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AVIS, F.C. (Frederick Compton), 1908-1999 : THE 16 . CENTURY LONG SHOP PRINTING OFFICE IN THE POULTRY.
London : F.C.Avis, (1982). First edition : limited to 250 numbered copies. A history of the celebrated Long Shop in the Poultry – home in turn to the early London printers and booksellers Richard Banks, Richard Kele, John Kele, John Allde, Edward Allde, Margaret Allde, and William Wright.
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BAILEY, Josh : THE POOR PRINTER : BEING THE LETTERS OF ONE MASTER MAN TO ANOTHER, FOR THE BENEFIT OF PRINTERS IN GENERAL.
London : Caxton Magazine, . First edition. Thoughts on the costs and organisation of the printing industry, with "honest proposals for post war reconstruction".
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BLADES, William, 1824-1890 : THE BIOGRAPHY AND TYPOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM CAXTON, ENGLAND’S FIRST PRINTER.
London : Trübner & Co., 1882. Second octavo edition. Adds material on the meaning and origin of Caxton’s device, on his system of punctuation, etc., to the text of the original 1877 edition.
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COCHRANE, J.A. (James Aikman) : DR. JOHNSON’S PRINTER : THE LIFE OF WILLIAM STRAHAN.
London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1964). First edition. A life of the celebrated eighteenth-century printer, William Strahan (1715-1785).
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DOOLEY, Allan C. : AUTHOR AND PRINTER IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.
Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, (1992). First edition. An absorbing study of the impact of new printing technology on the handling and shaping of texts – with chapters on composition, proofing, printing, reprinting, authors, authorial control – and much on Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, George Eliot, Alfred Tennyson, Anthony Trollope, etc.
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GILMOUR, Pat : ARTISTS AT CURWEN : A CELEBRATION OF THE GIFT OF ARTISTS’ PRINTS FROM THE CURWEN STUDIO.
London : Tate Gallery, (1977). First edition : the hardback issue. An account of the Curwen Press, published to accompany the 1977 Tate exhibition. Includes a full catalogue of the exhibition (340 items), a checklist of the complete donation, a glossary of printing terms, etc. With colour plates by Edward Bawden, Claud Lovat Fraser, Barnett Freedman, David Hockney, McKnight Kauffer, John Nash, Paul Nash, John Piper, Eric Ravilious, Ceri Richards, etc.
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McKENZIE, D.F. (Donald Francis), 1931-1999 : THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1696-1712 : A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL STUDY.
London : Cambridge University Press, 1966. First edition. A monumental study of the Press in the time of Queen Anne – providing the first detailed study of a hand-press printing house and its workings. With a bibliography of items printed at the Press, lists of principal types and ornaments, etc. The second volume provides a transcript of all the original documents on which the study is based.
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PEARSON, Emily C. (Emily Clemens), 1818-1900 : GUTENBERG; OR, THE WORLD’S BENEFACTOR, A BOOK FOR BOYS ON THE ART OF PRINTING.
London : Ward Lock & Co., . First British edition. A slightly flowery biography of Gutenberg, followed by an interesting illustrated account of more recent printing-house developments – automated typesetting, stereotyping, electrotyping, photo-engraving, etc., with material also on the latest edition-binding techniques. Originally published in Boston in 1871, but here in a somewhat revised form, noting the introduction of even faster newspaper presses on both sides of the Atlantic in 1879.
TAYLOR, Barry, 1956- – editor : FOREIGN-LANGUAGE PRINTING IN LONDON 1500-1900.
Boston Spa & London : British Library, 2002. First edition. Essays by various hands on aspects of the international press in London: German printing and bookselling in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; chapters on printing in Dutch, French, Italian, Greek, Russian, Polish, Hungarian and the Scandinavian languages, etc.
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“TWAIN, Mark” – [CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910] : ON PRINTING.
Hitchin : Dodman Press, 1983 [i.e. 1984]. First separate edition. An extract from an 1886 Mark Twain talk on his apprenticeship to a printer at the age of twelve.
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WATSON, S.F. (Sydney Felgate), 1894-1976 : SOME MATERIALS FOR A HISTORY OF PRINTING AND PUBLISHING IN IPSWICH.
Ipswich : W. E. Harrison & Sons, 1949. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to G. Bodley Scott and signed by S. F. Watson. A detailed and illustrated monograph, with material on Reginald Oliver, Anthony Scoloker, John Oswen, John Overton, William Prynne, William Weekly, John Daye, John Bagnall, Charles Punchard, John Bush, Alfred Piper, etc., etc.
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