London: Joseph Lilly, 1863. First edition. 4to., xlii, 377 pp., 37 plates, and numerous wood-engravings. Full contemporary calf, rebacked with morocco labels on spine. The edges are rubbed with wear at the tips and some chipping where the new spine meets the old leather. Scattered foxing. Item #29102
Probably the most thorough discussion about the rival claims of Mentz and Haarlem concerning the discovery of typography. Covers early use of wood-engraving in Europe, block-books, and the techniques of Heinecken, Santander, and Koning. The author (1771 - 1836) died while the book was in press and the publication of the work was made impossible by the loss of the last sheet and the plates. These were discovered in 1863 and the book was then published.
Ch. 1. Preliminary observations of the method pursued in this work -- ch. 2. Testimonies in favour of the pretensions of Holland -- ch. 3. The Strasburg process, anno 1439, between Joh. Gutenberg and the heirs of Andrew Dritzehen -- ch. 4. Documents relating to Gutenberg at Mentz, &c. -- ch. 5. A review of the controversy : the system of Meerman -- ch. 6. The system of Heinecken -- ch. 7. The system of Santander -- ch. 8. The system of Koning -- ch. 9. Of the early use of wood-engraving in Europe : the block-books, Biblia pauperum, Canticum canticorum, &c. -- ch. 10. Speculum humanae salvationis -- ch. 11. Speculum humanae salvationis : of the order in which the four ancient editions of this work were printed -- ch. 12. That the Biblia Pauperum, the Book of canticles, and the Speculum humanae salvationis are of the same school, and that the cuts of those works were, in part at least, executed by the same wood-engravers -- ch. 13. That the four ancient editions of the Speculum were printed in Holland : the two vernacular editions are in the Dutch dialect -- ch. 14. On the costume of the Speculum : of the probable age of the cuts : Dr. Meyrick's opinion on this head, founded on the style of the armour.