Colour lithograph, image 320 × 465 mm, sheet 440 × 570 mm, printed in black and blue, on smooth wove paper, signed and dated in the image (left) 1926 Nicholson; signed in brown ink on the recto Nicholson and No. 25 and Limited to 100 copies.
A portrait of the Cambridge bookseller Gustave David (1860-1936), seated on his stall near Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge. The print depends from a graphite drawing (221 × 165 mm) acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1985 (PD 267-1985); it is one of Nicholson’s infrequent essays in lithography. Our impression is titled in brown ink “Mr. David”, “No. 25”, and “Limited to 100 copies”. An impression hors série signed on the recto “Nicholson” and “No.”, in blue ink (not brown, as here), is in the British Museum. An impression additionally titled like ours in brown ink “Mr. David” and “No. 24”, was sold by Christie’s on 17 September 2009, lot 83 (mistakenly described as “an early working proof… reworked in places in blue crayon by the artist”); another impression titled in brown ink “Mr. David”, “No. 13”, and “Limited to 100 copies” was sold by Christie’s on 10 April 2013, lot 12.
(22.5 cm), (6) 86 pp., frontispiece and 2 plates. Publisher’s cloth binding, pictorial dust jacket. - The biographer was educated at Eton and King’s College, Cambridge; from 1897-1934 he was assistant master at Eton. James’s bibliographer was Cambridge University Librarian, 1923-1949; his correspondence with James (1921-1936) is in Cambridge University Library, MS. Add. 7895. ¶ Dust jacket dusty and finger-marked, with small losses; otherwise an excellent copy.
(29 cm), vii, 214 pp., frontispiece. Publisher’s linen-backed boards. - Issued in 1945 and reprinted in 1949. “This excellent collection of ten essays (edited by F.C. Francis) is a particularly fitting product of the Society’s jubilee, for the Society was at the heart of the new developments in bibliography in England during the first half of the twentieth century, and the volume provides the best account yet written of the bibliographical history of that period… The authors were prominent among those who had made the field what it was, and for this reason the volume is a primary document of importance to future historians; they were also scholars, and their essays display a mastery of the areas covered and scrupulousness in forming generalizations. The work is not principally one of reminiscence but is an attempt to achieve a balanced view of the recent past, a perspective on activities in which the authors had been involved … The Studies in Retrospect volume is therefore unusual in being both primary documentation and scholarly history. As the former - and it is in fact a key document - it will obviously be of permanent use, regardless of how many other historical accounts are written. As the latter, it is worth citing here not because there is so little else to point to but because some of its essays are outstanding contributions to the history of scholarship and will remain so, no matter how excellent future treatments may prove to be” (G. Thomas Tanselle, “Bibliographical history as a field of study” in Studies in Bibliography, volume 41, 1988, pp.39-40). ¶ As new.
(22 cm), xix (1), 253, (3), xiii pp., 24 plates. Publisher’s quarter-cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - First edition, designed by William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956). Fascinating account of Lewis’ formation of his collection of 18th-century British prints, drawings, books, paintings and works of art, focusing particularly on Horace Walpole and his world. “It is a story which will entertain and instruct many others besides collectors and eighteenth-century specialists” (John Carter, from his review in The Times Literary Supplement, 9 May 1952, p.320). ¶ Dust jacket worn across head and foot of the spine; price clipped. Exlibris of John Thomas Lee (designed in 1921 by Sidney Lawton Smith; cf. C.E. Goodspeed & Co., Sidney Lawton Smith: designer, etcher, engraver: with extracts from his diary and a check-list of his bookplates, Boston 1931, no. 133). Good copy.
(32.5 cm), viii, 534, (2) pp., 30 plates. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The essays in this Festschrift for Luigi Ferrari, director of the Biblioteca nazionale Marciana di Venezia from 1920 to 1948, are all by leading scholars; they include Francesco Barberi, “Le edizioni romane di Francesco Minizio Calvo” (brief descriptions of 130 editions published 1523-1531, with an index of authors, and reproductions); Vittore Branca, “Un Esopo volgare veneto” (British Library, Add. Ms, 38023, f. 3r-83v; see Esopo veneto, testo trecentesco inedito pubblicato criticamente per cura di Vittore Branca con un studio linguistico di Giovan Battista Pellegrini, Padua 1992); and Giuseppe Billanovich, “Un amico e un libro del Petrarca” (the friend is Luca da Piacenza, and the book Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, Lat. 2589). Cf. Dizionario biografico dei soprintendenti bibliografici (Bologna 2011), pp.277-297. Only copies without illustrations are obtainable from the publisher, price €250 (“Testo mancante. Siamo spiacenti. Tranne qualche eccezione, tutti i volumi fino al 1990 non dispongono del testo illustrativo”; www.olschki.it/libro/9788822210883). ¶ Several light spots on wrappers; otherwise a fine, unmarked copy.
Comprehensive archive of the publications of D.E. Rhodes, the doyen of Italian bibliography. The 322 offprints are organised according to checklists prepared by Denis V. Reidy, “Bibliography of the published works of Dennis E. Rhodes, to the end of September 1992” (in The Italian Book 1465-1800: Studies presented to Dennis E. Rhodes on his 70th birthday, edited by Denis V. Reidy, London: The British Library, 1993, pp.363-386); Alessandro Scarsella, “Metodologia bibliografica e storia del libro” (in Miscellanea Marciana 9-10, 1995-1996, pp.6-8), and Carlo Dumontet, “Bibliografia delle pubblicazioni di Dennis E. Rhodes: fine 1996-marzo 2013” (in La Bibliofilia 115, 2013, pp.227-234). ¶ In the publishers’ printed wrapper, or as issued, and mostly in perfect state of preservation. The numerals in ink on covers were added by D.E. Rhodes.
Bloomfield, NJ, Academy of Medicine of New Jersey, 1960
(23 cm),  pp. Stapled. - The author, a dermatologist, was an authority on colonial American medicine and archivist-historian of the New Jersey Medical Society. The text was read at a meeting of the Section on Historical and Cultural Medicine at the Academy of Medicine, 6 April 1960. Offprint from Academy of Medicine of N[ew] J[ersey], Bulletin, volume 6, no. 4, September 1960. ¶ Good copy.
(25.5 cm), 497 pp., three folding plates. Publisher’s cloth. - Thirty-one contributions, mainly on German printing of the sixteenth century (three in English, one in French, the rest in German), and a “Verzeichnis der Veröffentlichungen von Josef Benzing in den Jahren 1928-1963” by Elisabeth Geck (pp.13-24). 500 copies printed by Chr. Scheufele, Stuttgart. ¶ As new.
Verona, [Stamperia Valdonega / Giovanni Mardersteig], 1964
Four volumes (30 cm), I: xxxviii (2), 296 (2) pp., portrait-frontispiece (with tissue interleaf) and 47 plates (some double-page). II: vii (3), 326 (2) pp., 48 plates. III: ix (3), 327 (3) pp., 88 plates (some folding). IV: viii (2), 392 (2) pp., 67 plates (some folding). Uniform publisher’s blue cloth bindings, top edges gilt; original plain card slipcases. - Among the many important contributions are Howard Nixon (Early English gold-tooled bookbindings) and Ernst Kyriss (Italienische Einbände der Spätgotik im Ausland). ¶ One corner bumped (vol. IV); otherwise as new.
Two volumes (25.5 cm), I (1715-1723): xcvi, 207 pp., portrait. II (1723-1726): pp.209-518, plate. Uniformly bound in publisher’s blue cloth, original Mylar wrapper (volume II only). - The author was the librarian of Robert Harley, first earl of Oxford (1661-1724), and of Edward, the second earl (1689-1741), responsible for the Harleian Library. His day-to-day comments on the world of collecting and scholarship in the early eighteenth century are of unfailing interest. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
(25 cm), 480 pp.,  pages of plates (including frontispiece). Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - Texts by 29 contributors in English, French, or German, in honour of Herman de la Fontaine Verwey, director of the University Library, Amsterdam. Four studies are devoted to bindings: Georges Colin and Howard Nixon on Plantin bindings; Jacques Guignard on the atelier working for Louis XII and that of Simon Vostre; Luc Indestege on “heads-in-medallions” panels of Netherlandish origin; and E. de la Fontaine Verwey on a fine binding from the library of the Connétable Anne de Montmorency (in the Royal Library, The Hague). ¶ Short tear in dust jacket; otherwise a fine, unmarked copy.
(25.5 cm), (8) 293 (1) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Included are essays by André Masson (Le chancelier Séguier bibliophile), Maurice Caillet (Le cardinal de Bernis, bibliophile), José Ruysschaert (Les reliures “à la fanfare” des collections vaticanes). ¶ Upper wrapper creased, corners worn; otherwise a very good, unmarked copy.
(25 cm), 527 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s green cloth. - Contributions in various languages, including two in English, by Frederick Goff (Pierre Vallet and Jean Robin’s “Le jardin du roy”) and Curt Bühler (La Compagnia del Falcone, a 16th century Florentine imprint). 500 copies printed. ¶ Fine copy.
(19 × 11 cm), 49 (3) pp., with 7 illustrations. Publisher’s printed blue wrappers. - Scholderer’s working life was spent at the British Museum, where in 1904 he filled the vacancy that arose on the death of Robert Proctor in 1903. ‘A series of delicate little miniatures is devoted to the many persons whose paths crossed the author's own, whether as bibliographers or as fellow-members of the staff of the British Museum’ (from a review by Lotte Hellinga, in Quaerendo, volume 1, issue 2, 1971, p.57). Published on the occasion of the author’s ninetieth birthday, 9 October 1970. 700 copies printed by Koninklijke Drukkerij Van de Garde, Zaltbommel. ¶ Wrappers sunned. Very good, unmarked copy.
(27.5 cm), 484 pp., illustrations (1 in colour, mounted). Publisher’s white cloth, skiver lettering-piece. - Thirty contributions in English, German, or Italian, including two seminal papers: H.M. Nixon’s “Elizabethan gold-tooled bindings”, in which Nixon distinguishes eight different workshops operating between the late 1550s and the 1570s, and examines their work for the principal patrons of the time - the Queen, Matthew Parker, William Cecil, and in particular Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, whom he considers to have a better claim than Thomas Wotton to the title of “the English Grolier”; and G.D. Painter’s “Gutenberg and the B36 group: a re-consideration”, in which Painter argues that the anonymous printer of the “Bamberg Bible” was Gutenberg himself. “Readers of The Book Collector should know that this Festschrift contains nothing that will not interest them, and several things that they should make every effort to read” (from a review by Nicolas Barker, in The Book Collector, Autumn 1971, p.395). 680 copies printed. ¶ In excellent state of preservation.
New York, Grolier Club / Pierpont Morgan Library, 1973
(25 cm), xxi (3), 659 pp., 20 plates. Publisher’s blue cloth with a monogram combining PM and G gilt-stamped on upper cover. - Reprints eighty of the author’s most important papers (by his own account, Bühler published nearly 350 articles and book reviews, and 16 books). Nine papers are on Aldus Manutius. A joint publication of the Grolier Club and Pierpont Morgan Library. Edition limited to 510 copies. For Jean Grolier & His Friends: 125 Years of Grolier Club Exhibitions and Publications, 1884-2009 (New York 2009), P303. ¶ Binding slightly rubbed; otherwise a very good copy, unmarked copy.
(25 cm), 686 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s percaline binding. - Festschrift celebrating the seventieth birthday for the great bibliographer of illustrated natural history books, edited by the curator of the Gutenberg Museum at Mainz. Contributions by Josef Benzing (Zum Leben und Werk des Strassburger Druckers Jakob Cammerlander), Curt F. Bühler (Newly discovered variant settings in the Hypnerotomachia poliphili), Karl Heinz Burmeister (Der Humanist und Botaniker Gabriel Hummelberg, ca. 1490-1544), Elly Cockx-Indestege (De flora Danica van Simon Paulli), Ray Desmond (Benjamin Fawcett), Helmut Dolezal (Zur Editionsgeschichte der Icones plantarum rariorum von Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin), Joseph Ewan (Annals of “The most wonderful plant in the world”), Hans Peter Fuchs-Eckert (Die Icones plantarum et analyses partium des Casimir Christoph Schmidel), Armin Geus (Die Vogelbilder des Danziger Malers Samuel Niedenthal), Frederick R.Goff (Johann Petri of Passau and his Herbarius latinus), Johannes Helm (Die Zeichner der botanischen Iconographien von Ludwig Reichenbach im Zeitraum 1820-1850), Christian Huenemoerder (Die Ikonographie des Fasans in der abendländisch-christlichen Buchmalerei), Zoltán Kádár (Die älteste Darstellung des Okapis in Europa), Hermann Knaus (Die Arenbergbibel), Albert Labarre (Diffusion de l’Historia naturalis de pline au temps de la renaissance), Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt (The microscope and the book), Kurt Lindner (Das Hausbuch des Johann Coler), Dennis E. Rhodes (An unidentified edition of Galen), William T. Stearn (Magnol’s Botanicum monspeliense and Linnaeus’s Flora monspeliensis), Alwyne Wheeler (Thomas Bewick’s projected History of British fishes, with notes on another book on fishes attributed to Bewick). ¶ As new.
(25 cm), ix, 458 pp. 81 illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - First edition. Contributions in English, French, German or Italian. Only copies without illustrations are obtainable from the publisher, price €84 (“Testo mancante. Siamo spiacenti. Tranne qualche eccezione, tutti i volumi fino al 1990 non dispongono del testo illustrativo”; www.olschki.it/libro/9788822212351). ¶ Long tear in wrapper along hinge.
(24 cm), vii, 403 pp., 10 plates (6 double-sided). Publisher’s cloth-backed boards. - Contributions by John Carter (Graham Pollard), Nicolas Barker (Quiring and the binder), Anthony Hobson (The iter italicum of Jean Matal), Richard Hunt (Donors of manuscripts to St. John’s College, Oxford, during the Presidency of William Laud, 1611-1621), Paul Morgan (Letters relating to the Oxford book trade found in bindings in Oxford college libraries, c. 1611-1647), David Vaisey (Anthony Stephens: the rise and fall of an Oxford bookseller), Harry Carter (Early accounts of the University Press, Oxford), Michael Harris (Newspaper distribution during Queen Anne’s reign: Charles Delafaye and the secretary of state’s office), Howard Nixon (Harleian bindings), Terry Belanger (Tonson, Wellington and the Shakespeare copyrights), John Fleeman (The revenue of a writer: Samuel Johnson’s Literary Earnings), Giles Barber (Pendred abroad), A.N.L. Munby (Dibdin’s reference library), David Rogers (Francis Douce’s manuscripts), John Dreyfus and Peter Isaac (William Bulmer’s will), Michael Turner (Tillotson’s fiction bureau). “Writings of Graham Pollard” (pp.379-386). Cf. Nicolas Barker, “Graham Pollard” in The Book Collector, volume 26 (1977), pp.7-28. ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.