Joannes Josephus Balthazar Vanderstraeien, fl. 1794-1831
Overslag-boek, zeer nuttig voor alle liefhebbers der edele boekdruk-konste, M.D.CC.XCIV .
Printed manuals on how to arrange formes of type for printing in the various formats (folio, quarto, octavo, etc.) are common, but manuscript imposition manuals, although they must once have been standard tools in many early printing houses, survive in extremely small numbers. This example, the earliest known Dutch imposition manual, written out in 1794-1795 by a printer living in Antwerp, is especially notable for the large number of unusual variant imposition patterns it offers, and for its striking use of color. In consideration of its age, scarcity and importance, the Club determined to publish a photographic facsimile of the manuscript, which appeared, edited and with scholarly notes by Grolier Club member Frans A. Janssen, in 2014.
Purchased in 2006 with Grolier Club Library Harper Funds.