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  • Ferguson (John), 1837-1916

    Glasgow, James Maclehose & Sons, 1906
    Two volumes (27 cm), xxi (1), 487 (1); (iv), 598, (2) pp., photogravure frontispiece portrait of James Young in each volume (tissue guardsheet present). Uniform publisher’s quarter-morocco, brown cloth. - Original edition of a work that has served as a beacon and pilot for generations of collectors. The collection was donated by James “Paraffin” Young (1811-1883) to Anderson’s College, and is now incorporated in the University of Strathclyde Library, Glasgow. The compiler of the catalogue, John Ferguson, was Regius Professor of Chemistry at Glasgow, and himself an active collector of books on alchemy and the occult sciences (Ferguson’s own gift to the University included 104 incunabula and 317 manuscripts). This catalogue was printed for private distribution in an edition of 250 copies. ¶ Fine copy, untrimmed and unopened, the bindings very slightly rubbed. Exlibris of Robert Honeyman; sold by Sotheby’s, The Honeyman collection of scientific books and manuscripts, Part VII, London, 19-20 May 1981, lot 3231.
  • Brooks (Jerome Edmund), 1895-1983, Dickson (Sarah Augusta); O'Neil (Perry Hugh), compilers
    New York Public Library, Arents tobacco collection

    New York, Rosenbach Company (vols. I-IV: Camden, NJ: Haddon Craftsmen; vol. V: Portland, Maine: Anthoensen Press) / New York Public Library, 1937-1952; 1958-1969

    Five volumes (34 × 24.5 cm), I (Imprints 1507-1615, 1937): xvi, 544 pp., including colour frontispiece, numerous illustrations printed with the text (7 printed in two or more colours). II (Imprints 1615-1698, 1938): xii, 564 pp., including frontispiece “View of the Library at ‘Hillbrook’, Rye, New York”), numerous illustrations printed with the text (10 printed in two colours). III (Imprints 1698-1783, 1941): viii, 546 pp., plus colour frontispiece (folding), numerous illustrations printed with the text (17 printed in two colours). IV (Imprints 1784-1942, 1943): (12) 386 pp., including colour frontispiece, numerous illustrations printed with the text (1 printed in two colours). “A synoptical chart [illustrating the chief divisions of the history of tobacco] has been placed at the inner back cover” (inserted in a pocket). Printed slip tipped-in at end: “In the Colophon the name of Richard Ellis was inadvertently omitted. He should also [with Jerome E. Brooks] be given credit for designing this book”. Printed card loosely inserted: “Such a large amount of additional material has been included in TOBACCO it will be necessary to publish a fifth volume containing the Index and notes on recent acquisitions. This volume is in preparation and will be sent without additional charge to those who have subscribed to a set of TOBACCO. May 1st, 1944”. V (Index, 1952): (8) 328 pp., including frontispiece portrait of George Arents, Jr. The five volumes uniformly bound in publisher’s orange cloth, bevelled boards, morocco lettering-pieces.

    Offered with [Supplement] Tobacco: a catalogue of the books, manuscripts and engravings acquired since 1942 in the Arents Tobacco Collection at the New York Public Library. New York: New York Public Library, 1961-1969. Ten parts bound in two volumes.

    A fine, complete set of the catalogue of the private library of George Arents Jr (1875-1960), privately printed in New York between 1937 and 1943 in an edition of 300 copies (this set is number 292). In 1944, the collection was received by the New York Public Library, and in 1952, an index volume (names of authors and subjects) was prepared by the New York Public Library. Ten supplements describing later additions to the collection were compiled by Arents Librarian Sarah Augusta Dickson and Curator Perry O’Neil from 1958 to 1969; subsequent acquisitions have been catalogued electronically. There are 3956 individual, catalogued entries (4235 separate, physical items). “Although the collection is devoted to tobacco and includes almost every important work dealing with the subject, it also contains many historical, literary, and artistic works in which tobacco appears only incidentally” (NYPL). ¶ Faultless set.

  • Cambridge University, Magdalene College, Pepys Library
    Carlton (William John), 1886-1973, compiler

    London, Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 1940
    (22.5 cm), xvii (1), 124 (2) pp. Publisher’s brown cloth, printed dust jacket. - A catalogue of the stenography books in the Pepysian Library; Pepys was an excellent shorthand reporter, and put it to use in his daily work (not just the great diary). The fourth (and final) volume of the first modern catalogue (the previous volumes had appeared 1914-1923, in editions of “Not more than 500 copies”; the size of the present edition is not stated). ¶ Two short tears in dust jacket; otherwise an excellent, unmarked copy.
  • James (Philip)
    Arts Council of Great Britain

    London, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1949
    (25 cm), 30 (2) pp., [16] p. of plates. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - 131 catalogue entries, including three bindings designed by J.R. Abbey and executed by R. de Coverley & Sons. Contains brief biographical notices of the forty-two binders and binderies. No Erratum slip is mounted on p.28 in this copy. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
  • Abbey (John Roland), 1894-1969

    London, Privately printed at the Curwen Press / Chiswick Press, 1952-1957
    Three works in four volumes (32 cm), I (1952): xx, 399 pp., text illustrations, 35 collotype plates (1 in colour), tissue guardsheets present. Copy 71 of 500. II (1953): xxi, 427 pp., text illustrations, 33 collotype plates (1 in colour), tissue guards. Copy 235 of 400. III/1-2 (1957): xiii, 299 pp., text illustrations, 21 collotype plates (1 in colour), tissue guards; xiv, pp.301-675, text illustrations, 16 collotype plates, tissue guards. Copy 112 of 400. Uniform publisher’s brown cloth, red morocco spine labels. - The indispensable catalogues of Major Abbey’s colour-plate books, in first editions (limited to 500, 400, and 400 copies respectively). Acquired by Paul Mellon in the 1950s, through the agency of John Carter, these books were kept in the magnificent “Abbey Room” of the Brick House in Upperville, Virginia, until 1977, when they were transferred to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven. Christopher de Hamel, “J.R. Abbey as a book collector” in The Book Collector (Spring 2014), pp.83-91 (p.87). ¶ In fine condition, albeit lacking dust jackets.
  • Nijhoff (Wouter), 1886-1947; Van Hattum (Frederik Wilhelm Diederik Cornelis Adriaan), 1900-1979

    The Hague, Martinus Nijhoff, 1953
    (26 cm), viii, 125 (1) pp., frontispiece. 356 catalogue entries. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Complete revision of the previous edition (Amsterdam 1894); “The book has long been recognized as an important standard work” (Hendrik Edelman, in Quaerendo, volume 40, 2010, p.194). Reviewed by Bert van’t Hoff, “De tweede druk van Wouter Nijhoff’s Bibliographie van Noord Nederlandsche plaatsbeschrijvingen” in Het Boek, volume 32, 1955-1957, pp.141-145). ¶ Good copy.

    Offered with Antiquariaat Meijer Elte BV (The Hague), [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 45] De Verzameling van Mr. F.W.D.C.A. Van Hattum: Nederlandse Literatur en Topografie van de 17e-19e eeuw. The Hague: Antiquariaat Meijer Elte BV, 1980. (24 cm), 92 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - 235 catalogue entries. Fixed price sale catalogue of the fine private library of Frederik Van Hattum (1900-1979), author of the revised edition of Wouter Nijhoff’s Bibliographie van Noord-Nederlandsche plaatsbeschrijvingen (The Hague 1953) and Oude Hollandse liedboeken uit de 16e en 17e eeuw (Amsterdam 1958). Cf. “In memoriam Frederik W.D.C.A. van Hattum (1900-79)” in Quaerendo, volume 10 (1980), p.173. ¶ Ink date stamp on upper wrapper (12 June 1984).

  • Nicolini (Simonetta)

    Florence, Sansoni Antiquariato, 1954
    (25.5 cm), 132 (4) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers, original card slipcase. - List of institutional and private library catalogues, organised by city and then by owner. ¶ Copy numbered 47 (of 666). Slipcase damaged, otherwise an excellent, unmarked copy.
  • Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum / Museum van het Boek (The Hague)

    Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, 1960
    (22.5 cm), 148 (4) pp., [1] plate, text illustrations. 198 catalogue entries. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - An exhibition of books purchased by Lessing J. Rosenwald (1891-1979) in 1955 from the library collected by Prosper Louis Duc d’Arenberg (1785-1861). Rosenwald considered this purchase (via William H. Schab) “probably [my] most important acquisition” (Lessing J. Rosenwald, “The Mirror of the Collector” in Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, volume 22, 1965, p.162). Catalogue entries by W. Post and R. Pennink. The plate illustrates two bindings: one features an Adoration of the Magi panel stamp (item 139; cf. E.P. Goldschmidt, Gothic and Renaissance bookbindings, London 1928, I, pp.248-249), the other Grolier’s copy of Cornelius Grapheus’s 1550 Antwerp festival book (item 166; cf. Gabriel Austin, The Library of Jean Grolier, New York 1971, no. 217). ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
  • Cicognara (Leopoldo), Conte, 1767-1834

    Cosenza, Casa del Libro, 1960
    Two volumes (20 cm), I: xiv, 416 pp. II: xiv, 334, lxxviii pp. Uniform publisher’s printed wrappers. - Still a standard guide to primary sources in the history of art. Cicognara’s library of approximately 5000 books was purchased en bloc by Pope Leo XII in 1824 and absorbed in the Vatican library. Facsimile reprint of the Pisa 1821 edition. ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
  • Davies (Hugh William)
    Murray (Charles Fairfax), 1849-1919

    London, Holland Press, 1962
    Two volumes (28.5 cm), (6) xviii (4), 462; (4) 463-818, lxii pp., illustrations. 495 catalogue entries. Uniform publisher’s cloth. - Limited edition reprint (250 sets) of the original edition issued in 1913. B.H. Breslauer & R. Folter, Bibliography: Its History and Development (New York 1984), no. 147. ¶ The white cloth spines lightly finger-marked; otherwise a very good copy with minimal traces of use and no marks of ownership. Lacking dust jackets.
  • De Marinis (Tammaro), 1878-1969
    Putti (Vittorio), 1880-1940

    Bologna, Arnaldo Forni Editore, 1963
    (34.5 cm), (2) 107 (1) pp. 1158 catalogue entries. Publisher’s brown cloth. - Reprint of Tammaro de Marinis’s catalogue of the Vittorio Putti (1880-1940) collection of medical manuscripts, books, and autographs, originally published as La raccolta Vittorio Putti: antiche opere di medicina manoscritte e stampate lasciate all’Istituto Rizzoli di Bologna (Milan 1943). Provenance is often recorded. ¶ Fine copy.
  • Horblit (Harrison D.), 1912-1988
    Grolier Club (New York)

    New York, Grolier Club, 1964
    (30 cm), (8) 449 (3) pp., including 220 leaves of plates. Publisher’s blue cloth spine and grey cloth sides, the Club insignia gilt-stamped on spine; top edge gilt; original blue cloth/grey paper slipcase (no dust jacket issued). - The first in the short series known as the “Grolier Hundred”, based on an exhibition held at the Grolier Club in 1958 of materials borrowed from various libraries. The catalogue established a canon of 130 “milestones” in the history of science and stimulated numerous collectors and libraries to procure every item described. Printed by the Stinehour Press, with plates printed by the Meriden Gravure Company, in an edition of 1000 copies. For Jean Grolier & His Friends: 125 Years of Grolier Club Exhibitions & Publications, 1884-2009 (New York 2009), P276. ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.
  • Nixon (Howard M.), 1909-1983
    British Museum, Department of Printed Books

    London, Trustees of the British Museum, 1965
    (22.5 cm), xx, 76 pp., frontispiece (in colour), 128 plates, 11 plates reproducing rubbings of 282 different tools. Publisher’s skivertex binding. - Exhibition catalogue commemorating the fourth centenary of Grolier’s death, featuring 138 volumes, all that could be traced in British and Irish libraries (counting each volume of a multi-volume work separately, including one empty binding, and one of doubtful provenance). Nixon here identifies a binder hitherto known as the “Entrelac Binder” as Claude de Picques, well-known as the Royal Binder to Henri II; 84 of the 138 bindings in the exhibition are assigned to de Picques. Nixon’s careful study and reproductions of the individual tools used by different workshops, together with his observations about the binding shops that worked for Grolier, give this catalogue an enduring utility. ¶ Excellent copy.
  • Dibner (Bern), 1897-1988
    Burndy Library (Norwalk, CT)

    Cambridge, MA & London, MIT Press, 1969
    (25.5 cm), 96 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Catalogue of 200 books deemed by the author to be “Heralds of Science”, because they “proclaimed new truths or hypotheses of science”. Reprint of the 1955 edition. “The annotated list and its dedication remain, after 22 years, as effective today as when issued, with only minor modification to accommodate acquired improved editions, and with only a single substitution. The Heralds has become one of the basic references in booksellers’ catalogues concerning books in the sciences” (Bern Dibner, “The Dibner Library in mitosis” in The Book Collector, Winter 1977, pp.495-523). ¶ Wrappers worn, minor defects. Unmarked copy.
  • Goldschmidt (Ernst Philip), 1887-1954

    Nendeln, Kraus Reprint, 1969
    (25 cm), (8) 153 (3) pp., 5 p. of plates (pls.I-V, one folding). Publisher’s cloth. - Identifies 185 books from the library of Münzer, physician of Nuremberg, owner of a large house on Spitalgasse and an extensive library. Facsimile reprint of London 1938 edition (Studies of the Warburg Institute, 4). ¶ Very good copy.
  • Dibner (Bern), 1897-1988

    Cambridge, MA & London, Society for the History of Technology / MIT Press, 1970
    (26 cm), 61 (3) pp., illustrations (1 folding). Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - An account of one of the most celebrated engineering achievements of the 16th century, the removal in one piece of a 360-ton obelisk from the former Circus Nero in Rome, to its present site in front of St. Peter’s, based upon Fontana’s Della Transportatione dell’Obelisco Vaticano (Rome, 1590). Reprint (original edition, New York: Burndy Library, 1950). ¶ Wrappers rubbed, light shelf wear.
  • Picot (Émile), 1844-1918
    Rothschild (James, Baron de), 1844-1881

    New York, Burt Franklin, [1970?]
    Five volumes (26 cm), I (Théologie; Jurisprudence; Sciences et arts; Belles-lettres): (8) xx, 672 pp., plus 9 plates (5 in colour). II (Belles-lettres; Histoire): (6) 596 pp., plus 9 plates (1 in colour). III (Histoire; Supplément): (6) 516 (2) pp., plus 16 plates. IV (Supplément; Appendice: Table des personnages qui figurent dans les ballets portés au présent Catalogue): (6) 646 (2) pp., plus 20 plates. V (Supplément; Table alphabétique générale): (4), 684 pp. Very numerous black & white text illustrations. Uniform publisher’s red cloth. - Émile Picot’s magisterial catalogue of the library of James, baron de Rothschild (1844-1881), describing 3,382 items. In 1933, the collector’s son, Henri (1872-1947), fearing that the library might not survive intact after his death, donated the books along with a celebrated collection of autographs to the Bibliothèque nationale, where it is housed in its own room furnished with wainscoting taken from Rothschild residences. B.H. Breslauer & R. Folter, Bibliography: Its History and Development (New York 1984), no. 135. Undated photographic reprint of the privately-printed first edition (Paris: Damascène Morgand, 1884-1920). ¶ As new.
  • Macdonald (Robert S.)

    Edinburgh, University Press, 1971
    (28.5 cm), xii (2), 245 (1) pp., [10] leaves of plates. 1405 catalogue entries. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - Biography of the Scottish poet William Drummond (1585-1649), with a catalogue of his library (about one-third is now in Edinburgh University Library). ¶ Fine copy.
  • Austin (Gabriel), 1935-2013; Eisler (Colin Tobias), born 1931

    New York, Grolier Club, 1971

    (29 cm), viii, 137 pp., frontispiece (in colour) and 7 leaves of plates. Publisher’s blue cloth spine and grey cloth sides, upper cover gilt-stamped showing both sides of the jeton cast in 1558 marking the “Reunion du Royaume de France” with Grolier’s later arms, top edge gilt (no dust jacket issued). - 562 entries recording 616 volumes. Contains an index of owners (past and present) which “constitutes a valuable work of reference on its own” (from a review by Anthony Hobson, in The Times Literary Supplement, 2 July 1971, p.788). The excellent plates include specimens of Grolier’s handwriting and signatures. Complementing the catalogue is a “Bibliography of contemporary references to Jean Grolier” compiled by Elizabeth M. Hajós. 1000 copies printed on Curtis rag paper. For Jean Grolier & His Friends: 125 Years of Grolier Club Exhibitions and Publications, 1884-2009 (New York 2009), P299. ¶ Superior copy in new condition.

  • Le Roux de Lincy (Antoine Jean Victor), 1806-1869; Portalis (Roger), Baron, 1841-1912; Shipman (Carolyn), translator

    New York, Burt Franklin, 1971
    (26.5 cm), xlv, 386 pp., 14 plates. Publisher’s blue cloth. - Translated and revised by Carolyn Shipman, who has extended the list of recorded bindings from 353 (Le Roux de Lincy’s Recherches sur Jean Grolier of 1866) to nearly 561. Unfortunately, Shipman saw few of the copies listed, and her list contains ten fakes, thirty doubtful attributions (contemporary bindings wrongly attributed to Grolier), and seventy-five ghosts (mostly duplications owing to ambiguity in the descriptions of colours in the sale catalogues). Facsimile reprint of work originally published New York: Grolier Club, 1907. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
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