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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.

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


Moby Dick by Melville, Herman; Kent, Rockwell [Illustrations]

New York: The Lakeside Press, 1930. First Edition Thus. Near Fine/Very Good. First edition thus, limited to 1,000 copies. Three volumes in publisher's acetate jackets, in aluminum slipcase. Presentation copy signed by Rockwell Kent on the front free...

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


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


Water of the Wondrous Isles, The by Morris, William

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. Limited First Edition. Limp Vellum. Very Good+. William Morris. Water of the Wondrous Isles, The; by Morris, William. Illustrated by William Morris. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by William Morri...

From MRM Books


Falbalas and Franfreluches by Barbier, George

Paris: Meynial, 1925. First Edition. George Barbier. A complete and excellent set of the five annual issues illustrated with a total of sixty beautiful pochoir plates, complete with decorated pochoir title pages. 'Falbalas and Franfreluches' (Fr...

From Rare Illustrated Books


THE MAN WHO DIED A STORY... by [Baskin, Leonard (illus)]: Lawrence, D.H

[ Covello, CA]: The Yolla Bolly Press, 1992. Folio. Open-sewn limp goat vellum over stiff wrappers. Illustrated with woodcut plates by Leonard Baskin. Fine, in publisher's cedar and bay laurel wood box. First edition in this format, with a commentary by ...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB



Hammersmith: Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, circa 1893. KELMSCOTT BIFOLIUM circa 1893 (i.e. pair of conjugate leaves). Proof sheet of the opening page from the KELMSCOTT CHAUCER. This proof page was typeset in 1893 in a very small numb...

From Roger Middleton


Sonnets and Lyrical Poems by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894. Limited First Edition. Limp Vellum. Fine. William Morris. Sonnets and Lyrical Poems; by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Illustrated by William Morris. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by and sold by Willia...

From MRM Books


La Chasse de Kaa by KIPLING, Rudyard

Paris: Javal and Bordeaux, 1930. Limited Edition. JOUVE, Paul. Illustrated by one of the leading painters in France, this superb work brings Kipling's classic Jungle Book story into the realm of fine 20th century French publishing. Limited edition of 125...

From Rare Illustrated Books


Utopia by More, Sir Thomas

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Limited First Edition. Limp Vellum. Very Good+. Utopia: Now Revised by F.S. Ellis & Printed Again by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith; by More, Sir Thomas. Edited by Ellis, Frederick Start...

From MRM Books


Gems for the Drawing Room - Fruit and Flowers - Books 1 and 2 by JERRARD, Paul & BAYLEY, J.W.N

London: Paul Jerrard, 1852. First Edition. Mid-nineteenth century opulence: two elaborate Victorian plate books with plates of fruit and flowers complimenting verse, fully printed in gilt. Two folios in original cloth with large colour card onlay on fron...

From Rare Illustrated Books


Journeys to the Moon and Sun by [Hazelwood, Art] Cyrano De Bergerac

Sonoma, California:: Eastside Editions,, 2004.. Edition of 20. 22 x 17"; 28 pages. Letterpress printed. Twelve multiple-plate color etchings with linocut borders. 11 text pages with decorative linocut border. Printed on handmade Abaca paper. Bound i...

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC


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


Privacy [One of 35 Copies] by FORD, Richard

(n.p.): (Grenfell Press). (1999). One of 35 numbered copies of the first book publication of this story that first appeared in the New Yorker. An elaborate and elegant production by one of the premier fine presses in the country, with seven etchings by ar...

From Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA


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


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