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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Baltimore: Baltimore Type and Composition Corporation, n.d. circa 1950s. Scarce. A catalog of types available from the Baltimore Type and Composition Corporation from sometime in the 1950s. Each typeface is displayed by printing the same paragraph. Monotype is the predominant section in the catalog, but there are also sections for linotype, versatype and filmotype. The latter type faces of filmotype first became available in the 1950s. In a bright orange plastic catalog with title in black to spine and front cover. Covers are soiled, cracked and a piece is missing from the lower front border. Rear cover is detached but present. Interior pages are in very good condition. About 220 pages. BOB/040520. Very Good -.
New Haven, CT: Yale Graphic Design Department, 1990. Scarce. A boxed collection of programs, schedules, menus, and more commemorating the 40th anniversary of Yale's Graphic Design Department. It includes a fold out time line listing the students and faculty for each year of the program that also notes significant news events in many of the years. A symposium and reunion were held as part of the celebration and the schedule and programs are provided in two booklets. Items are in near fine condition. Housed in a black paper covered box that has some creasing and wear. EPHEM/040120. Near Fine.
Hartford, CT: D.F. Robinson and H.F. Suner, 1834. Hardcover. Bound in full dark brown leather with gilt titles to spines. Wear and rubbing to hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Foxing and occasional spots of soiling throughout. Browning and offsetting to pages with engravings. The family / births/ deaths page between the old and new Testaments is blank. Includes several laid in bookmarks, pressed leaves, two certificates of merit, and a letter dated 1854 from Esther Gates of Votuntown, CT. (She died just 3 years later in 1857.) In her two page letter she describes "the ravage" - an illness that has killed multiple friends and relations in her vicinity. An attractive set despite the noted condition issues. This Bible was obviously treasured for many years. 1440 pages with 6 pages of maps and multiple engravings. This is a large set and may require an additional shipping fee. REL/051320. Very Good.
[Washington, DC]: . A nice little collection of 15 black and white photos from an July 1985 folk concert with the Kingston Trio and an August 1985 Birchmere Club concert with folk singer Tom Chapin. The July concert features the Kingston Trio in one of its many incarnations after their initial fame in the 1950s-60s. After the original group broke up, one of its original members, Bob Shane, bought the rights to the group's name and continued performing with various other musicians over several decades. During the period of this event, Shane was joined by George Grove and Bobby Haworth. There are seven photos of the group and of Shane alone. There are three photos that feature Dick Cerri, the well-known D.C.folk music disc jockey and founder of the World Folk Music Association. There is also a photo of singers Doris Justis and Sean McGhee, a couple who sometimes performed together as Side by Side. One other photo does not identify its subjects. There are four photos (two duplicates) from Chapin's performance at the Birchmere. The pictures appear to have been taken professionally, with "Photograph by Jean Ward" stamped on the backs. There are miscellaneous notes by her such as file copy, subject, camera settings. Most of the photos measure 5 x 6.5 inches. In very good condition. PHOTO/051220. Very Good.
Washington DC: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1974. A Report of the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights prepared for the information and consideration of the Commission. Side stapled yellow paper wrappers with black title to front panel. Light soiling / browning to edges of wrappers, but clean and bright overall. A study of discrimination based on race within various trades such as electrician, carpenter, roofer, painter, plumber, welder. Numbers of union and non-union workers in these (and additional) trades are listed including minority and non-minority workers. Quotes from multiple minority workers about their personal experiences with inequality in hiring / training / jobs are included. An interesting study made during an important time of Civil Rights in our country. It seems that despite federal laws, there was still a large disadvantage for minorities seeking employment in construction trades in Baltimore. At the end of the end of the study data, there is a chapter on "recommendations" and several appendices including follow-up letters from attorneys representing african americans, letters from government officials, updates on following up with individual construction agencies, etc. 59 pages. BALT/011420.
Harper's Weekly, 1862. Paperback. Includes 1 hand colored ad and two additional non-colored ads - Jeff Davis's New Coachman, British Parliament Bull, and Burnside taking off the gloves. Chipping to edges and a few smudge marks and minor dampstain to margin. Ad for artificial legs. Size: 16 x 11 inches. Frameable. PRINTS/041620.
New York: The Cathedral Library Association, 1896. Hardcover. Second Edition. Ex-library with call number to spine, library markings to front endpapers, and library pocket to rear pastedown. Off-white cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Soiling and foxing to boards. Wear to edges of boards and corners. Minor browning to interior margins and a few finger smudges, but clean overall. Occasional tears to margins. Includes several photographic illustrations. Split after title page. Also includes appendix with translations of the circular issued to the Catholics of New York by the Committee of Arrangements - in German, Italian, French, Russian, Dutch, Arabic, etc. 151 pages with 3 folding floor plans in rear. Catholic. REL/040820. Very Good.
Washington DC: Congress, 1906. Paperback. Reprints of a collection of letters from the secretary of the interior, the State of Wisconsin Department of Forestry, the U.S. Indian Service, Green Bay Indian Agency, etc. regarding this topic. White side-stapled wrappers. Pages numbered 9 - 23. Creasing to corners. Clean. AMER/040820. Very Good.
Annapolis: Maryland Bicentennial Commission. Paperback. Tall, thin red folder with four booklets inside: Eastern Shore, Central MD, Southern MD, and Western MD. Each booklet lists historic towns and buildings with a short description of each. Pen markings and notes to each booklet. Unpaginated. MD/040820. Very Good.
Philadelphia: 1926. Paperback. A daily program to the exposition held in Philadelphia with exhibits from around the world. Side-stapled paper wrappers with illustration of the liberty bell to front cover. Includes advertisements for Bermuda vacations, Breyer's ice cream, Hohner Harmonicas, Wilbur Buds chocolates (which look suspiciciosly like Hershey Kisses), Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy, Ocean City, N.J. and more. Well preserved with minor wear to edges and occasional smudge marks to margins. 32 pages. STA/040820. Very Good.
1939. Hardcover. Black oblong leatherette covers titled "photographs" in gilt and stab bound with black string. Includes black and white photographs from a vacation in 1939 of natural bridges, Smoky Mountain views from TN, pelicans and alligators in St. Petersburg, FL, aquatic gardens (Rainbow Springs, FL) pictures taken through the bottom of a glass bottom boat, Tarpon Spring, FL, the campus of the University of Tampa, St. Augustine, FL, Dayton Beach, and "Cotton Pickers". The next images are dated 1946, then back to 1941 - Niagra Falls and Eaglesmere, PA. Several pages of family photos are included included a few dated 1948 and captioned "the last time Aunt Carrie visited us." The next few pages dated September 1948 showcase Sherwood or "Sherry" - a little white and grey tuxedo kitten. Family photos from Ocean City, MD dated August 1957 follow. Then a few pages showing the growth of "Betty Ann Rice" from 1940 - 1949. Then more vacation pictures - Chateau Frontenac dated 1939, Ausable Chasm, NY, Quebec and views of the St. Lawrence River, then yellowed images of Yellowstone National Park dated 1953, followed by some stunning images of the Badlands. Next is Mark Twain's home in Hannibal, MO - then the Grand Teton Mountains followed by Lincoln's home in Springfield, IL, Salt Lake City and Utah's Copper Mine. Then more family dated 1953 "Mom's 72nd birthday." The rest of the album is blank. Includes over 150 photographs with a few photographic postcards mounted as well. All destinations are captioned with some additional notes for a few. A fun collection of vacation memories from the 1940s including lots of nice nature / landscape shots. PHOTO/040820. Very Good.
New Haven: William Edwin Rudge, 1940. Softcover. The first four issues of this still fascinating journal that covered all aspects of the graphic arts. Each issue has a number of articles sometimes interspersed with printing examples and ephemera. Each issue has a different cover design. A couple of the covers have light fading but still very good. Interiors are very good or better. The issues were in a cardboard chemise and housed in a slip case. The chemise is in pieces and the slipcase is faded and soiled. Issues measure 8 x 10 inches. BOB/042220. Very Good.
New York: Reader's Digest Association INc, 1942. Paperback. Includes articles on WWII - "The Heroic Defense of the Philippines"; Cigarette Ad Fact and Fiction, "Do the Nazis Know They're Licked?", "Malta: Most Bombed Spot on Earth", "How the Negro Fights for Freedom" by Stanley Hugh, "I was a German Hostage", "Victory Through Air Power" and more. Illustrated side stapled wrappers with grey title to front cover. Minor soiling / wear to covers. Clean interior overall. 170 pages. PER/040820. Very Good.
Cambridge, MA: The Harvard University Press, . Hardcover. Very Scarce. Only four copies found in OCLC. This comprehensive manual uses a paragraph of text about the history of the university press to display hundreds of type faces in varying point sizes. Each example prints the text followed by the alphabet and numbers in capitals and italics. The specimens are divided into Linotype and Monotype sections. They are followed by sections of display, foreign language, initials and borders, accents and special characters, and seals. Contents are in a red cloth binder in nice condition. The interior pages show signs of usage and some aging it is in very good condition - legible and clean. Each section is paginated separately. BOB/040320. Very Good.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1939. Hardcover. In their foreword the press writes: "Specimen books of type in the modern printer's office seldom show features of marked individuality. The almost universal use of the monotype and linotype, which derive their type faces from the specimen books of the the manufacturers of these machines, tends to a considerable uniformity in the type repertories. Unique and private fonts have largely ceased to exist....Yet there are some points in which [this] specimen book may claim consideration...asbecomes a university press, the equipment of the fonts in italics, accented letters, reference marks, etc. is ample." The manual is divided into specimens of book fonts,and specimens of job fonts, borders, ornaments, signs, and rules. The pages are held together with metal looseleaf-type rings inside the blue cloth binding. Titling in gilt on spine. This specimen book is in remarkably good condition - very good plus. Sections are paginated individually. 7 x 9.5 x1 inches. BOB/040620. Very Good+.