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AUCHMUTY, Rosemary, 1950- & GOSLING, Juliet, 1962- - editors : THE CHALET SCHOOL REVISITED.

AUCHMUTY, Rosemary, 1950- & GOSLING, Juliet, 1962- - editors : THE CHALET SCHOOL REVISITED.

London : Bettany Press, 1994. First edition. Studies of Elinor Mary Brent-Dyer (1894-1969) and her oeuvre, with essays on various aspects, a checklist, a price-guide, illustrations, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). viii,328pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers; very good.

£15

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BRILL, E.J. : CATALOGUE DE FONDS DE LA LIBRAIRIE ORIENTALE : E. J. BRILL MAISON FONDÉE EN 1683. 1683-1937.

BRILL, E.J. : CATALOGUE DE FONDS DE LA LIBRAIRIE ORIENTALE : E. J. BRILL MAISON FONDÉE EN 1683. 1683-1937.

Leiden : E. J. Brill, 1937. First edition. A priced pre-war bookseller’s catalogue of an extraordinary collection of “livres orientaux” in many languages, with sections on Iran, Armenia, Assyria, Hebrew, Syria, Arabia, Ethiopia, Egypt, China, Japan, etc., illustrated with a fine collection of portraits of various scholars, etc.
Royal 8vo (25cm). [viii],(188)pp. Plates. Portraits. Original wrappers; lightly rubbed and a little tanned, but a good copy.

£25

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CARTER, John (John Waynflete), 1905-1975 : VICTORIAN FICTION : AN EXHIBITION OF ORIGINAL EDITIONS AT 7 ALBEMARLE STREET, LONDON ... ARRANGED BY JOHN CARTER WITH THE COLLABORATION OF MICHAEL SADLEIR.

CARTER, John (John Waynflete), 1905-1975 : VICTORIAN FICTION : AN EXHIBITION OF ORIGINAL EDITIONS AT 7 ALBEMARLE STREET, LONDON ... ARRANGED BY JOHN CARTER WITH THE COLLABORATION OF MICHAEL SADLEIR.

[London] : Cambridge University Press for the National Book League, 1947. First edition : one of the copies issued in cloth, with the plates not included in the wrappers issue. A major exhibition catalogue, with a foreword by Sadleir and an introduction by Carter.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (xiv),(50)pp. Sixteen plates. Original cloth; a hint of rubbing; endpapers slightly spotted, with a short repaired tear to rear free endpaper; but a very good and bright copy in the original dust-jacket - lightly worn and slightly tanned.

£20

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COOPER, John, 1944- & COOPER, Jonathan, 1975- : CHILDREN'S FICTION : 1900-1950.

COOPER, John, 1944- & COOPER, Jonathan, 1975- : CHILDREN'S FICTION : 1900-1950.

Aldershot : Ashgate, (1998). First edition. An illustrated decade-by-decade survey, with biographical notes and checklists of over 200 authors from the English-speaking world. A review copy, with the manuscript review notes of the late B. C. Bloomfield loosely inserted.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xii),228pp. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; just a hint of bruising, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£25

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(FRANCIS, Sir Frank Chalton, 1901-1988 - editor) : THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 1892-1942 : STUDIES IN RETROSPECT.

London : for the Bibliographical Society, 1949. A reprint of the original 1945 edition. A collection of essays, including F.S.Ferguson, English Books before 1640; F.C.Francis, The Bibliographical Society; a Sketch of the First Fifty Years; E.P.Goldschmidt, The Study of Early Bookbinding; W.W.Greg, Bibliography - A Retrospect; W.A.Jackson, America; Michael Sadleir, The Development During the Last Fifty Years of Bibliographical Study of Books of the Nineteenth Century; Victor Scholderer, Early Printed Books; Harold Williams, The Eighteenth Century; F.P.Wilson: Shakespeare and the 'New Bibliography', etc. With a list of the Society's publications, 1892-1942.
Demy 4to. (viii),(216)pp. Original holland-backed boards; top edge gilt; a few faint marks; slight rubbing to corners, but a very good copy. From the collection of the late B.C.Bloomfield, former President of the Bibliographical Society.

£30

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EARLY CHILDREN'S BOOKS AND THEIR ILLUSTRATION.

GOTTLIEB, Gerald, 1923-2009 : EARLY CHILDREN'S BOOKS AND THEIR ILLUSTRATION.

New York : Pierpont Morgan Library / Toronto : Oxford University Press, (1975). First edition. A lavishly produced exploration of 225 treasures from the Pierpont Morgan Library, with bibliographical notes and short discussions of each. With a preface by Charles Ryskamp and an interesting essay by the historian by J. H. Plumb on "The First Flourishing of Children's Books".
Royal 4to (31cm). [2],(xxx),(266),[ii]pp. Colour plates. Over 300 monochrome illustrations. Original cloth; very good in a just lightly rubbed dust-jacket.

£100

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GROLIER CLUB : BOOKS AND PRINTS, PAST AND FUTURE : PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE GROLIER CLUB CENTENNIAL CONVOCATION, 26-28 APRIL 1984.

New York : Grolier Club, 1984. First edition : limited to 1,000 copies. Papers by Robert Giroux (The Future of the Book), Frank Stella (An Artist's View of Prints), G. Thomas Tanselle (The Evolving Role of Bibliography, 1884-1984), and others.
Royal 8vo. (xii),146pp. Original cloth; a little bowed, but otherwise very good indeed.

£20

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DATED BOOK-PLATES (EX LIBRIS) : WITH A TREATISE ON THEIR ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT.

HAMILTON, Walter, 1844-1899 : DATED BOOK-PLATES (EX LIBRIS) : WITH A TREATISE ON THEIR ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT.

London : A. & C. Black, 1895. First complete edition : originally published in three separate instalments 1894-1895. A weighty survey, with a lengthy introduction covering collecting, preservation, German book-plates, French book-plates, English book-plates and their ten basic styles, American book-plates, early references, eighteenth-century engravers and styles, nineteenth-century design, etc., followed by detailed chronological tables of known examples from 1516 to 1895.
Post 4to (28cm). [viii],124,(226),[xx]pp. Numerous plates and illustrations. Original cloth gilt; lightly sunned; a few minor marks; a touch shaken, but a very good copy of a handsome production.

£125

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[JACKSON, Guy Atwood, 1878- ] : A PRIMER OF RARE BOOKS AND FIRST EDITIONS : TEN LECTURES BY THE BIBLIOPHILIST.

[JACKSON, Guy Atwood, 1878- ] : A PRIMER OF RARE BOOKS AND FIRST EDITIONS : TEN LECTURES BY THE BIBLIOPHILIST.

Boston (MA) : Guy A. Jackson, 1930. First edition : limited to 500 copies. A useful if somewhat didactic little guide on both collecting and dealing - with advice on books not to buy, points, pamphlets, imperfect books, how to sell books, determining first editions, dime novels, collected authors, condition, English authors, rare magazines, pricing, books in demand, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [ii],106,[iv]pp. Original cloth; minor wear at tips, but otherwise very good.

£15

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LOEWENSTEIN, F.E. (Fritz Erwin), 1901- : [COVER TITLE] THE HISTORY OF A FAMOUS NOVEL.

London : Privately Printed, 1946. First edition : limited to 500 copies. A bibliographical monograph on the concept of rarity in collecting, combined with a case-study on the complex publishing history of George Bernard Shaw's "An Unsocial Socialist" (1887). With a short, even curt, introductory note by Shaw on Loewenstein's "abominable drudgery" in the field of Shaw biography and bibliography.
Demy 8vo. (20)pp. Original wrappers; lower wrap slightly dusty and nicked, but a nice copy of a scarce and fragile production.

£15

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McLEAN, Ruari, 1917- - contributor : CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OF BRITISH COLOURED BOOKS 1738-1898 : INCLUDING A SELECTION FROM THE ROYAL LIBRARY AT WINDSOR GRACIOUSLY LOANED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.

London : British Printing Machinery Association, 1980. First edition. The catalogue of the related 1980 exhibitions held at the National Exhibition Centre and elsewhere - describing 188 items in Birmingham, 95 in Aberystwyth, 49 in Cambridge, 100 in Manchester, etc. With an introductory essay by Ruari McLean.
Royal 8vo. (140),[iv]pp. Colour plates. Original pictorial wraps; very good in dust-jacket.

£20

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MAGEE, David (David Bickersteth), 1905-1977 : INFINITE RICHES : THE ADVENTURES OF A RARE BOOK DEALER.

MAGEE, David (David Bickersteth), 1905-1977 : INFINITE RICHES : THE ADVENTURES OF A RARE BOOK DEALER.

New York : Paul S. Eriksson, (1973). First edition. Memoirs in London and San Francisco of the distinguished English-born antiquarian bookseller, bibliographer, collector of P. G. Wodehouse, and president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (xiv),274pp. Frontispiece. Original cloth; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in a lightly used and slightly creased dust-jacket. With the pencilled ownership inscription of another highly distinguished bookseller, Ben Weinreb (1912-1999).

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MANASEK, Francis J. : UNCOMMON VALUE : A RARE BOOK DEALER'S WORLD.

MANASEK, Francis J. : UNCOMMON VALUE : A RARE BOOK DEALER'S WORLD.

Ann Arbor : Arbor Libri Press, 1995. First edition. Recollections and reminiscences of the American book and map dealer F. J. Manasek (of G. B. Manasek of Vermont) - with chapters on what things are worth; dealers; the London bookshops; auctions; fairs, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [ii],146,[iv]pp. Original cloth; a very good copy indeed, in an equally very good dust-jacket.

£15

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MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : ENGLISH CHILDREN'S BOOKS 1600 TO 1900.

MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : ENGLISH CHILDREN'S BOOKS 1600 TO 1900.

London : B. T. Batsford, (1979). A reprint of the original 1954 edition, with a fresh preface updating the list of recommended reading, etc. An illustrated history and collectors' guide to English children's books, with checklists of the most important authors, the publishing history of the major works, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). (256)pp. Colour plates. 107 illustrations. Original boards; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a just slightly dusty and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : VICTORIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.

New York : Praeger Publishers, (1971). First edition : the American issue. A well illustrated and wide-ranging survey of (mainly British) illustrated books of the nineteenth century - with chapters on chapbooks; Thomas Bewick and George Cruikshank; line engraving; the periodicals; the Dalziels; the advent of colour; fin-de-siècle; foreign influence; America, etc.
Crown 4to. (xvi),(288)pp. Five colour plates. Numerous monochrome illustrations. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; top edge black; a very good and bright copy in the dust-jacket.

£40

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MUNBY, A.N.L. (Alan Noel Latimer), 1913-1974 : THE CULT OF THE AUTOGRAPH LETTER IN ENGLAND.

MUNBY, A.N.L. (Alan Noel Latimer), 1913-1974 : THE CULT OF THE AUTOGRAPH LETTER IN ENGLAND.

London : Athlone Press, 1962. First edition. A study of the growth of collecting autograph letters between the early eighteenth century and about 1914. With chapters on the Early Collectors; William Upcott; Dawson Turner; Other Nineteenth Century Collections, etc.
Demy 8vo. viii,(118),[ii]pp. Plates. Original cloth; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in a lightly sunned dust-jacket. With the pencilled ownership inscription of the late B. C. Bloomfield, former Director of Collection Development at the British Library.

£25

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POLLARD, Graham (Henry Graham), 1903-1976 : [COVER TITLE] SERIAL FICTION.

London : Constable & Co., [1938]. First separate issue. A separately published offprint from Constable's "New Paths in Book Collecting: Essays by Various Hands" (edited by John Carter, London, 1934), put out in Constable's attractive "Aspects of Book-Collecting" series. An elegant examination of the importance and primacy of the serialisations of nineteenth-century fiction.
Crown 8vo. [ii],247-(278)pp. Original wrappers; a touch sunned; very slight spotting of edges, but a very good copy.

£20

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QUAYLE, Eric, 1921- : THE COLLECTOR'S BOOK OF DETECTIVE FICTION.

London : Studio Vista, (1972). First edition. A well-illustrated survey - with chapters on the historical background; the father of the detective story (Edgar Allan Poe); the evolution of the roman policier; the early Victorians; Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins; the hansom cab era; the immortals of Baker Street; after Holmes; the lady sleuths; the modern writers; collecting first editions, etc. Photographs by Gabriel Monro.
Royal 4to. (144)pp. Colour plates. Illustrations. Original cloth; top edge spotted, but a very good copy in a just lightly sunned dust-jacket.

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SHERCLIFF, W.H. (William Henry) : MORALITY TO ADVENTURE : MANCHESTER POLYTECHNIC'S COLLECTION OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS : 1840-1939.

Manchester : Manchester Polytechnic Library, in association with Bracken Books and Studio Editions, 1988. First edition. A descriptive catalogue of the 2649 items in this handsome collection. Arranged by themes - and with indices of authors, editors, translators, contributors, illustrators, engravers, local publishers, etc. Introduction by Peter Stockham.
Demy 4to. [viii],(204)pp. Tipped-in colour frontispiece. Colour plates. Illustrations. Original boards; very good indeed in the dust-jacket.

£35

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[STEARN, William Thomas] : AN EXHIBITION OF FLOWER BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE SOCIETY OF HERBALISTS.

London : Arts Council, 1953. First edition. The exhibition catalogue - with full descriptions of the impressive array of sixty-seven books. With an introduction by Wilfrid Blunt.
Crown 8vo. [viii],(48)pp. Original stapled wrappers; wraps a little tanned; mild rusting of staples and slight consequent holing to wraps, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£10

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TARG, William, 1907-1999 - editor : BIBLIOPHILE IN THE NURSERY : A BOOKMAN'S TREASURY OF COLLECTORS' LORE ON OLD AND RARE CHILDREN'S BOOKS.

Cleveland & New York : World Publishing Co., (1957). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed, signed and dated (1957) by Bill Targ. Essays by Richard Altick, Jacob Blanck, Marchette Chute, F. J. Harvey Darton, August Derleth, Iona and Peter Opie, Ellery Queen, Vincent Starrett, and other cognoscenti on various aspects of children's books and their collecting - "with emphasis on the great rarities, classics, and highspots".
Medium 8vo. (508),[iv]pp. Plates. Facsimiles. Original cloth; very good in a sunned and lightly tanned dust-jacket.

£50

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WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- : MODERN BOOK COLLECTING.

WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- : MODERN BOOK COLLECTING.

New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. First edition. Inscribed (to the bibliographer Barry Bloomfield) and signed by the author, the New York bookseller, Robert A. Wilson. A clearly laid-out guide for the novice first edition collector - with chapters on what, how, who, dealers, auctions, condition, identification, bibliographies, housing, fakes, investment, disposing, definitions, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). xiv,(272)pp. Illustrations. Original cloth; very good in the dust-jacket, also very good.

£20

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