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THE LATE WILLIAM BLADES'S LAST WORK.

Now Ready, tastefully printed on fine paper, crown 4to size, fully illustrated and handsomely bound, price 15s,

ONE HUNDRED copies only have been, printed on Whatman Paper for sale in England, and bound in roxburgh gilt, top, numbered and signed.

The Pentateuch of Printing,

WITH A CHAPTER ON JUDGES.

By William Blades, Author of the " Life and Times of Caxton," "The Enemies of Books," etc., etc

With a Memoir of the Author and a List of His Works, by Talbot Baines Reed.

"Book-lovers can hardly fail to appreciate this simple, dear, attractive, and unconventional sketch of the origin and development of the art of printing. Scattered through the text are a number of portraits, facsimiles, and other illustrations, reproduced in many instances from interesting woodblocks of a former age."—Speaker

"Aiming only at giving a popular summary, 'The Petateuch of Printing' more than fulfils its aim. It is delightfully illustrated, and contains, in addition to reproductions of the earliest dated woodblock presenting St. Christopher and of various objects of interest, some original designs.—Notes and Queries.

"The work necessjuily appeals to only a few, but those few, without a doubt, will greatly treasure it not only because of its own merits, but also by reason of its being the last literary effort of a gentleman who may certainly be considered the most learned exponent of the printing art this century has seen."—City Press'.

"The illustrations have the attractions not only of appropriateness and good execution, but also of rarity. It should be added that the work has been edited by Mr. Talbot B. Reed, who besides putting its author's manuscript into shape has prefixed to it an interesting biographical sketch of the bibliographer."—Scotsman.

"No man could have better qualified himself to give a lucid, practical, and reliable history of printing from its genesis onward."—Aberdeen Journal.

"The book is full of curious and interesting details bearing on the origin and history of printing at home and abroad. They are set forth in a painstaking and judicial manner, that contrasts favourably with the intemperate partisanship and the controversial acrimony which have disfigured the writings of so many who have undertaken to throw light on these subjects."—Daily News.

"As to the mechanical production of the work, it is just what we should expect, seeing that it is a monument of William Blades executed at the office which he raised to such name and fame for typography,"—Printer's RegisterSupplement.


London: ELLIOT STOCK, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C.