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MOYES, James (1779--1838)
[Specimens of the types. 1831]
Specimens of the types commonly used in Moyes's Printing Office, Castle Street, Leicester Square: with their names, and the names of the founders. Also, specimens of wood engravings.
London: printed by James Moyes, 1831.
[48] p. : wd-engr. illus. ; 21.3 cm. (8°)

With a half-title and final blank leaf. Published to advertise the removal of the firm to 28 Castle Street, Leicester Square. A wood-engraving of the 'Interior of the Principal Composing Room' appears on the title-page. Includes a reprint of the 'Summary Of The Origin Of Language, Writing, And Printing' and a list (dated November 1831) of some of the more important books printed by Moyes since he began business in 1807. Among the latter are three works recently printed for Soane, namely 'Description of the House and Museum ... Royal 4to. 1829'; 'Designs for Public and Private Buildings. ... Royal Folio. 1830'; and 'A Statement of the Proceedings respecting the New Law Courts ... Royal Folio. 1830'.

Copy Notes With the original buff paper wrappers present, the front wrapper with full-page wood-engraved acanthus scroll and floral border framing a view of the exterior of Moyes's Printing Office, the title and imprint above and below reading as for title-page except that 'specimens of wood engravings' is expanded to 'Impressions From The Press Appropriated To Wood Engravings.' The half-title is inscribed in ink For / Sir John Soane. / With Mr. Moyes's most respectful Compts. Although the front wrapper itself and the title-page vignette could both be considered 'specimens', this reference to separately printed wood-engravings suggests that a wood-engraved plate similar to that issued in the 1834 edition (q.v.) may be wanting.

Binding Bound in a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.

Reference Number 2839


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