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A Century in Books:  Princeton University Press 1905-2005
1 A Century in Books: Princeton University Press 1905-2005
Princeton University Press Princeton 2005 069112292X / 9780691122922 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Couple of dog-eared pages. 
xvi, 167 pp. Index, chronological list of books, illustrations. Introduction by Walter Lippmann. A survey of some of the most culturally, intellectually, and typographically interesting books published by the scholarly press. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Bound to Vary:  A Guild of Book Workers Exhibition of Fine Bindings on the Married Mettle Press Limited Edition of Billy Budd, Sailor
2 Bound to Vary: A Guild of Book Workers Exhibition of Fine Bindings on the Married Mettle Press Limited Edition of Billy Budd, Sailor
[NY] The Guild of Book Workers 1988 Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket; Covers scuffed. 
Printed wraps. Many color illustrations. An exhibition held at various libraries and other venues during 1988-89. Foreword by J. Franklin Mowery. Essays on art and book binding by Herman Melville. Essay "Making the Married Mettle Edition" by Deborah and Benjamin Alterman. Book binders included in this exhibition are the Altermans, William Anthony, Betty Lou Chaika, Jerilyn Glenn Davis, Mindell Dubansky, Fritz Eberhardt, Trudi Eberhardt, Don Etherington, Monique Lallier Etherington, Deborah Evetts, Louise Genest-Cote, Daniel E. Kelm, Bruce R. Levy, William Minter, John Franklin Mowery, and Julie B. Stackpole. ; 64 pages 
Price: 18.00 USD
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3 Festina Lente: The Journal of the Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, June 1979
Rochester Institute of Technology 1979 Softcover Very Good; Front wraps soiled. 
Printed stapled softcover with self-wrappers. Debut issue of book arts journal of RIT Graphic Arts Collection at its School of Printing. ; 15 pages 
Price: 10.00 USD
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4 Festina Lente: The Journal of the Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, Vol. I, Number I, February 1980
Rochester Institute of Technology 1980 Softcover Very Good 
Printed stapled softcover with self-wrappers. Essays on American typefounding and Bruce Rogers book designs. First issue (after sample issue) of book arts journal of RIT Graphic Arts Collection at its School of Printing. ; 40 pages 
Price: 20.00 USD
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History for Pleasure 1825
5 History for Pleasure 1825
New Haven, CT Yale University Printing Service and Stinehour Press 1994 Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
One of 250 copies. Three softcover facsimiles of rare American chapbooks originally published in 1825 by Field Lucas, Jun. , and John Latrobe of Baltimore. The titles are: The American Revolution by Robert Rhymer (12 pp) , The Juvenile National Calendar (12 pp) and The Pilgrims (12 pp). Also includes a 4 pp brochure written and inscribed by Betsy Beinecke Shirley, whose collection of children's literature resides at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book Library. Booklets are housed in a red cardboard slipcase with paper label. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Editor 
Price: 25.00 USD
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J & S Fine Books, Catalogue No. 5
6 J & S Fine Books, Catalogue No. 5
J & S Fine Books 1970 Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket; Covers sunned and soiled. 
Circa 1970. Pictorial wraps. Several photos and illustrations. A catalogue of books about books, illustrated books, manuscripts, autographed letters, and fine press books. ; 118 pages 
Price: 20.00 USD
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John James Audubon, the Birds of America
7 John James Audubon, the Birds of America
NY Sotheby's 1985 Softcover Very Good 
Auction catalog describing history and background of Audubon's master work, a copy of which was consigned to auction on October 18-19, 1985 by the New York Public Library. Describes and illustrates 435 lots. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Manuscript Society Official Auction, 1994 Atlanta, Saturday, May 28th, Sale 760A
8 The Manuscript Society Official Auction, 1994 Atlanta, Saturday, May 28th, Sale 760A
NY Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. 1994 Softcover Very Good; Tan wraps. Many photographs. An auction catalogue for a sale of American manuscripts, most of Civil War interest. 
8vo - over 7" - 9" tall; 98 pages 
Price: 15.00 USD
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This Fortunate Man, Edward Dewitt Taylor:  Remarks Upon the Occasion of a Dinner Given in His Honor At the Hotel St. Francis, San Francisco, April 9, 1948 under the Auspices of the Employing Printers' Association, of San Francisco
9 This Fortunate Man, Edward Dewitt Taylor: Remarks Upon the Occasion of a Dinner Given in His Honor At the Hotel St. Francis, San Francisco, April 9, 1948 under the Auspices of the Employing Printers' Association, of San Francisco
Stanford University Press 1948 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket; Musty, boards soiled. 
Measures 17 x 12 cm One of 1200 copies. Remarks by Donald B. Tresidder, President of Stanford University, Edward DeWitt Taylor and Walter J. Held at the subject's dinner celebrating his retirement from the printing firm of Taylor and Taylor. Keepsake No. 83, The American Institute of Graphic Arts. Printed paper-covered boards with red cloth spine. 29 pages plus printed insert leaf. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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William Bulmer and the Shakepeare Press
10 William Bulmer and the Shakepeare Press
Syracuse, NY Syracuse University Press 1957 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket; Corners worn, lacking the original acetate jacket. Illustrated by John De Pol 
Black cloth with titles stamped in gilt on spine and printed paper label on front boards. "A Biography of William Bulmer from A Dictionary of Printers and Printing by C. H. Timperley, London, 1839 with an Introductory Note on the Bulmer-Martin Types by Laurance B. Siegfried, Syracuse University". Published in observance of the bicentennial of Bulmer's birth. Original wood engravings by John DePol. A celebration of the English printer and typographer. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 36 pages 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 William Morris: Ornamentations and Illustrations from the Kelmscott Chaucer
NY Dover 1973 048622970x / 9780486229706 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good; Sticker liftoff on front cover. 
Reproduces all 87 woodcut illustrations, ornamented borders and letters from William Morris' magnum opus, The Kelmscott Chaucer. Introduction by Fridolf Johnson. ; Dover Pictorial Archive Series; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 109 pages 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Ventures in Book Collecting, Arnold, William Harris
12 Arnold, William Harris Ventures in Book Collecting
NY Charles Scribner's Sons 1923 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket; First signature loose, engraved owner bookplate on front pastedown. 
One of 210 numbered limited edition copies signed by the publisher on the copyright page. Cloth-backed boards with paper spine label. Frontispiece photogravure portrait of the author and many other illustrations in the text reproducing author signatures, title pages and other biblio-treasures. Foreword by bibliographer-turned-literary-forger Thomas J. Wise. xvii, 356 pp. , index. A charming account of the author's adventures as a bookseller and collector of books and manuscripts during the early 20th century. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Sweet Hereafter A Novel, Banks, Russell
13 Banks, Russell The Sweet Hereafter A Novel
NY Harpercollins 1991 0060167033 / 9780060167035 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by the author on the title page. A tragic and powerful novel about the impact of a schoolbus accident in New York's Adirondacks in which 14 kids are killed. The novel was the basis for the 1997 film starring Ian Holm. ; 257 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Patience and Fortitude:  A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture, Basbanes, Nicholas A.
14 Basbanes, Nicholas A. Patience and Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture
NY HarperCollins 2001 0060196955 / 9780060196950 First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
xviii, 636 pp. Index, bibliography, notes, illustrations. Signed by Basbanes on half-title. Basbane's second compilation of lovingly researched profiles of book collectors, sellers, bibliomanes, authors, scholars, libraries and sacred book places, including Abel Berland, Nicholson Baker, Umberto Eco, Peter B. Howard, Barry Moser, Maurice Sendak, and various national libraries. ; Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Drawings for Book Illustration:  The Hofer Collection, Becker, David P.
15 Becker, David P. Drawings for Book Illustration: The Hofer Collection
Cambridge, MA Department of Printing and Graphic Arts/Houghton Library, Harvard University 1980 Softcover Very Good; Covers lightly scuffed. 
Text followed by plates showing fifty examples of original drawings contrasted with their engraved, etched and otherwise reproduced examples as book illustrations. Published in conjunction with a 1980 exhibition at The Houghton Library. Foreword by Eleanor M. Garvey. Detailed catalogue, checklist, index. Examples by artists through four centuries, including Peter Paul Rubens, Eric Gill, Alexander Calder, Thomas Rowlandson, Piranesi, Eugene Delacroix, William Makepeace Thackeray, Dalziel Brothers, Walter Crane, Grandville, Howard Pyle, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. ; Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall; 71 pages 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Graphic Arts and Publishing History Collections in the Columbia University Libraries: a Guide, Belanger, Terry; Senner, Rachel A.
16 Belanger, Terry; Senner, Rachel A. The Graphic Arts and Publishing History Collections in the Columbia University Libraries: a Guide
NY Book Arts Press, Columbia University 1975 Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket; Covers lightly soiled. 
Light blue stapled wraps. ; 22 pages 
Price: 15.00 USD
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American Sporting Book Series, Biscotti, M. L.
17 Biscotti, M. L. American Sporting Book Series
Madison, OH Sunrise Publishing Company 1994 1881755053 / 9781881755050 Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket Illustrated by T. O. Duncan 
Index, bibliography. " All significant American sporting book series as well as publishers that produced sporting books exclusively are discussed. Each chapter provides a brief history of a specific company and pertinent bibliographic descriptions of each title they produced." ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 325 pages 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Tristan and Isolde, from a Manuscript of "The Romance of Tristan" (15th Century), Bise, Gabriel
18 Bise, Gabriel Tristan and Isolde, from a Manuscript of "The Romance of Tristan" (15th Century)
Miller Graphics 1978 Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket; Jacket lightly scuffed and soiled. 
Introduction by Dagmar Thoss. A detailed look at the sumptuously illustrated version of Tristan and Isolde from the collection of the National Library of Austria. Tan cloth binding. ; Illuminated Manuscripts; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 123 pages 
Price: 13.00 USD
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Fred Rosenstock: a Legend in Books and Art, Bower, Donald E.
19 Bower, Donald E. Fred Rosenstock: a Legend in Books and Art
Flagstaff, AZ Northland Press 1976 0873358015 / 9780873358019 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Many photographs. A biography, heavy on the bookselling information, about Fred Rosenstock, near-sighted Austrian immigrant who started out selling new and used books in Denver and went on to become a Western Americana expert, Western art collector and a publisher of rare Western history imprints. Foreword by Frank Waters; Ex-Library; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall; 212 pages 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The History and Motives of Literary Forgeries, Being the Chancellor's English Essay for 1891, Chambers, Edmund Kerchever
20 Chambers, Edmund Kerchever The History and Motives of Literary Forgeries, Being the Chancellor's English Essay for 1891
Oxford And London B. H. Blackwell and Simpkin, Marshall & Co. 1891 Softcover Good; Wraps soiled, one inch tear to top corner of front wraps, "C" inked on front wraps, pages toned. 
Printed tan wraps with side stitched thread binding. Neat penciled annotations of a critical and academic tone throughout. An uncommon original edition of this pamphlet, an early work by the noted literary critic and Shakespearean authority which provides a scholarly look at the forgery of books, documents and manuscripts throughout history. From Herodotus' account of a creative collector of oracular visions, Onomacritus, through exposed forgeries of letters by Shelley, Browning and Byron in the 19th century, it's a lively and interesting essay. "Booksellers' catalogues, again, which are scarcely literature, though they are on the border-line, often contain imaginary items, at very low prices. If they are asked for, they have, of course, been already sold." ; 40 pages 
Price: 200.00 USD
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