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A Date In Time

Circa: 1890
Condition: Very Good
Publisher: The British Printer
This 1890 edition of The Printers International Specimen Exchange Volume XI contains some of the most beautiful and prolific works of art produced in 1889. This edition is Extremely Rare, complete, and in very good condition. The binding remains very tight, there is noticeable wear on the leather 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 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 300 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," 25 Pilgrim Street, Ludgate Hill, E.C., 1890. Bound by Raithby, Lawrence & Co. Ltd. Leicester. Inside the front cover there is a sticker 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 introduction to this edition was written by the Editor of "The British Printer", which includes the following excerpts.

"The present volume marks a new era in the history of the Printers' International Specimen Exchange. Since the last volume was issued three American Exchanges have ceased to exist, the French Exchange is reduced simply to a competition between half a dozen of the best workmen of the republic; but the German Exchange, which made a capital beginning, advances with the strength that was expected from such a nation of fine printers."

" The call for improvement in quality made in our announcement one year ago, has been well responded to, and the result is a collection - we are speaking now of the work of British printers only - which is highly credible as shewing that they are doing artistic work equal to any produced in any part of the world, and as bearing ample evidence of the growth of a distinct style of typographic design and display that is neither American or German, but embraces the best points of both - the freshness and originality of the first and the chaste colouring, and correct taste of the latter."

"To secure this improvement in quality rejections have been more numerous than usual."

"Members can have their volumes uniformly bound in a special binding, 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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