CATALOGUE OF BOOKS PRINTED ON THE CONTINENT OF EUROPE, 1501-1600 IN CAMBRIDGE LIBRARIES.
- Cambridge: University Press, 1967.
- thick small 4to.
- viii,768; (iv),795 pages.
Price: $200.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 25427
First edition. Errata sheet loosely inserted. Lacking the dust jackets. Minor fading to the spines. Light shelfwear to spine and boards. Both volumes shaken. A very good set.
In addition to the thousands of listings of books, there are two sets of indices to printers and publishers, one by name and the other by locations.
From a contemporary review: "The catalogue contains over 30,000 entries, disposed two columns to a page in two stout volumes. The entries are arranged in alphabetical order of 'author' headings. The sub-arrangement follows, broadly, the British Museum practice. Each entry contains a heading; a short title, pagination statement; a collation; format; place of publication, printer, and/or publisher; and date. A series of locations follows. Notes are often included, either on imperfections or on bindings. The descriptions are deliberately flexible so that additional distinguishing information, from the title-page, catchwords, or elsewhere in the book, is added freely where Adams feels it useful. The authors from A to M are in the first volume, while the rest of the alphabet is in the second volume, followed by two indexes: the first is of printers (or publishers) giving under each name even more abbreviated entries in chronological arrangement; the second is of places of publication, listing in chronological order by date of activity the printers and publishers who appear in the first list. " From the blurb: "The books are predominantly works of classical authors, both Greek and Latin, and of theological writers, with law (civil and canon), some science and mathematics, and a little history, travel, and pure literature represented as well." From the reference library of Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts with their bookplate included.