Philadelphia: L. Johnson & Co.
Hardcover. Good. Title page is undated. Prefatory letter dated 1857, some sample calendars and letterheads dated 1858. 13 x 10.25 inches, in original leather-backed cloth boards with blind-stamped title and decorative border in gilt on upper board, marbled endpapers. Four preliminary leaves are followed by 233 leaves of specimens printed on rectos only (some in color), plus 4 inserted double-page plates, one folding plate, and 6 pages of advertisements for printing equipment at the end. Boards well worn, occasional smudges or stains at margins, damage (excisions, tears) to 3 pages and the folding plate, and lacking pp 58-59 and 185-186. Flaws notwithstanding, still a good, sound copy of this impressive and scarce catalogue from an important American type foundry. L. Johnson was a successor to Binny & Ronaldson, the first permanent type foundry in the United States, founded in Philadelphia in 1796. Of this catalogue, Bigmore and Wyman, giving a date of 1859, say "This is a most imposing and elegant specimen book. Its production cost not far from $40,000; and the variety of printing types and typographical implements, in plain and ornamental styles, exhibited in it, is probably the greatest in the world."