Book-Auction Records; A Priced and Annotated Annual Record of London, New York and Edinburgh Book-Auctions Volume 2-3

Book-Auction Records; A Priced and Annotated Annual Record of London, New York and Edinburgh Book-Auctions Volume 2-3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...dubbed "Lord Bacon" until I called attention to the fact that Bacon was only his name, and Verulam his barony, and while most cataloguers have now purged themselves of this heresy there are still one or two who cling to it. A brief course of training at the College of Arms would really seem to be part of the necessary equipment of a book-cataloguer. When a binding is described as being " covered in rich gilt floreate ornaments" you know that the meaning of words is being disregarded, and that the preposition "with" is intended. What are stated to be "gilt leaves" are not gilt leaves at all; it is merely that the edges are gilt. We are told that a previous copy of some book or other has "fetched " such and such a sum in the past, and although it is true that as a dictionary definition the term is correct it has a commonplace association with the idea of fetching and carrying which the equally good but infinitely better-sounding term realize does not possess. Some volumes are said to have gauffri edges, not gaujfred edges, or, better still, the correct spelling of the Anglicised form of the word--gauffered. Kven the orthography of the French word is incorrect, with its superfluous/ There is apparently a fine confusion in the minds of cataloguers with regard to so elementary a matter--regulated by absolute authority--as the sizes of books. One example, from many, is the idition de luxe of Shakespeare's Works, edited by Howard Staunton, 15 volumes, 1881, described in one sale-room this year as being "imperial 8vo" and placed among the octavos, and in another room stated to be ' 4to" and placed among the quartos, while in some catalogues quartos and folios are all lumped together under...show more

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  • Paperback | 884 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 44mm | 1,547g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544846
  • 9781236544841