New Castle, Delaware: The Oak Knoll Press, 2012. First edition. Hardcover. 154pp. Slim quarto [28.5 cm] Purple cloth covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. In a pictorial dust jacket. NEW / new. Item #42145
From the Publisher- "The Rise and Fall of the Printers' International Specimen Exchange is the first in-depth study of an institution whose goal was nothing less than a renaissance of fine printing at a time when quantity mattered far more than quality. The Printers' International Specimen Exchange was founded in 1880, first and foremost as a means to encourage British printers to improve their technical and artistic skills, which lagged far behind those of their American and European counterparts. It came to be a far more international and influential institution than its originators imagined, its 16 volumes including the work of more than 1,000 printing establishments (several times that number of contributors, including employees and apprentices) from 28 different nations."