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AUCHMUTY, Rosemary, 1950- & GOSLING, Juliet, 1962- – editors : THE CHALET SCHOOL REVISITED.

AUCHMUTY, Rosemary, 1950- & GOSLING, Juliet, 1962- – editors : THE CHALET SCHOOL REVISITED.

London : Bettany Press, 1994. First edition. Studies of Elinor Mary Brent-Dyer (1894-1969) and her oeuvre, with essays on various aspects, a checklist, a price-guide, illustrations, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). viii,328pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers; very good.

£15

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CARTER, John (John Waynflete), 1905-1975 : VICTORIAN FICTION : AN EXHIBITION OF ORIGINAL EDITIONS AT 7 ALBEMARLE STREET, LONDON ... ARRANGED BY JOHN CARTER WITH THE COLLABORATION OF MICHAEL SADLEIR.

CARTER, John (John Waynflete), 1905-1975 : VICTORIAN FICTION : AN EXHIBITION OF ORIGINAL EDITIONS AT 7 ALBEMARLE STREET, LONDON ... ARRANGED BY JOHN CARTER WITH THE COLLABORATION OF MICHAEL SADLEIR.

[London] : Cambridge University Press for the National Book League, 1947. First edition : one of the copies issued in cloth, with the plates not included in the wrappers issue. A major exhibition catalogue, with a foreword by Sadleir and an introduction by Carter.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (xiv),(50)pp. Sixteen plates. Original cloth; a hint of rubbing; endpapers slightly spotted, with a short repaired tear to rear free endpaper; but a very good and bright copy in the original dust-jacket – lightly worn and slightly tanned.

£20

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COOPER, John, 1944- & COOPER, Jonathan, 1975- : CHILDREN’S FICTION : 1900-1950.

COOPER, John, 1944- & COOPER, Jonathan, 1975- : CHILDREN’S FICTION : 1900-1950.

Aldershot : Ashgate, (1998). First edition. An illustrated decade-by-decade survey, with biographical notes and checklists of over 200 authors from the English-speaking world. A review copy, with the manuscript review notes of the late B. C. Bloomfield loosely inserted.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xii),228pp. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; just a hint of bruising, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£25

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COOVER, James, 1925-2004 : ANTIQUARIAN CATALOGUES OF MUSICAL INTEREST.

COOVER, James, 1925-2004 : ANTIQUARIAN CATALOGUES OF MUSICAL INTEREST.

London & New York : Mansell Publishing, (1988). First edition. An extensive finding-list of over 5,500 booksellers’ catalogues of musical material, with subject and locational indices. With an introductory essay on the “Music Antiquarian” by Albi Rosenthal.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xxiv),372pp. Original cloth; very good indeed.

£25

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FELMINGHAM, Michael, 1935- : THE ILLUSTRATED GIFT BOOK 1880-1930 : WITH A CHECKLIST OF 2500 TITLES.

FELMINGHAM, Michael, 1935- : THE ILLUSTRATED GIFT BOOK 1880-1930 : WITH A CHECKLIST OF 2500 TITLES.

Aldershot : Wildwood House, (1989). First paperback edition. A well-illustrated survey, with much on Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Jessie M. King, Phil May, William Morris, Arthur Rackham, Heath Robinson, etc., with a checklist of all the major illustrators and their work. First published in 1988.
Post 4to (27cm). x,(186),[iv]pp. Numerous illustrations. Seven colour plates. Original pictorial wrappers; very good.

£20

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FRANCIS, Sir Frank Chalton, 1901-1988 – editor : THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 1892-1942 : STUDIES IN RETROSPECT.

FRANCIS, Sir Frank Chalton, 1901-1988 – editor : THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 1892-1942 : STUDIES IN RETROSPECT.

London : for the Bibliographical Society, 1949. A reprint of the original 1945 edition. A collection of essays, including F. S. Ferguson, on English Books before 1640; F. C. Francis, The Bibliographical Society; a Sketch of the First Fifty Years; E. P. Goldschmidt, The Study of Early Bookbinding; W. W. Greg, Bibliography – A Retrospect; W. A. Jackson, America; Michael Sadleir, The Development During the Last Fifty Years of Bibliographical Study of Books of the Nineteenth Century; Victor Scholderer, Early Printed Books; Harold Williams, The Eighteenth Century; F. P. Wilson: Shakespeare and the ‘New Bibliography’, etc. With a list of the Society's publications, 1892-1942.
Demy 4to (29cm). (viii),(216)pp. Original holland-backed boards; top edge gilt; a few faint marks; slight rubbing to corners, but a very good copy. From the collection of the late B. C. Bloomfield, former President of the Bibliographical Society.

£30

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GOTTLIEB, Gerald, 1923-2009 : EARLY CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND THEIR ILLUSTRATION.

GOTTLIEB, Gerald, 1923-2009 : EARLY CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND THEIR ILLUSTRATION.

New York : Pierpont Morgan Library / Toronto : Oxford University Press, (1975). First edition. A lavishly produced exploration of 225 treasures from the Pierpont Morgan Library, with bibliographical notes and short discussions of each. With a preface by Charles Ryskamp and an interesting essay by the historian by J. H. Plumb on “The First Flourishing of Children’s Books”.
Royal 4to (31cm). [2],(xxx),(266),[ii]pp. Colour plates. Over 300 monochrome illustrations. Original cloth; very good in a just lightly rubbed dust-jacket.

£40

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GROLIER CLUB : BOOKS AND PRINTS, PAST AND FUTURE : PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE GROLIER CLUB CENTENNIAL CONVOCATION, 26-28 APRIL 1984.

GROLIER CLUB : BOOKS AND PRINTS, PAST AND FUTURE : PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE GROLIER CLUB CENTENNIAL CONVOCATION, 26-28 APRIL 1984.

New York : Grolier Club, 1984. First edition : limited to 1,000 copies. Eleven papers by Robert Giroux (The Future of the Book), Frank Stella (An Artist’s View of Prints), G. Thomas Tanselle (The Evolving Role of Bibliography, 1884-1984), and others.
Royal 8vo (27cm). (xii),146pp. Original yellow cloth, lettered in black; a touch bowed, but otherwise very good.

£20

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HÜRLIMANN, Bettina, 1909-1983 : THREE CENTURIES OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN EUROPE.

HÜRLIMANN, Bettina, 1909-1983 : THREE CENTURIES OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN EUROPE.

London : Oxford University Press, 1967. First edition in English. A handsome and wide-ranging survey, with individual chapters on nursery rhymes, fairy stories, Hans Christian Andersen, Heinrich Hoffman, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, fantasy, the Little Prince, dreams and educational methods, Red Indians, education through pictures, photography, colour prints, comic strips, politics, Jean de Brunhoff, twentieth-century picture books, etc., with extensive bibliographies. Originally published in Zurich in 1959. Edited and translated from the extended second edition of 1963 by Brian Alderson.
Medium 8vo (25cm). xviii,(298),[iv]pp. Plates, some coloured. Illustrations. Original boards; very good in a price-clipped but otherwise very good dust-jacket.

£25

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[JACKSON, Guy Atwood, 1878- ] : A PRIMER OF RARE BOOKS AND FIRST EDITIONS : TEN LECTURES BY THE BIBLIOPHILIST.

[JACKSON, Guy Atwood, 1878- ] : A PRIMER OF RARE BOOKS AND FIRST EDITIONS : TEN LECTURES BY THE BIBLIOPHILIST.

Boston (MA) : Guy A. Jackson, 1930. First edition : limited to 500 copies. A useful if somewhat didactic little guide on both collecting and dealing – with advice on books not to buy, points, pamphlets, imperfect books, how to sell books, determining first editions, dime novels, collected authors, condition, English authors, rare magazines, pricing, books in demand, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [ii],106,[iv]pp. Original cloth; minor wear at tips, but otherwise very good.

£15

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LANG, Andrew, 1844-1912 : THE LIBRARY.

LANG, Andrew, 1844-1912 : THE LIBRARY.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1881. First edition. Lang opens with an “Apology for the Book-Hunter” – with remarks on biblography, taste, bookstalls, catalogues, auctions, etc. – before moving on to libraries great and small, and the books of the collector – the care of books, the enemies of books, the book-ghoul, the iniquities of bookbinders, manuscripts, early printed books, first editions, fashions in book-collecting, etc. The final chapter (contributed by Austin Dobson) deals with English illustrated books of the previous hundred years.
Crown 8vo (179 x 113mm). (xvi),184pp. Frontispiece by Walter Crane. Three coloured plates. Wood-engravings in text. Bound in an attractive later (mid twentieth-century) half olive morocco, banded and gilt, by George Bayntun of Bath; all edges gilt; marbled endleaves; a few tiny marks and spots, but overall a very good copy. Dated 1958 ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician.

£125

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LOEWENSTEIN, F.E. (Fritz Erwin), 1901-1967 : [COVER TITLE] THE HISTORY OF A FAMOUS NOVEL.

LOEWENSTEIN, F.E. (Fritz Erwin), 1901-1967 : [COVER TITLE] THE HISTORY OF A FAMOUS NOVEL.

London : Privately Printed, 1946. First edition : limited to 500 copies. A bibliographical monograph on the concept of rarity in collecting, combined with a case-study on the complex publishing history of George Bernard Shaw’s “An Unsocial Socialist” (1887). With a short, even curt, introductory note by Shaw on Loewenstein’s “abominable drudgery” in the field of Shaw biography and bibliography (Loewenstein was founder of the Shaw Society).
Demy 8vo (22cm). (20)pp. Original wrappers; wrappers slightly dusty and nicked, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£20

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McLEAN, Ruari, 1917-2006 – contributor : CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OF BRITISH COLOURED BOOKS 1738-1898 : INCLUDING A SELECTION FROM THE ROYAL LIBRARY AT WINDSOR GRACIOUSLY LOANED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.

McLEAN, Ruari, 1917-2006 – contributor : CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OF BRITISH COLOURED BOOKS 1738-1898 : INCLUDING A SELECTION FROM THE ROYAL LIBRARY AT WINDSOR GRACIOUSLY LOANED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.

London : British Printing Machinery Association, 1980. First edition. The catalogue of the related 1980 exhibitions held at the National Exhibition Centre and elsewhere – describing 188 items in Birmingham, ninety-five in Aberystwyth, forty-nine in Cambridge, 100 in Manchester, etc. With an introductory essay by Ruari McLean.
Royal 8vo (26cm). (140),[iv]pp. Colour plates. Original pictorial wrappers; edges just lightly spotted, but otherwise very good in the dust-jacket – the jacket itself a little spotted.

£20

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MANASEK, Francis J. (Francis John), 1940- : UNCOMMON VALUE : A RARE BOOK DEALER’S WORLD.

MANASEK, Francis J. (Francis John), 1940- : UNCOMMON VALUE : A RARE BOOK DEALER’S WORLD.

Ann Arbor : Arbor Libri Press, 1995. First edition. Recollections and reminiscences of the American book and map dealer F. J. Manasek (of G. B. Manasek of Vermont) – with chapters on what things are worth; dealers; the London bookshops; auctions; fairs, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [ii],146,[iv]pp. Original cloth; a very good copy indeed, in an equally very good dust-jacket.

£15

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MILLER, Stephen : BOOK COLLECTING : A GUIDE TO ANTIQUARIAN AND SECONDHAND BOOKS.

MILLER, Stephen : BOOK COLLECTING : A GUIDE TO ANTIQUARIAN AND SECONDHAND BOOKS.

Royston : Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association, (1994). First edition. A well thought out and useful guide to the basics, with much neat and clear definition of the jargon.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). (x),190pp. Facsimiles. Advertisements. Original boards; a little sunned, but otherwise a very good copy.

£15

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MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : ENGLISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS 1600 TO 1900.

MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : ENGLISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS 1600 TO 1900.

London : B. T. Batsford, (1979). A reprint of the original 1954 edition, with a fresh preface updating the list of recommended reading, etc. An illustrated history and collectors’ guide to English children’s books, with checklists of the most important authors, the publishing history of the major works, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). (256)pp. Colour plates. 107 illustrations. Original boards; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a just slightly dusty and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : VICTORIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.

MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : VICTORIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.

New York : Praeger Publishers, (1971). First edition : the American issue. A well illustrated and wide-ranging survey, by one of the best of antiquarian booksellers, of (mainly British) illustrated books of the nineteenth century – with chapters on chapbooks; Thomas Bewick and George Cruikshank; line engraving; the periodicals; the Dalziels; the advent of colour; fin-de-siècle; foreign influence; America, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). (xvi),(288)pp. Five colour plates. Numerous monochrome illustrations. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge black; a very good and bright copy in the dust-jacket.

£40

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MUNBY, A.N.L. (Alan Noel Latimer), 1913-1974 : THE CULT OF THE AUTOGRAPH LETTER IN ENGLAND.

MUNBY, A.N.L. (Alan Noel Latimer), 1913-1974 : THE CULT OF THE AUTOGRAPH LETTER IN ENGLAND.

London : Athlone Press, 1962. First edition. A study of the growth of collecting autograph letters between the early eighteenth century and about 1914. With chapters on the Early Collectors; William Upcott; Dawson Turner; Other Nineteenth Century Collections, etc.
Demy 8vo. viii,(118),[ii]pp. Plates. Original cloth; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in a lightly sunned dust-jacket. With the pencilled ownership inscription of the late B. C. Bloomfield, former Director of Collection Development at the British Library.

£25

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NEWTON, A. Edward (Alfred Edward), 1864-1940 : THE AMENITIES OF BOOK-COLLECTING AND KINDRED AFFECTATIONS.

NEWTON, A. Edward (Alfred Edward), 1864-1940 : THE AMENITIES OF BOOK-COLLECTING AND KINDRED AFFECTATIONS.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1920. First British edition : a British issue of the American sheets, first published in 1918. One of the classics of the field, a much-reprinted and thoroughly engaging account of Newton’s avid book-collecting career, his preference for inscribed copies, essays on some of his favourite authors – Charles Lamb; James Boswell; Hester Thrale (“it may at once be admitted that as a mother Mrs Thrale was not a conspicuous success”); William Godwin (“A Ridculous Philosopher”); William Dodd, the Macaroni Parson; the then still unmentionable Oscar Wilde – Newton’s favourite booksellers and bookshops, his frequent visits to London, other collectors, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (xxi),(374),[ii]pp. Colour frontispiece. Plates. Portraits, Facsimiles. Original linen-backed boards; lightly tanned and slightly marked on lower board; endpapers a little tanned, but still overall a very good copy.

£25

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RAY, Gordon N. (Gordon Norton), 1915-1986 : THE ILLUSTRATOR AND THE BOOK IN ENGLAND FROM 1790 TO 1914.

RAY, Gordon N. (Gordon Norton), 1915-1986 : THE ILLUSTRATOR AND THE BOOK IN ENGLAND FROM 1790 TO 1914.

New York : Pierpont Morgan Library / London : Oxford University Press, (1976). First edition : the hardback issue. A superbly produced and illustrated survey – with sections on all the major artists and illustrative processes, a checklist of 100 outstanding illustrated books of the period, a bibliography, indices of artists, authors, titles, etc., with formal bibliographical descriptions by Thomas V. Lange. Preface by Charles Ryskamp.
Royal 4to (31cm). (xxiv),(340)pp. Illustrations throughout, two in colour – and including a fine sequence of full-page images. Original blue cloth gilt; a few edge-spots, but a very good and bright copy in the original acetate dust-jacket.

£50

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SAWYER, Charles J. (Charles James), 1875-1931 & DARTON, F. J. Harvey (Frederick James Harvey), 1878-1936 : ENGLISH BOOKS 1475-1900 : A SIGNPOST FOR COLLECTORS.

SAWYER, Charles J. (Charles James), 1875-1931 & DARTON, F. J. Harvey (Frederick James Harvey), 1878-1936 : ENGLISH BOOKS 1475-1900 : A SIGNPOST FOR COLLECTORS.

London : Charles J. Sawyer, 1927. First edition : limited to 2,000 copies. “There comes a time in the evolution of every sport, pastime or hobby, when it degenerates or improves (according to the point of view) into a scientific pursuit requiring accurate knowledge as well as affectionate appreciation ... Book-collecting has reached this stage”. The distilled fruits of forty years’ experience in the book-trade presented in a sprightly survey of books, book-collecting and prices from Caxton to Kipling.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (227 x 142mm). xvi,(368); viii,(424)pp. Plates, facsimiles, illustrations. Bound in a handsome contemporary half blue morocco, banded & gilt, by Bayntun of Bath for C. J. Sawyer; top edges gilt; some minimal wear, a few spots, but a very good set, handsomely bound.

£250

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TARG, William, 1907-1999 – editor : BIBLIOPHILE IN THE NURSERY : A BOOKMAN’S TREASURY OF COLLECTORS’ LORE ON OLD AND RARE CHILDREN’S BOOKS.

TARG, William, 1907-1999 – editor : BIBLIOPHILE IN THE NURSERY : A BOOKMAN’S TREASURY OF COLLECTORS’ LORE ON OLD AND RARE CHILDREN’S BOOKS.

Cleveland & New York : World Publishing Co., (1957). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed, signed and dated (1957) by Bill Targ. Essays by Richard Altick, Jacob Blanck, Marchette Chute, F. J. Harvey Darton, August Derleth, Iona and Peter Opie, Ellery Queen, Vincent Starrett, and other cognoscenti on various aspects of children’s books and their collecting – “with emphasis on the great rarities, classics, and highspots”.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (508),[iv]pp. Plates. Facsimiles. Original cloth; very good in a sunned and lightly tanned, but otherwise good dust-jacket.

£40

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TAYLOR, Robert H. (Robert Hill), 1908-1985 & LIEBERT, Herman W. (Herman Wardwell), 1911-1994 : AUTHORS AT WORK : AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY ROBERT H. TAYLOR AT THE OPENING OF AN EXHIBITION OF LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS AT THE GROLIER CLUB TOGETHER WITH A CATALOGUE OF THE EXHIBITION BY HERMAN W. LIEBERT AND FACSIMILES OF MANY OF THE EXHIBITS.

TAYLOR, Robert H. (Robert Hill), 1908-1985 & LIEBERT, Herman W. (Herman Wardwell), 1911-1994 : AUTHORS AT WORK : AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY ROBERT H. TAYLOR AT THE OPENING OF AN EXHIBITION OF LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS AT THE GROLIER CLUB TOGETHER WITH A CATALOGUE OF THE EXHIBITION BY HERMAN W. LIEBERT AND FACSIMILES OF MANY OF THE EXHIBITS.

New York : Grolier Club, 1957. First edition : limited to 750 copies. A handsome legacy of the 1955 Grolier Club exhibition – the well-known book-collector Taylor’s entertaining address – plus Liebert’s catalogue of seventy-one important manuscripts (arranged chronologically from John Locke to Dylan Thomas) – many of them reproduced in facsimile.
Demy 4to (29cm). [ii],(58),[iv]pp. Plates. Original blue cloth; top edge red; a few edge-sots, but very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket lightly used, slightly marked and a little scuffed.

£25

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THORNTON, John L. (John Leonard), 1913-1992 & TULLY, R.I.J. (Robert Ian James) : SCIENTIFIC BOOKS, LIBRARIES AND COLLECTORS : A STUDY OF BIBLIOGRAPHY AND THE BOOK TRADE IN RELATION TO SCIENCE.

THORNTON, John L. (John Leonard), 1913-1992 & TULLY, R.I.J. (Robert Ian James) : SCIENTIFIC BOOKS, LIBRARIES AND COLLECTORS : A STUDY OF BIBLIOGRAPHY AND THE BOOK TRADE IN RELATION TO SCIENCE.

London : Library Association, (1975). A reprint (with minor corrections) of the 1971 third edition. A fine history of the production, distribution and accessibility of scientific literature – with chapters on scientific incunabula, scientific books before 1600, the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, the rise of scientific societies, scientific periodicals, scientific bibliographies and bibliographers, private libraries, science publishing, etc. With an extensive bibliography.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (x),508,[ii]pp. Plates. Original cloth; a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£20

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WEBB, A. Patterson (Arthur Patterson), 1889-1959 : IN A NOOK WITH A BOOK.

WEBB, A. Patterson (Arthur Patterson), 1889-1959 : IN A NOOK WITH A BOOK.

London : Robert Hayes, [1928]. First edition. A pleasant anthology of quotations on books and the love of books – in Patterson Webb’s charming “In a Nook Booklets” series.
Foolscap 8vo (15cm). (60),[ii],[2]pp – including integral endpapers. Original boards; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy in a lightly worn and darkened dust-jacket.

£10

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WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-2016 : MODERN BOOK COLLECTING.

WILSON, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922-2016 : MODERN BOOK COLLECTING.

New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. First edition. Inscribed (to the bibliographer Barry Bloomfield) and signed by the author, the New York bookseller, Robert A. Wilson. A clearly laid-out guide for the novice first edition collector – with chapters on what, how, who, dealers, auctions, condition, identification, bibliographies, housing, fakes, investment, disposing, definitions, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). xiv,(272)pp. Illustrations. Original cloth; very good in the dust-jacket, also very good.

£20

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