Specimen Book of 19th Century Ornamented Type

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Specimen Book of 19th Century Ornamented Type

This past summer I printed a small specimen book of 19th century ornamented metal typefaces from the collection at Wells College.

The book is printed in two colors on Arches text laid and all the types are 24 points and higher, one specimen is 72 points. Each typeface gets its own page with a complete showing of all the sorts available in the case. Only one or two faces are missing sorts. There are many shaded ones.

The typefaces are:
Tinted, Tasso, Banquet, Antique Extra Condensed, Aquatint, Dandy, Modoc, Columbus, Art Gothic, Rubens, Yukon Pointed, Tuscan Stellar, Halftone, Obelisk, Alpine, Gothic Shade, Ruskin, Condensed Roman, Ray Shade, Tuscan Floral, Souvenir and Aurora Uncial.
The labels, front matter and colophon are all set in Dante.

The last is a rare uncial cut by Victor Hammer while he was at Wells for ATF, they never produced it but Theo Rehak started casting it when he acquired the remains of ATF.

I only printed 20 copies, but I still have some available for $75, and there are also some proof copies on Mohawk Superfine for $40.