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Derriey, C[harles] Gravure et Fonderie.
Paris, 1862. 12 x 15 1/4. ( iii) Price List & Contents, (1)-185 leaves printed rectos only, each within a different border, + 10 pages describing a numbering press invented by Derriey. There are no pages 107 or 130-134, and none called for in the Contents. The specimen is divided into eight principal sections: Vignettes, Caractères (highly ornamented), Traits de Plume, Coins Composé, Filets, Coupoir Biseautier (machine-ruled), Réglure, Musique, and Album (a tour de force of color), Essais Typographie (sample business cards, letterheads, checks, invoices). Each section is introduced by a splendid title leaf printed in several colors and gold. Over 40 leaves are printed in color. Quarter black morocco richly gilt & pebbled cloth, marbled endpapers. Binding a bit rubbed. Upper corner of the half title has rectangular piece cut out (most likely to remove a name). Otherwise the contents are immaculate. A majestic specimen. Bigmore & Wyman describe it as "one of the most beautiful works ever issued ...." Zapf notes "The type specimen book of the Derriey Foundry produced for the Great Exhibition in London 1862 is an outstanding example of letter forms and of precision in composition and printing." Jammes # 127 calls attention to the Traits de Plume. Derriey engraved 324 unique punches for these, which "sont restés inégalés." The multi-color printing is exquisite. The last There music type includes a lay of the case.
Bookseller: The Veatchs Arts of the Book [U.S.A.]

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