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Catalogue of the John Boyd Thacher Collection of Incunabula

Catalogue of the John Boyd Thacher Collection of Incunabula

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Catalogue of the John Boyd Thacher Collection of Incunabula

by Ashley, Frederick William

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Washington DC: Government Printing Office. Very Good. 1915. First Edition. Hardcover. 329 pages; Publisher's brown morocco leather spine over tan cloth boards, top edges gilt, others trimmed rough. An excellent copy; the spine is intact and the gilt lettering fresh, corners and the foot of the spine very slightly bumped, internally clean and free from foxing. Frontispiece portrait of John Boyd Thacher [1847-1909]. Several page facsimiles of fifteenth century books in the LC's Thacher collection, one features a stunning decorative initial letter in red. Thacher's aim as a collector was to attempt to assemble an example from each press active during the period 1455-1500. His success can be gauged by examining his extensive collection carefully catalogued in this volume -- a catalogue which constitutes 840 works -- specimens of over 500 presses. Outstanding items include a vellum copy of Rationale Divinorum Officiorum by Gulielmus Durantis (Mainz: Johann Fust and Peter Schöffer, 1459) and the only known American copy of Breviarium Moguntinum (Marienthal: Frates Vitae Communis, 1474) and Vocabularis ex Quo (Eltvil: Nicholas Bechtermüntze, 1476). Our copy of the Thacher incunablua catalogue is the issue with added titlepage and short preface on its verso, which forms the first volume of the three volume catalogue of the collection of John Boyd Thacher in the Library of Congress, 1931. The binding is identical in materials and design to the 1915 issue, except that the gilt lettering on the spine states "LIBRARY / OF / CONGRESS/ Collection / of / John Boyd / Thacher / 1 / 1915." The retention of the original date at the foot of the binding is further evidence that these are just original 1915 sheets, bound up at the time of the issue of the entire Thacher catalogue -- following the death of Thacher's widow and the transfer of the last of the gifts of the collection to the LC. This is a significant Incunabula catalogue. Contents: Introduction.--John Boyd Thacher: a biographic sketch.--List of works of John Boyd Thacher.--Preface.--Authorities.--Fifteenth century books (the catalogue). -- Indexes: I. Countries: II. Towns: III. Printers and publishers: IV. Authors and books: V. Hain numbers. .


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Catalogue of the John Boyd Thacher Collection of Incunabula
Ashley, Frederick William
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First Edition
Government Printing Office
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Washington DC
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Incunabula, FIfteen century printed books, early printing, American book collectors
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At The Antiquarian Book Shop, located in Georgetown - an historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. we have been buying, selling & appraising rare, interesting and scholarly books in Georgetown for more than 30 years. Over those many years we have taken great pleasure from satisfying our customers' eclectic literary requirements in the shop and hope to continue in that tradition now that we have moved our operation on-line.Currently, our catalogued inventory includes about 4,000 books from the sixteenth century through the twentieth century in a variety of subject areas. Our stock comprises antiquarian books, collectible books and scholarly books, as well as a selection of antique prints and ephemera.The books listed here represent only a small portion of our total inventory. We are in the process of cataloguing the extensive holdings in our warehouse (15,000+ books) and hope to flesh out these pages over the months to come. Our new format allows us to expand & update our listings frequently. We have included images of many items listed to better convey their quality and condition.


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The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
Vellum is a sheet of specialty prepared skin of lamb, calf, or goat kid used for binding a book or for printing and writing. ...
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...
Incunabula (incunable or incunabulum) refers to a book printed before 1501 - a pamphlet, a book or document that was not...
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.

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