With additions and an introduction by Stephen O. Saxe and an index by Elizabeth K. Lieberman.
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 1994. 4to. cloth, dust jacket. xviii, 276 pages. With additions and an introduction by Stephen O. Saxe and an index by Elizabeth K. Lieberman. Reprint of the first edition with an added appendix. Recognized by booksellers, collectors, librarians and bibliographers for its great usefulness as the definitive bibliography of American type specimen books. This edition contains an appendix listing 73 type specimen books unknown at the time of the... READ MORE about TYPE FOUNDRIES OF AMERICA AND THEIR CATALOGS
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With additions and an introduction by Stephen O. Saxe and an index by Elizabeth K. Lieberman.
New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2007. 9.5 x 10 inches. cloth, dust jacket. 128 pages. First edition. This book is the long-awaited successor to the classic An Atlas of Typeforms, the great visually-led history of type that Alan Bartram and James Sutton produced in 1968. Much has changed in the last 40 years, not least the teaching of typography and the means by which it is created. Because... READ MORE about TYPEFORMS: A HISTORY
San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 2016. small 4to. paper-covered boards, paper spine label, paper covered slipcase. 138 pages. Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies. Includes the prospectus. Roughly fifteen years after Gutenberg printed the first substantial book in Mainz in 1455, Nicolas Jenson of Venice produced what has been universally recognized among the most beautiful typefaces ever created. Based on the humanistic calligraphy of the Renaissance, an even and infinitely various set... READ MORE about THE NOBLEST ROMAN: A HISTORY OF THE CENTAUR TYPES OF BRUCE ROGERS
Berkeley: Editions Koch, 2004. 6 x 9 inches. Paperback. 138 pages. First edition. This companion piece to The Fragments of Parmenides reveals the "blood, sweat and tears" the creators put into their original book. Carving the Elements tells the detailed story of the making of The Fragments of Parmenides, a grandiose book project meticulously crafted by: master letterpress printer Peter Koch; poet, translator and typographer Robert Bringhurst; punchcutter, type designer, typefounder and poet Dan Carr;... READ MORE about CARVING THE ELEMENTS: A COMPANION TO THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press and John Neal, Bookseller, (2009). 4to. hardcover, dust jacket. 112 pages. Reprint with minor corrections of second edition. The craft of calligraphy has a 2000-year history in the Western world. Up to the time of the Renaissance, calligraphy was the only means of preserving literature, and so, it played a vital role in the spread of learning, culture, and religion. Historical scripts were not rigidly-fixed "styles;" they represented the... READ MORE about HISTORICAL SCRIPTS FROM CLASSICAL TIMES TO THE RENAISSANCE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2008. 8.5 x 11 inches. Hardcover, dust jacket. 176 pages. First edition. This is the first full-length study of the leading American type foundry of the nineteenth century. It is an interesting history of the foundry from both a business and a design point of view. The emphasis is on the design of the hundreds of typefaces that were produced by the foundry, from its inception in the 1860s... READ MORE about MACKELLAR, SMITHS & JORDAN: TYPOGRAPHIC TASTEMAKERS OF THE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2008. 8.5 x 11 inches. Hardcover, dust jacket. 176 pages. A SIGNED COPY BY THE AUTHOR OF THIS LOVELY BOOK First edition. This is the first full-length study of the leading American type foundry of the nineteenth century. It is an interesting history of the foundry from both a business and a design point of view. The emphasis is on the design of the hundreds of typefaces that were... READ MORE about MACKELLAR, SMITHS & JORDAN: TYPOGRAPHIC TASTEMAKERS OF THE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY
New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2006. 7 x 10 inches. hardcover. 272 pages. Syriac, a dialect of the ancient Aramaic language, has a remarkable Christian literature spanning a thousand years from the fourth to the thirteenth century, including important versions of the Bible. It remains the liturgical language of several churches in the Middle East, India, and the west, and 'Modern Syriac' is a vernacular still in use... READ MORE about THE TYPOGRAPHY OF SYRIAC: A HISTORICAL CATALOGUE OF PRINTING TYPES, 1537-1958
New York: The Typophiles, 2003. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers, cord-tied. 31+(1) pages. Typophiles Monograph New Series #20. Known throughout the world of typography, Abe Lerner was a highly respected and talented typographer/book designer with links to the likes of the great Bruce Rogers. With a meticulous eye for detail and clean design, he was constantly working on new projects. With a career that landed him as the Director of Design and Production at Macmillan, President... READ MORE about ABE LERNER 1908-2002
New York: The Typophiles, 2003. 6 x 9.5 inches. paperback. 33+(1) pages. Typophile Monograph - New Series, Number 18. 500 years ago, with the publication of a small octavo Virgil, the modern printed book emerged due to Venetian printer Aldo Manuzio (Aldus). Previous to this, the printing press had been seen primarily as a means of mechanically reproducing manuscript books. It was Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) who gave Aldus the idea for the small format of... READ MORE about PIETRO BEMBO: 'FOSTER FATHER' OF THE MODERN BOOK
New York: The Typophiles, 1994. small 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 42, (4) pages. Limited to 500 copies. A Typophile Monograph, New Series Number Eleven. A listing of the lectures, which ran in various series from 1965 to 1982, arranged by Dr. Robert L. (Doc) Leslie, the topics being typography, printing, paper, book design, calligraphy, and other aspects of the graphic arts. Illustrated by Lili Cassel Wronker. Distributed for the Typophiles by Oak Knoll Press. READ MORE about THE HERITAGE OF THE GRAPHIC ARTS LECTURE SERIES: A COMPLETE LISTING
Edited by Richard J. Wolfe
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2010. 5 x 7.25 inches. hardcover. 242 pages. Edited by Richard J. Wolfe. New and Complete Manual on the Making of Fancy Papers was originally written in French by M. Fichtenberg in 1852. Richard Wolfe has translated the book into English and added a new preface. The craft of marbling paper was introduced into Europe and the Middle East from Turkey and Germany during the last two decades of... READ MORE about NEW AND COMPLETE MANUAL ON THE MAKING OF FANCY PAPERS BY M. FICHTENBERG
New Rochelle: The Myriade Press, 1978. small 8vo. Paperback. 285+(1) pages. This book is not only Goudy's autobiography, but it is the most complete record to date of his typographic contribution, which has had a major worldwide effect. First published in 1946 as one of the Typophile Chapbooks XIII and XIV, entitled A HALF-CENTURY OF TYPE DESIGN AND TYPOGRAPHY, this second edition is available as the student and professional typographer's working tool, as well as... READ MORE about GOUDY'S TYPE DESIGNS, HIS STORY AND SPECIMENS
Delaware Art Museum, April 1910-1925.
Wilmington (DE): Delaware Art Museum, 1975. small 4to. stiff paper wrappers. 3-176 pages. Delaware Art Museum, April 1910-1925. Although the American artists featured here had little involvement in typography, book design, or book illustration, their adaptation of European modernism influenced these in the 1930's and later. Fifty-six artists with brief bio-historico-descriptive articles and reproductions of a few works. Eleven short introductory articles, about 160 black-and-white illustrations, indexes. READ MORE about AVANT-GARDE PAINTING AND SCULPTURE IN AMERICA 1910-1925
New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2008. 8.5 x 11 inches. Hardcover, dust jacket. 160 pages. First edition. Ephemera has been collected for many years, but only recently has it become widely accepted as material for academic study. This is the first book to discuss ephemera as an aspect of design history, showing how function, production process and period have affected the changing appearance of billheads, trade cards, flyers... READ MORE about THE DESIGN AND PRINTING OF EPHEMERA IN BRITAIN AND AMERICA, 1720-1920
A Facsimile of the Manuscript Overslag-Boek by Joannes Josephus Balthazar Vanderstraelen
New York: The Grolier Club, 2014. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover. 210 pages. A Facsimile of the Manuscript Overslag-Boek by Joannes Josephus Balthazar Vanderstraelen. Although "imposition manuals" -- instructions on the proper layout of typeset pages for the press -- have always been useful tools of the printing trade, surviving examples are rare. The present volume has been reproduced from a unique manuscript in the collection of the Grolier Club Library. Entitled Overslag-Boek, zeer nuttig... READ MORE about THE EARLIEST DUTCH IMPOSITION MANUAL
An artist's commentary on theory, gesture, photography, compostition, color, light, and the typeface Penumbra
(Florence MA): Kat Ran Press, 2007. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 60 pages. An artist's commentary on theory, gesture, photography, compostition, color, light, and the typeface Penumbra. Part of the Kat Ran Essays in Philatelics series. First edition. Hidy describes the entire process and evolution of the stamp. This stamp is believed to be the only U.S. stamp with the artwork and typeface designed by the same individual. Many color illustrations, mostly Hidy's work but some... READ MORE about LANCE HIDY: DESIGNING THE MENTORING STAMP
New Rochelle: The Myriade Press, (1978). 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 142 pages. This is the second edition of a good introductory, practical, and comprehensive book for beginners who want to learn about the history of type, typefounding and typefaces. Twenty-five chapters cover subjects such as how and why typefaces are different, fifteen great inventions behind typefaces, classifying type, choosing type, and the practical problems of identifying type plus what to do when you have become... READ MORE about TYPE AND TYPEFACES
With Incidental Alarums, and Excursions Into Collateral Fields. Checklist by Joseph W. Rogers.
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1981. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. xxii, 271 pages. With Incidental Alarums, and Excursions Into Collateral Fields. Checklist by Joseph W. Rogers. Reprint of the 1943 first edition which was printed in a very small number. Frank E. Hopkins set up a press in the attic of his "Red House" in Jamaica, New York in 1896 and named it after his daughter Marion. He printed the first... READ MORE about THE MARION PRESS, A SURVEY AND A CHECKLIST
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2009. 6 x 9 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 208 pages. Advertising and promotion have always underpinned the business of bookselling but are often difficult for the historian to reconstruct. Once books were being produced in multiple copies, the book trade invested time, money, and imagination in the attempt to stimulate demand, manipulate customer choice, and expand the market. The mixed uses of marketing, both as... READ MORE about BOOKS FOR SALE: THE ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION OF PRINT SINCE THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
(Llandogo, UK): The Old Stile Press, 2002. 4to. full limp calf, blindtooled with rosettes and an image on front cover. not paginated, but (24) pages. Designed and printed by Nicolas McDowall in an edition limited to 175 copies, each numbered and signed by the artist. The text was set in Hiroshige Book type and was printed from polymer plates on Fabriano Ingres paper, with binding by The Fine Bindery. Hiroshige was designed in 1986 by... READ MORE about PYED PYPER, A PASSAGE EXTRACTED FROM A RESTITUTION OF DECAYED INTELLIGENCE IN ANTIQUITIES, BY THE...
(Mansfield Centre: Maurizio Martino, 2005). thick 8vo. cloth. lx, 718 pages. Reprint of the second revised, corrected and expanded edition published in Paris in 1924 by Francisque Lefrançois, Libraire de la Sociéte des Bibliophiles françois (Besterman 912). Bibliophiles desiring to collect could, at one time, turn to such publications as this. Books sought ("recherchés") for collecting are divided into three lists: those sought "for the text," sought "for the illustrations," and those "interesting from the..... READ MORE about LA BIBLIOTHEQUE DE L'AMATEUR, GUIDE SOMMAIRE A TRAVERS LES LIVRES LE PLUS ESTIMÉS
New York: The Typophiles, 1997. small 8vo. cloth. xiii, 95, (3) pages. Limited to 500 copies. Chap Book, New Series, Number One. Short biography of Bruce Rogers (1870-1957), a reprint of the 1965 Master's Thesis by Mansbridge, who was acquainted with Mr. Rogers during the last decade or so of his life. (Facing the title page is a photo of the author and Mr. Rogers.) There is no discussion of books designed by Mr. Rogers... READ MORE about BRUCE ROGERS: AMERICAN TYPOGRAPHER
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2016. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Hardcover. 368 pages. (TDR). "A functional, comprehensive, postmodern approach... This reference source places clearly written, succinct explanations at the reader's fingertips." - Miriam, Kahn, SHARP News The Typographic Desk Reference (aka TDR) is an encyclopedic reference guide of typographic terms and classification with definitions of form and usage for Latin based writing systems. The second edition, in the works since 2010, has more than... READ MORE about THE TYPOGRAPHIC DESK REFERENCE