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1 Shaw, Henry The Hand Book of Mediaeval Alphabets and Devices
London William Pickering 1853 First Edition Blindstamped Cloth Very Good 
4to. [8] pp followed by 36 plates. Plates are duotone, and so less visual "pop" than the hand-colored plates of other Shaw titles, but still a superb reference and probably just about the most widely circulated of the Shaw titles in his day. Spine darkened so lettering obscured, readable but barely. Blue of cloth somewhat uneven. Some foxing and/or soiling affecting a few plates. Upper edge of other plates with film of soil. Otherwise mostly clean, if not exactly bright. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2 Thompson, Francis Benjamin and John Wilson Ross, editors; illustrated by William Gibbs The Universal Decorator The First Series, Complete in One Volume (Three Volumes in One)
London Houlson & Wright 1859 First Edition Blindstamped cloth Very Good Plus 
4to. 11 by 8.75 inches, 28 by 22.5 cm. viii, 104, [2],104, [2], 84 pp. Many plates, mostly duotone. Typography and ornament are the subject treated by most of the plates. Bookplate of Isaac Adams, as well as his inscription, on FEP. Adams (1802-1883), based in Boston, was an important inventor in the printing field. His most important invention was the Adams Power Press, which, from its invention in 1827, was used widely in bookbinding for the rest of the 19th century. The machine greatly decreased the cost of producing books, and thus was instrumental in the explosion in the sale of books. This publication certainly devoted much space to printing aesthetics, but it should not be overlooked that as its title implies, it covered the wide range of decoration, applied and fine arts, including designs for cabinetry, metalwork, woodcarving. Designs pertinent to printing include typographical, monograms and initials and more general ornamental ones. The spine has had some repairs at the extremities. Otherwise, tight and clean within. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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