The Mainz diary, 1437-1440: in which new light is shed upon the cradle days of the art and mystery of printing

Madison, N.J. Golden Hind Press, 1940. Limited edition of 250 copies, large 8vo, xiv, [4], 11, [3]; frontispiece and two plates; blue paper boards backed in tan cloth in original plastic jacket; with an introduction by Dwiggins' alter ego Hermann Puterschein. A tongue in cheek "translation" of a diary purporting to prove that the letterpress was invented by Gutenberg's wife, with tailpiece of a woman at a press on the colophon. Gift label from the Rushmores on upper pastedown. Spine toned, botton inch of plastic jacket perished, a clean, sound copy. Item #50565

Price: $40.00