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Specimen book of fine colours for letterpress and lithographic printers.

Author A.B. Fleming & Co.
Title Specimen book of fine colours for letterpress and lithographic printers.
Imprint [Leicester: Raithby, Lawrence & Co.]
Date of Publication [1893?]
Language English
Notes The firm A.B. Fleming & Co. was founded c. 1854 and was initially based in Salamander Street in Leith. The firm developed a technique of producing much cheaper newspaper ink which led to a rapid expansion of the business. By the 1880s they could claim to have the largest printing ink works in the world in Caroline Park, Granton, north of Edinburgh city centre. This specimen book is one a series of specimen books produced from the 1870s onwards to showcase their wares nationally and internationally. The book also includes the text of a lecture 'The chemistry of colour printing' given to the Edinburgh Branch of the British Typographia in 1891 by Robert Irvine (d. 1902), who was a chemical director of A.B. Fleming & Co. This copy has an American provenance, containing the embossed stamp of one F. Grant Schleicher, who was superintendent of the W. D. Wilson Printing Ink Company in Long Island City, N. Y.
Shelfmark AB.2.209.23
Acquired on 14/10/09
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