Philadelphia: Printed and published by the compiler, 1837. First edition of a classic American printer's manual, kept in print until 1864 and ultimately replaced as the standard manual by MacKellar's American Printer in 1866. With four plates, printed on a clay-finished paper, including three showing presses: the Ruthven, Philadelphia (Ramage) and Washington presses. Additional illustrations in text. Foxed throughout, as usual, bookplate of Jake Chernofsky (d. 2004), editor and publisher of the AB Bookman's Weekly. A very good copy. Later cloth with gilt spine, new endpapers. Octavo. , 372, [8, index] pp. Item #15955
Though Adams borrowed heavily from Johnson and Hansard, there is new topical material in the press section, a polemic against stereotyping, and a scale of prices with tasks for typographical work.
Bigmore & Wyman I, 3.