Order Nr. 133460 FIELD & TUER, THE LEADENHALL PRESS: A CHECKLIST. Matthew McLennan Young.


(Leadenhall Press).

With an Appreciation of Andrew White Tuer

  • New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2010.
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • hardcover, dust jacket
  • 176 pages
  • ISBN: 9781584562801

Price: $59.95  other currencies

Order Nr. 133460


"As Young explores in this short but well grounded study, the firm, which was founded in 1862 by Abraham Field and Andrew White Tuer, moved from stationery and lithographic trade work into decorative, fine art and small press printing in the 1870s under the energetic direction, in particular, of Tuer."
- David Finklestein, TLS

"Here is a handsome and important new work that fills a gap in our shelves... The book includes a beautifully produced inserted signature showing fifty-eight of the covers in color."
- Alastair Johnston, Printing History

"A useful account of a press whose publications have largely lapsed from current view, Young's essay bringing life to what proves to be a surprisingly long checklist... The present volume has had the considerable advantage ofhaving been designed by the author, a typographer himself."
- David Chambers, The Book Collector

This book is the first comprehensive (and long-overdue) bibliographic study of the London partnership of Field & Tuer and their publishing imprint, Leadenhall Press (later the Leadenhall Press, Ltd.). Matthew Young makes a convincing argument for Andrew W. Tuer (1838-1900) as one of the most imaginative and influential printers and publishers of the mid-to-late Victorian period. Known today primarily for old-style facsimile reprints and a few outstanding works such as Tuer's own History of the Horn-Book, the Leadenhall Press in fact published hundreds of titles in almost every subject area, from sixpenny pamphlets to vellum-bound limited editions dedicated by command to the Queen, as well as two important and long-running periodicals: The Paper & Printing Trades Journal and The Printers International Specimen Exchange. The remarkable range of the catalogue is evident in a small sample from 1885: Jerome K. Jerome's first book, On the Stage--and Off; Joseph Crawhall's hand-colored Izaak Walton: His Wallet Booke; The Owls of Olynn Belfry, illustrated by Randolph Caldecott; Sir Montague Shearman's Foot-Ball: Its History for Five Centuries; feminist Emily Jane Pfeiffer's Flying Leaves from East and West; and Songs of the North, illustrated by (among others) Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Keene, Albert Moore, Frederick Sandys, and J.M. Whistler.

The book includes a revealing portrait of Andrew Tuer as a man of energy, curiosity, and wit: a successful businessman, inventor, advocate for fine printing, publisher, designer, collector, author, and correspondent. The annotated checklist describes nearly 450 publications issued by Field & Tuer and the Leadenhall Press from 1863 to 1913. Listing details include: month and year of publication, publisher's job number, listed price, brief description of format and cover design, important aspects of content and publication, and location of scarce and noteworthy copies. Appendices cover Andrew Tuer's writings, ephemera, series titles, and institutional collections of special interest. A color section and illustrations in the text complete the story of an important link in the development of printing between the Chiswick Press of Charles Whittingham II and the celebrated publishers of the 1890s.

Matthew Young is a graphic designer and book collector. He was the recipient of a 2008 Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship award to examine the collection at the Lilly Library (Indiana University), and he has presented papers on the Leadenhall Press at conferences in England, Canada, and the United States. A previous article, "The Mystery of Walt Ruding: A Solution," was published in the Antiquarian Book Monthly in 2001.