Cincinnati, 1862. 10 1/2 x 13 1/2. 100 leaves including title and preface; all printed rectos only. Original blind-stamped brown cloth. Binding soiled and shaken, front and rear endpapers creased, marginal stain in about first 25 pages. Collated complete. A good copy. Item #9418
A transitional time for this foundry which began life in 1817 as a western branch of White's Foundry. Wells writes in his Preface "In printing this book many of the older styles of type have been discarded, others are reduced in price from twenty to fifty percent. It has not been our aim to make a showhy book, but one as comprehensive as possiblee...This must be our excuse for the manner in which the pages are crowded." Half the specimen is devoted to type (mostly display faces) and balance for decorative material and vignettes. Rare, as are all Cincinnati specimens; those published before 1880 are especially so. Annenberg/Saxe, pages 104-109, locate two copies: Smithsonian and Columbia. OCLC notes only the AAS copy.