Prang’s Standard Alphabets
Revised edition. Oblong quarto, 8 x 12 inches. 38 plates, including chromolithograph title page. Complete. This edition, revised with "regard to modern taste," includes an increased number of color and tinted plates, the omission of the Union arms, and an appeal to more industrial trades. "All classes of work have been considered in the compiling of the various alphabets, from the simple, easily executed alphabet for the general lettering of architects and engineers' plans to the most elaborately decorated fancy capitals for the engraver, illuminator, and lithographer, while all give useful hints for new fonts to type-founders: the plates of standard topographical work, such a useful feature in the former edition, for civil engineers, surveyors, and gardeners, have been retained."
Binding in Good to Very Good condition with fraying to corners and spine ends, some stray soil and staining, including areas of color touch-ups. tidemark at the outer edges of the rear endpapers. Internally, a much more impressive presentation: Near Fine with a faint halo of age toning; minor finger soil to a few plates and a 1" closed tear to the bottom edge of plate 13, but remarkably bright and crisp on the whole. Hinges have a little wiggle as but sewn textblock remains firm. An ideal candidate for rebacking, but even as-is, a quite handsome copy of a work seldom found intact.