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Exhibition - Sydney 1879. - Notes from the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879. With photo-type illustrations. Compiled at the Government Printing Office.

 1521763429,
Sydney, Govt Printer 1880. Octavo, publisher's ornate gilt green morocco (spine a little scuffed and worn at tips); xviii,327pp, 37 photo-type plates and a small medallion portrait of the government printer Thomas Richard in the title imprint. ¶ Very uncommon and the best of both worlds in a way: this is both an excellent record of Australia's first international exhibition and an exhibit itself. It was produced as a specimen of printing and bookbinding for the Melbourne International Exhibition, "and especially to show the effect of Photo-type illustrations, the process being entirely new in Australia". The notes are from a "popular rather than a technical stand-point" which the writer (I suspect Thomas Richards himself) hopes will record the lessons the exhibition was designed to teach. The personal, while conscientious, approach is both appealing and useful, a valuable addition to the drier official records and about the only substantial informal guide to the Sydney Exhibition that there is. Richards (presuming he is the author) is proud of the achievements of the Government Printing Office in binding, printing and photography - viz the portrait included in the imprint - and is gracious about the successive governments who have allowed the printery to devote energy to experimental study and the perfection of all the latest discoveries in printing. This probably says as much about Richards as it does about those goverments. They are, in the spirit of the exhibition, in the van of progress.
AUD 1750.00 [Appr.: EURO 1097.25 US$ 1223.21 | £UK 913 | JP¥ 140932] Book number 10851

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