Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the first publication of Grimms' Fairytales
Danger & Destiny in the fairytales
of the Brothers' Grimm
by David Blamires
with a new illustration
by Clifford Harper
E R Weiss: the Typography of an Artist
by Gerald Cinamon
Emil Rudolf Weiss stands high in the pantheon of great book artists that includes, among others, William Morris, Bruce Rogers and Francis Meynell, but because his work was mostly distributed in Germany, he tends to be less well known in the English speaking world. Little has been written about him or his work in English since the 1930s, yet he was sufficiently regarded by Stanley Morison to be a guest designer for an issue of The Fleuron. Another issue of The Fleuron included an essay by Morison about Weiss ornaments. His Weiss-Antiqua typeface was particularly popular in the USA, mainly due to the availability for slug casting through Intertype matrices and the publicity work of the Bauer Type Foundry office in New York. Today, most of us have, perhaps unknowingly, seen the digital version of Weiss roman, if not the original metal version. It remains a popular typeface, particularly in book work where two of its recent outings were on the dust-jacket of the US edition of The Da Vinci Code and the UK edition of Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen.
Gerald Cinamon studied graphic design at the Yale School of Art & Architecture, and first came across Weiss Initials while working in New York in the early 1960s. His long and successful career at Penguin spanned the years from 1961 to 1985. After his retirement, Cinamon learned German in order to research his excellent biography of Rudolf Koch (Oak Knoll, 2000). At our request he turned his attention to Weiss. More
If it's not one thing it's another...
Missed our 2012 New Year Booklet? We almost did too! Our 'Vortbuch/Wordbook' wasn't finished till May, after the collated sheets of E R Weiss went to the binder.
The Anagnostakis Pocket Guide to Austrian German and Swiss Antiquarian Bookdealers Terminology reflects the decade of bookbuying that went into the making of E. R. Weiss. The learning curve was steep, but the reward was a growing pile of stunningly designed and illustrated books, not to mention a whole new set of bookdealer friends. Open up a whole new world of beautiful books for yourself with this German-English Dictionary.
The Days Out
The Weeks Away
Poems by Ian McMillan
Photographs by Ian Beesley
A collaboration between a poet who writes with a photographer's eye to detail and a photographer who believes that words can enhance an image "whether a precisely worded caption or the scrawl on the back of the print", the 32 poems and 13 photographs in this book are a remarkable example of how two can sometimes work as one and produce something both moving and eloquent.
Bound in an elegant patterned paper with a cloth spine and paper labels, hard cover copies are signed by McMillan and Beesely. Also available a paperback, signed by the printer/binder, or in sheets to bind your own. More...
Coming Soon: Nick Wonham's long-awaited new book Steel Horizons (See his cover design). Get in touch for a prospectus, or order your pre-publication copy now: