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Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography
Edited by Esther K. Smith, Foreword by Steven Heller, Contribution by Wayne White
About This Book
Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c. is a vintage volume with an established cultlike status within the bibliophile, typographic, and design worlds. Originally published as a catalogue for William H. Page’s Connecticut wood type foundry— considered one of the best in the world—this 1874 type specimen book features elaborate display typefaces meant to announce tent revivals and circuses. In addition to the beautifully intricate typefaces and playful designs, the original author designed the pages in such a random sequence that the text reads as humorous and strange experimental poetry. Accidental or not, this beautiful book will delight readers with the humor and the beauty of each print.
About the Author
Esther K. Smith, author and designer of How to Make Books and other books about books, makes limited editions at Purgatory Pie Press in New York City.