Recent Acquisitions: Bird & Bull Press Items

Special Collections has recently acquired a number of books from the personal library of Henry Morris, founder and proprietor of the Bird & Bull Press. These include several of Morris’ copies of his own books, many of which are accompanied by additional manuscripts detailing their printing and creation. Many of his personal copies also have been custom-bound, and a number of them include Morris’ humorous (and often sarcastic) handwritten comments about the books and their production. Other books include rare books on printing that served as a part of his collection and reference library.

These new acquisitions build upon the Library’s extensive collections on the Bird & Bull Press. The University of Delaware Library is home to the Bird & Bull Press Archives, a vast collection which spans the whole of Henry Morris’ career and contains manuscripts documenting nearly every Bird & Bull Press book. Special Collections also owns copies of nearly every book printed by Henry Morris. The Bird & Bull Press was the subject of a recent exhibition, which can be viewed at http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/bird_bull/index.html.

Morris' personal copy of the first printing of "A Trip to Paris." The first printing is extremely scarce; this copy is of particular interest in that it has never been bound, and only has the simple sewing that it would have received prior to sale. Morris reprinted this book for a Bird & Bull Press edition.

Morris’ personal copy of the first printing of “A Trip to Paris” (1793). The first printing is extremely scarce; this copy is of particular interest in that it has never been bound, and only has the simple sewing that it would have received prior to sale. Morris reprinted this book for a Bird & Bull Press edition.

Alexander Clark Johnston

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