A Booke of Sundry Draughtes, Principaly Serving for Glasiers: and not impertinent for platerers, and gardiners: besides sundry other professions

London: Leadenhall Press, 1898. Woodcut facsimile illustrations. Slight toning to paper. A remarkably fine copy of a book that is prone to warping. With publisher’s slip tipped in, stating: “The old parchment binding and leather thongs are facsimiled from the original volume.”. Original flexible vellum with suede ties in imitation of the edition of 1615. Front
cover stamped in black & gilt. Large octavo. Irregular pagination, [24] pp. publisher’s catalogue at rear. Item #15564

“This quaint old treasury of decorated drawings for leaded glass (the text book on the subject) has not hitherto been reproduced in facsimile. An original copy of the book (published in 1615) is worth its weight in gold, and is now almost impossible to procure. The British Museum is without one. The volume from which this reproduction is faithfully facsimiled came from the celebrated library of the Earl of Ashburnham, recently dispersed at Messrs. Sotheby’s sale-rooms…” (Publisher’s Note). A check of ESTC on-line reveals that the British Library did eventually acquire a copy, though the book is still rare: there are eight copies in ESTC, including only two in America (the Huntington Library and Yale).

Price: $750.00

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