Constable, 1934, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, First
JOHN CARTER and GRAHAM POLLARD. An Enquiry Into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets, London: Constable, 1934. Octavo, first edition, pp. xii, 398, red cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine, top edge gilt, 4 plates, bookplate of the great collector Albert Parson Sachs, with frequent penciled notes, perhaps by Sachs but not necessarily. Recounts an investigation into one of the most sensational dealer-collector frauds in the history of the book business, in which Thomas Wise, an eminence in the trade, printed pamphlets that he claimed were first editions of well-known works, and managed to palm them off on collectors whose trust he had gained. This went on for years, until Carter and Pollard dug into details such as the composition of the paper and proved that it was made long after the dates Wise had printed in the pamphlets. Condition of this book: Jacket sunned at spine, darkened on both panels. Half-title splitting from hinge, overall good and sound. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text contains minor marks and annotations. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Books on Books; Britain/UK; 1930s; Antiquarian & Rare. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 53921.