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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.


Chicago: Barnhart Brothers & Spindler. Good+. 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. Ca: 1925. Clean dark green embossed cloth. Type Founders, Manufacturers and Merchants to Printers. Page edges dyed blue. Type and Products for printers. Iterior of text is...

From Nick Bikoff, Bookseller


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


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...



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 (1 duplicate), 584pps added together in NF condition bound in heavy cloth binding (with minor discoloration). The peak of German...

From BohemianBookworm


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


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


Early Printing in California: From Its Beginning in the Mexican Territory to Statehood September 9, 1850 by Fahey, Herbert

San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1956. Hardcover. Near Fine. ix, [1], 141, [1] p.: frontispiece and 15 plates with captions in red; 35 cm. Original black cloth spine with green cloth over boards. Gilt-stamped spine title on leather spine la...

From Classic Books and Ephemera


Graphic Design in Swiss Industry by Neuburg, Hans

Zurich: ABC Verlag, 1965. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. NB: Text is in German, French and English. Turquoise blue hardcover with white spine. Condition: Very good, with light shelfwear to covers. Binding sound, no inscr...

From Karen Jakobsen Art & Design Books


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


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 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)


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 boards with an all-over green design. There is a large printed paper label with the title inset in an elaborately lithographed Got...

From Design Books


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


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


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...

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