New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1970,
First Edition. octavo, brown and black cloth in dust jacket. xviii, 244, xv pp. Alfred A Knopf, Item #29637
A systematic attempt to make plain the evolution, impact and importance of the printed work, it is not a history of printing but rather an effort "to recapitulate the essential story of Western calligraphy and printing." With 200 illustrations. The typography, binding, and jacket design are by Chappell. Although this interesting text has been reprinted a number of times, this first edition is a much superior production. With the bookplate of Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, neurosurgeon, bibliophile and former president of the Grolier Club. Very fine, clean copy in a very fine dust jacket, though price clipped.