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Specimens of Printing Types, made at Bruce's New-York Type-Foundry. Supplements. The Invention of Printing.
New York, New York, U.S.A.: George Bruce's Son & Co., 1882. This volume consists of - in this order - pp. 353-356, 1st Supplement to Bruce's Specimen Book of 1882 (April 1883); 357-360 2nd Supplement (July 1884); 361-368 3rd Supplement (July 1885); 369-372 4th Supplement (July 1886); 373-376 5th Supplement (May 1887); 352 pp. Specimens of Printing Types (Bruce, 1882) ; 168 pp. The Invention of Printing (De Vinne, 1878). Set and printed at the estimable firm of George Bruce's Son & Co., New York. Bound in later, heavy-duty green buckram, the rebinding presumed done in the 1960s or 1970s. With crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. A very clean and serviceable binding. 11.5 x 9.25 inches. [353-376] + 352 + 168 numbered pages. With thousands of ornaments and electrotypes in addition to types, all featured in hundreds of full-page B&W plates, as well as in numerous B&W figures and illustrations interspersed on the text pages. Page 161 of the De Vinne book is a full page plate in red, blue and black, and features two facsimiles of the Psalter of 1457. The publications featured in this volume were printed two up on one side of the paper only, each leaf numbered and folded to folio. Moderate age toning to the pages, as is to be expected. Occasional fingering marks. Lower corner of page 54 with sunning or burn-like mark. Lower corner of opposite page missing, including some text, with the page professionally repaired. A few other deftly repaired pages. 1 ½ inches tear at top of pp. 333-334, minor. A few other and much smaller tears here and there. Tiny hole in the fore-edge margin of the last 8 pages, close to the text. Very faint ex library stamp in faded red ink to the base of the title page of the 1st Supplement and the Specimens of Printing Types. Else very clean. A very presentable copy of this famous specimen. A Very Good Minus copy. Scarce in any condition. With thanks to Charles Wood for the following: "Founded in 1813, the firm grew and grew and in 1866 came under the direction of David Wolfe Bruce, son of George Bruce. 'In 1878 [David] conceived the idea of incorporating his friend Theodore Low De Vinne's book The Invention of Printing, as an addenda to his type catalogue and it was bound in as an additional 168 leaves. The idea was repeated in 1882 and David always termed this catalogue the crowning work of his career.' --Annnenberg. This catalogue is thus perhaps the single most desirable specimen of the prolific Bruce firm (except, of course, for the first, which is unobtainable). See Annenberg, Type foundries of America and their catalogues, pp. 79--83. Romaine, GATC, p. 274-'One of the best research records located.'" With thanks to Collinge & Clark for the following: "Annenberg records: 'this type foundry is another example of the tail wagging the dog; stereotyping was prior to type founding'. David & George Bruce turned full-time to type founding and stereotyping in 1816, when they issued their first specimen of 11 leaves. George Bruce is credited with being the first in America to attempt standardization of sizes in the manufacture of type, he died in 1865 and the age of 85 - still cutting punches. David Wolfe Bruce, his son, took over management in 1866. He incorporated Theodore Low De Vinne's book The Invention of Printing, into the specimens of 1878 and 1882. In 1892 the firm refused to join the American Type Founders Company, but were purchased by it in 1900.". Presumed First Edition. Buckram. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
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