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COOPER, Joseph (d. 1808)
[Specimen]
Specimen of printing ink, invented by Joseph Cooper, printer, No. 31, Bow Street, Covent Garden. ...
[London]: [Joseph Cooper], [179-?].
[2] p. ; 42.2 cm. (2°)

Half-sheet of wove paper, verso blank. Drop-head title. Joseph Cooper was active in Drury Lane between 1779 and 1787, and at No. 31 Bow Street from 1788 to 1796 when he moved to Wild Court in 1797 where he was briefly in partnership with Andrew Wilson. He refers to complaints against the quality of English printing ink and to the 'undeniably just praise' accorded to 'Mr. Ybarra at Madrid, Mr. Bodoni at Parma, Mr. Didot at Paris, ...'. Cooper experimented with printing inks and refers in the final paragraph to some 'success ... since I invented these articles in February 1789'. This paragraph and the two previous ones containing prices are lacking in another specimen printed on a quarter-sheet of laid paper (q.v.).

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 6319


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