The Bibliographical Decameron; or, Ten Days Pleasant Discourse upon Illuminated Manuscripts, and subjects connected with Early Engraving, Typography, and Bibliography - Rev. T. F. Dibdin 1817 - Printed for the author by W. Bulmer and Co. Shakespeare Press, London - First Edition A stunning contemporary bound example of Dibdin’s enthusiastic and richly illustrated three volume exploration of bibliographical history from illuminated manuscripts to book collectors and contemporary book auctions. In-text engravings, thirty five full page plates and two double page plates.

‘Perhaps the most lavish of all Dibdin's works. Its publication was a financial success and doubtless marks the high-water mark of the Dibdinian bibliomania’. (Jackson 40).
  This may be considered a continuation of Dibdin’s Bibliomania in both style and content. Using a dialogue format with extensive footnotes, it covers all aspects of bibliography from early illuminated manuscripts and printed books through to contemporary book collectors and auctions. The work is notable for the number and quality of its illustrations. Volume 3 presents accounts of book collectors and auctions since 1811, and bibliographical and general indexes to the whole work.

The London based binder and engraver Marseille Middleton Holloway (1809-97) signed his bindings as ‘M. M. Holloway, London’, (see circa 1862 binding in the British Library collection), but by 1864 he was in partnership with his son Marseille Holloway, trading as Holloway and son, a partnership dissolved on 31 December 1867. Therefore dating this binding prior to 1864.

Provenance: Armourial bookplates of the Ponsonby family (ducal coronet, three arrows, one in pale, two in saltire, pointing downwards and entwined by a snake ‘
Pro Rege, lege, grege‘). Later illustrated bookplates of Harald Pedersen.

Reference: Lowndes I 640. William Jackson,
An Annotated List of the Publications of The Reverend Thomas Frognall Dibdin 40. Windle & Pippin A28. Hart 186. Bigmore and Wyman 169-70. Cambridge University Press.

Three large octavo volumes (biding size 26 x 17 cm) pp. [8] vi [1 (corrections and additions)] [1] ccxxv [1] 410 [4]; [6] 535 [1] [1 (corrections and additions)] [3]; [6] 544 [1 (additional erratum and errata)] [5]. Bound with half-titles.
  Finely bound mid-nineteenth century binding by Marseille Middleton Holloway of London in full brown morocco, spine intricately decorated in gilt and gilt lettering, panels bordered in gilt enclosing twin gilt fillet borders, edges and inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, some light scattered foxing, in near fine bindings, with some rubbing to boards.   Ref: 109321   Price: HK$ 20,000