Arthur Christian (1838-1906).
Title Debuts de L'Imprimerie en France. L'Imprimerie Nationale. L'Hotel de Rohan.
Book Condition Collectible: Acceptable
Edition First Edition
Publisher Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1905
Seller ID CH814-178
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 10 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches. [vi], xxiv, 343,  pp. Text in French, headpieces, tailpieces (many printed in colors), decorative initials, plates with examples of early printing, index of plates; text with occasional marginal rubber stamps. Full navy buckram, spine titled in gilt, added mylar dust jacket; binding square and tight, jacket with shelf wear. Ex library rubber stamps of the Brigham Young University Library. Nice working copy. Good. Preface by Jules Claretie of the Academie Francaise. This volume includes a variety of type specimens from types held at the Imprimerie Nationale in Paris, focusing on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century types, as well as a civilite typeface. The text is set using various early typefaces. Arthur Christian was the Director of the Imprimerie Nationale from 1895 until his death in 1906.
Arthur Christian, Imprimerie Nationale, Debuts de L'Imprimerie en France L'Imprimerie Nationale L'Hotel de Rohan, Typography, Type Specimen