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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.



Maud. A Monodrama by Tennyson, Alfred, Lord

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Limited First Edition. hardcover. Good+. William Morris. Maud. A Monodrama; by Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. Illustrated by William Morris. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by William Morris, and publishe…

From MRM Books

$3,500.00


Works, The (of William Morris): Limited ed. set of 8 large 4to William Morris works printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans in Golden type by Morris, William; Virgil; Magnússon, Eiríkr; anonymous

London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1901–1902. Limited First Edition. hardcover. Very Good+. Works, The (of William Morris): Limited ed. set of 8 large 4to William Morris works printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans in Golden type: The Aeneids of Virgil…

From MRM Books

$2,600.00


Atlas en miniature, ou Léger aperçu de Géographie Physique et Politique à la jeunesse curieuse et qui désire s’instruire

One oblong volume (mm 110x150); 80 pages of printed text and 32 engraved panels in 4 folders (29 maps); each folder with a continuous sheet folded accordion style; the set of plates is foliated continuously and keyed to the text; maps are outlined in hand…

From Chartaphilus - Libri antichi e rari

€3,000.00


The Typographic Book 1450 - 1935: a study of fine typography through five centuries, exhibited in upwards of 350 title and text pages drawn from presses working in the European tradition. by Morison, Stanley, Kenneth Day, eds

Chicago: University of Chicago, 1963. Hardcover. VG+/VG. ...with an introductory essay by Stanley Morison and supplemental material by Kennth Day. Large 4to, black cloth, gilt titles, xiii, 66, 377 plates, index. VERY GOOD+ book / VERY GOOD jacket: …

From Bygone Books

$103.00


Hand and Soul by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895. Limited First Edition. stiff vellum. Near Fine. William Morris. Hand and Soul: (American edition); by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Illustrated by William Morris. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by Prin…

From MRM Books

$2,000.00


Original catalogue of books for sale from the Kelmscott Press by Cockrell, Sir Sydney Carlyle (Secretary to the Press)

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. Loose Page(s). . Very Good+. Original catalogue of books for sale from the Kelmscott Press; by Cockrell, Sir Sydney Carlyle (Secretary to the Press). London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by William Morr…

From MRM Books

$400.00


Gothic Architecture by Morris, William

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Limited First Edition. hardcover. Near Fine. Gothic Architecture: A Lecture for the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society; by Morris, William. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by and sold by William Mo…

From MRM Books

$1,300.00


Design, Form, and Chaos by Paul Rand

Cloth cover with imprint of author on front. Silver on spine. The book is in good condition, pages are crisp and clean with a binding that is tight. There is a ding on the top spine but the photos will show it is in lovely shape with some sun fading. Barg…

From Bay Shore Emporium

$100.00


A Book of American Trade Marks & Devices by Sinel, Joseph

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1924. This is a near fine hardcover copy in a near fine dust jacket with virtually no wear. Completely clean inside and out. This copy has been signed by Joseph Sinel and briefly inscribed to a colleague, under the limited editi…

From Design Books

$500.00


THE LAYTON TYPE BOOK by C. & E. Layton

London: C. & E. Layton. Very Good. 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. Ca: 1928. Clean tan paper covered boards with brown titles. Cloth spine. Light shelf edge wear. Texts interior is tight, clean & intact. 28 laid in pages of the Erbar Group of Ty…

From Nick Bikoff, Bookseller

$125.00


German Type Specimen Books (Schriftartexemplare) 14 booklets by Schelter, J. G. and Giesecke et al

1st Edition . Soft cover. Near Fine. 15 company type specimen booklets (1 duplicate), 584pps added together in NF condition bound in heavy cloth binding (with minor discoloration). The peak of German type specimens from the leading type companies (often…

From BohemianBookworm

$2,525.00


Optimism: An Essay [Moon's Type Edition] by Keller, Helen

Brighton, Sussex: Moon's Society, 1906. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Helen Keller's 1903 essay rendered into Moon's type, an embossed alphabet and reading system for the blind. Invented by the Englishman Dr. William Moon in 1845, after he…

From The Book House in Dinkytown

$500.00


Gothic Architecture by Morris, William

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Limited First Edition. hardcover. Good. Gothic Architecture: A Lecture for the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society; by Morris, William. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by and sold by William Morris.…

From MRM Books

$1,050.00


Sidonia the Sorceress by Meinhold, William; translated by Francesca Speranza, Lady Wilde (mother of Oscar Wilde)

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Limited First Edition. hardcover. Good+. William Morris. Sidonia the Sorceress; by Meinhold, William; translated by Francesca Speranza, Lady Wilde (mother of Oscar Wilde). Illustrated by William Morris. London/…

From MRM Books

$8,000.00


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