THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD OF BOOKS, 1450 TO 1470: A CHRONOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE TEXTS CHOSEN FOR PRINTING DURING THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS OF THE PRINTING ART.
Stillwell, Margaret Bingham
WITH SYNOPSIS OF THE GUTENBERG DOCUMENTS
According to the Preface, for a hundred years or more, the bibliographical scholars of the world have sought to identify the man of genius who, in the mid-fifteenth century, changed the course of civilization by introducing the art of printing into the Western World. Our knowledge of Gutenberg and his claim rests upon two factors: a series of documents in manuscript that range from 1420 to the settling of his estate in 1468. These, however, fail to give conclusive support to his claim as the inventor of printing, although presenting, in the early records, an occasional and vague reference to printing, paper, ink, a press, and "four pieces" which Theodore Low DeVinne, Dr. Otto W. Fuhrmann and others have identified as the parts of a type-casting mould. The second factor consists of tributes to Gutenberg by his contemporaries and their successors, which specifically name him as the inventor of printing in statements which appeared in printed books issued during the years 1470-1499. Stillwell's work contains a bibliography of 215 of the first printed documents described as "Books and Broadsides 1450-1470," along with supplementary sections and notes on the Gutenberg documents.
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by Rogers, Bruce
First edition, one of the 199 numbered copies signed by Rogers constituting the large-paper edition. The large-paper copy is in a different binding than the trade edition and contains four decorations in color, all executed by Rogers. It also features one of Rogers' printer's marks engraved and printed by Allen Lewis, a frontispiece portrait and numerious illustrations. A beautifully produced book with many examples of typography in different colors, this volume is a study in book design and printing by one of the best American designers of the 20th century. Publisher's slip tipped-in. Also present is the four page prospectus to this book which encloses a four page facsimile printing from the book. Also present is the well printed "A Luncheon to Mr. Bruce Rogers" staged to honor him and his fellow craftsmen for producing this book. Also present is a four page brochure issued by Hurlbut Paper Company touting the fact that they made the paper for this book. Also present is an A.N.s. by Rogers dated 1947. Beautifully preserved copy of an important book.