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[Color Plate] Select Views of London. With Historical and Descriptive Sketches of Some of the Most Interesting of its Public Buildings

[Color Plate] Select Views of London. With Historical and Descriptive Sketches of Some of the Most Interesting of its Public Buildings by PAPWORTH, J[ohn]. B[uonarotti]., 1775-1847

London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 101, Strand, by J. Diggens, St. Ann's Lane, 1816. Half-Morocco. Fine. Imperial 8vo: [8],...

$4,865.00
The History of Monmouthshire;

The History of Monmouthshire; by WILLIAMS David 1738-1816

1796 VG, 1st ed. The rare subscribers coloured copy, 36 pls, 1 map, 2 ills. In contemporary brown basket weave calf boards, g...

£2,900.00
German Type Specimen Books (Schriftartexemplare) 14 booklets

German Type Specimen Books (Schriftartexemplare) 14 booklets by Schelter, J. G. and Giesecke et al

Leipzig: Schelter, J. G. and Giesecke et al, 1907. Book. Near Fine. Soft cover. 1st Edition. 15 company type specimen booklets (...

$2,525.00
L'Art de Composer des Pierres Factices Aussi Dures Que le Caillou, et  Recherches sur la maniere de batir des Anciens, sur la preparation,  l'emploi et les causes du durcissement de leurs Mortiers

L'Art de Composer des Pierres Factices Aussi Dures Que le Caillou, et Recherches sur la maniere de batir des Anciens, sur la preparation, l'emploi et les causes du durcissement de leurs Mortiers by Fleuret, M

Pont-A-Mousson ; Nancy ; Paris: L'Auteur ; Delahaye-Haener Fil ; Magimel 1807. 4to. [iv] 298 pp. 32 engraved plates (includi...

£750.00
A SPECIMEN BOOK OF TYPES, ORNAMENTS AND MISCELLANY

A SPECIMEN BOOK OF TYPES, ORNAMENTS AND MISCELLANY by [Overbrook Press]

Stamford: The Overbrook Press, 1948. [4],77,[1] leaves, printed on rectos only. Small quarto. Loose, unbound sheets of Bristol ...

$850.00
Visual design in action: principles, purposes.

Visual design in action: principles, purposes. by Sutnar Ladislav

OFFERING: An extraordinary specimen of this landmark work in infographics and total graphic design. The rare Ladislav Sutnar pre...

$800.00
Ecritures Ancienne Volume 1 of the Oeuvres De Jean Midolle

Ecritures Ancienne Volume 1 of the Oeuvres De Jean Midolle by Midolle, Jean

Strasbourg : D'Emil Simon Fils , 1834. This is a very good hardcover copy in the original binding of brown marbled paper boa...

$750.00
La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts

La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts by Arnoult, Léon

Léon Arnoult: La Variabilité du Gout dans les Arts. Les phases ornamentales de la mode (The variability of taste in the arts. ...

$599.00
A Book of American Trade Marks & Devices

A Book of American Trade Marks & Devices by Sinel, Joseph

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1924. This is a near fine hardcover copy in a near fine dust jacket with virtually no wear. Completel...

$500.00
THE PEN AND TYPE-DESIGN...THE TREYFORD TYPE, ITALICS

THE PEN AND TYPE-DESIGN...THE TREYFORD TYPE, ITALICS by Hewitt, Graily

London: The First Editions Club, 1928. Small quarto. Full deep red morocco, upper and lower board stamped with symmetrical 'V's...

$300.00
Berling Antikva

Berling Antikva by Forsberg Karl-Erik

OFFERING: The rare first edition of the Berling Antiqua manual with 1951-1952 style variants, hand-set in Berling font. The sign...

$295.00
MEN OF PRINTING: ANGLO-AMERICAN PROFILES

MEN OF PRINTING: ANGLO-AMERICAN PROFILES by Walsdorf, John J. editor & Barry Moser, Engraver

North Hatfield, Ma.: Pennyroyal. Near Fine. 1976. Hardcover. Clean marbled paper covered boards. Leather spine holds title. Limi...

$275.00



Many people are fascinated by the history of typography, and there is a large selection of rare, antique, and hard-to-find typography books available in the Biblio Rare Book Room. Some of the books featured here focus on the history of typography as a whole, and others focus on the typographies of specific cultures and traditions. The history of typography is vast and diverse, as each society developed their own blend of typography and type design. Long before Gutenberg's printing press, people were developing stamps and clay impressions of commonly used characters to more quickly print and publish books.

Typography goes far beyond the eternal debate of "serif vs. sans serif", and many of our booksellers have rare and special books dedicated to the science and art behind typography. If you love the written word, it would be only appropriate to feature some of these books in your antique book collection.

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