Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1951. Second Edition. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), octavo size, 678 pp., association copy formerly owned by Wolfgang Lederer. Near fine. Item #CNFBV69
D.B. Updike's "Printing Types" is considered the standard text on this subject, a critical reference book for anyone interested in the typographic arts.
With the signature of Wolfgang Lederer on the FFEP of Volume I, this set came from his estate. Loosely laid in is what appears to be a review of this work, one and a half pages of typescript, signed Wolfgang Lederer (but not, alas, dated).
Wolfgang Lederer (1912-2003) was a native of Germany, which he fled in 1939 "arriving in New York with $8 in his pocket." Trained as a graphic designer and in the book arts, he quickly found work. In 1941 he came to San Francisco, where he began working for the California School of Arts and Crafts developing their book design and commercial design programs. He would go on to win many awards for his book designs, illustrating everything "from a cookbook...to a history on boxing" (n.b., quotes from his June 5, 2003 obituary in SF Gate).
Lederer begins his critique thus: "[t]his is easily the standard work in English language (and to my knowledge in any language) on type faces in Western civilisation from the invention of movable type on to the 20th century. Illustrated by a rich collection of beautiful examples (most of which happily are reproduced in original size), it is written with a profound understanding, knowledge, and - what is maybe even more important, love for the subject." The remainder of the critique is equally worth reading and makes this second printing of the Second Edition special.
___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes bound in full rust cloth over boards, gilt lettering stamped onto the spines, Wolfgang Lederer's name written in pencil on the top fore-edge corner of the front free endpaper in Volume I, this set the second printing of the second edition (1951), both volumes replete with black-and-white reproductions of typefaces, including a three-panel foldout titled "Comparative Table of Types used by the French National Printing House from its foundation to 1825"; octavo size (9 1/2" by 6 5/8"), pagination: Volume I, [i-v] vi-xl, [1-3] 4-292; Volume II, [i-v] vi-xx, [1-3] 4-326.
___CONDITION: Both volumes near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean, and other than Wolfgang Lederer's name entirely free of prior owner markings; some toning to the paper, foxing to the top edges of the text blocks, and a few light, stray marks on the bindings, else fine.
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