Characters formed by the divisible type belonging to the Chinese Mission of the Board of the Presbyterian Church in The United States of America. Richard Cole.
Characters formed by the divisible type belonging to the Chinese Mission of the Board of the Presbyterian Church in The United States of America.
Characters formed by the divisible type belonging to the Chinese Mission of the Board of the Presbyterian Church in The United States of America.
Characters formed by the divisible type belonging to the Chinese Mission of the Board of the Presbyterian Church in The United States of America.

Characters formed by the divisible type belonging to the Chinese Mission of the Board of the Presbyterian Church in The United States of America.

Macao: Presbyterian Press, 1844. 4to, pp. 110; printed on delicate, poor quality paper; later full red morocco (a prior record for this copy identifies the binder as Albert Oldach, Philadelphia), gilt rules and title on upper cover; original upper wrapper bound in; four leaves and upper wrapper fully and neatly reinforced by mesh and 5 with paper to the fore-edges, a couple leaves with closed tears, the occasional shallow chipping, ex-Presbyterian Historical Society, with stamp and call numbers on endpaper and first two leaves, bookplate of Whitehead Library; good, and considering the state of the paper something of a survival. Rare, from an original edition of 500 copies as per the 1845 Report of the Board of Foreign Missions, few of which have survived. "Richard Cole entered the service of the P.M.P. in 1841 in New York City, remaining there until 1843 when he sailed for China. In China he established a printing office and type foundry at Macao, then moved the plant to Ningpoo. In 1847 he entered the service of the London Missionary Society. In 1853 he and his wife (also an American) settled in San Francisco" (Hist. of Printing Catalogue). The type was produced by Marcellin Legrand at the request of George Pauthier. "He contrived a clever, if not practicable, device whereby a character - if formed by two component parts, the radical and the primitive - was cast on two separate type bodies, thus cutting down to a minimum the number of matrices needed for a font of Chinese characters... With this font it was found that, by interchanging the combination of component parts of different words, an aggregate of more than 22,000 characters could be formed, sufficient to meet the needs of ordinary books" (Wu, "The development of typography in China during the 19th century"). British Library, Rostock, AAS, Princeton and Yale in OCLC. Item #58881

Price: $2,800.00

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