Excerpt from Rariora, Vol. 2: Being Notes of Some of the Printed Books, Manuscripts, Historical Documents, Medals, Engravings, Pottery, Etc., Etc., Collected (1858-1900)
Lat. Sze, a cradle. (3) Early Printed Books, E. Gordon Duff (london, acquisition gave reason to expect, and afford a not altogether inadequate notion of many of the leading characteristics and peculiarities of early typography. Under a hundred, all told, they will yet be found to illustrate a fair proportion of the more celebrated German and Italian presses. In putting together my notes on the little group I have been guided, wisely or unwisely, by the desire to give, in so far as may in small compass be accomplished, a modicum of the same pleasure which the volumes themselves give to me. It was unavoidable to cast the descriptions in some sort of bibliographical form in order to avoid slovenliness and ensure a certain measure of uniformity, but in most cases I have kept them as concise as possible, giving somewhat more of detail where the book was exceptionally rare or interesting. From these notes experts will, of course, learn absolutely nothing, and I shall be only too happy to find that I have made no very grievous errors. It is with the same desire to please, earnest if ineffectual, that I have subjoined various short notes on the different presses, gathered from sources accessible to all students but put into a concise form, containing just the sort of information you would like to give to the friend who was looking over your shoulder at a book which was new to him, and who wanted to know something about the printer, 'and perhaps about the contents of the volume. In the second place I have not hesitated to insert a considerable.
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