- N.P. Pickering Press, 1983.
- various loose sheets, booklets, and brochures loosely inserted in a portfolio with a label pasted on front cover
- ISBN: none
Price: $250.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 72555
Issued in an unknown but obviously small number. A portfolio of more than 50 examples of commercial letterpress work from John Anderson (1915-1997), who began the Pickering Press in 1946, operating it until 1995 from Philadelphia or his Maple Shade, NJ home, except for two years in California and Arizona. For years he provided high-quality printing and typographical design for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Farleigh Dickinson University, and the Rosenbach Museum, of which this collection contains several examples by each, including exhibition catalogues and invitations to special events. The collection also includes Memories of Bertha M. Goudy (1869-1938), by F.W. Goudy, as a partially folded signature; a keepsake handset in types after John Baskerville and William Martin to Honor John Dreyfus at his talk at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 29 September 1981; an announcement welcoming the return of the Press of the Little Herd, with pressmarks engraved in wood by John DePol; 4-page prospectus for The Words of the Masters, Reflections on the Fine Art of Type Design, a book printed by the Pickering Press on the great type designers of the 20th century; a series of 10 broadsides on fine paper, most with DePol engravings, describing some aspect of the printing arts; folded 11x18 poster, with engraving, for a 1982 Book Arts workshop; a small sheet titled Cat Song, illustrated with a colored print of a tabby sitting on a stool and strumming a guitar...Love to eat them mousies, Mousies what I love to eat. Bite they little heads off...Nibble on they tiny feet...With love from Peanut & apologies to Kleban. A fine assortment by an outstanding craftsman, who did much of his work on a reproduction of an Albion Press originally made in England in 1850. The best letterpress is better than the best offset. It's slower and more expensive, but it produces decent, honest quality (1983 interview).