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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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BERRY, W. Turner (William Turner) & POOLE, H. Edmund (Herbert Edmund) : ANNALS OF PRINTING : A CHRONOLOGICAL ENCYCLOPAEDIA FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO 1950.
London : Blandford Press, 1966. First edition. An illustrated encyclopaedia – from 105 AD (the traditional date for the invention of paper) to 1949 (the Rotofoto process), with everything of significance between. With a brief survey of developments beyond 1950, a bibliography, index, etc.
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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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BULLOCK, Charles F. (Charles Frederick), 1873-1946 : LIFE OF GEORGE BAXTER, ENGRAVER. ARTIST, AND COLOUR PRINTER. TOGETHER WITH A PRICED LIST OF HIS WORKS.
Birmingham : Charles F. Bullock, 1901. First edition. A brief life of the celebrated colour-printer George Baxter (1804-1867), together with an extensive priced list of his works – 193 assorted prints arranged by subject, ten missionary subjects, thirty portraits, thiry-three British views, and forty-four books containing Baxter prints. Compiled by the Birmingham bookseller and antique dealer Charles F. Bullock, “Baxter Expert”, who claimed to have the largest and finest collection of Baxter prints in the country.
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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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DUFF, E. Gordon (Edward Gordon), 1863-1924 : PRINTING IN ENGLAND IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY : E. GORDON DUFF’S BIBLIOGRAPHY, WITH SUPPLEMENTARY DESCRIPTIONS, CHRONOLOGIES AND A CENSUS OF COPIES BY LOTTE HELLINGA.
London : Bibliographical Society / British Library, 2009. Second edition. Reprints Duff’s seminal 1917 bibliography of the English incunabula – all printing in England (and all printing undertaken elsewhere for the English market) prior to 1501. Lotte Hellinga adds forty-six supplementary descriptions to the original 431, forty-three of which were unknown to Duff, together with a new and extensive census of known and extant copies. The illustrations depict all the founts of type used in England in the period.
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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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GRIFFITS, Thomas E. (Thomas Edgar), 1883-1957 : THE TECHNIQUE OF COLOUR PRINTING BY LITHOGRAPHY : A CONCISE MANUAL OF DRAWN LITHOGRAPHY.
London : Faber & Faber, (1944). A reissue of the original 1940 edition. A most attractive guide to all aspects of lithography, with material on the materials (stones, plates, graining, polishing, textures, transfer papers, etc.), equipment, press work, artists’ work, etc. With an introduction by Frank Pick.
GUPPY, Henry, 1861-1948 : THE EVOLUTION OF THE ART OF PRINTING : IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FIVE-HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INVENTION OF THE ART OF TYPOGRAPHY.
Manchester : Manchester University Press / The Librarian, John Rylands Library, 1940. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to the economist and political theorist Harold Laski (1893-1950), and signed by Henry Guppy. Traces the history of the invention of paper, block-printing in China, block-books in Europe, playing cards, block-prints, the beginnings of typography, Gutenberg, Mainz, etc. An expanded version of a paper that originally appeared in the Rylands Bulletin earlier in 1940.
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HUNTER, Dard, 1883-1966 : PAPERMAKING : THE HISTORY AND TECHNIQUE OF AN ANCIENT CRAFT.
London : Pleiades Books, 1947. Second edition : the British issue of the American sheets. A revised and much enlarged version of the original 1943 publication – the best edition of the essential text. A richly illustrated worldwide overview of the subject, based on a lifetime’s research – from ancient times to the modern era, with chapters on papermaking in China and Japan; the hand-mould; maceration; early methods; European and American papermaking; ancient watermarks and mystic symbols; later watermarks; materials; the paper-machine; new fibres; forgery; modern hand-made papers; a chronology; a bibliography, etc.
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JACOBI, Charles Thomas, 1853-1933 : THE PRINTER’S HANDBOOK OF TRADE RECIPES, HINTS, & SUGGESTIONS RELATING TO LETTERPRESS AND LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING, BOOKBINDING, STATIONERY, ENGRAVING, ETC.
London : Chiswick Press, 1891. Second edition. First published in 1887, but “much useful matter has [now] been added, and an attempt has been made to classify it”. Jacobi was manager of the Chiswick Press and provides much useful advice. With chapters on the Composing Room; Machine and Press Work; Inks, Varnishes, etc.; Warehouse Work and Stationery; Mucilages; Stereotyping and Electrotyping; Lithography; Engraving and Process Work; Bookbinding, etc.
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JACOBI, Charles Thomas, 1853-1933 : PRINTING : A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON THE ART OF TYPOGRAPHY AS APPLIED MORE PARTICULARLY TO THE PRINTING OF BOOKS.
London : George Bell & Sons, 1893. A reissue of the original 1890 edition, with a cancel title and inserted advertisements dated 1895. Jacobi was manager of the Chiswick Press and provides a comprehensive illustrated survey, with sections on types, composition and distribution, reading, press-work, motive power, machine printing, warehouse work, etc. Includes a glossary.
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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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MYERS, Robin & HARRIS, Michael – editors : ASPECTS OF PRINTING FROM 1600.
Oxford : Oxford Polytechnic Press, (1987). First edition. The seventh collection of conference papers in the “Publishing Pathways” series. Includes Sheila Lambert on “The Printers and the Government, 1604-1640”, Derek Nuttall on “English Printers and their Typefaces, 1600-1700”, Michael Treadwell on “Lists of Master Printers: The Size of the London Printing Trade, 1637-1723”, etc.
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NATIONAL BOOK LEAGUE : THE CUALA PRESS 1903-1973 : AN EXHIBITION ARRANGED BY THE NATIONAL BOOK LEAGUE TO CELEBRATE THE SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CUALA PRESS 11-30 JUNE 1973.
[London] : National Book League, 1973. First edition. An exhibition catalogue – the Dun Emer Press, the Cuala Press in Churchtown and Dublin, the later revival, the broadsides, booklets, prints, cards, calendars, bookplates, etc. Introduction by Clifford Simmons. Printed at the Dolmen Press.
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PLOMER, H.R. (Henry Robert), 1865-1928 : A SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLISH PRINTING : 1476-1900.
London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1915. Second edition. A stylish history, particularly strong on the earlier periods. In the “Books About Books” series, edited by A. W. Pollard. First published in 1900.
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SIMON, Herbert, 1898-1974 : SONG AND WORDS : A HISTORY OF THE CURWEN PRESS.
London : George Allen & Unwin, (1973). First edition. A history of the much-admired London business, with much incidental information on Edward Bawden, Claud Lovat Fraser, Stanley Morison, Paul Nash, Oliver Simon, type faces, type design, etc. With a checklist of books printed by the Curwen Press 1920-1932.
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STRAKER BROTHERS : THE HOUSE OF STRAKER.
London : Straker Brothers, . First edition. A pictorial 150th anniversary history of the distinguished printing firm, for so long associated with Bishopsgate in the City of London – and still surviving as part of the OyezStraker group.
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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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TODD, William B. (William Burton), 1919-2011 – editor : A DIRECTORY OF PRINTERS AND OTHERS IN ALLIED TRADES : LONDON AND VICINITY 1800-1840.
London : Printing Historical Society, (1972). First edition. An immensely useful directory of early nineteenth-century printers, drawing on the surviving records of registration of presses with the Clerks of the Peace for London, Middlesex and Surrey – and throwing up interesting sidelights on printing practices, locations, movements and partnerships.
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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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TWYMAN, Michael, 1934- : EARLY LITHOGRAPHED BOOKS : A STUDY OF THE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF IMPROPER BOOKS IN THE AGE OF THE HAND PRESS. WITH A CATALOGUE.
London : Farrand Press & Private Libraries Association, 1990. First edition. A magisterial study of the application of lithography to book production, with chapters on lithographic incunabla; military manuals; the publications of Sir Thomas Phillipps; books on accounting; music; facsimile work, etc. With a descriptive catalogue of the known examples, etc.
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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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