WAD to RR: a letter about designing T Y P E

Nick Shinn's picture

“Curves do all kinds of queer things…”
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kentlew's picture

Yes, a booklet about designing type, the entire text of which was completely handwritten. Quite a sense of humor, that Dwiggins. ;-)

marcox's picture

Digitized and available for viewing: http://archive.org/details/WADtoRR1940

John Hudson's picture

a booklet about designing type, the entire text of which was completely handwritten

One of a select genre, along with Jan van Krimpen's letter to Philip Hofer. Any others?

hrant's picture

{Sorry - honest mistake.}

John Hudson's picture

But Catich, I believe, wasn't writing about type design. There are quite a lot of books on calligraphy and other kinds of lettering that are reproduced from manuscript. But surely few on the subject of type, and those, if the two so far listed are typical, epistolary.

hrant's picture

{Sorry - honest mistake.}

kentlew's picture

John — Was the Van Krimpen–Hofer letter reproduced from the original? or re-composed, as was the WAD–RR book?

John Hudson's picture

It's a facsimile of the original letter, along with a redundant typeset transcript, but the letter is really a formal manuscript, not a typical epistle.

dan_reynolds's picture

John, this isn’t “a booklet about designing type, the entire text of which was completely handwritten,” but it is still in the same universe, I think:

Edward Johnston, Mark Argetsinger, David Pankow: Thinking in script http://carypress.rit.edu/publications/books/thinking-script.html

This is a letter from Edward Johnston to Paul Standard, reproduced by the RIT Cary Arts Press in facsimile—in book form, instead of letter sheets. It is a quite nice little thing.

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