[Stock catalogues, numbered series: 52] An illustrated catalogue of books and manuscripts : no. 52 : A selection of bookbindings ¶ Books on bindings and the fine arts ¶ Learned books ¶ Incunabula and early printed books ¶ Autographs ¶ Books about books and manuscripts ¶ Other matter for the booklover
London, Martin Breslauer, 1939
(23.5 cm), 58 (2) pp., frontispiece (pl.I), 7 leaves of plates (pls.II-VIII), text illustrations. 430 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Catalogue 52 was the first catalogue issued by the firm Martin Breslauer from London. Martin Breslauer had established his bookselling business in 1898 and issued catalogues from addresses in Berlin under this name from c. 1905 (no. 1) to 1937 (no. 51), when the business was relocated in London. There, Breslauer resumed issuing catalogues in 1939 with no. 52 (trading from 43, Bedford Court Mansions, Bedford Avenue, London W.C.1). His son, Bernard H. Breslauer, took over the firm after Martin’s death in 1940. The binding reproduced on the frontispiece (Order of St Michel, Le livre de statuts, c. 1550) is now British Library, Henry Davis Gift, 398 (M. Foot, The Henry Davis Gift, I, p.182, no. 22). ¶ Extracted from a binding. Good, unmarked copy.