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 -.
London: Raithby, Lawrence & Co., Ltd, 1901. Hardcover. Bound in maroon cloth covered boards with maroon leather spine titled in gilt. The leather on the spine is split along the front hinge and there is a large chip to the spine leather. The boards remains attached; although, the front board is a little loose. Ex-library with library stamps to fore edge and copyright page. Clean interior filled with samples of color printing and many articles. Browning and foxing to margins of most pages. Occasional smudge marks. Previous owner signature dated 1902 to front free endpaper. Full marbled edges and endpapers. An attractive interior and an interesting publication. 320 pages plus 72 pages of ads to rear. ART/090220. Very Good.
Buffalo and Rochester, NY: The Karl C. Franklin Paper Co., n.d. Softcover. A scarce piece of paper ephemera that is likely from the 1920s. This booklet advertises papers made by the District of Columbia Manufacturing Company for the Karl C. Franklin Paper Company. Both The Karl C. Franklin Company in New York and the District of Columbia Paper Manufacturing Company were active from the early twentieth century. The DC company was well known for their fine papers, producing their own papers in their mill in Washington DC. Their 1924 publication, Designs & Typography for Cover Paper, features samples created by esteemed designers, demonstrating how the company's paper could be used for advertising, taking into consideration color, size, paper weight and other features, such as deckling. This paper sample book demonstrates their quality and many of the papers they produced. This booklet was issued by the Karl C. Franklin Company to advertise available papers to their customers. The Franklin Company became the Franklin-Cowan Paper Company in the 1930s and is still in business today.The papers include antique heavyweight, antique and ripple, 65 pound antique, and special finishes. Each paper type came in a variety of colors. The folding sample booklet measures 9 x 18 inches and is folded twice to create three sections to show the paper types. The red outer wrappers are decorated in with an art deco design and contain the relevant printed information. A near fine copy. BOB/081820. Near 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.
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+.
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.
New York: Cambridge University Press, 1969. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. 1 of 1000 copies. Dark blue cloth backed light blue paper covered boards with gilt title to front board. Two light scratches to rear board and minor yellowing to top edge of front board. Very clean interior with bright text; minor foxing to rear endpage. Tight binding. BOB/091004. Near Fine.
New York: The Colophon, 1934. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 1 of 2500 copies. Part 16 only. Very Good plus small 4to. with cream paper covered, illustrated boards. Spine darkened with light rubbing to boards though corners are sharp. Interior is bright and clean. No pagination because the signatures were made by various presses at various times, thus several different kinds of paper, type, and illustration; some pages are unopened. Tightly bound; illustrated throughout. Books on Books. BOB/12053. Very Good +.
London: Whittaker and Co, 1834. Hardcover. John Aiken (1793 - 1833) was the editor of "Constable's Miscellany", "The Cabinet", and several other periodicals. He died very suddenly at a young age and this volume was put together in his memory by the contributors of his periodicals. It includes a breif biography of Aitken and over 30 liteary pieces. The contributors include: C. Torrop, G.P.R. James, William Tennet, W. M. Hetherington, W.C. Taylor, John Malcolm, Henry Inglis, George Moir, James Gardner, Thomas Rosecoe, Robert Chambers, John Macray, Henry Stebbing, William Wilson, John M'Diarmid, Thomas Aitkinson, and Henry G. Bell. Very good in black leather boards with gilt title to spine. Raised bands to spine and bllind stamped rules to boards and spine. There is a two inch crack to fhe front hinge, rubbing to the boards, and wear to the corners and edges. The endpages are purple with a few small dampstains. There are a few small spots of foxing throughout, but overall the interior is clean. Antiquated ownership signature of Ellen Nicole Liverpool to front free endpage. Full edges gilt. A nice 19th century collection of poetry and short stories. 444 pages. Very Good.
Paris: Alde, 2014. Hardcover. 4to. Blue cloth covered boards with silver title to front board and spine and illustration to front board. Lower corners lightly bumped, otherwise fine. Pristine interior. Lavishly illustrated. Introduction by Alexandre Cojannot. The catalog for the March 6 auction. Estimated price list laid in. Text in French. 267 pages. BOB/101416. Near Fine.
Columbus: Ohio State University Press, (1973). Hardcover. 8vo. Maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine. A few pencil markings to interior and ownership stamp to bottom edge of textblock, else fine. Maroon dust jacket with grey title to spine. Minor edgewear to dust jacket. Index, 310 pages. BOB/112206. Very Good+ / Very Good.