The printers' international specimen exchange. Vol. IX / with an introduction by the editor of "The British Printer."
- Uniform Title:
- Printers' international specimen exchange
- London : Office of "The British Printer, ", 1888.
- Physical Description:
- 1 volume (approximately 383 unnumbered leaves) : samples (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Frankel, Walter A., 1938- and Stone, Reynolds
- Fine Printing Collection.
- Unnumbered edition of 400 copies.
Contains 375 specimens (6 on folded leaves).
Includes brief introduction and complete list of contributors.
[Bookseller's note]: Begun in 1880 in an attempt to slow the decline of quality in British printing, the Printer's International Specimen Exchange invited subscribers to submit a schilling and 450 samples of whatever represented their year's proudest presswork to receive a volume of the finished cooperative collection. The exchange ended in 1898 having had two editors, several publishers, and a run of 19 completed volumes, and it still serves as a means to see some of the finest printing produced in a given year--especially up through the year of this volume. This volume contains 383 leaves of samples from printers around the world, from China to Denmark, with particularly strong entries from Germany, as well as Britain and America. These often ornate samples showcase the taste and skill of each printer in the arts of printing, color printing, engraving, and chromolithography both bright and subtle, using plain and fancy papers and exhibiting choices of type and illustrative choices both classic and "aesthetic." Six samples are on folded leaves, there are examples of trompe l'oiel design and brilliant printing in metallic inks, the printing of music as a special exercise is not forgotten. Among the submissions are the printers' own trade handouts, advertisements they printed for others, title- and other "special" pages of books, and covers of journals, keepsakes, and trade catalogues, along with ephemera such as political and fraternal resolutions, tickets for concerts, dinners, and balls, etc., etc., etc.
Rare Books copy: Formerly owned by Walter A. Frankel, rare books librarian at Philadelphia Free Library; with his calligraphic bookplate designed by Reynolds Stone mounted inside front cover.
- Binding Information:
- Half-vellum and cream paper-covered boards laced with cat-gut, gilt ruling with front cover and spine lettered in gilt. This series-uniform binding option was offered to members for a slightly increased price.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Rare Books copy: Purchased from Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts; 2016.
Rare Books copy: Purchased with funds from the J. Harvey Fahnestock Endowment for Scientific, Engineering and Rare Books; 2016.
- Endowment Note:
- J. Harvey Fahnestock Endowment for Scientific, Engineering and Rare Books
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