[London]: [Macmillan & Co. Ltd. and Philip Lee Warner, Publisher to the Medici Society, A Riccardi Press Book], . Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 57 of 350 copies, octavo size, 125 pp. Near fine / near fine. Item #19050103
"The Revival of Printing" contains bibliographical entries for numerous well-known private English presses, including the Doves Press and Kelmscott Press, as well as the Merrymount Press in Boston, Massachusetts, and is filled with facsimiles of fine printing from the presses reproduced by either collotype or letterpress.
The bibliography is introduced by scholar and mediaevalist Robert Steele (1860-1944), who wrote books on various subjects of mediaeval history and literature, often with the help and funding of different learned societies; Steele was a follower of William Morris, a poet and socialist activist who started the Kelmscott Press. This volume is offered with the original dust jacket, which is scarce in the marketplace.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with light blue paper boards, white paper labels with black lettering on the front board and spine, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page in blue and black, facsimiles of printed pages from various presses, the collotype facsimiles with tissue guards throughout, with original black ribbon marker, spare labels tipped-in at the colophon; octavo size (9.25" by 6.5"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xxxiii [xxxiv] [1-2] 3-89  [1 colophon], one of 350 copies, this number 57. In a blue paper dust jacket with navy blue lettering and decoration on the front panel, navy blue lettering on the spine, a list of Ricardi Press books on the rear panel, other books from the publisher on the front flap, and a description of the Medici Society on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped, with the original price of 16s. on the front panel.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; boards have a few spots of soiling but are clean overall, some foxing to the paper labels, boards are very slightly bowed, light off-setting and foxing to the endpapers and front and rear flyleaves. The dust jacket is near fine, unclipped, clean, with very light soiling to the verso, light wear to the corners and top and bottom edges of the flaps, and to the tail of the spine, and spine and top edge are sunned.
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