Publisher Information: Paris: 1742.
Spectacular 18th Century French Type Specimen Book
Lamesle, Claude. Epreuves générales des caracteres qui se trouvent chez Claude Lamesle fondeur de caracteres d’imprimerie. 4to. 91 unnumbered leaves. Paris, rue Galande (au milieu) près la Place Maubert, 1742. 230 x 164 mm. Mottled calf, gilt spine ca. 1742, hinges and extremities rubbed; preserved in a cloth folding box. Light toning but fine otherwise. Old library stamp and shelfmark on title. Bookplate of A. Kuhnholtz-Lordat.
First Edition. “The Epreuves générales des caractères qui se trouvent chez Claude Lamesle, Paris, 1742, and the reissue by N. Gando, 1758, display an interesting collection of types of various periods, some dating back nearly two centuries, and some in the latest fashion. Different faces of the same size are shown, in a manner familiar from the work of P. S. Fournier; for example, we find a St. Augustin ‘Oeil ordinaire,’ ‘Oeil moyen,’ and ‘Gros Oeil.’ The ‘Oeil ordinaire’ is a Garamond, either the original or a close copy . . . Lamesle shows two other interesting types which date back to the sixteenth century, not Garamonds. These are the ‘Cicero Gros Oeil no. XXXIV’ and the ‘Petit Paragnon no LI’ . . .” (Johnson, p. 201). The book contains 78 leaves of specimens of letterpress (including Greek, Armenian, Arabic and Hebrew) and 12 leaves of music type. Lamesle, a publisher and type-founder in Paris, purchased the foundry of the Cot family in 1737 and sold it to Nicolas Gando in 1758. Bigmore and Wyman, Bibliography of Printing, p. 419. Johnson, “The type-specimen books of Claude Lamesle and Nicolas Gando,” The Library s4-XVIII (1937): 201-211.
Book Id: 42203