Herbert Gregson and his Book Plates [The Gregson Brochure] [Bookplates, Ex Libris]

By: Truesdell, W.P., intro., Charles Goodspeed

Price: $245.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


No. 9 of 25. Blue cloth with paper cover label, approx. 16 by 23.5 cm, mounted frontis portrait, [3] pp. followed by 13 pages of bookplate illustrations (no tip-ins). Very good with faint cover wear and a small limitation label on the front pastedown which states, “Twenty-five copies have been printed of this edition, of which this is No. 9 Japan.” Printed by the Troutsdale Press in Boston and sold by the venerable bookseller Charles E. Goodspeed, these series are some of the most beautifully produced—and scarce—monographs on bookplates to date. While Fuller tells us that the booklets were printed in editions of 75, I believe that only included the copies released in card wraps, and not the editions of 25 in blue cloth on Japan paper, as we see with this example. The volume offers a short biography of the artist, followed by reproductions of their bookplates. This volume was from the collection of Carl G.F. Langenscheidt (1870-1952), which was sold at auction in 1925. Langenscheidt rose to director in his family’s namesake publishing business, well known for their dictionaries and still in business today. All the following copies have Langenscheidt’s bookplate, a colorful armorial designed by Adolf Matthias Hildebrandt, c. 1896, with the motto “Ohn’fleiss Kein Preis”—no pain no gain. Fuller, p. 57-58.

Title: Herbert Gregson and his Book Plates [The Gregson Brochure] [Bookplates, Ex Libris]

Author Name: Truesdell, W.P., intro., Charles Goodspeed

Categories: Bookplates (Ex Libris),

Edition: First Edition, Limited Edition

Publisher: Boston, Printed at the Troutsdale Press and sold by Charles E. Goodspeed: 1903

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2724