Emerson is a Monotype type based on Joe Blumenthal's proprietary "Spiral"
type for his press of the same name. The major MT casters like M&H should
have it. Blumenthal melted down Spiral when he closed his shop in 1971, but
as of 1998 some individual pieces survived in 14 point with Victor
Hammer's widow and Dartmouth's typographical workshop. For a discussion of
Spiral/Emerson's origins, see the essay by Blumenthal's protege, Jerry
Kelly, "Joseph Blumenthal's Spiral/Emerson Type" in _American Proprietary
Typefaces (NY: American Printing History Association, 1998). (Still in
print: see http://www.printinghistory.org/htm/pubs/) Jerry's article shows
some of the visual differences made by Monotype in redrawing Spiral for the
caster. (Proofs illustrated as fourth image on the APHA website:
I asked Jerry Kelly, who reports "David Wolfe in Maine and Harold Berliner
in California have Emerson mats."
FYI, staff at the London Type Museum confirmed what Jerry writes in his
article "Only forty sets of the [Emerson] matrices were sold" by Monotype,
"which certainly meant that Monotype lost money on its investment" (p. 120).
Paul W. Romaine
Vice President for Membership / Web site manager
The American Printing History Association www.printinghistory.org