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SINGER, Samuel Weller.
RESEARCHES INTO THE HISTORY OF PLAYING CARDS; with illustrations of the Origin of Printing and Engraving on Wood.
London printed by T. Bensley for Robert Triphook. FIRST EDITION 1816, LIMITED TO 250 COPIES. 4to, approximately 270 x 215 mm, 11 x 8½ inches, title page printed red and black, 19 plates, 11 engraved plates and eight hand coloured woodcuts, numerous woodcuts in the text, some on india paper, historiated initials, 1 attractive headpiece incorporating playing cards, pages: XVI, 373, [3], including index, plate list and errata page, bound in full straight-grained black morocco, quintuple gilt fillet border to covers with a decorative gilt lozenge to the middle of each side, raised gilt bands to spine, 5 compartments with gilt decoration imitating the covers, gilt title, all edges gilt, maroon endpapers, double gilt rule to inner dentelles. Very slight rub to head of spine and corners, spine gilt a touch dull, very light rubbing to covers, armorial bookplate to front pastedown and Jaime Ortiz-Patino's small modern bookplate to front endpaper, very small split to front inner paper hinge, pale offsetting to title page from frontispiece, otherwise a very good clean tight copy. See: Jessel & Horr, Bibliographies of Works on Playing Cards (1972), page 266, No.1513, "Only 250 copies were printed of this beautiful book, which at once took its place as the leading authority on its subject". MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A. [Oxford, United Kingdom]
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