A quantity of mounted cuttings of typography, ornaments, decorative initials,…

~ A quantity of mounted cuttings of typography, ornaments, decorative initials, plates and title-pages from European books. c. 1550-1900.

c. 220 modern paper sheets (290 × 220 mm) bearing cut samples (pasted or in window mounts), sometimes several to a page, from printed books. Some pencil captions.

A unusual collection of examples of typography and printing techniques, which would be of use in the classroom as non-digital but portable samples of letterpress and intaglio printing, woodcut, engraving, etching, lithography, wood engraving and their various combinations. All have been cut from (hopefully) defective original sources and include full pages (including numerous title-pages) and cut examples of initials (woodcut, metalcut, wood engraved, etc) and ornaments (intaglio and letterpress). Some of the sheets bear pencil notes as to approximate date and city, most being French, with some English and German. A good proportion of the samples are early, with a concentration in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but with significant sixteenth century examples, including decorative title-pages and initials.

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