[UNIQUE FUND OF ORIENTAL FONTS] Akademia nauk SSSR. Obraztsy vostochnykh shriftov Akademicheskoi tipografii [i.e. Academy of Sciences of USSR. Specimens of Oriental Scripts of Academy’s Press]
Leningrad: Izdatel’stvo Akademii nauk SSSR, 1928. Item #549
XI, 73 pp. 20x14 cm. In original printed wrappers. Some rubbings of the wrappers, spine of the wrapper is slightly detached from the text block. Otherwise a very good copy.
Very rare. One of 2000 copies. Title in Russian and German on the front wrapper, two title pages, table of contents, introduction and all captions in Russian and German.
This is a small nice catalogue of almost all Oriental (eastern) fonts which press of Academy of Sciences of USSR has. Only very outdated fonts were not included as well as those of incomplete sets. Russian science has a long history of Oriental studies, and this fund was growing organically alongside other researches. Almost all pre-Revolutionary publications with usage of eastern fonts were printed by Academy’s press.
There are Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Manchurian, Kalmyk, Buryat, ancient Turkish, Uigur, Persian cuneiform, Avestan, Middle Persian, Jewish, Palmyra, Syrian, Estrangelo, Ethiopian, Samaritan, Arab, Persian, Armenian, Georgian, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Coptic and phonetic symbols for the transcription.
With the growth of country’s republics and their culture the number of such books was growing as well so this edition is an evidence of last days when Academy’s press was a unique leader in the field of Oriental fonts in the world.
The catalogue was timed with the 200th anniversary of Academy’s press and the World Press Exhibition (“Pressa”) in 1928 in Cologne (that year Soviet display was designed by El Lissitzky which became his highest achievements in this field).
Nine paper copies located by Worldcat.