(25.5 cm), 218 pp., 9 plates. Bound in green buckram, a collector’s binding. - 545 editions are described (1 incunable, 30 cinquecentine). The great majority have been examined by the author, but fifty have proved untraceable and are described from notices of earlier bibliographers. Rhodes and the Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum (VII, p.lxxxvi) argue that the date “1488” in Maurus Servius Honoratus, De finalibus ([Printer of Servius, “De ultimis syllabis”, for Franciscus Octavius de Fano], 12 January) must be a misprint for “1478”; see, however, Attilio Carosi, Librai cartai e tipografi in Viterbo e nella provincia del patrimonio di S. Pietro in Tuscia nel secoli XV e XVI (Viterbo 1988), pp.23-27, who argues for the date as printed. Denis Reidy, “Bibliography of the published works of Dennis E. Rhodes” in The Italian Book, 1465-1800: Studies presented to Dennis E. Rhodes on his 70th Birthday (London 1993), no. 118. Only copies without illustrations are obtainable from the publisher, price €56 (“Testo mancante. Siamo spiacenti. Tranne qualche eccezione, tutti i volumi fino al 1990 non dispongono del testo illustrativo”; www.olschki.it/libro/9788822219992). ¶ Very good copy.
Paris, Éditions du Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique, 1967-1984
Eight volumes (27 cm), I (A-B, 1967): 241 pp. II (C-D, 1968): 192 pp. III (E-F, 1970): 78 pp. IV (G-K, 1972): 134 pp. V (L-M, 1975): 210 pp. VI (N-P, 1976): 157 pp. VII (Q-S, 1980): 161 pp. VIII (T-Z; Supplément, 1984): 243 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Rare first editions. A second edition of authors A-B was published by L.S. Olschki 1970-1979, after which the project was abandoned. ¶ Some light shelf wear, but overall a fine set.
(25 cm), xvi, 370 (2) pp., 8 plates. Bound in blue buckram, a collector’s binding. - 637 editions are described (3 incunables, 51 cinquecentine). “Let it be said at once that [Moranti] has done a thorough and, as far as I can judge, almost definitive piece of work very well; he has provided a long introduction on the various presses which operated in the town century by century; he has printed the text from a number of relevant documents from the local archives; and he has given descriptions of 637 editions printed at Urbino up to 1799 including those of which he cannot locate a copy today. There is a generous number of illustrations” (from a review by D.E. Rhodes, in The Library, volume 24, 1969, pp.61-62). 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/9788822218568). ¶ Excellent copy.
(21 cm),  pp., 10 plates. Publisher’s cloth. - 147 editions are described. Facsimile reprint of Manzoni’s uncompleted annals of the Soncino family of printers (vols. I, 2/fascicule 1, 3/fascicules 1-3, 4/fascicule 1, published Bologna: Presso Gaetano Romagnoli, 1883-1886). ¶ Very good copy.
[Place of publication not identified], [publisher not identified], [1970?]
(21 cm), (12) 357 (1) pp. Publisher’s orange wrappers. - Anonymous facsimile reprint of the first edition (Florence: Luigi Gonnelli & figli editori – Tipografia Barbera, 1927). The author, a graduate of Oxford (MA, 1913), retired early from the colonial service, to Fiesole, where he compiled his invaluable annali of the Bodoni press. ¶ Wrappers rubbed.
(25 cm), xxxi (1), 645 (1) pp., 43 p. of plates. Collector’s blue cloth binding. - 913 entries. Only copies without illustrations are obtainable from the publisher, price €105 (“Testo mancante. Siamo spiacenti. Tranne qualche eccezione, tutti i volumi fino al 1990 non dispongono del testo illustrativo”; www.olschki.it/libro/9788822216359). ¶ Excellent copy.
Four volumes (27 cm), I (A-B, 1967): 241 pp. II (C-D, 1968): 192 pp. IV (G-K, 1972): 134 pp. V (L-M, 1975): 210 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Incomplete set (volumes 1, 2, 4, 5 only, of eight). All volumes are now out-of-print (www.cnrseditions.fr/). ¶ Good copies.
Folding sheet (33 × 48 cm),  pp., 155 items; priced. - A selling exhibition organised by Bernard Quaritch Ltd with the collaboration and participation of fifteen booksellers: Breslauer, Dawsons, Colin Franklin, E.P. Goldschmidt, Paul Grinke, Otto Haas, Frank Hammond, Hofmann & Freeman, Clifford King, H.D. Lyon, Maggs, Marlborough Rare Books, J.F.T. Rogers, Traylen, and Weinreb. Many interesting books are described, including the Aldine Musaeus (item 103, £2500; ex-Maurice Johnson collection), the 1488-1489 Homer (item 77, £5000; the Mersey copy, returned to the market in the Nakles sale, Christie’s, New York, 17 April 2000, lot 140); among the manuscripts are Cicero’s “De oratore” illuminated by Battista di Biagio Sanguigni (item 6, £7800; ex-Drury and Samuel Butler collections, and Sotheby’s, 10 July 1972, lot 27; now Bodleian Library, MS. Bywater Adds. 1), and the only known manuscript of Pietro Jacopo Jennaro’s “Clepsimoginon” from the library of Ercole d’Este, to whom the work is dedicated (item 9, £15,000; ex-Bibliotheca Phillippica, sale by Sotheby’s, 30 November 1971, lot 516; Quaritch, Catalogue 914, 1972, item 9). ¶ Few short tears.
Two volumes (24.5 cm), I: 356 (2) pp. II: 469 (3) pp., with folded map in pocket of volume II. Uniform publisher’s blue cloth bindings. - The whole of the first volume is an alphabetical list of names (vernacular is given priority over Latin), followed in brackets by variant forms, earliest and latest known dates of activity, and place or places of work. The number of names provided by Borsa is much larger than in the dictionaries of printers previously compiled by Fumagalli, Ascarelli, and Cosenza. The second volume is in two parts: the first is organised chronologically (1465-1600), and then by town, and lists the printers active in each year; the second part is organised by town, and lists the printers in chronological order. There are six appendices in the second volume, of which the most useful list persons falling outside the scope of the main index (e.g., financiers and apprentices, arranged alphabetically and followed by the town name) and places where printing was done exclusively with characters other than those of Latin (i.e., with Armenian, Cyrillic, Greek and Hebrew characters). Preliminaries in German, Italian and Latin. Publisher’s retail price €160 (www.koernerverlag.de). ¶ Superior copy in new condition.