We carry a select number of titles about printing, typography, and the book arts.
Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types by Rob Roy Kelly
The first and most authoritative history of wood type in the United States has been reissued in paperback. Long out of print, the book is still regarded by scholars and designers as an invaluable resource for a rich legacy of typographic art. The book features a new foreword exploring the renewal of interest in the subject among designers, graphic artists, letterpress printers, and typographers.
Rochester, NY: RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press 2011, 8vo, stiff paper wrappers, dust jacket, 400 pages, $24.95
First edition. The ease with which we can choose a typeface today from a plethora of options to fit a particular need is something we may take for granted, but it is possible only because of the tremendous amount of labor and ingenuity that came before. The story of the lives and work of Linn Boyd Benton and Morris Fuller Benton is an important chapter in the history of type, recalling a time in American history when men quietly worked at developing and improving mechanical technologies that they thought would continue evolving incrementally into the future.
Foreword by Matthew Carter.
Patricia Cost began researching the Bentons in the early 1980s. The results of her efforts were initially published as a masters thesis at Rochester Institute of Technology and generated inquiries from around the world since, due to the nature of their work and to their own reticence, the Bentons had remained mostly unknown. Her book incorporates further research and contains a comprehensive listing of Morris Benton's typefaces.
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