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A Date In Time

Circa: 1893
Condition: Very Good
Publisher: The British Printer
This 1893 edition of The Printers International Specimen Exchange Volume XIV contains some of the most beautiful and prolific works of art produced in 1892. This edition is Extremely Rare, complete, and in very good condition. The binding remains very tight, there is some 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). The Office of "The British Printer," 1 Imperial Buildings, Ludgate Circus, E.C., produced this volume in London 1893. Inside the front cover there was a sticker that was removed and tore through the cover board top paper.

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

"Having cleared up this little matter, we now come to the volume before us - that for 1893, and the fourteenth in the series. In the first place we note that the quality of the specimens, both as to design and colour, as well as perfection of workmanship, is thoroughly well up to the standard of the day, and it will be somewhat difficult for even the most critical to find half-a-dozen that could be objected to on account of indifferent execution."

" The last volume was an exceptionally good one in every way; the one before us is, in some respects, even better, though in some ways it does not come up to what we expected and asked for in the introduction to the last volume. For one reason, the great depression of trade during the last year has placed either on short time or wholly unemployed, many journeymen who had been in the habit of contributing, and this has made a difference of seventy or eighty contributors to this series."

"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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