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DIBDIN, Thomas Frognall (1776--1847)
The bibliographical decameron; or, ten days pleasant discourse upon illuminated manuscripts, and subjects connected with early engraving, typography, and bibliography. By the Rev. T. F. Dibdin. Vol. I. (II., III.)
London: printed for the author, by W. Bulmer and Co. Shakespeare Press: and sold by G. and W. Nicol, Payne and Foss, Evans, John and Arthur Arch, Triphook, and J. Major, 1817.
3 vols ; 25.0 cm. (8º)
I: [6], vi, [2], ccxxv, [1], 410, [2] p., [15] pl. : illus.
II: [4], 535, [3] p., [7] pl. (1 fold.) : illus.
III: [4], 544, [2] p., [16] pl. : illus.

The facsimiles include plates and illustrations printed in sepia, and illustrations printed in red or blue, wholly or in part. Many of the engraved facsimiles are on india paper. For an exhaustive description see John Windle and Karma Pippin, Thomas Frognall Dibdin 1776--1847: a bibliography (New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 1999), A28. Volume II has a loose notice to the binder regarding the slip of gold printing on red pasted down on p. 417.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-titles. Volume I signed and dated on front free endpaper John Soane/Decr. 1817. Though the selling price of the three volumes was 9 guineas, Soane bought his set on 17 December 1817 for £7 17s. 6d. (Archive 16/12/61).

Binding C19th half red binder's cloth, blind thick-thin double-rule borders, single and thick-thin gilt-ruled spine direct-lettered in gilt, marbled-paper boards. George Richmond was paid 12s. on 20 May 1853. (Curatorial Papers/Bailey/Parcel 1).

Reference Number 2099


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