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FOURNIER (Pierre-Simon). Manuel Typographique, utile aux gens de lettres, et à ceux qui exercent les diffèrentes parties de l'Art de l'Imprimerie.1764

Paris: Imprimé par l'Auteur, et se vend chez Barbou, First edition, 2 vols., 8vo (168 x 112 mm), vol. I: xxxii, 323, [5]pp., with half-title, engraved frontispiece by Gravelot, 16 folding engraved plates at rear; vol. II: [2], xliv, 306pp., including 250 pages of specimens of which 15 show his music types (5 folding, 2 printed in red and black), extra specimen leaf inserted after 44, engraved frontispiece by De Sève, engraved titles within ornamental borders, internally very clean with nice wide margins, marbled endpapers, cont. mottled calf, joints rubbed and lightly cracked, spines with five raised bands, gold tooling within compartments, orig. red morocco title label lettered in gilt, headband of vol. I slightly chipped otherwise a very nice set indeed. Fournier's pioneering study of typefounding and punchcutting, illustrated with engraved plates of the tools used for those processes and the most important book on French eighteenth-century typography. It is a spirited masterpiece of technical writing, intended to explain to the layman the intricacies and nuances of the typographical art. The second volume is really a type specimen book, illustrating samples of approximately one hundred ancient and modern alphabets. It is also one of the most exquisite examples of French rococo book production, making use of Fournier's own printing types and ornaments. Updike's opinion of Founrnier's work is unequivocal "The Manuel Typographique is a work which no student of French typography can afford to be without." Provenance: From the typographical library of John Lewis with his bookplate. Bigmore & Wyman I, p. 228; Audin, 55 & 56; Updike I, p. 260.

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