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ALLISON, A.F. (Antony Francis) & GOLDSMITH, V.F. (Valentine Fernande) : TITLES OF ENGLISH BOOKS (AND OF FOREIGN BOOKS PRINTED IN ENGLAND) : AN ALPHABETICAL FINDING-LIST BY TITLE OF BOOKS PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUTHOR'S NAME, PSEUDONYM OR INITIALS.

ALLISON, A.F. (Antony Francis) & GOLDSMITH, V.F. (Valentine Fernande) : TITLES OF ENGLISH BOOKS (AND OF FOREIGN BOOKS PRINTED IN ENGLAND) : AN ALPHABETICAL FINDING-LIST BY TITLE OF BOOKS PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUTHOR'S NAME, PSEUDONYM OR INITIALS.

Folkestone : William Dawson & Sons, (1976-1977). First edition. A useful supplement to the STC and to Wing, adding a full title-index to books sometimes otherwise difficult to locate. The first volume covers the STC period 1475-1640, the second the Wing period 1641-1700.
Two volumes. Crown 4to (26cm). [ii],176; [iv],318,[ii]pp. Original cloth; top edges just a touch dusty, but otherwise a very good set.

£40

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TYPOGRAPHICAL ANTIQUITIES : BEING AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF PRINTING IN ENGLAND : WITH SOME MEMOIRS OF ANTIENT PRINTERS, AND A REGISTER OF BOOKS PRINTED BY THEM, FROM THE YEAR MCCCCLXXI TO THE YEAR MDC. WITH AN APPENDIX CONCERNING PRINTING IN SCOTLAND AND IRELAND TO THE SAME TIME.

AMES, Joseph, 1689-1759 : TYPOGRAPHICAL ANTIQUITIES : BEING AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF PRINTING IN ENGLAND : WITH SOME MEMOIRS OF ANTIENT PRINTERS, AND A REGISTER OF BOOKS PRINTED BY THEM, FROM THE YEAR MCCCCLXXI TO THE YEAR MDC. WITH AN APPENDIX CONCERNING PRINTING IN SCOTLAND AND IRELAND TO THE SAME TIME.

London : by W. Faden, and sold by J. Robinson, 1749. First edition. The first serious study of early printing in the British Isles - and the basis all subsequent work in this field. Ames was Secretary to the Society of Antiquaries and here provides a chronological account of the early London printers, with such biographical information as he could garner, a list of known works, transcriptions of title-pages, etc., and follows on with the printers of Oxford, Cambridge, York, and other towns across the British Isles. He concludes with a general history of printing in the British Isles, with extensive quotation from contemporary records. Ames was the first to use typographic identification for dating early books and has been followed by all subsequent exponents.
Post 4to (250 x 192mm). [xii],440,451-598,[xxviii]pp - pagination irregular as always. Eight engraved plates, facsimiles, etc. (engraved by George Bickham, John Blundell, Edward Thorowgood, etc.). Portraits, facsimiles, etc., in text. Bound in an elegant recent full sprinkled calf, banded and gilt, and retaining a nineteenth-century morocco title-label; occasional mild spotting or browning; a few slight creases, but a very good copy. With the reinserted armorial book plates of the Canterbury solicitor and antiquary Charles Sandys (1786-1859), and of Maurice Edward Wingfield (1869-1937). ESTC T142956.

£750

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ASHTON, John, 1834-1911 : CHAP-BOOKS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY : WITH FACSIMILES, NOTES, AND INTRODUCTION.

ASHTON, John, 1834-1911 : CHAP-BOOKS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY : WITH FACSIMILES, NOTES, AND INTRODUCTION.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1882. First edition. A ground-breaking compilation, giving the text and illustrations of many of the famous chap-books in an accessible and convenient form for the first time and illuminating their history with real scholarship.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xvi,486,[ii]pp. Numerous illustrations and facsimiles. Original pictorial cloth gilt; a very good and bright copy.

£50

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AVERY, Gillian (Gillian Elise), 1926- & BRIGGS, Julia (Julia Ruth), 1943-2007 - editors : CHILDREN AND THEIR BOOKS : A CELEBRATION OF THE WORK OF IONA AND PETER OPIE.

AVERY, Gillian (Gillian Elise), 1926- & BRIGGS, Julia (Julia Ruth), 1943-2007 - editors : CHILDREN AND THEIR BOOKS : A CELEBRATION OF THE WORK OF IONA AND PETER OPIE.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, (1990). First paperback edition. An excellent collection of twenty essays - Brian Alderson on Collecting Children's Books, Julia Briggs on Women Writers, Humphrey Carpenter on Beatrix Potter, Hugh Brogan on Tolkien, etc. With a foreword by Iona Opie.
Demy 8vo (22cm). xvi,424pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original wrappers; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

£15

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AVIS, F.C. (Frederick Compton), 1908-1999 : THE 16 . CENTURY LONG SHOP PRINTING OFFICE IN THE POULTRY.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 72pp. Plans. Figures. Original cloth; a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£20

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BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : AN AUTHOR'S ADVENTURES OR PERSONAL REMINISCENCES IN BOOK-MAKING.

BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : AN AUTHOR'S ADVENTURES OR PERSONAL REMINISCENCES IN BOOK-MAKING.

London : James Nisbet & Co., [ca.1905]. A reprint of the 1893 "Personal Reminiscences in Book-Making" under a slightly livelier title, and with a galleon in full sail on the cover rather than the the original small boat.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],238 + 32pp. Portrait frontispiece. Plates. Original pictorial cloth; some minor wear; a few slight marks; endpapers slightly strained; some spotting of edges and endpapers, but a good copy. Prize label of St. Matthias Sunday School, Stoke Newington, made out to Arthur Moore and dated 1906 - this presumably the thirteen-year old son of Charles and Alice Moore, his father shown as a porter on the 1901 Census.

£20

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THE LONDON CATALOGUE OF BOOKS, WITH THEIR SIZES, PRICES, AND PUBLISHERS. CONTAINING THE BOOKS PUBLISHED IN LONDON, AND THOSE ALTERED IN SIZE OR PRICE, SINCE THE YEAR MDCCCXIV TO MDCCCXXXIX.

BENT, Robert / HODGSON, Thomas - publishers : THE LONDON CATALOGUE OF BOOKS, WITH THEIR SIZES, PRICES, AND PUBLISHERS. CONTAINING THE BOOKS PUBLISHED IN LONDON, AND THOSE ALTERED IN SIZE OR PRICE, SINCE THE YEAR MDCCCXIV TO MDCCCXXXIX.

London : Robert Bent / Thomas Hodgson, 1839-1844. First edition. A fascinating record of London publishing from 1814-1839, arranged under broad subject headings, and here bound together with Hodgson's "Supplement to the London Catalogue of Books, Edition Dated 1839. Containing the New Works and New Editions Published in London from January 1839 to January 1844, with their Sizes, Prices, and Publishers' Names".
Two volumes, bound in one. Demy 8vo (23cm). iv,(416); (viii),156pp. Titles in red and black. Original cloth; a little worn and chipped at extremities; front endpaper slightly cracked, but a good and serviceable copy.

£50

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BLOOMFIELD, B.C. (Barry Cambray), 1931-2002 : AN AUTHOR INDEX TO SELECTED BRITISH

BLOOMFIELD, B.C. (Barry Cambray), 1931-2002 : AN AUTHOR INDEX TO SELECTED BRITISH "LITTLE MAGAZINES" 1930-1939.

London : Mansell, 1976. First edition. An exhaustive finding list to the wealth of material - some 11,000 entries - poems, prose, reviews and illustrations - hidden in the "little magazines" of the pre-war period.
Crown 4to (26cm). (xiv),(154)pp. Original cloth gilt; just a little bowed, but a near very good copy.

£25

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BRIGGS, Asa (Asa, Lord Briggs), 1921- - editor : ESSAYS IN THE HISTORY OF PUBLISHING IN CELEBRATION OF THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOUSE OF LONGMAN 1724-1974.

London : Longman Group, (1974). First edition. Essays by Brian Alderson (Tracts, Rewards and Fairies: the Victorian Contribution to Children's Literature), David Daiches (Presenting Shakespeare), Hans Schmoller (The Paperback Revolution), etc. Edited, and with a historical introduction on the Longman firm, by Lord Briggs.
Imperial 8vo. viii,468pp. Illustrations, some in colour. Original cloth; very good in lightly marked and slightly spotted dust-jacket.

£30

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“CARROLL, Lewis” – [DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge, 1832-1898] : LEWIS CARROLL AND THE HOUSE OF MACMILLAN.

“CARROLL, Lewis” – [DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge, 1832-1898] : LEWIS CARROLL AND THE HOUSE OF MACMILLAN.

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, (1987). First edition. A sequence of over 350 letters from Lewis Carroll to his publishers, indicating the extent to which Dodgson thought about (and insisted upon) the physical format of his productions – also illustrating many facets of Victorian publishing. Edited and introduced, the notes quoting extensively from the Macmillan replies, by Morton N. Cohen and Anita Gandolfo. A volume in the Cambridge Studies in Publishing and Printing History series.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [2],(x),384,[iv]pp. Illustrations. Portraits. Original cloth; very good indeed in a just faintly marked dust-jacket.

£40

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CHAMBERS, William, 1800-1883 : STORY OF A LONG AND BUSY LIFE.

CHAMBERS, William, 1800-1883 : STORY OF A LONG AND BUSY LIFE.

Edinburgh & London : W. & R. Chambers, 1882. First edition. The autobiography of the distinguished Scottish publisher William Chambers, partner with his brother Robert in “W. & R. Chambers”, founder of “Chambers’s Journal”, “Chambers’s Encyopaedia”, etc. Contains material on many of the leading writers and public figures of the day.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (118)pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original armorial cloth gilt; slightly rubbed and a little sunned; rear endpaper slightly strained; a few creases, but a good copy.

£20

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CRAKER, Trevor, 1918-2007 : OPENING ACCOUNTS AND CLOSING MEMORIES : THIRTY YEARS WITH THAMES AND HUDSON.

CRAKER, Trevor, 1918-2007 : OPENING ACCOUNTS AND CLOSING MEMORIES : THIRTY YEARS WITH THAMES AND HUDSON.

London : Thames and Hudson, 1985. First edition. A personal account of a long association with the distinctive and determined publishing house. Craker joined Walter Neurath as sales manager almost at the outset.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 192pp. Original boards; slight spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£15

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DOOLEY, Allan C. : AUTHOR AND PRINTER IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.

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.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (xiv),192,[ii]pp. Original cloth-backed boards; very good in a just faintly marked dust-jacket.

£20

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DROTNER, Kirsten : ENGLISH CHILDREN AND THEIR MAGAZINES, 1751-1945.

DROTNER, Kirsten : ENGLISH CHILDREN AND THEIR MAGAZINES, 1751-1945.

New Haven : Yale University Press, (1988). First edition. A full-scale history of periodical publishing for children in England, drawing on her doctoral thesis, with special emphasis on readership and perception.
Medium 8vo (24cm). x,272,[vi]pp. Illustrations. Original cloth; very good in a just faintly rubbed dust-jacket.

£20

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FOXON, D.F. (David Fairweather), 1923-2001 : LIBERTINE LITERATURE IN ENGLAND : 1660-1745.

New York : University Books, (1965). First American edition. Bibliographical studies of libertine literature, and especially Aretino, Nicolas Chorier, John Cleland, etc.
Royal 8vo. (xii),70pp. Plates. Original cloth; a very good and bright copy indeed in a very lightly rubbed dust-jacket.

£15

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EDWARDS, Ruth Dudley, 1944- : VICTOR GOLLANCZ : A BIOGRAPHY.

EDWARDS, Ruth Dudley, 1944- : VICTOR GOLLANCZ : A BIOGRAPHY.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1987. First edition. A weighty biography of one of the most influential publishers and public campaigners of the twentieth century, Victor Gollancz (1893-1967) - "I hate everything that is pro and anti (different peoples). I am only one thing: I am pro-humanity." With much passing reference to Clement Attlee, Violet Bonham Carter, Winston Churchill, Communism, Daphne du Maurier, Adolf Hitler, the Labour Party, Harold Laski, the Left Book Club, Stanley Morison, George Orwell, Frank Pakenham, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [ii],782pp. Plates, portraits, etc. Original boards; top edge faintly spotted, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket, just slightly nicked and lightly spotted.

£25

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GIFFORD, Denis, 1927-2000 : VICTORIAN COMICS.

GIFFORD, Denis, 1927-2000 : VICTORIAN COMICS.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1976). First edition. A lavishly illustrated survey, with chapters on the Comic Paper, the Comic Hero, the Comic Kid, the Comic Animal, the Comic Age, the Comic World, the Comic War, and the Comic Artist.
Demy 4to (29cm). 144pp. Illustrated throughout. Original pictorial boards; just a touch of rubbing and sunning; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy.

£25

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GIFFORD, Denis, 1927-2000 : THE AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CATALOGUE : THE EVOLUTIONARY ERA 1884-1939.

GIFFORD, Denis, 1927-2000 : THE AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CATALOGUE : THE EVOLUTIONARY ERA 1884-1939.

London : Mansell Publishing, (1990). First edition. A detailed catalogue of the 472 known American comics from "Stuff and Nonsense" (1884) to the "Blue Beetle" (1939), with details of publication, contents, etc.
Crown 4to (25cm). xvi,218,[vi]pp. Original wrappers; slight crease to lower wrapper, but otherwise a very good copy.

£15

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GILMOUR, Pat : ARTISTS AT CURWEN : A CELEBRATION OF THE GIFT OF ARTISTS' PRINTS FROM THE CURWEN STUDIO.

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.
Crown 4to (26cm). (168),[viii]pp. Plates, some coloured. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original boards; a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£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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GRIEST, Guinevere L. (Guinevere Lindley), 1924- : MUDIE'S CIRCULATING LIBRARY AND THE VICTORIAN NOVEL.

Newton Abbot : David & Charles, [1971]. First British edition. A valuable study of the interaction between the shape, form and content of fiction and the demands of the libraries and publishers, with material on George Bentley, John Blackwood, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, George Gissing, William Heinemann, Charles Edward Mudie, Anthony Trollope, etc. First published in the USA in 1970.
Demy 8vo. (xiv),272,[ii]pp. Illustrations. Original boards; a little bruised; some spotting of edges; but a very good copy in a sunned and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£20

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HAMILTON, Hamish, 1900-1988 - publisher : SILVER JUBILEE 1931-1956 : A COMPLETE LIST OF BOOKS PUBLISHED BY HAMISH HAMILTON.

HAMILTON, Hamish, 1900-1988 - publisher : SILVER JUBILEE 1931-1956 : A COMPLETE LIST OF BOOKS PUBLISHED BY HAMISH HAMILTON.

London : Hamish Hamilton, [1957]. First edition. A full listing of the entire early output of the distinguished publishing house, listed initially by author, with dates, price, size, etc., and then by title and lastly by subject (fiction, plays, poetry, children's books, foreign language editions, law, medicine, periodicals), etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [iv],136,[iv]pp. Original boards; lightly sunned; slight spotting of edges, but a good and sound copy. No copy located on WorldCat.

£25

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HEPBURN, James (James Gordon), 1922- : THE AUTHOR'S EMPTY PURSE AND THE RISE OF THE LITERARY AGENT.

HEPBURN, James (James Gordon), 1922- : THE AUTHOR'S EMPTY PURSE AND THE RISE OF THE LITERARY AGENT.

London : Oxford University Press, 1968. First edition. A pioneering study of the pre-history, rise and influence of the literary agent in England and America - with much on Arnold Bennett, Walter Besant, Curtis Brown, William Heinemann, J. B. Pinker, A. P. Watt, etc., and an extensive bibliography of material relating to the conditions of authorship.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(136)pp. Original boards; very faint spotting of edges and endpapers, but otherwise very good in a rubbed dust-jacket.

£15

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HODGES, Sheila : GOLLANCZ : THE STORY OF A PUBLISHING HOUSE 1928-1978.

HODGES, Sheila : GOLLANCZ : THE STORY OF A PUBLISHING HOUSE 1928-1978.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1978. First edition. With interesting material on Kingsley Amis, Norman Collins, A. J. Cronin, Daphne du Maurier, Tom Harrisson and Mass Observation, 'Michael Innes', the Left Book Club, Ursula le Guin, Stanley Morison, 'George Orwell', Dorothy L. Sayers, Colin Wilson, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). 256pp. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Original boards; one very minor bruise; edges a little spotted, but a very good copy in the Berthold Wolpe dust-jacket, just very lightly creased.

£20

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KEYNES, Geoffrey (Sir Geoffrey Langdon), 1887-1982 : WILLIAM PICKERING, PUBLISHER : A MEMOIR AND A CHECK-LIST OF HIS PUBLICATIONS ...

London : Galahad Press, (1969). Second and best edition : the trade issue. A stylish monograph on William Pickering (1796-1854), originally published in a limited edition in 1924, but here in an extensively revised and augmented form.
Crown 4to. [ii],126pp. Facsimiles of title-pages and devices, some printed in an additional colour. Original cloth; a touch bowed, but a very good copy in a lightly marked, slightly creased dust-jacket, with two short tears on lower panel.

£25

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KITCHIN, George : SIR ROGER L'ESTRANGE : A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF THE PRESS IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.

KITCHIN, George : SIR ROGER L'ESTRANGE : A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF THE PRESS IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.

London : Kegan Paul, 1913. First edition. A full-scale life of the extraordinary Sir Roger l'Estrange (1616-1704), writer, cavalier, press censor, polemicist and rake - and in some sense our first political journalist.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xvi),440pp. Portrait, plates, facsimiles. Original cloth gilt; top edge gilt; covers a little rubbed, marked and bruised; edges a little tanned; a good and sound copy. Pictorial bookplate of Bertram Lloyd. Pencilled notes on rear endpaper.

£25

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PASSAGES OF A WORKING LIFE DURING HALF A CENTURY : WITH A PRELUDE OF EARLY REMINISCENCES.

KNIGHT, Charles, 1791-1873 : PASSAGES OF A WORKING LIFE DURING HALF A CENTURY : WITH A PRELUDE OF EARLY REMINISCENCES.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1864-1865. First edition. The absorbing memoirs of the redoubtable Charles Knight, author, pioneer of popular and populist publishing, and social reformer. With particular passing reference to Thomas Arnold of Rugby, Lord Brougham, Thomas de Quincey, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hood, Leigh Hunt, Lord Macaulay, Harriet Martineau, etc.
Three volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). 346; [iv],336; [iv],344pp. Original cloth; just lightly rubbed; a little string-marked; lower cover of vol.i a little spotted; some endpapers strained at joints; a few slight marks and small flaws, but overall a nice and clean set.

£150

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LAMBERT, J.W. (Jack Walter) & RATCLIFFE, Michael : THE BODLEY HEAD 1887-1987.

London : Bodley Head, (1987). First edition. A centenary history of this distinguished publishing house, with much incidental material on Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, Arnold Bennett, Jonathan Cape, John Davidson, George Egerton, Kenneth Grahame, Graham Greene, Allen Lane, John Lane, Richard le Gallienne, Elkin Mathews, Max Reinhardt, William Watson, Oscar Wilde, etc.
Demy 8vo. (viii),(366),[ii]pp. Plates. Facsimiles. Original boards; near fine in dust-jacket.

£15

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LIVEING, Edward (Edward George Downing), 1895-1963 : ADVENTURE IN PUBLISHING : THE HOUSE OF WARD LOCK 1854-1954.

LIVEING, Edward (Edward George Downing), 1895-1963 : ADVENTURE IN PUBLISHING : THE HOUSE OF WARD LOCK 1854-1954.

London : Ward, Lock & Co., (1954). First edition. A centenary history of the publishing house founded by Ebenezer Ward and George Lock in 1854. With incidental material on Samuel and Isabella Beeton, Lord Tennyson, Anthony Trollope, etc., and a preface by Dornford Yates.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 108pp. Colour frontispiece. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Original cloth; edges spotted, otherwise very good in a slightly dusty dust-jacket. With the contemporary ownership inscription of the late B. C. Bloomfield.

£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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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS : CLASSIFIED CATALOGUE OF A COLLECTION OF WORKS ON PUBLISHING AND BOOKSELLING IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY OF POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SCIENCE.

London : British Library of Political & Economic Science ... 1961. First edition: the wrappers issue. A subject catalogue of 3,704 items, arranged under the broad headings of paper; printing; binding; illustration; book trade; journals; copyright; libraries; employees, etc.
Crown 4to. [2],vi,186,[iv]pp. Original wrappers; very mild rubbing and slight sunning; a very good copy. Occasional pencilled annotation and with the pencilled ownership inscription of the late B. C. Bloomfield.

£20

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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.
Two volumes. Imperial 8vo. (xvi),432; [2],(x),(382),[ii]pp. Plates. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Folding tables. Original cloth; a very good bright and sound set in just faintly rubbed and price-clipped dust-jackets.

£125

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McLEAN, Ruari, 1917-2006 : VICTORIAN BOOK DESIGN AND COLOUR PRINTING.

London : Faber & Faber, (1972). Second edition : a greatly enlarged version of the original 1963 edition, with numerous additional illustrations, including sixteen new colour plates. With chapters on Whittingham and Pickering, novels and gift books, colour printing, children's books to 1850, early lithography and Owen Jones, Henry Noel Humphreys, chromolithography, Joseph Cundall, yellow-backs, publishers' bindings, etc. "I do not see how any genuine book collector can do without this book" (Sir John Betjeman).
Demy 4to. xii,(242)pp. Colour plates. Numerous illustrations. Original cloth; a touch bowed; top edge a little marked, but a very good copy in a lightly used dust-jacket.

£75

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MACLEOD, R.D. (Robert Duncan) : THE SCOTTISH PUBLISHING HOUSES.

[Glasgow] : W. & R. Holmes (Books), 1953. First edition. An expanded version of a paper given to the Glasgow Biblographical Society, etc. - a history of Scottish publishing, with a bibliography.
Demy 8vo. 28pp. Original stapled wrappers; just a touch sunned; staples very lightly rusted; small stamp of the British Library of Political & Economic Science Pamphlet Collection on verso of title-page (and with their accountant's receipt for the book's purchase loosely inserted); overall a very good copy of a scarce work.

£15

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MARCO, Guy A., 1927- : [COVER TITLE] THE EARLIEST MUSIC PRINTERS OF CONTINENTAL EUROPE : A CHECKLIST OF FACSIMILES ILLUSTRATING THEIR WORK.

[Charlottesville] : Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, [1962]. First edition. A register of the printers to 1599, with geographical groupings, bibliography, etc.
Foolscap 4to. 20pp. Original stapled wraps; now lacks staples and loose, but a good and serviceable copy.

£20

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MARTIN, Stoddard - editor : COLIN HAYCRAFT 1929-1994 : MAVERICK PUBLISHER.

MARTIN, Stoddard - editor : COLIN HAYCRAFT 1929-1994 : MAVERICK PUBLISHER.

London : Gerald Duckworth & Co., (1995). First edition. Essays in recollection and memory of the managing director of Duckworth's - by Beryl Bainbridge, Neville Braybrooke, John Haycraft, Francis King, A. L. Rowse, George Weidenfeld and others.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,152pp. Plates. Portraits. Illustrations. Original boards; very good in dust-jacket.

£15

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MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : A LONDON BOOK WINDOW.

MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : A LONDON BOOK WINDOW.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1924. First edition. Twenty essays - on best-sellers, first novels, publishers' readers, Byron and the Murrays, Mudie's, and other aspects of the world of books, from the journalist and novelist James Milne, literary editor of the "News Chronicle" and founder in 1903 of "Book Monthly".
Crown 8vo (20cm). xii,(196)pp. Original cloth; some spotting and browning, but otherwise a very good copy.

£15

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MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : THE MEMOIRS OF A BOOKMAN.

MILNE, James, 1865-1951 : THE MEMOIRS OF A BOOKMAN.

London : John Murray, (1934). First edition. Inscribed, signed and dated (1934) by James Milne. Reminiscences of the journalist and novelist, literary editor of the "News Chronicle" and founder in 1903 of "Book Monthly". Includes mention of Edward Clodd, Thomas Hardy, George Meredith, R. L. Stevenson, Alfred Tennyson, H. G. Wells, etc.
Post 8vo (22cm). (xiv),316,[iv]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£25

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MORRIS, Ann : THE PRIVATE PRESS IN LEICESTERSHIRE.

Loughborough : Plough Press, (1976). First edition: one of 400 ordinary copies (of 500). Notes on the Rosemary, Twelve by Eight, Pandora, Brewhouse, Cog, Black Knight, Offcut, Plough, New Broom, Ashby Lane and thirteen other presses.
Post 4to. [iv],(56)pp. Original stapled wraps; very good in lightly sunned and slightly bruised dust-jacket.

£15

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NOWELL-SMITH, Simon, 1909-1996 : THE HOUSE OF CASSELL : 1848-1958.

NOWELL-SMITH, Simon, 1909-1996 : THE HOUSE OF CASSELL : 1848-1958.

London : Cassell & Co., (1958). First edition. A full-length history of the celebrated publishing house by the celebrated book-collector and bibliographer - with much on John Cassell, Desmond Flower, Newman Flower, Thomas Dixon Galpin, Rider Haggard, W. E. Henley, George William Petter, Wemyss Reid, and much passing reference to the leading authors and illustrators of the period.
Royal 8vo (26cm). x,(300),[ii]pp. Illustrations. Portraits. Original buckram; faint tape-marks and tanning to endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket.

£20

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OXFORD BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY : THE "MISSING" TERM CATALOGUE : A FACSIMILE OF THE TERM CATALOGUE FOR MICHAELMAS TERM 1695. WITH A LIST OF IDENTIFIED BOOKS.

Oxford : Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1987. First edition. A facsimile of the long lost missing link in the seventeenth century records. Oxford Bibliographical Society Occasional Publication No.20.
Crown 4to. vi,(8)pp. Thirteen folding plates numbered 8-20. Original stapled wraps; very good.

£15

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PAUL, C. Kegan (Charles Kegan), 1828-1902 : MEMORIES.

London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1899. First edition. Recollections of the distinguished Victorian publisher, with much on Eton and Oxford in the mid-century, Charles Kingsley, etc.
Crown 8vo. [2],(vi),(392)pp. Original cloth gilt over bevelled boards; top edge gilt; spine tanned and splashed; label removed from front endpaper; some spotting; a serviceable copy. With the book-label of A. E. H. Swinstead and a later inscription.

£25

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PLANT, Marjorie : THE ENGLISH BOOK TRADE : AN ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE MAKING AND SALE OF BOOKS.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1965). Second edition. A revised and slightly augmented version of the original 1939 edition of this much-admired history.
Demy 8vo. 500,[iv]pp. Plates. Original cloth; very good indeed in a sunned and slightly fingered dust-jacket.

£25

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RIVERS, Isabel - editor : BOOKS AND THEIR READERS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND.

RIVERS, Isabel - editor : BOOKS AND THEIR READERS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND.

Leicester : Leicester University Press / New York : St. Martin's Press, 1982. First edition. Essays by Terry Belanger, John Valdimir Price, Isabel Rivers, etc., on various aspects of writing, publishing and reading in the eighteenth century.
Medium 8vo. (xii),(268)pp. Original boards; a little bumped at head; mild spotting of edges, but otherwise a very good copy in a lightly sunned and creased dust-jacket.

£20

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[SADLEIR, Michael (Michael Thomas Harvey), 1888-1957] : PUBLISHERS’ ADVERTISING : BEING THE REACTIONS OF A PRACTISING PUBLISHER-ADVERTISER TO THE EXHORTATIONS OF NON-PUBLISHER THEORISTS ...

[SADLEIR, Michael (Michael Thomas Harvey), 1888-1957] : PUBLISHERS’ ADVERTISING : BEING THE REACTIONS OF A PRACTISING PUBLISHER-ADVERTISER TO THE EXHORTATIONS OF NON-PUBLISHER THEORISTS ...

London : Constable & Co., 1930. First edition. Entertaining thoughts on the honesty of blurbs, etc. Based on a series of articles first published in Constable’s Monthly List.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(vi),(56),[iv]pp. Original pale salmon wrappers, lettered in black; wrappers a little worn, very slightly split, a little spotted and slightly discoloured at foot; edges a little spotted; a good copy of a fragile production.

£15

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SINGLETON, Frank :  TILLOTSONS 1850-1950 : CENTENARY OF A FAMILY BUSINESS.

SINGLETON, Frank : TILLOTSONS 1850-1950 : CENTENARY OF A FAMILY BUSINESS.

Bolton & London : Tillotson & Son, 1950. First edition. A centenary history of the Lancashire printing, newspaper and carton manufacturing firm founded in Bolton by John Tillotson (1821-1906).
Demy 8vo (23cm). x,94pp. Plates. Portraits. Illustrations. Endpaper maps. Original buckram; a very good copy in lightly used dust-jacket.

£15

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SREBRNIK, Patricia Thomas, 1950- :  ALEXANDER STRAHAN : VICTORIAN PUBLISHER.

SREBRNIK, Patricia Thomas, 1950- : ALEXANDER STRAHAN : VICTORIAN PUBLISHER.

Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 1986. First edition. A life of Alexander Stuart Strahan (1833-1918), with interesting material on George Macdonald, Alfred Tennyson, Anthony Trollope and other Strahan authors, as well as the other publishers of the day.
Crown 4to (24cm). (x),(270),[ii}pp. Portraits, etc. Original cloth; a very good copy in a spotted dust-jacket.

£20

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TAYLOR, Barry, 1956- - editor : FOREIGN-LANGUAGE PRINTING IN LONDON 1500-1900.

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.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (viii),(274),[vi]pp. Facsimiles. Original boards; just slightly bruised, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket, likewise just lightly bruised.

£25

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THOMSON, George Malcolm, 1899-1996 :  MARTIN SECKER & WARBURG : THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS. A MEMOIR.

THOMSON, George Malcolm, 1899-1996 : MARTIN SECKER & WARBURG : THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS. A MEMOIR.

London : Martin Secker & Warburg, (1986). First edition. An illustrated memoir of the distinguished publishing house - Martin Secker (1882-1978), Fred Warburg (1898-1981), Roger Senhouse, Tom Rosenthal et al. "They published what they liked and did their weeping in private" (Frank Swinnerton).
Post 8vo (21cm). (88)pp. Illustrations. Original cloth gilt; very good indeed.

£20

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TREDREY, Frank D., 1908-1988 : THE HOUSE OF BLACKWOOD 1804-1954 : THE HISTORY OF A PUBLISHING FIRM.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1954. First edition. A history of the publishing house founded by William Blackwood I (1776-1834) - with much also on George Eliot, Ian Hay, James Hogg, John Gibson Lockhart, John Murray II, Margaret Oliphant, Sir Walter Scott, John Wilson (Christopher North), etc.
Crown 4to. [2],(x),(284)pp. Plates. Portraits. Folding table. Original cloth gilt; just a hint of rubbing; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy.

£40

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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.
Crown 4to. 374,[ii]pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original cloth; a very good copy.

£30

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WARBURG, Fredric (Frederic John), 1898-1981 : ALL AUTHORS ARE EQUAL : THE PUBLISHING LIFE OF FREDRIC WARBURG 1936-1971.

WARBURG, Fredric (Frederic John), 1898-1981 : ALL AUTHORS ARE EQUAL : THE PUBLISHING LIFE OF FREDRIC WARBURG 1936-1971.

London : Hutchinson & Co., (1973). First edition. Memoirs of the distinguished publisher, with much incidental material on authors and their work - in particular Thomas Mann, George Orwell and Angus Wilson.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xvi),310,[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth; edges lightly spotted, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket - just lightly used.

£15

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WARD, Audrey & WARD, Philip : THE SMALL PUBLISHER: A MANUAL & CASE HISTORIES.

Cambridge : Oleander Press, (1979). First edition. The case-studies include material on numerous small presses, including the Blackstaff, Centaur, Ceolfrith, Gaberbocchus, Gogmagog, Hippopotamus, Keepsake, Mandeville, Menard, Oxus and Taurus Presses.
Foolscap 4to. (x),268,[ii]pp. A few faint signs of use, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£20

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WATSON, S.F. (Sydney Felgate), 1894-1976 : SOME MATERIALS FOR A HISTORY OF PRINTING AND PUBLISHING IN IPSWICH.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],46,[x]pp. Plates. Facsimiles. Illustrations. -riginal red cloth; spine lettering much faded; some spotting to edges, but a good and sound copy.

£20

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WHITE, Eirene (Lady Eirene Lloyd), 1909-1999 : THE LADIES OF GREGYNOG.

[Cardiff] : University of Wales Press, 1985. First trade edition. A study of Gwendoline Elizabeth Davies, Margaret Sidney Davies, Gregynog House and the famous Gregynog Press. Originally published in a limited edition of 105 copies by Gwasg Gregynog the previous year.
Post 8vo. (54),[ii]pp. Portraits. Original wraps; a very good copy.

£20

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WILLIS, J.H. (John H.), 1929-2012 : LEONARD AND VIRGINIA WOOLF AS PUBLISHERS: THE HOGARTH PRESS, 1917-41.

WILLIS, J.H. (John H.), 1929-2012 : LEONARD AND VIRGINIA WOOLF AS PUBLISHERS: THE HOGARTH PRESS, 1917-41.

Charlottesville & London : University Press of Virginia, (1992). First edition. The full-length study of the extraordinary success as publishers of the central players in the Bloomsbury Group. With much passing reference to Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, Sigmund Freud, Duncan Grant, Robert Graves, John Lehmann, Vita Sackville-West, etc.
Medium 8vo (25cm). xvi,[2],(452),[x]pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original cloth; slightmark to top edge, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£25

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