Chamberpot & Motherfuck: The Price-Codes of the Book-Trade. Second edition revised & enlarged. EXHUMATION, Ian Jackson.
Chamberpot & Motherfuck: The Price-Codes of the Book-Trade. Second edition revised & enlarged.
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Chamberpot & Motherfuck: The Price-Codes of the Book-Trade. Second edition revised & enlarged.

Narberth (PA), Bruce McKittrick Rare Books 2017.

8vo. [iix], 90p.

Black cloth over boards, gilt-lettered front panel and spine.

"Every trade is also a tribe, booksellers no exception, and one way that a mercantile tribe signals membership is by language and price symbols, that is to say the cost or price code. Here are codes aplenty, 226 plus another eighteen in a sheet of Addenda, the total twice as many as the number in Ian Jackson's earlier edition of 2010. The codes, ancient and modern, are presented with accompanying commentary in an attempt to combat the bibliographical neglect of their study. Roger Stoddard in his Marks in Books (Cambridge, Mass., 1985) ignores them; David Pearson's Provenance Research in Book History (London, 1994) does not venture beyond the seventeenth century.… The book is handsomely printed and bound, in the self-conscious fashion of the private press book…we all relish a bit of detective work and there is much here to engage the provenance sleuth" (Poole-Wilson).
¶Poole-Wilson, "Review" in The Library, Volume 19, Issue 1 (2018) pp. 94–96

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