Forest Park, IL: Acorn Press, (1962). 8vo. stiff paper wrappers, front wrapper gilt-stamped. (vi), 29, (3) pages. Limited to 350 copies. Type faces available at the Acorn Press. Foreword and explanation. Indexed. Wrappers faded. READ MORE about ONE LINE SPECIMEN BOOK
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N.P. Adagio Press, n.d. 4to. unbound. 131 broadside specimen sheets enclosed by heavy paper covers. Ornaments and type faces offered by the Adagio Press. Includes designs by Will Bradley (American Type Founders), D. Stempel, Imre Reiner and Jose Mendoza y Almeida (Typefoundry Amsterdam), Alessandro Butti and Aldo Novarese, G.C. Lange (H. Berthold), American Type Founders, Monotype, Georg Trump, Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum, designers for Bauersche Giesserei, Hermann Zapf, Jan van Krimpen and others. Illustrations..... READ MORE about THE ADAGIO PRESS
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2016. 6.7 x 9.5 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 312 pages. The Greek Editions of Aldus Manutius and his Greek Collaborators was first published in Greek in 2015, in order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the Venetian printer. A succinct introduction on the pioneers of Renaissance humanism in Crete is followed by a thorough presentation of the graphic aspect of Aldus's Greek editions, that is, initials... READ MORE about THE GREEK EDITIONS OF ALDUS MANUTIUS AND HIS GREEK COLLABORATORS
Ann Arbor, MI: Legacy Press, 2018. 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 466 pages. Pablo Alvarez offers the first complete English translation of Alonso Víctor de Paredes Institucion, y origen del arte de la imprenta, y reglas generales para los componedores [Institution, and Origin of the Art of Printing, and General Rules for Compositors]. This 96-page printing manual set and printed by Paredes himself was issued in Madrid around 1680. It opens with an introductory digression on... READ MORE about ALONSO VÍCTOR DE PAREDES’ INSTITUTION, AND ORIGIN OF THE ART OF PRINTING, AND GENERAL RULES...
Baltimore: Maran Printing Services, 1975. 4to. cloth. (xiv), 245 pages. First edition, limited to 500 copies. The definitive bibliography to-date of American type specimen books. Includes historical accounts of each company, a list of their specimen books with size and number of pages and illustrations. Lacks jacket. READ MORE about TYPE FOUNDRIES OF AMERICA AND THEIR CATALOGS
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
London, England: Academy Editions, (1980). 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 315+(1) pages. First edition. Table of contents, introduction, biographical sketches of over 120 artists, bibliography, index. Frontispiece, color and black and white illustrations throughout. Includes all types of decorative arts. READ MORE about ART DECO
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
New York, NY: Walker and Company, (1971). 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 208 pages. Acknowledgments, table of contents, preface, bibliography, index. Color and black and white illustrations throughout. Dust jacket chipped at bottom edge. READ MORE about THE DECORATIVE THIRTIES
New York, NY: Whitney Library of Design, (1988). 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 224 pages. Revised edition. Revised and edited by Philippe Garner. Table of contents, biographical sketch of Battersby by Garner, introduction, bibliography, index. Frontispiece. Color and black and white illustrations throughout. Covers a wide range of decorative arts. READ MORE about THE DECORATIVE TWENTIES
Frankfurt am Main: Bauerschen Giesserei, 1962. 34 x 27 inches. large broadside. This large broadside was issued by the Bauer Type Foundry to celebrate their 125th anniversary. It pictures a large tree done in black ink against a gray background with each of the important type faces in the company's history pictured in blocks placed on the branches of the tree. The blocks are printed in various colors with the example of the type face... READ MORE about DIE STAMMBAUM DER SCHRIFT
New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1983. 4to. cloth. xi,iii-liii,100,28-40,(3) pages. Reprint of the two important bibliographical pieces with a new introduction. Includes reproductions of the original fold-out plates and retains the Stanley Morison introduction (See Appleton 139). READ MORE about CATALOGUE OF SPECIMENS OF PRINTING TYPES BY ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH PRINTERS AND FOUNDERS,...
London: Blandford Press, (1958). small 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 358 pages. Revised edition. Still the best guide to the subject. Jacket worn with small pieces missing along edges. Bookplate on front pastedown. READ MORE about ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF TYPE FACES
Newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2008. small 4to. unbound signatures. 194 pages. First edition, limited to 150 numbered copies; this copy is not numbered and consists of unbound signatures for the book. 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... READ MORE about PRIVATE TYPECASTERS, PRESERVING THE CRAFT OF HOT-METAL TYPE INTO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2007. Broadside (11 3/4 by 8 inches). Prospectus for Henricus de Nova Villa, So Long, Hot-metal Men: The Comprehensive Bird & Bull Type Specimen Book. READ MORE about PROSPECTUS FOR SO LONG, HOT-METAL MEN
(Arlington, VA): National Composition Association, 1980. 4to. stiff paper wrappers. 22 pages. The pros and cons of in-house typesetting, mainly an economic analysis. Biographical sketch of the author, table of contents, endnotes. Brochures, a newspaper clipping and correspondence laid in. READ MORE about IN-HOUSE TYPESETTING. . .WEIGH THE FACTS
London: Architecture Design and Technology Press, 1990. 4to. stiff paper wrappers. ix, 106 pages. First edition. Well-illustrated. READ MORE about TYPEFACES FOR DESKTOP PUBLISHING, A USERS GUIDE
(Milan, Italy): Conchiglia, 1946. 8vo. cloth, front cover and spine gilt-stamped, top edge cut, other edges uncut. (vii), 47, (27) pages. Text in Italian. Number "18" of an unspecifed number of copies. Published on the occasion of an exhibition in Milan, November 1946. Color and black and white illustrations, including two tipped-in. Presentation from the author on front free endpaper. Soiling on front cover. Slight rubbing and scuffing at edges. Light tanning at edges of text. READ MORE about SAGGIO DI BIBLIOGRAFIA BODONIANA
London: The Holland Press, 1960. 4to. decorated paper cover boards, paper spine labels. lxxii, 267; (iv), 279 pages. 2 volumes. One of 500 copies. An exact facsimile of the famous Bodoni specimen book - manual originally printed in Parma by the Presso la Vedova in 1818. While lacking the slipcase, this two volume set is in near-pristine condition. READ MORE about MANUALE TIPOGRAFICO DEL CAVALIERE GIAMBATTISTA BODONI
New York: Redfield-Kendrick-Odell, (1923). small 4to. boards, paper cover label. (44) pages. Limited to 500 numbered copies. With a frontispiece portrait of Bodoni and a biography sketch by Arthur K. Willyoung. AIGA notice of this book loosely inserted. Head of spine bumped. READ MORE about A PRINTED EXHIBIT OF BODONI TYPE WITH APPROPRIATE ORNAMENTS, BEING THE SECOND OF A SERIES OF...
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
Austin, TX: W. Thomas Taylor, 1993. small 4to. stiff paper wrappers. 68 pages. With special articles by Tom Taylor giving a survey of American typefounders, a look at the private collection of Travis Beck, a description of the Barrois collection of printing ephemera and a history of the Providence Public Library by Philip J. Weimerskirch. READ MORE about BOOKWAYS. 7
New York: The Typophiles, 1981. 12mo. stiff paper wrappers. xii, 66 pages. Limited to 1500 copies. Typophiles Chap Book 55.The first accurate printing of this 19th century manuscript. Much of biographical interest. READ MORE about THE HISTORY OF TYPEFOUNDING IN THE UNITED STATES EDITED AND ANNOTATED FROM THE HOLOGRAPH...