20th Century

142 K
De Vinne, Theodore Low, 1828-1914.
The practice of typography; a treatise on the processes of
type-making, the point system, the names, sizes, styles and
prices of plain printing types, by Theodore Low De Vinne.
2nd ed.
New York, The Century co., 1902.
403 p. illus. 20 cm.
655.24 D495p 1902
De Vinne, a printer, type designer, and publisher was most noted for his historical interests. A founder of the Grolier Club, his Invention of Printing, published in 1876 is still one of the best books on the subject. His types appear dated to the modern eye, but he was one of the most influential people in promoting fine press work in America.
268 K
Bible. English. 1903. Authorized.
The English Bible, containing the old testament & the new, translated out of the original tongues by special command of his majesty King James the First and now reprinted with the text revised by a collation of its early and other principal editions and edited by the late Rev. F. H. Scrivener M. A. LL. D. for the syndics of the University Press Cambridge.
Hammersmith, The Doves Press, 1903-05.
5 v. 33.5 cm.
Doves Press, printer.
220.52 B582j 1903 Oversize
T. J. Cobden-Sanderson admired William Morris's insistence that type forms best followed calligraphic styles, but firmly rejected Morris's ornamentation. His typeface, designed by Emery Walker and based upon a Nicolas Jenson face, stood on its own, with only the intitials designed by Edward Johnston to set it off. The austerity of his books reflects that of the 18th century masters. The Doves Press Bible is considered its finest work.
210 K
Gill, Eric, 1882-1940.
The Perpetua type : cut from the designs made by Eric Gill for the Lanston Monotype Corporation, London.
[London : Lanston Monotype Corp., ca. 1928]
1 l. ; 29 cm.
Printed in red and black.
Library copy bears signature: Eric G.
655.24 G475p Oversize
The typefaces for which Gill is most noted, Perpetua and Gill Sans, were both cut for automated machine use. For his own use, Gill designed a proprietary face named Joanna for his press, Hague & Gill. Gill's work included type design, book design, book illustration, stone cutting, and sculpture to name but a few. He was very influential in book design, particularly German fine press work.
273 K
Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400.
The Canterbury tales / by Geoffrey Chaucer ; with wood engravings by Eric Gill.
Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire : Golden Cockerel Press, 1929-1931.
4 v. : ill. ; 32 cm.
Gill, Eric, 1882-1940, engraver.
Golden Cockerel Press, printer.
PR1866 .S52 1929 Oversize
The chapter headings and decorated borders by Gill make this one of the best examples of Gill's work. Special Collections holds the proofs to this title as well as several others.
240 K
Episcopal Church.
The book of common prayer and administration of the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies of the church according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal church in the United States of America;
Boston, Printed by D. B. Updike, The Merrymount press, 1930.
xli, 611 p., 1 l. 36 cm.
Merrymount Press, printer.
264.03 P967bo Oversize
Daniel Berkeley Updike, after working at the Riverside Press of Houghton, Mifflin & Co., founded his Merrymount Press in 1893. The press was intended to be a commercial venture with the highest standards of the printing arts, in which he was successful. His early work showed the influence of the Kelmscott Press, but he soon found late 18th century English printers to be a more satifactory model. The Book of Common Prayer is considered the finest production of the press.
134 K
The Odyssey / of Homer.
<360> p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
Walker, Emery, Sir, 1851-1933, publisher.
Merton, Wilfred, printer.
Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957, book designer.
881 H8o.El 1932 Oversize
Rogers, who also began his career at the Riverside Press, was probably the most influential book designer of this century. At the Riverside Press, he established a special division devoted to the production of limited editions. These were very successful and are distinguished by the variety of design concepts employed. Rogers was also in demand in England, where he was employed by the Oxford and Cambridge University presses. His work with William E. Rudge produced about 100 notable books. Many of Rogers's books were produced in quantity trade editions, giving a broad dispersal to his typographic ideas.
113 K
Goudy, Frederic W. (Frederic William), 1865-1947.
The story of the Village type.
New York : The Press of the Woolly Whale, 1933.
3 p.l., 13, <12> p., 1 l. 24 cm.
450 copies printed for members of AIGA; 200 privately printed for friends of Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Cf. colphon.
First appearances of Village No. 2 in p. 1-13 and Goudy Antique in Chronology. Village Type in Introduction. Cf. colophon.
Press of the Woolly Whale, printer.
655.24 G688s
The late 19th and early 20th century fine presses were forced to cut their own type as the commercially available fonts were limited and unacceptable. This began to change in the second decade of the 20th century with the reworking of old faces by the American Type Founders Company, the Lanston Monotype Machine Company, and the Monotype Corporation. Goudy produced scores of type designs which have not been surpassed.

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