Types of the De Vinne Press: Specimens for the Use of Compositors, Proofreaders, and Publishers.

Creator

De Vinne Press.

Title

Types of the De Vinne Press: Specimens for the Use of Compositors, Proofreaders, and Publishers.

Publisher

New York: [Theodore L. De Vinne & Co.],

Date

1907.

Description

Theodore Low De Vinne (1828–1914) was a very enthusiastic Grolier Club founder who involved himself in every aspect of printing. This is my favorite De Vinne item because it reminds me of the one subject that defined his life to the end: type itself.

This 449-page specimen book describes the typefaces available at the De Vinne Press, “diligently gathered from leading foundries of this country and Europe to please the tastes of many customers.” Never one to miss an opportunity for instruction, De Vinne made it a compendium of typographic information. The volume was produced at an important moment, just before his firm was incorporated in 1908 as The De Vinne Press (which it had long been called).

It is open to Great-Primer No. 4 from the Conner Type Foundry, the face used in two large and famous De Vinne Press productions, as the page explains.

Source

Irene Tichenor

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Citation

De Vinne Press., “Types of the De Vinne Press: Specimens for the Use of Compositors, Proofreaders, and Publishers.,” Grolier Club Exhibitions, accessed December 19, 2018, https://grolierclub.omeka.net/items/show/371.

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