION copy of this scarce book from Matthews to his Rector. Printed by DeVinne Press on Holland paper.  Mejer 910   Brenni 408

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  59. MCCRILLIS, John O. C. Printer's Abecedarium. Edited by Susan C. McCrillis. Boston: Godine; 1974. Tall 8vo, [ca. 63 pp.] illus. Printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $10.00

    Rear wrap sunstruck. Each letter references an important person, place or firm in the history of printing, e.g. 'O' for Oxford Press.

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  60. MERRYWEATHER, F. Somner. Bibliomania in the Middle Ages. Or sketches of bookworms - collectors - bible students - scribes - and illuminators, from the Anglo Saxon and Norman periods, .... monastic libraries of Great Britain, in the olden time. London: Merryweather; 1849. 12mo, 218 pp., rubricated title page. Three quarter leather, raised bands, gilt tooling and title. FIRST edition. $250.00

    Fine. Extremities rubbed. Owner's rubber stamped signature.

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  61. MEYNELL, Francis. English printed books. London: Collins; 1948. Large 8vo, 48 pp., 8 color, 21 b/w illus. Red paper boards. Second edition. $20.00

    Spine age-toned and rubbed with beginning split at head on front hinge. Otherwise very good. A book from the "Britain in Pictures" series.

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  62. MILTON, John (1608-1674). Areopagitica. Preceeded by illustrative documents. Edited by Edward Arber. Westminster: Constable; 1899. 12mo, 80 pp., 30 pp. ads. Green cloth, gilt title. $20.00

    Front inner hinge cracked, free fly lacking. Some pencil notations.

    Milton's fame as a poet is apt to make one forget that for more than twenty years (from 1641) his pen mainly engaged in political and ecclesiastical controversy. This book was a plea for toleration of unlicensed printing.

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  63. MOORHOUSE, A. C. Writing and the alphabet. London: Cobbett Press; 1946. 12mo, 97 pp., illus. Green cloth, d.j. FIRST edition. $25.00

    Jacket lacking major portion of front upper tip, including part of title. Top of spine on book nicked, with the rest fine.

    A volume from the Past and Present Series in Studies in the History of Civilization. "Thus a study of the development of alphabets and writing as one of Man's great cultural achievements is not of abstract interest only, but contributes materially towards an understanding of some of the problems in language which still await solution." Moorhead was Lecturer in Classics at University College, Swansea.

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  64. MORAN, James, Editor. Printing in the 20th century. New York: Hastings House; 1974. 4to, 332 pp., illus. Cloth, d.j. FIRST ed. $30.00

    Book fine, jacket very good. Gold foil bookplate of the printer I.J. Borowsky. Old price written in red marker on fly.

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  65. MORGAN, Charles (b.1894). The house of Macmillan (1843-1943). New York: Macmillan; 1944. 12mo, 248 pp. Cloth, d.j., gilt title. t.e.g. FIRST American edition. Fine. $25.00

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  66. MORISON, Stanley (1889-1967). The typographic arts. Cambridge: Harvard University Press; 1950. 8vo, 166 pp, illus. White cloth, gilt title. Revised with additional photos. $125.00

    Spine age-toned. D.j. flap 'About the Author' inserted as bookmark.

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  67. MORLEY, Christopher. Ex libris. New York: Nov. 1936. 12mo, [27 printed leaves]. Cloth, d.j. Gilt text on covers. FIRST edition. $115.00

    Fine. "A small anthology, printed and bound (and sold) at the First National Book Fair sponsored by the New York Times and The National Association of Book Publishers. Compiled at their request by Christopher Morley."

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  68. NEWTON, A[lfred] Edward (1863- 1940). A magnificent farce and other diversions of a book collector. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press; 1921. 8vo, 267 pp., illus. Cloth spine, paper boards & label. FIRST trade edition. $45.00

    Very good. One tip bumped.

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  69. NEWTON, A[lfred] Edward (1863- 1940). The rare books and manuscripts collected by the late A. Edward Newton. Public sale in 3 parts. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries; 1941. 4 volumes. 4to, Illustrated. Blue boards, d.j. FIRST editions. $160.00

    Fine condition with an admission ticket to Part One of the sale. Three volumes are sale catalogs and the fourth is a prospectus-cum-Festschrift with notes by Newton's son, A.W.S. Rosenbach, Randolph Adams, Gabriel Wells, Arthur Swann, etc. One of the most notable sales of the period.

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  70. NEWTON, A[lfred] Edward (1863- 1940). The greatest book in the world and other papers. Boston: Little, Brown; 1925. 8vo, 451 pp., illus. Cloth spine, paper boards & label. FIRST trade edition. $50.00

    Very good. Tips bumped. Bookplate on rear pastedown.

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  71. NEWTON, A[lfred] Edward (1863- 1940) End papers. Literary recreations. Boston: Little, Brown; 1933. 8vo, 225 pp., illus. Cloth, d.j., gilt title. FIRST trade edition. Very good. $45.00

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  72. OVERTON, Grant. Portrait of a publisher and the first hundred years of the house of Appleton. 1825-1925. New York & London: Appleton; 1925. 12mo, 96 pp., illus. Cloth, paper vellum spine. FIRST edition. $65.00

    Extremities beginning to show wear.

    Appleton published most of Darwin's American editions as well as Spencer's. Had it not been for them, in fact, Spencer might have labored in anonymity as far as the masses of the public. (His Principles was self-published in England.) They also represented Huxley, were the official publishers for the Smithsonian and had the largest medical backlist of any U.S. house by the turn of the century. Their catalog of 1859 included deluxe editions of the major British and Continental authors, as well. The company received hundreds of threatening letters after 'Origin' appeared but took the position that the duty of a publisher involved "reasonable watchfulness that nothing immoral, indecent or sacrilegious should be printed and there the responsibility ends." Obviously, sacrilegious is in the eye of the beholder with the fundamentalists claiming greater acuity!

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  73. [PENGUIN]. Penguins progress 1935- 1960. Published on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of Penguin Books. London: 1960. 12mo, [88 pp.], illus. Printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $30.00

    Fine. History of this important house whose goal was to publish good books in enormous quantities at ludicrously low prices - indeed, at about the same price as a packet of cigarettes. Combining economy of price with convenient size allowed many the ability to pocket a book in the final years of the Great Depression.

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  74. [PEPYS, Samuel (1633-1703)]. Diary and correspondence of --, F.R.S. ... Life and notes by Richard, Lord Braybrooke. Phila.: David Mckay; Ca. 1900 or earlier. 4 volumes. Large 8vo, 427; 484; 481; 470 pp. Green bevelled boards, gilt design and titles, t.e.g. $125.00

    Spine ends worn, endpapers browned. Vol. IV front hinge entirely cracked.

    The most famous English diarist, Pepys was, by turns, admiralty officer, Parliamentarian, and President of the Royal Society. The diary was written in cipher and partly published in 1825 but, surprisingly, wasn't brought out in its entirety until around 1899, the period of this edition.

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  75. POLLARD, H. Graham. The earliest directory of the book trade. By John Pendred (1785). Edited with an introduction and an appendix by ---. London: The Bibliographical Society; 1955. 4to, 90 pp. Printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $50.00

    Wrapper tatty at bottom edge as it extends significantly beyond the text (but only on the bottom & fore-edge. It is nearly flush at the top - what a remarkably stupid idea!). Pages unopened.

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  76. PRATT, John Barnes. A century of book publishing. 1838-1938. Historical and personal. New York: A.S. Barnes; 1938. 12mo, 56 pp. Cloth backstrip, paper boards. FIRST edition. $25.00

    PRESENTATION copy. Very good. Covers and tips a bit scuffed.

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  77. [PRINTING]. Manual of lithoprinting and planographing. Containing samples illustrating the possibilities of these processes and complete information on the publication of a preliminary textbook. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers; 1937. 4to, 99 pp., binding samples, illus. Tan printed wrapper. Second revised edition. $50.00

    Fine. Staple with the binding samples rusted.

    Anyone who has gone to college post-Korea must have run into Edwards' reprints! This is the book they used to market their abilities putting them at the forefront of their trade. It gives methodology, pricing and plenty of samples. "NO FINANCIAL INVESTMENT IS NECESSARILY REQUIRED for the publication of an original textbook under the plan proposed by EDWARDS BROTHERS. The entire cost, including author's expenses and royalty, can be defrayed by the sale of individual copies at a price specified by the author... all the details being handled by the publishers. Incidentally, the unit cost ... to students is less than for any other practical and acceptable form of preliminary publication."

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  78. [PRINTING & THE MIND OF MAN]. Printing and the mind of man. Catalog of the exhibitions at the British Museum and at Earls Court, London 16-27 July 1963. [London]: Bridges & Sons; 1963. 8vo, 166 pp., photos. Printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $50.00

    Binding torn at head of spine. A number of items have been check marked. Owner's signature.

    The actual catalog issued for the use of those attending this epocal exhibition. The entries are not the same as those from the 1967 folio edition of PMM which we all love to quote and reference. In fact, half the volume focuses on the technology of printing.

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    THE COPY OF THE REFERENCE!

  79. [PRINTING & THE MIND OF MAN]. CARTER, John W. & MUIR, Percy H. Printing and the mind of man. A descriptive catalogue illustrating the impact of print on the evolution of western civilization during five centuries. London: Cassell & Co.; 1967. 2 volumes. 4to, 128 pp. & 129-280 pp. [each text page interleaved with blank sheets], illus. Red cloth, gilt titles. Custom boxed. FIRST edition. $950.00

    Fine, nearly mint. Two small light flecks on the spine of volume 2.

    PRESENTATION of MUIR's own copy with his inscription on the front pastedown of Volume I. A prime copy of one of the most desirable reference books (alongside Carter's copy, of course.) Each volume has an inserted card describing the book as "From the Reference Library of Deval and Muir...." The book was bound with blank pages interleaved with the text to allow for Muir's corrections, addenda, etc.

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  80. [PRINTING SPECIMEN]. Specimen faces of printing types from S. Chew & Sons Company, Camden, New Jersey. Camden: Chew; 1905. 12mo, 32 pp, typeface illus. Grey stiff wrapper with paper label. $15.00

    Chipped corners to the wrapper, contents fine on deckled-edge paper.

    The first nineteen pages contain an identical story set out in different type, from 5 1/2 pt. solid Modern (65 lines, 715 words) to 12 pt. leaded Caslon (27 lines, 215 words). The remaining pages are given over to typeface specimen.

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  81. RAPHAEL, Frederic and MCLEISH, Kenneth. The list of books. A library of over 3,000 works. New York: Harmony; 1981. Tall 8vo, 160 pp. Brown cloth, d.j., gilt title. FIRST American edition. $15.00

    Mint. Recognizing that one of today's intellectual problems is not one of access but rather the plethora of choice, the authors set out to cull a literary 'musee imaginaire' from which one can draw both instruction and inspiration.

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  82. [ROWFANT CLUB]. Articles of incorporation & code of regulations. The Rowfant Club. Cleveland: 1931. 12mo, 29 pp., colophone. Blue boards with paper label. #15 of 200 copies. $125.00

    Very good. Faint foxing beginning to show up on cover.

    Printed at The Riverside Press in Cambridge, Mass on the occasion of the reorganization of the Club as a non-profit (founded 1895). The Club was limited to 150 resident members and 50 non-resident. Printed by Bruce Rogers?

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  83. ROSENBACH, A.S.W. (1876-1952). A book hunter's holiday. Adventures with books and manuscripts. Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin; 1936. 8vo, 258 pp., illus. Cloth. FIRST edition. $250.00

    Very good. Covers lightly dusted. Rear tips lightly bumped.

    PRESENTATION copy to Rosenbach's nurse, companion and confidante, Edith M. Taylor. In the inscription Rosenbach has written "December 14, 1936 (among the first copies received)"   - Rosenbach by Wolf & Fleming, pp. 570-71.

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  84. ROSENBACH, A.S.W. (1876-1952). Books and bidders. The adventures of a bibliophile. Boston: Little, Brown, And Company; 1927. 8vo, 311 pp., illus. Cloth. gilt title. FIRST edition. $325.00

    Extremities worn, otherwise fine.

    PRESENTATION copy to Edith M. Taylor, Rosenbach's longtime nurse, companion, confidante and an heir.   - Rosenbach by Wolf & Fleming, pp. 570-71.

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  85. ROSENBACH, A.S.W. (1876-1952). See entries under [BOOK CATALOG] for more Rosenbach items.





  86. ROSENGARTEN, Joseph G. The Paris book exhibition of 1894, by ---. Read before the American Philosophical Society, January 4, 1895. Philadelphia: Reprinted From Proc. Amer. Philo. Soc., Vol XXXIV, March 1, 1894. 8vo, 10 pp. Printed wrapper. $20.00

    Wrapper very chipped and tatty. Text fine.

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  87. ROSENTHAL, Bernard M. The gentle invasion. Continental emigré booksellers of the thirties and forties and their impact on the antiquarian booktrade in the United States. New York: Book Arts Press [Columbia Univ]; 1987. 8vo, 17 pp. Printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $15.00

    Fine. The second annual Sol M. Malkin Lecture in Bibliography at the Columbia Univ School of Library Service. 1000 copies printed.

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  88. SABINE, Gordon & Patricia. Books that made the difference. With a foreword by Daniel J. Boorstin. 1984. 12mo, 117 pp. Printed wrapper. $10.00

    Good. A Book-of-the-Month Club pro bono edition, this book chronicles selections from 1,382 interviews with a wide assortment of Americans. The interviews answered the question, "What book made the greatest difference in your life? What difference did it make?"

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  89. SHARP, R. Farquharson. The reader's guide to Everyman's Library. Being a catalog of the first 888 volumes by --. With an essay by Ernest Rhys. London: J.M. Dent; 1932. 12mo, 256 pp. Dark red cloth, d.j., gilt title. FIRST edition. $50.00

    Book fine; jacket chipped, sunned and worn. Volume 889 in the Everyman Library, listing all the previous books, with commentary.

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  90. SOWERBY, E. Millicent. Jefferson and his books. IN: Library Notes. A bulletin issued for the Friends of Duke University Library. Durham, North Carolina; November 1953. 8vo, pp. 14-24 of 34. Printed wrapper. $15.00

    Wrapper sunned, otherwise fine. Although it isn't written inside, it's from the Library of Lyman Butterfield.

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  91. SPOFFORD, Ainsworth Rand. A book for all readers designed as an aid to the collecting, use, and preservation of books and the formation of public and private libraries. New York: Putnam; 1900. 8vo, 509 pp. Vellum paper spine, paper boards, both attractively gold stamped. t.e.g. FIRST edition. $SOLD

    Very good. Tips bumped. Spine somewhat dust-soiled. "There is perhaps no field of literature in which so large an amount of actual mis-information or ignorance exists as that of the rarity of many books."





  92. ST. JOHN, Eugene. Rotary web presswork. New York: Oswald; 1916. 16mo, 40 pp., frontis photo. Cloth, paper label. FIRST edition. $10.00

    Hinges starting, extremities beginning to show wear.

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  93. TARG, William (d. 1999). American first editions and their prices. A checklist of the foremost American first editions from 1640 to the present day. Together with a few prefatory remarks. Chicago: Black Archer Press; 1931. 12mo, 123 leaves, all but the introduction printed on one side only, illus. Cloth, gilt title. Second edition of 445 copies. $70.00

    Spine faded and spotted, slightly shaken. One page with inked annotations.

    Revised and published one year after Targ's first attempt at a pioneering price guide - for which he took a lot of heat from segments of the book world who found such a book commercial and vulgar.

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  94. TAYLOR, Archer & ARLT, Gustave O. Printing and progress. Berkeley: Univ. Of California Press; 1941. 12mo, 67 pp., rubricated title page. Grey printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $25.00

    Fine. Spine very lightly age-toned.

    Nicely printed lectures from a series given at U. of C. in 1940 honoring the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of printing. The two titles are "The influence of printing 1450-1650" (Taylor) and "Printing and the democratic movement in the western world" (Arlt). Both were professors of German.

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    Author's Copy

  95. TAYLOR, Edward Dewitt. Taylor & Taylor item-count system for pricing advertising-composition. San Francisco: [Taylor?]; 1937. 12mo, 40 pp., illus. Black spiral bound wrapper, leather label, gilt title. FIRST edition. $125.00

    Fine. Taylor's nifty BOOKPLATE on inside cover. Apparently, the first pricing classification where one could be assured of uniformity of billing regardless of the person computing or laying out the ad. This, in contrast to the then accepted method of charging by the hour.

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  96. [TYPOGRAPHY]. DIAMANT, E. M. The book of borders with remarks on a frame for the typographic work of art. New York: E.M. Diamant; 1924. 16mo, [48 pp.], illus. Orange printed wrapper. $15.00

    Fine. Small rectangle, that may/may not have had text, cut out of leaf 20 which shows decorative borders.

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  97. [TYPOGRAPHY]. SWANN, Cal. Techniques of typography. London: Lund Humphries; 1980. Small 4to, 96 pp., illus. Printed wrapper. Corrected edition. Fine. $15.00

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  98. UPDIKE, Daniel Berkeley. Printing types. Their history, forms, and use. A study in survivals. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press; 1927. 2 volumes. 8vo, 276 pp.; 308 pp., illus. Black cloth, gilt title. FIRST edition, third printing. $135.00

    Head and tail of spines worn.

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  99. WATSON, Aldren A. Hand bookbinding. A manual of instruction. New York: Reinhold; 1963. 4to, 93 pp., illus. Red cloth. FIRST edition. $40.00

    Very good to fine with the boards beginning to splay out.

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  100. WELLS, Gabriel (d. 1946). These three. With a preface by André Maurois. New York: William Edwin Rudge; Jan 1932. 12mo, 91 pp., colophone. Cloth, gilt title. 1 of 750 copies. $95.00

    Covers light struck at edges.

    INSCRIBED by Wells, in a shaky hand, 'To live is to aspire'. Book designed by Frederic Warde. The three things of the title are power, pleasure and peace. The book is a collection of Well's writings and speech making. Laid in is a 4 page advertisement-cum-order form from Henry Sothern for the English edition (limited to 400 copies).

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  101. WEST, Celeste and WHEAT, Valerie. Booklegger's guide to the passionate perils of publishing. San Francisco: 1978. Small 8vo, 76 pp., illus. Printed wrapper. FIRST edition. $20.00

    Very good. Spine slightly faded.

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  102. WINSHIP, George Parker. The John Carter Brown Library. A history. Providence: The Merrymount Press; 1914. 8vo, 97 pp. Green cloth, black backstrip, gilt title. FIRST edition. $145.00

    Extremities showing wear, otherwise fine. INSCRIBED to Henry Hunt Clark.

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  103. WINTERICH, John T. Early American books & printing. New York: Dover; 1981. 12mo, 253 pp., illus. Printed wrapper. Reprint. Fine. $10.00

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  104. WOLF, Edwin and FLEMING, John F. Rosenbach. A biography. Cleveland: World Publishing; 1960. 8vo, 619 pp., illus. Red cloth, gilt title. FIRST edition. $95.00

    Book fine, jacket good.

    A splendid biography about the consummate bookman by two who were there - and were consummate bookmen themselves.

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  105. WROTH, Lawrence C. Lathrop Colgate Harper: A happy memory. IN: The papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Vol 52, No 3, New York: 1958. 8vo, pp. 161-172 [from 161-229]. Printed wrapper. $20.00

    Fine. A remembrance on the passing of one of the legendary booksellers of the 20th century. This issue also contains an article by Leona Rostenberg on William Dugard: Pedagogue and Printer to the Commonwealth.

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