EIGHT VOLUMES on TYPOGRAPHY, PRINTING TYPES, FONTS, ORNAMENTAL LETTERING, &c. Vatican Press, Fonderie du Sieur Delacolonge, Claude Lamesle, etc.
(1) THE TYPE SPECIMEN OF THE VATICAN PRESS 1628. A Facsimile. AMSTERDAM: Menno Hertzberger & Co., 1967. Hardcovers, 5x7.5 inches. Pagination: 40 pages (title page, contents, introduction); 5 leaves (tables); 8-74 pages (the Facsimile). The title page of the facsimile is printed in red and black. GOOD MINUS condition: the covers are toned at the spine and edges, there is a light bump at the top of the spine and the front hinge is split at the top 1 inch; internally, the glue is old and cracking which means pages or signatures could come loose if opened wide (this is the case with every copy of this book I have seen - the binder used poor glue) but all the pages are currently holding, otherwise the pages are sharp, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.
(2) TYPE SPECIMEN OF DELACOLONGE / LES CARACTÈRES ET LES VIGNETTES DE LA FONDERIE DU SIEUR DELACOLONGE [Lyons 1773]. Facsimile with Introduction and Notes by Harry Carter. Amsterdam (Van Gendt & Co.), London and New York,1969. Hardcovers, 4.75x7.25 inches. Pagination: 82 plus the 120 Facsimile (facsimile pages printed on rectos only). GOOD MINUS condition: there is wear and a bit of splitting at the top and bottom spine folds, the inner pages are lightly toned and, like the above copy, poor glue was used in binding this book and the binding is crackling when when opened somewhat wide), otherwise the book is complete, tight, bright, clean and unmarked.
(3) THE TYPE SPECIMENS OF CLAUDE LAMESLE, a Facsimile of the First Edition printed at Paris in 1742. With an Introduction by A.F. Johnson. [AMSTERDAM]: Menno Hertzberger & Co., 1965. Hardcovers, 5.5x8.5 inches. Pagination: 11 pages + the Facsimile (approx 120 pages?) A facsimile of the original title page and a plate at the end are printed in red and black. GOOD condition: The covers are toned at the spine and edges, the spine ends are bumped, internally tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.
(4) XIXth CENTURY ORNAMENTED TYPES AND TITLE PAGES, by Nicolette Gray. LONDON: Faber and Faber, 1938. First edition. Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 5.5x8.75, red top page edges, 213 pages. VERY GOOD book, some pushing at the top of the spine, light sunning to the edges, offsetting to the endpapers, otherwise tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked; in a GOOD MINUS price-clipped dustjacket that is toned and has edge and spine-end wear.
(5) SCHRIFTPROBEN : ORIENTALISCHER TYPEN Wie Auch PHONETISCHE AKZENTE (WRITING SAMPLES : ORIENTAL TYPES as well as PHONETIC ACCENTS), Gluckstadt [Germany]: J.J. Augustin, 1933. Originally published in Hamburg in 1632. Text in German. Hardcovers, 5x8 inches, 104 pages. There is a pocket in the rear holding an 8 page booklet with additional fonts, it is printed in blue and black. GOOD condition, slight wear to the cover spine ends and corner tips, pages are age toned, otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear.
(6) SPECIMEN OF MODERN PRINTING TYPES, Edmund Fry. A facsimile. London: Printing Historical Society, 1986. Hardcovers, 6.5x10 inches. Pagination: 18 + the Facsimile (approx. 120 pages?) VERY GOOD condition.
(7) ANECDOTES TYPOGRAPHIQUES, by Nicolas Contat dit Le Brun; together with LA MISERE DE APPRENTIS IMPRIMEURS, by DUFRESNE. Reprints of works originally published in 1762 and 1710, this volume published by the Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1980. Hardcovers, 6x9.5 inches, 163 pages. The Introduction is in English, the reprints of the French works are in their original French. VERY GOOD condition.
(8) FREGI & MAJUSCOLE INCISE E FUSE DA GIAMBATTISTA. Small, paperbound facsimile of the book originally published in Parma in 1771. This facsimile published by the Harvard College Library from its Bentinck Smith Typographical Collection. Softcovers, small format, 4.5x7.75 inches. Pagination: XII, 58, plus 3 pages of notes at the rear. VERY GOOD condition.
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