Posts Tagged ‘Typography’

SC&A Digest: William Faulkner Livre D’artiste and more!

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Images from Tandis que J’agonise, (As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner) a 1946 Parisian “livre d’artiste,” which includes 24 printed engravings by Georges Leblanc as well as beautiful typography and ornamentation composed by Pierre Jeanrot. See more of this book and more posts from our week in Special Collections on Tumblr, and follow us on Instagram @loynosca !

New Orleans Directory ads, 1852

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Here’s a little holiday treat for lovers of New Orleans history and typography. I’ve been making enclosures to preserve our collection of New Orleans Directories, and have enjoyed that these books are all interspersed with type-set ads of many colors. You can glean much about the culture of the time period from these ads. (i.e. the note about a hospital for slaves at the bottom the first ad depicted.) This particular book, Cohen’s New Orleans and Lafayette Directory, 1852, was printed in the office of the Delta Daily newspaper. As you can see, letterpress printers in the nineteenth century would often show off the type in their shops by using every single typeface available when setting ads and title pages. Fun fact: the engraved image facing the title page depicts the first mayor of New Orleans, A.D. Crossman (1846-1854).

Coffin, Plank, Cramps: Printing in the 19th Century

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Enjoy this sampling of “the coffin, plank, and cramps” as well as other somewhat creepily-named parts of a 19th century platen printing press in honor of #pagefrights month. These engravings (and many more) depicting typography specimen, diagrams of type cases, ornaments, and more are located in The Printers’ Grammar, printed in London by C. Stower, 1808. Come view the book in person in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library!

I leave you now with the book’s curious epigraph:

Aided by thee – O Art sublime! our race

Spurns the opposing bonds of time and space,

With Fame’s swift flight to hold an equal course,

And taste the stream from Reason’s purest source;

Vice and her hydra sons, thy powers can bind,

And cast in Virtue’s mould the plastic mind.

-The Press, John M’Creery, 1803