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The New York Times Covers The Complete Engraver

The New York Times covers Nancy Sharon Collins’ The Complete Engraver, her book about all things engraved (though its written as if both MOMA and Clinique are active clients—which they are not—correction forthcoming ... ).

Help support the book tour (2 days remaining), it underwrites a four city, east coast book tour, commencing in September when The Complete Engraver hits book shelves.

The Complete Engraver: A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery

At long last, this book is available on pre-order at Amazon and Barnes and Noble at a sweet discount until it is actually in the bookstores.


Grammar School Arithmetic (a book from 1904)

Some scans from a book I picked up recently (for 25¢). Printed in 1904.

Interesting just to see how the type is set; complex fractions (all are all nut—no virgules to be found), the @ symbol for per-item cost, page structure, impressive engravings for illustrations, and the thoughtful mix of typefaces. Quite a complex project for metal type. All for the kids.

Yes, it has all the answers in the back.


Is Engraving Important to Teaching Type & Design History?

Saturday, October 16 at 2:00 pm
Session IV, Panel 3

“Engraving: Letterpress’s Shy Sister”

The American Printing History Association
35th Annual Conference
Corcoran College of Art + Design
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 Seventeenth St. NW
Washington, DC


(This presentation was first given at ATypeI in Dublin, September, 2010, http://www.atypi.org/03_Dublin/40_timetables/main/main12sept_html?date=2...)