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The Details:

John Baine & Grandson. A Specimen of Printing Types by John Baine & Grandson in Co., Letter-Founders. Edinburgh, 1787. [catalog record]

Gift of Isaiah Thomas, 1812.

The Story:

While developing his printing business following the Revolution, Isaiah Thomas invested heavily in equipment and new printing types ordered from England. Thomas also collected type-founders’ specimen books, donating over twenty to AAS in 1812 as part of his initial gift. One of the most significant is this volume of John Baine & Grandson’s 1787 specimen book, the only copy known to survive.

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