BIRD & BULL PEPPER POT: INGREDIENTS, CHOICE BITS OF UNCOMMON PAPERMAKING PUBLISHING AND PRINTING HISTORY SIMMERED IN A TASTY BROTH OF POETRY, CURRENT EVENTS AND AMUSING ANECDOTES. LIGHTLY SEASONED WITH A DASH OF OBSCENITY, AND WITH SELECTED PORTIONS OF TRIPE ADDED AS IN THE OLD ORIGINAL RECIPE.
Limited to "approximately 250 copies." Being the second commonplace book issued by the press. (Taylor A19) Printed by hand by Morris on Green's handmade Bird & Bull paper. Seven articles including an autobiographical sketch and the first English translation of sections of Jacob Christian Schaeffer's famous 18th-century text on papermaking. The latter contains four tinted plates showing raw material for papers. With prospectus.
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PRIVATE TYPECASTERS, PRESERVING THE CRAFT OF HOT-METAL TY...
by Hopkins, Richard L. (editor)
First edition, limited to 150 numbered copies. The private press has been with us in one form or another for 200 years or more. The equipment for a small private press was inexpensive, required little space and almost anyone could learn to do basic printing in a short time. Private typecasting is entirely different. A single machine weighs almost a ton and a lot of practice and experience is required in order to decently produce the most basic work. This once-costly equipment came into the hands of printing enthusiasts when hot-metal typesetting was forced into decline by the computer. The members of this hot-metal fraternity comprise a network of small shops using the machines and matrices which once supported the hot-metal letterpress era. They are, in effect, a group of small, working museums. The work of fifteen of these typecasters has been gathered into the pages of this book. Here you will see unknown, newly-created types, ancient types cast from 200-year-old matrices, proprietary types and a beautiful Civilité face designed by Hermann Zapf, which was never released to the commercial market. There are five fold-out pages, two of which open together to make a 32-inch spread. One of the fold-outs is a recreated page from the 36-line Gutenberg Bible with rubrication. It took six months to turn the printed images on the original page into a complete font of hand-fitted metal types. Printed on dampened handmade paper, this leaf required a week's work, and handling it is as close as most of us will get to experiencing the genuine page.
A biographical sketch of each contributor precedes his alphabets and the specimen pages which show the alphabets in use. Produced over a 14-month period, the labor and expense lavished on this work exceeds any previous book from Bird & Bull Press.
The Private Typecasters, a 194-page small folio printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, is beautifully bound in quarter morocco with Japanese cloth sides and leather spine label. The same cloth and spine label are used on the clamshell case which houses the book.