Best type specimen book ever? 1907 Types of the De Vinne press

PabloImpallariPabloImpallari Posts: 483
edited March 2014 in History of Typography
Ok... maybe not the best (just joking). But this one is very different from every other type specimen book I've ever seen. Not for the typefaces, but for for the texts of each specimen. I'm loving it, can't stop reading.

A few excerpts:
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Full: https://archive.org/stream/typesofdevinnepr00devirich#page/n0/mode/thumb


Comments

  • Stephen ColesStephen Coles Posts: 694
    edited March 2014
    Another nice find, Pablo! Sometimes metal foundry specimen texts could be mildly self-deprecating and humorous (see Alastair Johnston’s great Alphabets to Order), but when a third party, like a press, made a specimen they had a lot more freedom to be funny.
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