The Pleasures of Literature and the Solace of Books. Numerous Contributors. Compiled by Joseph Shaylor. Limited Edition. Wilbur Ketcham. New York, 1899.

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Bibliophilia, or the love of books, is as old as books themselves. In this slim volume, that love is pronounced by dozens of famous book collectors and authors from many eras. Their brief aphorisms occupy single leaves, making them concise, lovely sketches on the love of books. The contributors include Voltaire, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sir Francis Bacon, Matthew Arnold, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Henry David Thoreau, Horace, Washington Irving, and many others. The compiler, Joseph Shaylor, was a well-regarded bookseller and biographer from the turn of the nineteenth century. He published several works on the history of bookselling and the modern development of major book collecting. This volume is hence a rare glimpse into the historic practice of book collecting. It belongs on the shelf of every book collector.

This limited edition is in very good condition. It is one of only 250 copies printed. In the original cloth boards, very good with only fading to edges and spine. Decorative gilt to front board superb. Text block very good, only pen to front free endpaper and glue showing to hinge of third gathering.

An extremely scarce edition on bibliophilia.

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The Pleasures of Literature and the Solace of Books. Numerous Contributors. Compiled by Joseph Shaylor. Limited Edition. Wilbur Ketcham. New York, 1899.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in