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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. [Together with:] Specimen of Mr. S. Leigh Sotheby's Principia Typographica...1858

London: Not Printed for Sale. Folio, contemporary half green morocco, spine elaborately gilt, marbled boards, t.e.g., others uncut, rather rubbed scuffed at joints and extremities. A superb item. The book was presented by Sotheby to Henry Pain and is extra-illustrated with three mounted albumen photographs of Samuel Leigh Sotheby, his home in Surrey and his family (contemporary notes in pencil give the photographs dates of 1856). The photograph of Sotheby is pasted in as a frontispiece within a gothic architectural surround engraved by Jewitt, pencil notes on the page mark the presentation of the book: "S. Leigh Sotheby, The Woodlands, Norwich, To Mr. Pain, Oct. 25 1858". In addition there are two engravings, one of Sotheby's home Buckfastleigh Abbey and one of the River Dart over which is written in pencil "The River Dart in which S.L. Sotheby Esq. met his death". There are also two mounted ALs to Henry Pain and his wife from Sotheby—the first is a long two page A4 letter dated 1858 and describes his depression of the past year and remembers a joyous visit he had to the Pains some time ago. The second is from later in the same year and talks of a recent week spent with the Pains. He also writes of his hope in adding to his work in this volume on the block book and a potential fourth volume to the 'Principia Typographica'. This is an unusual issue of the third volume of Sotheby's fascinating work on early printing. Sotheby printed only 215 copies of 'Principia Typographica', however there was a larger print run for the chief contents of the third volume than for the first two, thus the overrun of this volume was given away to friends. The 'Specimens' of the 'Principia Typographica' is interesting in that it was also limited to 215 copies and offered to the trade by Sotheby & Co. at auction in the year of publication. It sold out within two hours.

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