10346Re: [PPLetterpress] Book: The Art of Wood Type
- Jan 8, 2009It is paperback, about an inch thick and printed on heavy coated paper.
It's filled with beautiful photography, but I confess to cringing at
the wood type assemblages created by some of the collectors then used
to hang on walls or serve as magazine covers, doors, etc. There is
also something strange to me about wood type all cleaned, oiled up and
arranged for photos--a sort of letterpress porn, perhaps, when you
realize the "proofs" of the type on the left are actually created in
Illustrator (reversed, blemishes removed, missing characters digitally
rendered, perfectly reproduced in solid black). It's a whole different
aesthetic than much of the wood type actually printed today that
reveals the age of the substrate. I've seen folks like John Horn make
gorgeous prints from his vintage wood type. I wonder how folks decide
that their collection is just too valuable to actually use for printing?
I'm also curious about a photo in the book of a composing stick filled
with metal type. It is set perpendicular to the length of the stick
without leading. Great photo, but I've never used a composing stick
that way. There are descriptions of other kinds of printing surfaces--
magnesium, woodcuts, etc. but no mention of photopolymer that I saw.
No intent to discourage folks from buying the book, just some thoughts
after looking through it last night....
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On Jan 8, 2009, at 7:28 AM, Fritz Klinke wrote:
> Aside from a pretty website, I can't find basic information about
> this book,
> like number of pages, size, and type of binding. I guess I can send
> inquiry to Gregg, but it seems odd this information is not given to
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> Greg Ruffa has done an extraordinary job to document and display the
> beauty of these wonderful old types.
> Full color wood-pr0n ;-)
> Order direct from Greg, as he has self-published the book, after four
> years of research, drawing on his own extensive collection of type as
> well as those of fellow collectors and lovers of wood type.
> Each of the faces is shown in a color photo of a full alphabet, as
> well as a lovingly rendered redrawing of the forms.
> That is, Greg has rendered each glyph in Illustrator, to show the
> design as it is conceived, as well as the physical type as artifacts.
> This book is a "must have" for anyone who shares Greg's love of these
> sometimes idiosyncratic, often stout, occasionally drop-dead gorgeous
> letters. "The Art of Wood Type" compliments and enhances Rob Roy
> Kelly's landmark "American Wood Type", now out of print (which can
> generally be found on abe.com, however).
> Highly Recommended. *****
> Peter Fraterdeus
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