Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c., Hardback Book

Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c. Hardback


Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, and C. is a vintage volume with an established cult like status within the bibliophile, typographic, and design worlds. Originally published as a catalogue for William H. Page s Connecticut wood type foundry considered one of the best in the world this 1874 type specimen book features elaborate display typefaces meant to announce tent revivals and circuses.

In addition to the beautifully intricate typefaces and playful designs, the original author designed the pages in such a random sequence that the text reads as humorous and strange experimental poetry.

Accidental or not, this beautiful book will delight readers with the humour and the beauty of each print. This edition reproduces all 102 pages of the original book.

A charming gift or perfect addition to any serious art-book library, this volume will be loved by typographers, designers, artists, poets, DIYers, and anyone with a wicked sense of style.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 120 pages, 100 Colour Illustrations
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
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  • ISBN: 9780847858682



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