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.
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
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...
(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
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
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
New York: The Typophiles, 2011. 6 x 9 inches. paperback pamphlet. 16 pages. Typophiles Monograph: New Series No. 27 Type Revivals gives the history of type revivals and explores their place in modern type design. By examining some of the earliest type revivals, the definition of a true type revival emerges: it is an adaptation of an old typeface for current production and use, not merely a rote reproduction. With this definition in mind, the... READ MORE about TYPE REVIVALS: WHAT ARE THEY? WHERE DID THEY COME FROM? WHERE ARE THEY GOING?
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1988. 17.5 x 23.5 inches. folded broadsheet. Printed in black on one side only. A facsimile of the first newspaper page composed on a commercial Linotype. Although printed by offset lithography, the parts composed by the Linotype can still be visibly distinguished from the hand-set type because of a single wrong-font bold face apostrophe. This appears in only three of the stories (see Schlesinger: Ottmar Mergenthaler, Inventor of the Linotype, pp. 113-116). READ MORE about NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, SATURDAY, JULY 3, 1886
St Paul, MS: Blinc Publishing, 2004. 8.5 x 8.5. stiff paper wrappers. 65 pages. Hamilton began producing type in 1880 and within 20 years became the largest provider in the United States. The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton's collection is one of... READ MORE about HAMILTON WOOD TYPE: A HISTORY IN HEADLINES
New York: American Printing History Association, 1998. 8vo. cloth. 176, (4) pages followed by 38 plates. This book is a fascinating survey of typefaces developed in America after 1892 and intended for composition in metal for the use of an individual or press. It includes essays by the following: Susan Otis Thompson on American Arts & Crafts typefaces, Martin Hutner on the Merrymount Press, Herbert Johnson on Bruce Rogers's Centaur type, Cathleen Baker on Dard... READ MORE about AMERICAN PROPRIETARY TYPEFACES
Paris: Éditions des Cendres, 1994. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 118, (40) pages. Text in French. Limited to an edition of 850 printed on satin laid paper by Lana. A look at Perrin by a friend and contemporary. Includes 34 pages of illustrations of Perrin's typography and printing. Introduction and notes by Laurent Guillo. Afterword by René Ponot. READ MORE about ÉTUDE SUR LOUIS PERRIN, IMPRIMEUR LYONNAIS
New Castle and London: Oak Knoll Press and the British Library, 2004. small 4to. unbound sheets. 1152 pages. 2 volumes. First edition. Nineteenth-Century Printing Practices and the Iron Handpress is encyclopedic in its examination of printing techniques from the late-seventeenth century through the nineteenth century. Using selected readings from printers' manuals - beginning with Joseph Moxon's Mechanick Exercises on the Whole Art of Printing, 1683, and culminating with John Southward's Practical Printing, 1900 - Gabriel... READ MORE about NINETEENTH-CENTURY PRINTING PRACTICES AND THE IRON HANDPRESS
Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 2009. 4to. cloth. 360 pages. Volume 1. Vol 1: This exuberant selection of typographic fonts and styles traces the modern evolution of the printed letter, reproducing pages from exquisitely designed catalogs showing type specimens in roman, italic, bold, semi-bold, narrow, and broad fonts. Also included are borders, ornaments, initial letters and decorations, and many spectacular examples of their use. Victorian fonts, spectacular in their complexity, are accorded a prominent place. In addition... READ MORE about A VISUAL HISTORY OF TYPEFACES AND GRAPHIC STYLES, VOLUME 1. 1628-1900
A Facsimile with an Introduction and Notes by David Chambers.
London: Printing Historical Society, 1986. 8vo. cloth. 18 pages followed by the facsimile. A Facsimile with an Introduction and Notes by David Chambers. Limited to 1500 numbered copies of which 500 are for sale. This specimen book was the last to be prepared by Fry before the sale of his foundry to William Thorowgood. Only one original copy is known to exist. Includes some foldout sheets. Bookplate on free endpaper. READ MORE about SPECIMEN OF MODERN PRINTING TYPES BY EDMUND FRY, 1828
(New York): Mark Batty, (2005). 8vo. cloth with dustjacket. (vi), 128 pages. The book provides the first extensive look at the life and work of George W. Jones ( 1860-1942) filling a gap in the literature of graphic design and printing history. He was one of the most respected and celebrated fine printers of his generation, producing books for notable publishers such as the Nonesuch Press and the Limited Editions Club. In 1911, he established... READ MORE about GEORGE W. JONES : PRINTER LAUREATE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2012. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 160 pages. "Matthew Young's book showcases over 80 specimens (full size and in color), and gives a detailed account of the behind-the-scenes machinations that affected the course of the Specimen Exchange.... If you are interested in the history of graphic design, Young's book is a wonderful account of a lesser-known part of the story. It's handsome and lucidly presented and worth... READ MORE about THE RISE AND FALL OF THE PRINTERS' INTERNATIONAL SPECIMEN EXCHANGE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2012. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 160 pages. A SIGNED COPY BY THE AUTHOR OF THIS LOVELY BOOK "Matthew Young's book showcases over 80 specimens (full size and in color), and gives a detailed account of the behind-the-scenes machinations that affected the course of the Specimen Exchange.... If you are interested in the history of graphic design, Young's book is a wonderful account of a lesser-known part... READ MORE about THE RISE AND FALL OF THE PRINTERS' INTERNATIONAL SPECIMEN EXCHANGE