- Leipzig: Jo. Frider. Gleditsch und Sohn, 1710.
- quarter leather over period marbled paper covered boards
- (iv), (1), 2-91 pages
- ISBN: none
Price: $2,650.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 64854
First edition. (Bigmore & Wyman II, p.148). Easily one of the earliest studies on a country's typographical material, this small book depicts a collection of fonts in common use in German print shops of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Interesting collection because early type-makers rarely issued specimens of their types in books or pamphlets such as these that could easily be preserved (De Vinne, Printing Types p. 153). Treats samples of types and their names, specimens of capital and lower-case letters in Roman and italic in various weights and in sizes from Grosse Missal-Versal to Nonpareil. Also samples of fraktur and schwabacher types, plus Greek, Hebrew, Samaritan, Chaldaic, etc. Samples of ornamented initials. Discusses history of printing, manufacture of types and printing-inks, early printed books, celebrated printers such as Aldus Manutius, Christopher Plantin, and Robert Stephens. Two engraved plates portraying handsomely decorated letters tipped in. Woodcut vignette on title-page representing print shop interior; engraved headpiece at dedication. Printed by Leipzig bookseller and publisher Johannn Friedrich Gleditsch (1653 - 1716). Wide margins; tail of rear hinge cracked about one inch. Leather along spine rubbed and worn. Shelfwear. Corners lightly worn.