Other Books for Sale

Books from our library


The Printery has related book collections and although it is not a bookseller, it occasionally has duplicate copies of a book as a result of the acquisition of an inscribed or association copy, a copy in better condition or with dustwrapper or slipcase in place, or a purchase at auction as part of a lot.

These books from our library would appeal to typographers, printers, and book collectors with varying interests. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis, will be shipped after payment is received, and may be returned within ten days for any reason. A small shipping charge may need to be made depending on your order. If you are interested in any of these publications, have any questions, or would like any further information about any of these books, please send an email to proprietor@theprinterybooks.com.


BLUMENTHAL, JOSEPH. Typographic Years: A printer’s journey through a half century. Beil. New York, 1982.

Blumenthal tells the story of his Spiral Press and his career in fine printing. He traces the forces that shaped typography in the mid 20th century. Brand new copy with dustwrapper in unopened shrink wrap. $35.00.


BRACKENRIDGE, H. M. Views of Louisiana; Together with a Journal of a Voyage up the Missouri River, in 1811. Cramer, Spear, and Richbaum. Pittsburgh, 1814. 8vo, 304 pp.

Original cloth spine with paper covered boards. First edition. The first part entitled Views is a complete history of Louisiana and Missouri to 1812. This 69-page Journal of a Voyage is one of the earliest personal travel narratives up the Missouri after Lewis & Clark. In 1811 the author accompanied Manuel Lisa to the Missouri Fur Trading Company’s fort above the Mandan Villages. He describes the Indians and his meeting with the Hunt-Bradbury party, which was on the way to Oregon for J. J. Astor. Boards worn and cloth partially perished; however, the binding is still solid and this is a very good copy for this book. Boxed. $1,500.00


DeCONDE, ALEXANDER. This Affair of Louisiana. Charles Scribner’s Sons. New York, 1976. 8vo, 325 pp.

Paper over boards. DeConde presents a provocative thesis about the early years of the American nation, telling the compelling story of the struggle among Americans, Spaniards, English, and French for the vast territory called Louisiana. Dust jacket edge is slightly worn but not clipped. Book is very tight and in excellent condition with one small stain on bottom trim edge. $25.00


DREIER, THOMAS. The Power of Print – and Men. Commemorating the Fifty Years of Linotype’s Contribution to Printing and Publishing. Mergenthaler Linotype Company. Brooklyn, 1936. 166 pp.

This is the story of the invention of the Linotype machine and the development of the company during its first fifty years. The book is designed by W. A. Dwiggins, the text set in Electra, and his decorations are employed on the chapter openers. A Merganthaler Linotype promotional piece for Dwiggins’ types and decorative materials is laid-in. Fine. $75.00.


IRVING, WASHINGTON. Old Christmas: From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving. Sleepy Hollow Restorations. Tarrytown, New York, 1977. 165 pp.

Fourth printing, 1989. Facsimile edition of 1875 edition with Randolph Caldecott illustrations. Introduction by Andrew B. Myers. Dark green cloth over boards with ornate gilt cover and spine illustrations. Plastic covered dust jacket. Book fine. DJ fine. $20.00


ROGERS, BRUCE. The Twelve Moneths and Christmas Day from ‘Fantastickes’ by Nicholas Breton. Clarke & Way. New York, 1951. 50 pp.

One of 1,000 copies. Designed by Bruce Rogers. Multiple decorations in multiple colors arranged by Rogers from Howard Trafton’s calendar cuts in the pseudo-Greek style. Dark blue cloth over boards. Gilt zodiac design stamped on front cover. Gilt title on spine. Book fine. Slip case fine with minor chip at one corner. $150.00


VAN DOREN, CARL [EDITOR]. The Letters of Benjamin Franklin & Jane Mecom. Printed for The American Philosophical Society by Princeton University Press. Princeton, 1950. 380 pp.

Charming correspondence between Benjamin Franklin and his sister, both of whom were skilled and entertaining writers. Cloth over boards. Without dustwrapper. Very good. $55.00


WAIN, JOHN. Samuel Johnson. A Biography. The Viking Press. New York, 1974. 8vo, 388 pp.

Cloth spine with paper over boards. Mr. Wain describes the early life of England’s greatest man of letters, his stupendous intellectual energy, his struggle with poverty, his familiarity with defeat, and his thwarted careers. The central portion of the book relates the Herculean effort that went into the preparation of the Dictionary and then goes on to the mature work of Johnson’s later life. Illustrated. With dustwrapper. Very good. $25.00