BINDING OF DIBDIN'S BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DECAMERON
The Bibliographical Decameron; or, ten days pleasant concourse upon illuminated manuscripts, and subjects connected with early engraving, typography, and bibliography.
London: printed for the author by W. Bulmer and Co., Shakspeare Press: and sold by G. and W. Nicol, et al?, 1817.
3 vols., large 8vo (10" tall). Magnificent full red crushed morocco by ADOLPH BERTRAND. Gilt raised bands, with fine gilt floral panels. Boards framed with triple gilt rule. Extra gilt doublures, with marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Illustrated with woodcuts and fine engraved plates. A fine set.
Dibdin's literary reputation was firmly established by Bibliotheca Spenceriana (1814-15) and he remains one of England's most celebrated bibliophiles. Lively and amusing in tone and content, his publications were particularly notable for their exceptional production and beautiful illustrations. "In 1817 appeared the most amusing and the most successful (from a pecuniary point of view) of his works, the ?Bibliographical Decameron,? on which a great sum was spent for engravings and woodcuts. The reader will find a great deal of gossip about books and printers, about book collectors and sales by auction?" (DNB). Uniformly bound with our other copies of Dibdin's works.