Metal Type.
Metal Type.
Metal Type.
Metal Type.
Metal Type.
Metal Type.
(Milroy, Rollin)

Metal Type.

Milroy, Rollin (illus.)

(Vancouver, BC): Heavenly Monkey, 2013. Small quarto. (26), (9)ff. From an edition of thirty-five copies, this is "not Rollin's." This work celebrates the many varieties of metal type "purchased for, adopted by, & abandoned at Heavenly Monkey during the studio's first fifteen years" and is printed on a selection of nine different papers collected during the same period. This copy is unique, in that it is bound in the style of the regular edition, yet takes after the deluxe edition by including additional sections, presenting, first, display sizes of four uncommon foundry types on Barcham Green paper; second, titling fonts of eight faces on Barcham Green and Roma papers; and with the addition of a third selection of samples after the colophon. These last samples match ones already appearing in the book, but have printer's criticisms—"This comes out of your wages" and "Use the other settign [sic]. And be more careful."—stamped in silver over each. The featured types range from elegant Garamond and Eric Gill's classic Perpetua to the narrow, futuristic Huxley Vertical and calligraphic Reiner Script. In the Introduction, press proprietor Rollin Milroy notes that many of the types are printed here for the first time since they arrived at the studio. Instead of simply printing the alphabet in each font, each page was intuitively improvised around a general design idea at the time of printing. The book includes quotations related to some of the fonts, and one sample is a leaf originally printed in 1960 from Kuthan's Menagerie, with a marginal gloss added in red by Milroy. Most pages were printed in at least two colors, some metallic, requiring multiple passes through the printing press. A fine copy, bound after the regular edition in patterned paper boards and printed dust wrapper. A remarkable and creative specimen book. Item #30587

Price: $1,650.00

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