Talbot Baines Reed (1852–1893)
A History of the Old English Letter Foundries.
Reed was manager of the Fann Street Foundry in London. He is best remembered not for his work as a typefounder, but rather for his in-depth history of British type founding, from the time of the first printers up until 1830. Even though an extensive amount of research has been done since A History of the Old English Letter Foundries was first published almost a century and a half ago, the information contained therein has for the most part not been superseded. Chapters on Caslon, Baskerville, Martin and others relate directly to types still in use today, in their digital incarnations.
PROVENANCE: Inscribed by the author to the Grolier Club