Large 8vo., (10 3/8 x 6 6/8 inches). Chromolithographed title-page, half-title extra-illustrated with an original watercolour signed by Robaudi, illustrated throughout with wood-engravings, extra-illustrated with full-page plates of these woodcuts and all text decorations on Japon. Fine full tan morocco, each cover and the spine decorated with inlaid sprays of Forget-me-nots in blue and green, all edges gilt, by Marius Michel (extremities just rubbed). Provenance: with the small leather library label of Robert Hoe on the front paste-down; Provenance: from the library of Jacques Levy, his sale, Sotheby's, 20th April 2012, lot 245 First edition thus, first published in 1838, limited issue, number 15 of 150 copies on Japon paper, numbered and initialed by the publisher. From the distinguished library of publisher and bibliophile Robert Hoe. ┐Hoe presses printed some of the world's greatest newspapers, including the Herald, World, and Times in New York and The Times (London), as well as Century Magazine. Under Hoe the company continued the apprentice school founded by his uncle. Here several hundred youths at any one time received a basic education and training in mechanics and drafting. For many years some of the leading pressmen in New York City began their careers as Hoe apprentices. Aside from business, Hoe was a well-known figure in New York's cultural life. He was a founder and trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of the industrial arts school that was attached to it. An avid collector, he assembled one of the greatest private rare book libraries of his day, including two Gutenberg Bibles. The catalog of only those of his books published before 1700 ran to six volumes. When his entire collection was sold in 1911-1912, it brought almost $2 million. Hoe's holdings included examples of bookbinding through the centuries, an interest that prompted him to aid in organizing the Club Bindery, a small custom bindery of which he served for a time as president. In 1884 he was one of the founders of the Grolier Club, an association of bibliophiles. He was its president from its inception to 1888. An address of his to the club, "Bookbinding as a Fine Art, " was published in 1886, and in 1902 he brought out A Short History of the Printing Press, in which he placed the history of the Hoe company within the larger framework of the history of mechanical printing┐ (Irene D. Neu for DNB). See Carolyn Shipman. Catalogue of books in foreign languages published after the year 1600, forming a portion of the library of Robert Hoe, Volume 3, 1909, page 285-286.
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