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With an Introduction by James Mosley
The first complete printing and publication of an unique collection of 23 alphabets of wood-engraved ornamented letters in the collection of the St Bride Printing Library, London; with two additional alphabets. The letters were engraved by hand in the 1820s as patterns from which metal stereotypes could be made for sale to poster-printers. They are here printed from the original wood-blocks on the hand presses at I. M. Imprimit. The illustrated Prospectus contains a full account of the alphabets and their rediscovery in the twentieth century, and describes the printing of the present edition.
The edition is in two parts, presented as a matching set. The box of the Specimens is accompanied by a letterpress-printed folio volume of Introduction fully illustrated with comparative material from typefounders’ specimen books and other sources, many reproduced here for the first time.
|25 alphabets on 46 unbound sheeets, 170gsm mould-made paper 530mm x 380mm, contained in a black buckram-covered Solander box|
|Black buckram-bound folio in matching slipcase, 48 pages, page size 530mm x 380mm|
The text is hand set in ‘Scotch Roman’ (Monotype Series 137) with founders’ display types including Fry’s ‘Canon’ and William Caslon IV’s ‘Egyptian’ of 1816, which was specially recast for this edition at the Oxford University Press.
200 numbered sets + 10 sets hors commerce
The edition was awarded the Premio Felice Feliciano in Verona, 1995.
© I. M. Imprimit and the Corporation of the City of London, 1990–1994
Images © Ian Mortimer