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A Date In Time

Circa: 1886
Condition: Good
Publisher: The Leadenhall Press
This 1886 edition of The Printers International Specimen Exchange Volume VII contains some of the most beautiful and prolific works of art produced in 1885. This edition is Extremely Rare, complete, and in good condition. The binding remains very tight, there is significant dirt on the cover as well as bent corners, signs of moisture damage are present, and the page ends show discoloration and some roughness. Inside the quality and integrity of the prints remains extremely fine. This volume measures approximately 9 ¾" x 12" and the minimum requirement for artwork inclusion is 11 ¼" x 8 ¾" . Each was produced on high quality paper or card stock. Featured within are amazing examples of high quality advertising, calendars, prints and letterheads from around the world. All are original specimens and were assembled by the Printers' International Specimen Exchange with a total of less than 400 copies produced (many left unbound as there was a separate charge of 6s. per volume). Having been produced in London by Field & Tuer, the "Leadenhall Press," E.C. The first book was presented to and accepted by The Queen of England as noted in the preface "Contributors to the International Printers' Specimen Exchange will no doubt be gratified to learn that their productions have come directly under the notice of the Queen, Her Majesty having been graciously pleased to accept and acknowledge a copy of the latest volume."

The introduction to this edition was written by the Editor of The Paper And Printing Trades Journal, which includes the following excerpts.

"The suggestion made a year ago that contributors should signalize the production of the seventh series by making a collective effort to place it on a higher level of excellence than heretofore, has borne good fruit. The current volume, both artistically and technically, is distinctly worthy of the occasion, and has indeed exceeded our most sanguine expectations. Not only has the quality of work improved, but the number of subscribers has also largely increased" "With very few exceptions good taste in design and colour, and workmanlike perfection in execution prevail throughout."

"Of the specimens contained in the seventh volume 210 are English, 36 come from Scotland, nine from Ireland, and six from Wales; Germany sends 51, Switzerland eight, Austria eight, Italy, France, and Denmark two each; Hungary, Holland, Belgium and Norway one each; south Africa contributes one and the united states 12. "

"The specimens from the United States are fewer than usual, but though few they stand out with their accustomed originality of design and mastery of execution."

"The volumes are, if desired, uniformly and artistically bound in half-vellum laced with catgut, and lettered back and side (old style) in gold"

Due to the limited number of pictures we have chosen a basic sampling. Each edition has hundreds of beautiful Lithographs and the process has been very difficult. Additional pictures and descriptions are available upon request. Please be specific in your requests. This edition of The Printers' International Specimen Exchange is original and very unique. We have not seen any others from this period available to the public. Of the handful of editions known, many reside in private institutions that received them as a part of donated collections and papers. International clients are requested to contact us prior to submitting an order for this item. International orders may be declined based upon shipping destination and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

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