Title: Quads for Authors, Editors, & Devils. >>...
Publisher: Leadenhalle Presse
Publication Date: 1884
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
146,  printed pages, many unopened. Illustrations. Printed in Pearl type on bank note paper of the highest quality. At head of title: Midget folio .The miniature book is embedded in the hollowed out blank leaves at the end of the enlarged edition. The larger book has 94 printed pages- some very occasional spotting, four blank leaves with contemporaneous newspaper cuttings pasted in (Mark Twain with the Typothetae, c. 1886), followed by 2 pages of publisher's adverts. 12 x 15 cm, original vellum, lacking ties; on the upper cover, below the gilt titling is the helpful advice "In unlocking this Forme see that the QUADS do not drop out" (priced "7/6"). The miniature book is 27 x 40 mm. Original gilt titled vellum (priced "2/6")with long silk ties (all but one intact). Quads are small metal blanks used by printers to fill up any gaps. The text contains English and American printer's jokes from the Paper and Printing Trades Journal, such as, Figures won't lie! Yes they will if you make em- and then there are four digits printed at 90 degrees from normal along the page. "One of the most curious items in all printing literature and at the same time a most unusual miniature book" -Bondy, 149-50. Spielmann, 492. Welsh, 6857. WorldCat locates just 4 UK copies (Universities of Nottingham, Manchester, Oxford & Cambridge). Not only uncommon, particularly so in this condition. Seller Inventory # 5198