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We carry a select number of titles about printing, typography, and the book arts.

 
Benton "The Bentons"
$24.95
BO72

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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ABC "ABC of Bookbinding, by Greenfield, Oak Knoll"
$49.95
BO61
Oak Knoll Press and the Plough Press 2002, 8vo., cloth, dust jacket. 180 pages. Reprint of the first edition of 1997. For the first time, Jane Greenfield has provided a unique glossary of terms, styles, structures, and names related to conservation and bookbinding through the ages illustrated with over 700 line drawings. Locating accurate descriptions of bookbindings from various periods has previously been frustrating for those who work with rare and antiquarian books, especially conservators, librarians, book collectors and antiquarian book specialists. However, this frustration will abate as Greenfield's work takes place alongside John Carter's ABC For Book Collectors as well as Don Etherington's and Matt T. Roberts' Bookbinding and Conservation of Books. Ms. Greenfield, a master in the field of bookbinding and conservation, examines the book's development from the earliest periods and in different places. She has provided names and drawings for almost every conceivable part of the book as well as a multitude of styles, bindings, and decorations. She literally takes apart the structure of the book and illustrates the many and varied facets and definitions that clearly outline the historical development of the book's structures and styles.
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"Adventures of a Tramp Printer, by John E. Hicks"
$14.95
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Saxe.jpg "American Hand Press (history of 350 years of manufacturing), by Stephen O. Saxe and John DePol"
$34.95
BO48
New Castle, DE Oak Knoll Books 1992 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. xii, 108, (2) pages. For 350 years from the fifteenth century to the beginning of the nineteenth century, the methods and equipment of printing changed remarkably little. Decade after decade, the essential techniques of punch, matrix, type mould and handset type remained unaltered. The printing press continued with perhaps only one improvement of consequence. Then the nineteenth century brought the technology of iron working. Iron replaced wood and inventors were busy finding new ways to speed up work that had been done by hand. The cylinder press came early in the century but parallel with this invention was the development of the iron hand press. During the first part of the century, the iron hand press was as important to life and commerce as the more complex cylinder press. As late as 1837, Harper Brothers still had twenty-four hand presses in their plant for book printing. Stephen O. Saxe, the well-known printing historian, presents in this book the story of the iron hand press in North America from its first appearance to final manufacture. Saxe's well-researched text is accompanied by John DePol's illustrations.
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Sterne "Catalogue of 19th Century Printing Presses, by Harold E. Sterne"
$75.00
BO41
New Castle, Delaware Oak Knoll Press 2001 small 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 272 pages. From presses similar to Gutenberg's wine press to the mechanical marvels of the 1890s, this visually remarkable work contains the largest collection of printing equipment illustrations and advertisements to date. A careful study of the more than 480 rare woodcuts and engravings of Hand, Cylinder, Platen, Lever, Lithographic, and Rotary presses will reveal the subtle and major changes each manufacturer made to enhance his machine's productivity and printing quality. Never before has the printing or publishing historian had such a comprehensive resource at his disposal. This work truly captures the engineering technology of a bygone age. The author has spent 30 years gathering and compiling this information, a true labor of love. This second, expanded edition has over 150 new illustrations. Hal Sterne is the former owner of NA Graphics and retired from a lifetime of working in the printing industry.
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"Chronicles of Genius and Folly (history of R. Hoe & Company), 846 pages, by Frank. E. Comparato"
$19.95
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GeneralPrinting "General Printing, by Cleeton, Pitken, and Cornwell, digital reprint of 1963 edition, perfect bound"
$24.95
BO451
An excellent, well illustrated book that covers all aspects of basic letterpress from hand setting type, making up forms, lock up, makeready for platen presses, and operation of platen presses. Much of this information applies also to table top presses and proof presses like Vandercooks. First published in 1941, this is a digital reprint with soft cover of the 1963 revised edition. Cleeton was dean of the School of Printing Management at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He wrote numerous books on printing related subjects and labor management. For the beginning letterpress printer, it is important to learn the vocabulary of our trade. Know what a chase is, what function a platen does on a press and be familiar with terms like tympan, friskets and all the other secret code words of the printer. Knowing and using the correct terminology will help keep you from looking like a dummy. Glen U. Cleeton as he appeared in June 1963 with the graduating class of printing management students at Carnegie Tech.
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WoodType "Hamilton Wood Type--A History in Headlines"
$20.00
BO69
Moran, Bill, Robert Style, Dennis Ichiyama, and Richard Zauft, St Paul, MS Blinc Publishing 2004 8vo. stiff paper wrappers iv, 60 pages Hamilton began producing type in 1880 and within 20 years became the largest provider in the United States. The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton's collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In honor of the Museum's fifth anniversary, Blinc Publishing was commissioned to produce a 65 page book outlining the history of the Hamilton Wood Type Company, the importance of wood type to the growth of printing world-wide, and the role the Museum plays in the education of today's design professionals. The book includes a foreword by Jim Sherraden and five chapters on the history of Hamilton as a company and a museum. Well illustrated in full color. Cover is letterpress printed. Distributed for the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum.
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"Kelsey Printer's Guide Book, 40 pages, saddle stitched"
$4.50
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products/letterpress-printing-maravelas.jpg "Letterpress Printing, A Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers, by Paul Maravelas, Softcover"
$24.95
BO65-SC
Letterpress Printing is the comprehensive sourcebook for beginning and intermediate letterpress printers. Using clear explanations of technical terms and more than 80 illustrations, the manual describes presses, ink, paper, press operation, type and photopolymer plates. The book shows how to set up and run small and large platen presses, and Vandercook and Challenge-style hand cylinder presses. One chapter provides details about presses recommended by the author; another chapter explains how to equip and arrange a new letterpress shop. Also discussed is how to plan and design projects, how to move presses and equipment, and how to use lead and solvents safely. A discussion of recent trends helps the reader to understand the niche now occupied by the letterpress process and the techniques used by its practitioners. Includes one glossary of terms relating to paper, and another glossary of terms relating to printing. This is an up to date work for students and fine press printers wishing to sharpen their skills. Co-published by The British Library.
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Mackellar2 "MacKellar, Smiths, & Jordan--Typographic Tastemakers of the Late Nineteenth Century"
$65.00
BO67
New Castle, Delaware, Oak Knoll Press 2008 8.5 x 11 inches Hardcover, dust jacket. 176 pages First edition. This is the first full-length study of the leading American type foundry of the nineteenth century. It is an interesting history of the foundry from both a business and a design point of view. The emphasis is on the design of the hundreds of typefaces that were produced by the foundry, from its inception in the 1860s until its merger with most other American foundries at the end of the century into the American Type Founders Co. The author describes (with many detailed photographic illustrations) how changing business conditions and technical improvements in typefounding interacted with changes in public taste to modify, over the decades, the appearance of the typefaces that Americans found in their publications. This book includes a complete index of MacKellar's type faces.
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OttmarMergenthaler.jpg "Ottmar Mergenthaler (re-edited biography of Linotype inventor), by Carl Schlesinger"
$34.95
BO53
A New Edition, With Added Historical Notes Based On Recent Findings. New Castle Oak Knoll Books 1992 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 144 pages. Ottmar Mergenthaler, the world-famous inventor of the Linotype machine, was dying of tuberculosis in 1898. Too weak to hold a pen, the inventor, whose breakthrough had made possible cheaper and larger newspapers and books, still burned with a desire to tell his life's story. Death would soon take this man who had made it possible for everybody to read more of everything. Painstakingly, Mergenthaler reconstructed his incredible career which had been marked by brilliant achievements and bitter disappointments. When the book was finished it was privately printed and given away to friends. Mergenthaler's riveting biography is reprinted here exactly as he approved it ninety years ago. An 1889 article describing the first Linotype installation and the severe conditions under which the operators worked has been added. The earliest production record and weekly earnings of the typesetters are also shown in detail. New research by Carl Schlesinger about the first matrices used in the 1886 Blower Linotype has been included. For a hundred years, scholars presumed these mats were made from steel alphabet punches which had been cut by hand. Schlesinger offers proof that the matrices were really made with inserted electrotype molds. These had been copied from existing hand type to conceal the appearance of Linotype printing. A copy of the first newspaper page printed with linotype slugs is included as a separate piece in the book. Illustrated.
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"Ottmar Mergenthaler (re-edited biography of Linotype inventor), by Carl Schlesinger, softbound"
$12.95
BO54
Same book as described above but softcover and no dust jacket. Includes the reprint of the first newspaper page held in a pocket inside the back cover. Author Schelsinger was a linotype operator at the New York Times and coproduced the film, "Farewell etaoin shrdlu," a farewell tribute to the end of hot metal type setting at the New York Times. He has also been a visitor at NA Graphics in 2000 and wrote a brass band piece called "The New York Times March." This march premiered at the Silverton Brass Band Festival in 2000.
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"Platen Press Operation, by George J. Mills, the classic book on letterpress printing on platens, softcover"
$0.00
BO44
All copies are now sold out. A reprint is in the works and we hope to have that available sometime in 2011-12. The General Printing book, and that is in stock, covers much the same subject area. Cleeton, the main author of General Printing, had his office across the hall from George Mills' pressroom at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, and so both men produced very useable and instructive books on letterpress in roughly the same time period. George Mills on the right along with Ken Burchard, dean of the School of Printing Management at Carnegie Tech, June 1963 with the graduating class of printing management students. Mills continued in letterpress long after he left Carnegie Tech with his own shop he had in Pittsburgh which he moved to Phoenix, and then to his childhood home in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
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"Printers Composition Matrix (origin and development of the matrix), by Richard E. Huss"
$44.95
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"Printing on the Iron Handpress, by Gabriel-Rummonds, Oak Knoll, hardcover"
$75.00
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"Printing on the Iron Handpress, by Gabriel-Rummonds, Oak Knoll, softcover"
$49.95
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ATFfall "The Fall of ATF, Theo Rehak"
$35.00
BO49
Theo Rehak carries on the traditions of the American Type Founders at his Dale Guild Type Foundry. He was an employee at ATF when that once great foundry closed its doors in 1993 ending a 100 year tradition of the best made type in the world. The last years were not kind to this company as its assets were plundered by various take-over companies, mismanagement and sabatoge from within. The employees' entrance sign shown on the cover of the book now hangs over the back door at the Dale Guild. An incredible story seen first hand by Theo, with a number of illustrations. Hardbound, privately printed.
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SaxeType "Type Foundries of America and Their Catalogs (updated from the original), by Maurice Annenberg, edited by Stephen Saxe"
$49.95
BO58
With additions and an introduction by Stephen O. Saxe and an index by Elizabeth K. Lieberman. New Castle, Delaware Oak Knoll Press 1994 4to. cloth, dust jacket. xviii, 276 pages. Reprint of the first edition with an added appendix. Recognized by booksellers, collectors, librarians and bibliographers for its great usefulness as the definitive bibliography of American type specimen books. This edition contains an appendix listing 73 type specimen books unknown at the time of the first edition, more than 10 percent of the former total. TYPE FOUNDRIES contains historical accounts of each foundry, a list of their specimen books with size and number of pages and countless tidbits of fascinating historical and typographical information. Oak Knoll's edition has been updated and amended by the well-known printing historian, Stephen O. Saxe. He has added eight appendixes to the book, as well as a four-page introduction and a biographical sketch of the author. In addition, one new type foundry, Abraham Riggs of New York City, has been discovered and is described in a separate appendix. There are also listings of the complete type specimen holdings of the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian Institution and Stephen O. Saxe's personal collection. The appendixes conclude with a list of errata, omissions and duplications in the first edition; and a select bibliography.
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"Works of Ralph Green (history of the iron hand press and platen jobber), by Ralph Green"
$24.95
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KennedyAmos "Proceed and Be Bold!"
$24.95
BO70
A wonderfully entertaining hour and a half long DVD on Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., a letterpress printer and artist who lives in Gordo, Alabama. This is a great film production from Laura Zinger and Brown Finch Films. From the album's liner notes we read "As inspirational as it is comical, Proceed and Be Bold! documents the life of Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., a letterpress artist who lives out the secret American Dream of rejecting the establishment and living his art as his life. Whether it's challenging racial assumptions by calling himself a "humble negro printer," or by bringing art to the masses with his affordable, unpretentious posters of wisdom and hilarity, Kennedy's life as an artist is both intriguing and exhilirating. Never has a man in overalls been such an unforgettable example of a life lived fully, honestly, and without regret." Price includes shipping (if this DVD is ordered with other items at the same time, $5.00 will be credited to the total shipping amount). For more information and trailers of this film, see: www.proceedandbebold.com.
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Saxe-Loy "Nineteenth-century American Designers and Engravers of Type"
$59.95
BO90
William E. Loy, edited by Alastair M. Johnston and Stephen O. Saxe. New Castle, Delaware : Oak Knoll Press 2009 - 9 x 12 inches - hardcover, dust jacket - 164 pages- ISBN 9781584562610 - Price: $ 59.95
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McGrew "American Metal Typefaces of the 20th Century (the type bible), by Mac McGrew, softbound"
$65.00
BO51
Oak Knoll Press 1993 4to. paperback 398 pages Reprint of the second, revised edition. Discover 1,600 classical as well as bizarre typefaces in one of the most massive tributes to the history of printing and metal types. This edition of American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century contains 300 more typefaces in a clean, attractive format. This well-organized work captures the rapidly disappearing traditions and legacy that metal-type printing has left behind. Much of this information has been lost by the passage of time, and its preservation in this book is essential for anyone studying typefaces, typography, and its history. Structured by alphabetically-listed type families, these typefaces and their variant forms are shown in full alphabets - upper and lower case with numerals and punctuation. The specimens themselves are cleanly reproduced from metal types for maximum clarity. The text is detailed and informative, not only identifying the designer, foundry, and date of issue but also the range of sizes and closely similar designs by other founders. The history, aims, and purpose behind many of these typefaces are also described, along with production problems encountered and individual characteristics. Additional information includes extensive appendices listing common pseudonyms, popular imports, and antique faces, plus American Typefounders, Monotype, and Ludlow series numbers. The indexes provide easy access to typeface names as well as names of designers, punch cutters, matrix engravers, and other tradesman. The history of metal types and printing, now forever preserved, has long affected the spread of human civilization. Oak Knoll Press is proud to offer this work to generations of graphic designers, typographers, printing and graphic arts enthusiasts all over the world.
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products/letterpress-printing-maravelas.jpg "Letterpress Printing, A Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers, by Paul Maravelas, Hardcover Edition"
$65.00
BO65
Back in print again (June 2010)in the hardcover edition. Letterpress Printing is the comprehensive sourcebook for beginning and intermediate letterpress printers. Using clear explanations of technical terms and more than 80 illustrations, the manual describes presses, ink, paper, press operation, type and photopolymer plates. The book shows how to set up and run small and large platen presses, and Vandercook and Challenge-style hand cylinder presses. One chapter provides details about presses recommended by the author; another chapter explains how to equip and arrange a new letterpress shop. Also discussed is how to plan and design projects, how to move presses and equipment, and how to use lead and solvents safely. A discussion of recent trends helps the reader to understand the niche now occupied by the letterpress process and the techniques used by its practitioners. Includes one glossary of terms relating to paper, and another glossary of terms relating to printing. This is an up to date work for students and fine press printers wishing to sharpen their skills. Co-published by The British Library.
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