Specimen Book of Types

San Francisco: Reynard Press, ca. 1930. Hardcover. No. 127 of an unknown edition, quarto size, 316 pp. Near fine. Item #19050405

Reynard Press was established in San Francisco in 1910, located at 133 First Street, and was headed by Alfred Fox, Proprietor, about whom we find scant information online. The Press was still mentioned in trade catalogues such as the "Inland Printer" as late as 1931, but we find no record online of the date of its closure or acquisition by another company.

This volume contains copious samples of typefaces, with lines printed in a range of sizes; toward the back of the book there are also several pages, in colour, of sample printings of ornaments, borders, and initial capitals for a variety of purposes.

This volume is not dated, although in the Foreword it mentions that the first edition was published in 1918, and this volume is the "fourth edition of 'Types'".

___DESCRIPTION: Full brown leather, gilt rules, publisher's device, and lettering on the front board, gilt rules and lettering on the spine, light brown endpapers, title page in orange and black with one vertical line and publisher's device, a section of borders, initial capitals, and ornaments printed in one or two colours; quarto size (11" by 8.75"), pagination: [1-9] 10-316, number 127 of an unknown edition. Loosely laid in is an advertisement from American Type Founders, one sheet folded once to make four pages, printed in orange and black, with type specimens for commercial use.

___CONDITION: Near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; extremely light rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and corners, one stray mark to the front board, and there are some prior owner markings in pencil (check marks, and light notations in the margin) of pages 225 and 292. The advertisement is very good, clean overall with soiling to the edges, light creasing to the corners and some light edge wear, with one horizontal crease.

___POSTAGE:  Please note that this is an unusually heavy volume and additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.

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Price: $150.00

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