- New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 1994.
- cloth, dust jacket.
- xviii, 276 pages.
- ISBN: 188471806x
- ISBN: 9781884718069
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Order Nr. 40614
Reprint of the first edition with an added appendix. Recognized by booksellers, collectors, librarians and bibliographers for its great usefulness as the definitive bibliography of American type specimen books. This edition contains an appendix listing 73 type specimen books unknown at the time of the first edition, more than 10 percent of the former total. TYPE FOUNDRIES contains historical accounts of each foundry, a list of their specimen books with size and number of pages and countless tidbits of fascinating historical and typographical information. Oak Knoll's edition has been updated and amended by the well-known printing historian, Stephen O. Saxe. He has added eight appendixes to the book, as well as a four-page introduction and a biographical sketch of the author. In addition, one new type foundry, Abraham Riggs of New York City, has been discovered and is described in a separate appendix. There are also listings of the complete type specimen holdings of the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian Institution and Stephen O. Saxe's personal collection. The appendixes conclude with a list of errata, omissions and duplications in the first edition; and a select bibliography. Also, of the greatest importance, the much-lamented lack of an index has now been corrected through the efforts of Elizabeth Lieberman.