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London, 1882. - 9 x 11. 30 text pages + 283 leaves of specimens. Publisher's three-part vellum laced with cat gut and parchment sides, titled in gold on spine and upper cover. Binding has some printerly soil & light scuffs. Protruding deckle edges are darkened. The specimens are printed on papers of every color and style, from thin tissue to heavy clay-coated stock. A few papers foxed over the years. Some soft, colored papers are faded or tanned in the margins. Most of the specimens are very good to fine--except for the deckles. Over all condition is very good specimens in good binding. Only contributors and a few libraries (Cambridge, Oxford, & St. Bride) received the Specimens. None were for sale. The specimens were issued as loose, unbound sheets. The bindings needed to be specially ordered; these were provided with a printed title page. Printers could also return their loose sheets for binding (a more costly procedure). The volume contains Tuer's comments about each printer and a critique of his submission. Tuer aimed for "constructive criticism," but pulled no punches. Concrete suggestions (and admonitions) are made for improvement. Devised by Andrew Tuer as a scheme "to develop higher skills among printers" and to "elevate public taste in typography," the Exchange succeeded brilliantly. There is a great deal of color and metallic printing.
      [Bookseller: Veatchs Arts of the Book, ABAA]
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