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Stephenson Blake: The Last of the Old English Typefounders

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Editor: Roy Millington
Publisher: Oak Knoll Press
Publication: 2002, First Edition
Binding: Hardcover, section sewn
Pages: 248
Size: 160 x 185
Text: English

(Preface) 'This is an account of how Stephenson, Blake became in its heyday the most significant typefounder and printers' equipment supplier in Britain and the Commonwealth. Although the quality of type produced was of the highest order, the design of many of the typefaces issued often left much to be desired. Typographical novelty and fashion, particularly in the late nineteenth century, took precedence over good design. However, Stephenson, Blake's type, renowned for its quality and durability, sold well and typefounding proved to be a profitable business.

The rise of Stephenson, Blake spans five generations and many innovations. How the firm met the challenges is a fascinating read. This account of the last of the Old English Typefounding Companies belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in typographical or printing history and Britain's great manufacturers.

Condition: Fine/Near Fine. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age.

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