Rochester, NY: Press of the Good Mountain, 1964. 12mo, 26pp., an edition of 500 copies issued as Typophiles Monograph Number 75, with several commentaries on Elmer Adler and his printing activities, and with illustrations printed in brown ink showing various artists' versions of his Pynson Printers pressmark. Fine in buff wrappers.
Books about books
San Marino, California: The Huntington Library, 1942. Octavo, 35 pages, with a brief tribute to Updike, who died that year, by Max Farrand. The book includes a portrait of Updike as well as two photos of the Merrymount Press library, lists of books printed by the press and shown in this exhibit, plus notes about the work done by the press in different fields of printing. The pamphlet was printed at The Ward Ritchie Press, and was issued to accompany an exhibition at the Huntington Library in 1942. There is a quarter-inch closed tear to the fore edge of the pale orange wrappers, else fine.
London: William and Frederick G. Cash, 1855. second edition. Small octavo, 8 1/4 x 5 3/8", 41 pages of diminishing size, from demy 8vo down to demy 32mo, with different type faces and leading, plus examples for the cost of illustrations.It is the publisher's aim to help an author on the practical side of submitting a manuscript and recommends specific practical actions to one who is "fresh from the sanctities of the study, and glowing from recent commune with lofty thoughts" but is "baffled by the trivial and the commonplace" of correcting copy, deciding on illustrations, binding, typefaces and other business-related processes, including advertising." A helpful page of typographical marks is also included. It must have been a popular little tome, as it went on to a fourth edition. It is a delight to read a hundrred and sixty-odd years later. An adequate copy, but no more than that, with dog-eared and soiled wrappers, a few pale pencil notations and an inked "C. Perkins" at the top of the front panel.
Northampton, MA: Catawba Press, 1980. Leah Palmer Preiss. First ed. thus. Small octavo, unpaged (12pages). "One hundred and fifty copies of this essay, handset in Bembo types, were printed on Warren's Olde Style paper by Barbara Blumenthal at the Catawba Press, Northampton, Massachusetts. The illustration is reproduced from a drawing by Leah Palmer Preiss". The booklet contains an essay on books as objects, and is very fine in burnt orange wrappers, with the prospectus laid in. This is copy # 134, and is inscribed "To Deborah Benson Covington / 13 November 1980 / Barbara Blumenthal."
Los Angeles: Book Arts Program, Occidental College, 1990. Octavo, 37 pages of well-written reminiscences about these three California printers and their presses, with 16 pages of color and b/w illustrations of title pages and photographs of the printers, plus a bibliography. The book was originally an illustrated talk given at Occidental College in 1989. A very fine copy in heavy buff wrappers.
Austin, Texas: W. Thomas Taylor, 1983. Folio, xviii + 67 + (3) pages, with descriptions of 41 American presses, featuring 100 books, and illustrated with photographs plus tipped-in examples of the work of several presses, including the Allen, Arion, Bird & Bull, Cummington and others. The selection of books and press histories was done by Fine and Matheson; the bibliographical descriptions and notes by W. Thomas Taylor. This is number 277 of 325 copies, designed and printed by David Holman at the Wind River Press on Rives Heavyweight paper, and bound in tri-color cloth deepening from beige to warm tan. The 8-page prospectus is laid in. Fine.
Portland, Maine: Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1941. first edition. Large octavo, xix, 293 pages, with 73 black and white illustrations, including one fold-out. The three essays are "Early American Bookbinding by Hand", "The Rise of American Edition Binding", and "On the Rebinding of Old Books". This volume was recased with new endpapers and bound in heavy boards covered in a blue paste paper and a deep blue cloth spine with a gilt-stamped red calf spine title. Fine, and an ornament to one's bookshelf.
Aurora, New York: Wells College Press, 1993. 9 1/4" x 6 1/8", 37 pages, with a preface by Bruce Bennett and Robert Doherty, both of Wells College, an essay by Carolyn Hammer, "The Stamperia derl Santuccio", 4 typographic illustrations printed in red and black, a full-color original photograph of Victor Hammer tipped in as frontispiece, and a bibliography of Hammer's Aurora years. The colophon notes that this is an edition of 500 copies, "printed in homage by Michael and Winifred Bixler, Skaneateles, New York. The book is sewn into white wrappers and a deep blue dustjacket with Hammer's Uncial initials in gilt. Fine.
Nevada City, CA: The Private Press of Harold Berliner, 1985. First edition. Large octavo, 85 pages. The book is part of an edition of 650 copies printed by Harold Berliner on Artemis Text paper in Goudy Light Old Style types, of which this is copy # 143. There is an essay on Claud Lovat Fraser and his bookplates, followed by 59 bookplate designs, 37 of them printed in full color. Spare spine and cover title labels are laid in, as well as a printed thank you card from Harold Berliner, Printer. Very fine in burgundy cloth on boards and translucent glassine dustjacket.
Litchfield, CT: American Sporting Book Price Guides, 1982. First edition. Narrow octavo, 12pp. An edition of 1,000 copies, (this one being out of series), composed in Century Light and printed on Mohawk Vellum Text. The booklet covers not only the prices at the time of publication for this well-designed series of 30-odd books, but list variants and points as well. A fine copy in tan wrappers.
Tucson, Arizona: Press on the Bajada, 1984. First Edition. A small volume, 6 1/4 by 4 5/8 inches, detailing, in 338 succinct pages, the development and disposition of the Powell family's own bookplates, as well as their own books and those they gave to libraries, with illustrations of 18 bookplates printed in black, mustard yellow and green. This is a charming and too brief a read, printed for the friends of Fay and Larry Powell at the New Year by Richard Hoffman in Van Nuys, California and bound by Roswell Bookbinding in Phoenix, Arizona in patterned paper on boards and a brown cloth spine, which is just slightly rubbed at its ends. About fine.
New York: The Typophiles, 2001. Octavo, 19 pages, being Typophile Monograph New Series -- Number 17. with four letters by Bruce Rogers to Mosher and a long introduction by Philip R. Bishop. The monograph was issued in an editon of 500 copies set in Linotype Caslon Old Face, and printed by the Ascensius Press in Portland, Maine. The colophon notes that the text stock used for the book is Warren's 66, from the last carton of that paper manufactured in Maine in 1986. Fine in teal wrappers and a printed teal dustjacket.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1927. limited edition. Large octavo, xv,311pp. This copy is number 488 of 785 copies of the large paper edition signed by Rosenbach on a leaf inserted after the copyright page. There are 85 b/w illustrations of Rosenbach's amazing book-world, including pictures of books, writers and collectors, plus a color frontispiece of a page of the Gutenberg bible. A spare spine label is tipped in. Narrow paper crack to the inside front hinge, plus an owner's signature on the front free endpaper. A very good copy in lightly soiled and rubbed tan paper on boards and a brown cloth spine, without a slipcase.
Chicago: The Black Archer Press, 1931. First ed. thus. Hardcover. Small octavo. An edition of 445 copies, viii + 122 numbered pages (actually, 244pp, as all verso pages are unnumbered), with numerous illustrations of title pages, an introduction by Targ, and bibliographical information for the " foremost American First Editions from 1640 to the present". Endpapers slightly browned but internally very good in slightly rusty black cloth, with a branch and vine design in gilt on the front cover. This copy is inscribed by Targ: "For Deborah, who was not even a gleam in the eye when this was conceived. She knows much more about books than I did when I perpetrated this! Love and kisses. Bill Targ."
Los Angeles: 1953. Small octavo, unpaged (12 pages). This is an edition of 500 copies printed by Wm. M. Cheney, that is, as noted, the text of a broadcast heard in January 1954 on the Ed Murrow weekly program of the same title, and here privately published for distribution to friends. To quote Zeitlin: "The written and printed word survives persecution, book burning, censorship and fashions. When I sell a man a good book I am the happy transmitter of a precious thing and I feel I have justly earned my profit." Faint vertical crease near the outer edge, else a fine copy in faintly worn buff wrappers.