London and Dulverton, England: The Acorn Press and The Exmoor Predd, (1983). 12mo. cloth, paper front cover label. 126, (2) pages. Limited to 350 numbered copies, signed by the author on colophon. Reprint of 1946 edition. Illustrated with wood engravings by Hellmuth Weissenborn. Table of contents, introductory essay by the author. Descriptions of numerous flowes found in English literary works with excerpts of poems that mention them. "Sentimental vocabulary" of the flowers follows text. Acknowledgments. READ MORE about A POSY OF WILD FLOWERS GATHERED IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF ENGLISH LITERATURE
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Campden, Gloucestershire, England: The Alcuin Press, n.d., but circa 1933. 8vo. cloth, dust jacket, paper spine label, top edge cut, other edges uncut. xvi, 38 pages. Inscriptioin by the author on front free endpaper states that this edition for kin and friends only, that "no trade edition will ensue, nor one for sale, nor any for review." Table of contents, brief comments on "The Approach." A collection of poetry. Paper spine label tanned and chipped. READ MORE about RHYMES OF LURID INNOCENCE
Oxford: The Alembic Press, 1989. 8vo. quarter cloth with marbled paper over boards. 57+(1) pages. First edition, limited to 100 numbered copies. Set in Bembo and printed by letterpress on Hahnemuhle paper by Claire Bolton. Contains a history of the press and then lists all its publications to date. Bibliographical details are given along with comments on how the books were produced, problems encountered, etc. Many original samples are included and it is also illustrated with line blocks. READ MORE about ALEMBIC PRESS BIBLIOGRAPHY 1978-1988
Winchester: The Alembic Press, 1986. small 4to. cloth. (46) pages. Limited to 96 numbered copies, handprinted. Illustrated with Twenty Seven Samples of their Specially hand marbled Papers. The samples of marbled paper are tipped-in. READ MORE about THE COMPTON MARBLING PATTERN BOOK
Oxford: The Alembic Press, 1992. small 4to. portfolio tied with ribbon. 18 sections loosely inserted. First edition, limited to 150 numbered copies. Contains 17 examples of Compton Marbling's paper, each developed especially for an individual customer, or for themselves for a particular market. Each sample is tipped into a folded leaf with descriptive text. Some of the sheets contain other samples, such as an original that was used by the company for matching. Portfolio is... READ MORE about COMPTON MARBLING PORTFOLIO OF PATTERNS
Oxford, England: The Alembic Press, n.d., but 2003. broadside (11 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches). Commemorates Oak Knoll Fest X, New Castle, Delaware. Minor creasing at bottom. READ MORE about OAK KNOLL BOOK FEST, TEN YEARS FOSTERING THE FLOWERING OF FINE BOOKS
Marcham: Alembic Press, 2000. 8vo. quarter cloth with paper-covered boards. 19, (3) pages. Printed in an edition limited to 120 numbered copies. A reprint of a chapter from Robert Gibbings' book "Till I End my Song," along with his original wood engraving. Included is an introduction describing how Gibbings came to be in Marcham, a history of the Pointer family and Simon Brett's engraving of one of Bill Pointer's benches, who to this day still... READ MORE about A TALE OF TWO BENCHES
Wylam: Allenholme Press, 1965. large 12mo. paper wrappers. 12 pages. Printed for private circulation to the Printing Historical Society and the Rounce & Coffin Club. A note on William Davison, printer in Alnwick in the first half of the 19th century, illustrated with reproductions of some of Davison's caricatures. READ MORE about SOME ALNWICK CARICATURES, A NOTE AND A HANDLIST
San Francisco, CA: Arion Press, n.d. folio. self paper wrappers. (4) pages. Prospectus for Captivity Narrative of Hannah Duston, edited by Cotton Mather, John Greenleaf Whittier, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. With 35 woodblock prints by Richard Bosman. With two specimens of the prints. Folded. READ MORE about Prospectus for CAPTIVITY NARRATIVE OF HANNAH DUSTON
Axminister, Devon, UK: Uniformbooks, 2015. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 176 pages. First edition. In Unshelfmarked: Reconceiving the artists book, Michael Hampton vets the mediums history, postulating a new timeline that challenges the orthodox view of the artists book as a form largely peculiar to the twentieth century. Post-Deweyed, these works form an entirely new corpus, showcasing the artists book not as a by-product of the book per se, but both its antecedent and post-digital flowering... READ MORE about UNSHELFMARKED: RECONCEIVING THE ARTISTS’ BOOK
New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 1985. 4to. cloth, dust jacket. (xii), 499 pages. The first eight chapters are a biography of Charled Robert Ashbee, followed by six chapters of his work as an architect and designer, and the last two draw the book together. He established the Essex House Press in England. Ink inscription on free endpaper. READ MORE about C.R. ASHBEE ARCHITECT, DESIGNER & ROMANTIC SOCIALIST
London: The Baynard Press, 1925. large 8vo. original limp vellum with title in gilt on spine. 101, (3) pages. Limited to 200 copies numbered and signed by the author. Printed by hand in two colors on Kelmscott handmade paper. Four stories by Merrick. The 6th in the Vine Books series, produced by Wilfred Pardington, and issued to subscribers from the office of The Bookman's Journal. The two small woodcuts are by Norman Janes. Covers slightly age yellowed. READ MORE about FOUR STORIES
Bronxville: Nicholas T. Smith, (1980). 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. (xi), 96, (3) pages. Reprint of the first edition, originally printed in 1927 and limited to 390 copies. The history of this press with bibliographical information on the first twenty books issued. With much on book production. Some fading of jacket spine. READ MORE about THE FIRST SCORE
Bronxville: Nicholas T. Smith, (1980). 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. (xi), 96, (3) pages. Reprint of the first edition, originally printed in 1927 and limited to 390 copies. The history of this press with bibliographical information on the first twenty books issued. With much on book production. Dust jacket is faded. READ MORE about THE FIRST SCORE
(Westminster: Beaumont Press, 1926). 8vo. quarter vellum with illustrated paper-covered boards. 125+(1) pages. Printed in an edition limited to 390 numbered copies of which this is one of 310 printed on handmade paper. The twenty-first book issued by the Beaumont Press. The typography and binding produced by Cyril William Beaumont on his press at 75 Charing Cross Road, the decorated cover designed by B. Claudia Guercio, and the title page by Randolph Schwabe. These letters... READ MORE about THE LETTERS OF J.E. FLECKER TO FRANK SAVERY
A Book of Poems
(Westminster: Beaumont Press, 1920). small 8vo. quarter cloth, patterned paper-covered boards. (iv), 41,(3) pages. A Book of Poems. (Cyril W. Beaumont, The First Score, 42-46; Ransom, 210). Limited to 260 copies printed on handmade paper. This is the tenth book issued by the press. The cover and decorations designed and cut on wood by Ethelbert White. Boards rubbed and soiled. READ MORE about HOME
London: K.G. Saur and Clive Bingley, (1980). 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 168 pages. First edition. With a Foreword by Roderick Cave. Discussion of the following presses: Cuckoo Hill, Shoestring, Keepsake, Kit-Cat, Poet & Printer, Plough, Mandeville and Basilisk. Tape on front cover of jacket. Spine faded and spotting to top of edge block of book. READ MORE about PRIVATE PRESSES & PUBLISHING IN ENGLAND SINCE 1945
Introductions by Carey S. Bliss.
North Hills: Bird & Bull Press, 1982. 8vo. cloth, paper spine label. 141 pages. Introductions by Carey S. Bliss. One of 500 copies (Heaney A33). This is the first reprinting in facsimile of two important first books on printing in English. The first is Atkyns' The Original and Growth of Printing(1664) which is the first book devoted to the subject of printing; the second is William Caslon's first type specimen book, also the first English... READ MORE about A PAIR ON PRINTING
North Hills: Bird & Bull Press, 1970. 4to. hand-sewn paper wrappers. 54 pages. Taylor A10. Printed in an edition limited to 300 copies. Second issue lacking the protective box because the publisher's supply ran out. This fact is not mentioned in the bibliography. READ MORE about PROCEEDINGS AT A MEETING OF THE VAT PAPER MAKERS HELD AT THE BELL HOTEL, MAIDSTONE ON TUESDAY...
North Hills: Bird & Bull Press, 1970. 4to. hand-sewn paper wrappers in a stiff blue paper box. 54 pages. Taylor A10. Printed in an edition limited to 300 copies. Copied from a hand-written manuscript, this account of a meeting of workers in a hand-made paper mill accurately depicts the working conditions of the day. Social problems brought along by mechanical paper making and allowing women to do certain jobs are discussed. Outer folder is foxed as usual. READ MORE about PROCEEDINGS AT A MEETING OF THE VAT PAPER MAKERS HELD AT THE BELL HOTEL, MAIDSTONE ON TUESDAY...
Newton, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1992. tall 8vo. quarter leather, decorated paper over boards. 153, (2) pages. Limited to 185 numbered copies (Berger A51). Printed on Arches mouldmade paper by Henry Morris at The Bird & Bull Press. Gives a history of British circulating libraries through the use of the Papantonio collection of library book labels and book related ephemera of the eighteenth and nineteenth century by the noted English collector Sir Ambrose Heal... READ MORE about A HISTORY OF BRITISH CIRCULATING LIBRARIES, THE BOOK LABELS AND EPHEMERA OF THE PAPANTONIO...
(Birmingham, England): City of Birmingham School of Printing, 1935. 4to. stiff paper wrappers, cord-tied. 7, (3) pages. Originally published to commemorate the Wren bicentennial. With illustration of Wren's masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral. Printed under the direction of Leonard Jay. Wrappers lightly tanned and bent at edges. READ MORE about SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN FROM THE BICENTENARY MEMORIAL VOLUME PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE...
(Birmingham, England): City of Birmingham School of Printing, 1950. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 15, (3) pages. Printed under the direction of Leonard Jay. Address delivered by the author at the school, November 9, 1949. Wrappers lightly tanned. READ MORE about IN PRAISE OF FAMOUS MEN
(Birmingham, England: Birmingham School of Printing, 1934). small 4to. stiff paper wrappers, cord-tied. 23+(1) pages. Prepared under the direction of Leonard Jay. Geofroy Tory border on title re-cut on wood by George W. Jones. Errata tipped-in on inside front wrapper. Wrappers slightly bent and tanned at edges. READ MORE about BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL CENTENARY 1834-1934 AN ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST TRIENNIAL MUSICAL FESTIVAL IN...
(Birmingham, England): Birmingham School of Printing, 1930. 4to. stiff paper wrappers, blue cord-tied. 9+(1) pages. Arranged and printed under the direction of Leonard Jay. Compositors work by G. Pym. Wrappers slightly bent at edges. READ MORE about RABBI BEN EZRA