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WESTREENEN VAN TIELLANDT, Willem Hendrik Jacob (1783-1848), Baron van. Rapport sur les recherches, relatives à l'invention première et à l'usage le plus ancien de l'imprimerie stéréotype... The Hague: Imprimerie d'Etat, 1833.
8o (235 x 145 mm). 4 folding plates. Modern green calf, gilt-lettered on spine, unopened.
FIRST EDITION. "Containing the first full and authoritative account of the Muller stereotyping process, the earliest known (save the doubtful claim of Valleyre); preceeding Ged's experiments by a comfortable margin. It was overlooked or ignored by the 19th-century historians, who dismissed Muller's products as merely soldered forms of type metal. Its existence was unknown to me or my expert advisor when I was preparing William Ged and the Invention of Stereotype (The Library, 1960). Its significance was recognized (through Ellic Howe's copy) by Percy Muir in 1963" (John Carter). The text appears in Dutch and French on facing pages. Bigmore & Wyman II, 78.
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