Goudy's HALF-CENTURY OF TYPE DESIGN AND TYPOGRAPHY
Goudy, Frederic W[illiam]. A HALF-CENTURY OF TYPE DESIGN AND TYPOGRAPHY, 1895-1945. New York: The Typophiles, [printed by Peter Beilenson, Mount Vernon, N.Y.], 1946. Two volumes. Continuously paginated: 283 pages, plus frontispiece and four leaves of type specimens in each volume. Errata slip inserted after the second specimen leaf in vol. I. Numerous additional type specimens printed with the text. Original brick red cloth with gilt spine lettering and monogram in blind on front covers. [18.4 cm.] Tiny chip to the base of the gutter of the front free endpaper in vol. II, else near fine in original glassine dust jackets. Vol. II slightly cocked. A hint of faint offsetting to frontispieces from red printing on titles. Fragile glassine dust jackets are in nice condition with slight wear to extremities and a tiny chip to head of the spine panel of vol. II. An attractive set.
FIRST EDITION. No. 213 of 825 copies. Issued as Typophile Chap Books XIII and XIV. In the introduction, Goudy recounts his life before becoming one of the most influential and prolific typographers in America (pp. 15-33). He then discusses the development of his multitudinous typefaces one by one, in chronological order, providing autobiographical recollections along the way. George L. McKay contributes "A Bibliography of the Published Writings of Frederic W. Goudy" (pp. 257-277).
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