8vo, (230 x 145 mm), pp. 382; cloth-bound.
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At First, All Went Well… & Other Brief Lives.
This book brings together eighty obituaries written by Nicolas Barker. The first were published in 1966 and the last in 2018. Print links them all: they were printers, publishers, librarians, booksellers or book collectors, their lives joined by a common dedication to the printed word and all that goes with it.
At First, All Went Well… opens with C.H. Wilkinson and Sir Sydney Roberts and ends with Barney Rosenthal and Ian Doyle. Such people as Graham Pollard, Don McKenzie, Nicolete Gray, Mary Hyde, Bernard Breslauer, Justin Howes and Joe Tanner are then chronicled along the way.
In 2013 Quaritch published Nicolas Barker at eighty: a list of his publications to mark his 80th birthday. As the book records, Nicolas Barker has written on an extensive range of topics including medieval manuscripts, calligraphy, forgery, the book trade, typography, bibliophily and bookbinding.
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Second edition, first published 1681, one of two variant issues. Gilbert Burnett (1643–1715), or Burnet, later Bishop Burnet, was an extremely prolific author who took time from his ongoing History of the Reformation (first appearance 1679) to write this Life of the famous jurist of the Protectorate, Matthew Hale (1609–1676), at the request of his friends. The purpose of the Life was to do good to Hale’s memory but also to the bookseller, who includes a catalogue to the rear offering all of Hale’s published works.
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First edition. Palmer was the son of the politician and colonial administrator William Palmer, Earl of Selborne, and was educated at Winchester College and University College, Oxford, where he took First Classes in Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores, obtained distinction in the examination for the Ireland Scholarship, and was President of the Union. In 1911 Palmer visited India and his experiences are recorded in this series of letters, written to members of his family between 1 December 1911 and 5 May 1912; as the author explains in his introduction, on his return to England ‘I found that they had been collected and typewritten: and I was persuaded to publish them. [...] Excepting the omission of private passages and the insertion of some few paragraphs from a diary, the letters are printed as they passed through the post, a fact which accounts for sundry monstrosities of syntax – barbarous parentheses, unattached pronouns, mixed tenses. It was thought better to leave these than to disguise rough impressions with a thin varnish of literary elaboration’ (p. vii).