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TYPE SPECIMENS. LAMESLE (Claude). Modéles des Caracteres de l'Imprimerie, Nouvellement Fravés par Claude Lamesle, Graveur & Founeur de Caractères.1769

Avignon: [s.n.,] 8vo, (185 x 115 mm), [63]ff., title with ornamental border with title printed within, followed by 62 leaves of type specimens of which 12 are fold-outs, some light water-staining but not obtrusive, stitched as issued in orig. plain paper wrappers. Cluade Lamesle established himself as a publisher and type-founder at Paris. He purchased the foundry of Cor père, et fils, in 1737 and subsequently sold it 1n 1758 to Nicolas Gando. He then settled in Avignon, where he started business again, and this appears to be the first and only specimen issued from here. In the majority of cases Lamesle has signed the specimens as engraver. Audin, Les Livrets Typographiques des Founderies Françaises. 28 (described as having only 54ff.); The only copy we can find at auction is the one sold in the Pierre Berès sale (5th March 2005, lot 236, Euro 5,000.)

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