New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1995. First edition. Hardcover. Signed by the author on the title page. 638 pp. Octavo [23.5 cm]; 1/4 black cloth with dark brown paper covered boards. Title gilt stamped on backstrip. The dust jacket is elaborately designed, illustrated, with extensive gold foil stamping; very nice production. Some of the pages of the text block on this copy are just a bit roughly trimmed at the top edge, a minor printing/binding flaw; otherwise a fine copy. Near fine / fine. Item #41343
Includes fifty-five Illustrations as well as a bibliography and an index. Basbanes' first book has become a classic for anyone interested in the world of books.