Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.


Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.


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Every bibliophile and designer has the 1874 type specimen book, Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type and Borders, on their list of favourite books – its beauty, craftsmanship, and accidental concrete poetry are marvel-worthy. But the true marvel is that this stunning volume has not yet been republished – until now.

Considered one of the most beautiful books in the world, this new volume will have immediate appeal to graphic designers, artists, artisans, and anyone with a wicked sense of humour. With its beautiful antique typography, playful design, and masterful multi-coloured printing, ‘Specimens’ is considered the most stylised and wild specimen book of its kind.

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Dimensions 252 × 330 mm

Esther K. Smith

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Esther K. Smith stitches artist books and makes collaborative limited editions at Purgatory Pie Press with hand-typographer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers. She has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, London's Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, London's Tate, the Walker, and the Whitney Museum.



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