Essay on the history of printing with frontispiece and 5 engraved plates
Joannes Christianus Seitz. Het derde jubeljaar der uitgevondene boekdrukkonst. Haerlem, Isaak en Johannes Enschede, 1740. 8vo (20,5 x 12 cm). , 258,  pp. Complete with engraved frontispiece, engraved vignette on title-page, engraved coat-of-arms and 5 plates (1 folding). Contemporary vellum, red sprinkled edges. In very good condition (spine slightly dirty).
First edition of this attractively illustrated essay on the invention of printing. The author, a radical German pietist born in Bayreuth, ascribes the invention of printing to the mythical Laurens Jansz Coster from Haarlem. The essay includes a short commentated bibliography which criticizes Prosper Marchand’s Histoire de l'origine et des prémiers progrès de l'imprimerie. This led to several reactions in Nouvelle Bibliotheque.
The plates show a statue of Coster and medals commemorating Coster's invention; the fine folding plate, showing the Grote Markt in Haarlem with the house where Coster supposedly lived, is by the Haarlem artist Hendrik Spilman (1721-1784), known for his topographic views. The frontispiece is by Adolf van der Laan (1716-1742) and includes an image of a printing house showing two pressmen at work: one beater distributing the ink and one puller pulling on the bar.
Bigmore & Wyman II, p. 336; Ekama, Catalogus, 431.