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Der Quell der Wünsche. Zum Neuenjahr
Printed map, hand-colored. 8 pp. Large 4to, attractive calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Leipzig: Breitkopf, 1779. First edition of this rare cartographical work, which includes a specimen of the author's third experiment in map printing. In 1777, Breitkopf (1719-94), the eminent printer, type-founder, and bookseller, published another slight work entitled Ueber den Druck der geographischen Charten which described his invention for printing maps with movable type. "He claimed to have been the inventor of map printing by the use of types, or what is known as 'typometry.' William Haas, a type-founder of Basle, appears to have previously published a method somewhat similar, but Breitkopf had been experimenting on the matter for some twelve years previously, and it was only his dissatisfaction with the result obtained that induced him to keep his achievements to himself."-Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 81. This is his third experiment in typometry, issued as a New Year's gift, for which he has printed a delightful hand-colored map entirely from printing types and ornaments entitled at head "Charte von dem Quelle der Wünsche." The towns and regions all have appropriate and charming names referring to desire and happiness. A fine copy, without the usual foxing, of a most interesting work. ❧ Bagrow, History of Cartography, p. 219.
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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