- Toronto and New Castle, Delaware: Coach House Press with Sheridan College and Oak Knoll Press, 2015.
- 9 x 11.25
- hardcover cloth with wrap-around paper cover label, DVD in pocket in back.
- 130 pages numbered from the half title
- ISBN: 9781584563396
Price: $75.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 126777
"These letters document the immense skill that was required to take a letter from a drawing to a piece of type."
- Jon Bath, SHARP News, Vol. 25, No. 2
First edition, limited to 500 copies. Illustrated in color. Carl Dair (1912-1967) received a year grant from the Royal Society of Canada to apprentice at the famous Enschede type foundry in 1956 under the supervision of Paul Radisch. He wrote back frequently to his friends in Canada telling them of the places he went and the people he saw throughout Europe. These letters were saved and are known as his "Epistles to the Torontonians." This book reproduces these letters in manuscript form and allows us to see intimate details and comments on the famous typographers of the time - men like Jan Tschichold, Hermann Zapf, Maximilian Vox, Paul Radisch and many others. He provides an inside look at the end of a typographic period. The letters are followed by the articles Dair wrote for typographic journals on the subject of type and especially his development of the first truly Canadian typeface, Cartier.
Of very special interest to the reader is the DVD in the back which is a remastering of a film that Dair took in 1956 showing Radisch producing type in the Enschede foundry, introduced by Rod McDonald and narrated by Matthew Carter. Radisch retired shortly after this film was produced thus ending an era in metal type production.