Ballads of a Book-worm

Book and pictures courtesy of Mr. Dick Blacher. Comments by Paul Jackson.

Ballads of a Book-worm

by Irving Brown, 1899

This book measures 8 1/4" x 5 1/2" and has 120 pages. The body of the text is in Old Style Antiqua 850 copies printed on Whatman paper and an additional 31 copies printed on Japan Vellum. The title page and initials were hand illumined in all editions. Typically this book was bound in paper over boards but there are full Levant bindings and this exemplary example above in wallet edged suede. This is the only wallet edged suede variant that I have ever seen for this book title. The book was completed on April 21, 1899. McKenna notes no full Levant or suede bindings in initial press runs.

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