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
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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...
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
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
Number one of the CODE(X) Monograph Series
Berkeley, California: CODEX Foundation, 2008. 5.5 x 7.75 inches. paperback pamphlet. 16 pages. Number one of the CODE(X) Monograph Series. Number one of the CODE(X)+1 Monograph Series. Adapted from The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada, published in fall 2008 by CCSP Press at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Robert Bringhurst's essay talks about book design and typography, as well as the future of the book. This book was designed and printed in... READ MORE about WHY THERE ARE PAGES AND WHY THEY MUST TURN
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
Offert aus Hommes de Lettres. De l'un de l'autre sexe (1), notamment a MM. Les correcteurs, protes, sous-protes, etc.
N.P. Éditions des Cendres, (2004). 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. (iv), 34 pages. Offert aus Hommes de Lettres. De l'un de l'autre sexe (1), notamment a MM. Les correcteurs, protes, sous-protes, etc. Text in French. Limited to an edition of 375 numbered copies printed on Munken Ivoiré. Facsimile of the original published by Didot in 1839. Includes fold-out Cirier illustration from the collection of the Bibliothèque de Reims. Pamphlet with a note from the publisher, a.... READ MORE about L' OEIL TYPOGRAPHIQUE
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
With an introduction by William Ross and notes by Rod McDonald.
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. With an introduction by William Ross and notes by Rod McDonald. "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... READ MORE about EPISTLES TO THE TORONTONIANS. WITH ARTICLES FROM CANADIAN PRINTER & PUBLISHER
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
New York: The Grolier Club, 2011. 8.5 x 11.5 inches. hardcover. 118 pages. This volume was produced to accompany an exhibition held at the Grolier Club from December 6, 2011 to February 4, 2012, on the history of the French national typographic and printing establishment, the Imprimerie Nationale, arguably the most important printing house in Europe. Drawn from the ancient, vast, and comprehensive archives of the Imprimerie Nationale, Printing for Kingdom, Empire, & Republic documents... READ MORE about PRINTING FOR KINGDOM, EMPIRE, AND REPUBLIC: TREASURES FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE IMPRIMERIE NATIONALE
London, United Kingdom: Bernard Quaritch, 2015. 8vo. paper wrappers. 72 pages. Julia Alpinula is a legendary Swiss heroine, whose pathetic fate in AD 69 inspired popular historians, dramatists, artists, and poets including an infatuated Byron over a period of more than two hundred years. Her very existence, however, was based entirely on a funerary inscription first published in 1588 and ultimately shown to be a humanist forgery. Julia Alpinula is a fully documented account of... READ MORE about JULIA ALPINULA, PSEUDO-HEROINE OF HELVETIA: HOW A FORGED RENAISSANCE EPITAPH FOSTERED A NATIONAL...
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
(Paris): Éditions des Cendres, (1997). 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 138, (4) pages. Text in French. Limited to an edition of 350. Contains an essay by Charles Verneuil entitled "Les Machines à Pédale" and another entitled "La Presse à Platine Dans l'Imprimerie" by Jules Soufflet. Illustrated throughout, with 17 illustrated advertisements for pedal presses in the appendix. Printed on Vergé Légende by Plein Chant. READ MORE about LES PRESSES À PÉDALE
Washington, DC: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 1983. 6 x 9 inches. stiff paper wrappers. 31+(1) pages. Publication accompanying a 1983 exhibition in the Hall of Printing and Graphic Arts of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Introduction, list of illustration captions, endnotes, bibliography. Black and white illustrations throughout. Corrigenda laid in. READ MORE about THE FAT AND THE LEAN, AMERICAN WOOD TYPE IN THE 19TH CENTURY
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
(Victoria, TX): Cuneiform Press, 2011. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 270 pages. A landmark oral history project with 19 interviews with book artists, typographers and poets including Nicolas Barker and Robert Creeley. Discussions of the transition from cast metal to digital type with Matthew Carter, Sumner Stona and Fred Smeijers; artists' books with Sandra Kirshenbaum and Joan and Nathan Lyons; and the history of the book in the 20th century with Dave Haselwood, Holbrook Teter, Bob... READ MORE about HANGING QUOTES: TALKING BOOK ARTS, TYPOGRAPHY & POETRY
New Castle and London: Oak Knoll Press and the British Library, 2007. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover. 412 pages. First edition. Edward Johnston (1872-1944) was a man of letters - master calligrapher, typeface designer and creator of the lettering and branding for the London Underground. He was also a great teacher and philosopher. Many were, and still are, influenced by his down-to-earth ideas on calligraphy and lettering, and those who studied in his classes at... READ MORE about EDWARD JOHNSTON: MASTER CALLIGRAPHER