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64 Binny & Ronaldson
A Specimen of Metal Ornaments
Philadelphia, Fry and Kammerer, 1809
Although type founding was introduced into British North America as early as 1732, it was not until 1796 that Archibald Binny (ca. 1762-1838) and James Ronaldson (1769-1841) were to form the first permanent type foundry, a descendant firm of which is still in existence. Binny and Ronaldson was the first foundry to issue specimen books: their 1809 books shows 101 printer's ornaments, including seven reproductions of woodblocks by the American engraver Alexander Anderson (1775-1841); their 1812 book, the first type specimen book issued in America, shows types marking a distinct break from the influence of Caslon. The American Type Founders Company Library contained not only this specimen book, the only known complete copy, but also the 1812 specimen book and a ledger from the time of the founding of the firm.
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