Font Catalogues/ Type Specimens
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Ipswich, UK: W.S. Cowell Ltd., (1952). small 4to. metal spiral binding, cloth, dust jacket. 74 pages. Well produced book printed in different colors on different colored paper stock. With presentation bookplate present although it was once taped to front free endpaper and is now detached with tape remnants present. Loosely inserted is a broadside entitled "Supplementary Sheets for A Book of Typefaces. 1954." Jacket soiled. READ MORE about A BOOK OF TYPEFACES, WITH SOME ILLUSTRATED EXAMPLES OF TEXT AND DISPLAY SETTING
New York: The New York Public Library, 1962. 4to. stiff paper wrappers. 44 pages. Selections chosen from the Robinson-Pforzheimer collection. Covers toned along edge. Signed by Ruari McLean at top of first page. READ MORE about CUTS, BORDERS, AND ORNAMENTS
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
Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 2010. 4to. cloth. 360 pages. Volume 2. Vol 2: This book offers a connoisseur's overview of typeface design, exploring the most elegant fonts from the history of publishing. Taken from a distinguished Dutch collection, this exuberant two-volume edition traces the evolution of the printed letter via exquisitely designed catalogs, showing type specimens in roman, italic, bold, semi-bold, narrow, and broad fonts. Borders, ornaments, initial letters and decorations are also included, along with... READ MORE about A VISUAL HISTORY OF TYPEFACES AND GRAPHIC STYLES, VOLUME 2. 1901-1938
Paris, France: Deberny & Cie. n.d., but between 1900 and 1919. 4to. quarter cloth, decorated paper-covered boards, paper front cover label. unpaginated. Text in French. A catalogue of type specimens offered by the Deberny firm, mainly pictures and engravings. Includes municipal coats of arms, commercial symbols, medals. Maps of France and regions therein at end of text. The title page mentions the firm's participation in a competition in 1900, and the map of France shows... READ MORE about CLICHÉS & GRAVURES
Paris, France: Deberny & Cie. n.d., but after 1900. 4to. quarter cloth, decorated paper-covered boards, paper front cover label. unpaginated. Text in French. A catalogue of type specimens offered by the Deberny firm, mainly pictures and engravings. Includes military symbols, sports symbols, page headings, children's scenes, religious subjects, letterheads, and ornaments. The title page mentions the firm's participation in a competition in 1900, thus dating this work. The Deberny firm traces its origins to the... READ MORE about CLICHÉS & GRAVURES
New York: Diamant Typographic Service, Inc., n.d. 4to. stiff paper wrappers, plastic spiral binding. (22) pages. Slightly faded covers. READ MORE about DIAMANTYPES, ONE LINE SHOWING OF TYPES, ORNAMENTS, INITIALS, BORDERS, TYPOGRAPHIC SIGNS, ACCENTS
Rockport: Rockport Publishers, 1997. small 4to. printed paper-covered boards. 141, (3) pages. First edition. Introduction by Clifford Stoltze. Filled with examples in color of digital type used in signage, posters, logos, brochures, Catalogues, books, magazines, miscellaneous. READ MORE about DIGITAL TYPE
Bangor, Maine: Eastern Corporation, n.d. large broadside folded twice with explanatory text printed on heavy paper stock loosely inserted. Designed by Howard Coggeshall. READ MORE about A SPECIMEN SHEET SHOWING ALMOST ALL OF THE "LOST" GOUDY TYPES
Bangor, Maine: Eastern Corporation, n.d. broadside accompanied by foldout broadside type specimen sheet. Designed by G.H. Petty for the paper company, Eastern. READ MORE about A SPECIMEN SHEET, BERNHARD MODERN, ROMAN & ITALIC
Bangor, Maine: Eastern Corporation, n.d. large broadside folded twice and with the accompanying descriptive sheet printed on heavy paper stock loosely inserted. Designed by Frank Kofron for Eastern. Spot on broadside. READ MORE about THIS IS A SPECIMEN SHEET OF ALTERNATE GOTHIC AND FRANKLIN GOTHIC CONDENSED
Bangor, Maine: Eastern Corporation, n.d. large broadside speciment sheet folded twice with explanatory sheet printed on heavy paper stock loosely inserted. Designed by Richard N. McArthur with information on him. READ MORE about THIS IS A SPECIMEN SHEET OF GRAYDA TYPE
Bangor, ME: Eastern Corporation, 1948. framed broadside, (23 by 18 inches). Wooden framed broadside behind glass displaying Eric Gill's Perpetua-Monotype face. Scratches on wooden frame. READ MORE about THIS IS A SPECIMEN SHEET OF CALLIGRAPHY OF A FEW SIZES AND WEIGHTS OF GILL'S PERPETUA-MONOTYPE
Meppel, Netherlands: Zetcentrale Meppel, (1986). 4to. stiff paper wrappers. xi+(i) pages. Text in Dutch. Ehrhardt type face originally developed at the Ehrhardt foundry in Leipzig in the early 18th century. Modern usage began with Monotype, 1938 (Jaspert, Berry and Johnson 79). Explanation of technical offerings. Letter of introduction laid in. Wrappers lightly soiled. READ MORE about EHRHARDT LETTERPROEF
(Berkeley, CA: Emigre), n.d. 8vo. self paper wrappers. unpaginated. Texts by David Barringer. List of fonts and designers. A catalogue of items offered by Emigre. READ MORE about LITTLE BOOK OF LOVE LETTERS: THE EMIGRE TYPE CATALOG VOLUME I
N.P. Internationalen Typographischen Vereinigung, (1966). 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. Not paginated. An exhibition catalogue devoted to type specimens using examples from the Gutenberg Museum. Text in three languages; German, English, and French. Helmut Presser wrote the introduction. Followed by illustrations from different type specimen books and descriptions of each book. READ MORE about ERLESENE LETTERNPROBEN AUS VERGANGENHEIT UND GEGENWART
Stamford, CT: Finn Typographics, n.d., but 1970. oblong 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. unpaginated. Specimens of numerous Linotype and handset faces, rules, borders, and ornaments. Two brochures, listing faces offered for sale by Finn, and a card with a brief inscription. Covers slightly chipped at edges. Previous owner's bookplate on inside front cover. READ MORE about TYPE SPECIMENS INCLUDING A COMPLETE SHOWING OF LINOTYPE FACES A ONE-LINE PRESENTATION OF HAND-SET...
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
Camden, NJ: The Haddon Craftsmen, (1936), 1937. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers, paper cover label. 42; (iv),48 pages. A Primer of Types, Number One. Near fine. READ MORE about PRIMER OF TYPES, BEMBO, BASKERVILLE, BELL A SHOWING OF THREE ENGLISH MONOTYPE BOOK FACES,...
Camden, NJ: The Haddon Craftsmen, (1937). stiff paper wrappers, paper cover label. 48 pages. A Primer of Types,Number Two. Endpapers foxed. READ MORE about A PRIMER OF TYPES, GIAMBATTISTA BODONI