New York, East
20 March 2001
SOTHEBY, Samuel Leigh. Paper-Marks in the Early Block-Books of the Netherlands and Germany...the types and marks in productions of the press of Caxton...forming the first portion of the third volume of the Principia Typographica. London: not printed for sale, 1858. [Bound with:] Specimen of Mr. S. Leigh Sotheby's Principia Typographica... 2o. Profusely illustrated with fine reproductions of pages from block books and facsimiles of watermarks, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 3 mounted albumen photographs of Samuel Leigh Sotheby, his home in Surrey and his family, with contemporary pencilled notes giving the photographs dates of 1856 and two mounted ALS to Henry Pain. Contemporary half-green morocco and marbled boards (raised bands, corners and joints rubbed). PRESENTATION COPY inscribed to Henry Pain.
An unusual issue of the third volume of one of the most intriguing works on early printing. Samuel Sotheby printed only 215 copies of his work Principia Typographica, but with a larger printing of the chief contents of the third volume than the previous two volumes. This overrun was given away. The Specimen Notice...is also curious. Composed of some of the more important plates from the profusely illustrated Principia, it was also limited to 215 copies and not published in the ordinary way, but rather offered to the trade by Sotheby & Co. at auction in the year of publication and all selling in two hours.
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