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Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
RARE 1817 Dibdin BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DECAMERON 3 vols.complete 37 Plates Illustrated
London, England: Shakespeare Press, 1817. Please see all photos and feel free to ask any questions BEFORE bidding. See further comments on condition in the description below. As part of a large collection of "books about books," the history of printing, typography, fine presses, leaf books, marbling, book collecting, book-binding, and the book arts, we offer a three-volume set that in very good to fine condition sells for between US$2,000 and US$3,000: Reverend T[homas] F[rognall] Dibdin, THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DECAMERON; or, Ten Days' Pleasant Discourse upon Illuminated Manuscripts, and subjects connected with Engravings, Typography, and Bibliography. London: Shakespeare Press, 1817. Imperial 8vo. Three volumes. 9.5 x 6 inches inches. vi, ccxxv, 410 + [2]; 535 + [3]; 544 + [4] pages + 37 plates, including 2 double plates. Includes the famous engraving of Diana of Poitiers (see photo of Vol. 2, p. 490). Copiously illustrated with wood and copper engravings, some printed on India paper and mounted. Three lavish volumes printed by William Bulmer. His Shakespeare Press, in conjunction with the types of William Martin (a Baskerville disciple), is still renowned. In A History of the Old English Letter Founderies, Reed writes, "A history of this celebrated Press would almost involve a history of fine printing in the first quarter of the [19th] century. Dibdin, in the second volume of his Bibliographical Decameron has given a list of its most famous impressions. Bulmer was a personal friend of Thomas Bewick, the engraver, many of whose blocks were cut for his books. He spared no pa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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