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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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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.
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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 : 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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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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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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