Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on Books about Books, Book Collecting, Illustration, Printing, for sale at Horizon Books.

BARKER, Nicolas and others; Treasures of the British Library. New York, Harry N. Abrams, [1989], First American edition, 4to [30 x 23 cm]; 272 pp, frontis, 330 illus, 140 colored plates, reproductions of title pages, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, marbled endpapers, dj, fine and clean, unused.

Superbly illustrated work on the collections of the British Library, showing and describing books, manuscripts and other materials from their collection, from the beginning of book production to the present, includes book binding, oriental books, old libraries, etc.

US$6. bookID # 11236

BLAND, David; A History of Book Illustration; The Illuminated Manuscript and the Printed Book. Cleveland and New York, The World Publishing Company, [1958], First edition, 4to [28 x 19 cm]; 448 pp, 17 fine mounted color plates including frontis, 395 illustrations, mostly on plates (complete), bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, name on endpaper, fine and clean condition.

A classic and highly respected reference work covering the earliest books, oriental and Byzantine illustrations, medieval, Hebrew Illumination, China, Japan, illustration during the period of the first printed books, up to the twentieth century. Beautifully illustrated from the original sources.

US$25. bookID # 12657

BLUMENTHAL, Joseph; Typographic Years; A Printer's Journey Through a Half Century 1925 - 1975. New York, Frederic C. Beil, [1982], First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; [viii], 153 pp, illus, some partly in color, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine and clean in dj (short tear),.

A survey of the author's experience as a printer and typographic designer.

US$3. bookID # 12783

CURIE, Barton; Fishers of Books. Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1931, First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xiv, 350 pp, frontis from drwg, plates, facsimiles of documents, index, original cloth with original printed spine title label, and extra label at rear, cover a little faded but very good, interior is clean and fine.

Interesting insights on book collecting, problems faced by collectors, dealer psychology, autographs, collecting subjects, etc

US$12. bookID # 10634

FRANKLIN, Colin; Themes in Aquatint. San Francisco, The Book Club of California, 1978, First edition, limited edition of 500 copies, folio [37.5 x 25 cm]; vii, 104 pp, 16 plates from original aquatints, mostly colored, index, original cloth backed marbled boards, gilt spine title lettering, very fine and clean, unmarked and unused, with the orig plain dj (short tear), with the extra loose plate in orig printed folder prospectus, with the orig receipt from publisher dated 1979.

This is the finely produced limited edition, printed at Cambridge University Press for The Book Club of California with colour plates printed at the Curwen Press, London, typographical design by John Dreyfus. An excellent and impressive work covering early books on aquatint, sport, the common life, doggerel, city and cottage, view, tours and the visual book, showing the use of aquatint printing of plates through the ages. The illustrations are taken from some of the finest illustrated books from 1775 to 1842, the golden age of aquatint.

US$40. bookID # 12597

GAMBLE, Charles W.; Modern Illustration Process; An Introductory Textbook for All Students of Printing Methods. London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1947, , 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; xix, 409, [ii, ads] pp, 53 illus, bibliog, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, cloth a little rippled, name on endpaper, clean very good copy.

First published in 1933 and expanded in the second edition to include more recent developments, the work, the work describes the various printing process including intaglio, surface, relief and with two chapters on color, as well as appendices on more technical aspects. The illustrations include examples of different printing process, enlarged to see the effect you would see under magnification, as some of printing equipment.

US$4. bookID # 7350

GOODRUM, Charles A.; Treasures of the Library of Congress. New York, Harry N. Abrams, [1980], First Edition, 4to [30 x 25 cm]; 318 pp, color frontis, numerous color plates and illustrations, index, large folding panorama from Bernhard von Breydenbach's Journey to the Holy Land (1486), original decorated cloth, silver title lettering on spine and cover, dj, fine+.

An impressive array of topics and items, books, photos, maps, artifacts, etc, beautifully and profusely illustrated.

US$3. bookID # 11449

GOODSPEED, Charles E.; Yankee Bookseller, being the Reminiscences of Charles E. Goodspeed. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1937, First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; xiv, 325 pp, frontis, plates, other illustrations, index, original blue cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover in gilt box, light wear, slightly foxed on outer edge of text block, very good copy.

The owner of Goodspeed's Bookshop in Boston provides an interesting autobiographical account of his bookshop over the years.

US$14. bookID # 13452

HARDIE, Martin, introduction by James Laver; English Coloured Books. London, Fitzhouse Books, [1990], reprint of the 1906 first edition, large 8vo [25 x 19 cm]; xxiv, 340 pp, frontis, 28 plates, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped), fine and clean, unmarked.

There are two detailed chapters on the origins of coloured printing and of the methods of book illustration from 1500 to 1800. These are followed by 22 detailed chapters on individuals, publishers and the development and improvement of methods and techniques to the twentieth century. There are appendices on colored books with plates by Baxter, Ackerman, Rowlandson, Alien.

US$6. bookID # 13475

HOLLEY, Edward G.; Raking the Historic Coals, The A. L. A. Scrapbook of 1876. Houston, Beta Phi Mu, 1967, First Edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xv, 142 pp, frontis, facsimiles, original cloth, near fine.

Relates to the founding of the American Library Association, with letters from prominent librarians.

US$1. bookID # 3299

JENKINS, John H.; Audubon and Other Capers; Confessions of a Texas Bookmaker. Austin, The Pemberton Press, 1976, First edition in book form, 4to [29 x 22 cm]; 120 pp; frontis portrait of author, numerous illustrations including full-page, original boards, title lettering on spine and cover, dj (price clipped), fine and clean.

Author, publisher, antiquarian and rare bookdealer and owner of renowned art gallery, Jenkins describes various book related topics, especially the largest single rare book purchase in history, namely the Eberstadt Collection. He sadly died too young.

US$5. bookID # 12963

KING, Edmund M. B.; Victorian Decorated Trade Bindings, 1830-1880; A Descriptive Bibliography. London, New Castle, The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, [2003], First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; xxiii, [iii], 324 pp, numerous illustrations including in color, bibliog, index, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt title lettering on spine in gilt border, gilt titling on cover, fine, clean, unmarked, as new in original clear glassine jacket.

Nicely illustrated with over 200 illustrations and 91 colored plates of book covers and bindings, the work describes in detail 752 books, with these fabulous bindings, the books covering various subject areas, from literature to travels. As well there is good introductory material, including of biographies of artists and binders, illustrations of bookbinders' tickets, etc.

US$35. bookID # 13109

KOTIN, David B. and Marilyn Rueter; Reader, Lover of Books, Volume Two: The Book Arts in Ontario. Willowdale, North York Public Library, 1981, First edition, limited to 1,000 copies, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 79, [i] pp, frontis and 54 illustrations from photos, bibliog, indexes of authors, illustrators, printers, artists, presses, original heavy paper wraps with title on spine and cover in red and black, with the original loose prospectus and one-page flyer announcing the exhibition on which the book was based, fine and clean condition.

Based on the exhibition of over 80 works at the North York Public Library and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at University of Toronto, this finely produced book provides an updated descriptive checklist of Ontario private presses (including 57 previously unrecorded books), and includes selected statements from the printers and binders.

US$4. bookID # 12765

KOTIN, David B. and Marilyn Rueter, introduction by Douglas Lochhead; Reader, Lover of Books, Lover of Heaven. Willowdale, North York Public Library, 1978, First edition, limited to 1,000 copies, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 109 pp, frontis and 59 illustrations from photos, bibliog, indexes of authors, illustrators, printers, artists, presses, original heavy paper wraps with title on spine and cover in red and black, fine and clean condition.

Based on an exhibition of the book arts in Ontario, the work includes a checklist of private presses in Ontario, bookbinders and their bindings, a directory of hand bookbinders in Ontario, list of papermakers, all nicely illustrated. This book was awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts' Certificate of Excellence.

US$4. bookID # 12766

LEWIS, Roy Harley; Antiquarian Books: An Insider's Account. New York, Arco Publishing Company, [1978], First American edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; 200 pp, illustrations on plates, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped), fine, clean and unmarked.

An well written work by this antiquarian bookdealer, with much on booksellers, literary detective, book thieves, auction selling, talismans & spells, trends, etc.

US$3. bookID # 13087

MANASEK, Francis J.; Uncommon Value; A Rare Book Dealer's World. Ann Arbor, Arbor Libri Press, 1995, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 146 pp, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean, unused.

The author's 'travels in search of antiquarian books, maps and other items have taken him around the world and he shares with us his insights on finding, buying, pricing and selling antiquarian items. . . his impressions of the dealers, collectors and other fauna of the auction, bookshop and bookfair world'.

US$10. bookID # 13092

MCLEAN, Ruari, preface by Brian Baumfield; 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, 1980, , 8vo [25 x 16.5 cm]; 139, [i], [i, ads] pp, colored plates from paintings, bibliog, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps with title lettering, dust jacket with gilted decorations, slight crease in few margins, else near fine and clean.

A description of hundreds of colored plate books, most descriptions including much on the collation and the importance or history of the book.

US$4. bookID # 13473

MELOT, Michel; The Art of Illustration. New York, Skira/Rizzoli, [1984], First American edition, folio [34 x 25 cm]; 269 pp, 350 illustrations, 110 colored illustrations including full-page, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj, fine, clean, unused and unmarked, in the original publisher's slipcase (unworn).

A beautifully illustrated, large format book describing the history of illustration from the Book of Kells to the Dram of Polyphilus, from the Codex Atlanticua of Leonardo da Vinci to the Illustrated London News to Talbot's the Pencil of Nature, the first book with photos, to the comic strip, fascinating and informative text. Originally published in Switzerland.

US$22. bookID # 13089

MILNE, James; The Memoirs of a Bookman. London, John Murray, [1934], First edition, 8vo [21 x 15 cm]; xiii, 316, [iv, ads] pp, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, lightly foxed on margins of three leaves, near fine copy.

The heard of John Murray publishers for some twenty years writes here of his experiences, the authors, the books, etc.

US$8. bookID # 12239

OLMERT, Michael; The Smithsonian Book of Books. Washington, Smithsonian Books, 1992, First edition, 4to [28 x 23.5 cm]; 319, [i] pp, 284 color and 99 black and white illustrations, including some full page, index, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean condition.

From the book review of AB Bookman's Weekly of November 1992: 'This magnificent volume, celebrating the world of books, offers a comprehensive historical account of the history and development of books of all types, in an illustrated popular format. . . can be appreciated by scholars. . . through four millennia from clay tablets through the world of modern books and bookmaking. A highlight of the work is the introduction by Christopher de Hamel. . . describing the era of scribes and manuscripts. . . and the joys and satisfactions of the collector.' Book review inserted loose.

US$10. bookID # 11199

ORCUTT, William Dana; The Kingdom of Books. Boston, Little, Brown & Company, 1927, First edition, edition limited to 450 copies of which this is number 267, signed by the author, 8vo [24.5 x 16.5 cm]; xii, 290, [i] pp, color frontis with tissue guard, numerous plates and illustrations, facsimiles from early or rare books, portraits, including the 6 plates only in the limited edition, bibliog, index, original vellum backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, spine a little darkened, endpaper bookplate of Charles Willcox, original ribbon bookmark, fine and clean condition.

Detailed discussions of great books published through the ages, masters of typography, bindings, etc, and the authors explorations in hunting for them, including chapters on modern masters of typography, old book stalls in Paris, incunabula, bookbinding, etc.

US$35. bookID # 12654

PEARSON, Edmund; Queer Books. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1928, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; x, 298 pp, numerous illustrations including full-page, frontis, original gilt decorated cloth, gilt title lettering, dj (lightly rubbed, spine ends slightly chipped, not price clipped), near fine in very good dj.

Interesting work including temperance novels, propaganda novels, making the eagle scream, unfortunate lovers, side whiskers and seduction, a yankee Casanova, genteel behaviour, etc.

US$22. bookID # 10772

RABINOWICZ, Harry M.; Treasures of Judaica. South Brunswick, New York, London, Thomas Yoseloff, [1971], First American edition, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; 240 pp, hundreds of illustrations including in color, many on plates, glossary, bibliography, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, fine and clean in good dj (wear, repairs, not price clipped, short tear).

The author describes the collections housed at the British Museum, British and Foreign Bible Society, Lambeth Palace Library, Mocatta Library, St. Paul's Library, Monument Room of Westminster Abbey, Wiener Library, Sassoon collection, John Rylands Library and others, very well-illustrated, reproducing documents, books, portraits, etc.

US$2. bookID # 13375

SLATER, J. H.; Book Collecting, A Guide for Amateurs. London, Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1892, First edition, large paper edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is #344, 8vo [20.5 x 14 cm]; [ii], 130 pp, illustrations from early sources, index, original gilt decorated cloth, gilt title lettering, spine ends a little frayed, very good, sound copy.

A survey of all aspects of book collecting that were popular at the time, including famous book collectors, book publishers and presses, and with an interesting list of UK booksellers who published catalogues, many of whom are no longer in business, but gives a good picture of what it was like at that time.

US$5. bookID # 10201

SOTHEBY'S, ; Magnificent Plate Books from the Library of the Earl of Bradford. London, Sotheby's, 2000, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 119, [ii, ads] pp, over 100 fine colored illustrations, plates, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, few pages with small ink mark, fine and clean, with the list of prices achieved and buyers.

Sale LO0201, held 15 March 2000 of 86 of some of the finest color plate books, including travels, natural history, birds, botany, etc.

US$5. bookID # 13602

SOTHEBY'S, ; Sammlung Rudolf Von Gutmann; including Chinese School Watercolours in Two Albums Containing Fine Landscapes and Interiors ( c. 1790); Melchior Pfintzing Teuerdank Printed on Vellum (1517) and the Talman Albums c. 1720. London, Sotheby's, 1993, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 117, [x] pp, many illustrations, almost all colored, including many full-page, bibliography, index, original pictorial boards (hardcover), title lettering on spine and cover, fine, clean, unmarked and unused, with the original loose sheet of the prices realized.

A beautifully illustrated Sotheby's sale of important books, from the library of noted collector, describing the items in detail, very well-illustrated, sale held in London, 2 April 1993. A useful reference.

US$4. bookID # 13369

SOTHEBY'S, ; The Continental Library of Archibald, 5th Earl of Rosebery and Midlothian. London, Sotheby's, 1995, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 222, [x] pp colored frontis plate, hundreds of fine illustrations, mostly colored, including many full-page, bibliography, index, index of provenance, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title lettering on spine and cover, fine and clean, with the loose leaf of prices realized, pictorial endpapers.

A beautifully illustrated Sotheby's sale of books, from a collection amassed over many years, describing 408 lots in detail, very well-illustrated, sale held in London, 25 May 1995, sale LN5576. A very useful reference with a detailed and illustrated introduction describing the building of this fabulous library.

US$5. bookID # 13377

SOTHEBY'S, ; The Jaime Ortiz-Patino Collection of Important Books and Manuscripts. London, Sotheby's, 1998, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; unpaginated, [over 300 pages], many illustrations, including colored, full-page, colored frontis, preface by Pierre Beres, indexes by provenance, author, illustrator, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, fine and clean, unmarked, with prices realized on loose sheets.

Sale 7119. An impressive sale catalogue, with detailed and scholarly descriptions, of some of the great works of literature including Diderot, Buffon, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Hugo, Apollinaire, Proust, etc, many with royal provenance, plus incunabula's, early bibles, illuminated manuscripts, fine bindings, atlases, etc. Includes hundreds of illustrations of bindings and parts of the books and manuscripts. The sale took place April 21, 1998.

US$5. bookID # 13513

SOTHEBY'S, ; The Library of H. Bradley Martin; Highly Important Printed Books and Illuminated Manuscripts. New York, Sotheby's, 1990, First edition, 4to [27.5 x 21.5 cm]; unpaginated, portrait of Martin, colored plates and other illustrations, black and white photos, original pictorial cloth with mounted colored plate in gilt border, gilt title on cover and spine, fine, clean, with the prices realized on loose sheet.

A very well-illustrated auction sale of 325 lots, described in detail, sale held 14 June 1990. The sale includes books and manuscripts related to natural history, science, literature, economics, atlases, travels, etc dating from 1455.

US$10. bookID # 13802

STARRETT, Vincent; Bookman's Holiday; the Private Satisfactions of an Incurable Collector. New York, Random House, [1942], First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; [viii], 312 pp, illustrations from drawings, original pictorial cloth, title lettering on original spine paper label, fine, clean and unmarked in very good + pictorial dust jacket (lightly rubbed at edge, not price clipped), the jacket designed by Paul Galdone.

The well-known and popular author describes his travels and adventures collecting books with chapters including Chinese detective stories, Blondin, Mother Goose, cats, Japan, Sherlock Holmes' landlady, etc, all beautifully written.

US$21. bookID # 13090

THEBERGE, C. B.; Canadiana on Your Bookshelf; Collecting Canadian Books. Toronto, Dent, [1976], First paperback edition, 12mo [20 x 13.5 cm]; 134 pp, well-illustrated including photos, title-pages, bibliography, original heavy paper pictorial wraps, title lettering on cover and spine, clean and near fine.

Written by a long-time collector, book provides a useful and practical guide on collecting books and pamphlets on Canada, covering all aspects including searching, specializing, judging and including detailed glossary with definitions commonly used.

US$1. bookID # 13451

WHETTON, Harry; Practical Printing and Binding; a Complete Guide to the Latest Developments in all Branches of the Printer's Craft. London, Odhams Press, nd, , 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 448 pp, frontis, hundreds of illus, including full-page, colored plates, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, light cover use, few notes on rear endpaper, overall very good+ but interior is clean and near fine.

A comprehensive and very well-illustrated work including many of equipment and machines, covering all aspects from stereotyping, lithography, photogravure warehousing, paper making, inks, costing, bookbinding, with chapters by various experts.

US$3. bookID # 13088

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