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BLADES (William). The Enemies of Books.1880

London: Trübner & Co., First edition, 8vo (200 x 130 mm), xvi, 114, [2]pp., frontis., 7 plates of which 2 are folding, the plates are intended to show some of the various ways in which books can be illustrated, they include specimens of Etching, Wood Engraving, Woodbury-Type (showing leaves of a "Caxton" destroyed by bookworms), Lithography and Photo-typography, orig. parchment wrappers bound in, full crushed burnt orange morocco by Riviere & Son, triple gilt and blind fillet panels to both boards, inner panel with gilt floral roll, spine with five raised bands, each with a double fillet in gilt and blind, top edges gilt, others uncut, a fine and attractive binding. A popular and anecdotal account of the ravages of fire, water, gas and heat, dust and neglect, ignorance and bigotry, the bookworm, other vermin, bookbinders who hack, wash, size and mend, collectors and servants and children.

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