Specimen of Printing Types ...

(Printing Types.) BLAKE, GARNETT, & CO.

Specimen of Printing Types ...

Description: with printed title-page (or upper wrapper), and 118 leaves printed on rectos only, 3 folding, 1 slightly smaller than the rest, a little soiling here and there but generally clean and bright, one or two 'cuts' towards the end just trimmed at fore-edge, many tissues preserved, 8vo, contemporary half black roan, marbled boards (in a style reminiscent of cat's paw), a little worn to extremities, crack at head and foot of upper joint, incomplete contemporary pencil inscription towards inside of front cover reading 'To the memory of' in capitals within rules, this partly overlaid by the red-printed book label of Anthony Frederick Walker, various other pencil inscriptions here and on the title-page erased, apart from the date 1819 at the foot of the title (see below), loosely inserted 2 typed letters to Walker from Stephenson Blake (successors to Blake Garnett & Co.) regarding this volume

Publication Details: Sheffield: Blake, Garnett, & Co., [1830]

Notes: A rare Specimen of Printing Types, the evolution of which is not entirely clear. The firm of Blake, Garnett, & Co., were (as per the title-page) 'Successors to Mr. W. Caslon, of London, who had issued Specimen of Printing Types in 1795 and 1796 (Pollard 94). Blake, Garnett, & Co. first issued a Specimen in 1819, and according to Pollard issued Supplements in 1826, 1827, 1826 and 1830. Examples of all of these are rare, and given that the number of specimens varies from copy to copy it seems possible that they were not regularly issued, but rather put together as and when. One of the specimens ...more

Bibliography: (Pollard 94a)

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Price: £5,500

Subject: Art & Architecture

Published Date: [1830]

Stock Number: 63522

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