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Rare Typography Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

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.



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. The ornamental phases of fashion). Printed and published by Devambez "À l'enseigne du masque d'Or". Paris, 1921. ARNOULT Léon...

From Zikorn

$599.00


Design, Form, and Chaos by Paul Rand

Cloth cover with imprint of author on front. Silver on spine. The book is in good condition, pages are crisp and clean with a binding that is tight. There is a ding on the top spine but the photos will show it is in lovely shape with some sun fading. Barg...

From Bay Shore Emporium

$100.00


Pandosto by Robert Greene

Printed and sold by Clarke Conwell at the Elston Press, New Rochelle, New York, in black and red on hand-made paper. pps. iv plus 57. Overall size c.10. x 6.5/8 inches. c.25 x 17 cm. One of a limited edition of 160 copies. Name stamp of Sydney H. Caslon S...

From vincentgbarlow.co.uk

£95.00


A Five-Syllable Sentence Meaning Adolf Wo Bist Du ? by The Typophiles

No Place: Typophiles No date ( printed sometime during WWII ). One of an unnumbered edition of 350 copies published as a not-so-playful poke at America's enemies during WWII. The original glassine dustjacket has 2 tiny closed tears at spine tips. Grea...

From Dale Steffey Books

$200.00


Curwen Press News Letters by Curwen Press

8 consecutive issues of the Curwen Press News Letters, No. 6 -13. bound together in one volume. Original covers by various artists including:- Edward Bawden, Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious and Graham Sutherland. Other illustrations including a coloured linocut...

From vincentgbarlow.co.uk

£345.00


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 o...

From MRM Books

$2,600.00


THE LAYTON TYPE BOOK by C. & E. Layton

London: C. & E. Layton. Very Good. 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. Ca: 1928. Clean tan paper covered boards with brown titles. Cloth spine. Light shelf edge wear. Texts interior is tight, clean & intact. 28 laid in pages of the Erbar Group of Ty...

From Nick Bikoff, Bookseller

$125.00


Tabernacle. by [Circle Press] Ron King

London:: Circle Press,, 2001.. Edition of 50. 33 x 23 x 23 cm, seven-drawer black cabinet. Designed to celebrate seven generations of printing in the King family. Case I: "Hole", a bound book with verse, graphics, and history concerning the...

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC

$3,700.00


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 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

£750.00


Types and Type Design; Types of the Past-Type Revivals, With a Few Words on Type Design in General by Goudy, Frederic W

Syracuse, NY: School of Journalism, Syracuse University, 1936. Tiny tear at bottom edge of front wrapper, Else Fine. "An Address at the New York Press Association Dinner, Sept. 12, MCMXXXVI(1936), with a Foreword by Howard Coggeshall and a Presentati...

From Dale Steffey Books

$150.00


Optimism: An Essay [Moon's Type Edition] by Keller, Helen

Brighton, Sussex: Moon's Society, 1906. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Helen Keller's 1903 essay rendered into Moon's type, an embossed alphabet and reading system for the blind. Invented by the Englishman Dr. William Moon in 1845, after he...

From The Book House in Dinkytown

$500.00


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)

£2,900.00


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

$2,525.00


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. Completely clean inside and out. This copy has been signed by Joseph Sinel and briefly inscribed to a colleague, under the limited editi...

From Design Books

$500.00


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