The Typefoundry in Silhouette: How printing type is developed at Klingspor Bros. in Offenbach on the river Main.
£75.00

San Francisco: The Arion Press. 1982.


Limited edition, one of 500 copies. First published in 1918. Oblong 4to. pp. 28 loosely inserted in a portfolio. Title-page printed in red and black. Printer's Note by Andrew Hoyem. The list of plates is followed by 25 silhouette plates captioned in red with verses translated from the German by Alexander Nesbitt. Rudolf Koch, 1876-1934, is regarded as one of the greatest calligraphers and type designers of the twentieth century. Andrew Hoyem's longstanding interest in Koch's work led to this English edition. Koch cut silhouettes from black paper to depict the complex machinery and men at work in a now-vanishing trade. The accuracy of detail gives these pictures significance for printing history, yet they also appeal as works of art. Original red pictorial cloth portfolio. Lacking slip case. A very good copy.