Five volumes (20 cm), I (1924): 255 (1) pp., 8 p. of plates. II (1925): (8) 206 pp. III (1926): xxxii, 376 pp. IV (1926): vii (1), 429 (1) pp. V (1927): vii (1), 231 (1) pp. Uniform publisher’s blue cloth bindings, titles lettered directly on spines, plain covers. - Handbooks for collectors, providing a canon of “best editions”, summary collations (pagination statements, plate counts), indications of rarity and value. ¶ Binding cloth faded, corners worn; otherwise good, unmarked copies.
Four (of five) volumes only (20 cm), I (1924): 255 (1) pp., 8 p. of plates. II (1925): (8) 206 pp. IV (1926): vii (1), 429 (1) pp. V (1927): vii (1), 231 (1) pp. Uniform publisher’s blue cloth bindings, skiver lettering-pieces, upper cover lettered in gilt. -Handbooks for collectors, providing a canon of “best editions”, summary collations (pagination statements, plate counts), indications of rarity and value. Most copies were bound by the publisher in plain blue cloth; here, the upper covers are lettered “Taschenbibliographien” “Erster Band” (”Zweiter”, etc.), and the spines are titled on lettering-pieces. ¶ Lacking third volume of the set (Die illustrierten französischen Bücher des 18. Jahrhunderts). Good, unmarked copies.
Four volumes (25 cm), I (Éditions originales, 1924): (8) 459 (1) pp. II (Éditions originales, 1925): (4) 501 (1) pp. III (Livres illustrés du XIXe siècle, 1927): (4) 605 (3) pp. IV (Tables générales; Ouvrages cités, illustrateurs et graveurs, 1928): (4) 207 (1) pp., with a large number of text illustrations, many in colour. Uniform quarter-morocco bindings (original wrappers bound in). - First edition of an indispensable guide to French romantic literature; volume III is entirely devoted to illustrated books. The author succeeded Léon Conquet in 1886 as proprietor of the bookshop at 5 rue Drouot; he provided expertise for numerous auction sales, notably that of Henri Béraldi (1934). ¶ Volume I inscribed “En toute sympathie L. Carteret”. Fine set with minimal traces of use.
Thirty-six volumes (26.5 cm), comprising the bibliography (items 1-381897, in 28 volumes), index (A-Z y Apendice, in 7 volumes), and addenda (A: 1-21526*, in one volume), uniformly bound in collector’s quarter-morocco (except addenda, as issued in the publisher’s printed wrappers). - A monumental work of bibliographical scholarship, the result of more than fifty years work by a single man, indispensable to anyone whose interests embrace the Hispanic world. A memoir of Antonio Palau subscribed “Hijos de Antonio Palau y Dulcet” appears in volume VIII (pp.495-497); among preliminaries of volume XIX (1967) is Miguel Palau y Claveras, “Antonio Palau y Dulcet: mi maestro”, reprinted from El Libro Español, October 1967, retaining the original pagination (pp.795-805). Volume XXVIII reprints the “Diccionario Geográfico-tipografico” with additions and corrections that had come to the notice of the editors since 1948. ¶ Faint waterstain in upper margins of volume VII; otherwise in perfect state of preservation.
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.
(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.
Seven volumes bound in six (29 × 21 cm), I: (8) 1023 (1) pp. II: 1070 pp. III: 1181 (1) pp. IV: 931 (3) pp. V: 909 (1) pp. VI-VII: iv (2), 490 pp.; vi, 500 pp. Very numerous facsimiles of title-pages, printer marks, illustrations. Uniform publisher’s red rexine bindings. - Revised and enlarged edition of material first published in the serial Bibliotheca Belgica, 1880-1967 (in 240 instalments, loose sheets, in 16° format). Included are all books printed in The Netherlands in the 15th and 16th centuries and the principal ones since, books published abroad by Belgian or Dutch authors, those about the Netherlands or printed by printers from the Netherlands. Volumes 1-5 (authors A-Z) reprints the 1964 edition; volume VI (supplement, concordance, and indexes of authors and printers) reprints the 1970 edition; volume VII is the original edition of the Index général, compiled by Joseph De Reuck (1975). ¶ Superior set in new condition.
London, Victoria & Albert Museum / Faber & Faber [printed at the Westerham Press], 1980
(24.5 cm),  pp., 8 p. of plates (some in colour). Publisher’s green paper wrapper, with title and device printed in tan and black. - 183 books, dust jackets, bindings, posters, periodicals, etc. were exhibited. Preface by Peter Castle and Introduction by A.S. Osley (1917-1987). ¶ Excellent copy of the original edition (reprinted by The Merrion Press, 2005).
(21 cm), 72 pp. Errata sheets loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - First edition, a revision of the author’s Baedeker’s Reisehandbücher 1828-1945: vollständiges Verzeichnis der deutschen, englischen und französischen Ausgaben ([Holzminden] 1979). ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
(25 cm), lxxxv (3), 453 (5) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Account of the Modenese firm founded by Bartolomeo Soliani, a soldier turned bookseller, in 1646, which was continued by the “Eredi Soliani” until 1870. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
(22 cm), 283 (1) pp.,  p. of plates and illustrations (some in colour). Cloth-backed, patterned-paper boards. - Account of a group of pamphlets purportedly written or printed by Frederic Prokosch (1908-1989) between 1935-1940, but in fact produced 1968-1972. Limited edition of 400 copies. ¶ Presentation inscription by the author (dated 4 February 1988) on endpaper.
(30 cm), 99 (1) pp., illustrations (mostly in colour). 83 catalogue entries. Publisher’s wrappers. - Exhibition curated by Jerry Kelly. Among the essays is Hermann Zapf, “Memories of Giovanni Mardersteig”. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.