Philadelphia, New York: The Beck Engraving Company, 1950. Hardcover. Quarto. Gold and black cloth covered boards with gold title to front cover and no title to spine. Filled with illustrations. Includes a fold out color illustration. Clean. Housed in a thin, glossy paper covered slipcase. Wear to edges of case. Loss to top of case. Unpaginated. BOB/040919. Very Good.
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circa 1940. Uncommon. Includes 22 samples, numbered 601 - 622, of paper backed printed cloth for covering fusuma (Japanese doors). Bound in tan, black, and red cloth covered boards with ribbon binding. Japanese title to front cover. Minor browning and wear to boards and edges. The interior is clean overall with foxing to some pages and browning to edges. Creasing to some corners. Diagrams showing the proper layout for how the paper should be adhered to the doors are bound in facing several of the samples. Each sample features a printed design - many abstract, some floral, some with vessels, etc. Size: about 13.5 x 12 inches.
circa 1950. Hardcover. Includes 119 sample papers - some printed, some metallic, some with fiber inclusions. Bound in green paper covered boards with gilt title (in Japanese) to front cover. Three hole Japanese stab binding with purple ribbon. Browning to some pages, but clean overall. Size: oblong, about 8.5 x 6.5 inches. Very Good.
circa 1940. Uncommon. Includes 32 handmade sample papers for covering fusuma (Japanese doors). Silver and red paper covered boards with black title in Japanese to front cover. Ribbon bound. Several open tears to paper on front cover. Minor soiling, browning, and wear to boards and edges. The interior is clean overall with foxing to some pages. Diagrams showing the proper layout for how the paper should be adhered to the doors are tipped in facing several of the samples. Papers are multi-colored with designs and pulp paintings, many featuring metallic components. Size: about 13.5 x 11 inches.
Oldham, England: Incline Press. A collection of almost eighty fine pieces of print ephemera from the esteemed Incline Press. The items include prospectuses, broadsides, mementos, announcements, and keepsakes. They vary in size, type, paper, and illustration. They all, however, display the skill, expertise, and devotion to quality that are the hallmarks of this press. Graham Moss founded his press in 1990 and printed his first book in 1993. Since then he and his partner Kathy Whalen have published more than 100 books. Ideal for a teaching collection. EPHEM/050219. Fine.
Liberty, WI: The Heavy Duty Press, 2018. Softcover. Number 8 of 26 copies. This charming and beautifully printed book is a fitting tribute to the art of fine printing. It reprints an article by master printer Stan Nelson that originally appeared in Parenthesis in 1999. The article described the pleasurable steps and details of typesetting and hand printing. Stan wrote that the essence of fine printing "is really the marriage of the right paper, excellent presswork, perfect type, and good typography." The Heavy Duty Press has produced a book that fulfills Stan's criteria for fine printing. The text is printed on both translucent and opaque sheets that allow the words on separate pages to show through and continue the flow of sentences. Interspersed are designs showing snow through a window. Tipped in is a small facsimile of a letter sent by Stan to Mike Koppa in 1998 about printing. Printed in 10 pt. Century Oldstyle type on Zerkall Laid and Classic Crest papers on a Vandercook press. The book is hand bound and inserted into one-of-a-kind covers, constructed without adhesive, featuring designs taken from the Specimen Book and Catalogue of the American Type Founders Company. In fine condition. Measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/050719. Fine.
Manheim, Germany: Mannheim-Neckarau, . A scarce intact copy of this German typographic manual with 84 plates demonstrating various types, layouts, and illustrations. The title translates as "The writing in word and picture. (Practical instructions for learning writing, as well as for the production of glass signs, banners, matt and gloss gilding behind glass, advertising drafts, facade lettering." The 31-page manual offers a history of writing from hieroglyphics to Fraktur. The covers of the manual are lightly soiled but the interior is very good. The plates have occasional small marks on their margins but are also very good. The manual and plates are housed in a cardboard portfolio with the title on the cover and with brown ribbon ties. Light soilng and small brown stain on back cover. With the original cardboard box that holds the portfolio. It is stained and marked up. Measures 9 x 12 inches. BOB/050319. Very Good.