Joel Munsell: Printer and Antiquarian

Joel Munsell: Printer and Antiquarian

Joel Munsell: Printer and Antiquarian

Joel Munsell: Printer and Antiquarian

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The fame of Joel Munsell was well established among his contemporaries. Printers, historians, and fellow citizens of Albany paid tribute to him. The trade journals of his own craft, when noticing his publications, made mention of the excellence of his typography. The Printers' Circular, in reviewing a copy of the Life and Journals of Major General Riedesel, noted that, "The typography and binding of the volumes before us equal those of any work gotten up in this or any other country." Of Charles Munsell Songs of the Press, the same journal said, "All its mechanical features are faultless; the cut of the type is one of those 'old faces' now much affected, though not by us; but the paper, presswork and binding could not be better. . . ." In reviewing another publication, the Publishers' and Stationers' Weekly Trade Circular, an outstanding trade publication, referred to the "careful press of J. Munsell." Individual printers added their praise. H. C. Houghton of the Riverside Press, perhaps the chief exponent of fine printing among the large general printing and publishing houses of the latter part of the nineteenth century, praised Munsell's ability as a craftsman. He referred to the Albany printer as "one, whose name is already celebrated as a master of the typographic art, and who has besides done so much for the cause of good letters." In possession of the author.

Among those who were interested in writing or preserving the materials of American history, Munsell was an honored colleague. George Bancroft corresponded with him. Sixteen historical societies conferred memberships upon him. His books were favorably reviewed in their publications. Librarians re-

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