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1 Ballou, Ellen B. The Building of the House: Houghton Mifflin's Formative Years. Illustrated with Photographs.
Boston; Houghton Mifflin Company, 1970. First Printing, As Stated. 
Octavo, green illus. cloth (hardcover), gilt letters and decoration to spine and upper cover, xv, 695 pp. Near-Fine, with light foxing (age darkened spotting) along top edge, in a Very Good+ dust jacket with light edgewear, in protective mylar cover. “A prolific and colorful period in American letters is reflected in this history of one publishing firm and its forebears during the latter part of the nineteenth century and the first two decades of the twentieth. The dominant figure in the story is Henry Oscar Houghton, who had earlier come to Boston from the hills of Vermont to practice his trade as printer, and in 1864, with Melancthon M. Hurd, laid one of the foundations of the present publishing house...Here appear sharp profiles of the firm's most notable editors in the early years -- William Dean Howells, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Horace Elisha Scuder, Walter Hines Page and Bliss Perry...” 
Price: 10.00 USD
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2 Bason, Fred. [Sadleir, Michael; ed.]. Fred Bason's 3rd [Third] Diary. Edited and with an Introduction by Michael Sadleir.
London: Andre Deutsch Limited, (1955). 
With lengthy inscription by Fred Bason, without specified recipient; signed twice. Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 184 pp. From dust jacket: Fred Bason, the Cockney champion collector of autographs, broadcaster and diariest has already won the affection and admiration of a great many readers all over the world. Now here he is again, pecking in the gutters and ruffling on the roof-trees, as Michael Sadleir says in his preface, with the appealing pertness of a cocksparrow. His eye for incident is as sharp as ever. Whether he is in the streets of his native Walworth or enjoying one of his jaunts -- the Chelsea Arts Ball, for instance, or an evening in the Cafe de Paris with Noel Coward, or a country race meeting -- he always spots the comic or the touching elements in the scene and, having hit them off in a few words, will ususally comment on them with one of those unexpected twists which make his diary so intensely individual. He is generous when he admires, devastating when he sees through, and very amusing both about other people and himself... 
Price: 15.00 USD
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3 Boswell, John. The Aweful Truth About Publishing: Why They Always Reject Your Manuscript...And What You Can Do About It.
New York: Warner Books, [1986]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth & boards (hardcover), 161 pp. Fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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4 Cerf , Bennett. At Random: The Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf.
New York: Random House, [1977]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth, ix, 306 pp. Photos, portraits. Fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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5 Chandler, Harry E. The How to Write What Book. For the Thousands of Writers in Science, Industry, Government and Education Who Seek a Better Way to Present Information.
Metals Park, Ohio: American Society for Metals, 1978. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, ix, 92 pp. Near-Fine, with former-owner signature, in a Near-Fine dust jacket with lightly rubbed edges. From jacket: The author puts the what aspect of writing under the microsope by diagnosing and prescribing for the chronic ailments of a large group of nonprofessional writers who have needed help for a long time...This army of writers has a host of common problems, which stem primarily from pracitces indigenous to this type of writing... 
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6 Doubleday, F. N. The Memoirs of a Publisher.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1972. 
First Edition. Limited Edition, designed for distribution among employees, and with a printed letter laid-in indicating such. Published in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the company. Octavo, gilt=stamped cloth, [xv], 304 pp. Frontis. Near-Fine in a slightly chipped dust jacket. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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7 Ellis, Estelle with Wilton Wiggins and Douglas Lee. The Booklover's Repair Manual: First Aid for Home Libraries. Drawings by Timothy C. Ely. Photographs by Leonard Morris.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. First Edition, As Stated. 
Quarto, illus. boards (hardcover), xxxiii, 117 pp. Fine. Contents: Preface; Glossary; Book Care and Repair Materials; Bad Things that Happen to Good Books; Trouble Inside Your Books (Mending Tears in Pages; Reattaching Loose Fly-leaves, Pages and Illustrations; Flattening Wrinkles or Folds in Pages and Flyleaves; Drying Wet Books); Injuries to the Outside of Your Books (Reinforcing Loose Covers; Repairing and Cleaning Dust Jackets; Repairing Damaged Book Corners; Distressed Headbands and Tailbands; Repairing the Head and Tail of the Spine; Repairing Frayed Cover Edges).; Labels and Bookplates (Loose Labels and Bookplates; Making Your Own Bookplates); Mending Your Paperbacks (PAperbacks in Retrospect; Rescuing Paperback Covers); Cleaning and Care of Your Books (Why Books Need Cleaning; Dusting and Cleaning Books; Cleaning Soiling and Smudges off Book Covers and Pages; Tender Loving Care and Handling of Your Books. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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8 Flamm, Eugene S. Printing and the Brain of Man: The Sixteenth-Century Brain. An Exhibition and Catalogue of Selections from the Collection of Eugene S. Flamm.
New York: The Grolier Club, MMXI. One of one thousand printed Mohawk paper. Set in Foundry Centaur from the Nonpareil Typefoundry and Monotype Centaur, designed by Bruce Rogers. Book design and typography by Jerry Kelly. 
Quarto, paperbound (stiff, printed gray wrappers), 100 pp. Fine (As New). 
Price: 25.00 USD
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9 Foley, Martha. The Story of Story Magazine: A Memoir by Martha Foley. Edited, and with an Introduction and Afterword by Jay Neugeboren.
New York: W. W. Norton, [1980]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth & boards (hardcover), 288 pp. Fine in dust jacket. 
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10 Francois et Rodolphe Chamonal Libraires. Voyages Geographie Marine Americana.
Paris: Francois et Rodolphe Chamonal Libraires, n.d. 
Octavo, paperbound (slick, illus. grey wrappers), 225 pp. Very Good+, with light foxing (age darkened spotting) to wrappers. Illustrated. 
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11 Gilhofer & Ranschburg, Booksellers. Catalogue 195: Incubala, Illustrated Books of the XVI. & XVIII. Cent., Geography & History, Maps & Travel. Including Aesop Strassburg 1481, Ars moriendi Lyon 1490, Bergomensis De claris mulieribus Ferrara 1497, The illustrated Schoensperger Bible 1487, Canibus Brunn 1488, Hortus sanitatis Augsburg 1488, Livius Rome 1472, Seneca Naples 11475, Strabo Rome 1473, Breviarium Frangipani Venice 1518, The Schaufelein Passion 1507, Solinus Vienne 1520, Moliere 1734 and 1773. The whole collection newly added to our stock. With 24 Reproductions in the Text and 50 Plates.
Vienna (Austria): Gilhofer & Ranschburg, n.d. [ca. 1927]. 
Octavo, paperbound (stiff tan wrappers, brown letters), 82 pp + 50 plates. Very Good, with light rubbing & foxing (age darkened spotting) to covers. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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12 Gross, Henry. Simplified Bookbinding: How to Bind and Repair Books at Home Using Simple, Modern Techniques.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1976). 
Octavo, paperbound, xiii, 176 pp. Very Good+, with neat former-owner signature and light foxing to covers. From lower cover: Bookbinding is fun. It can also be easy. This book will tell you how to bind and how to repair books at home with just a few inexpensive tools and materials. You will be able to keep all the books on your shelves in good condition and at the same time discover the pleasures of a rewarding new hobby. Simplified Bookbinding explains how books are made and lists the tools and materials you will need to get started. Step-by-step directions are included for: rebinding your first book, decorative binding styles, binding without sewing, titling and decoration, minor repairs, rebinding paperbacks as hardcover books, trimming a book. There is also a section on papercraft which tells how to use bookbinding techniques to make such items as pencil holders, slipcases for books or magazines, jewel boxes, and cases for stationery and notepads.... 
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13 Hamilton, Charles. Scribblers & Scoundrels. Introduction by Diane Hamilton.
New York: Paul S. Eriksson, [1968]. 
1st edition. Octavo, cloth, viii, 282 pp. Photos, illus. Near-Fine in a slightly chipped dust jacket. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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14 Hart, Horace. Bibliotheca Typograhica: In Usum Eorum Qui Libros Amant: A List of Books About Books. With an Introduction by George Parker Winship, Litt.D.
Rochester, NY: THe Printing House of Leo Hart, MCMXXXIII. First Edition. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xi, 142 pp. Very Good+, with former-owner signature and bookplate, in a badly torn dust jacket. From Jacket: There is a wealth of material pertinent to the making and use of books, and as detail after detail is met in the field of research, the need of a unified and ordered program becomes imperative. Horace Hart has provided such a program by compiling Bibliotheca Typographica, a book that has been needed for a long time past and that will be helpful for as long to come. It will serve both specialist and amateur for reference and guidance, and the student who uses it to the full will find himself equpped with a broad, a thorough, and a usable knowledge of books in all their elements and functions. 
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15 Hearst, William Randolph, Jr. with Casserly, Jack. The Hearsts, Father and Son.
Niwot, Colorado: Roberts Rinehart, [1991]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth (hardcover), xiii, 373 pp. Photos, portraits. Near-Fine in a chipped dust jacket. 
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16 Joseph Baer & Co. Alexandre Baer: Libraire, Expert. Vous Offre: Le Tome I de la Collection “Il Etait Une Fois,” Les Premiers Livres Illustres. Edition faite a titre prive.
Paris: Librairie Joseph Baer & Co., n.d. [Publication No. 3130]. 
Octavo, paperbound (cardstock wrappers, interior), 119 pp. Very Good+, with light soiling to page edges and foxing (age darkened spotting). From Preface: Il etait une fois sera une collection qui nous rappelera la merveilleuse histoire du livre. Apres un court passage concernant les debuts de la Typographie, cet expose traitera surtout des premiers livres illustres de XV siecle. Il est naturellement impossible de les nommer tous et l'objet des prochains chapitres sera donc plutot d'etudier une certaine categorie d'illustrations d'ouvrages historiques (qui sont, generalement, les plus beaux et les plus importants) classees non pas seulement en fonction de leurs dates de parution ou de leur perfection technique, mais surtout en fonction des rapports plus ou moins etroits qu'elles presentent avec celles acompagnant des ouvrages publies anterieurement. Les gravures que nous nous proposons d'examiner ont ceci de commun qu'elles ne sont pas uniquement le produit de l'imagination d'un artiste et qu'elles ne constituent donc pas toujours des oeuvres originales, mais souvent des imitations de tableaux, d'estampes ou de sculptures. Il semble d'ailleurs tres interessant de retracer l'historique de chaque oeuvre, d'en determiner la part d'individualite, ainsi que les modifications, voire les ameliorations, apportees par l'artiste qui, dans certains cas, atteint un degre de perfection vraiment remarquable. A la suite de ce premier tome, nous procederons de la meme maniere pour les incunables -- avec ou sans gravures -- non-historiques (dont quelques-uns ont deja ete cites “pour memoire” dans cet expose) et ensuite, egalement pour les manuscrits. 
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17 Leader, Zachary. Writer's Block.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, [1991]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth (hardcover), x, 325 pp. Near-Fine in dust jacket. 
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18 Lounsbury, Charles [pseud. of Williston Fish]. The Will of Charles Lounsbury.
Boston: Alfred Bartlett, n.d. [ca. 1907]. 
Printed at The Merrymount Press. 16mo, printed wrappers, 7 pp. Very Good; head of spine is bruised and slightly chipped. 
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19 Lowell, James Russell. Among My Books.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press Cambridge, [1898]. 
Octavo, orange cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 380 pp. Very Good+, with bookplate and slightly rubbed edges. 
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20 Maser, Frederick E. Bookbinding in America, 1680-1910. From the Collection of Frederick E. Maser. With an Essay by Willman Spawn.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania: Bryn Mawr College Library, 1983. 
Quarto, blue cloth (hardcover), illus. paper label to upper cover, gilt letters, 122 pp. Very Good, with sunning to spine and light soiling to lower cover. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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