London: Bowes & Bowes Putnam, 1963. Softcover. According to the editor, John Dreyfus, this scholarly work had its origins in a proposal put forward in 1937 by Graham Pollard to a few fellow bibliographers and typographers. At that time the scope of the project was defined but it could not move forward until after WWII. The fifteen type specimens identified were pre-1800 type designs of known origin. Stanley Morison's introduction gives an historical account of the classification of typographical variations. The remainder of the text gives a detailed description and analysis for each of the collotype reproductions. These notes are mainly derived from the researches of A.F. Johnson, Harry Carter, Matthew Carter, Netty Hoeflake, and Mike Parker. The facsimiles are housed in a separate black portfolio. Book is bound in red soft covers with a paper title label affixed to the front cover. The label has a small stain as does the free front endpaper but the book is otherwise in near fine condition. The book measures 12 x 18 inches. The specimen reproductions measure 12 x 18 inches when folded and 18 x 24 inches when unfolded. Both the book and specimens are housed in a rather battered grey cardboard box. Pagination: v-xxvii; 1-23 pages. BOB/071720. Near Fine.