Exemplum Typographiae Sinicae Figuris Characterum e Typis Mobilibus compositum. Johann Gottlob Immanuel BREITKOPF.
Exemplum Typographiae Sinicae Figuris Characterum e Typis Mobilibus compositum.

Chinese Moveable Type

Exemplum Typographiae Sinicae Figuris Characterum e Typis Mobilibus compositum.

Three leaves (title, one leaf of text, one printed plate). Large 4to, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Leipzig: “e Typographeo Autoris,” 1789.

First edition and very rare. This is a very early Western experiment with casting Chinese characters in moveable types and printing with them. The title-page depicts three characters and the printed plate another twelve.

Fine copy.

❧ Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 81–“Specimens of Chinese type in movable characters.”.

Price: $4,500.00

Item ID: 5899