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CARTER, John (John Waynflete), 1905-1975 : VICTORIAN FICTION : AN EXHIBITION OF ORIGINAL EDITIONS AT 7 ALBEMARLE STREET, LONDON ... ARRANGED BY JOHN CARTER WITH THE COLLABORATION OF MICHAEL SADLEIR.
[London] : Cambridge University Press for the National Book League, 1947. First edition : one of the copies issued in cloth, with the plates not included in the wrappers issue. A major exhibition catalogue, with a foreword by Sadleir and an introduction by Carter.
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COOPER, John, 1944- & COOPER, Jonathan, 1975- : CHILDREN’S FICTION : 1900-1950.
Aldershot : Ashgate, (1998). First edition. An illustrated decade-by-decade survey, with biographical notes and checklists of over 200 authors from the English-speaking world. A review copy, with the manuscript review notes of the late B. C. Bloomfield loosely inserted.
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COOVER, James, 1925-2004 : ANTIQUARIAN CATALOGUES OF MUSICAL INTEREST.
London & New York : Mansell Publishing, (1988). First edition. An extensive finding-list of over 5,500 booksellers’ catalogues of musical material, with subject and locational indices. With an introductory essay on the “Music Antiquarian” by Albi Rosenthal.
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DOBSON, Austin (Henry Austin), 1840-1921 : DE LIBRIS : PROSE AND VERSE.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1908. First edition. Twenty-three essays and poems on bookish themes – Some Books and their Associations; The Passionate Printer; The Happy Printer; Two Modern Illustrators (Kate Greenaway and Hugh Thomson); Samuel Rogers; Samuel Pepys; Thackeray’s Esmond; Milton; Fresh Facts about Fielding, etc. “To appreciate the book, for itself, lock, stock and barrel – or, rather, binding, matter, and print – it is good to feed a little on the literary food of Austin Dobson ... It is a pleasure reflected and enjoyed. Mr Dobson’s affection for books is breathed from this volume” (Woolwich Gazette, 13th November 1908).
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FELMINGHAM, Michael, 1935- : THE ILLUSTRATED GIFT BOOK 1880-1930 : WITH A CHECKLIST OF 2500 TITLES.
Aldershot : Wildwood House, (1989). First paperback edition. A well-illustrated survey, with much on Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Jessie M. King, Phil May, William Morris, Arthur Rackham, Heath Robinson, etc., with a checklist of all the major illustrators and their work. First published in 1988.
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FRANCIS, Sir Frank Chalton, 1901-1988 – editor : THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 1892-1942 : STUDIES IN RETROSPECT.
London : for the Bibliographical Society, 1949. A reprint of the original 1945 edition. A collection of essays, including F. S. Ferguson, on English Books before 1640; F. C. Francis, The Bibliographical Society; a Sketch of the First Fifty Years; E. P. Goldschmidt, The Study of Early Bookbinding; W. W. Greg, Bibliography – A Retrospect; W. A. Jackson, America; Michael Sadleir, The Development During the Last Fifty Years of Bibliographical Study of Books of the Nineteenth Century; Victor Scholderer, Early Printed Books; Harold Williams, The Eighteenth Century; F. P. Wilson: Shakespeare and the ‘New Bibliography’, etc. With a list of the Society's publications, 1892-1942.
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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”.
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GROLIER CLUB : BOOKS AND PRINTS, PAST AND FUTURE : PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE GROLIER CLUB CENTENNIAL CONVOCATION, 26-28 APRIL 1984.
New York : Grolier Club, 1984. First edition : limited to 1,000 copies. Eleven papers by Robert Giroux (The Future of the Book), Frank Stella (An Artist’s View of Prints), G. Thomas Tanselle (The Evolving Role of Bibliography, 1884-1984), and others.
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HÜRLIMANN, Bettina, 1909-1983 : THREE CENTURIES OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN EUROPE.
London : Oxford University Press, 1967. First edition in English. A handsome and wide-ranging survey, with individual chapters on nursery rhymes, fairy stories, Hans Christian Andersen, Heinrich Hoffman, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, fantasy, the Little Prince, dreams and educational methods, Red Indians, education through pictures, photography, colour prints, comic strips, politics, Jean de Brunhoff, twentieth-century picture books, etc., with extensive bibliographies. Originally published in Zurich in 1959. Edited and translated from the extended second edition of 1963 by Brian Alderson.
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LANG, Andrew, 1844-1912 : THE LIBRARY.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1881. First edition. Lang opens with an “Apology for the Book-Hunter” – with remarks on biblography, taste, bookstalls, catalogues, auctions, etc. – before moving on to libraries great and small, and the books of the collector – the care of books, the enemies of books, the book-ghoul, the iniquities of bookbinders, manuscripts, early printed books, first editions, fashions in book-collecting, etc. The final chapter (contributed by Austin Dobson) deals with English illustrated books of the previous hundred years.
LOEWENSTEIN, F.E. (Fritz Erwin), 1901-1967 : [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 (Loewenstein was founder of the Shaw Society).
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McLEAN, Ruari, 1917-2006 – contributor : CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OF BRITISH COLOURED BOOKS 1738-1898 : INCLUDING A SELECTION FROM THE ROYAL LIBRARY AT WINDSOR GRACIOUSLY LOANED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.
London : British Printing Machinery Association, 1980. First edition. The catalogue of the related 1980 exhibitions held at the National Exhibition Centre and elsewhere – describing 188 items in Birmingham, ninety-five in Aberystwyth, forty-nine in Cambridge, 100 in Manchester, etc. With an introductory essay by Ruari McLean.
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MANASEK, Francis J. (Francis John), 1940- : UNCOMMON VALUE : A RARE BOOK DEALER’S WORLD.
Ann Arbor : Arbor Libri Press, 1995. First edition. Recollections and reminiscences of the American book and map dealer F. J. Manasek (of G. B. Manasek of Vermont) – with chapters on what things are worth; dealers; the London bookshops; auctions; fairs, etc.
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MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : ENGLISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS 1600 TO 1900.
London : B. T. Batsford, (1979). A reprint of the original 1954 edition, with a fresh preface updating the list of recommended reading, etc. An illustrated history and collectors’ guide to English children’s books, with checklists of the most important authors, the publishing history of the major works, etc.
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MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : VICTORIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.
New York : Praeger Publishers, (1971). First edition : the American issue. A well illustrated and wide-ranging survey, by one of the best of antiquarian booksellers, of (mainly British) illustrated books of the nineteenth century – with chapters on chapbooks; Thomas Bewick and George Cruikshank; line engraving; the periodicals; the Dalziels; the advent of colour; fin-de-siècle; foreign influence; America, etc.
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MUNBY, A.N.L. (Alan Noel Latimer), 1913-1974 : THE CULT OF THE AUTOGRAPH LETTER IN ENGLAND.
London : Athlone Press, 1962. First edition. A study of the growth of collecting autograph letters between the early eighteenth century and about 1914. With chapters on the Early Collectors; William Upcott; Dawson Turner; Other Nineteenth Century Collections, etc.
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NEWTON, A. Edward (Alfred Edward), 1864-1940 : THE AMENITIES OF BOOK-COLLECTING AND KINDRED AFFECTATIONS.
London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1920. First British edition : a British issue of the American sheets, first published in 1918. One of the classics of the field, a much-reprinted and thoroughly engaging account of Newton’s avid book-collecting career, his preference for inscribed copies, essays on some of his favourite authors – Charles Lamb; James Boswell; Hester Thrale (“it may at once be admitted that as a mother Mrs Thrale was not a conspicuous success”); William Godwin (“A Ridculous Philosopher”); William Dodd, the Macaroni Parson; the then still unmentionable Oscar Wilde – Newton’s favourite booksellers and bookshops, his frequent visits to London, other collectors, etc.
RAY, Gordon N. (Gordon Norton), 1915-1986 : THE ILLUSTRATOR AND THE BOOK IN ENGLAND FROM 1790 TO 1914.
New York : Pierpont Morgan Library / London : Oxford University Press, (1976). First edition : the hardback issue. A superbly produced and illustrated survey – with sections on all the major artists and illustrative processes, a checklist of 100 outstanding illustrated books of the period, a bibliography, indices of artists, authors, titles, etc., with formal bibliographical descriptions by Thomas V. Lange. Preface by Charles Ryskamp.
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SAWYER, Charles J. (Charles James), 1875-1931 & DARTON, F. J. Harvey (Frederick James Harvey), 1878-1936 : ENGLISH BOOKS 1475-1900 : A SIGNPOST FOR COLLECTORS.
London : Charles J. Sawyer, 1927. First edition : limited to 2,000 copies. “There comes a time in the evolution of every sport, pastime or hobby, when it degenerates or improves (according to the point of view) into a scientific pursuit requiring accurate knowledge as well as affectionate appreciation ... Book-collecting has reached this stage”. The distilled fruits of forty years’ experience in the book-trade presented in a sprightly survey of books, book-collecting and prices from Caxton to Kipling.
TARG, William, 1907-1999 – editor : BIBLIOPHILE IN THE NURSERY : A BOOKMAN’S TREASURY OF COLLECTORS’ LORE ON OLD AND RARE CHILDREN’S BOOKS.
Cleveland & New York : World Publishing Co., (1957). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed, signed and dated (1957) by Bill Targ. Essays by Richard Altick, Jacob Blanck, Marchette Chute, F. J. Harvey Darton, August Derleth, Iona and Peter Opie, Ellery Queen, Vincent Starrett, and other cognoscenti on various aspects of children’s books and their collecting – “with emphasis on the great rarities, classics, and highspots”.
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THORNTON, John L. (John Leonard), 1913-1992 & TULLY, R.I.J. (Robert Ian James) : SCIENTIFIC BOOKS, LIBRARIES AND COLLECTORS : A STUDY OF BIBLIOGRAPHY AND THE BOOK TRADE IN RELATION TO SCIENCE.
London : Library Association, (1975). A reprint (with minor corrections) of the 1971 third edition. A fine history of the production, distribution and accessibility of scientific literature – with chapters on scientific incunabula, scientific books before 1600, the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, the rise of scientific societies, scientific periodicals, scientific bibliographies and bibliographers, private libraries, science publishing, etc. With an extensive bibliography.
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WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-2016 : MODERN BOOK COLLECTING.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. First edition. Inscribed (to the bibliographer Barry Bloomfield) and signed by the author, the New York bookseller, Robert A. Wilson. A clearly laid-out guide for the novice first edition collector – with chapters on what, how, who, dealers, auctions, condition, identification, bibliographies, housing, fakes, investment, disposing, definitions, etc.
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