London: Farrand Press, 1990. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 374 pages, frontispiece and 282 figures illustrating the text. Original cloth, gilt. Very Good. Item #1851
¶ The definitive statement on the subject, meticulously researched by the acknowledged authority of book illustration processes. Herein the author seeks to introduce a little-known area of book design and production, while contributing to a greater understanding of printing and publishing history." It is useful to enumerate the Contents of this masterwork in full. Besides the Introduction, there are chapters on: Lithographic incunables; Military Manuals; The Presses at Chatham and Metz; The Lithographic Publications of Sir Thomas Phillipps; Books on Accounting and Other 'Difficult Composition'; Music Method Books; Non-Latin scripts; Lithography and Phonography: The Books of Isaac Pitman; Books with Pictures; Reprints of Books and Facsimiles of Old Documents; Facsimiles of Autographs; Photolithographed Facsimiles and Reprints, and much more, including a catalogue of more than 420 early lithographed books, all with full pagination, and even the original price of the book. ¶ ADDED: two letters by Michael Twyman and one by B.H. Breslauer, in which the latter discusses the Heathcote and Lord Gray library catalogues which were not mentioned by Twyman in his book.