San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1991. Hardcover. Two volumes, quarto size, 675 pp., illustrated. Near fine. Item #13092102
A bibliographical catalogue of books from the library of J. R. Abbey, the contents of volume one cover World, Europe and Africa, and volume two comprises Asia, Oceania, Antarctica and America. John Roland Abbey (1894-1969) began collecting books in 1929, focusing on the Private Presses; he eventually formed complete collections of Kelmscott, Ashendene and Gwasg Gregynog books. His interests, however, were wide-ranging; this set, which is arranged geographically, focuses on travel books with illustrations done via aquatint and lithography. Reprinted from the first edition of 1956, published privately and publicly by The Curwen Press, London.___DESCRIPTION: Two volumes, full burgundy imitation leather with gilt lettering to the backstrip, title-page printed in black and red with decorative border, color lithograph frontispiece to both volumes, 36 collotype plates, 52 illustrations in the text; quarto size (12.5" by 9 3/8"), pagination: Volume I, [i-vi] vii-xiii 1-299; Volume II, [i-iv] v-xiv 301-675, reprint of the first edition.___CONDITION: A near fine set, internally bright and complete, strong and square text blocks, covers are clean, gilt is bright, no prior owner markings; except for a slight bump to the upper right corner of the first volume, this set is near fine.___POSTAGE: Please note that due to size and weight additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.