London, 1888. 9 x 11. 6-page intro & list of contributors + 367 leaves of specimens. Some of these are larger, foldout specimens. Two of the specimens are adhered to each other; one is loose. The specimens are printed on papers of every color and style, from thin tissue to heavy clay-coated stock. Some foxing, fading & tanning to papers. Most specimens are clean and fresh, except for many deckle edges which are browned and brittle. Publisher's three-part vellum laced with cat gut and parchment sides, titled in gold on spine and upper cover. The binding darkened. Item #17314
Volume IX may represent the height of the Specimen Exchange. There is a wealth of extraordinary German printing, from printers and from type foundries. Most of Europe is represented, along with China. Artistic, color, & metallic printing abound. The 6 specimens from Haight & Dudley in Poughkeepsie are particularly stunning.
For images, see also "The Rise and Fall of The Printers' International Exchange," with 10 plates from this volume.