Jersey City, NJ: American Type Founders Company, 1912. Hardcover. This heavy encyclopedic catalog from the American Type Founders is the largest ever issued by the company, with its 1000+pages showing every possible type face available. They exhort printers to study every page to understand how type faces can make the difference between having a profitable vs. unprofitable business. In addition to displaying the type styles themselves, the specimen book offers numerous examples in different colors and layouts to showcase how the type can be used. Altogether a fascinating view of the art of printing at the beginning of the 20th century. Each volume has a unique number stamped in that links it to the buyer for purchases. Bound in red cloth with black titling to spine and front cover. Spine is somewhat worn but the binding is in very good condition. The interior pages are near fine save for one decorative ornament image on page 974 having been neatly excised from the middle of the page. Measures 8 x 11 x 3 inches. 1096 pages. BOB/040920. Near Fine.
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London: Bowes & Bowes Putnam, 1963. Softcover. According to the editor, John Dreyfus, this scholarly work had its origins in a proposal put forward in 1937 by Graham Pollard to a few fellow bibliographers and typographers. At that time the scope of the project was defined but it could not move forward until after WWII. The fifteen type specimens identified were pre-1800 type designs of known origin. Stanley Morison's introduction gives an historical account of the classification of typographical variations. The remainder of the text gives a detailed description and analysis for each of the collotype reproductions. These notes are mainly derived from the researches of A.F. Johnson, Harry Carter, Matthew Carter, Netty Hoeflake, and Mike Parker. The facsimiles are housed in a separate black portfolio. Book is bound in red soft covers with a paper title label affixed to the front cover. The label has a small stain as does the free front endpaper but the book is otherwise in near fine condition. The book measures 12 x 18 inches. The specimen reproductions measure 12 x 18 inches when folded and 18 x 24 inches when unfolded. Both the book and specimens are housed in a rather battered grey cardboard box. Pagination: v-xxvii; 1-23 pages. BOB/071720. Near Fine.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1916. Hardcover. Scarce. A comprehensive and scholarly treatise on all aspects of typographical printing surfaces and the processes and mechanisms of their production with the goal of making it the standard text book on the subject. The authors acknowledge the considerable trouble they had in producing the book but call it a labor of love. The work first covers various aspects of type - dimensions, faces, proportions and weight, legibility, punch cutting, matrices, and moulds. In following sections the authors discuss various ways of creating texts - keyboards, casting machines, composing and distributing machines, and so much more. The final sections cover ancient and modern scripts; British and American patents by date issued; a technical vocabulary in English, French and German; a list of illustrations; and an extensive index. Bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. Spine is faded, corners bumped. pastedowns and free endpapers appear to be more recent. Interior pages are in very good condition. Altogether an excellent copy of this monumental work. Housed in a grey cloth slipcase. 732 pages. PRINT/040320. Very Good.
England: The Whittington Press, 2016. Softcover. One of 660 copies. Another interesting collection of articles on various aspects of fine press printing, with many examples of typography, paper, and illustration. Contributors for this edition include Nicholas Barker, Simon Brett, Sebastian Carter, Jerry Cinamon, Nick Gill, Peyton Skipwith, and Paul Whitfield among many others. John Randle and Michael Taylor offer articles on the third annual Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair. In black and white illustrated paper boards with brown paper dust jacket with photograph of Matisse affixed to front cover. In fine condition. 168 pages. BOB/121216. Fine / Fine.