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Many people are fascinated by the history of typography, and there is a large selection of rare, antique, and hard-to-find typography books available in the Biblio Rare Book Room. Some of the books featured here focus on the history of typography as a whole, and others focus on the typographies of specific cultures and traditions. The history of typography is vast and diverse, as each society developed their own blend of typography and type design. Long before Gutenberg's printing press, people were developing stamps and clay impressions of commonly used characters to more quickly print and publish books.

Typography goes far beyond the eternal debate of "serif vs. sans serif", and many of our booksellers have rare and special books dedicated to the science and art behind typography. If you love the written word, it would be only appropriate to feature some of these books in your antique book collection.



[Color Plate] Select Views of London. With Historical and Descriptive Sketches of Some of the Most Interesting of its Public Buildings by PAPWORTH, J[ohn]. B[uonarotti]., 1775-1847

London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 101, Strand, by J. Diggens, St. Ann's Lane, 1816. Half-Morocco. Fine. Imperial 8vo: [8],159,[1]pp, with 76 delicately hand-colored aquatints (five folding), by J. Hamble and Joseph Constantine Stadler after Papworth and...

From Fine Editions Ltd

$4,865.00


Floure and the Leafe, The by Clanvowe, Sir Thomas

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Floure and the Leafe, The: & the Boke of Cupide, God of Love, or the Cuckow and the Nightingale; by Clanvowe, Sir Thomas. Edited by Ellis, Frederick Startridge. ...

From MRM Books

$4,000.00


The History of Monmouthshire; by WILLIAMS David 1738-1816

1796 VG, 1st ed. The rare subscribers coloured copy, 36 pls, 1 map, 2 ills. In contemporary brown basket weave calf boards, gilt edge tooling, tips carefully repaired. New spine, to style, original title in gilt to red calf label, raised bands, gilt to...

From Madoc Books (ABA-ILAB)

£2,900.00


Tabernacle. by [Circle Press] Ron King

London:: Circle Press,, 2001.. Edition of 50. 33 x 23 x 23 cm, seven-drawer black cabinet. Designed to celebrate seven generations of printing in the King family. Case I: "Hole", a bound book with verse, graphics, and history concerning the...

From Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC

$3,700.00


Psalmi Penitentiales. by transcribed and edited by F.S. Ellis

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+/N/A. Psalmi Penitentiales.; by transcribed and edited by F.S. Ellis. Edited by Ellis, Frederick Startridge. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by William M...

From MRM Books

$3,500.00


Maud. A Monodrama by Tennyson, Alfred, Lord

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. William Morris. Maud. A Monodrama; by Tennyson, Alfred, Lord. Illustrated by William Morris. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by William Morris, and publishe...

From MRM Books

$3,500.00


Sundering Flood, The by Morris, William

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1897. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. H. Cribb. Sundering Flood, The; by Morris, William. Edited by Morris, May. Illustrated by H. Cribb. London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press. Printed by William Morris, and s...

From MRM Books

$3,200.00


Works, The (of William Morris): Limited ed. set of 8 large 4to William Morris works printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans in Golden type by Morris, William; Virgil; Magnússon, Eiríkr; anonymous

London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1901–1902. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+. Works, The (of William Morris): Limited ed. set of 8 large 4to William Morris works printed at the Chiswick Press for Longmans in Golden type: The Aeneids o...

From MRM Books

$2,600.00


German Type Specimen Books (Schriftartexemplare) 14 booklets by Schelter, J. G. and Giesecke et al

Leipzig: Schelter, J. G. and Giesecke et al, 1907. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Near Fine. 15 company type specimen booklets (1 duplicate), 584pps added together in NF condition bound in heavy cloth binding (with minor discoloration). The peak of German ty...

From BohemianBookworm

$2,525.00


Friendship of Amis and Amile., Of the by Morris, William

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. William Morris. Friendship of Amis and Amile., Of the: Done out of the Ancient French into English by William Morris; by Morris, William. Illustrated by William Morr...

From MRM Books

$2,500.00


Tale of the Emperor Coustans and Of Over Sea, The by Morris, William (translator)

London/Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. William Morris. Tale of the Emperor Coustans and Of Over Sea, The: Done out of ancient French by William Morris; by Morris, William (translator). Illustrated by William ...

From MRM Books

$2,250.00


Well at the World’s End, The by Morris, William

London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1896. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+. Well at the World’s End, The: (two-volume set); by Morris, William. London: Longmans, Green & Co.. Printed by Chiswick Press. 1896. First Trade Edition. First ...

From MRM Books

$1,500.00


Liber singularis de optimorum scriptorum editionibus quae Romae primum prodierunt post divinum typographiae inventum, a germanis opificibus in eam urbem advectum: plerisque omnibus earum editionum seu praefationibus, seu epistolis in medium allatis. Cum b by Quirini, Angelo Maria

Lindaugiae: J. Ottonis, 1761. Book. Near fine condition. Hardcover. Quarto (4to). Books about books; printing; [4], 5-266, [10] pages, including index, errata; 22.7cm; full white pig-skin binding, blind tooled, 2 clasps; 6 facsimiles; some foxing; Italian...

From Kurt Gippert Bookseller (ABAA)

$1,500.00


Harpel's Typograph or Book of Specimens by Harpel, Oscar H

Cincinnati: Published and Printed by the Author, 1870. First Edition. Boards. Good. Octavo (9 1/2 x 6 1/2) 252 pages + "Advertisers' Addenda" with color printed advertisements for some of the companies that supplied material for making the book. There ar...

From Caravan Book Store

$1,250.00


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