Figgins - Type specimen.


Figgins - Type specimen.

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Specimen of Printing Types, by V. and J. Figgins, successors to Vincent Figgins, Letter Founder, West Street, West Smithfield, London. 8vo, 24.5cm, Title + [201 leaves], V. and J. Figgins, London, 1836.

201 leaves of type and ornament specimens printed rectos only, one folding, toning, spotting and finger-soiling to some later leaves, a few faint  spots and finger-marks elsewhere, closed tear in one leaf (of Greek types), original green cloth, printed titles to spine and covers, headcaps and front joint chipped and repaired. A very good copy of an astonishing achievement.

Bigmore & Wyman I, p.218 (for issues dated 1832 and 1835).  'Vincent Figgins, born in Peckham, England, was one of the most influential early nineteenth-century typefounders working in London' (Macmillan, An A-Z of Type Designers, p.82). This catalogue contains examples of the company's pioneering slab serif typefaces, as well as Persian, Hebrew, Syriac and Greek types, various rules, head- and tailpieces, and other vignettes. The 14- and 18-point shaded designs derive from the foundry of Bessemer and Catherwood, first shown in heir specimen of 1825.

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