New Castle, DE and Worcester, MA: Oak Knoll Press and the American Antiquarian Society, 2005. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover, slipcase. 2600 pages. First Edition. This three volume, comprehensive bibliography focuses on the important American wood engraver, Alexander Anderson (1775-1870). The author has selected over 1,000 of Anderson's engravings to illustrate this major bibliography. This work begins with a well written and researched biography of Anderson. There are over 2,322 entries. By the early nineteenth... READ MORE
Winter Inventory Sale
Oak Knoll is moving several books out of our storage space and into other areas around the store to make room for an influx of new books and collections. To ease this transition, we will be offering a steep discount on many of the titles currently located in areas we're trying to clean out.
Starting now, and continuing throughout the next few months, we will be adding and removing titles in our Winter Inventory Sale according to our storage needs. This will mean a rare opportunity to buy unexpected Oak Knoll Press and distribution titles at a significant discount. Be sure to leap on a chance when you see it; some books don't last long!
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With additions and an introduction by Stephen O. Saxe and an index by Elizabeth K. Lieberman.
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 1994. 4to. cloth, dust jacket. xviii, 276 pages. With additions and an introduction by Stephen O. Saxe and an index by Elizabeth K. Lieberman. Reprint of the first edition with an added appendix. Recognized by booksellers, collectors, librarians and bibliographers for its great usefulness as the definitive bibliography of American type specimen books. This edition contains an appendix listing 73 type specimen books unknown at the time of the... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 1996. 4to. stiff paper wrappers. 318 pages with 113 illustrations. Paperback edition. Reprint of the first edition with additional illustrations and new introduction. With his Kelmscott Press and associations with the Arts & Crafts Movement, William Morris helped raise the public's awareness of fine books to new heights. Morris inspired and influenced a generation of other designers and those working in American typography... READ MORE
Edited by Richard J. Wolfe
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2010. 5 x 7.25 inches. hardcover. 242 pages. Edited by Richard J. Wolfe. New and Complete Manual on the Making of Fancy Papers was originally written in French by M. Fichtenberg in 1852. Richard Wolfe has translated the book into English and added a new preface. The craft of marbling paper was introduced into Europe and the Middle East from Turkey and Germany during the last two decades of... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2007. 9.5 x 10 inches. cloth, dust jacket. 128 pages. First edition. This book is the long-awaited successor to the classic An Atlas of Typeforms, the great visually-led history of type that Alan Bartram and James Sutton produced in 1968. Much has changed in the last 40 years, not least the teaching of typography and the means by which it is created. Because... READ MORE
New Castle, DE; MS't Goy-Houten, Netherlands; Athens, Greece: Oak Knoll Press, HES & DE GRAAF Publishers BV and Kotinos S.A. Editions, 2004. small 4to. Blind tooled full leatherette, gold-stamped with paper cover label. LXIV, 526, (2) pages. In one of the most elegant annotated bibliographies ever created, Leonora Navari, the compiler, in association with Konstantinos Staikos, a leading authority on library history and bibliographies, have created an indispensable aid to any scholar of Greek culture... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2012. 6 x 9 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 224 pages. Next in the Publishing Pathways series, Publishing the Fine and Applied Arts examines aspects of the relationship between the business of print and the practice of art and design across five centuries. Leading specialists explore the role played by the book trade in the diffusion of artistic and architectural theory, fashion, and practice... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2013. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 208 pages. Founded by Will Carter in 1924, the Rampant Lions Press in Cambridge, England, established itself as one of the leading letterpress workshops in the decades after the Second World War. Will was joined by his son Sebastian in the 1960s, and the business became known worldwide for its craftsmanship and design skills. It was not strictly a private press... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2000. large 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 288 pages. Illustrated. First edition. This scholarly work examines the past, present, and future of watermark study, ranging through the disciplines of art history and conservation, bibliography, musicology, and philately. This book is a collection of scholarly essays that were presented at the Roanoke International Conference on Watermarks in 1996. Co-published with The British Library. READ MORE
With an Introduction to the Reader by Robert D. Fleck
(New Castle, DE): Oak Knoll Press, 2006. 8vo. full leather, deckle edges, paper cover label. 52 pages. With an Introduction to the Reader by Robert D. Fleck. Limited to 900 numbered copies of which this is one of 200 printed by hand at the Kotinos Press in Athens, Greece on special paper and bound thus. Issued in conjunction of the 30th Anniversary of Oak Knoll and containing a biographical introduction by its proprietor. Konstantinos Staikos... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware and London, England: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2012. 7.25 x 10 inches. paperback. 208 pages. This revised third edition of David Pearson's Books as History includes a new foreword, an updated list of further reading, and various other additions and updates. Updated in light of the recent development of the e-book, this version will offer new pictures, new ideas on the life of the book, and further thoughts on... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2012. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 160 pages. The Rise and Fall of the Printers' International Specimen Exchange is the first in-depth study of an institution whose goal was nothing less than a renaissance of fine printing at a time when quantity mattered far more than quality. The Printers' International Specimen Exchange was founded in 1880, first and foremost as a means to encourage British printers to... READ MORE
Foreword by Howard M. Nixon.
New Castle and London: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, 1996 (but 2008). 5.75 x 9 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 386 pages followed by 14 plates. Foreword by Howard M. Nixon. Fourth edition. This is a classic reference work about decorative and commercial English bookbinding techniques written by one of the foremost experts on bookbinding. Each chapter covers various aspects of bookbinding techniques as well as historical information. Each of the chapters describes the... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2010. 8.5 x 11 inches. Hardcover, dust jacket. 504 pages, plus 446 on CD-ROM. This new bibliography of Rudyard Kipling, the first English-language author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, is the first to appear in fifty years and the first to incorporate modern standards of collation, binding cloth description, publication dates and prices, and dust jacket description. It fully describes 480 first editions... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2008. 8.5 x 11 inches. Hardcover, dust jacket. 176 pages. First edition. This is the first full-length study of the leading American type foundry of the nineteenth century. It is an interesting history of the foundry from both a business and a design point of view. The emphasis is on the design of the hundreds of typefaces that were produced by the foundry, from its inception in the 1860s... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware and Portland, Oregon: Oak Knoll Press and Lewis & Clark College, 2013. 6 x 9 inches. hardcover with dust jacket. 544 pages. William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of the most prolific and important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. Among his many awards, Stafford served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and received the National Book Award in 1963 for his poetry collection Traveling through... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2013. 6 x 9 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 160 pages. Ethel Reed (1874-1912) is one of the most elusive figures in the history of American graphic design. Born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, she moved in the 1890s to Boston, where, while still in her early twenties, she achieved international recognition for her posters - and for her personal glamour. "The beautiful poster lady" is how newspapers of the day described... READ MORE
With a new introduction by Donald Farren.
New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 2001. small 4to. paperback. 576 pages. With a new introduction by Donald Farren. Paperback edition. Reprint of the 2nd edition of 1979. The breadth of this work is remarkable. Encyclopedia contains almost 4,000 terms and definitions used in bookbinding, printing, papermaking and the book trade. Biographical details of printers, authors, bookbinders and bibliophiles are included as well as precise notes on machinery and equipment, famous books, printing societies, book-related organizations... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, (2010). large 8vo. Paperback. 142 pages. Illus. Reprint of the first edition of 2005. This work is an illustrated manual that shows step-by-step the art and science of fine leather bookbinding. The author learned the ancient craft from one of England's foremost binders, Alfred de Sauty. In this important work, he takes the reader through the intricacies of traditional leather binding. READ MORE
Edited by Paul Melzer
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, (2012). 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 320 pages. Edited by Paul Melzer. This work chronicles the history of the Golden Age of American penmanship and calligraphy. The author guides the reader through the lives and careers of some of the most important American penmen, including Platt Rogers Spencer, the Father of American Handwriting, and Spencer's gifted student, George A. Gaskell, whose books and periodicals reached hundreds of thousands of students... READ MORE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2011. small 4to. cloth, dust jacket. xvi, 309 pages + 8 color plate pages. Fourth edition, revised and expanded from the 1998 edition. A welcome new addition in this book is a full-color section for the identification of leather and marbled papers. From the author of A History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique, this classic in the field of bookbinding is a practical guide to the restoration of leather... READ MORE
Washington: Library of Congress, 1991. tall 8vo. green cloth, paper spine label. xxxv, 427, (3) pages. First edition. With an introduction by James H. Billington, preface by Larry E. Sullivan and an essay on Rosenwald by William Matheson. The Rosenwald Collection is the single largest gathering of rare books at the Library of Congress and represents one of the finest collections of books formed by any individual. The collection focuses on the Western European and... READ MORE
Charlottesville: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 2013. 6 x 9.25 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 546 pages. In this new collection of essays, G. Thomas Tanselle illustrates the importance of bibliographical scholarship as an integral part of intellectual and cultural history. The first section's six broad retrospective pieces, which cover bibliographical history from the vantage point of several institutional anniversaries, provide context for the sixteen essays in the second section, each of which is... READ MORE
New Castle: Oak Knoll Press and the American Historical Print Collectors Society, 2008. 8.5 x 11 inches. cloth with dustjacket. 192 pages. As a copperplate engraver, Amos Doolittle (1754-1832) played an important role during the American colonies' war for independence and the early years of the new nation. He completed his apprenticeship in New Haven, Connecticut, around 1770 and continued to work actively in that city for over sixty years. His first known attempts are... READ MORE
New Castle and Houten: Oak Knoll Press and HES & DE GRAAF, 2011. 5 x 9.5 inches. Hardcover. 256 pages. This is the first in a series of sixteen reference guides designed for the historic and antique map collector, curator, or enthusiast. Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the Netherlands had a thriving map production and publishing industry, with figures like Johannes Blaeu and Abraham Ortelius leading the Dutch cartographic industry. The maps produced in... READ MORE