[Histories.]Birmingham: John Baskerville, 1773 Stock Code: 124662
First edition. John Baskerville (1706-1775) was perhaps the most important English typographer of the 18th century, whose typeface remains in use today. Preceding the private press movement by over a century, Baskerville took considerable care in every aspect of the design and production of his books, with the aim of creating a beautiful and accessible text. Opting for utility and clarity, he employed a clear and bold typeface without unnecessary flourish and ornamentation, a design choice which acted as a major influence on the course of book history. The present work was one of Baskerville's last productions before his death two years later. This copy includes both the half-title and the final blank, which were often lost in the binding process.
Provenance: from the Saxe-Teschen Library, though unmarked as such, with shelf mark on pastedown, and with the bookplate of Henry Tschudy (1882-1961), the owner of the German printing company H. Tschudy & Co.
Quarto (292 x 230 mm). Contemporary continental quarter calf, red morocco label, spine richly gilt, brown paper sides, red and green dotted endpapers.
Very light rubbing to covers, minor creasing to some page corners, internally clean. A highly attractive copy.
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