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Origines typographicae. The Hague, Paris, London, N. van Daalen, G. F. de Bure, Thomas Wilcox (printed by Jacobus van Karnebeek), 1765. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With engraved author's portrait, engraved portrait of Coster, 10 engraved plates (1 double-page) with reproductions of early printing types, and a folding letterpress genealogy of Coster. Also with an extra added engraved portrait of Johan Meerman by Houbraken. Contemporary gold-tooled vellum Dutch prize-binding (1819 certificate).
Bigmore & Wyman II, pp. 32-35; Enschedé, Typefoundries, pp. xix, 206; for the binding: cf. De Prijs is het Bewijs 40 b and illustr. 39 for the certificate. First edition of a classic on the origins of printing, the result of many years of research. Bound as a school prizebook, with the prize certificate. Famous in its time for promoting Laurens Coster in Haarlem as the inventor of printing, it broke new ground by its minute study of early printing types, by reproducing samples of them in the 10 finely engraved plates and by its study of paper. Although Coster has long been banished to the realm of fairytale and the books formerly attributed to him are now dated about ten years later than Gutenberg's bible, the methods pioneered by Meerman (with technical advice from the printer and typefounder Johannes Enschedé, who in turn took advice from the punchcutter J. M. Fleischman) mark the beginnings of the scientific study of early printing. Very good copy with the printed prize certificate of the Latin School at Amsterdam.
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