- N.P. I.M. Imprimit in association with St. Bride Printing Library, 1992-1993.
- cloth, paper cover label, slipcase; cloth Solander box, paper cover label.
- (vi),37,(2) pages; 52 leaves.
Price: $15.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 134262
Please note, this is for the prospectus only.
First edition, limited to 200 numbered copies. Printed on specially made acid-free Zerkall mould-made 175gsm paper. Designed and hand printed by Ian Mortimer at his I.M. Imprint of London. This publication was awarded the internationally prestigious 1993-1994 Felice Feliciano award for its production quality and graphic design.
A lavish production, this publication includes specimens of
twenty-three decorated alphabets from the London type foundry of Louis John Pouchée now preserved in the collection of the St. Bride Printing Library in London. The original hand-engraved wood blocks from which this edition has been printed form one of the finest collections of typographical material to have survived from the early nineteenth century and remain some of the most richly ornamented letters ever created for letterpress printing. This edition reproduces these alphabets in their entirety for the first time, and will remain the only edition of Pouchée's alphabets printed from the original wood type for fifty years.
The first volume, bound in cloth, includes a 25 page
introduction by Librarian of the St. Bride Printing Library, James Mosely, followed by five appendices. These include a list and concordance of Louis John Pouchée's ornamental types, a reproduction of eight other Pouchée types not known to survive, Pouchée's "Address to printers" printed in 1819, a list of type specimens from the foundry of John Louis Pouchée, and ornamental types from the foundry of Wood & Sharwoods.
The second volume, consists of unbound leaves preserved in a
Solander Box, and includes the specimens of John Louis Pouchée's 23 alphabets, with specimens of two other similar ornamental alphabets. These are displayed on 46 leaves of which 14 alphabets are shown complete on single leaves and 11 alphabets are occupy between two and five leaves each.
Each volume includes its own numbered colophon page. In all
this is a magnificent work of both scholarly merit and printing quality.