Philadelphia: MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan, . Hardcover. Folio size, 96 pp. Very good. Item #18080401
MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan was a major type foundry in Philadelphia, designing and creating many different typefaces to be used in printing; this book, "One Hundred Years" is a thorough history of the company, published four years after it merged into the massive type foundry company American Type Founders (ATF). As well as a detailed description of the company's techniques and practices, this volume includes photographs of the work inside the type foundry, with a review of the typefounding methods used at the time. A fascinating look at one of the prominent type foundrys of the nineteenth century and its innovations in the field.
___DESCRIPTION: Full white cloth, brown illustration of a man sitting at a type foundry and gilt lettering on the front board, grey pictorial endpapers featuring a pattern of pieces of type with a round pictorial vignette on each endpaper, full-colour title page with decorative borders featuring pink and green flowers, black-and-white illustrations and photographs of type foundrys throughout; folio size (15" by 11.5"), pagination: [1-4] 5-96. Prior owner gift inscription "Given in 1968 / by Benjamin E. Darby II / Publisher / Daily Peoples Press" on the front free endpaper by Benjamin E. Darby II, publisher of the "Daily People's Press" which later became the "Owattona People's Press" in 1969 and is still in publication today; his father, Benjamin E. Darby, started the "Daily People's Press" in 1916 and was greatly involved in the community of Owattona, Minnesota.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright; some overall soiling to the boards, rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and to the bottom edges of the boards, some offsetting to the page opposite the title page, and a very slight crack along the rear hinge, but the text block is still strong and sturdy. The only prior owner marking we see is the inscription mentioned above.
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