London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1916. Hardcover. Scarce. A comprehensive and scholarly treatise on all aspects of typographical printing surfaces and the processes and mechanisms of their production with the goal of making it the standard text book on the subject. The authors acknowledge the considerable trouble they had in producing the book but call it a labor of love. The work first covers various aspects of type - dimensions, faces, proportions and weight, legibility, punch cutting, matrices, and moulds. In following sections the authors discuss various ways of creating texts - keyboards, casting machines, composing and distributing machines, and so much more. The final sections cover ancient and modern scripts; British and American patents by date issued; a technical vocabulary in English, French and German; a list of illustrations; and an extensive index. Bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. Spine is faded, corners bumped. pastedowns and free endpapers appear to be more recent. Interior pages are in very good condition. Altogether an excellent copy of this monumental work. Housed in a grey cloth slipcase. 732 pages. PRINT/040320. Very Good.
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