Saturday, March 21, 2015

Albert Schiller?

Although somewhat obscure, I have been aware of Albert Schiller and his “type pictures” or “typosignets” for some time. Recently I have noticed an increased interest in his work, with some examples being showcased on RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection website, as well as mentioned at a number of recent lectures. 

So, I was pleasantly surprised to come across this carefully saved New York Times clipping from Tuesday, April 7th, 1959. This article gives some very interesting insight into Schiller’s work. According to the article, Schiller would painstakingly set the ornaments only to have the final pieces reproduced by plates. Surely plates are more easily printed, but this makes me wonder if the arrangements were modified beyond what could be readily done with type alone. I do not think such processes detract from the work, indeed Bruce Rogers is known to have produced arrangements that were not actually achievable in metal type, but it is all quite intriguing. 

Large view here: NY Times Large.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Letterpress Workshop . . .

Letterpress workshop tomorrow, January 27th at CCC in Auburn, New York!

Experience the historic craft of letterpress printing! You will have the opportunity to print on a real antique press and choose from two all-occasion card designs. At the end of the workshop you will have 12 beautiful letterpress printed cards to take home and use! Letterpress has been around since the time of Gutenberg, but nearly vanished until its recent revival. See first hand what makes letterpress so special, and the results impossible to duplicate by any other process. Taught by Robert LoMascolo, a freelance designer and letterpress printer specializing in classical typography and the book arts. A material fee of $10 will be due the evening of class. Class will run from 6 to 9pm at the Auburn, New York, Cayuga Community College campus.

Register on-line, or call 315-294-8841.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Collecting. . .

Contrary to popular belief, you dont need to be rich to be a book collector. You just need to know what to look for and have a little patience. Here are just a few of the many examples from my collection!

A bible leaf (page) printed by Anton Koberger in 1497, purchased for $16.
A first edition copy of Bruce Rogers famous Madom Kight, purchased for $8.
A broadside advertising the Monotype release of Perpetua, purchased for 99¢.

So, keep your eyes open, and find your own treasures!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Recent Commission . . .

Recently commissioned invitations for The Bibliographical Society of Americas Annual Meeting. Designed by Mark Argetsinger and letterpress printed on luxurious Hahnemühle Copperplate paper.