An Abridgment of Johnson's Typographia, or the Printer's Instructor: With an Appendix
Boston: C. L. Adams, 1828. 8vo. , 1-148, *1-*46, 195-316pp, plus woodcut frontispiece within typographical border (illustrating a Columbian printing press) and numerous woodcut illustrations, including 6 full-page illustrations of printing presses within the Appendix. Title, preface and other leaves within typographically illustrated borders.
Contemporary calf, rebacked to style
Provenance: Samuel Wagner (early signature); William T. Timmons (bookplate)
Very rare first American edition of Johnson's Typographia, and just the second comprehensive American printer’s manual.
First published in London in 1824, Johnson's printer's manual is acclaimed for the extraordinary complexity of its typography. This rare American edition includes significant additions relating to printing presses invented in the United States, including the Wells press. This copy with provenance to Pennsylvania printer Samuel Wagner, active in Lancaster in the 1820s-1830s Very rare, with no examples in the auction records and only a handful of institutional holdings.
Rink 1967; American Imprints 33721; Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 373.