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Bibliography

The first checklist of Daniel Press publications, based on the private collection of Henry W. Poor, was published in the Mosher Press Garland of Rachel in 1902. However, the most significant bibliographical work on the Press was undertaken by Falconer Madan, Librarian of the Bodleian Library between 1880 and 1919, and a close friend of the Daniel family. His crowning achievement was the still essential "Memorials of C. H. O. Daniel," published in 1921, and printed with Fell types on Daniel’s own beloved Albion press. More recently, important work on the Frome period has been undertaken by David Chambers and Martyn Ould.

The Daniel Press: Memorials of C.H.O. Daniel, with a Bibliography of the Press, 1845-1919. The Daniel Press: Memorials of C.H.O. Daniel, with a Bibliography of the Press, 1845-1919.

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Falconer Madan (1851-1935). The Daniel Press: Memorials of C.H.O. Daniel, with a Bibliography of the Press, 1845-1919. Oxford: Printed on the Daniel Press in the Bodleian Library, 1921. Edition of 500.

Falconer Madan was Librarian of the Bodleian Library at Oxford and a preeminent bibliographer. His Memorials, in spite of its age, remains an indispensable source for study of the Daniel Press. It was produced entirely in Fell types on Daniel’s Albion Press, which Emily Daniel donated to the Bodleian in 1919. In addition to listing the books and ephemera, it includes touching memorials to Daniel by his friends and colleagues. Madan’s work celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2021, the year this exhibition opened. 

Gift of Henry Watson Kent, 1922

The Daniel Press: Memorials of C.H.O. Daniel, with a Bibliography of the Press, 1845-1919.

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Falconer Madan (1851-1935). The Daniel Press: Memorials of C.H.O. Daniel, with a Bibliography of the Press, 1845-1919. Oxford: Printed on the Daniel Press in the Bodleian Library, 1921. Special edition of 60.

This is one of 60 special copies of Madan’s bibliography, printed on large paper and signed by Emily Daniel. It contains a new poem by John Masefield, as well as eight additional plates and nine original leaves from three different works of the Daniel Press. This opening shows leaves from the black letter edition of Robert Bridges’s Growth of Love (1890) on the left and Through Human Eyes by Alice Mary Buckton (1901) on the right.

Generously lent by George Ong

The Daniel Press The Daniel Press

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Falconer Madan (1851-1935). The Daniel Press. Wausau, WI: The Philosopher Press, Van Vechten & Ellis, 1904. Edition of 50.

This bibliography reproduces the list of Daniel Press books compiled by Madan for the Times Literary Supplement in February 1903. It was commissioned by Joseph Manuel Andreini in a limited edition of 50 copies to be printed for private distribution. Andreini was an avid collector of Daniel Press books, a Grolier Club member, and the donor of many of the club’s copies.

Gift of Joseph Manuel Andreini, 1910

The Revival of Printing: A Bibliographical Catalogue of Works issued by the Chief Modern English Presses

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Robert R. Steele (1860-1944). The Revival of Printing: A Bibliographical Catalogue of Works issued by the Chief Modern English Presses. London: Riccardi Press, Charles T. Jacobi, for Macmillan & Co., 1912. Edition of 350.

Steele devotes ten pages to the Daniel Press in this early survey of English private presses. It was based on the list compiled by Madan in 1903 for the Times Literary Supplement and reprinted in a limited edition by the Philosopher Press in 1904 (also shown in this section). Each entry includes the title, edition size, date, and size of the work. The Fell black letter that Daniel used is reproduced on the right in Collotype facsimile.

Gift of Luther S. Livingston, 1912

The Daniel Press in Frome

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David Chambers and Martyn Ould. The Daniel Press in Frome. Bath: Old School Press, 2011. Edition of 175.

This well-illustrated bibliography describes the youthful printing undertaken in Frome, Somerset by Daniel and his brothers. For Daniel, the main period of activity occurred between approximately 1845, when he began printing on a thumb press at the age of 9, and the 1850s, when school often took him away. Works from this period were largely domestic in nature, comprising church ephemera, bookplates, and small pamphlets. The bibliography adds over 100 items to Madan’s list in the Memorial.

Purchased 2012