1818.039: Prices for Printing in the City of Richmond (May 1818).
Full Title: Prices for printing in the city of Richmond ... We the undersigned, printers in this city ... May 28, 1818.
Place Issued: Richmond
Issuing Press: Uncertain
Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 16 cm. x 24 cm. (broadside).
A standardized price list for work in Richmond's printing offices in 1818; original was signed in manuscript in the names of the five principal press offices then operating there: Augustine Davis; Ritchie, Trueheart & DuVal; John Warrock; Shepherd & Pollard; and William W. Gray; that ascription suggests the five offices had agreed to a common set of rates to prevent any one of them from undercutting the other four, a European practice dating to the guild era. Only known copy was in possession of the Richmond printing firm of Whittet & Shepperson before 1971; it was photocopied by the Virginia Historical Society prior to publication then of Hummel's Southeastern Broadsides; its current location is unknown, given firm's dissolution in 1988 and the deaths of its last proprietors, R. McLean Whittet Sr. (1980) and Jr. (2004); the print seems to have devolved to the possession of Whittet & Shepperson based on founder George W. Shepperson's early trade association with the successors of Shepherd & Pollard; he formed the long-lived company with Scottish immigrant Robert Whittet in about 1872. Sheet lacks colophon; as title could have been printed by any one of the presses noted, so the indeterminacy reported here.