1896 · New York
First edition: One of 385 copies printed => by the DeVinne Press on handmade paper (plus three on vellum) of this account of the influential uncle and nephew printers, covering their life stories and business history as well as the technical and artistic details of their accomplishments. The work is => copiously illustrated with views of important locations in the Whittingtons' lives and careers, woodcuts and engravings from their publications (along with other decorative elements such as borders and headpieces), reduced-size representations of title-pages, five beautifully accomplished stipple-engraved portraits, examples of different types used by the printers, etc., as well as two oversized, folding facsimiles of correspondence and charters. The covers bear the version of the Chiswick Press lion, dolphin, and anchor device that was designed by Charlotte Whittingham and engraved by Mary Byfield.
Provenance: Front pastedown with attractively designed bookplate of Peter Beilenson, proprietor of the Peter Pauper Press; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Publisher's half dark green leather and tan paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and Grolier Club device, covers with stamped central medallions bearing device as above; spine sunned to brick-brown and with some darker streaks and discoloration, sides lightly scuffed, joints and extremities rubbed. Index (printed and issued as a separate insert, after the original publication) not present here. Scattered light spottings only. Externally somewhat worn, but a solid and enjoyable copy, with => a gratifyingly apropos provenance and a Chiswick Bookshop (New York) bookmark iaid in. (Inventory #: 39562)