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Title: Specimen book of Electrotypes ( rough proofs ) .
Description: 7. London ( and New York ), Sampson Low, Marston , Searls and Rivington. ( and De Witt C. Lent, 80 Park Place New York, s.d. ( ca. 1875-1885 ), in-folio, 43,5 x 28 cm, 186 leaves, printed on one side only, leaves numbered by hand with red pencil. Bound in contemporary full cloth. ( corners a bit bumped). With printed label of Sampson Low and small circular label of De Witte tipped on to the front cover. The printed Low label contains an added manuscript title '' Specimen book of Electrotypes ( rough proofs) a Book Nos. I ''. Leaves 8-24 have been removed from the binding. This specimen book of the publishing and printing house of Sampson , clearly intended for internal use, by the New York establisment ( De Witt ) contains over a thousend illustrations in electrotype of books published by Sampson Low, Marston , Searls and Rivington. The illustrations are numbered by hand in red pencil and are grouped together following their appearence in a publication. E.g. the specimen album starts with the illustrations of ''Albert Jacquemart - History of Ceramic Art, Low, 1873. Other illustrations are from '' Erema'' by R.D Blackmore . ''The Favell Children'' by Ellen Brown...Other titles: British Goblins ; Flammarion's Atmosphere ; Stowe's Geography ; Hutchinson's Summer Holidays ; Pilgrimage of the Tiber ; London Bridge to Lombardy ; The Harz Mountains ; South Australia ( 66 ills.) ; Stanley's Coomassie ; Koldewey's German Arctic Expedition ; Seonee...and many others. At the end of the specimen book the illustrations are printed with their caption. In the first part captions have been added by hand ( red pencil). This is a fine and interesting example of a specimen book illustrating the peak in book illustration in the last quarter of the 19th century when woodcuts were rapidly replaced by electrotypes. .

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Price: EUR 450.00 = appr. US$ 489.08 Seller: Antiquariaat Wim de Goeij
- Book number: 48924