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BELL, John (1745--1831)
Specimen of Bell's new printing types, which have been completed under his directions, at the British Letter Foundry, by William Colman, regulator, and Richard Austin, punch-cutter. Printers in general may now be furnished with these original types, at the prices usually charged for common types, by applying to the founder, J. Bell, British-Library, Strand, London.
[London: J. Bell, 1788?].
[7] leaves ; 23.0 cm. (8°)

John Bell, bookseller, printer, publisher and type founder, started the British Letter Foundry at his British Library in the Strand in 1788, employing Richard Austin as his type punch-cutter. His first specimen of new type was issued in 1788; this is a later and different specimen comprising the title-leaf and six unnumbered specimen leaves. See T.B. Reed, A history of the old English letter foundries (London 1952), p. 345. Not in ESTC. A further specimen was issued in 1789 as A specimen of printing types cast at Bell & Stephenson's original British letter foundry, from punches and matrices executed under their direction, with two additional leaves (ESTC t196358).

Copy Notes Interleaved with protective guards.

Binding Original plain paper wrappers, the lower wrapper absent, the upper inscribed in pencil 'Bells new Type'.

Reference Number 1669


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