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TYPE SPECIMENS. BLAKE, GARNETT, AND CO.. A Specimen of Printing Types, &c. by Blake, Garnett, and Co. (Successors to Mr. Caslon, of London) Letter-Founders, Sheffield.1819

[Sheffield: Blake, Garnett, and Co., Royal 8vo (238 x 145 mm), 77 leaves including title and advertisement leaf, printed on rectos only, printed on at least five different kinds of paper, one watermarked 1814, another, 1815, and a third 1817, some light offsetting, occasional cont. marginalia, marbled endpapers, nineteenth-century blue half calf, marbled sides, joints rubbed, spine lettered direct, uncut. The firm of Blake, Garnett & Co. was founded in 1819 with purchase of the foundry of William Caslon IV. This is the first specimen book issued by the firm, and includes many of the Caslon's specimens. 'Blake, Garnett, and Co. beg leave respectfully to inform the trade that they have purchased the whole of Mr. W. Caslon's Foundry...'.—Advertisement. Provenance: Front free endpaper with the bookplate of Rockwell Kent depicting a male nude, with monogram 'ODD', label removed from verso of front free endpaper. Berry & Johnson, p. 77 (calls for 73 leaves of specimens, St. Brides copy); Mosley, 20 (listing varying numbers of leaves, St. Brides and University of Vermont); Not listed on Copac or OCLC.

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