Typographical Antiquities. History, Origin, and Progress, of the Art of Printing, from its First Invention...and from its Introduction into England, by Caxton, to the Present Time;...with Chronological Lists of Eminent Printers in England, Scotland, and Ireland...also a particular...History of the Walpolean Press, established at Strawberry Hill...at the Conclusion is given a Curious Dissertation on the Origin of the Use of Paper.

iv, [5]-156 pp. 8vo, modern calf-backed marbled boards, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: S. Fisher, 1797.

First edition. In 1777, Lemoine (1756-1812), “purchased a bookstall in the Little Minories, and devoted his leisure to writing for the magazines. He also dispensed drugs and specifics of various kinds, especially a freely advertised ‘bug-water’.”–D.N.B., XI, p. 907–(and see the rest of the article for more about this charming man who ended up selling books on the street and doing much literary hack work in public houses. While greatly industrious, he cared little for money and his habits were too “convivial.” He was regarded as being one of the best judges of old books in England).

Very good copy. With the stamp on title of Falconer Madan, the great Oxford bibliographer.

❧ Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 431–“It is throughout carefully done...the notices on contemporary printers are worthy of perusal.”.

Price: $1,250.00

Item ID: 1158

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