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HISTORY OF THE HORN-BOOK (2 VOLUMES) - Tuer, Andrew W - 1896. 
Published by The Leadenhall Press Ltd., 1896. 1st edition.. Hardback. Good. Almost very good condition with no wrapper. Beautifully bound in vellum, with gilt titles and decorations to front covers. Dark leather title blocks to spines, with gilt titles. Considered a definitive work on the history of horn-books. Each volume contains 'facsimile' horn-books/battledores; hidden away in cut-out pages to prelims of book. Volume I contains: 1. A leather-covered oaken horn-book, in Roman letter, stamped with the effigy of Charles II on horseback. 2. An early uncovered horn-book in black letter. 3. An uncovered oaken horn-book of a later period. Volume II contains: 1. A coardboard horn-book. 2. The British Battledore or horn-book. 3. The Royal Battledore. 4. A Later Battledore. Numerous 'cuts', b/w illustrations, some b/w photos and some fold-out pages to go along with the text. Ex-lib. This copy was presented to the library by Tuer himself, and has an accompanying letter tipped-in to edge of half-title page. Some pages have small ink stamps of the library. Bumping and wear to corners. Some uneven fading/browning to covers. Binding is still strong, but a little chipping to very page edges in places. Page edge browning. All facsimile horn-books are present and contained in correct places at fronts of volumes. Tissue-guard to colour title page is creased and chipped and torn with some loss; also browned. A few grubby margin marks. Still a lovely set of a sought after work! [S]
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