Thomas G. Boss Fine Books
129 Braintree St Suite 317 Boston Ma 02134.
Office hours by Appointment only.
Phone 617 308 5062


We have been in business in the Greater Boston area since 1974.
We specialize in Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, and Art Nouveau books,
livres d'artiste, fine bindings, press and illustrated books, the eighteen-nineties,
and the decorative arts, as well as in fine art, posters and graphics in these areas.
We also stock and publish reference books relating to the fields in which we specialize.

We are always interested in purchasing fine books,
either collections or individual volumes

We also issue catalogues and offer appraisal services.
Member Antiquarian Bookseller's Association of America


New Publication!

Catullus The Poems
Translated By Rodney G. Dennis
Introduction by David Lattimore

Published by Roger L. Michel, Jr. of The Club of Odd Volumes, Boston
in an edition of 277 copies, of which seven printed on Twinrocker handmade paper.
and were bound in full shagreen, and twenty were bound in quarter shagreen. All were printed
letterpress by Bradley Hutchinson, and designed and typeset in Quartro types by Jerry Kelly.

  Deluxe Edition in full shagreen binding

  Title Page  
  Spread typeset in Quarto types.   Colophon  


New Publication!

"I Invite You"
By Karen Boss

The first imprint of Dale & Ginnel. Boston.
50 copies. 20 for presentation, letterpress printed
in Weiss by Marsolais Press in May 2014.
Pastepaper by Elisabeth Hyder.


  Slip Cover

  Slip cover rear  
  Combed Pastepaper by Elisabeth Hyder   I Invite You..  


Paul Revere Bookplates



New Publication!

Paul Revere's Bookplate for
John Gardiner of Gardiner's Island
By Thomas G. Boss

Printed letterpress in an edition of 50 copies by John Kristensen of
the Firefly Press in Boston. All copies have tipped in reproductions
of the John Gardiner bookplate and other Revere plates, including the
John Butler plate which is only known in two copies and which has
hitherto not been reproduced in print. The first fifteen deluxe copies
are printed on Zerkall handmade paper and are accompanied by an
original print of the Gardiner Revere plate, mounted in a gilt frame
but easily removable for placement elsewhere in a collection. All
copies of the work are hand bound in red wrappers. The thirty-five
regular copies are printed on Neenah Laid paper.

The text of the book comprises a short history of the Gardiners and
Revere bookplates followed by a list of holdings of Revere plates and
a ranking of rarity of each one, ranging from no known copies
to thousands of examples!

Regular edition......$150

Deluxe edition........$3500

  Paul Revere's Bookplate for
John Gardiner of Gardiner's Island
By Thomas G. Boss

  Tipped in bookplate.  
  Spread with title page and tipped in bookplate.   Colophon  



Reproduced in the original size on fine paper, printed by the Stinehour Press
with the blue paper folder with paper label printed letterpress in an edition of 100 copies
by the Firefly Press of Boston. The woodcut on this page is by Edward Burne-Jones,
who made all the illustrations for the Chaucer, the monument of printing and high achievement
of William Morris' Kelmscott Press. Original leaves may sometimes be obtained
but they are extremely expensive and the book itself costs many tens of thousands of dollars.
This fine reproduction is an affordable alternative at $95 plus postage.

SS Kelmscott Chaucer Facsimile in folder

  Kelmscott Chaucer Facsimile Leaf  



Lewis, Jim. A Bookplate for the New York Yacht Club Library. 2012.

8vo, original printed wrappers. One of 40 copies of which 30 were for sale.
Jim Lewis has written a short history of the iconic NYYC bookplate designed and engraved by E. D. French.
Each copy has the original bookplate mounted in the book as a frontispiece. Fine. $75.00

SS Original printed wrappers

  Mounted E. D. French NYYC bookplate  


  Bookplates of The Club of Odd Volumes  

Bookplates of The Club of Odd Volumes

Bookplates of The Club of Odd Volumes......A small number of this privately-issued book are now available to the general public. There are photographs of the plates of 168 past and present members(1887-2010), one bookplate per page with descriptions , those employing color printed in color. Includes the full text of Charles Dexter Allen's "A Talk on Book-Plates" given before the Club in 1901 and heretofore only available in the very rare Club edition.Bound in full blue cloth, 6 x 9 inches, 212 pp. and issued in a very limited edition. $50 plus $5 postage.


Tipped in bookplate.



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Rockwell Kent’s Largest Bookplate

KENT, ROCKWELL. The bookplate of John Whiting & Helen Otillie Friel. Original photo-lithograph. 1953.

sm.$20, med.$30, lg. $40, x-lg $50.—

Rockwell Kent’s Bookplate
for Eleanor B.Church

A "canting" bookplate one in which there is a pun, less or more obvious as here. Fine approx 2.5" by 4" $30—.

J.W. Spenceley
for Robert Graham Fuller.

Engraved by J.W..S. in 1903 and designed by Frederick Garrison Hall in 1902. Fine. About 2 1/4" by 2 1/2". .$25—


Sidney Lawton Smith
for Lulu Glaser,

Theatrical bookplate for the turn-of-the-century actress. Fine. Approx. 2 1/2" by 4". $25—

Richard Lux for Dr Enrst
und Vera Margareta Hauser.

Original etching. 1930. Fine.
Approx. 4" by 5".$30—

finished by Will Simmons,
for J. Edouard Diamond

Proof. Fine. Image size about 2 3/4" x 3 3/4". Unsigned proof 6" x 8" $45—
Proof signed by Will Simmons 5" x 7" $75 —


Bruce Rogers for S.R. Shapiro,
noted B.R. Collector.

Fine Approx 2” x 1 3/4” $20 —

Oscar Taylor Blackburn
for Victor Robinson, 1941

Fine. Approx 2” x 3” $20 —

M.E. Webb for Muriel Alderman

Fine. Approx 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” $20 —


E.D. French for the John
Crerar Library Chicago.

Brainerd 83, 1896 Fine. About 3” x 4” $20 —

E.D. French for Harvard College Library Hohenzollern Collection.

Brainerd 239, 1904
One of E.D. F.’s largest and most highly regarded bookplates. Fine. About 3” x 6”$50 —

E.D. French for the Library
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brainerd 40, 1895. Fine. About 3” x 4 1/2” Done by E.D.F. for the Metropolitan’s superb library which is the finest of any America museum. They also possess a fine bookplate collection. $35 —

E.D. French for Barrett Wendell.

Brainerd 114, 1898.
Fine. 1 3/4” x 2 1/2” $20

E.D. French for
Ernest Kempton Adams.

Brainerd 207, 1902.
Fine. About 2” x 3 1/4” $25 —

E.D. French for
William Beverley Rogers.

Brainerd 205, 1902.
About 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” $20 —

E.D. French for
Richard B. Coutant.

Brainerd 28, 1894. Coutant was
a renowned bookplate collector. Fine
About 2 1/2” x 3 1/4. $30 —

E.D. French for the
Union League Club New York

Brainerd 159, 1900. Near Fine. $30 —

Leonard Baskin for
Thomas G. Boss, Boston.

To be put into a group of books from the library of noted bibliographer Joe Kraus. A very small number printed; probably a good thing as Mr. Kraus objected to his full first name “Joseph” being used instead of his cutomary “ Joe.” Fine About 2” x 2” $25 —

C.W. Sherborn for contributors to the Shakespeare Memorial.

Fine. About 3" x 5” $20 —

Lucy Diecks for the Library of The Corcoran Gallery of Art.

1920’s? Fine. About 3” x 5” $25 —

H. Hays (N.Y.) for
Almon M. Griswold,

American Book Collector, C. 1870’s?. Very Good. About 3” x 4” $25 —

Hope G. Weil.

(Bookbinder) Bookplate, perhaps designed by herself, for bookbinder Hope G. Weil. Fine. About 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” $20 —

Edwin Davis French
for Edward Dean Adams.

Brainerd 199. 1902. Japan Vellum proof contained in a Japan vellum folder which explains the plate. One of the most elaborate explanatory pieces ever written and probably unique in the French bookplate canon. Near fine. About 8 1/2” x 11.” $75. Also, a copy of the bookplate, not a proof, contained within the same folder. $45 —

Sidney Lawton Smith
for John Bouvé Clapp

Nov, 1909. Fine. About 2 1/4" x 3 1/4” $20 —

E.D. French for
for Mary Bryant Sprague

Brainerd 251, 1904. Designed by Pierre de
la Rose and engraved by French. Fine. In two sizes; about 2 1/4” x 3”. $20—
about 3” x 5” $40 —

E.D. French for
for Cercle Francais at Harvard.

Brainerd 223b. 1903 Portrait of
Moliere at the top. Fine About 2 1/4” x 3”. $25—

E.D. French for
the Oxford Club, Lynn

Brainerd 12. 1894. Very good.
About 2” x 2 1/4.” $20—

E.D. French for
Louise Taylor Hartshorne Leeds

Brainerd 140b. Fine. About 2” x 2 1/4" $20—

E.D. French
(completed by A.J. Brown) for
Richards Memorial Library

One of the plates completed after E.D.F.’s death by A.J. Brown. Very good.
About 2 1/2” x 3 /2.”. $20—

Canting plate for Felix Baum.

Original etching. A canting, that is, punning plate showing tree limbs. Circa 1920. Fine. $25—

W.F. Hopson for the J.P. Morgan gift to the Wadsworth Athenaeum

Hartford, Conn. 1910. About 3” x 5.”
Near Fine. $50—

J. Thomas Smith for
Frederic Forehand

A large plate with copious imagery. Fine. About 3” x 5.” $20 —

Charles Rider for John Morrison

Handsome silhouette plate, 1920’s - 30’s. Fine. About 1” x 3.” $25—

Benjamin De Forest Curtiss

Label for the New York banker and book collector who left many rare books to the Watertown, Connecticut Library. Fine.
About 2” x 1.” . $20 —

John W. Jameson for
Muriel Alderman

Engraving with ship remarque done in 1936 for the Californian. Fine.
About 2 1/2” x 3 1/2.” $20 —

C. F. Norris (?) for
Louis J. Bailey

Bookplate done for the noted bookplate
collector. Fine. About 2” x 5.” $25—

Schmetgen for Volney Streamer

Bookplate done in 1887 for the author and librarian of The Players Club in New York. Fine. About 4” x 3.” $20 —

J.W. Spenceley for
Arthur Franklin Johnson

A retouched plate, having originally been designed by C.P. Marillier and engraved by D. Neé, then adapted by J.W.S. for Johnson. Near Fine. About 2 3/8” x 4.” $25 Also a variant printed in brown. $25—

Alexander Scott Carter

Bookplate for the noted Canadian architect (1881–1968). Fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3 1/4.” $25 —

R. Gordon Wasson

R. Gordon Wasson. Author of Soma: ‘Divine Mushroom of Immortality’, (1967). Fine.
About 1 1/4” x 2.” $15—

Charles Meeker Kozlay

Bookplate of great collector of and writer about Bret Harte. Near fine. About 2" x 3" $25—

Roland Gideon Curtin, M.D.

Bookplate of the physician and bookplate enthusiast. Near fine .About 2 1/2” x 4 1/4.”

William Allen Jenner

Bookplate of the Latin scholar.Printed for Cartier, designer unknown.Fine. About 2 1/4” x 3 1/4”

Mary Frances Caplin

Bookplate for the bookplate literature collection of the daughter of Stephen Caplin, who was an early 20th century collector. Fine. About 2” x 3 1/2.” $20—

W.J. DeRenne (1853-1916)

Bookplate of the Georgia collector Wymberley Jones De Renne, who amassed a fine assemblage of state history and the Confederacy. His collection is now maintained by the University of Georgia
Near fine. About 2 3/4” x 3 1/4" $25—

John A. Sheppard, M. D.

Woodcut bookplate for the Tacoma, Washington physician. Fine. About 3.” x 3 1/4” $20—

Ballard High School

Elaborate bookplate on laid paper for the Seattle high school, C. 1920. Unsigned. Fine. About 3” x 4 1/2.” $20—

Dorothy Sturgis Harding for
Robert Lincoln O'Brien.

Attractive Arts & Crafts bookplate. Fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3 1/4” $25—

Arts & Crafts
Universal Bookplate

Bookplate reads "Light on the Path" and has the initials "M.C." at the top, also a copyright notice of "J.W.L.". c. 1910-1915. Fine. About 3 1/4” x 5 1/2” $25—

E.D. French for
A.C. Bernheim

Brainerd 42, 1895. Near Fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3” $25—

E.D. French for
Maria Gerard Messenger

Brainerd 54a, 1895. Fine.
About 2 1/2” x 3” $25—

E.D. French for Herman Simon

Brainerd 226, 1904. Design by Thomas Tryon.
Very Good. About 2” x 3 1/4” $20—

E.D. French for Robert Sedgwick

Brainerd 77b, 1896. Near fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3” $20—

E.D. French for Robert Sedgwick

Brainerd 77b, 1896.Rare proof printed in green and signed in ink by Robert Sedgwick. These prints were done in exceedingly small editions, sometimes as few as ten. Near fine About 7” x 10.” $150— ( SOLD ).

R. Will Simmons for
Blythedale Home

Ex Libris Blythedale Home in memory of Louise F. Untermeyer, made by W.S. in 1944. Blythedale Home for crippled children was sponsered by Untermeyer. This plate is one of 40 proofs on large paper pencil signed by Simmons. Fine. About 2" x 3" on an 8" x 10" sheet. $45—
Also, regular unsigned print on wove paper,
fine. $20—

Robert Sneider for
D.H. McPherson

Masonic plate printed on blue or grey paper. Fine. About 2 3/4” x 3.” $20—

R. Fred Thompson for
Henry J. Tompkins

Signed in the plate, Thompson, 1918. One of a few large paper examples, the plate with remarque mounted on a larger sheet of thick handmade paper, signed by Thompson. Plate measures about 3" x 4" on an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet.$45—
Also a copy of the regular print, about 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” $20— Both items in fine condition.

Sara B. Hill for
The Riding Club.

S. B.Hill, 1930. A gift plate. Fine.
About 2 1/4” x 3 1/4” $25—

William Fowler Hopson for
George Dudley Seymour

W.F. Hopson, N.H, 1894. Fine.
In two sizes, 3” x 4.” on laid paper $25—
or 2" x 3" on wove, $20—

John William Jameson for
W. Norman Jeavons

Designed by W. Norman Jeavons and engraved by J.W. Jameson. Large proof-like bookplate, printed in green on soft handmade paper with seahorse remarque. Fine. About 4” x 5”on a 5" x 7" sheet $35—
Also a copy on wove paper printed in black with a red remarque,and signed by Jameson. About 3 3/4” x 4 1/4” $45— Both items in fine condition

W.F. Hopson for William J. Boardman at the Connecticut State Library, 1913.

Large paper japan vellum proof signed in pencil by Hopson. Image size 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" on 8 1/2" x 11" sheet. Fine. $45—


Rupert Hughes

Bookplate for the author depicting "Whitewood." About 2" x 2 1/2". Fine. $20—


Adelaide Mould Hughes

Bookplate for Rupert Hughe's wife depicting another view of "Whitewood".
About 1 3/4"x 3". Fine. $20—


Emil Orlik

Bookplate for the noted illustrator and designer. Done by himself. About 2 1/4" x 2 1/4". Fine.


John W. Jameson for
Eleanor Lydia Johnston

Accomplished in 1938 for a collection of "Romantic Literature" about 4 1/2" x 3 1/2". Fine. $30—


Robert Eunson for
Alice Motley Woodbury

Japan vellum proof example, depicting a windmill. Image size 2" x 3 1/4" on an 8"x 10" sheet. Fine. $30—


Sara B. Hill for
Eleanor Silliman Hawkes

Dated 1922. About 2 3/4" x 2 1/4". Fine. $20 —


Sara B. Hill for
Franklin Johnston

Fine.Dated 1918. Quotation "My Library.." About 3" x 2 1/4". Fine.$20—


E.B. Bird for
Phoebe Lewis Campbell

Pictured is a classical scene. About 3" x 4". Fine. $20—


Frank R. Rathbun for the Library of The Maine Historical Society

Pictures Joseph Walker (1800-1892) Japan vellum proof, perhaps one of thirty examples, signed by Rathbun at Auburn, N.Y. in Jan. 1898. About 3" x 4 1/2" on a 9" x 10" sheet. Fine $35—


James Eddy Mauran

.A rare large tissue paper proof bookplate of the first noted American bookplate collector. In the 1870's, Mauran, a resident of Newport, Rhode Island began to amass a large collection. Image size 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" on a sheet 5" x 8". Near Fine. $100—


Hamal Lister for
Septimus Castle, Birkenhead

1895. Large paper proof. Image size 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" on 8 1/2" x 11" sheet. Some toning, very good. $25—


Vadasz for George H. Corey

Color etching by Vadasz for George Henry Corey. About 4" x 5". Fine $35—. The same, but b + w. Fine $25—


F.V. Hadlow for
Charles Leeson Prince, 1882

Large paper proof for the astronomer, meteorologist, and inventor of "Princes's Perpetual Calender" Image size is about 4" x 6" on an 8" x 10" sheet. Fine. $30—


John Stokes, M.D., H.G.H.

Large paper proof for the physician. Image size about 3" x 5" on a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet. Near fine. $25—


Wilbur Macey Stone
for W.M.S. Engineering

Uncommon plate printed in brown on tan paper. Signed W.M.S. 1898. About 3" x 3". Fine $25—

Wilbur Macey Stone for
Lillian Newton and Wilbur Macey Stone

About 1 1/4" x 1 1/2" Fine $20—

J.W. Spenceley for Maria Lloyd King

Large paper japan vellum proof. signed J.W.S., 1895. Depicts the family estate. Image size about 2" x 3" on a 6" x 8" sheet. Fine. $30—

J.W. Spenceley for Childs Frick

Signed J.W.S., 1905. Large paper japan vellum proof for the son of industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Childs Frick established the Frick Laboratory at The American Museum of Natural History and maintained a long relationship with that institution. Image size about 2 1/4" by 3" $50—

E.D. French for
Edward Hale Bierstadt.

Brainerd 16, 1884. For the critic, essayist and political writer. Image size about 2” x 3”. Fine. Small, 3 1/2”x 41/2”. $30. Print, $25—

E.D. French for
William Augustus Brewer

Brainerd 228, 1903. Bookplate made for Reverend Brewer, who amassed a 13,000 item collection now at the University of Delaware. About 2 1/2” x 3 1/2.” Fine. $25—

E.D. French for
Lucy Coleman Carnegie

Brainerd, 91. !897. Bookplate for the sister–in–law of Andrew Carnegie and the first woman to join the N.Y. Yacht Club. Image size 2 1/4” x 3 1/2” on 4”x5” sheet Fine $30—

E.D. French for
Richard B. Coutant

Brainerd 28, 1894. For the noted bookplate collector. About 3” x 4.” Fine $30—

E.D. French for
Hiram Edmund Deats.

Brainerd 22, 1894. Deats was a noted stamp and bookplate collector and New Jersey historian. About 3 1/4” x 3 1/2.” Fine $25—

E.D. French for himself

Brainerd 3, 1893. Edwin Davis French’s “Volapuk” plate. About 2 1/2” x 3 1/4” Fine $50—

E.D. French for The Grolier Club

Brainerd 21e, 1894. Done for the New York club of book collectors. About 2 1/2” x 3 1/4” Fine $50—

E.D. French for The
Club of Odd Volumes

Brainerd 62c, 1895. For the Boston book-collecting club of which French was a member. About 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" Fine. $40 —


E.D. French for
Richard Southcote Mansergh

Brainerd 37, 1894. About 2 1/2" x 4" Fine. $30 —



E.D. French Bookplates

Ernest Kempton Adams   121   Print/F  
Amy Alexander   170   Print/F  
Charles Alexander   44   Print/F,VG  
Authors Club Library   98   Print/F  
Ellen Walters Avery   10   Print/F  
Bar Association N.Y.   118   Print/F  
Bar Association N.Y.   119c   Print/VG  
James Hale Bates   36   Small Proof/F  
Henry Bernheim   242   Print/F  
Edward Hale Bierstadt   16   Print/F, Small Proof  
Henry Blackwell   20   Small Proof/F  
Caroline Seagrave Bliss   231   Print/F  
Harriet Blair Borland   80   Print/F  
Helen Elvira Brainerd   1   Print/Torn  
Helen Elvira Brainerd   4   Print/F  
William Augustus Brewer   228   Print/F  
Edward F. Burke   104   Print/VG  
John H. Buck   166   Print/F  
W.H. & K.F. Burnham
  213   Print/F  
Lucy Coleman Carnegie   91   Print/F  
Katherine Thomas Cary   257   Print/VG  
Beverly Chew   7   Print/F  
Child Memorial Library   100   Print/VG  
Charles E. Clark, M.D.   8   Print/F  
Charles E. Clark, M.D   9   Print/F  
Clark University   232   Print/F  
Micajah Pratt Clough   51   Print/F  
Micajah Pratt Clough   66   Print/F  
Richard B. Coutant   28   Print/F  
Cushing Ex Libris Medicis   115   Print/VG  
Hiram Edmund Deats   22   Print/F  
The Denver Club   84c   Print/F  
Theo. L. DeVinne   56   Print/F  
James William Ellsworth   46   Print/VG/F   $20/$25  
Charles B. Foote   19   Print/F  
Edwin Davis French   3   Print/F  
Mary Brainerd French   2   Print/F  
Dorothy Furman   198   Print/F  
Abraham Goldsmith   110   Print/F  
Francis Bunker Greene   252   Print/F  
The Grolier Club   21e   Print/F  
Harbor Hill   184, 1901   Print/VG  
Henry H. Harper   249, 1904   Print/VG  
(Harvard) Bibliotheca Societatis
Signeti in Academia Harvardania
  181, 1901   Print/VG  
Library Harvard Union   186a, 1901   Print/F  
Library Harvard Union   186b, 1901   Print/F  
Harvard Child Memorial   100, 1897   Print/F  
Christian Archibald Herter   73, 1896   Print/VG  
Samuel Verplanck Hoffman   248, 1904   Print/F  
John S. Holbrook   267, 1905   Print/F  
Alice Holden   25b, 1894   SGD, Proof/F  
Edwin B. Holden   24, 1894   Print/VG/F  
Edwin B. Holden   23, 1894   Print/VG/F
Edwin R. Holden   26, 1906   Print/F  
Elizabeth Jordan   272, 1906   Print/F  
OAK (Otto A. Kahn)   90, 1897   Print/F  
Charles Conover Kalbfleisch   33, 1894   Print/F,VG  
Samuel W. Lambert   113.1898   Print/F  
John B. Larner   173, 1900   Print/G  
Georgia Medora Lee   253, 1904   Print/Black/VG
Marshall Gifford Lefferts   15, 1894   Print/F  
Paul Lemperly   102, 1897   Print/VG  
Long Island Historical Society   192, 1901   Print/VG  
Benjamin Barnes Lovett   245b, 1904   Print/F  
Valentine Everit Macy   68c, 1896   Print/F  
Richard Southcote Mansergh   37, 1894   Print/F  
Frank Evans Marshall   58c, 1895   Print/F  
Robert H. McCarter   92, 1895   Print/F  
Thomas Jefferson McKee   49, 1894   Print/F,VG  
Roger Bigelow Merriman   188c, 1901   Print/F  
Mariae Gerard Messenger   54b, 1895   Print/VG  
Esther Pierce Metcalf   281, 1906   Print/F  
A.J. Morgan   74b, 1896  


Wilhemus Mynderse   217b,1903   Print/F  
Club of Odd Volumes   62c, 1895   Print/F  
Oxford Club, Lynn   12, 1894   Print/F  


Sidney Lawton Smith Prints

Sidney Lawton Smith.
Original Etching

First Church in Boston “The Old Brick.” Second Series, Ninth Publication (1912) of the Iconographic Society. On handmade paper. One of 80 impressions and the plate destroyed. Image size 6” x 4 1/2” on a 10” x 12” sheet. In the original folder with descriptive text. Fine.


Sidney Lawton Smith.
Original Etching

The Hancock House, the Fourth Publication of the Iconographic Society (1901) On Japanese vellum, one of 73 impressions and the plate destroyed. Image size 5” x 9” on a 10” x 12” sheet.With original descriptive leaf. Fine.










Bound To Be The Best: The Club Bindery
Boss, Thomas G. and Antonetti, Martin


Published to coincide with The Grolier Club
exhibition "Bound To Be The Best: The Club Bindery"


Book Description: Boston: Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 2004. Small quarto, full royal blue cloth, gilt. 10" by 12", 137pp. One of 550 copies printed on Monadnock Dulcet paper. Design and typography by Jerry Kelly. With 28 full-page color plates of which four are tipped-in and 46 full-page black and white plates of fine bindings crafted by The Club Bindery, The Rowfant Bindery, The Booklover's Shop and The French Binders. There are 59 descriptions of books exhibited at The Grolier Club show along with informative material and photographs relating to binding tools and brass plate dies in addition to indices of author, title, and exhibition history. A thoroughly researched essay on the history of the Club Bindery and its later incarnations by former Grolier club and present Smith College Librarian Martin Antonetti leads off the catalogue. Published to coincide with The Grolier Club exhibition "Bound To Be The Best: The Club Bindery" taking place from September 14. 2004 to November 20, 2004, this book represents the only major treatment of the finest hand bindery ever to exist in the United States. An indispensible book for all those interested in fine bindings, bookbinding history and the development of Americam bookmaking. Inventory #18951909 $195.00

Deluxe Edition: fifty numbered copies signed by Thomas G. Boss and Martin Antonetti enriched by a leather plaquette ( binding sample cover, pictured below) struck with one of the elaborate brass plate dies from the Club bindery shop, backed with marble paper, accompanied by a portfolio of over 100 photographs not appearing in the regular edition, including a complete reproduction of the tool book, additional photographs of brass plate dies and photographs from Robert Hoe's own scrapbook of Club Bindery bindings. The book, plaquette and the photographic portfolio are contained in a folding case made by the Harcourt Bindery. Inventory #18951909A $750.00 ( SOLD OUT).

Deluxe Edition
Deluxe Edition



Cody 1989 - 2004


Some of our current offerings


Egmont H. Arens and Theodore C. Brookhart
Streamliner Meat Slicer, des. 1940, mfd. from 1944


Rockwell Kent's Bookplate for John Whiting Friel

by Ben Mazer. Boston: Boss Fine Books / Boss Fine Art, 2002. The largest of the four sizes of the Kent Friel bookplate is the biggest of all Rockwell Kent bookplates. This limited edition publication features all four sizes of the original 1953 bookplate tipped in, together with a facsimile reproduction of the rare Kent Friel Society of Jesus bookplate. Designed by Jerry Kelly and finely printed by letterpress on mold-made paper. A special clothbound edition, limited to 50 copies, is numbered and signed and enclosed in a special slipcase.




William Morris Poster

"William Morris Centenary 1834-1896." A reproduction of Carl S. Junge's portrait drawing of Morris. Boston: Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1996


Wiener Werkstaette Poster

An actual-size reproduction of the rare Wiener Werkstaette poster produced for the London World's Fair. Boston: Vienna Workshop and Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1997.







Vienna Workshop Poster

A large Poster for an exhibit of the James May Collection of textiles, wallpapers and other objets d'art from the Vienna Workshop. New York:1982



Aubrey Beardsley Checklist

Samuels Lasner, Mark. A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley. Boston: Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1995. Printed by the Stinehour Press.



The Turn of the Century

Thomas G. Boss Fine Books Catalogues, Parts 1-6. Boston: Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1990-92.



Chicago Poster

WELSH, WILLIAM. Chicago 1929. Boston: Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1995.



Will H. Bradley: His Work

A Bibliographical Guide Compiled by Anthony Bambace. New Castle, DE and Boston: Oak Knoll Press and Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1995



Will H. Bradley: His Work. Deluxe Edition.

A Bibliographical Guide Compiled by Anthony Bambace. New Castle, DE and Boston: Oak Knoll Press and Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1995 ( SOLD OUT).



Beardsley Posters

A facsimile reproduction of the complete set of 20 miniature posters for John Lane's Keynotes Series. Boston: Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1997



Modern Erotic Bookplates

Modern Erotic Bookplates by Luc Van den Breile. Large Octavo. London: Primrose Press, 1999 SOLD




Ethel Reed Poster

Original Lithograph for the novel Folly or Saintliness. Boston:Lamson, Wolffe and Co. 1895 SOLD



Ethel Reed Poster

Original Lithograph for the novel Miss Traumerei. Boston:Lamson, Wolffe and Co. 1895 SOLD



New York Poster

Presenting our own new poster the design of which is taken from Ludwig Goldscheider's design for the cover of Paul Morand's "New York" (Vienna, 1930.)



New York Poster Second Version

Available for the first time our own new poster taken from the image on the dustjacket of Paul Morand's "New York" (N.Y., 1930.) The great image by Juan Vaquero is the eptimome of art deco style