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For those interested in 19th century wood type and decorative typefaces, a reissue is now available of Rob Roy Kelly's classic book: American Wood Type 1828-1900. The book has been out of print for about 30 years, but it is still considered the definitive work on American wood type. The reissue includes a new foreword by David Shields, Design Curator of the Rob Roy Kelly Wood Type Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, discussing the renewed interest in the subject since the mid-1990s as well as ongoing research into the history of wood type. In addition, the reissue includes the essay “Search and Research” by Rob Roy Kelly about the many years he spent pursuing wood type fonts, researching their origins, and writing and producing his book.
Aside from these additions, the book is a digital facsimile of the original edition, and is available as a print-on-demand edition from Amazon and other online booksellers at a price of $35.00:
It is also available directly from the publisher at a discounted price of $29.95 through June 30:
Note: the edition available on Amazon is slightly smaller, 8.25 x 11.7" (A4 size, 50# paper) vs. 9 x 12" (same trim size as original, 70# paper) for the edition available from the publisher, due to limitations from the print-on-demand vendor that supplies the book trade.
The book will also be available shortly by print on demand in the UK, which will avoid the exhorbitant international shipping costs due to the size and weight of the book.
The book has been reissued with the approval and assistance of the author's widow. Please email me with any questions about the book.
Liber Apertus Press