John Windle issues one or two catalogues a year, one devoted to specialized subjects depending on current inventory, and the other a general catalogue of rare books and manuscripts. These catalogues will be sent upon request. Currently available are Catalogue 48 Omnium Gatherum; catalogue 49 Pictorial Blake; catalogue 50 (a mish-mash); and Occasional LIst 3.
John Windle has published a fine facsimile of the first book on California grapes to be illustrated in color, and written bibliographies of Thomas Frognall Dibdin and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (mother of Mary Shelley and author of Vindication of the Rights of Woman), as well as an essay on collecting William Blake, and a study of the commercial history of the Kelmscott Chaucer, which is accompanied by an original leaf from Morris' masterpiece. His latest venture was the publication of a superb full-color cloth-bound boxed edition facsimile of Byrne's "Euclid" with Taschen ($59.95). The first printing (July 2010) sold out in a week; a second printing is in progress.
|Bosqui, Edward. The Grapes and Grape Vines of California.
[San Francisco: Edward Bosqui, 1877] San Francisco: John Windle, 1980.
Folio,  pages, 10 color plates with text. New quarter calf lettered
in gilt, or loose leaves in portfolio. Limited to 60 copies; this exact
facsimile of the first California ampelography to show the grapes in
superb color printing by the renowned printer Bosqui was reissued by
John Windle from one of the 12 known perfect copies (now at the Lilly
Library). It is the rarest of American colorplate books and this
wonderfully accurate facsimile has an introduction by Kevin Starr. Occasionally available as I get copies back. The edition was featured in the new "Zamorano Select" publication.
|Windle, John. An Essay on the Commercial History of the Kelmscott Chaucer. With an original leaf from the Chaucer. San Francisco: John Windle, 1994. Each leaf is contained in a cloth-backed board portfolio with an inserted 4-page essay printed at the Arion Press. The leaf is loose so it can be removed for framing or display. The essay studies the value of the Kelmscott Chaucer from publication until today and compares prices over that century with the Nuremberg Chronicle, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Shakespeare's First Folio, and the King James Bible. The edition was limited to 100 copies. Out of print, though copies are occasionally available.|
|Windle, John and Karma Pippin. Thomas Frognall Dibdin 1776%u20131847: A Bibliography. New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 1999. 8vo, 285 pages, illustrated. Blue cloth stamped in gilt. First edition. This is the definitive bibliography of one of the most influential figures in the annals of 19th-century book collecting. Dibdin was the self-proclaimed "father of bibliomania" and founder of the legendary Roxburghe Club. With his great love for books, he visited and studied the foremost collections in Great Britain and Europe. Dibdin's writings provide today's collectors with a unique window into early 19th-century collecting. Dibdin's books have appealed to many of the greatest of English and American collectors, inspiring the giants of 19th-century collecting to high levels of enthusiasm for early books and manuscripts. If it were not for Dibdin's interest, many of these works might not have been saved and preserved, and the world of book collecting would certainly be very different today. A growing interest in books by Dibdin has reached the level where collectors need to know if copies under consideration are complete, since William A. Jackson's 1965 preliminary checklist gives very little detail. This book is essential for those collectors and dealers interested in Dibdin's massive works. In print at $85.|
|Essick, Robert N. and John Windle. A Troubled Paradise. William Blake's Virgil Wood Engravings. With an Afterword on Collecting William Blake by John Windle. San Francisco: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, 1999. Large 8vo, paper-covered label, cord-tied, Echizen Washi paper wrappers. 49 pages. First edition. Designed and printed by Marianne Hinckle at the Aņo Nuevo Island Press, bound and hand-sewn by Taurus Bookbinders. This essay on the 1821 edition of Robert John Thornton's The Pastorals of Virgil offers insight into the inspiration and creation for Blake's wood engravings for Thornton's work and is illustrated with six plates of Blake's wood engravings. Windle's essay describes twenty of Blake's major books and prints, pointing out particulars that collectors and dealers should know before making a purchase. It is a quick reference that saves recourse to numerous complex bibliographies. In print at $35. 13 deluxe copies included an original woodcut by Blake; please inquire as these are occasionally available.|
|Windle, John. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1759-1797) A Bibliography of The First and Early Editions with briefer notes on later editions and translations. Second Edition, newly edited by Karma Pippin. Revised and greatly enlarged to include a bibliography of books about Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and a chronology of her life. With a color frontispiece and 16 plates. Published in February 2000 by Oak Knoll Press. This edition vastly expands the original monograph printed in 1988 and includes Claire Tomalin's general bibliography of books about Mary Wollstonecraft and her chronology of Wollstonecraft's life. In print at $37.50|