- New Castle, Delaware and Los Angeles: Oak Knoll Press & Heritage Book Shop Inc., 1997.
- small 4to.
- 1350 pages
- ISBN: 1884718337
- ISBN: 9781884718335
Price: $350.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 46580
Limited to 700 copies. Originally printed and limited to only 150 copies, this legendary three-volume work describes over 1,300 English literary rare books and manuscripts in the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library, one of the foremost American collections of early English literature, now housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. The original catalogue, extremely difficult and expensive to find on the antiquarian market (normally priced around the $8,000 mark), fully describes all the books and manuscripts in Pforzheimer's collection of English literature, making it a most valuable reference for the scholar, researcher, librarian, book collector and bookseller. This work puts each description into various contexts: authorship, textual authority, sequence of editions and publishing history, reference concordance and rarity. The collection also gathers together the best books by the best authors in this period of English literature. Begun by Emma V. Unger and completed by William A. Jackson, the catalogue is primarily arranged in alphabetical order by author. Translations and anonymous books in most cases have been placed under the name of the translator or the attributed author. These can be readily found through full cross references and in the Index of Anonymous Books. In addition, a new addendum consisting of thirteen pages of books added later to the Library are included. Originally designed by Frederic Warde, Bruce Rogers completed the work with additional design and title pages after Warde's untimely death. After the acquisition of the Library by the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, many scholars, librarians and booksellers have urged the University to republish this catalogue. Now reproduced with great care and attention to quality, this new printing preserves Jackson's matchless style and Rogers's design. This edition is published jointly by Oak Knoll Press and Heritage Book Shop Inc. in a press run of 700 copies. The text is printed on quality 60 lb. Natural Smooth paper. The volumes are strongly bound in cloth with gold-stamped titles on the spines and the Pforzheimer monogram on the front boards.