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PRINTING TYPES. AUSTIN WOOD & CO.. Specimens of Book Newspaper and Ornamental Printing Types Ornaments, &c. Cast by Austin Wood & Co. 11 & 12, Parkfield Street, Islington, London.1874

London: Austin Wood & Co., Large 8vo (240 x 150 mm), title printed in colours & gold, two-leaf price list 'January 1st, 1873' and 186 leaves printed on recto only, the leaves consist of 93 type; 39 borders, corners & rules; 8 cheque & half-cheque blocks; 9 fancy lettering blocks, 5 dashes & rules; 32 devices & vignette blocks, 1 folding, 3 leaves printed in colours, orig. maroon cloth, lettered in gilt, slightly faded. Descended from the foundry of Richard Austin who had started as a type-cutter with John Bell at the British Type Foundry before 1788. The firm was acquired c1838 by R. M. Wood, whose sons James & Richard Mason Wood took over following bankruptcy and moved the business from Aldersgate Street to the Farringdon Road. "Two other sons [Austin & Rowland Wood] became typefounders in Islington. [In 1849] they bought the plant of Geo. Williamson, type-founder, Parkfield-street, and greatly added to it by electrotyping matrices. Austin Wood died February 21, 1883, aged 43. His brother Rowland now carries on the business. The Islington firm claim that it was Austin Wood who modified the old style Roman to the present; the other branch of the family claim that it was George Austin."—Bigmore & Wyman. Provenance: Inscribed 'Mr Line, Newport Pagnell, with Austin Wood & Co's Compliments Sept 1874'. Bigmore & Wyman III, p. 98; Gray, p. 171.

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