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.
Three volumes (25.5 cm), I (1952): xxx, 333 pp., 156 plates (319 illustrations) and frontispiece. II (1955): xxxii, 413 pp., 252 plates (617 illustrations) and frontispiece. III (1964): xiv, 396 pp., 214 plates (466 illustrations). Uniform publisher’s red cloth, printed dust jackets (volumes II and III only). - A work intended to give a complete history of British engraving (in copper, or other metal) from the Tudor Period through the reign of Charles I; a fourth volume, which was to have covered 1649 to 1688, was never published. Each volume is arranged in three parts: the first deals with the more important works by both known and anonymous masters; the second lists engravers in chronological order; and the third describes the prints of anonymous engravers, together with the works of foreign engravers working in England. Each print is located in at least one collection. Many engravings, wholly cartographic in character are described. “Every historian of the period, every student of its literature or of its art, will want to own this book” (Frances A. Yates, from a review of volume III, in The Book Collector, Winter 1964, pp.514-518). ¶ Endpapers of volume I slightly spotted, and a few marks and insignificant stains on binding; lacking its dust jacket. The other two volumes are in fine state. Overall, an excellent, clean set of this standard work.
(26 cm), xxvii, 256 pp. Publisher’s cloth. - An index of dedicatees, editors, writers of commendatory verse and prose, mentioned in the preliminaries of all books in STC. The author was Professor of English at Georgetown University from 1939-1974. Over twenty-five years’ he visited 130 libraries and personally examined “more than 37,000 copies of 29,800 items of early British printing, including 4400 STC addenda (1500 of them fresh titles)”. An indispensable resource for the study of literary patronage and bibliography in Elizabethan England. ¶ Fine copy.
(24 cm), ix (1), 272 (2) pp.,  leaves of plates. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - An analysis of the role of the London “press” (newspapers, satirical prints, and pamphlets) in moulding public opinion during the years just prior to the American Revolution; the influence of “Junius” and the role of John Wilkes are carefully delineated. Included are a chronology of events, 70 biographical sketches, and 16 full-page reproductions of contemporary political prints. ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.
(22.5 cm), xiii, 225 pp., illustrations including 4 plates and genealogical table. Publisher’s boards, dust jacket. - Biography of the leading printer in Britain during the second half of the 18th century, the printer and friend of Johnson, Franklin, Gibbon, Hume, and a host of lesser authors. Several chapters shed light on the conduct of the book trade between England and the colonies before the American Revolution. “Three chapters are especially valuable. I have not read before so clear a description and explanation of the book trade in all of its eighteenth-century complexity as that found in the chapters entitled ‘Printing in the Eighteenth Century’ and ‘The Trade.’ An equally valuable chapter is ‘King’s Printer’” (from a review by Robert D. Harlan, in The Library Quarterly, volume 35, 1965, pp.194-195). Based on Strahan’s, business papers, letters and diaries (mostly in the British Library and Library of the American Philosophical Society). Originally published in London by Routledge and Kegan Paul. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
(30 cm), xiii (1), 69 (3) pp.,  colour plates,  leaves of black & white illustrations. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Catalogue accompanying an exhibition celebrating the quincentenary of printing’s arrival in Oxford. The exhibition travelled from the Pierpont Morgan Library to the Library of the University of Western Ontario, then to the Victoria and Albert Museum, and to the Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek in Frankfurt am Main. Preface by Charles Ryskamp. ¶ Laminate on wrappers yellowing; otherwise a good, unmarked copy.
Three volumes (32 cm), I (1986): liii, 620 pp. II (1976): I-Z. xi, 494 pp. III (Indexes, 1991): xix, 405 pp. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - Second edition, revised and enlarged. “The most meticulous and definitive extended work of bibliography, in any language and on any subject, ever achieved” (Arthur Freeman, “The complete New STC” in The Times Literary Supplement, 13 February 1987, p.170). Sold to members of the Bibliographical Society (price £200), or currently obtainable from the Society’s agent Oak Knoll Books (price $795; Order Nr. 60371; www.oakknoll.com). ¶ A few handling marks on dust jackets; a fine set.
(28 cm), ix (1), 72 (2) pp., 72 plates (24 in colour). Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Exhibition of illustrated books and individual prints from the Yale Center’s collection (189 catalogue entries). First edition (reprinted 1986). Wrapper lightly discoloured; otherwise a very good copy.
(22.5 cm), xviii, 151 pp. Publisher’s printed boards. - Almon was the most influential opposition bookseller and publisher during the reign of George III. There is a useful appendix listing his publications. ¶ Presentation inscription from author on title-page.
(28 cm), xix, 138 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - 57 catalogue entries and “Bibliographical Supplement” (pp.110-123). Includes essays by David Armitage (The Darien venture), Ned C. Landsman (Immigration and settlement), David Hancock (Trade), Robin Fabel (Scots in Georgia and the British Floridas), Robert Kent Donovan and Michael Fry (Religion in the affairs of Scotland and America), James McLachlan (Education), Bruce Lenman (Colonial warfare and imperial identity), Michael Fry (Scotland and the American Revolution). 1250 softcover and 250 casebound copies printed. ¶ As new.
(25 cm), xlix (1), 521 (1) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s cloth. - “This bibliography offers descriptions of almost 200 issues of secular voice music published in England, 1703-1726, including works by Giovanni Bononcini, Henry Purcell, John Weldon, Attilio Ariosti and Richard Leveridge. 2296 song first lines are listed and indexed” (publisher’s abstract). ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
(25.5 cm), xlviii, 675 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s cloth binding. - “Supplants the seventy-year-old directory of McClintock Dix and provides the first full account of the working life of all known members of the Dublin booktrade before 1800. Guild records are supported by an astonishing evidential sweep that includes city directories, newspaper advertisements, customer records, disparate letters and accounts, and the imprints themselves” (from a review by James Raven, in The Times Literary Supplement, 28 December 2001, p.30). ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.