San Francisco: The Book Club of California - Grabhorn Press, 1925. Very Good. First Edition. Donald McKay. #204 of 250 limited numbered copies, , Folio [15.25x10.125in]; [ii], 42,  colophon, printed in red, illustrated chapter headings in red; Blue paper on covers with cream linen backstrip, decorative shield with Bishop's mitre in gold and light blue on front, all edges untrimmed; Some shelf wear to covers with soiling and scratches to covers, edges and corners bumped and frayed in spots, bottom of spine frayed and top corners appear to have small animal tooth marks. [BCC 100, Grabhorn 75]. Item #11571
Richard de Bury (1287-1345), also known as Richard Aungerville, was an Oxford educated English priest, teacher, Bishop of Durham, writer and bibliophile. During his travels to France and Rome, and various positions of high office, de Bury was able to collect many books, which were rare and valuable. The Philobiblon is a collection of 20 essays on books and the organization of a library. The Latin manuscript was finished just before his death in 1345, and first published at Cologne in 1473. It has been translated into many languages and to English in 1832 by John Bellingham Englis at London. This copy is a reproduction of the first English edition with illustrations by Donald McKay on Holland hand-made paper.