Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material (both because this approach made the work more educational than otherwise and because it gave him a good excuse for not being an expert in any particular specialty). Over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way—illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. But the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern privately printed books. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever works we offer for sale. For the past 13 years, we have been fortunate to represent one of the country's most important collectors. This collaboration means that, apart from our own inventory, we have a continuing interest in building his collection of visually arresting books (items of unusual size, with beautiful bindings, and/or containing striking illustrations) and of other material that is extraordinarily odd or interesting, especially if (but not exclusively) relating to the history of medicine.
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by (BINDINGS - JEWELLED BINDING). SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHELondon : C.H. Reynell for C. and J. Ollier , 1819 (click for more details)
by (VELLUM PRINTING). WILDE, OSCARBayreuth : [Printed by Chr. Scheufele Offizin, Stuttgart, for] Bear Press , 1982 (click for more details)
Phillip J. Pirages Catalogue 73 Historically Significant and Decorative Bindings from the 15th Century to the Present
Phillip J. Pirages Catalogue 72 Medieval to Modern Manuscripts, Incunabula, and Books Printed from 1501 to the Present, Including Fine Bindings and Private Press