Friday, October 24, 2014

In the News. . .

The Citizen Newspaper, based in Auburn, New York just published an article about my work and recent workshops! Unfortunately a few small details were somewhat confusticated, but overall the article was nicely done and included two large photos. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Short Why on the Long S . . .

Example of printing from 1591 showing numerous examples of the italic long s.

While discussing the subject of printing history, I sometimes get asked about the letter "f" being used in place of "s." This is actually known as a long s and can be seen in old printed books, manuscripts, and even handwriting. The long s was usually used whenever a lowercase "s" appears in the text  and was not at the end of a word. At the end of a word what we would consider the normal "s" was used in most instances, and sometimes within ligatures (joined letters), but not always. The long s looks most like an "f" in Roman types, but the crossbar does not pass all the way through the letter as it does in "f." The ſ seems to have fallen out of favor in print sometime around or before 1800. It sometimes reappears when a time appropriate typographic treatment is wanted, such as in the Bruce Rogers examples below.

Here in "Eſſayes" we can see just how much the long s looks like an "f" in Roman type.
Indeed this book can be found unfortunately misspelled in many library catalogs. 

Here in Bruce Rogers' 1927 reprint of "Benjamin Franklin's Proposals for the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania of 1746" we can see that the compositors themselves were not entirely comfortable with the long s, as they mistakenly used an "fi" ligature in place of an "ſi" in "visit." The correct "ſi" ligature is used throughout the rest of the book.

Oak Knoll Fest 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Oak Knoll Fest. . .

Don't forget to come see us at Oak Knoll Fest October 3-5, 2014 in New Castle, Delaware! See the photos below for a preview of our table.

"Oak Knoll Fest XVIII is scheduled for October 3-5, 2014. The theme this year is "Craftsman to Collector: Selling and Buying the Fine Press Book." Printers, librarians, booksellers, and collectors will discuss that theme in a free symposium (registration required) on Friday (10/3), focusing on the various avenues printers can use to share their work with the world.

The book fair follows on Saturday and Sunday (10/4-5). See this year's exhibitors, including 40+ printers from North America and Europe, here.

We will also host talks by John Randle of the Whittington Press, Carolee Campbell of the Ninja Press, and our very own Bob Fleck, each speaking their own experiences in the world of books." -Oak Knoll


Thursday, September 25, 2014

A day in the studio.

Bookbinding Workshop . . .

In this class you will learn how to create your own unique blank hard cover book which you can use as a journal, sketchbook, or anything else you like! Learn all the steps to go from a stack of plain paper to a real hard cover sewn book just like those on library shelves! The materials fee will $30 payable to the instructor at the first class and will cover all needed supplies.

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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Recent Commission . . .

What is a more thoughtful gift than a beautifully hand-bound book filled with hand written notes from friends, family, and well wishers? 

We can custom bind a blank guest or memory book of any size or complexity for you to give as a gift or use for yourself! These books can be designed to suit every occasion whether it be a christening, birthday, wedding, retirement, grand opening, or anything else you can dream up. For more information, or to discuss having a book bound, please contact us.

Bookbinding Workshop . . .

In this class you will learn how to create a simple non-adhesive book. These blank books are a great introduction to bookbinding and make great journals, sketchbooks, or anything else you like! We will create our own decorative papers and use a stiff spine to support our exposed sewing. Taught by Robert LoMascolo, a freelance designer and letterpress printer specializing in classical typography and the book arts. A material fee of $25 will be due the evening of class.

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