- Cincinnati: Oscar H. Harpel, 1870.
- original gilt stamped cloth, all edges stained red.
- Frontispiece; (ii), 252, (18) pages.
Price: $2,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 46847
First and only printing. (Bigmore and Wyman I, 306). Harpel lists many important facts necessary for the running of a successful printing business and includes a history of printing. The most important feature of this book is the full color plates, some printed and some done by lithography. Contains folded plates, tipped-in specimens, and other examples of color work. Each page is printed within colored borders and with a different design and color. A landmark book in the history of American printing. Seven plates with eleven wood-engravings; one plate composition in "Stigmatypie"; and fourteen inserted leaves of fancy jobbing specimens, some color printed (four printed on enameled paper).
This copy has been recased with original cloth spine laid down on newer cloth. Minor water staining to the edges of some of the pages not affecting the text. Covers lightly warped and discolored. Ownership inscription in pencil on rear pastedown. A lovely copy.