NICHOLAS JENSON, PRINTER OF VENICE: HIS FAMOUS TYPE DESIGNS AND SOME COMMENT UPON THE PRINTING TYPES OF EARLIER PRINTERS.

(San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1926). 418 x 266 mm. (16 3/8 x 10 1/2"). 4 p.l. (2 blanks), 10 pp. (leaf with 47 lines to the page, roman type). No. 128 OF 207 COPIES.

Original vellum-backed marbled paper boards, leather spine label. WITH A LEAF FROM THE JENSON PRINTING OF PLUTARCH'S "LIVES" OF 1478 LAID IN. O'Day, pp. 45-46 ("a piece of great typographical excellence"). Goff P-832 (for the leaf). Paper boards lightly chafed, vellum a little soiled at ends of joints, flyleaves with minor foxing, but a fine copy of the book, with few signs of use, and THE LEAF A BEAUTIFUL SPECIMEN, clean and bright with generous margins.

This is an attractive leaf book, beautifully printed by Nash, using a re-cutting of Jenson's roman letter by Morris Fuller Benton. The scholarly essay by Bullen, a recognized authority on typography, "skillfully consolidates the information relating to Jenson and his types with some valuable collateral matter." (O'Day) Printed on thick paper with large margins, the fine leaf is an impressive display of Jenson's elegant roman type.
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Keywords: Incunabula