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BARNARD, John, 1936- & BELL, Maureen, 1953- : THE EARLY SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY YORK BOOK TRADE AND JOHN FOSTER’S INVENTORY OF 1616.

BARNARD, John, 1936- & BELL, Maureen, 1953- : THE EARLY SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY YORK BOOK TRADE AND JOHN FOSTER’S INVENTORY OF 1616.

Leeds : Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, 1994. First edition. The early book trade in York, with extensive analysis of an unusually detailed stock inventory.
Crown 4to (25cm). (viii),108pp. Illustrations. Map. Tables. Original pictorial wrappers; a little bruised, but otherwise a very good copy.

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CROFT-COOKE, Rupert, 1903-1979 : THE LAST OF SPRING.

CROFT-COOKE, Rupert, 1903-1979 : THE LAST OF SPRING.

London : Putnam & Co., 1964. First edition. An autobiographical account of Croft-Cooke in his twenties, with interesting material on his time dealing in rare books and first editions with a shop in Rochester, the publication of his earliest novels, journeys abroad, and incidental material on other writers, including Lord Alfred Douglas, Dorothy Richardson, Louis Golding, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (206),[ii]pp. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge red; a few slight marks and spots, but a very good copy in the delightful Val Biro dust-jacket – a bookshop interior – a little worn, lightly sunned and slightly tanned. Bookplate of Meroë Fleming.

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HOWARD-HILL, T.H. (Trevor Howard), 1933-2011 : BRITISH BOOK TRADE DISSERTATIONS TO 1980.

HOWARD-HILL, T.H. (Trevor Howard), 1933-2011 : BRITISH BOOK TRADE DISSERTATIONS TO 1980.

Signal Mountain : Summertown Texts, 1998. First edition. A classified and detailed listing of 1,478 dissertations, theses, honours papers, final year projects and other technically unpublished writings relating to the British book trade – with sections on bibliographers and editors, bibliography by period, by region, book production and distribution, libraries, bookselling, paper, watermarks, printing, illustration, presses, publishing, typography, forms, genres, subjects, newspapers, periodicals, authors and much else.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (xx),314,[ii]pp. Original cloth; very good.

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HUNT, C.J. (Christopher John) : THE BOOK TRADE IN NORTHUMBERLAND AND DURHAM TO 1860 : A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PRINTERS, ENGRAVERS, LITHOGRAPHERS, BOOKSELLERS, STATIONERS, PUBLISHERS, MAPSELLERS, PRINTSELLERS, MUSICSELLERS, BOOKBINDERS, NEWSAGENTS AND OWNERS OF CIRCULATING LIBRARIES.

HUNT, C.J. (Christopher John) : THE BOOK TRADE IN NORTHUMBERLAND AND DURHAM TO 1860 : A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PRINTERS, ENGRAVERS, LITHOGRAPHERS, BOOKSELLERS, STATIONERS, PUBLISHERS, MAPSELLERS, PRINTSELLERS, MUSICSELLERS, BOOKBINDERS, NEWSAGENTS AND OWNERS OF CIRCULATING LIBRARIES.

Newcastle upon Tyne : Thorne’s Students Bookshops for the History of the Book Trade in the North, 1975. First edition. A thoroughly researched biographical dictionary of the book trade in the North East, offered together with the extensive 1981 supplement prepared by P. J. Wallis.
Two volumes. Medium 8vo (24cm). xviii,116,[ii]; [4],viii,60,[iv]pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original cloth (the supplement in wrappers); mild spotting of edges, but otherwise very good – the first volume in a very good dust-jacket.

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“KAYE, Barbara” – [MUIR, Barbara Kenrick Gowing, 1908-1998] : THE COMPANY WE KEPT.

“KAYE, Barbara” – [MUIR, Barbara Kenrick Gowing, 1908-1998] : THE COMPANY WE KEPT.

London : Werner Shaw, in collaboration with Elkin Mathews, 1986. First edition. Both a personal memoir of the years 1938-1945 and the story of the Elkin Mathews business at that time. With much on her husband, the bookseller Percy Muir (the book forming a sequel to his own “Minding My Own Business”), but with sidelights on an eccentric cast of characters including the actress Phyllis Calvert, Rupert Cross, Ian Fleming, Peter Murray Hill, the translator Koteliansky, E. H. W. Meyerstein, A. J. A. Symons, Hugh Walpole, Greville Worthington, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (x),224,[vi]pp. Illustrations. Portraits. Original brown boards, lettered in gilt; slight bruise to fore-edge, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a photographic design in sepia monochrome, lettered in orange and white – just faintly sunned and lightly marked, but also very good.

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LONG, Gerard – editor : BOOKS BEYOND THE PALE : ASPECTS OF THE PROVINCIAL BOOK TRADE IN IRELAND BEFORE 1850 ...

LONG, Gerard – editor : BOOKS BEYOND THE PALE : ASPECTS OF THE PROVINCIAL BOOK TRADE IN IRELAND BEFORE 1850 ...

Dublin : Rare Books Group of the Library Association of Ireland, 1996. First edition. Conference papers on the book trade in southern Ireland 1590-1640; the catholic press in Munster in the eighteenth century; Georgian Drogheda; early book trades in Galway; the distribution of books from Belfast; printing in Irish, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (xiv),154pp. Original pictorial wrappers; some minor creasing, but a good copy.

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WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-2016 : TEA WITH ALICE.

WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-2016 : TEA WITH ALICE.

New York : [Phoenix Bookshop], 1978. First edition : limited to 250 copies, hors commerce, printed as a Christmas greeting from Bob Wilson of the Phoenix Bookshop. An account of the correspondence and his eventual visit to Alice B. Toklas in Paris.
Crown 8vo. [iv],(10),[ii]pp. Photo portrait. Facsimile. Original pale cream stapled wrappers, lettered in black; a hint of rusting to staples, otherwise very good indeed in the original mailing envelope.

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WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-2016 : FAULKNER ON FIRE ISLAND.

WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-2016 : FAULKNER ON FIRE ISLAND.

New York : [Phoenix Bookshop], 1979. First edition : limited to 250 copies. Privately published as a Christmas Greeting – and inscribed and signed by Wilson. An account of his discovery of the original typescript of Faulkner’s first novel, together with the manuscripts of unpublished poems and stories.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],(8)pp. Facsimile. Original stapled wrappers; staples just a touch rusted, but a very good copy in the original Phoenix Book Shop envelope.

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