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Typography

Many people are fascinated by the history of typography, and there is a large selection of rare, antique, and hard-to-find typography books available in the Biblio Rare Book Room. Some of the books featured here focus on the history of typography as a whole, and others focus on the typographies of specific cultures and traditions. The history of typography is vast and diverse, as each society developed their own blend of typography and type design. Long before Gutenberg's printing press, people were developing stamps and clay impressions of commonly used characters to more quickly print and publish books.

Typography goes far beyond the eternal debate of "serif vs. sans serif", and many of our booksellers have rare and special books dedicated to the science and art behind typography. If you love the written word, it would be only appropriate to feature some of these books in your antique book collection.

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ALPHABETICAL TABLES Rightly Resolving Sundry Questions, Problems & Demands, &c.
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ALPHABETICAL TABLES Rightly Resolving Sundry Questions, Problems & Demands, &c.

by Coggeshall, Howard

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Utica, NY: Howard Coggeshall, 1941. SCARCE. From the "Book of Knowledge, Treating of the Wisdom of the Ancients, Written by ERRA PATER, Doctor of Astronomy and Physic, Born in Bethany in Judea". One of an unnumbered but small edition printed for the friends of Howard and Marie Coggeshall, in Utica, NY, in December 1941.. First Edition Thus. Printed Wrappers. Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall.
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A survey of the cities of London and Westminster: containing the original, antiquity, increase,...
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London: printed for A. Churchill, J. Knapton, R. Knaplock, J. Walthoe, E. Horne, B. Tooke, D. Midwinter, B. Cowse, R. Robinson, and T. Ward, 1720. First Edition thus. Full Calf. Fine. First Strype Edition, best and most desirable edition of Stow's magisterial study—the "starting point of all inquiry into the subject of Elizabethan London." Complete in two folio volumes; each of the six 'books,' introduced by a drop-head title, with its own pagination: [4], xii, xlii, [2], 308, 208, 285, [1]; [2], 120, 459, [1], 93, [3], 143, [1], 26, [2]pp, with 70 plates, plans and maps (31 double-page or folding), including those of London, Westminster and Southwark. Title pages in red and black. Superbly bound in handsome contemporary paneled calf sewn on six raised bands, very skillfully rebacked with the original lettering pieces laid down. A crisp, clean, fresh copy, with only occasional minor soiling, the copper-engraved plates in deep, rich impressions. Provenance: On the verso of the title pages, the… Read More
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Wislawa.
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Wislawa.

by [Hagner, Dirk] text by Wislawa Szymborska.

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Edition of 30
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San Juan Capistrano, California:: Dirk Hagner,, [n.d.].. Edition of 30. 11.25 x 7.25" closed, extends to 11.75 x 30". Accordion structure with four folds. Letterpress printed on 100% cotton paper. Black paper-covered boards with silver titling and multicolored thread tie closure. Housed in black lidded box with title in white and hand written edition number on lid. Signed and numbered by the artist. Dirk Hagner: "The album uses a quote from Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska employing texting as a means to allow use of larger type in the letterpress process than would be normally possible. 'All is mine and nothing owned for memory, and mine only while I look.' Much like a jpeg photograph the words compress when texted to fewer letters; however, when read, it 'resurrects' to the full wording. It allowed the effective use of some pied wood type.
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Speaking in Faces
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Speaking in Faces: A Type Specimen Book

by [Virginia Center for the Book].

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Edition of 25
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Charlottesville:: Virginia Center for the Book,, 2017.. Edition of 25. 8.9 x 11"; 112 pages. Printed letterpress on Crane's Lettra paper (300 gsm). Body text in Garamond. Labels in Gill Sans. Boards covered in marbled paper crafted by Lindsey Mears with cloth spine. Numbered. Designer and printer -Lucas Czarnecki. Editor and printer - Kevin McFadden. Master printer - Garrett Queen. Consulting compositors - Bonnie Berstein, Richard Cappuccio, and Aurora Nichols. Virginia Center for the Book, Project Background: "The first pages of this volume were printed more than a decade ago in a daunting attempt to produce a complete reference to the entire collection of the movable type available to VABC printers. "Speaking in Faces, a project begun at VABC in 2004 by Johanna Drucker with VABC artists, is a unique specimen book, a creative resource for exploring letterpress printing, typography, and the treasures of our large and unique moveable type collection. VABC holds cases of… Read More
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Pandosto
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Pandosto: Or the Historie of Dorastus and Fawnia

by Robert Greene

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First
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southampton, Hampshire
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Printed and sold by Clarke Conwell at the Elston Press, New Rochelle, New York, in black and red on hand-made paper. pps. iv plus 57. Overall size c.10. x 6.5/8 inches. c.25 x 17 cm. One of a limited edition of 160 copies. Name stamp of Sydney H. Caslon Smith on half title and top margin of title page. Top and bottom of spine a little worn/rubbed (no loss) o/w very good. contents fine.
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GREAT IS PEACE - Gadol Hashalom - Perek Ha-Shalom from the Talmudic Tractate Derekh Eretz Zuta.
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GREAT IS PEACE - Gadol Hashalom - Perek Ha-Shalom from the Talmudic Tractate Derekh Eretz Zuta.

by Sperber, Daniel Editor & Zvi Narkiss, Illustrator

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Limited/Numbered
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Tel-Aviv, Israel
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Jerusalem: Massada Press & Golden Pages, 1979. Limited/Numbered . Original Full Leather. Fine. Large Folio. Zvi Narkiss. Some 150 unnumbered pages. Parallel Hebrew and English text. Introduction by Menahem Begin. Nearly each page ornated with gold illuminations by Zvi Narkiss,Upper edge gilt. One of 1800 numbered copies of a bibliophile edition signed by both editor and artist. A fine copy.
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DES BERÜHMBTEN SCHÄFFERS DAFNIS SÄLBST VERFÄRTIGTE AUFFRICHTIGE UND REUE MÜHTIGE...
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DES BERÜHMBTEN SCHÄFFERS DAFNIS SÄLBST VERFÄRTIGTE AUFFRICHTIGE UND REUE MÜHTIGE RIESEN-BUSSTHRÄNE. MIT ORIGINAL-HOLZSCHNITTEN VON RICHARD WINCKEL.

by Holz, Arno - SIGNIERT

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First Edition- Limited and Numbered PRIVATE PRESS
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Tel-Aviv, Israel
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Leipzig: Meissner & Buch, 1918. First Edition- Limited and Numbered PRIVATE PRESS. Original Cardboard. Very Good. 4to. Richard Winckel. 69pp. VORZUGSAUSGABE VON 100 NUM. EX Auf Zanders Bütten in der Druckerei J.B. Hirschfeld(August Pries) gedruckt.. With 6 hand coloured woodcuts signed by the artist. Spine expertly renewed. Old small book store label on first fly-leaf. A VERY GOOD , CLEAN AND FRESH COPY.. I. Druck der Wahlverwandten. ENTIRE EDITION OF 300 COPIES. THIS COPY IS NR. 73 AND SIGNED (URAUSGABE) BY ARNO HOLZ AND WINCKEL.
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The Nymphs of Fiesole
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The Nymphs of Fiesole

by Giovanni Boccaccio

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1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Veldhoven, Netherlands
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Verona: Editiones Officinae Bodoni, 1952. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Quarter vellum over patterned paper-covered boards; vellum ruled in gilt with gilt lettering at spine. Top edge trimmed and gilt, other edges untrimmed. Housed in cream paper-covered slipcase. Special edition printed by hand-press in Griffo type on hand-made Fabriano paper, limited to 225 numbered copies, of which this is 106. Octavo. xi, [1, blank], 127, [1, colophon] pages. Illustrated with in-text woodcuts, made by Bartolommeo di Giovanni for a lost quattrocento edition, which were used to illustrate various later texts and have now been reassembled and recut. One full-page facsimile from the English version printed in 1597. Slightest toning and shelf wear to binding and slipcase. About fine. .
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The Woman on the Dunes
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The Woman on the Dunes

by Anais Nin

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1st Edition
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Veldhoven, Netherlands
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Amsterdam: Phoenix Editions, 1982. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Original gilt half vellum.Illustrated with an original etching by Rob Cox. An extra copy of the etching on different paper is loosely inserted. Designed and printed in black and red at the Bonnefant Press in a limited edition of 30 copies. Signed by David Simaleavich and Hans van Eijk. Copy printed on the name of Rob [Cox].15 (2) pp. Very fine copy. .
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Opera omnia nunc primum cum codd. Vaticanis collata praefatione, variantibus lectionibus, notis...

Opera omnia nunc primum cum codd. Vaticanis collata praefatione, variantibus lectionibus, notis rerum verborumque indice locupletissimo aucta et illustrata.: 2 parts bound in two volumes

by Prudentius, Aurelius

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Engraved title-vignette, 5 unnumb. leaves, 71, (3), 361, (3) pages ; engraved title vignette, 2 unnumb. leaves, 284 (2) pages. Cont. green half morocco, flat spine richly gilt with gilt stamped title. Covers lined with shell marbled paper, endpapers lined with an unusual pattern of multiple coloured shell marbled paper. All edges yellow. 4to (290 x 210 mm). Extremeties rubbed. Brooks, 361 ; Weiss 101. "Edizione sorvegliata da Bodoni e ben lo scorge chi ne esamina i pregi tipografici" (De Lama II, p. 53). A fine copy broadmargined and fresh inside.
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The Mask of Evil.
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The Mask of Evil.

by Hagner, Dirk].

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Edition of 10
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Hoover, Alabama
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San Juan Capistrano, California:: Inkswine Press,, 2021.. Edition of 10. 13.75 x 11.25 x .675 inches (35 x 29 x 1.8 cm); 12 pages pages including front and end matters on heavy 480 gm rag paper. Multi-color woodblock prints and letterpress type. Quarter-bound in black Kraftex leather over blue hand-made paper covered boards, with foil title. Signed and numbered by the artist. Dirk Hagner: "Brecht's 'The Mask of Evil' reveals beautifully the problem of being angry and hateful in this world: it's straining and a lot of effort - exactly what it looks and sounds like. Here it is interpreted with anxious typography, juxtaposed with calm organic wood textures.
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Printing Poetry; A Workbook in Typographic Reification
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Printing Poetry; A Workbook in Typographic Reification

by Burke, Clifford; Foreword by William Everson

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Limited First Edition
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San Francisco: Scarab Press, 1980. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR at half-title page -"for Gary Steigerwald in the middle of America. Clifford Burke". Prospectus for the book laid in, along with 2 bookmarks of handmade paper SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR -"for the love of the art of the book Clifford". Also laid in a broadside poem, 6" x 12 1/4", on handmade paper that reads -" old image squared up snoose, they call it skookum nailing up the boards that fit tight in winter mamook delate" with abstract brush stroke image and "xerox" at bottom, the broadside creased at ends and browning at top end. Book is Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1 of 2000 unnumbered copies printed, a delight for the lover of fine printing. . SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Limited First Edition. Quarter Cloth. Fine/Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Presentation Copy.
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[Italian private press] Eleven poems
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[Italian private press] Eleven poems: (please contact us for a detailed description of the small collection)

by Merini Alda (Milano, 1931 – Milano, 2009)

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"Pulcinoelefante" is an Italian publishing house founded by Alberto Casiraghi (or Casiraghy).
The books are hand printed using movable types on the high-quality Hahnemühle paper produced in Germany. Annually "Pulcinoelefante" publishes hundreds of small plaquettes formed by a text (aphorism or short poem), accompanied by small engravings or original drawings made by artists. Each edition is published in a very small number of copies hors de commerce.
"[…] Piegata dal vento della vita, sub specie mutationis, l'opera di Alda Merini, in un flusso inarginato, si muove dalla narrativa alla poesia, dall'eros al mistico, dall'informe alla forma, dal terrestre al celeste, dal vissuto al sognato.
E' significativo notare il profondo legame di Alda Merini con le edizioni Pulcinoelefante di Alberto Casiraghy (edizioni veloci, stampate in giornata). Si attua una produzione sconfinata di Alda Merini, dove si riconferma un'intuizione consequenziale: una sorta di frase infinita nella temporalità, nella durata… Read More
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The Cats of Copenhagen
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The Cats of Copenhagen

by James Joyce

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First Edition; Numbered Issue, limited to 200 copies.
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The first-ever appearance in print of James Joyce's Story for Children, THE CATS OF COPENHAGEN in a special limited edition of 200 copies.
Michael Caine has printed this large-format letterpress edition with virtuoso skill, setting the text in a wondrously expressive array of original, early twentieth-century hand-cut Italian and French founts to capture the imagination of readers young and old. Casey Sorrow has brought to life Joyce's curious 'Københavnere' with ingeniously playful pen-and-ink drawings, specially commissioned, and printed by typographique cliché.
This Numbered issue, printed on Fedrigoni Freelife Vellum, is in double-elephant sextos and hand-bound in one-quarter cloth over marbled boards.
Further details and images are available at http://ithyspress.com
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Doctor Faust: A Play. Based Upon Old German Puppet Versions
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Doctor Faust: A Play. Based Upon Old German Puppet Versions

by Owens, Harry J.; Woodcuts by Fritz Kredel

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No Place: Harry J. Owens for The Caxton Club, 1953. One of 350 unnumbered copies printed for The Caxton Club, layout by Victor Hammer, presswork by Jacob Hammer and binding by Elizabeth Kner. Near Fine, light rubbing at edges, white splotch seen in picture rear cover a flaw in the hand-made paper. Top edge gilt. A lovely example of fine printing. . Limited Edition. Handmade Paper Covered Boards. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. Tall 8vo. Privately Printed.
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