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MERLE: His Loves and his many Lives

MERLE: His Loves and his many Lives

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MERLE: His Loves and his many Lives

by Ritchie, Ward

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About This Item

Laguna Beach, California: Laguna Verde Imprinta, 1982. First Edition. Wraps. Near fine. Around sixty copies printed on an Albion hand press by Ward Ritchie, October 1982." This copy is inscribed by Ward Ritchie to Mel Smith on the colophon. A warm remembrance of eccentric book designer Merle Armitage (1893-1975), with whom Ritchie collaborated on several projects. Octavo. Original marbled paper wrappers, with a printed paper label on the front panel. Faint smudge to the front flyleaf; else a fine copy. Housed in the publisher's slipcase, which is a little edgeworn.


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MERLE: His Loves and his many Lives
Ritchie, Ward
Book Condition
Used - Near Fine
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First Edition
Laguna Verde Imprinta
Place of Publication
Laguna Beach, California
Date Published
Books on Books, Fine Press, Printing History, Merle Armitage, Book Design, California, Western Americana

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First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
When a book is described as being inscribed, it indicates that a short note written by the author or a previous owner has been...
The colophon contains information about a book's publisher, the typesetting, printer, and possibly even includes a printer's...
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...
The paper covering on the outside of a paperback. Also see the entry for pictorial wraps, color illustrated coverings for...
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing...
Marbled Paper
Decorative colored paper that imitates marble with a veined, mottled, or swirling pattern. Commonly used as the end papers or...

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