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Type design, typefounding, type specimensThere are 13 items

  • Updike (Daniel Berkeley), 1860-1941

    Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 1927
    Two volumes (24 cm), I: xxxii, 276 pp., illustrations (some folding). II: xix (1), 308 pp., illustrations (some folding). Uniform publisher’s dark-brown cloth. - First edition, third printing, March 1927 (follows 1922, 1923). ¶ Bindings worn at head and tail of the spines, and most corners. Clean, unmarked copy.
  • Birrell & Garnett Ltd (London)
    Pollard ([Henry] Graham), 1903-1976, compiler

    London, Birrell & Garnett Ltd, 1928
    (28.5 cm), vii (5), 107 (1) pp., illustrations. Publisher’s light brown printed wrappers. - A faultless copy of the original edition, limited to 1750 copies on ordinary paper and 75 on special paper, printed by Walter Lewis at the University Press in Cambridge. “This is far more than a bookseller’s catalogue. It was and still is a pioneer disquisition on the history of type-specimens and type-design with valuable historical notes on each example listed. A first-rate reference-work” (E.P. Goldschmidt, in his Catalogue 95, p.63 item 371). A reprint was published at Brighton: Tony Appleton, 1972 (edition of 500 copies). ¶ Loosely inserted is a typed letter from Terry Belanger to Robin Halwas, dated 12 May 1981, with appended Ms note by Esther Potter, dated 3 June 1982, the latter writing: “After Birrell & Garnett was wound up Graham was left with a pile of these catalogues and he occasionally sold the odd copy to the trade. When the pile was exhausted, Tony Appleton, with Graham’s permission produced a facsimile edition. And then Graham, to his great embarrassment found an unopened packet of the originals in the attic at Barton”. In Belanger’s letter, he recounts that Michael Turner (Pollard’s literary executor) had given Belanger four such copies, of which this is one.
  • Isaac (Frank), 1882-1943

    London, Bibliographical Society for the Author, 1930
    (29 cm), [32] pp., 98 leaves of plates. Publisher’s buckram-backed boards. - First edition. Illustrated by 98 facsimiles from the works of twenty-six English and six Scottish printers, with a brief discussion of the work and type for each printer. A second volume published in 1932 (not present here) documents English and Scottish types used respectively from 1535-1558 and 1552-1558. ¶ Fine copy.
  • Harling (Robert), 1910-2008

    London, Published by James Shand at the Shenval Press for Art and Technics, 1947-1948
    Seven volumes (25 cm), three with comb backs and four with printed dust jackets. - Although called a quarterly, publication in fact was irregular: the first issue (not present here) appeared in Spring 1946, then No. 2 (September 1946), No. 3 (December 1946), No. 4 (April 1947), No. 5 (September 1947), No. 6 (January 1948), No. 7 (May 1948), and No. 8 (Winter 1948). Loosely inserted in no. 8 is “Stop Press: a final news sheet” (8 pp.). ISSN 0361-8366. ¶ Lacking no. 1; the upper cover for No. 3 is lost.
  • Hellinga (Wytze Gerbens), 1908-1985; Hellinga (Lotte), born 1932; Reid (D.A.S.), translator

    Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, 1966
    Two volumes (39 × 28 cm), I: xxviii, 267 pp. II: (6), pp.379-505 (2), with 67 text illustrations and 291 plates. Errata slip loosely inserted in volume I. Uniform publisher’s leather-backed boards, printed dust jackets. - “Obligatory not only for specialists in Low Countries printing but for all, librarians, scholars, collectors and bookdealers, who have to do with incunabula. In method it will serve as a model and challenge for studies of fifteenth-century printing in Germany, Italy and France – work that will take several lifetimes, but that must be done, and this is how to do it. And there is no single book more fitted to show the general reader what the typographical study of incunabula is about, with its disciplines and techniques, its rigours, difficulties and triumphs; how it finds evidence, and decides what can and can’t be proved by that evidence; and how, which is perhaps the deepest root of its fascination, it has continual reference to human creatures, at work five centuries ago in society and time, and still vividly living through their artefacts” (from a review by George D. Painter, in The Book Collector, Summer 1967, pp.227-230). ¶ Dust jackets lightly soiled; otherwise a very fine, unmarked copy.
  • Vervliet (Hendrik Désiré Louis), born 1923; Carter (Harry Graham), 1910-1982, translator

    Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger & Co., 1968
    (31 cm), xxv, 376 pp., 267 illustrations. Publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - A book of great value to students of type design, to those concerned with types in relation to history or to the transmission of texts, and to anyone required to identify and catalogue books. Vervliet describes and illustrates 154 types made in the Low Countries in the 16th century, names the punch-cutters responsible for the majority of them (86), and cites the earliest appearance he has been able to trace for each type. He documents their use outside the Low Countries (23 were used in books printed in England or Scotland) and longevity (some types remained in use until the end of the 17th century). Vervliet shows that the method developed by Haebler and later incunabulists, which seeks to identify different types with individual printers, is inapplicable for the 16th century, by which time several printers had acquired identical types, either in the form of matrices or castings. No assumptions can be made from ownership of a particular typeface; in the later period, what is important is the peculiar combination of typefaces: if a printer makes use of as many as four distinct typefaces, then conclusions can be drawn about his identity. Among the personalities to emerge in this work is the punch-cutter Henrik van den Keere, of Ghent, who in a short life – ended after a leg injury in his early forties – cut twelve gothics, one rotunda, one civilité, two uncials, nine roman and seven music types. Vervliet considers him as the link between the French school of punch cutters, which dominated the 16th century, and the Dutch school, which led Europe in the 17th century. Reviewed by Nicolas Barker, in The Book Collector, Winter 1968, pp.495-506; and by John Dreyfus, in The Times Literary Supplement, 5 September 1968, p.952. ¶ As new.
  • Barber (Giles), 1930-2012

    Oxford, Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1969
    (24.5 cm), ix, 39 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - First edition. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
  • Balsamo (Luigi), 1926-2012; Tinto (Alberto), born 1923

    Milan, Edizioni Il Polifilo, 1972-1977
    Two volumes (33 cm), as issued, in the publisher’s bindings. - Two influential works on the origins of italic in Italian typography of the sixteenth-century. ¶ Superior copies in new condition.
  • Barker (Nicolas), born 1932

    London, Macmillan, 1972
    (24.5 cm), 566 pp., 16 p. of plates. Publisher’s red cloth, dust jacket. - The first full-scale biography. Tony Appleton, The writings of Stanley Morison: a handlist (Brighton 1976), no. 380. ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
  • Audin (Marius), 1895-1975; Howe (Ellic Paul), 1910-1991

    Amsterdam, Gérard Th. Van Heusden, 1984
    (27 cm), xiv, 210 pp., 65 illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A bibliographical catalogue of founders’ specimens. Photolithograph facsimile of the edition Paris 1934, joined with Howe’s “French type specimen books” (reprinted from The Library, fifth series, volume 6, 1951-1952, pp.28-41). ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
  • Barker (Cosmo)

    [Lunenburg, Vermont], Stinehour Press, 1993
    (16.5 × 12 cm), [64] pp., illustrations. Printed in two colours. Original printed wrappers. - “This book has been designed and printed by Cosmo Barker at the Stinehour Press using a Heidelberg cylinder press and rag paper”. ¶ Copy numbered in pencil “8/67”. Very good copy.
  • Mosley (James), born 1935
    Sir John Soane's Museum (London)

    London, Friends of the St Bride Printing Library, 1999
    (28.5 cm), 56 pp., illustrations (some in colour). Publisher’s pictorial boards. - Updated version of an article originally published in Typographica, new series, volume 12, December 1965. Mosley emphasises the importance of the rediscovery of classical architecture for the introduction and development of letter-forms without serifs in late eighteenth-century England. ¶ Presentation exlibris inserted by the sponsors of the exhibition, BAS Printers Limited, signed by the author (Librarian, St Bride Printing Library). Very good copy.
  • Vervliet (Hendrik Désiré Louis), born 1923

    London, Bibliographical Society / Printing Historical Society / Oak Knoll Press, 2010
    (30 cm), 471 pp., 409 illustrations. Corrigendum slip loosely inserted. Publisher’s cloth. - “A survey of all Roman, Italic, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic typefaces made in France during the sixteenth century, describing the evolution of type-casting and letter-engraving and the methodology used. Illustrated with facsimiles of 409 typefaces with detailed descriptions including their first appearance in books or type specimens” (publisher’s abstract). Publication price £70. ¶ As new.