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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.

[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. First Edition in book form, the issue without Papworth's name on title page (no priority established), collecting a series of architectural notes des...

From Fine Editions Ltd


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, gilt edge tooling, tips carefully repaired. New spine, to style, original title in gilt to red calf label, raised bands, gilt to...

From Madoc Books (ABA-ILAB)


Maud. A Monodrama by Tennyson, Alfred, Lord

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. William Morris. Maud. A Monodrama; by Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. Illustrated by William Morris. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by William Morris, and publishe...

From MRM Books


Works, The (of William Morris): Limited ed. set of 8 large 4to William Morris works printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans in Golden type by Morris, William; Virgil; Magnússon, Eiríkr; anonymous

London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1901–1902. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+. Works, The (of William Morris): Limited ed. set of 8 large 4to William Morris works printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans in Golden type: The Aeneids of Virgil...

From MRM Books


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

1st Edition . Soft cover. Near Fine. 15 company type specimen booklets (1 duplicate), 584pps added together in NF condition bound in heavy cloth binding (with minor discoloration). The peak of German type specimens from the leading type companies (often...

From BohemianBookworm



Original blue wrappers with a design in black by Cangiullo. Modern cloth folding case with gilt lettering. Fine copy of a very fragile piece.A humanized typographic alphabet by the Futurist writer-poet, printed in letterpress on different colored papers....

From Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books


Hand and Soul by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895. Limited First Edition. Stiff Vellum without ties. Near Fine. William Morris. Hand and Soul: (American edition); by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Illustrated by William Morris. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Pr...

From MRM Books


Well at the World’s End, The by Morris, William

London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1896. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+. Well at the World’s End, The: (two-volume set); by Morris, William. London: Longmans, Green & Co.. Printed by Chiswick Press. 1896. First Trade Edition. First Printing. Ta...

From MRM Books


Liber singularis de optimorum scriptorum editionibus quae Romae primum prodierunt post divinum typographiae inventum, a germanis opificibus in eam urbem advectum: plerisque omnibus earum editionum seu praefationibus, seu epistolis in medium allatis. Cum b by Quirini, Angelo Maria

Lindaugiae: J. Ottonis, 1761. Book. Near fine condition. Hardcover. Quarto (4to). Books about books; printing; [4], 5-266, [10] pages, including index, errata; 22.7cm; full white pig-skin binding, blind tooled, 2 clasps; 6 facsimiles; some foxing; Italian...

From Kurt Gippert Bookseller (ABAA)


Speaking in Faces by [Virginia Center for the Book]

Charlottesville:: Virginia Center for the Book,, 2017.. Edition of 25. 8.9 x 11"; 112 pages. Printed letterpress on Crane's Lettra paper (300 gsm). Body text in Garamond. Labels in Gill Sans. Boards covered in marbled paper crafted by Lindsey Me...

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC


The Nymphs of Fiesole by Giovanni Boccaccio

Verona: Editiones Officinae Bodoni, 1952. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Quarter vellum over patterned paper-covered boards; vellum ruled in gilt with gilt lettering at spine. Top edge trimmed and gilt, other edges untrimmed. Housed in cream pap...

From Concept Books


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 (including 28 double-page and 4 folding); author's printed certified prelim, signed by the author. In the original paper covered bo...

From Foster Books


The Colophon; A Book Collectors' Quarterly Part Five, 1931 by Elmer Adler, Burton Emmett, and John T. Winterich, Editors: David B. Milne

New York: The Colophon , 1931. Near Fine, a bit of toning to boards, spine evenly browned, lacking the dust jacket, with a Fine SIGNED BY ARTIST David B. Milne print titled "Hilltop: A Drypoint in Two Colors", printed by the artist at Palgrave,...

From Dale Steffey Books


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