(Barbarian Press).

The Dingbat: A Picaresque Etymology, With Examples.

  • (Mission, B.C., Canada): Barbarian Press, 2023.
  • 8vo (216 x 140 mm)
  • sewn pink printed wrappers of St-Armand Canal.
  • 4, (7) pages

Price: $45.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 139035

Limited to 150 copies. A fine copy. Hand-set in Joanna in red and black on Mohawk Letterpress, with wood engraved headpiece by Sarah Chamberlain, and numerous examples of dingbats.

From the printer's website: "The second Wayzgoose Pamphlet will discuss the etymology of dingbat, which is both multifarious and somewhat baffling. The word has travelled in many guises, taking some time to make a home in the composing room of printing offices. This essay documents some of the more curious of them, although we have been unable to establish the reason behind many of the usages the word has accumulated. The text is based on a long endnote Crispin decided not to use in its entirety in Bordering on the Sublime - "Waste not, want not" being a recurring theme in the world of letterpress printing, especially at Barbarian Press.

Like most presses, we have acquired a large number of dingbats through the years, so several pages will be devoted to a display of some of the more interesting and unusual examples from our cases. Since for well over a hundred years stock cuts were used in advertising to designate dentists, ironmongers, livery stables, optometrists, butchers and so on, these are readily available. The most interesting examples are more purely decorative: classical images of gods and drooping damsels with lyres, stylized floral arrangements, cityscapes, animals, holiday images, or elaborate borders with putti busy about this and that. We anticipate an enjoyable few hours making choices and laying out the pages. Obviously for many of them this pamphlet will provide the only possibility of an appearance. A quick census taken recently suggests that to show them all would involve a tightly packed octavo of several score pages, so we will have to be selective."