[ The Rowfant Club, Cleveland, Ohio. ] Illustrated invitation to 'An exhibition of American and Foreign Book-Plates from the collection of Mr. Charles Dexter Allen, Honorary American Secretary of The Ex Libris Society, London.' Signed by F. H. Baer.

Frank H. Baer (1864-1940), American book collector and member of the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, Ohio [ Charles Dexter Allen; The Ex Libris Society, London; bookplates ]
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'Rowfant Club | 255 Erie St' [Cleveland, Ohio]. 'January 21 to 24, 1895. | Evenings 7.30 to 10.'

12 x 8.5 cm. Bifolium. Printed in red and black on thick watermarked deckle-edged laid paper. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Engraving in black ink on recto of first leaf, incorporating the words 'Rowfant Club' and '255 Erie St', showing a back-view of a man in a chair seated at a table, spreading open a large volume containing ''BOOK-PLATES'. Text on recto of second volume, printed in black and red, with the printed words 'Compliments of' followed by the autograph signature of 'F. H. Baer'.

Solander box labelled 'Dickensiana', containing a large number of engravings (some of them said to be cancelled or suppressed), as well as removed title pages and prelims, removed from works by Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens [Dickensiana; F. W. Pailthorpe; Arthur Jule Goodman; Maurice Greiffenhagen; Harry Furness; Harold Child; John F. Dexter]
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London [items dated between 1841 to 1898].

Clearly assembled by an enthusiastic collector or dealer-collector (possibly - from an inscription reproduced below - Harold Child, writer?). While the title-leaves and prelims are in variable condition there is no evidence that the prints, which are for the most part very well preserved, have been removed from volumes. The number of duplicates (as many as five copies of the same item) would indicate that this is unlikely, and it is probable that they were acquired separately. The box, measuring 31 x 24 x 5 cm, is half bound in brown cloth with worn leather spine, on which 'VOL.

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