Charles Grignion the elder (1721-1810), Huguenot engraver [ William Caxton, English printer; Horace Walpole; the Strawberry Hill Press ]
Frontispiece to Horace Walpole's 'Royal and Noble Authors', published by the Strawberry Hill Press, 1758 [ 1759 ].
Printed in black ink on one side of a piece of 18 x 11 cm piece of laid paper. Dimensions of image 15.5 x 10 cm. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The image forms the upper part of the engraving, within a decorative border, with the caption, covering eleven lines, as the lower part, within its own lapidary border. The image is, as the caption explains, from 'a curious M.S. in the Archbishop's Library at Lambeth'.
James Tregaskis (1850-1926), London bookseller; Herbert Railton (1857-1910), illustrator
Published by James and Mary Lee Tregaskis, "Caxton Head," 232 High Holborn, London, 1894.
On 32.5 x 23 cm piece of thin wove paper. In fair condition only: aged, especially at extremities, and with loss to all four corners on removal from mount. The image (which is roughly 21 x 17 cm) and text are clear and clean, as is the signature 'James Tregaskis', in pencil in the bottom right-hand corner. A charming view, in Railton's characteristic style, of a somewhat decrepit eighteenth-century interior, with a plump young girl in voluminous late-Victorian smock playing on the stairs with a small dog.
[St. David's College, Lampeter [Ceredigion, Wales], founded in 1822, now the University of Wales]
The 'Charters and Statutes': Oxford: E. Pickard Hall and J. H. Stacy. 1879. The 'Memoranda' printed in Lampeter by the Welsh Church Press Company, Ltd., and Caxton Hall Printing Company. 1900 to 1921.
22 items, all with shelfmarks, stamps and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. ONE: 'The Charters and Statutes of Saint David's College in the County of Cardigan. 1879.' Oxford: By E. Pickard Hall, M.A. and J. H. Stacy, Printers to the University. 60pp., 8vo. Printed price slip laid down at rear. Aged and worn, with creasing to corners. Heavily-worn detached printed front wrap loosely inserted. Four copies on COPAC, but none at the British Library.
Limited Edition, no.464 of 600, designed by John B. Goetz, glassine type wraps, sl. chipped, mainly fine. There is a calligraphic presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, "Presented to Anthony Rota [distinguished modern first dealer] on the occasion of the Septmber 28, 1988 meeting of the Caxton Club with the appreciation of the members and guests whose signatures appear below." There are 81 signatures, commencing with Charles [?] Cullen, David G. Hilliard and concluding with Harrison Hayford and an indecipherable.
Frederick Norgate (1817-1908), British publisher, of the firm Williams & Norgate [Bernard Quaritrch; William Caxton; John Lawler]
29 July 1902; 7 Edith Road, London.
12mo, 3 pp. Bifolium. 47 lines. Text clear and complete. On aged paper, wear and fraying to extremities. The cutting which Lawler leant him 'has helped me to trace one stage further in the wanderings of more than one vagabond Caxton'. Refers to John Winter Jones's discovery of a copy in the British Museum of the 'Quatre Derrenieres Choses', 'now more than 50 years ago [...] it has remained absolutely unique until our old friend at 15 Piccadilly [Bernard Quaritch] came upon a 2nd copy'.
William Blades, Bibliographer and Printer [Ashburnham; William Caxton]
2 Montague St., Russell Square, 17 May 185[8?].
Two pages, 12mo, chipped and with small closed tears, with loss of half a line of text and some letters, bottom edge turned up. I beg to offer you according to your reque[st] a list of books printed by Caxton, in the library at Ashburnham House with their imperfections and sizes.
W. Loftus Hare [William Caxton; William H. Robinson Ltd, booksellers]
Reprinted from 'Apollo', October 1931.' Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode Limited, His Majesty's Printers, East Harding Street, London, E.C.4.
Quarto, twelve pages. Unbound. In original grey printed wraps, with facsimile portrait of Caxton laid down on front cover as part of design. Stitched. Lightly aged and worn, and a little loose. A handsome production, with five full-page facsimiles of pages from the book, and three other illustrations (including duplicate of that on front wrap). Large plate of charcoal drawing, captioned 'A view of the facade of 16 & 17 Pall Mall as seen from the Athenaeum', laid down inside back wrap.
1910; J. & J. Leighton, 40 Brewer St., Regent St., London W.
Proof with manuscript changes in pencil and printed additions pasted onto p.viii. 14 pages, folio. Five plates and five illustrations in text. In original green printed wraps. In good condition: paper discoloured and with some creasing at head; wraps grubby, creased and worn, with small closed tear along top end of spine. An attractive production, 'reprinted from J. & J. Leighton's illustrated catalogue of early-printed books, manuscripts, &c. part xiv.' Describes the edition of the Golden Legend published by Caxton in 1483, and a block-book published in Germany around 1470.