A CHECKLIST OF BOOKS PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM PICKERING 1820-1853. With essays by Joseph Blumenthal and Arthur Warren.
Pomona: Kelly-Winterton Press, 2004. 51/2 x 8 1/2. ix, 56, (2) pages plus 56 plates, four original leaves tipped in. Quarter red leather & boards, slipcased. Fine. Item #12802
One of 25 copies (total edition was 198 copies) with 4 original leaves tipped-in. Arranged chronologically, Kelly's long-needed Checklist expands and greatly revises Keynes' checklist. Each entry is cross-referenced to four other publications listing/describing portions of Pickerings' output(including Keynes). Following the Checklist are titles arranged by series (Aldine Poets, Bridgewater Treatises, Diamond Classics, etc.) and an author index. The generous number of plates (most in the original sizes & colors) is an added bonus.
Pickering, along with his printer Whittingham, was responsible for some of the best produced, handsomest books of the nineteenth century. He revived the use of Caslon types. And his miniature series of the Diamond Classics were the earliest publishers' books in cloth bindings.