Ueber den Druck der geographischen Charten. Nebst beygefügter Probe einer durch die Buchdruckerkunst gesetzten und gedruckten Landcharte. Johann Gottlob Immanuel BREITKOPF.

Typometry

Ueber den Druck der geographischen Charten. Nebst beygefügter Probe einer durch die Buchdruckerkunst gesetzten und gedruckten Landcharte.

Double-page hand-colored printed map. 20 pp. Large 4to, orig. decorative engraved upper wrapper bound in modern boards (light foxing). Leipzig: Breitkopf, 1777.

First edition of this quite fascinating cartographical work, which includes a specimen of the author’s first experiment in map printing. In this work, Breitkopf (1719-94), the eminent printer, type-founder, and bookseller, describes his invention for printing maps with movable type. “He claimed to have been the inventor of map printing by the use of types, or what is known as ‘typometry.’ William Haas, a type-founder of Basle, appears to have previously published a method somewhat similar, but Breitkopf had been experimenting on the matter for some twelve years previously, and it was only his dissatisfaction with the result obtained that induced him to keep his achievements to himself.”–Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 81.

Nice copy of a book which is oftentimes badly foxed.

❧ Bagrow, History of Cartography, p. 219–(with another of Breitkopf’s typometrical maps illustrated).

Price: $4,500.00

Item ID: 5635

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