Order Nr. 17512 THE HISTORY AND ART OF PRINTING. IN TWO PARTS. P. Luckombe.
THE HISTORY AND ART OF PRINTING. IN TWO PARTS.
THE HISTORY AND ART OF PRINTING. IN TWO PARTS.
THE HISTORY AND ART OF PRINTING. IN TWO PARTS.

THE HISTORY AND ART OF PRINTING. IN TWO PARTS.

Part I. containing I. A Concise History of the Art from its invention to the present time; with the several Charters granted to the Company of Stationers. II. Specimens of Printing Types of all Sizes, and various Languages, Music Types, Flowers and Ornaments. Part II. treating of I. The necessary Materials made use of in a Printing Office... of points, quadrate, spaces, rules, braces, quotations, flowers, &c. &c. II. Of printing presses, their construction and use particulars described, with a drawing of a press, and of its several parts, cut in Wood. III. Of wetting paper, knocking up balls, pulling, printing different colours, and other necessary rules and directions for the pressman. IV. Of the compositor's business,... with a great variety of examples and useful tables. V. Of correctors and correcting... VI. Of casting off copy. VII. Alphabets and characters of various languages and sciences. VIII. Of the business requisite to be done in the warehouse, and the duty of the warehouseman. IX. An explanation of technical terms used in printing. The whole forming a more intelligible and complete introduction to the art of printing than has been hitherto attempted, and containing a great variety of instructions and examples that are not to be found in any other performance.

  • London: J. Johnson, 1771.
  • 8vo.
  • modern full calf, five raised bands, title in gilt on a red leather spine label in the second compartment
  • Frontispiece; (xii), 502, (4) pages.

Price: $400.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 17512

Second printing, the first occurred in 1770 and didn't have the author's name on the title page. (Bigmore & Wyman I, 446). The first signature, which contains the frontispiece and title page, have been replaced in facsimile. Professionally restored by a talanted conservator. Front hinge cracked along head and tail, but holding firm. Bookplate of Nathaniel Williams on the front pastedown. Small wormhole on rear free endpaper. Nineteenth century gift inscription on front and rear pastedowns in ink. Some foxing and age-darkening throughout the text.

A reissue of A Concise History of the Origin and Progress of Printing (1770), with cancel titlepage. With a wood-engraving of Gutenberg as frontispiece although the engraving actually is of Koster. An historical account of printing taken from older writers and a practical study of printing as it was being performed in the early 18th century. Luckombe made free use of his predecessor, with only slight alterations in arrangement and phraseology. He also relied on Ames's Typographical Antiquities for the historical part, and Moxon's Mechanick Exercises for the press work. He addresses his book to the public, rather than the trade, and makes a point of remarking upon the scarcity and high prices of books on the subject. Although the text of the book reflects its English origins, the page designs show a familiarity with contemporary French work. 'The decorative rules, punctuated with ornaments, around each page, and the floral settings of small sorts at the heads of some sections, hearkened to Louis Luce's Epreuve printed at the Imprimerie Royale in 1740 and to Fournier's Manuel Typographique of 1766-8, while the ingenious arrangement of small solid triangles to devise other headpieces were inspired by ideas put foreward by Truchet in 1704 and Douat in 1722. In making his bow to French typography, Luckombe sought to bring his own work within the continental world.' (Ref: David McKitterick, Print, Manuscript and the Search for Order 1450-1830. Cambridge, 2003). Also has a specimen of type produced by W. Caslon & Co. which takes up pages 133 to 176 of the text and shows type specimens, ornaments, music printing, etc. From the Thomas M. Whitehead Collection of Books About Books.