PART 1 - Books from the Library of John Lewis
2 BODONI. GIORDANI, Luigi Uberto. Orazione Funebre in Morte di Ferdinando I. di Borbone Infante di Spagna Duca di Parma... Co' Tipi Bodoniana, Parma, 1803 £120
(235 x 155mm), pp.xlv(3)blank,19; a very good untrimmed copy of this deluxe printing on heavy paper; later marbled boards. Also issued in folio & quarto. Brooks 891.
3 BODONI. MONTESQUIEU, Baron Charles de Secondat. Le Temple de Gnide. Imprimé par Bodoni, A Parme, 1799 £95
12mo. (165 x 110mm), pp.xxii,122; light spotting of first & final section but a good untrimmed copy in modern (but not recent) decorated boards. Brooks 738.
4 BODONI. MORELLI, D. Francesco. Saggio di Poesie... Impresso Co' Tipi Bodoniana, Crisopoli, 1794 £180
(190 x 115mm), pp.xii,86(2)indice; copper-engraved arms of the dedicatee, Conte Luigi di Castell' Alfero, at head of dedicatory verses; a very good copy in contemporary speckled sheep, gilt, double morocco labels; inner hinges sometime neatly reinforced. Brooks 540.
5 BODONI. THEOPHRASTUS. Characterum Ethicorum Theophrasti eresii. capita duo hactenus anecdota quae ex Cod. Ms. Vaticano saeculi XI graece edidit latine vertit praefatione et adnotationibus illustravit Iohannes Christophorus Amadutius. Ex Regio Typographeo, Parmae, 1786 £750
Lg.4to., (300 x 220mm), pp.(8)128(10); engraved frontispiece portrait by Cagnoni; a beautiful untrimmed copy in original marbled boards; neat circular armorial Oetting Wallerstein stamp on title. Justly celebrated for its elegant typography by Dibdin & others, viz. Geering, Catalogue d'une collection de publications de Giamb. Bodoni celèbre imprimeur italien: 'Impressionn bien interessante pour la diversité des caractères grecs et romains'. Brooks, 315, records 100 copies on blue paper but just '12 in carta ducale e 6 in carta di Francia' of which this is evidently one.
6 BODONI. [WALPOLE, Horace] The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story. Translated by William Marshal, Gent. from the original Italian of Onuphio Muralto, Canon of the Church of Saint Nicholas at Otranto. The Sixth Edition. Parma. Printed by Bodoni, for J. Edwards, Bookseller of London, 1791 £480
300 copies printed; 4to., (242 x 158mm), pp.(6)xxxii,245; title-page in second state, with the 'frequently missing' half-title; a very nice large copy in contemporary blue morocco, ruled & lettered in gold, with decorative rolls on edges & turn-ins, all edges gilt, pink silk endpapers; a little rubbing at extremities but a very nice copy of this celebrated edition in contemporary dress. In 1793 Harding published a frontispiece & 6 plates by Miss Anne Clarke to illustrate Otranto which are sometimes bound in but can hardly be said to enhance Bodoni's superb typography, so their absence from this copy may be counted a blessing. Hazen 17 pp.56-63. Brooks 420.
7 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. CRUTCHLEY, Brooke. A Printer's Christmas Books. 1930-58. Cambridge, privately printed, 1959 £35
FIRST EDITION limited to 500 copies; pp.16; marbled paper wrappers, vellum label; a fine copy. Brooke Crutchley reviews the Christmas Books of the previous thirty years with much interesting information and comment. A modest production dictated by the six week printers' strike in the Summer of 1959.
8 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. CRUTCHLEY, Brooke. The University printing houses at Cambridge from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Cambridge, Christmas 1962. £30
FIRST EDITION, limited to 500 copies; pp.(2)16, many illustrations, three in colour; very good in original cloth with gilt motif on upper cover; Cockerell-paper slip-case with morocco label. Issued to celebrate the move to the present site.
10 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. FRANKLIN, Colin. Emery Walker. Some light on his theories of printing and on his relations with William Morris and Cobden-Sanderson. Cambridge, 1973. £70
FIRST EDITION limited to 500 copies, folio, pp.x,36; portrait of Walker by Strang, two facsimile pages & three items in pocket at end; a good copy in original morocco-backed boards decorated with a reduced version of a Morris wallpaper. 'The fourth in the series to concern itself with the private press movement and the men inside it, [which] turned out a more grandiose volume than usual - or at first intended.' Crutchley.
11 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. HAWKSMOOR, Nicholas. The Town of Cambridge as it ought to be reformed. The plan of Nicholas Hawksmoor interpreted in an essay by David Roberts. And a set of eight drawings by Gordon Cullen. Privately Printed at the University Press, 1955. £45
FIRST EDITION limited to 500 copies; oblong folio, pp.(2)36; coloured frontispiece & 8 line drawings, title vignette; intermittent light foxing, otherwise a very good copy in original cloth-backed Cockerell marbled boards, blocked in gold. 'Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the production was the creation of a red blob in the marbled cover paper, in which an architectural design was blocked. The blob was made by stopping the marbling with a drop of ox-blood.' Crutchley.
12 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. LISTER, Raymond. Hammer and Hand. An essay on the Ironwork of Cambridge. With drawings by Richard Bawden. Cambridge, Printed for his friends by the University Printer, Christmas, 1969. £40
FIRST EDITION, limited to 500 copies; landscape 8vo., pp.(6)42; 21 illustrations in line, mostly full-page; a very good copy in original morocco-backed decorated boards. Printed on deeply-toned Abbey Mills paper 'to give the book cohesion...' Brooke Crutchley.
13 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. NURNBERG, Walter. Words in their hands. A Series of Photographs... with a Commentary by Beatrice Warde. Privately Printed at the University Printing House, 1964. £30
500 copies printed, sm.4to., pp.22(32); 16 photographs with accompanying text; slight spotting on title, otherwise well preserved in original silk cloth blocked in blind. Commissioned after the move to the new site and now a record of departed technologies.
14 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. ROGERS, Bruce. Report on the Typography of the Cambridge University Press. Prepared in 1917 at the request of the Syndics by Bruce Rogers and now printed in honour of his eightieth birthday. Printed for his friends by The University Printer, Christmas, 1950. £55
FIRST EDITION limited to 500 copies, sm.folio, pp.viii(4)31 + colophon; printed in red & black; very good in slightly dust-soiled original buckram-backed decorated boards. With an introduction by Brooke Crutchley and 13 illustrations of type & ornament.
15 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. RYLANDS, George [Editor] A Distraction of Wits nurtured in Elizabethan Cambridge. An Anthology. With drawings by Michael Ayrton. Cambridge, Christmas, 1958. £35
FIRST EDITION, pp.(60); title design & 11 full-page illustrations in black & grey by Ayrton; very good in original patterned boards. 'An inspired selection from Cambridge writers of the first Elizabethan age and eleven drawings, no less inspired, by a sympathetic artist of the second'.
16 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. SPARROW, John. [Editor.] Line upon Line an epigraphical anthology. Cambridge, 1967. £35
FIRST EDITION limited to 500 copies; pp.24 & 47 leaves of inscriptions, 8pp. booklet of translations in pocket at end; original buckram-backed boards; a very good copy in matching slip-case. The (stencilled) cover design by Reynolds Stone.
17 CAMBRIDGE CHRISTMAS BOOK. VOLTAIRE. Voltaire's Essay on Milton. Edited by Desmond Flower. Cambridge, Privately Printed, 1954. £35
FIRST EDITION limited to 400 copies; pp.xiv(2)30 + colophon; portrait frontispiece; a very good copy in original cloth-backed boards lettered in gold. A celebration of Baskerville, 'set in type produced from copies of the original Baskerville punches...on paper specially manufactured by W. & R. Balston...successors to the James Whatman who is credited with providing Baskerville with the first wove paper to be used in Europe.' Brooke Crutchley.
18 COBDEN-SANDERSON, T.J. STROUSE, Norman H. [&] DREYFUS, John. C-S The Master Craftsmen. [Two essays] An account of the work of T.J. Cobden-Sanderson. [with] Cobden-Sanderson's partnership with Emery Walker. The Adagio Press Harper Woods, Michigan, 1969 £265
No.104 of 242 copies, signed by the printer, folio; pp.50 + 4pp. note by the printer, Leonard F. Bahr; tipped-in leaves from the Doves Press Coriolanus (4to.) & Bible (folio); mounted photograph with printed caption of 'Cobden-Sanderson & Walker in the courtyard of the Doves Press', laid in; a fine uncut copy in original vellum-backed marbled boards. Supplied together with the 1971 Adagio Press pamphlet: 'A Letter from Stella an Epilogue to the Publication of C-S the Master Craftsman'.
20 CURRIER & IVES. PETERS, Harry T. Printmakers to the American People. Doubleday, Doran & Co., New York, 1942. £30
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.xvi(4)42 + 192 plates (32 in colour); very good in original decorated cloth with mounted plate. Inscribed 'To Jamie with love from Johnny Christmas 1942 Birthday 1943. Vancouver B.C.'
21 DOUBLE CROWN CLUB. BARKER, Nicolas & CLEVERDON, Douglas [Editors] Stanley Morison 1889-1967. A radio portrait compiled from recollections by T.F. Burns, John Carter, Arthur Crook, Brooke Crutchley, Francis Meynell, Graham Pollard, Janet & Reynolds Stone, Beatrice Warde. W.S. Cowell Ltd., Ipswich, 1969. £35
FIRST EDITION limited to 800 copies (550 for sale); this 'no.38 for John Lewis, Member of the Double Crown Club'; pp.38 + colophon, frontispiece; a very good copy in original cloth, blocked in silver. Designed by Francis Meynell with cover initials by Reynolds Stone. Also includes Morison's thoughts on Eric Gill, recorded in 1961. (Appleton 368).
22 ERAGNY PRESS. COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. Christabel, Kubla Khan, Fancy In Nubibus, and Song From Zapolya. [Printed by Esther & Lucien Pissarro at their Eragny Press, The Brook, Hammersmith] 1904 £680
226 copies printed in black & red Brook type on Arches paper, hand-made for the Vale Press; pp.(2)41(3); circular two-colour wood-engraved frontispiece, first text page with large initial in orange within green virginia creeper border, designed and engraved by Lucien Pissarro; black initials throughout designed by Lucien and engraved by Esther Pissarro. A very good uncut copy in original gilt-lettered quarter grey boards, sides with green patterned paper of mauve & green violets, hinges rubbed with two small chips but generally well preserved. Inscribed 'To Sophie & Bethel Jacobs [perhaps a descendant of the Hull clockmaker] from Esther & Lucien Pissarro.' Tomkinson 21; Ransom 20; Genz EP21. The first 17 books were printed in the Vale type at Charles Rickett's Vale Press, 'but though Pissarro had learned much of typography from Ricketts [his books] were by no means imitations of the Vale manner. Eragny books had a charm and freshness quite unlike anything found in the work of any other private press.' Roderick Cave, The Private Press.
23 FITZGERALD, Edward. MORRIS, William [Illuminator] Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. [Manuscript written out & illuminated by William Morris. Finished 16th October, 1872. Reproduced in facsimile by Phaidon Press, Oxford 1981 £65
No.228 of 850 copies, 160 x 120mm., pp.24 + two-leaf folding facsimile manuscript 'Note made by G.B.J. in September 1908'; fine in original gold-blocked crimson morocco-grain leather, slip-case.
24 FRANKLIN, Colin. The Private Presses. Studio Vista, 1969. £22
FIRST EDITION, pp.240; 15 plates & 6 illustrations in text; very good in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.
25 FRASCONI, Antonio. Against the Grain. The woodcuts of Antonio Frasconi. MacMillan Publishing Co Inc, New York, 1974 £15
FIRST EDITION, pp.159, woodcut illustrations throughout; a very good copy in pictorial laminated card cover.
26 GREGYNOG PRESS. HARROP, Dorothy A. A History of the Gregynog Press. Private Libraries Association, 1980. £25
FIRST EDITION, lg.8vo., pp.xvi,266; many illustrations, facsimiles & plates; very good in original buckram. An excellent study & thorough bibliography of the Press including a handlist of ephemera & detailed descriptions of bindings.
27 HAMMERSMITH PUBLISHING SOCIETY. MACKAIL, J.W. William Morris. An Address delivered... at Kelmscott House Hammersmith before The Hammersmith Socialist Society. Hammersmith Publishing Society, 1902. £45
c500 copies printed, sm.4to., pp.(36); an attractive production on Arnold's Kelmscott hammer & anvil handmade paper; uncut in original vellum-backed boards. Printed at the Chiswick Press with the restrained typography of Cobden-Sanderson's Doves Press which had first printed this essay the previous year.
28 HANSARD, T.C. Typographia: an historical sketch of the Origin and Progress of the Art of Printing; with practical directions for conducting every department in an office: with a description of Stereotype and Lithography. Illustrated by Engravings, Biographical Notices, and Portraits. Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1825 £300
FIRST EDITION, pp.xvi,(10)939(28)index & tail-piece; 38 plates & specimens, one folding, one in colour, several on tinted paper; a very good copy of this remarkable bible of the printing world in the early19thC.; modern (but not recent) half cream calf, crimson morocco label, marbled sides.
29 HORNE, Alan. The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators. Antique Collectors' Club, 1994. £25
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.456; 160 illustrations in colour & over 300 in black & white; a very good copy of this essential reference in the dust-wrapper.
30 IRELAND, Geoffrey. The Press in the Butter Market. A Camera Study by Geoffrey Ireland A.R.C.A. W S Cowell Ltd, 1959 £20
FIRST EDITION, sm.4to., pp.68 with halftone plates throughout; designed by John Lewis. Backstrip a little rubbed but a well preserved copy in original card wrappers.
31 JOHNSON, A.F. Decorative Initial Letters. Collected and arranged with an introduction. The Cresset Press, 1931. £150
FIRST EDITION, no.236 of 500 copies; folio, pp.xxiv,247; 122 plates of initials, from 15thC engraved alphabets by Israel von Meckenem to Rockwell Kent's 1929 designs for Candide; several in red & black, five coloured by hand; printed at Curwen. A good copy of a handsome book in later green morocco-backed marbled boards, lettered in gold along backstrip, for John Brinkley who signs the free endpaper, later label of John Lewis. Opening initial by Edward Bawden and including designs by Mary Byfield for the Chiswick Press, William Morris, Beardsley, Bruce Rogers, Robert Gibbings & Eric Gill.
32 JOHNSON, A.F. One Hundred Title-Pages 1500 - 1800. Selected and arranged with an Introduction and Notes. John Lane The Bodley Head, 1928. £110
FIRST EDITION, 4to., no.58 of 100 deluxe copies on hand-made paper; pp.xxiv,100 + 100 facsimile plates; original half vellum, marbled boards, top edge gilt, others uncut; one corner bumped but a very good copy of this handsome production, printed at Curwen with collotypes by Whittingham & Griggs.
33 JOHNSON, Alfred Forbes. A Catalogue of Engraved and Etched English title-pages down to the death of William Faithorne, 1691. Bibliographical Society, 1934. £50
FIRST EDITION, 4to., pp.xii,112; c.100 facsimile plates; original linen-backed boards, top edge gilt, others uncut; some spotting of text pages but the plates (on coated paper) in fine condition.
35 LEWIS, John. A Handbook of Printing Types with notes on the style of composition and graphic processes used by Cowells. W.S. Cowell, Ipswich, 1947. £20
FIRST EDITION, pp.95; many illustrations & 13 coloured lithographs after Moore, Piper, Hughes-Stanton, Nash, Freedman, Bawden & Sutherland; very good in original pictorial cloth & dust-wrapper.
36 LEWIS, John. A Handbook of Printing Types. with notes on the style of composition and graphic processes used by Cowells. W.S. Cowell Ltd, Ipswich, 1948 £20
Second edition, enlarged; pp.116; many illustrations & 13 coloured lithographs after Moore, Piper, Hughes-Stanton, Nash, Freedman, Bawden & Sutherland; a good copy in original pictorial cloth; four contemporary reviews laid in.
38 LEWIS, John. Collecting Printed Ephemera. A background to Social Habits and Social History to Eating and Drinking to Travel and Heritage and Just for Fun. Studio Vista, 1976 £20
FIRST EDITION, folio, pp.160; facsimile illustrations throughout in several single colours; a very good copy in price clipped dust-wrapper with very small tear.
39 LEWIS, John. Heath Robinson. Artist and Comic Genius. Constable & Co. 1973 £15
FIRST EDITION, pp.224, illustrated throughout in halftone plates; a very good copy in original gold-blocked silk cloth.
40 LEWIS, John. Heath Robinson. Artist and Comic Genius. Constable & Co. 1973 £25
FIRST EDITION, pp.224, illustrated throughout in halftone plates; a very good copy in slightly creased dustwrapper.
41 LEWIS, John. Printed Ephemera. The changing uses of types and letterforms in English and American printing. Antique Collectors' Club, 1990 £30
Second & best edition, 4to., pp.(4) 288, 713 facsimile illustrations, many in colour; a very good copy in dustwrapper.
42 LEWIS, John. GILL, Bob. Illustration: aspects and directions. Studio Vista, 1964 £15
FIRST EDITION, pp.96, illustrated throughout; a good copy in original cloth-backed pictorial boards.
44 LION & UNICORN PRESS. FUGGER, Wolfgang. Handwriting Manual. Entitled a practical and well-grounded formulary for divers fair hands compiled by Wolfgang Fugger citizen of Nuremberg 1553. Translated by Frederick Plaat with a foreword by Harry Carter. Lion and Unicorn Press, 1955. £55
Limited to 200 copies; oblong format; pp.(176) of which over half are facsimile reproductions from the V. & A. copy of the original; endpapers slightly spotted but a very good copy in original decorated boards of this first facsimile & first English translation of Fugger's manual. Law 6.
45 LION & UNICORN PRESS. HOCKNEY, David. [Illustrator] A Rake's Progress a poem in five sections [by] David Posner. [Commissioned to accompany sixteen etchings by] David Hockney. Lion and Unicorn Press, 1967. £250
FIRST EDITION, lg.4to. (370 x 390mm), limited to 400 copies; pp.(82) & errata leaf; 16 two-colour plates from Hockney's etchings; top outer corners lightly creased, otherwise a good copy in original printed black cloth & binding strip. Law Series 6, no.3.
46 LION & UNICORN PRESS. WOLPE, Berthold. [Editor] A Newe Booke of Copies 1574. A facsimile of a unique Elizabethan Writing Book in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Edited with an introduction and notes. Lion and Unicorn Press, 1959. £45
FIRST EDITION, limited to 200 copies; pp.100; 38 facsimile plates on light ochre ground; some light spotting, otherwise well preserved in lightly browned original decorated cloth; printed in 14pt Bembo on Chariot Creamy Cartridge. Law 15.
47 LION AND UNICORN PRESS. [GUYATT, Richard]. Births, Marriages and Deaths. [Illustrated by Valerie Brook, Ronald Glendenning, Gavin Rowe, Eric Thomas, David Gentleman, Audley Southcott, Sylvia Stokeld, Anthony Smith, Brian Keogh, Anthony Puig, John Sewell & Barrington Driscoll.] The Lion and Unicorn Press, Royal College of Art, 1954. £165
FIRST EDITION, no.3 of 100 copies, not for sale; 4to., pp.(120); 133 illustrations in colour & monochrome throughout; some light spotting but generally well preserved in original green silk & slightly frayed dust-wrapper. The first major production of the Press. 'An anthology of fifteen extracts from various novels and biographies, chosen especially for their suitability for illustration. Each extract included not only text and illustrations but also a title page, and thus formed a prototype for a complete edition. Various processes of reproduction were employed including lithography, etching, engraving, aquatint, pochoir, lineblock and halftone, and as many as fourteen different Monotype faces were used on appropriate papers.' Law 5.
48 LION AND UNICORN PRESS. HUGHES, Edward. The Gates of London. An Illustrated Survey. The Lion and Unicorn Press, 1953 £60
FIRST EDITION, no.83 of 100 copies, not for sale; 12mo., 185 x 110mm, pp.(38); vignettes & full-page illustrations in black & brown; a very good copy in original decorated boards of this scarce early production from the first 'experimental' year of the press. Law 4.
49 LION AND UNICORN PRESS. MORGAN, Roy [Illustrator] Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. A Fourteenth-Century Alliterative Poem now attributed to Hugh Mascy [newly] translated in the original metre by Ormerod Greenwood. Lion and Unicorn Press, 1956 £220
FIRST EDITION limited to 200 copies; large folio (475 x 320mm); pp.32 (introduction in pamphlet form) & 40 bifolium leaves, loose in buckram-backed portfolio, decorated paper boards. Pictorial title & twelve full-page coloured lithographs from linocuts by Roy Morgan. 52 colour separations were drawn for the transfer from lino-cuts to lithographic plates. A real tour-de-force which completed Series 1. Law 8.
50 LION AND UNICORN PRESS. PAOLOZZI, Eduardo. The Metallization of a Dream. With a commentary by Lawrence Alloway. Lion and Unicorn Press, 1963 £180
FIRST EDITION, limited to 400 copies; 4to., pp.64; illustrations of sculptures, sketches and collage drawings, in colour & halftone throughout + 4 photo-lithographs 'reproduced from separation drawings', with notes by the artist; very good in original leather-backed boards, blocked in blind & silver. The third book of Series 5 for which the print run was increased to 400 and subscription to 7 guineas for new subscribers. Law 20.
51 LION AND UNICORN PRESS. YCIAR, Juan De. Arte Subtilissima. A facsimile of the 1550 edition with a translation by Evelyn Shuckburgh and an introduction by Reynolds Stone. Lion and Unicorn Press, 1958 £65
200 copies printed; pp.xii(156) facsimile, 60 (translation) + colophon; engraved portrait, pictorial borders, decorative initials and calligraphic alphabets throughout; slight spotting of edges & margins but a well preserved copy in original morocco-backed gold-blocked cloth. Law 12.
52 MACKAIL, J W. Life of William Morris. [In two volumes] Longmans Green & Co, 1911 £35
2vols, pp.xvi,375; viii,364; gravure frontispiece in each volume; a good uncut set in original tan cloth, gilt; backstrips darkened with a little wear at head & tail. Armorial Union Club Ex Libris & book label of John Lewis.
53 MCLEAN, Ruari. Joseph Cundall, a Victorian publisher. Notes on his life and a check-list of his books. Private Libraries Assoc., 1976. £35
FIRST EDITION, lg.8vo., pp.viii,96; profusely illustrated some in colour. A very good copy in dust-wrapper. Inscribed to the Lewis's by the author: 'John & Griselda with love from Tony and Ruari Christmas 1976'.
54 MORAN, James. Henry George. Printer, bookseller, stationer and bookbinder. Westerham 1830-c.1846. An essay by James Moran with illustrations by Thomas Streatfield and George Cruikshank. Westerham Press, 1972. £15
FIRST EDITION, pp.55 + 12pp. of facsimiles of George's publications including The Old Oak Chair illustrated by Cruikshank & the Westerham Journal. Very good in original brown cloth, paper label, matching slip-case. An interesting account of various aspects of the book trade including a chapter on George's purchases at the Strawberry Hill sale of 1842. The first Westerham Press Christmas book with a presentation letter from Rowley Atterbury to John & Griselda Lewis: '..a slight work on an early and equally unimportant Westerham printer. I hope it will interest you.'
55 MORRIS, William. MAGNUSSON, Eirikr. The Story of Kormak the Son of Ogmund. With an Introduction by Grace J. Calder and a Note on the manuscript by Alfred Fairbank. William Morris Society, 1970 £25
FIRST EDITION, lg.8vo., pp.xiv,140; 12 facsimile plates; very good in original morocco-backed canvas, lettered in gold. The first printing of this text from Morris's calligraphic manuscript.
56 MORRIS, William. MAGNUSSON, Eirikr. Volsunga Saga. The Story of the Volsungs & Niblungs with certain songs from the Elder Edda. Translated from the Icelandic. F.S. Ellis, 1870 £250
FIRST EDITION (750 copies printed); pp.xx275(4) adverts; a very good uncut copy in original blue cloth, spectacularly blocked in gold with intricate flower, tendril, bird & rabbit design by Philip Webb on both covers & backstrip; ex libris William Arnold (armorial, 'sic vita humana'). Buxton Forman 28; LeMire A6-01.
57 MORRIS, William. The Story of Cupid and Psyche, with illustrations designed by Edward Burne-Jones, mostly engraved on the wood by William Morris; the Introduction by A.R. Dufty. [Rampant Lions Press for] Clover Hill Editions, 1974. £650
FIRST EDITION, no.29 of 270 sets (+ 130 specials); 2vol., folio, pp.xiv,37 + 67 collotype plates of Burne-Jones' original drawings; (6)92(4); a fine set in original buckram-backed willow-pattern boards, morocco labels, slip-case. The first printing of the original wood-blocks, almost all by Morris and the only ones he ever engraved himself. Morris's poem was hand-set & printed on Barcham Green mould-made paper in specially-cast Kelmscott Troy type, thus completing in magnificent fashion a project abandoned by Morris & Burne-Jones over 100 years earlier. RLP 62. 'Perhaps the most ambitious undertaking [of the Press]... with delightful results.' Cave p.227.
58 OFFICINA BODONI. ARRIGHI, Ludovico Vicentino Degli. The Calligraphic models of Ludovico Degli Arrighi surnamed Vicentino. A Complete Facsimile and Introduction by Stanley Morison. Privately Printed for Frederic Warde, [at the Officina Bodoni, Montagnola di Lugano, Switzerland] Paris, 1926. £450
FIRST EDITION limited to 300 copies; pp.xvi,64; printed in Vicentino Cancellaresca on Zanders hand-made paper; a fine uncut copy in original vellum-backed pastepaper boards. Mardersteig 15.
59 RICKARDS, Maurice. Collecting Printed Ephemera. Phaidon, Christies, Oxford, 1988. £20
FIRST EDITION, sm.4to., pp.224; 750 illustrations (300 in colour); a very good copy in dust-wrapper of this standard introduction to the subject. Presentation copy, inscribed 'John! with thanks for your example and encouragement. Maurice (and with all faults!). Lewis's own pioneering work on Printed Ephemera had appeared in 1962. PRESENTATION COPY
60 RYDER, John. A Suite of Fleurons or A Preliminary Enquiry into the history & combinable natures of certain printers' flowers. Phoenix House Ltd, 1956 £20
FIRST EDITION, 12mo., pp.54(2); printed in red & black with specimens throughout; a very good copy in original parchment-backed marbled boards, gilt. Inscribed 'For John Lewis with every good wish John R.'
61 SHAHN, Ben. Love and Joy about Letters. Cory, Adams & Mackay, 1964 £45
First UK Edition, oblong folio, pp.79; illustrations in monochrome & colour throughout; very good in pictorial boards & slip-case (lightly rubbed at extremities). Designed by Joseph Blumenthal in his Emerson type at the Spiral Press, New York.
62 SHAW, Henry. The Hand Book of Mediaeval Alphabets and Devices. William Pickering, 1853 £110
FIRST EDITION, sm.folio (280 x 180mm), pp.(8), title + 36 plates printed in various single colours, text in sepia by Whittingham; some spotting of some guards but well preserved in original deluxe full calf over bevelled boards, ruled & blocked in blind, red edges; extremities rubbed and a little worn at head & tail of backstrip but rather better than often found; armorial bookplate & ownership signature of 'Henry Frederic Holt March 4th 1855.' Decorated alphabets from the 10th to the 16th centuries, plus arms, monograms, badges and labels, with Shaw's prefatory essay. Keynes p.89.
63 STOWER, Caleb. The Printer's Grammar; or Introduction to the Art of Printing: containing a concise history of the art, with the improvements in the practice of printing, for the last fifty years. B. Crosby and Co., 1808 £285
FIRST EDITION, pp.xviii,530(32) type specimen, (16)index & Directions to the Binder; 8 engraved & woodcut plates (several folding), other illustrations & facsimiles in text and 29pp. of flowers & ornaments from the Fry & Steele foundry; some light soiling but a good copy in later full calf, morocco label. A comprehensive manual with chapters on type, rules, composition, imposition, proof correcting, printing, &c.; based on Moxon & Luckombe's 1770 history but new material includes: press construction, ink, stereotype printing, and employment practise. Bigmore & Wyman II 403; St. Bride Catalogue p. 870; Gaskell, E6, PHS Journal 4, 1968.
64 TAYLOR, John Russell. The Art Nouveau Book in Britain. Methuen, 1966 £25
FIRST EDITION, pp.176; illustrations throughout; a very good copy of this standard study in the dust-wrapper.
65 VALE PRESS. APULEIUS, Lucius. De Cupidinis et Psyches Amoribus Fabula Anilis. [Edited by C.J. Holmes from the Metamorphoses with illustrations, border & initials by Charles Ricketts. Hacon & Ricketts, 1901] £220
310 copies printed, folio (295 x 195mm.); pp.xxx + colophon; five wood-engraved illustrations, full-page border & large initial, by Charles Ricketts; printed in the Vale type on Arnold's hand-made paper with graver mark; a very good uncut copy in original holland-backed boards, paper label; sides a little marked with slight wear at corners but sound.. 'Undoubtedly, one of Ricketts' motivations in printing a Latin text was the opportunity to display the Vale fount to its best advantage... The presence of fewer tailed letters gives the printed page a greater evenness of effect, especially in the large format that Ricketts chose for this text.' Watry B33.
66 VALE PRESS. SUCKLING, Sir John. The Poems. [Edited by John Gray with border & initials by Charles Ricketts. Hacon & Ricketts, 1896] £350
Edition limited to 210 copies; pp.(2)cxvii; full-page honeysuckle border and 77 initials by Ricketts; printed in Vale type on Arnold's Unbleached hand-made paper; a very good copy in handsome contemporary light blue morocco, elaborately tooled with intricate floral border & backstrip surrounding large titled panel on upper cover & brown morocco label on backstrip, silk endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut, 'bound by Zaehnsdorf, 1897'. Edges a little rubbed, scuff on untooled lower cover, but still a most attractive fin-de-siècle binding. Contemporary fly-leaf inscription to 'The Mite with F.'s love.' The third book of the Press, enthusiastically reviewed and influential: 'It was this type in The Poems of Sir John Suckling' that really inspired my study of private types.' Goudy, 1940. Watry B3.
67 VALE PRESS. WORDSWORTH, William. Poems. [Chosen and edited by T. Sturge Moore & Illustrated by Woodcuts designed & engraved by T.S. Moore. Hacon & Ricketts, The Vale Press, 1902] £180
Limited to 310 copies; pp.(2)clxxxiii(3); six wood-engravings by Sturge Moore; printed in the Vale type on Arnold's VP hand-made paper; uncut in original cream buckram, lettered in gold; backstrip a little darkened, speckled browning on sides & edges but a nice copy; neat ownership signature on fly-leaf of the poet & translator 'J. Griffyth Fairfax 45 Brook Street London W. 1/5/08'. Watry B37.