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The Missing Gutenberg Wood Blocks

Title   The Missing Gutenberg Wood Blocks

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Near Fine

Jacket Condition   Good

Type   Limited Edition

Edition   First Edition

Size   8vo - over 7" - 9" tall

Publisher   New York, New York, U.S.A. Press of the Woolly Whale 1940

Illustrator   Kredel, Fritz

Seller ID   006523

One of an unstated limitation. 8.5 x 6.25 inches. Green buckram spine, with matching green paper hardboards. Crisp gilt-stamped title to the spine but slight color loss along the spine to the green. With a crisp blind-stamped design to the front board. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Just a hint of shelf life. 60 unnumbered pages. Decorative title page with color illustration. 20 amusing half-page B&W woodcuts by Fritz Kredel. Set by George W. Van Vechten, Jr. in 16 pt. Goudy Mediaeval type. Gently deckled fore-edge and bottom edge to a handsome effect. The book is exceptionally clean, inside and out. Very gently read. The text block is soldily attached to the binding. The glassine dust jacket is age-yellowed and has a few tears. However, it has done a very good job protecting the book. A Near Fine copy in a Good DJ. Completed on the 500th anniversary of the year generally accepted as that in which Gutenberg invented and successfully cast movable types. This book is a made-up story of missing woodblocks from the Gutenberg project. Some scholars took the book seriously. A copy of this book resides in the Yale University archives for the Woolly Whale. The Press of the Woolly Whale was founded in 1928 by Melbert B. Cary, Jr.

Woolly Whale

Price = 35.00 USD


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