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Arthur Freeman

Arthur Freeman  

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 (1938– ), and (b. 20th century)American book historians and rare-book and MSS collectors and dealers.In addition to numerous separate publications on Elizabethan drama, and on the Gutenberg Bible ...
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Without an estimate of the number of copies printed at any given time, it is impossible to discuss a book’s circulation, readerships, sales levels, or wider impact. In the era ...
Estelle Doheny

Estelle Doheny  

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 (1875–1958) American book collector and philanthropist.The wife of California oilman Edward Laurence Doheny, she began in the early 1930s buying many types of book, of which the incunabula ...
Eton College

Eton College  

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Founded by Henry VI in 1440, the school was modelled on the foundations of Winchester and New College, Oxford, set up by William of Wykeham.
fine-paper, large-paper copy

fine-paper, large-paper copy  

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Terms sometimes incorrectly used in bookselling circles to describe copies that have not been cut down by the binder or, even more misleadingly, are in a clean condition. Correctly, they ...
Frederick R. Goff

Frederick R. Goff  

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 (1916–82) American bibliographer and rare book librarian.Goff was chief of the Rare Book Division of the Library of Congress (1945–72). Specializing in 15th-century books, he compiled and edited the ...
George Brinley

George Brinley  

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 (1817–75) American book collector.Brinley was an early, sedulous collector of Americana, amassing a major collection of some 12,000 rare volumes. He also owned a Gutenberg Bible. He gave a ...
incunabula

incunabula  

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The early stages of the development of something; in particular, early printed books, especially those printed before 1501. The word comes from Latin, meaning literally ‘swaddling clothes’.
Karl Dziatzko

Karl Dziatzko  

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 (1842–1903) German librarian and bibliographer.As university librarian at Breslau (1872–86), he revolutionized cataloguing by introducing principles that adumbrated the influential ‘Prussian ...
leaf book

leaf book  

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Book built around a leaf or leaves of a rare printed book or MS, especially a bible, incunable, or private press book. Leaf books originated with F. Fry’s Description of ...
Mazarine Library

Mazarine Library  

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The library of Cardinal Mazarin (1602–61), prime minister during Louis XIV’s minority and among the greatest art and book collectors of his age, was made accessible to the public in ...
Pierpont Morgan Library

Pierpont Morgan Library  

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Located at Madison Avenue and 36th Street in New York City, this distinguished repository for rare books, illuminated MSS, drawings, prints, ancient artefacts, music MSS, and early children’s books ...
red printing

red printing  

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A few rubrics in the Gutenberg Bible were printed in red, following the established scribal practice of rubrication for headings. Perfectly registered red, black, and blue printing followed in the ...
Robert Hoe

Robert Hoe  

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(b New York, 10 March 1839; d London, 22 Sept 1909),collector. Hoe was the grandson of Robert Hoe, the manufacturer of printing machines and presses, who had made a ...
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textura type  

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Very formal sub-category of gothic type, based on textura script, which was written slowly, lifting the pen after each stroke. Curved portions of letters are formed from short, straight strokes ...

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