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Announcing Special Catalogue #33

The Ned J. Nakles Collection of Early Printing

About the Ned J. Nakles Collection...

Having made a distinguished career as a trial lawyer, Ned J. Nakles (1931-1999) was a bibliophile to the core. His well renowned collection of incunabula was sold at Christie’s New York on April 17, 2000. However, it was his reference library which Oak Knoll had a helping hand in building. Oak Knoll Books was founded by my father, Robert (Bob, as he was known to many) Fleck in May 1976. It would be only less than a year later while ordering out of Catalogue No. 2 (image No. 1 & 2 below) that Ned and Bob would become acquainted. That first purchase of thirteen titles sparked a professional relationship that lasted for many years. Ned’s interest in early printing spanned across many different countries of origin and many different languages. The selection of books featured in this Special Catalogue #33 focuses on early printing, with the most important item featured in the catalogue being a copy of the first 1499 edition of the Aldus Manutius Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Item #2). Additionally, there are many different books featured in this catalogue on various subjects that were printed in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, The Netherlands, Great Britain, and the American Colonies that show various printing and typographical styles. Also included are important leaf-books which feature examples of monuments of early printing, including a lovely leaf printed on vellum by Peter Schoeffer (item # 33). Also included in this catalogue are various printings of Martin Luther pamphlets. We hope you enjoy this catalogue as much as we enjoyed cataloguing and photographing it. We would like to think that Bob and Ned would be proud.

If you would like to request a physical copy of Special Catalogue #33, please email us at orders@oakknoll.com.