|Auction catalogue Parke-Bernet, 11-12 October 1948|
|Auction catalogue Parke-Bernet, 11-12 October 1948( page 77)|
|Auction catalogue Parke-Bernet, 11-12 October 1948 (page 36)|
It is difficult to say which volumes could be the unidentified ones, except for the Campion edition. Mosher imitated the woodcut border of page [v] for his edition of John Addington Symonds's Wine, Women and Song in 1899.
This might indicate that Mosher owned the earlier titles, including for example the editions of Landor, Browning, Chatterton, and Keats. Didn't he collect all the Michael Field titles? Had a copy of Ricketts's and Pissarro's De la typographie... escaped him? It seems unlikely.
Sixteen Vale Press volumes are not recorded, apart from the 39 volumes of the Shakespeare edition. For all we know now, Mosher owned almost half of the Vale Press production, this is 41 out of 96 volumes.
Concerning the Vale Press titles, a few collector's issues can be remarked upon.
Firstly, it seems that the 39 volumes of the Shakespeare edition that appeared between 1900 and 1903 and for which a subscription was necessary, are not present. American subscribers had to deal with the New York office of John Lane.
Secondly, no copies printed on vellum are recorded in these two Mosher sales.
Thirdly, unique Ricketts bindings - such as those that were ordered by Laurence Hodson and others - are not recorded.
Mosher kept the regular copies in their original bindings, he did not give commissions for private bindings to (for example) contemporary American bookbinders.
Lastly, manuscript letters, proofs, or dedication copies are not among the Vale Press books that were sold in the Mosher sales.
However, it would be wrong to define the Mosher Vale Press collection merely as incomplete, or mediocre. The significance of the collection is to be found in its use. The collection inspired the design of his own books that helped spread the ideals of modern book design in America.