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
Chicago: W.B. Thorsen, 1956-1970. 4to. self paper wrappers. Vi (10), vii (9,9), ix (4,188.8.131.52), x (3), xiii (4-8,9/10), xiv (1-10), xv (1-10), xvi (1-10), xvii (1-6, 8, 10), , xx (1-8), xxi (1-8), xxii (1-8), xxiii (1-6), xxiv (1-6), xxv (1,2,4,5,6), xxvi (1-6) Extras: 98 assorted issues Xxvi (6), 5); xxv (6(2), 5); xxiv (2); xxiii (5); xxii (7(2), 6(2), 5, 4, 3(2), 2(2), 1(2)); xxi (8(2), 7, 6, 5(2), 4(3), 3, 2(2), 1(2)); xx (8(3), 7(2), 6(2), 5(2), 4(3), 3(3), 2(2), 1(3), xix (10, 8/9, 7(2), 6(2), 2(2)); xvii (6(2), 4, 2(2), 1(2)); xvi (10(3), 9(3), 8, 7(3), 5, 4(2), 3(2), 1(3), xv (9(2), 7, 6(2), 5(2), 3); xiv (9), xiii (9/10) Price is per issue. READ MORE
N.P. American Booksellers' Association, 1913. 8vo. paper covered boards, paper cover label. (xviii), 241 pages. Held at the Hotel Astor. Title page, list of speakers, menu, list of officers followed by the full text of Irvin S. Cobb's Cobb's Anatomy with illustrations by Peter Newell. Boards soiled. Slight cracking to head of spine. READ MORE
New York: Argosy-Antiquarian Ltd. 1965. thick 8vo. cloth. Just volume II of this four volume set covering catalogues 122 to 132. A virtual mine of information on Americana, with prices, brought together with the use of a lengthy index volume. Thousands of entries given. Spine has Volume One printed on it but this is volume two. READ MORE
New York: E. Eberstadt & Sons, 1957. tall large 4to. stapled, stiff paper wrappers. 111 pages. 671 priced lots of Americana, with many items for individual states. A few illustrations. Reproduced typescript. Covers worn, soiled; old tape repairs. READ MORE
8 (of 9) volumes, missing volume 8.
London: Maggs Bros. 1922-1930. square 8vo. stiff paper wrappers (except Parts 5 and 7 which are bound in cloth with leather spine labels). thousands of pages. 8 (of 9) volumes, missing volume 8. A massive collection of books and manuscripts concerning Americana, being catalogues 429, 432, 442 (missing last leaf), 465, 479, 496, 502 and 549. Lacking Part VIII which was devoted to Brazil. Wrappers worn and detached on some volumes. READ MORE
West Chester: The Bradford Village Press, (1960). small 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 72 pages. With contributions by Henry Pleasants, Jr., William M. Scheffey, Roy R. Fuller, and Norman B. Wilkinson (information on paper mills). Contains an advertisement for "Book & Things," the Wilmington bookstore owned by Arthur and Jean T. Dobbs. READ MORE
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891. thick 8vo. original cloth. xxxii, 446, (2) pages. Reprint of the first edition of 1890 which was originally volume 39 of the works of Bancroft issued in 1890. Bancroft, a bookseller and publisher in early California, put together the famous Bancroft Collection of Western Americana. This is the fascinating story of his life and the building of the collection. Inscribed on title page "H. Abby Brown, Compliments of Geo... READ MORE
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
New York: Henry Holt, (1995). 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 584 pages. Reprint of the first edition. A must-read for everyone interested in bookselling and book collecting, the passion of the chase, the thrill of the formation of a library, the nastiness of the forger, etc. Fine copy. READ MORE
A facsimile from the Library of Congress.
(Washington, DC: Library of Congress), n.d. 4to. self paper wrappers. (4) pages with broadside facsimile loosely inserted. A facsimile from the Library of Congress. One page of text by James Gilreath. Facsimile is one of two known copies of this broadside. Broadside is loosely inserted in a pocket in folder. READ MORE
Port Clarendon: San Serriffe Publishing Company, 2001. 8vo. quarter leather with green leather spine label, slipcase. 89, (10) pages with various leaves with tipped-in plates. First edition, limited to 200 numbered copies (Berger A65). Those of you who were impressed by Dr. Bachaus' earlier book on the Private Presses of San Serriffe will be absolutely shattered by this in-depth survey of the booksellers of San Serriffe. The book has an historical introduction by Dr. Bachaus... READ MORE
Newtown: Bird & Bull Press, 1985. 8vo. paper wrappers. (20) pages. First edition, limited to 300 copies printed by Henry Morris at his Bird & Bull Press and sent to his standing order customers (Heaney A41). Biographical anecdotes of this antiquarian bookseller. Currie worked for H.P. Kraus. READ MORE
Newtown: Bird & Bull Press and Minneapolis: Daedalus Press, 1984. 8vo. quarter morocco with tips, Dutch Gilt sides reproduced from an 18th century German decorated paper, plus 14 larger facsimiles in a separate accompanying portfolio. 109 pages. Limited to 325 copies (Heaney A39). The history of this important piece of publishing ephemera from its beginning in 1610 up through the 19th century and accompanied by 24 facsimile prospectuses from 2 to 10 pages in length... READ MORE
With illustrations by Lili Wronker.
Newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1990. 4to. paste paper over cloth-backed boards, leather spine label. 61, (2) pages. With illustrations by Lili Wronker. First edition, limited to 230 numbered copies (Berger A48). Letterpress printed with Van Dijck types on Arches mouldmade paper and bound by Barbara Blumenthal. A humorous collection of satire and prose, inspired by Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. All the text is related to the book arts - book-collecting, bookselling, printing, papermaking, etc.... READ MORE
Newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1989. 8vo. quarter morocco leather with paper-covered sides and leather spine label. 83, (3) pages. Accompanied by a heavy die-cut board folder containing 11 different copper tokens minted by individual booksellers & bookmakers especially for this book, all enclosed in a slipcase. First edition. Limited to 300 numbered copies, 250 of which are for sale (Berger A47). Morris provides a history of these tokens that includes many illustrated reproductions... READ MORE
N.P. n.p. 1997. 11 1/2 x 9 inches. broadside. Broadside printed for a special dinner hosted by Henry and Pearl Morris for Oak Knoll's "21st birthday." Printed by hand by Henry Morris at his Bird & Bull Press in limited quantity. These are the extras that aren't hanging on the wall at Oak Knoll or in the archives. Henry will be proud of me for converting these into cash in hopes that I can return... READ MORE