by Simms, Rupert
Printed in an edition limited to 200 numbered copies (Besterman 5885). Bibliography of all "books and other printed matter relating to--printed or published in--or written by a native resident, or person deriving a title from--any portion of the county of Stafford." Many of the approximately 20,000 entries have detailed commentary. Rupert Simms (1854-1937) lost both hands and an arm at the age of eight but learned to write by inserting a pencil in a hole in the leather case he wore on his right arm. A secondhand bookseller by trade, he spent 11 years collecting and collating the information for this bibliography. Bookplate on front pastedown of Donald and Mary Hyde. Ink inscription on front pastedown by Henry Elwell, 1894. Elwell also signed the title page. Hinges, head and tail of spine worn. Corners rubbed. Both covers scuffed.