First Book Stereotyped from Plates made in America
LARGER CATECHISM...RECEIVED BY THE SEVERAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES IN AMERICA: WITH THE PROOFS...REVISED BY ALEXANDER M'LEOD.
Stereotyped by J. Watts & Co. and stated on the title page "The first book ever stereotyped in America." (Sabin 39043; S&S 30520). Rollo Silver discusses this book in his Typefounding in America in which he states "John Watts, an Englishman who had worked with Andrew Wilson in England and whose brother was one of Earl Stanhope's first pupils, experimented with stereotyping in New York ... the Larger Catechism stereotyped and printed by J. Watts & Co. and published in June, 1813, bears a statement on the title page... This, though, is not the first book printed from stereotype plates in America; in 1812 the Philadelphia Bible Society had printed a bible from plates imported from London." Hinges cracked with loss of leather in places; covers soiled and rubbed. Foxed internally and with old water stain in lower margin of last few leaves.
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> Special Books - Catalogue 272
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> Annenberg, Maurice, TYPE FOUNDRIES OF AMERICA AND THEIR CATALOGS
> Green, Ralph, ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE IRON HAND PRESS IN AMERICA
by Butler, S.J.
One of 100 numbered and signed copies by the author and artist. The Swimmer tells the story of a writer working in her room overlooking a river during a long, hot summer. Overcoming her initial fear of the river with its power and strength to overwhelm a swimmer, she steps into the water and into an unexplored realm of emotion. Words and pictures swim together in the cooling water past tree-lined banks, under a bridge and around curving bends. Later, a richly inventive photographer reads the story and is inspired to create a suite of images to accompany it, employing both ancient and modern photographic techniques. At this point the book designer/printer feels that the storys sense of flow and the photographers images, which float as if in the water alongside the swimmer, could happily be brought together in a book where type has been chosen for slow contemplative reading and the cover design places the whole in the heart of nature.
The story curls across the page slowing the reader to the pace of the swimmer. Emotions crowd in as initial fear moves to exhilaration, apprehension turns to pleasure. S.J. Butler's words and Steffi Puschs pictures together create an atmosphere in which the reader too can share the emotion of the story. They each write a preface to introduce their approach to storytelling and its presentation through photography.
The Swimmer first appeared in The Warwick Review and was then selected for The Best British Short Stories 2011 published by Salt. This is its first publication together with Steffi Puschs photographs. Photographs by Steffi Pusch.