The Mosher Press


Biography of Mosher
Printing History
Books in Series
Piracy Dispute
Book Samples
Fine Bindings
Mosher's Writings
Mosher Press Collections
Sites of Related Interest

Bishop's Writings on Mosher

Opening Credits

Newest bibliography of The Mosher Books
A WWW presentation by Phil Bishop

Updated September 8, 2015 – Included are four new essays for the fall issue of Endpapers, including an essay on a Mosher inscription to famed book collector William F. Gable; a training binding by the Long Island suffragist Rosalie Gardner Jones; the acquisition of numerous very limited Japan vellum Mosher books; a 1917 binding signed M-E-T on Francis Thompson’s Shelley: An Essay (Mosher, 1912); a newly acquired Japan vellum copy of Fragilia Labilia in binding once owned by the American minister to China—J. V. A. MacMurray; a copy of Mosher’s 1926 catalogue inscribed by John L. Foley to Dean Archibald Lewis Boulton of Columbia University; a strange copy of The Lotus with Mosher’s ad; acquisition of the Henry William Poor copy of Swinburne’s Poems & Ballads (Mosher, 1904) with a letter from Mosher to H. W. Poor; and signed and inscribed copies of Robert Bruce Stewart’s Fair Play’s a Jewel (2015) which uses Mosher as a pivotal character. The essays also commemorates the 25th anniversary of the plaque honoring Mosher at 45 Exchange St. in Portland, Maine, and gives a tribute to Gordon Peiffer as past editor of Endpapers. An account of the acquisition of a Mosher book from Charles Frederick Eaton’s ‘The Arts & Crafts’ Shop in Santa Barbara, California (calligraphy by Robert Wilson Hyde) is included. Finally thirteen more books with Mosher’s bookplate are recorded as being added to the Bishop Collection.Previously updated April 12, 2015 - American Bungalow magazine article

Previously updated April 12, 2015 - American Bungalow magazine article

Previously updated February 7, 2015, including five essays for the spring issue of Endpapers: a brief essay on signed and inscribed copies of Mosher’s edition of Yeats’s The Land of Heart’s Desire; an essay on some spinoffs of the Mosher Collection including the Mosher Press website; additional research on an Ellen Gates Starr binding; an essay on a newly acquire Hans Asper binding on an ‘Old World Edition’ of Mosher’s Rubaiyat; and lastly, a listing of all the new additions to the Mosher Collection since the fall issue of Endpapers.

Previously Updated August 11, 2014, including a lengthy essay for the fall issue of the Delaware Bibliophiles’ Endpapers, a new entry in the book printed on vellum in the Bishop Collecton, and some general housekeeping.

Previously Updated June 16, 2014, including a guest appearance on the 'Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon' blog site and some added new books acquired from Mosher's personal library, including the Eragny Press Historie de Peau d'Ane (London, 1902.) by Perrault from which the cover design was used for two of Mosher's own publications.

Previously Updated February 6, 2014, including the Bishop article "My dear Miss Brachvogel…" in Yeats Annual and several books newly added to the Books from Mosher's Library portion of the Bishop Collection of Thomas Bird Mosher and the Mosher Press.

Previously Updated August 27, 2013, five essays on books added to the collection including two special bindings (one on a pure vellum copy), some Le Gallienne inscribed copies with a letter, a Grigsby catalogue of her sale in a special binding, an early business card of Mosher's, and some reflections on some earlier Mosher book collector correspondence.

Previously Updated May 14, 2013, five books from Mosher's Library were added to the Mosher Press Collection of P. R. Bishop.

Previously Updated February 15, 2013, Three essays by Bishop from the March 2013 issue of Endpapers: "An Association Copy of Note:  Willa Cather's Copy of Aucassin & Nicholete", "One Returned to the Fold, Four Newly Added, and Then Some", and "American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print".

Previously Updated September 26, 2012. Two essays by Bishop from the September issue of Endpapers.

Previously updated: 14 March 2012 -- This update includes three new essays by Bishop from the March issue of Endpapers: "Take that Mr. Quinn!", "Princes may compete for, but only Huntingtons can buy", and "So, what's next?" In addition, an earlier essay was re-mounted, a new "book" printed on real vellum was added to the vellum listing, and an update provided on the Newberry Library's links.

Previously updated: 9 February 2012 - Added site search capability. Publications in chronological order.

Previously updated: 17 August, 2011

Previously updated: 21 October 2010 -- Publications in chronological order.

Previously updated: 24 February 2010 - Six essays to the Delaware Bibliophiles' Endpapers for their September 2009 and March 2010 issues, a number of books from Mosher's library, and additional correspondence to / from / about Mosher.

Previously updated: 15 June 2009 - Essay from the Delaware Bibliophiles' March 2009 newsletter and a number of books from Mosher's library including the Vale Press Life of Benvenuto Cellini (1900) which Mosher pointedly criticized, Machen's The Great God Pan (1895) from which Mosher published an extract, and a book from his father, Capt. Benjamin Mosher. Also mounted were several pieces of correspondence to / from / or about Mosher, and inks to Bishop's articles on the Gordon-Van Tine bungalow.

Previously updated: 19 February 2009 - Added three essays: one from the Delaware Bibliophiles newsletter and two related to the Gordon-Van Tine home of the Bishops. Also added the Independent Online Booksellers Association newsletter, The IOBA Standard. The Fall 2008 edition (posted in December 2008) was completely dedicated to the Bishop Collection of Mosher Books including both a picturesque essay on bindings and an extensive interview with Phil Bishop by Shawn Purcell. A book was added to the books from Mosher's library, and other general maintenance performed including slight changes to some pages.

Previously updated: 25 September 2008 - Added four new essays published in the September 2008 issue of Endpapers. Also added new books from Mosher's library.

Previously updated: 1 March & 21 May, 2008 - Added Sunday News article on Bishop and story behind a Mosher book appearing in a foreign film, and added the new essay "The Lost Galleon Found" from the March issue of the Delaware Bibliophiles' Endpapers (see credits page). Added several new bindings to the page on Fine Bindings. Added several letters to the Mosher manuscripts in The Bishop Collection; also added several books from Mosher's library. Added the Delaware Art Museum to the Exhibitions page, and added other exhibition updates relating to the Eragny Press exhibition. Under Exhibitions added two talks on Mosher, one to the Manchester Bibliographical Society in Manchester on March 17 and one to The Baxter Society in Portland, Maine on May 14, 2008. Added more books from Mosher's library to the Bishop Collection.

Previously updated: 1 August 2007 - Updated books from Mosher's library and Mosher books printed on vellum. Updated the biographical statement on Bishop. Also included the Grolier Club's exhibition "Illustrating the Good Life--The Pissarros' Eragny Press, 1894-1914" in which several Mosher Press items were prominently displayed.

Previously updated: 20 March 2007 - Updated links throughout; added several "boxed set" additions and books from Mosher's library; added new exhibition "Illustrating the Good Life - The Pissarros' Eragny Press, 1894-1914" and link to the Mosher entries in that exhibition; provided link to latest essay "When a List begins to Dwindle--Memento Mori."

Previously updated: 13 November 2006 -- Under the Bishop collection: added numerous books to Mosher's Library, added correspondence from Mosher including an archive of material to bookseller/publisher Charles S. Pratt, added an original source text for the Vest Pocket Aucassin and Nicolete, added another book printed on vellum from the Williard library, and added an archive of material relating to the 1906 publishing of Circum Praecordia, added material surrounding the publishing of Corra Fabbri's poetry. Also two extra-illuminated books were added, and several bindings including one executed by Charlotte Strouse, wife of the noted Mosher collector Norman Strouse.

Previously updated: 21 November 2005 -- Added letters from Ellen Terry under manuscripts (with corresponding JPEG photos) in the Bishop Collection as well as a number of new books added from Mosher's library; improved the cross-link functionality of several pages. Added four new essays written by Bishop appearing in the Delaware Bibliophiles' newsletter, ENDPAPERS, including "The French Connection:--Thoughts from a Pandit in Switzerland," and "Lights, Action, Camera" which chronicles a Mosher book appearing in an upcoming film entitles "The Secret Life of Words" starring Tim Robbins and Julie Christy, Added 2004 Club Bindery exhibition with links to the Mosher Press Exhibitions page. Changed Bishop's e-mail link to his new address at

Previously updated: 10 March 2005 -- Four additional essays have been added to Bishop's published writings (see Opening Credits page). In addition to a number of small changes, transcriptions to the "Piracy Controversy" links were corrected. Several more books were added to the Books from Mosher's Library in the Bishop Collection. A new acquisition was added to the books printed on real vellum (Primavera). Several new bindings on Mosher books (with links to pictures) have also been added to the Mosher Books in Fine Bindings in the Bishop Collection including a Rubáiyát and an exhibition binding by René Chambolle on a copy of Aucassin & Nicolete.

Previously updated: 7 December 2004 -- A Google search feature is now part of the Table of Contents page. This feature self-indexes periodically so recent additions, like those listed immediately below for 7 Dec. 2004, will eventually be made part of the index Google searches. Added The Collected Works of William Morris, Lang's Grass of Parnassus, two issues of The Quest, and the 1870 issue of Rossetti's Poems (which is also the source text for Mosher's publication of 1902) to the books from Mosher's library in the Bishop Collection. Added two illuminated Mosher books, Félise and The Roadmender, and three Launder bindings and their pictures linked to the bindings page (also a sample Club binding on Swinburne is now linked to a picture), and lastly a Dec. 1921 letter from Mosher was added with link to the actual letter.

Previously updated: 27 August 2004 -- Added four essays from the Delaware Bibliophiles Endpapers under Credits / Philip R. Bishop: "Unexpected Kindnesses" dealing with the many instances where people have contributed gifts to the Mosher Press collection of R. R. Bishop; an intriguing article based on "The Mosher Bookplate" and what it does and does not represent; an essay entitled "A Little Celebration" which discusses Bishop's completion of the most difficult series in the Mosher canon; and an essay on "More Kindnesses Remembered" which brings the gifts to the Mosher collection up-to-date. A new book was also added to the books from Mosher's library, and general maintenance to make the website accessible to Internet search engines.

Previously updated: 23 July 2004 -- Added eight books to "Books from Mosher's Library" (several inscribed or with letters) and added two Mosher books to "Books Printed on Roman Vellum" all in the Bishop collection. Also added letter from Charles C. Bubb of the Clerk's Press and an important letter from Mosher to George Charles Williamson to the "Manuscript Material" and a rare boxed set of Stevenson's books from the Vest Pocket Series, now all in the Bishop collection.

Previously updated: 26 April 2004 -- Added several books to the "Books from Mosher's Library" in the Bishop collection, added two new essays to Bishop's writings obtained by first clicking on Opening Credits, added more textual links to additional essays in the same section, added numerous JPEGs to a book added under "Samples of other Illuminated Mosher Books" in the Fine Bindings section, added Mosher letter to the holdings in the Bishop collection, and various & sundry smaller changes.

Previously updated: 13 January 2004 -- Added three new essays/articles and their links written by Bishop in the newly appearing issue of Endpapers; added an article on cover designs and its corresponding link; provided a link to the text of an address commemorating the unveiling of a plaque in Portland; added correspondence, and books from Mosher's library, to the Bishop collection; general maintenance and other minor changes.

Previously updated: 17 Nov 2003 -- Added several titles to the holdings of the Bishop Collection, updated the Exhibitions page with a Rowfant Club exhibition and link, mounted an unpublished essay on "Mosher and Dr. Butterworth," and some general maintenance.

Previously updated: 18 September 2003 -- Added to exhibitions page, added several titles to Mosher's library, and other general maintenance.

Previously updated: 18 August 2003 -- Added Google search engine at opening page, added article and links to additional entries for Bishop's articles.

Previously updated: 18 June 2003 -- Added letter & link to manuscript holdings, new link to Dartmouth's "manuscript box of holograph and typed material", update of Bishop's writings, two books added to Books in Mosher's Library, and general maintenance.

Previously Updated: 7 May 2003 -- Posted full transcription of Lionel Johnson letter, concluded links to Bishop's articles written on collecting, added entry and link for Bishop's 3/20/03 interview with The Book Guys of National Public Radio, more several more books listed on Books from Mosher's Library, and general maintenance.

Previously Updated: 13 March, 2003 -- Expanded Bishop's writings including links to some of his articles; added Flora Lamb's list of royalties paid; added to collection of books from Mosher's library; numerous additions to the new manuscript holdings in the Bishop collection; reciprocally linked to the British Library Image Database of Bookbindings; added new entry to the Exhibitions page, and updated the Sites of Related Interest; cross-linked books printed on vellum throughout the site; links to full text of Fredeman and Turner obituaries; and general maintenance.

Previously Updated: 13 August, 2002 -- Mosher's Writings section added, a few additions to the Bishop Collection
Previously Updated: 16 April, 2002 -- Book Samples, Fine Bindings
Previously Updated: 13 March, 2002 -- Misc. items
Previously Updated: 3 January, 2002 -- Fine Bindings
Previously Updated: 15 August, 2001
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Previously Updated: January 30, 2001