[ Christophe Plantin; Berthold Wolpe; Evelyn Phillip Shirley (1812-1882); Ettington Manuscript Library; William Staunton of Longbridge, Warwickshire ]
Undated manuscript of work from 'Officina Plantiniana excudebat M.DC.LV. [ 1655 ]'
The text of the printed volume is neatly and skilfully copied over 61pp., 4to., and ruled in red. Interspersed with a number of pages carrying only the red ruling. Internally good and tight, in worn brown morocco binding with front hinge nearly detached, with heavily-worn spine with no label and singeing at head and foot. Gilt dentelles, both internal and external, and the following stamped within decorative border at centre of both covers: 'SERIES CHRONOLOGICA | IMPERATORUM | ROMANORUM | 1655'.
Charles Dickens as 'Boz' [ Bentley's Miscellany; Richard Bentley, London publisher; Root and Son, London bookbinders; George Cruikshank ]
Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street; Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh; and John Cumming, Dublin. 1837 and 1838.
The various extracts are 'BOUND BY ROOT & SON', a beautiful binding in crushed brown morocco, with gold tooling to covers and spine, dentelles, and marbled endpapers. Spine in six compartments, with 'BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY | C. DICKENS | 1837'. In very good condition, in like binding, with small nicks at head and tail of cover. The contents comprises: ONE: Front wrap of no. 1, 2 January 1837. TWO: 'Extraordinary Gazette. | Speech of His Mightiness on opening the Second Number of Bentley's Miscellany, edited by “Boz.”' 4pp. THREE: Title-leaf of vol. 1, 1837. FOUR: 'Public Life of Mr.
[ Book Trade Labels: mainly nineteenth-century labels of British bookbinders, printers, booksellers and stationers in London and the provinces ]
Mainly British and nineteenth-century. A few twentieth-century items, and a handful of foreign labels (Cairo, Calgary, New Orleans, Sydney, and other places).
Ranging in size from a 7 x 11mm yellow hexagon to a 2.5 x 5 cm blue oval. Printed in a range of colours and cut in a variety of shapes. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with 98 of 152 items laid down on a piece of card. The dating in the following description is from the British Book Trade Index (BBTI). An interesting collection of labels, mostly nineteenth-century and mainly relating to the British booktrade, ranging from 'BRO: R. SPENCER, | MASONIC BOOKSELLER' of 314 High Holborn (Robert Spencer, 1831-1846), to 'J. B. BROWN. | Bookbinder to | HIS MAJESTY.
Maggs Brothers, London booksellers [ Messrs. R. Riviere & Son of Regent Street, bookbinders ]
On letterhead of Maggs Brothers, 109 Strand, London WC. 2 February 1918.
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. The letterhead styles the firm: 'Maggs Bros., | Rare Books, Prints & Autographs. | Catalogues issued. | Publishers, Exporters & Shippers.' gives thhe address of the firm's warehouse, telegraphic and cable address, 'Code in Use', and telephone number. With reference to an order, the firm is sending 'a large plate of the "Mistaken Marriage" and another of "The Whiskers" of these latter kindly use the larger of the two but do not inlay'.
Hendrik Fagel (1765-1838), Greffier of Holland, Dutch politician whose library was bought by Trinity College, Dublin [James Hering (d.1836), German-born London bookbinder; Kaspar Hauser; Eugene Arram]
Hague [Netherlands]. 20 February 1833.
1p., 8vo. On bifolium. Nineteen lines of text. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. A formal unsigned letter in the third person. Docketed on reverse, presumably by Hering: 'Fagel | Feb 20th/33'. The letter begins: 'I beg Mr.
[Printed heading] Macmillan & Bowes | Booksellers, Publishers, and Stationers | I, Trinity Street, Cambridge, 20 Dec. 1906.
Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. As follows: " I wish to apologise for having spoken to you in the way I did here today in the presence of several people [...] I had no knowledge of the matter in question until my Father appealed to me for my opinion, and I gave my opinion [excision] viz. that we should have been referred to at an earlier period, & if the leather was actually in stock & not promised to anypne else when the order was received. that it should have been used for those books.
[Stoakley & Son[s]; Frank E. Stoakley; bookbinders]
List of customers of bookbinder, Stoakley & Son, pre-1920(?)(from the list Professor Oppenheim died in 1919), 3pp., c.16 x 25cm, bifolium, 132 names listed alphabetically in pencil, most with ticks (bills paid?). Customers include A.C. Benson, Deighton Bell, Sir James Dewar, "Gaselee", "Gladstone", "Dr Greg" (W.W.?), Dr Keynes, J.M. Keynes, Bishop of Gibraltar, Alfred Milner, Lord Rayleigh, Sedgwick Museum, Sir J.J. Thomson, and several colleges. WITH: 21 Autograph Letters from a later incarnation of the Stoakley business, Signed, "H.T. Penn Young", Medical Officer H.M.
Charles Daly, London bookseller (fl.1832-1855) [Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman (1802-1865), Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster; Thomas Male, bookbinder of Duke Street, Birmingham; Bickers & Darling]
17 Greville Street, Hatton Garden, London. 2 March 1844.
1p., 8vo. On bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper with a few small closed tears to edges. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with broken red wax seal, Penny Red stamp and postmarks, to: 'Revd. Dr. Wiseman, | St. Mary's College | Oscott | Nr. Birmingham'. 22 lines of text, closely and neatly written. Daly begins: 'I am sorry to trouble you by laying before you the Letters [not present] of a man of the name of Thomas Male - Bookseller & Bookbinder residing at St. Mary's, who has by representing himself as patronized by you got Credit from me to the Amount of £11 . 9 .
Six items, invoices and receipts, 1835-1836, some revealing the spreading of the binding among different firms of "Military Prayers" [prob. John Parker Lawson, "The Military Pastor", a series of Practical Discourses addressed to soldiers, with prayers for the use of the sick published by J.W. Parker [pp. SPCK]]. Binders include: Camp [& Curtis][not in BBTI - William to 1831]; Eliza Camp [BBTI same address as William Camp for a time; BBTI]; Russell & Spencer; Joseph Smith [& Son] [not in BBTI]; F. Remnant.
Joseph Ashby-Sterry (c.1836-1917), English painter and author [Punch, or the London Charivari]
1871, 1872, 1873 and 1880; the first three from 3 Plowden Buildings, Temple, and the last from 4 Marine Parade, Dover.
ITEM ONE (note, one page, 12mo, 3 December 1871, remains of grey paper mount adhering to verso of blank second leaf of bifolium): Apologises for sending a undated note: 'I daresay you can manage to fix at about what period it was written'. ITEM TWO (note, one page, 8vo, 12 December 1872, on creased, aged paper): Declining a dinner invitation. ITEM THREE (letter, one page, 8vo, 21 November 1873, on aged paper heavily chipped at head and foot): He has just described Draper's paper to Blanchard, who 'thinks it just the very thing they want. They like to have dates.
[ABERDEEN; BOOKBINDER] John Philip, bookbinder of Aberdeen (SBTI, d.1847)
Aberdeen, April 1845, for binding Jan.-june 1846.
Two pages, c7.5 x 19", folded, good condition. It comprises more than 80 tiles, some entries are multiple, mainly theological, but other subjects include history, memoirs, and poetry. Brief details of binding work given, and prices, total £4.1.6. Philip also charges for "advertising Scott's Bible" in the "banner" and "Journal". The list is substantial enough to represent a private library.
[PROVINCIAL]W. Gotelee, bookseller, printer and stationer.
Wokingham and Market Place, Wokingham, Berks,1850[-1866].
Sixteen invoices, all 8vo, good condition. They bought account books and stationery relevant to their function. The overseers, for example, bought a "Poor Rates Book", had "Rate Receipt books" and "Poor Rate Notices" printed by Gotelee. The surveyors' invoices listed "Printing 200 Highway Rate Receipts". The churchwardens had a "Book of Common Prayer" bound.