Bethlelem: Special Collections, Lehigh University Information Resources, 1997. 12mo. stiff paper wrappers. 34, (2) pages. Limited to 500 copies. Three page introduction by Steven Rothman. With six illustrations. To speak of Allen's is to speak of wit, integrity and devotion to the craft of bookselling. This booklet tells its history. READ MORE about HISTORY OF WILLIAM H. ALLEN, BOOKSELLER, 1918-1997
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Translated by William A. Pettas.
Berkeley, CA: Bernard M. Rosenthal, 1990. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. iii, 209 pages. Translated by William A. Pettas. First U.S. edition. Originally published in Italian as LA BIBLIOGRAFIA, STORIA DI UNA TRADIZIONE IN 1984. Explains the circumstances and objectives behind the evolution of bibliographies. Includes chapters on books and book distribution in the Middle Ages, the introduction of printing, seventeenth century libraries, and the bibliography of librarians and historians in the nineteenth century. READ MORE about BIBLIOGRAPHY, HISTORY OF TRADITION
Providence: The John Carter Brown Library, 2006. 6 x 9 inches. cloth. 256 pages. First edition. John Russell Bartlett, a major American bibliographer and artist of the Southwest, had a remarkably multi-faceted career. He was for a time a bookseller, Chief of the United States Boundary Commission that established the border with Mexico following the Mexican-American War, Secretary of State of Rhode Island for 17 years, and, for many years, John Carter Browns personal librarian... READ MORE about AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN RUSSELL BARTLETT, 1805-1886
New Castle: Oak Knoll Books, 1991. 8vo. cloth. (13), x, 209 pages. Reprint of the first edition, with a new introduction by Joseph Rosenblum. This work first appeared in 1932 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its publisher, John Wiley and Sons. Boynton was interested in the colorful figures that populated the book world of early America and tells their fascinating story in an entertaining manner. His account begins with the establishment of the Cambridge... READ MORE about ANNALS OF AMERICAN BOOKSELLING, 1638-1850
New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 2004. 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 422 pages. First edition. Preface by Sebastian Carter. Throughout his professional career, John Carter, 1905-1975, was recognized as one of the most important figures in the Anglo-American book world. He was known as an imaginative book dealer, a creative bibliographer and a stylish and thoughtful writer. In 1934, after working for several years in the London book trade, he achieved instant fame, along with his... READ MORE about JOHN CARTER, THE TASTE & TECHNIQUE OF A BOOKMAN
Winchester: St Paul's Bibliographies, 1990. 8vo. cloth. xvii, 180 pages. First edition. In the early nineteenth century the prevailing influence in children's books was the promotion of morality, coupled with instruction, and fairy-tales and such-like improper subjects were widely discouraged. So Benjamin Tabart showed no little courage when, within three years of opening his Juvenile Library in Bond Street, he launched out into the publication of a series of well-produced fairy-tales and nursery stories. During... READ MORE about BENJAMIN TABART'S JUVENILE LIBRARY, A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BOOKS FOR CHILDREN PUBLISHED, WRITTEN,...
With a Foreword by Jan de Vries
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2009. 6 x 9 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 256 pages. With a Foreword by Jan de Vries. First edition. In The Paradox of Prosperity, Laura Cruz explores the world of the book trades as it was constructed in Leiden in the decades after the Revolt against Spanish rule. She traces the migration of printers from the Southern Netherlands to Leiden and observes how they congregated within the city and... READ MORE about THE PARADOX OF PROSPERITY: THE LEIDEN BOOKSELLERS' GUILD AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF BOOKS IN EARLY...
London: The Bibliographical Society, 1989. 4to. stiff paper wrappers. (iv), 42 pages. Occasional Papers Number 4. Distributed for the Bibliographical Society. READ MORE about LOAN BOOK OF THE STATIONERS' COMPANY, WITH A LIST OF TRANSACTIONS 1592 - 1692
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2008. 6 x 9 inches. Hardback, dust jacket. 238 pages. Written to mark Oak Knoll Press's thirtieth anniversary, Books about Books is a comprehensive history and bibliography of the press, from its beginning in 1978 through the fall of 2008. Bob Fleck, founder, owner, and president of the Press, tells the story of his adventures in publishing. Bob decided to leave the field of chemical engineering in 1976 to... READ MORE about BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS: A HISTORY AND BIBLIOGRAPHY OF OAK KNOLL PRESS, 1978-2008
Austin, TX: W. Thomas Taylor, 1991. 7.25 x 10.25 inches. hardcover. xix, 159 pages. First edition. With an introduction by Larry McMurtry. Describes the history and impact of various forged Texas documents. Mr. Taylor, who was instrumental in uncovering the forgeries, includes his own evidence, which made him suspect forgery. The forged and original documents are described in detail. The text includes an up-to-date census of each document as well as plates that illustrate differences... READ MORE about TEXFAKE, AN ACCOUNT OF THE THEFT AND FORGERY OF EARLY TEXAS PRINTED DOCUMENTS
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, Books of Kells, and Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., 2012. 6 x 9 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 296 pages. Reminiscences of an author, bookseller, and publisher, written at the age of eighty-eight, Colin Franklin's newest book is perhaps his most entertaining. It wanders freely through themes which have absorbed him - a lost world of publishing, adventures in bookselling, and the irreplaceable scholarly eccentrics who dominated that world a generation ago... READ MORE about OBSESSIONS AND CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK LIFE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, Books of Kells, and Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., 2012. 6 x 9 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 296 pages. A SIGNED COPY BY THE AUTHOR OF THIS LOVELY BOOK Reminiscences of an author, bookseller, and publisher, written at the age of eighty-eight, Colin Franklin's newest book is perhaps his most entertaining. It wanders freely through themes which have absorbed him - a lost world of publishing, adventures in bookselling, and the... READ MORE about OBSESSIONS AND CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK LIFE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2015. 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 160 pages plus catalogues on CD. "Pioneering and truly impressive ... highly recommended for those interested in this fascinating, important and little-studied aspect of book trade history." -Robert Milevski, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Vol. 111:1, March 2017 This book and accompanying CD explore the use of binders' tickets and booksellers' labels within the Canadian book trade based on the author's collection... READ MORE about CANADIAN BINDERS' TICKETS AND BOOKSELLERS' LABELS
BSA Occastional Publications, No.1
New York: The Bibliographical Society of America, 2007. 8.5 x 11 inches. paperback. 212 pages. BSA Occastional Publications, No.1. Reformation pamphlets (or "Flugschriften") were among the first rare book acquisitions of American libraries. Gatch traces the remarkable history of the Leander van Ess collection purchased by the Union Theological Seminary in 1838, the first and largest collection of these religious tracts to arrive in America. He notes how they were originally obtained by van Ess... READ MORE about THE LIBRARY OF LEANDER VAN ESS AND THE EARLIEST AMERICAN COLLECTIONS OF REFORMATION PAMPHLETS
New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 1999. tall 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 509 pages. Reprint of the original edition, with corrections and a lengthy new introduction. This book is a unique and important source of information for those interested in the history of famous collections. Not only is the importance of collecting a growing factor in the history of art and antiques, but the details of provenance of objects traded on the art and antiques market... READ MORE about THE ENGLISH AS COLLECTORS
Delivered at the Twenty-second Conference on the History of the British Book Trade Birmingham, July 2005
New Castle, Delaware and London, England: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2008. 6 x 9 inches. Hardcover, dust jacket. 281 pages. Delivered at the Twenty-second Conference on the History of the British Book Trade Birmingham, July 2005. First edition. This ninth volume of the Print Networks series contains twelve exciting chapters from scholars working on the connections between the parties involved in the production of print artifacts; from author to printer, publisher, bookseller... READ MORE about BOOK TRADE CONNECTIONS FROM THE SEVENTEENTH TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURIES
New Castle, DE and London, UK: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2005. 5.75 x 8.25 inches. cloth. 222 pages. This seventh Print Networks volume is a collection of essays presented at the 2002 Conference on the History of the Book Trade. The theme reinforces the importance of studying specific local factors alongside the wider picture of printing history. As with the other volumes in the Print Networks series, the scope of these scholarly... READ MORE about PRINTING PLACES: LOCATIONS OF BOOK PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION SINCE 1500
Introduction by D.F. McKenzie.
Winchester & New Castle, DE: St Paul's Bibliographies & Oak Knoll Press, 1997. 8vo. illustrated, cloth, dust jacket. 334 pages. Introduction by D.F. McKenzie. Collected here as a homage to Robin Myers, respected book trade historian and editor of the Publishing Pathways Series devoted to studies in book trade and publishing history, these essays uncover the connections between the mechanics of the book trade and their human ends in the learning and transmission of knowledge... READ MORE about BOOK TRADE & ITS CUSTOMERS, 1450-1900: HISTORICAL ESSAYS FOR ROBIN MYERS
New Castle, Delaware and Folkestone, England: Oak Knoll Press and St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1999. small 8vo. Hardback printed covers. x, 228 pages. First edition. These thirteen scholarly essays on the history of the book trade are the third volume in the PRINT NETWORKS series of publications. The original papers were presented at the annual "Seminars on the British Book Trade." The essays covered include Paul Morgan's "Henry Cotton and W. H. Allnutt: Two Pioneer Book-Trade... READ MORE about HUMAN FACE OF THE BOOK TRADE: PRINT CULTURE AND ITS CREATORS
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2000. 8vo. Hardback printed covers. 218 pages. This fourth volume in the Print Networks series salutes the impact of the printing press. Taken from the proceedings of the Seventeenth Seminar on the British Book Trade held in Aberystwyth in July 1999, this collection of scholarly essays covers the regulation of printed matter and its distribution, the preservation of Welsh language and culture in print, and various aspects of printing... READ MORE about THE MIGHTY ENGINE: THE PRINTING PRESS AND ITS IMPACT
New Castle, Delaware & Winchester, England: Oak Knoll Press & St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1998. small 8vo. Hardback printed covers. 230 pages. First edition. Second volume of the series PRINT NETWORKS. More than a century has passed since W. H. Allnut's paper on provincial printing was presented at the meeting of the Library Association in 1878. This topic has now moved to the forefront of investigating the history of the book. The annual Seminar on the... READ MORE about THE REACH OF PRINT, MAKING, SELLING AND USING BOOKS
Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1983. 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. xii, 322 pages. First edition. These essays have been written by leading scholars on early bookselling, reading habits and the impact of printing in early America. Printing history in its broadest context may be viewed as a distinct form of cultural history, a synthesis combining the attention to ideas that is central to intellectual history with the emphasis on patterns of behavior and organization characteristic of... READ MORE about PRINTING AND SOCIETY IN EARLY AMERICA
A History of the Rare & Secondhand Book Trade in Britain in the 20th Century
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, (2007). 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Hardcover. 414 pages. A History of the Rare & Secondhand Book Trade in Britain in the 20th Century. First edition, second printing, with a few minor corrections. Published to mark the centenary of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, this is the first book to map out the history of the rare book trade in the 20th century - the end of... READ MORE about OUT OF PRINT AND INTO PROFIT
New Castle, Delaware and London, UK: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2007. 6 x 9 inches. cloth, dust jacket. 180 pages. First edition. Movements of books, both as individual volumes and as collections, have sometimes covered long distances across many centuries. Subject to the vagaries of war, shipwreck and personal ruin, as well as the intervention of the book trade and of collectors, the travels of books often have an intricately detailed and... READ MORE about BOOKS ON THE MOVE: TRACKING COPIES THROUGH COLLECTIONS AND THE BOOK TRADE
New Castle, Delaware and London, UK: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2007. 6 x 8.5 inches. hardcover. 240 pages. From the Frankfurt book fairs in the sixteenth century to the Farringdon Road barrows in the twentieth, fairs and markets have played a crucial role in the circulation of books. Traveling peddlers and itinerant printers have also acted as intermediaries in distributing books beyond the reach of conventional shops and in spreading trade practices... READ MORE about FAIRS, MARKETS AND THE ITINERANT BOOK TRADE