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A Date In Time

Circa: 1887
Condition: Good
Publisher: The British Printer
This 1888 edition of The Printers International Specimen Exchange Volume IX contains some of the most beautiful and prolific works of art produced by printers from around the world in 1887. This edition is Extremely Rare, complete, and in good condition. The binding remains very tight, there are some signs of moisture damage, there is considerable dirt on the cover and edges as well as bent corners, 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 was 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 6/6 per volume). Having been produced in London by the Office of "The British Printer," 2a Gresham Press Buildings, Little Bridge Street, E.C., 1888. Inside the front cover there is a sticker (partially Removed) that reads, " Presented to the St. Bride Foundation Library by Albert Charles James (member of The Institute of Printers) Broad Quay, Bristol, November 1918."

The Editor of "The British Printer", which includes the following excerpts, wrote the introduction to this edition.

"Any misgivings that may have been entertained as to the future prospects of The Printers' International Specimen Exchange are effectually set at rest by the number and quality of the contents of the Ninth Volume, now completed."

" The majority of British Printers are rapidly adopting the fresh and striking American ideas of design and display, with enough of the more formal but undeniably correct and artistic German element to constitute a style of their own, with distinct leaning towards the former in its quieter and less elaborate aspects. Our transatlantic cousins have noticed this,"

"Members can have their volumes uniformly bound in half-vellum laced with catgut, and lettered 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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