Pre-publication Special Offer: Available February 2021
In the letterpress-printed book A Printer’s Garden of Ornament, readers will find a dozen different typographic arrangements of ornaments. They range from 16th century sources, through designs created and cast in the 1920s, 1940s, and 1960s heyday of commercial letterpress printing, and even one set designed and cast in hot metal in the last few years. Ornament designs typically include four to twelve different elements, usually cast on square bodies of 12 points or larger, meant to be combined in any pattern within the printer’s imagination. The possibilities are multiplied when the pattern is printed in more than one ink color, which requires painstakingly breaking the pattern into separate forms for each color, with spacing material inserted into the non-printing portions for each form.
This small book will measure 5″ x 7″, and will feature one dozen different ornament designs. Each design in the body of the text will be accompanied by a description of the ornament designer or source and its typographic background. All of the ornaments and text will be printed from handset metal type on a vintage 1960s Challenge Proof Press, on cotton paper.
The books will be hand-sewn, and available in a choice of paperbound cover or hardcover, each featuring a letterpress-printed ornamental design. The total edition will be at least 100 copies plus additional hors d’commerce (H/C) copies for the printer’s distribution. The edition size will be set based on response from supporters and may include up to 100 paper-bound copies and 100 hardcover copies. Numbering of hardcover copies will be by Roman numerals, and paperbound copies will have standard Arabic numbering.