¶ "I began printing books with the hope of producing some which would have a definite claim to beauty, while at the same time they should be easy to read and should not dazzle the eye, or trouble the intellect of the reader by eccentricity of form in the letters. I have always been a great admirer of the calligraphy of the Middle Ages, and of the earlier printing which took its place." — William Morris
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Monthly Archives: May 2011
Quarter-linen binding. Two inscriptions: “Property of Wanda and Colin Smith”; “This incomparable book given to Edward R. Taylor by his dear wife on December 1896.” Three bookplates: Edward Robeson Taylor; Edward DeWitt Taylor; Lowell Roy Smith. Full description to follow.
Private collection, New Hampshire. ¶ Peter Geraty binding. Johnson–Parker copy. Alum-tawed pigskin binding with gold lettering and design on cover and spine. Signed on lower back binding with Praxis Bindery stamp and ”20.PG.10.” The original quarter linen binding and endpapers are laid … Continue reading
Maryland Room, Hornbake Library, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.† ¶ Morocco binding. [PR1850 1896] Unsigned modern crushed maroon morocco binding, with false raised bands and a gold tooled floral vine on the front cover. In a box. Provenance: The … Continue reading
A quarter-linen copy will be offered for sale on 26 May 2011 by Bloomsbury Auctions in London. It is described as “spine frayed at joints and head and tail, original paper label rubbed with loss, boards slightly soiled and rubbed … Continue reading
A copy of the Chaucer was sold at Heritage Auction Galleries on 7 April 2011: bookplate of Jean Hersholt, Beverly Hills, Calif.; unsigned full pumpkin morocco binding. (When it was auctioned by Parke-Bernet on 23 March 1954, it was still in … Continue reading