¶ "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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Category Archives: Private collections
Brian Johnson, son of Folger Johnson of Portland, Oregon [see this earlier post], has found the sales receipt for his father’s copy of the Chaucer from Philip C. Duschnes, 5 May 1945, for $950 (probably Census 4.400 and 4.412).
The following article contains a reference to item 1.10 in our Census, a vellum copy bound by Kurt Londenberg, presently in a private collection in Switzerland: “Ala Londenberg: Nachträge zum Werkverzeichnis Kurt Londenberg.” Philobiblon, 42.1 (March 1998): 26–45, no. 23.
Private Collection, New York. ¶ Doves binding (1896). On a rear endpaper, lower left near gutter, is some writing: “c.p. Ap. 18 / 10 R.W.” Fawn-colored chemise and slipcase. Provenance: Sotheby, 28 October 2010 [Library of an English bibliophile], lot 24 … Continue reading
John Rich (private collection), Lithuania. ¶ Bayntun binding. Green crushed morocco binding; gilt lettering on spine. Signed on inside front cover: “Bound by Bayntun (Rivière) Bath. England.” Approximately half of the illustrations have been colored by a later hand. No … Continue reading
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