Amsterdam, (1784). (5 1/4 x 8. 68 leaves: double-spread title and introduction in Dutch and French (7 pages) followed by 64 leaves of type specimens printed rectos only on heavy paper. Collates [pi 4] A-H8. This copy lacks 20 leaves at the end: I8-L4 (astrological signs, music, & ornaments). The original printed wraps are also lacking. There is a light damp stain at top of gutter on preliminary leaves; the specimen is fine & fresh, with strong impressions. Item #18114
This was the largest specimen from Ploos. It includes decorated initials, roman and cursive types, Greek, Hebrew, & Arabic. Each specimen in a border. The three Ploos van Amstel brothers' foundry "held an important position, vying with the Enschedé family in the purchase of the numerous type-foundries which were sold in that period." The punchcutter was probably Cornellius Ploos van Amstel, whose beautiful copper plate engravings were famous. In 1791 the entire business and stock was bought by Jean Enschedé.
Inscription (unsigned) on upper blank presumably the engraver Antoine Louis François Sergent (1751-1847) who used the family name Sergent-Marceau after he married the engraver Emira Marceau (1753-1834). They supposedly married in 1794 or 1795 (sources differ), so if one of those years is correct the inscription must be from 1794 or later.Bigmore & Wyman II, 213-14. Lane & Lommen Ploos #4. Of the 7 copies on OCLC, only 3 are in the U. S. (AAS, Columbia, and Harvard which lacks 4 leaves).