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The tradition of book-making is not just a craft--it is an art form. Back before the printing press made books easily available to the common citizen, great care was given to the formation of books. Some publishing houses have continued that long tradition in the form of fine press books. A fine press book can be identified by the fine press company that produced the book, and there are many fine press publishing and press houses across the globe. Some of these companies produce limited editions of classic titles exclusively, and these books tend to be highly sought-after by collectors. Due to the high quality and scarce nature of their publications, fine press books are often valuable. However, it is important to distinguish between fine press books and limited editions, as a limited edition is not necessarily a fine press book. A fine press book would have to be published by a fine press publishing house.

News from Nowhere by Morris, William

News from Nowhere: or, An epoch of rest, being some chapters from a utopian romance. Kelmscott Press, 1893. One of 300 copies. 8vo. Original publisher's limp vellum with Yapp edges, gold silk ties (two partial, two laid in), title gilt to spine. Scattere...

From Harlem Fine Press


The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri by Dante Alighieri; Translated Into English by Melville Best Anderson, with Notes and Elucidations by the Translater and with an Introduction by Arthur Livinston

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1932. Number 496 of 1500 copies printed and SIGNED BY THE DESIGNER Hans Mardersteig at the Colophon Page. Printed at the Officina Bodoni, Verona. The book is Fine, and SCARCE in such a lovely Near Fine dust jacket, a f...

From Dale Steffey Books


Knickerbocker's History of New York by Washington Irving

New York: R.H. Russell, 1900. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Good. Maxfield Parrish. New York: R.H. Russell, 1900. The covers are faded, soiled, particularly the spine. The front hinge is starting to separate but still reasonably tighr. ...

From West of Denver Books


Le Morte Darthur. (The Noble and Joyous Booke entyled Le Morte Darthur) 1933 by Mallory, Sir Thomas

Le Morte D'arthur. (The Noble and Joyous Booke entyled Le Morte D'arthur). William Caxton. Westminster, 31 July, 1485 is followed by the 1498 Edition 'The Boke of Noble Kyng. Kyng Arthure Somtyme Kynge of Englande and His Noble Actes and Feates of armes o...

From Calix Books


The Happy Prince. Oscar Wilde. Hand coloured, Printed and Bound by Mikhail Magaril. 1997 by Oscar Wilde

Wilde. Oscar, The Happy Prince. Preface by Morris Jacobs, illustrated by Mikhail Magaril. New York, Summer Garden Editions, 1997. 1st Edition, Fifty copies of this book were printed. The edition is hand coloured, bound and signed by the artist & Morri...

From Roz Hulse


LOT of Stone & Kimball/Herbert S. Stone publications: 200 titles 1st ed. signed by Various

Here is a rare opportunity to own nearly two-thirdsof all publications from the highly-esteemed publishers Stone & Kimball and Herbert S. Stone & Company. This lot consists of 200 individual titles (a few titles are multi-volume sets, so, 208 individual v...

From Zalmoxis Books


Dante's Inferno XXXIV, Together with Artist's Portfolio of Original Pen and Ink Drawings by Dante Alighieri; Translated By Mark Musa , with Original Woodcuts By Sue Tankersley

Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Design Program, Dept. of Fine Arts , 1964. Copy 9 of a limited edition of twelve copies SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY ARTIST Sue Tankersley, together with her portfolio of 12 original pen and ink drawings on brown paper ...

From Dale Steffey Books


The Works of William Shakespeare in Ten Volumes by Shakespeare, William

Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Head Press, 1906. Ten quarto volumes. This is one of only twelve sets printed on pure vellum with a frontispiece illustration in each volume. It represents a monumental undertaking, which took four years to complete and con...

From Bromer Booksellers


Dove-Marks on Stone by Kevin Perryman Editor (George Mackay Brown)

'Dove-Marks on Stone' is a gathering of poems for George Mackay Brown by fellow poets on what would have been his 75th birthday - a gesture of celebration rather than sadness. Brown's poem 'Carol' appears here for the first time. Contributing poets are Se...

From Boreas Books


The Nature of Gothic by Ruskin, John

The Nature of Gothic, A Chapter of the Stones of Venice. Kelmscott Press, 1892. One of 500 copies. 8vo. Printed in Golden type. Woodcut border on opening page; nine 10-line woodcut initials & numerous 6-line ones, 19 architectural figures in the text. ...

From Harlem Fine Press


Atalanta in Calydon by Swinburne, Algernon Charles

Atalanta in Calydon: A Tragedy.Kelmscott Press, 1894. One of 250 copies on paper. Printed in red and black with elaborate woodcut title page and woodcut initials and borders throughout. Quarto. Original limp vellum, title to spine gilt, silk ties (broke...

From Harlem Fine Press


Bluthenstaub (pollen) by Novalis; (Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg)

A fragment from Novalis which was first published by the Schlegel brothers in 1798 in Athenaeum first volume, first part. Finely printed in Koch Fette Deutsche Schrift on Deutschem japanpapier in blue and black in a total edition of 350 copies. This copy ...



Three Macabre Stories by Norton, Rosaleen

Francestown: Typographeum, 1996. Limited private press edition. First edition. Hardcover. Fine copy. 8vo. Black cloth. Printed label on back-strip (spare label tipped in). Gold device stamped on front cover. 48 pp. 25 cm. Hand-set and printed letterpres...

From The Typographeum Bookshop


Pandosto by Robert Greene

Printed and sold by Clarke Conwell at the Elston Press, New Rochelle, New York, in black and red on hand-made paper. pps. iv plus 57. Overall size c.10. x 6.5/8 inches. c.25 x 17 cm. One of a limited edition of 160 copies. Name stamp of Sydney H. Caslon S...



The Well at the World's End by William Morris

Full limp vellum with faded gilt particulars to spine in custom black cloth and red morocco slipcase. Deckled edges. Silk ties oxidized and lacking; modest spotting to top edge (see image). 496 pp. 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches...

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA


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