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TYPE SPECIMENS. REED (Sir Charles & Sons). Specimens of Newspaper, Book, and Ornamental Founts Manufactured at the Fann Street Foundry, Established 1787.1879

London: Sir Charles Reed and Sons (late Reed & Fox), Royal 8vo (230 x 150 mm), title, advertisement leaf and [153] leaves of specimens (several coloured and some folding), following the specimens is a 36pp., "Illustrated Catalogue of Types, Presses, Machinery, and all kinds of Printing Materials Manufactured by Reed and Fox," priced and illustrated, text body split in the middle, orig. dark maroon pebbled cloth, lettered in gilt on both spine and covers, edges rubbed, joints slightly torn, but still a very good respectable copy. The Fann Street Foundry, founded by Robert Thorne, was bought on his death in 1820 by William Thorowgood. He took typographer Robert Besley, who had been in the firm since 1826, into partnership in 1838. Thorowgood retired in 1849, and Besley was joined by Benjamin Fox; on retirement in 1861 Charles Reed entered the business. In 1881, following his father's death, the author and typefounder, Talbot Baines Reed became head of the Fann Street Foundry. By then he had begun his monumental History of the Old English Letter Foundries, published in 1887, which was hailed as the standard work on the subject.

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