- Worcester, MA: (Henry Holland, (c. 1848.
- oblong 4to
- original gree publisher's cloth, title embossed in gilt on upper cover, spine decoratively gilt
- (16) pages
Price: $2,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 134309
First edition. Illustrated with an engraved portrait of Martin designed by Oliver Pelton, engraved title-page, and 11 writing samples.
Very nice copy of Martin's manual of penmanship illustrated with a highly detailed and attractive portrait of Martin by Oliver Pelton. Pelton was a connecticut trained engraver who produced a number of fine portraits, including an engraving of Washington after the painting of Gilbert Stuart. He was a partner in the company Terry & Pelton that specialized in bank note engraving, a skill which is apparent in the portrait of Martin.
The eleven engraved plates that comprise Martin's manual of penmanship are beautifully produced with fine flourishes and the use of fish and birds, common calligraphic motifs, which give the page a light and airy form. The engravings were created by William B. Emery after designs by Martin and each individually printed by the copperplate printer, A. C. Beaman of Worcester.
The manual appears to be scarce. OCLC cites copies at Winterthur, Harvard, Penn State and AAS, adding a copy at McGill in Montreal. Not cited in NUC.
Minor foxing, mostly to the tissue guards.