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Date of the auction: 12.05.2021

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FOURNIER LE JEUNE Manuel Typographique, Utile au gens de Lettres, & a ceux qui exercent les differentes parties de l'Art de l'Imprimerie. Paris: Imprime par l'Auteur & Chez Barbou, 1764. 2 volumes. 12mos, approx 6 3/4 inches tall. Vol 1, engraved frontispiece, xxxii, 323, errata page, (4), 16

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — ENSCHEDE, J., LETTERGIETERY]. Proef van Letteren, Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery. [Presumably Haarlem], 1768. Octavo, 16-page introduction, or manifesto of sorts, in script-styled font, portrait leaf, followed by a collection of type specimens, bound in

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 12 May 2021

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ASSENIO, D. FRANCISCO AND MEJORADA Geometria de la Letra Romana Mayuscula y Minuscula… Madrid: Andres Ramirez, 1780. Octavo, 72 numbered pages, including full-page diagrams illustrating the correct proportions of Roman letters, 2 pages at rear, trimmed and rebound in modern marbled papered boards

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 12 May 2021

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[WRITING MANUAL]. WEBER, JOHANN GOTTFRIED Allgemein Univeisung der neuesten Schonschreibtunst… Duisburg: Helmingschen Universitats Buchhandlung, (1784). Small oblong quarto, illustrations of how to hold a pen, sizes of quills, and letter samples, in contemporary 3/4 morocco and paste paper boards

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 12 May 2021

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TORIO DE LA RIVA Y HERRERO, TORCUATO (1759 - 1820) Arte de Escribir por Reglas y con muestras, segun la Doctrina de los mejores Autores Antiquos y Modernos, Estrangeros y Nacionales, Acompanado de Unos Principios de Aritmetica, Gramatica, y Ortografia Castellana… Madrid: Viuda de Don Joaquin Ibarra

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK -- ALEXANDER WILSON & SONS] Specimen of Printing Types. Glasgow: Alexander Wilson & Sons, 1819. Early, 8 page letterpress type specimen, 10 1/2x8 inches, 26.75x20.5 cm

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$300 - US$400

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — J. G. SCHELTER & GIESECKE] Proben J. G. Schelter & Giesecke, Erster Band. Leipzig: J. G. Schelter & Giesecke, 1899. Volume 1 only. Quarto, 7 3/4x10 3/4 inches, 572 + 52pp., text both in modern and gothic German, with additional color chapter title leaves inserted, publisher's blue

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 12 May 2021

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JOHNSON, JOHN Typographia, or the Printers' Instructor… London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, etc., 1824. 2 volumes. Thick 16mos, approx 5 inches tall, Vol. 1 with portrait frontispiece, illustrated title-page, title-page, (viii), xii, 609 pages, (1), 10 page index. Vol 2, portrait frontispieces

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — JOH. ENSCHEDÉ EN ZONEN] Proeve van Letteren Eerste [& Tweede] Verlvoog. Haarlem, 1830 and 1836. Two folio volumes, 10 1/4 x 16 inches, vol. I: 20 unnumbered leaves, printed on laid paper, bound in publisher's stiff paper boards; vol. II: 5 unnumbered leaves and one smaller-format

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — JOH. ENSCHEDE EN ZONEN] Proebe van Drukletteren. Haarlem, 1841. Octavo, rebound with original front cover pasted down, a collection of font and border samples, and designs; a couple pages with fonts samples excised, dampstaining and spotting, else good. Tholenaar bookplate to front

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — N. TETTERODE] Proeve van Letteren, van N. Tetterode, Lettergieter te Amsterdam, Tweed Gedeelte (Second Section). Rotterdam, 1856. Drukkerij van. Printed by M. Wijt & Zonen. Slim quarto, approx 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches tall, publisher's brown cloth stamped in blind and gilt (only 1/3 of

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — C. DERRIEY] Gravure et Fonderie de C. Derriey: Specimen-Album. Paris, 1862. Folio, approx 12 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches, examples of decorations and layouts, not so focused on fonts, includes color printing, bound in publisher's blue pebbled cloth ruled and decorated in blind at boards

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,500

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — LA FONDERIE A. BERTRAND] Le Le Guide Indispensable des Imprimeurs, Papetiers, Brocheurs, Relieurs, & Doreurs. A. Bertrand… Tarif General des Ustensiles et Specimen des Caracters d'Imprimerie… Paris: A. Bertrand, no date (ca. 1880). Octavo, approx 6 7/8 x 9 3/4 inches tall, a

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — ROOS & JUNGE] Preis-Courant von Roos & Junge Schriftgiesserei. Offenbach am Main, [n.d. c. 1880]. Large quarto, 9 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches, chromolithographic title with metallic ink, other similarly printed display leaves and divisional titles, with type, ornaments, and vignettes

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 12 May 2021

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GRASSET, EUGENE. GRAVURE ET IMPRESSION PAR CHARLES GILLOT. INTRODUCTION ET NOTES Histoire des Quatre Fils Aymon. Paris: H. Launette, 1883. Edition of 100 copies on Japanese vellum. Quarto, approx 9 1/4 x 11 1/4(6), 224 numbered pages, (16), profusely illustrated with beautiful Art Nouveau color

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$500 - US$750

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — INTERNATIONAL SPECIMEN EXCHANGE] The Printers' International Specimen Exchange: With an Introduction by the Editor of The Paper and Printing Trades Journal. Vol. VIII. London: Office of the Paper and Printing Trades Journal. Field & Tuer, "The Leadenhall Press," E.C., 1887. Thick

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — FUNDICAO DE TYPOS DA IMPRENSA NACIONAL] Provas da Fundicao de Typos da Imprensa Nacional. Lisbon, 1888. Quarto, approx 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches tall, type specimens from small to large, decorations at rear, bound in 20th century half-morocco and marbled boards, spine in 5 compartments

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — FONDERIE TURLOT] Spécimen Général. Paris: Henri Chaix, gendre, et Cie., [n.d. c.1900]. Folio, 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches, twelve parts in one volume, with divisional title pages for each part, advertising type, numbers, ornaments, and vignettes based on style, illustrated throughout

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — SCHRIFTGIESSEREI JULIUS KLINKHARDT] Gesamt-Probe der Schriftgiesserei Julius Klinkhardt. Leipzig and Wien: Schriftgiesserei Julius Klinkhardt, no date (1890). Quarto, approx 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches tall, 496pp, a collection of type specimens and decorations, several folding

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$300 - US$400

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — BRITISH PRINTERS' INTERNATIONAL SPECIMEN EXCHANGE] The Printers' International Specimen Exchange. Vol. XI. London: Office of "The British Printer", 1890. Quarto, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches, a collection of page lay-outs, printing technique samples, bound in 3/4 morocco and pebbled cloth

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — WILHELM WOELLMER] Muster-Sammlung von Wilhelm Woellmer's Schriftgiesserei und Messinglinienfabrik Stempelschneiderei. Gravir -Anstalt Berlin, [1894]. Quarto, approx 8 7/8 x 11 3/8 inches tall, xvi, 407, (1), 8pp, fonts, borders, decorations on varied stock, mostly printed in black

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$600 - US$900

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS] Dickinson Type Foundry/Dalton Phelps, (Boston, 1894). Quarto, approx 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches tall, (lacks first page, presumably title-page), (14), 17-439pp, a collection of fonts, rebound in red library buckram lettered in gilt at spine, and in fresh endpapers

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$600 - US$900

Date: 12 May 2021

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[MACKELLAR, SMITHS AND JORDAN FOUNDRY] 1796 - 1896, One Hundred Years: MacKellar, Smiths and Jordan Foundry. Philadelphia, 1896. Slim folio, approx 11 3/4 x 15 inches, 95pp, a history of the firm, maroon printed half-tone illustrations within text, on coated stock, title-page polychromatic, bound in

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — SCHELTER & GIESECKE] Rokoko-Ranken. J. G. Schelter & Giesecke, Leipzig, 1898. Soft-bound type specimen book, 10 3/4 x7 1/4 inches, 27x18.5 cm

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$150 - US$200

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — BAUER'SCHEN GIESSEREI] Musterbuch der Bauer'schen Giesserei. Frankfurt and Barcelona, 1900. Quarto, approx 8 x 10 1/2 inches tall, 516 numbered pages, color inserted chapter leaves, a collection of numerous types and decorations with descriptive text in German, publisher's brown

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$600 - US$900

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — A. VANDERBORGHT & DUMONT] Foderie & Gravure Typographiques A. Vanderborght & Dumont. A. & F. Vanderborght, (1900). Thick quarto, approx 9 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches tall, a collection of fonts ancient and modern, Ecritures Grecs & Gothiques Fantaisies, Signes, Divers, Lettrines, Initiales

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK -- FONDERIE & G. PEIGNOT & FILS, PARIS] Album d'Applications des Nouvelles Créations Françaises. Paris, 1901. Small quarto, 11 1/2 x 9 inches, illustrated with over 70 pages of Jugendstil type specimens printed in various inks. Introductory essay by F. Thibaudeau titled "Le Style

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — FONDERIE G. PEIGNOT & FILS] Specimen General. Tome I: Materiel, Filets, Fantaisies Classiques et Modernes, Vignettes, Ornements. Tome II: Types de Journaux et de Labeurs, Caracteres d'Editions. Materiel d'Installation. Paris: Creations Francaises en Typographie Moderne, 1900 (but

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK — SCHRIFTGIESSEREI GENZCH & HEYSE] Proben von Schriften Initialen und Verzierungen. Hamburg, 1902. Thick octavo, xxiv, 536pp, inserted title leaves heading various chapters on color stock inserted, publisher's green cloth pictorially stamped in black, edges stained red (shaken, front

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 12 May 2021

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[SPECIMEN BOOK -- JOHAN ENSCHEDÉ] Ornamenten Hoofdlijsten en Sluitstukken. Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem, 1904. Soft-bound type specimen book, 11 5/8 x 8 inches, 29.5 x 20 cm

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$100 - US$150

Date: 12 May 2021