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Type specimen books

To find type specimen books, look first in Maurice Annenberg's "Type Foundries of America and their Catalogs" (1975). Jeffrey Barr states that the "top five libraries for type specimen books and their holdings are: Columbia University, 445; Newberry Library, 134; California Historical Society (Kemble Collections), 122; Harvard University, 115; and the Huntington Library, 80." Well, yes, Columbia has the ATF Library and Museum, so that is no surprise. However, it all depends how one counts. McGill University in Montreal has 730 items under "type specimen", mostly folios, but without having counted them precisely, probably about 150 specimen books.

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