Four Centuries of Fine Printing: Two Hundred and Seventy-Two Examples of the Work of Presses Established between 1465 and 1924

Four Centuries of Fine Printing: Two Hundred and Seventy-Two Examples of the Work of Presses Established between 1465 and 1924

Four Centuries of Fine Printing: Two Hundred and Seventy-Two Examples of the Work of Presses Established between 1465 and 1924

Four Centuries of Fine Printing: Two Hundred and Seventy-Two Examples of the Work of Presses Established between 1465 and 1924

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This is a volume of reproductions of pages and title-pages from books composed in the "roman" form of letter immediately related to that used by printers today for books, newspapers, catalogues, etc. The first roman was cut for two printers at Subiaco, near Rome, for a text of Cicero De Oratore in 1465, and it is the first plate in the book. Printing of the fifteenth century has already been so considerably studied and is so amply illustrated elsewhere that the exhibits from this period are reduced to a minimum. Hence the bulk of the volume is devoted to the work of the four later centuries. The earlier pieces given will, I hope, be sufficient to introduce the reader to the work of the first Italian printers.

The specimens are grouped, as a rule, in order of time and place. Where possible the inclusion of specimens with which the reader may have become familiarised by illustration elsewhere has been avoided. In most instances the title-page best displays the book's typographical character and presents a representative exhibit of the style and skill of the individual printer. In numerous instances additional examples are shown, e.g. a number of pages are taken from the pretty 12mo Calendier Historial (Jean de Tournes, Lyons, 1563) and from the splendid folio Livre de Perspective ofJean Cousin (Paris, 1560).

The illustrations are selected, in the main, from books of general interest rather than musical, legal, liturgical and biblical texts. The pages from the Horae ofGeofroy Tory, or the Bible . . .

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