Newtown: Bird & Bull Press, 1991. Small 4to [25.5 by 21 cm], original decorative Japanese blue cloth with floral patterns; red morocco spine label, gilt; deckle page edges. 37, (3), 12 pages; title printed in red and black; well illustrated, including an original plate from the Trésor de numismatique et de glyptique, and a number of other plates and illustrations. Previous owner’s bookplate. Fine. Item #4329
One of 230 copies printed from type on Johannot mouldmade paper. An important work tracing the origins of this superior illustrative process, well suited to accurately depicting coins and medals (and also employed on bank notes as a security device). From the 1830s on, it was widely so employed by Achilles Collas in France, Joseph Saxton in the United States, and several others, until it was eclipsed by photographic printing processes.