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Prices in British Pounds (GBP)

BALSTON (Thomas) James Whatman Father and Son. Methuen & Co. Ltd. 1957.
GBP 65
First Edition, frontis., 8 plates, orig. cloth, uncut, d.w. a nice copy.
This gives personal and economic detail of the firm and its founders.
Appendixes review countermarks and watermarks used by the Whatmans as well
as the ``contrivance'' for making ``antiquarian'' paper invented by James
Whatman II.

BALSTON (Thomas) William Balston Paper Maker 1759-1849. Methuen & Co. Ltd.
GBP 65
First Edition, frontis., 7 plates, 6 illustrs., in the text, orig. cloth,
uncut, d.w. a nice copy.
Chapter I contains much hitherto unpublished information about the great
Whatman, and the later chapters incidentally throw light on the social life
of a self-made provincial manufacturer in the first half of the nineteenth

COCKERELL (Sydney M.) The Repairing of Books. Sheppard Press. 1958.
GBP 45
First Edition, frontis., 34 illustrs., in the text, orig. cloth, d.w.
An invaluable guide in solving some of the most difficult problems.

[HANNETT (John) An Inquiry into the Nature and Form of the Books of the
Ancients; with a History of the Art of Bookbinding, from the Times of the
Greeks and Romans to the Present Day; Interspersed with Bibliographical
References to Men and Books of All Ages and Countries. By John Andrews
Arnett. Richard Groombridge. 1837.
GBP 265
First Edition, frontis., 13 plates (one of the plates reproduces a binding
designed by embossing), woodcuts in the text, modern cloth.
Pollard & Potter. 100. ``This formed the basis of A history of the art of
bookbinding, with some account of the books of the ancients, edited by W.S.
Brassington, London, 1894, which contains a memoir of John Hannett. The
first American manual, James B. Nicholson's Manual of the art of
bookbinding, Philadelphia, Henry Cavey Baird & Co., 1856 was also based on

[HANNETT (John) Bibliopegia; or, the Art of Bookbinding in all its Branches.
Illustrated with Engravings. By John Andrews Arnett. Richard Groombridge,
London. 1835.
GBP 325
First Edition, frontis., 8 plates, modern full gilt decorated red morocco,
leather labels on spine, uncut, slip-case.
Pollard & Potter 100. John Hannett (1803-93) after being apprenticed to a
printer and bookbinder in Sleaford, Lincs., worked for ten years in the
publishing house of Simpkin, Marshall & Co., then set up as a printer and
bookbinder at Market Rasen, Lincs. in 1837, and, in 1844, at
Henley-in-Arden. Still an important work today as it offers general comments
on contemporary bookbinding practices and enables us to date some early
bookbinding techniques. Bernard Middleton quotes from it extensively in his
classic book ``A History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique''.

IIAMS (Thomas M.) & BECKWITH (T.D.) Notes on the Causes and Prevention of
Foxing in Books. H.W. Edwards. 1937.
GBP 25
First Edition, 4 plates, orig. cloth boards, printed paper label on upper

[LUCKOMBE (Philip) A Concise History of the Origin an Progress of Printing;
with Practical Instructions to the Trade in General. Compiled from those who
have Wrote on this Curious Art. Printed and Sold by W. Adlard and J. Browne.
GBP 325
First Edition, xiv, 502 + 4pp., of contents, bound in at the front is the
replacement title-page of the 1771 reissue, frontispiece purporting to be
Gutenberg, but in reality is a portrait of Koster copied Moxon, numerous
woodcut illustrs., in the text, all pages printed within a decorative
border, later buckram, leather label on spine, uncut, a nice copy.
Pages 133-168 are a specimen of Caslon types including music type and
printers' flowers; they are followed (p.169-174) by specimens of two types
and of head and tail pieces constructed by T. Cottrell.
Bigmore & Wyman, I. p.447. ``Although this book was published anonymously in
1770, Luckombe, the compiler, in the ensuing year avowed himself, the work
being issued in 1771 with the following title-page:- The History and Art of
Printing, in two parts...''

MANSFIELD (Edgar) Modern Design in Bookbinding. The Works of Edgar
Mansfield. With an Introduction by Howard M. Nixon.  Peter Owen. 1966.
GBP 60
First Edition, 4to, frontis., 120 illustrs., (76 full-page plates), orig.
This book brings together for the first time a representative selection of
Edgar Mansfield's bindings executed over the last thirty years. The 76
large, clear reproductions are supported by a long essay in which the artist
discusses and illustrates his approach to creative design and gives a
detailed account of his binding techniques.

WHATMAN.  [HARRISON (Godfrey)] [A Specimen Book of John Whatman Handmade
Paper.] Designed and Printed at the ``H.B.'' Studio for W. & R. Balston,
Maidstone. 1931.
GBP 135
First Edition, large 8vo, displaying 12 different stocks and qualities of
paper with a further 6 tipped-in samples, 1 tipped-in coloured plate that
has been illuminated in gold, the woodcuts are all signed by the artist and
numbered indicating a limited edition, decorated printed boards, uncut, a
nice copy.
The text gives a history of the firm and has a number of woodcuts relating
to the firm.

ZAEHNSDORF (Joseph W.) The Art of Bookbinding. A Practical Treatise. George
Bell & Sons. 1925.
GBP 45
Tenth Edition, frontis., 7 plates of bindings in the author's collection,
illustrs., in the text, extensive notes throughout, orig. cloth.
A manual by one of the greatest craft-binders. The work is in three parts,
the first comprising twenty-two chapters on forwarding, the second on
finishing and the third on general information mostly concerning repair and

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