Great Books and Book Collectors - Signed by the author and illustrator - Alan G. Thomas, Reynolds Stone (illustrator) 1975 - Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London - First Edition, number 14 of 100 deluxe copies. A fine and scarce elegantly bound limited edition with an original engraved title-page by Reynolds Stone, signed and numbered by him, each copy is also signed and numbered by the author, Alan G. Thomas, to the limitation page at the rear.

A surpassingly handsome book dealing with early manuscripts, the dawn of printing, bookbinding, the Bible and early works in Hebrew, colour plate illustrations, private press books, first editions, fakes and forgeries, and profiles of great collections and their owners. Enhanced with 40 colour and 250 black and white illustrations.
  Large quarto (binding size 32 x 25.5 cm) pp. [2] 280 [2] [2].   Bound by Weatherby Woolnough of Wellingborough Northamptonshire, in full brown crushed morocco, spine lin nine compartments lettered in gilt, intircate gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges heavily gilt. housed in publisher’s marbled paper covered slipcase, and acetate jacket.   Condition: Fine in fine binding and fine slipcase and very good clear acetate jacket with 3cm chip to tail of spine.   Ref: 109249   Price: HK$ 9,000