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Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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"During the 1870s the Wm. H. Page & Company published what are often considered the greatest type specimens ever printed. These lavish books were masterfully printed to showcase Page’s chromatic wood types and inks by Wade’s Inks. Esther K. Smith of Purgatory Pie Press, design historian Steven Heller, and artist Wayne White collaborated to produce a stunning facsimile of Page’s 1874 specimen, published by Rizzoli."
—Daily Type Specimen
About the Author
Esther K. Smith, author and designer of How to Make Books and other books about books, makes limited editions at Purgatory Pie Press in New York City.
Steven Heller is author and editor of over 130 books on graphic design and popular culture.
Wayne White is an award-winning art director of music videos turned outsider artist/painter, whose work features words and letterforms. He has won three Emmy awards for his set designs for Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
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It is no doubt worth reading this book from cover to cover, as one would an ordinary book—though dipping in for the serendipitous pop of words and color and craftsmanship is equally delightful. Logophiles and bibliophiles, designers, poets, and aficionados of vintage posters and even of just plain wood will find much to inspire here.