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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[New York]: M & Co., n.d. [1980s]. A cleverly designed wooden box with sections containing various office supplies: pencils, nice paper, a ruler, eraser pencil sharpener, rubber bands, paper clips, and Tabu pepermint candies. The box is bound to look like a book with green cloth covers and a black spine. Opening the cover reveals the collection inside.The inside of the cover are printed with a number of quotes about writing, making pencils, love, and more. M & Co. was a graphic and product design consultancy that was founded in 1979 in New York City. M & Co. was known for its innovative use of images and type to create imaginative and witty designs. During its 14-years history, the company worked on a variety of projects from videos and album covers to stationery and ID systems. In fine condition. Measures 7.5x10 inches. BOB/070320. Fine.
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 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+.
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.With glassine cover that is chilled and creased. This specimen book is in quite good condition - very good plus. Sections are paginated individually. 7 x 9.5 x1 inches. BOB/040620. Very Good+.
Baltimore: Monotype Composition Company, n.d. circa 1950s. Hardcover. Scarce. This comprehensive collection of type specimens primarily features monotype given the business of the company producing the manual. There are also sections on Ludlow ,and linotype-intertype, The pages are held together by metal rings in a red cloth binder. There are additional pages inserted. Binder is bumped, rubbed, but still very good. Interior pages are also very good. Sections are paginated separately. Measures 9.5 x 11.75 inches. BOB/040820. Very Good.
Baltimore: Maran Press, 1977. Hardcover. One of 1000 copies of this comprehensive compilation of the Inland Printer's most interesting articles on typographical topics. The magazine was the longest established graphic arts trade publication, first published in 1883. This is combined with all of the type faces that were developed during the period - the only complete collection. Bound in cream cloth with titling to spine and an Art Nouveau illustration on the front cover, with light signs of handling. No dust jacket. Interior pages are pristine. Two small Library of Congress stamps, one as an acquisition and the other marking the book as a surplus duplicate. Laid in are three pieces of promotional literature. Very good. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. 731 pages. BOB/041720. Very Good.
Tokyo: Bunseido Press / Bell & Brooks, 1979. Paperback. First Edition. Scarce. Number 233 of 256 copies. Includes four paper samples and illustrations of Samoan press marks. The authors collected materials for this book during their Polynesian tapa research trip in April and May of 1979. In Japanese stab binding with black title to off-white kozo paper covers. Clean and bright. Printed on kozo paper in Century type. 30 pages. 3 1/8 x 2 inches. BOB/052220. Very Good.
Austin, TX: W. Thomas Taylor, 1989. Hardcover. One of 2000 copies. There were also 125 copies especially bound and signed by the author. From the prospectus: "Bruce Rogers is without doubt the most important figure in twentieth -century bookmaking...There has long been a need for a definitive account of Rogers and his books." This book by Blumenthal, another distinguished book man, answers that need. All of the books discussed in the text are illustrated, with 64 pages of illustrations produced at the Press of A. Colish. Text is Monotype Centaur printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. Bound in burgundy cloth with gilt titling to spine. In near fine condition. Laid in are the prospectus, a catalog issued by the Chiswick Book Shop offering a collection of books designed by Rogers, and a1958 New Year's greeting from the Yale University Press. Measures 7 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches. 215 pages + 64 pages of illustrations. BOB/040920. Near Fine.
Essex, England: Alan Brignull, 2012-2014. Softcover. Alan Brignull took over this fine little letterpress annual in 2012, which has been published since 1955. Each volume binds together the several contributions received from letterpress printers in England and the United States. The submissions vary greatly by style and layout but they all concern some aspect of printing, design, or typography. Each volume is bound in white glossy paper covers with a color linen spine. The title and issue number appear on the front cover. All are in near fine condition. Measures 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/040920. Near Fine.
Middletown, OH: Miniature Book Society, 2019. Hardcover. Limited to 400 copies. Bound in brown paper spine over patterned paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Includes tipped-in illustrations, which are facsimilies of the covers of Bronte's miniature books. Clean and bright. Size: about 2.25 x 2.5 inches. 72 pages. MINI/070220. Fine.
Boston: David R. Godine, 1975. Hardcover. Number 412 of 750 copies, of which 301-750 were published in the United States. 300 copies were published by the Merrion Press in London. Published to honor calligrapher Alfred Fairbank on his eightieth birthday. The facsimile is of a rare writing manual by Augustino da Siena. Bound in orange cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt ornament to front cover. In a cream decorative dust jacket. The text is Monotype Poliphilus and Blado and printed on mould-made paper from the Wookey Hole Mill. Very good condition save for dust speckling on top page edges. Unpaginated. BOB/040620. Very Good.
New York: American Art Association, 1900. Hardcover. SCARCE. American auction catalog for part of Augustin Daly's enormous collection. An auction in 1880 disposed of much of his collection but this auction still includes several thousand items. There were many autographs as well as manuscripts and books. Augustin Daly (1838 –1899) was one of the most influential men in American theatre during his lifetime. Drama critic, theatre manager, playwright, and adapter, he became the first recognized stage director in America. He was dramatic critic for several New York papers from 1859, and he adapted or wrote a number of plays, Under the Gaslight (1867) being his first success. In 1869 he became the manager of the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 24th St. and in 1873 the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 28th. In 1879 he rebuilt and opened Daly's Theatre at Broadway and 30th Street in New York, and, in 1893, Daly's Theatre in London. Daly formed a permanent company in New York and opened Daly's Theatre in New York in 1879 and a second one in London in 1893. At Daly’s Theatre he assembled a company of players headed by well-known actress Ada Rehan. Some of the best actors of the time owed their training and early successes to him, including John Drew Jr., Maurice Barrymore, Maude Adams, Mrs. Gilbert, Tyrone Power, and Isadora Duncan. Bound in three quarter brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title and raised bands to spine. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Rubbing to boards. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to front endpaper. Frontispiece portrait of Daly. Pencil annotation on free endpaper says that this was the copy of Douglas Taylor. In very good condition. Measures 8 x 10.5 inches. 381 pages plus 23 page listing of prices realized. BOB/060220. Very Good.
London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1960. Hardcover. An interesting work on the history of writing, starting with the Humanistic scripts of the Italian Renaissance through the calligraphic movements of the 20th century. With 96 plates and a description of each. Bound in grey cloth with red and gilt titling to spine and gilt illustration of scribe on front cover. Light bumping . Pastedowns and free endpapers have light toning but the books interior is in very good condition. Measures 9 x 11.25 inches. 104 pages plus plates. BOB/041320. Very Good.
South Brunswick and New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1973. Hardcover. A positive and informative biography of Elbert Hubbard, a figure of both admiration and criticism throughout his career. The author was a resident of East Aurora and a recognized authority on Hubbard and the Roycrofters. Bound in purple cloth that is lightly soiled in a soiled and rubbed pictorial dust jacket. Offsetting to endpapers from dust jacket flaps. Interior pages are clean and bright. With numerous photographs and illustrations throughout. Very good minus. 253 pages. BOB/040620. Very Good -.
Mies, Switzerland: RotoVision, 2004. Hardcover. One of the first books to explore the popular contemporary use of this printing process [dust jacket]. Bound in black cloth and in white, red, and black dust jacket with titling to spine. Jacket is in very good condition and the interior pages are near fine. Measures 9.25 x 10.5 inches. 158 pages. BOB/040820. Near Fine.
Kalamazoo, MI and Toronto: The Private Press and Typefoundry of Paul Hayden Duensing and The Alliquanda Press, 1976. One of 150 copies, this copy being "h/s." Printers and typographers Paul Hayden Duensing and William Rueter shared the work for this portfolio created as a tribute to the great Rudolf Koch ( 1876 – 1934). The thirty loose sheets in this portfolio comprise a collection of quotes from Koch's works. Koch was a German type designer who was also a master of lettering, calligraphy, typography and illustration. Koch greatly admired William Morris. Speaking at a meeting in London, he expressed his disbelief that Morris was not of German descent: "I feel such a closeness to him that I always have the feeling that he cannot be an Englishman, he must be a German." The teachings of Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement are evident in Koch's use of hand-lettering and wood-cutting techniques. At the same time, his book illustrations are evocative of Art Nouveau. Koch prized craftsmanship in his type design and printing methods, a principle deeply rooted in the Arts and Crafts Movement. The quotations from Koch's writings reveal his passion for letters, type faces, and the joy of work. They offer inspiration and insight into the art and craft of creating letters and printing. Many of the quotes are in German with an English translation. The others are in English. They are printed on a variety of papers and using various types mostly designed by Koch or his contemporaries. With a list showing the letter forms and paper used for each item. Housed in an orange paper portfolio cover which in turn is housed in a blue slipcase. The portfolio and its contents are in fine condition .The slipcase is soiled and a bit worn. BOB/041420.
Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1942. Rudolf Koch was a leading German calligrapher, typographic artist and teacher who, in the 1920s, invited Fritz Kredel to join his studio where Kredel perfected the art of making woodcuts. Das Blumenbuch (The Flower Book), originally published in an expanded edition in 1929-30, was the first collaboration between the two artists and was Kredel's first major book commission. This collaboration is regarded by many as their masterpiece. This set of 80 color plates from the original edition display the beauty of the illustrations Koch and Kredel created. This is a variant of the book issued in 1942, with the loose plates in groups of four housed in a cardboard box. The box is only in good condition, with chipping, bumping, and tears. The leather spine label is torn and only Koch's name remains. However, the contents are in very good condition. There are seven pages of text in German in the last gathering. Sheets are 9.25 x 12.25 inches. BOB/041620. Very Good.
Chicago: 1931. One of seventy copies privately printed. In the introduction McMurtrie writes: "There are here reproduced in considerable reduction four specimen broadsides of the eighteenth century English typefounders. Perhaps the principle motive responsible for their reproduction is a desire to call to mind this delightful form of showing typefaces, so often resorted to by typefounders of an earlier day but now - regrettably - become almost obsolete." He continues to say that the sheets of most importance to the typographic historian are probably the two issued by the Caslon foundry. The originals of both may be found in the Bodleian Library. He points out that the Oxford University Printing House, now the Oxford University Press, displays the wide range of languages for which types were available - a testament to the interest of the house at that time in scholarly printing and publishing. The four broadsides are held in a paper wrapper that has experienced much wear, with the covers barely attached. The broadsides are in very good condition. Broadsides measure 9 x 12 inches. BOB/042220.
New Haven, CT: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1997. Hardcover. Bernard Rosenthal (1920-2017), book and text manuscript seller and collector, specialized in Medieval manuscripts and early printed books from the beginning of his career as an antiquarian bookseller in 1953. He was born into a family of legendary European booksellers. His masterpiece was considered to be his Catalogue 34, which was subsequently published as this catalogue from the Beinecke Library at Yale University. This remarkable scholarly catalogue achieved Rosenthal's goal of producing a catalogue of books in which the presence of annotations would be ranked on the same level as the printed text and given proper descriptions to emphasize their importance as primary sources. The catalog has an alphabetical short-title list, c chronological short-title list, the catalog itself, a bibliography, and an index of owners and annotators. There are reproductions from the pages of text and annotations throughout the book. Printed in Dante types that was redrawn for digital setting. Bound in burgundy cloth with gilt titling to spine. Binding and text pages are in near fine condition save for light speckling to top and fore-edge. Measures 8.5 x 12 inches. 389 pages. BOB/041020. Near fine.
Dallas: The Bridwell Library and The Gehenna Press, 1992. Softcover. One of 2000 copies. This catalog is a fitting tribute to the monumental work done by Leonard Baskin at his Gehenna Press. His private press was one of the most successful of all time in terms of its output and longevity. This work provides a detailed bibliography of books and broadsides issued, followed by a beautiful array of illustrations and typography from the Gehenna Press. Binding is softcover with grey paper covers and white spine and decorative covers. Light signs of handling and faint speckling to top and fore-edge. Printed at the Oxbow Press using Bembo typeface. Very good condition. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. 238 pages. BOB/041320. Very Good.
Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press and Oxford University Press, 1922. Hardcover. Daniel Berkeley Updike (1860-1941) was a prominent American printer and a historian of the printing arts. This comprehensive history of printing types was based upon lectures that Updike delivered as part of a course on the techniques of printing at Harvard's graduate business school. It covers printing types not just chronologically but geographically as well. There are 367 illustrations throughout the two volumes. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spines. Both bindings have some bumping and light wear. Slight cracking along rear joint of Volume I but text block is tight. The interior pages are clean and bright and the volumes are in very good condition. Housed in a tan cloth slipcase with decorated interior and ribbon to pull books. A little fraying but still very good. Books measure 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Volume I: 276 pages; Volume II: 308 pages. BOB/041720. Very Good.
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1957. Hardcover. Number 71 of 250 copies signed and numbered by the author. The text contains an address delived by the author at the university of the occasion of given an annual library award to the member of the senior class who presented the best private collection of books made while an undergraduate. Bound in brown paper with a dark brown cloth spin, with gilt titling and a decorative label on the cover with an original wood engraving by John De Pol. Several illustrations. Near fine condition. Measures 9 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. BOB/040620. Near Fine.
New York: Museum Books, Inc., 1954. Hardcover. Number 119 of 1000 copies initialed and numbered by Zapf. Also signed by him on free endpaper in Washington in April 1966. Zapf (1918-2015) was a German typographer, book designer, and calligrapher who is considered one of the most influential figures in the twentieth in these fields. This magnificent book has 100 typographic pages with quotations from the past and present about types and printing in sixteen different languages, selected and designed by Hermann Zapf and printed at the house printing-office of the Stempel type foundry in Frankfurt/Main. The types used were historic faces taken from the foundry's archives. Zapf wrote in his introduction: "This manual seeks to show the myriad possibilities of the expressiveness and beauty of type, whether individually or in massed text, by the use of purely typographic means. The letters' indwelling wealth of form is a fresh, unending astonishment." The manual more than achieves these aims. The authors are listed in a small booklet inserted on the rear pastedown. The booklet is titled "Quoted Texts of Manuale Typographicum in Original or Rendered English. Bound in grey cloth with cream spine with gilt titling and the letters ABC debossed on the front cover. In a cream dust jacket with black titling to spine. There are small tears to the top of the spine and along the front flap, and creasing and some abrading to rear cover. The book and binding are in near fine condition. With the handsome bookplate of printer and typographer Roland Hoover affixed to the front pastedown. Housed in a blue cloth slipcase with some wear along edges. Book measures 9 x 12 inches. Page numbers are blind-stamped on lower right corner of each page. BOB/041620. Near Fine.