Product Placement

8 x 8 inch Sketch/Blank book (Fig. 1)

Yesterday I posted sneak peek pics of a soon to be released product. I’m pleased as punch to share the results of the binding tests. These 8 x 8 inch, perfect-bound sketch/blank books have 100 pages (50 leaves), handsomely wrapped with a sampling of 20 line Tuscan Eqyptian letters (Fig. 1) and numbers (Fig. 2), punctuated with brass rules, wood and metal stars.

8 x 8 inch Sketch/Blank book (Fig. 2)

Pre-order information available upon request.

A Little Perspective

Nothing like a weekend of printing and listening to good music to put things in perspective. Here’s a sneak peek at the first run of a soon to be released product!

Here’s a picture of the form being constructed before being put on the press:


20 line Tuscan Egyptian

This face made its first appearance in wood in the 1877 Specimens of Wood Type by Vanderburgh and Wells.¹ The heavy, bracketed, slab serifs betray its Antique/Egyptian roots. In fact, a number of Tuscan Egyptian’s characters are interchangeable with Egyptian Ornamented, but this capital A distinguishes itself with a unique, V-shaped crossbar. It has the appearance of a Frankenstein-combination of a splayed-stem capital M topped with an inverted capital V.

¹ Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection

Walk Like an Egyptian

20 line Tuscan Egyptian

Tuscan Egyptian is one of many Ornamented Egyptians that began to appear in all the wood type manufacturer’s specimen books in the 1870s. Rob Roy Kelly described Tuscan Egyptian as essentially a French Antique, with added points at the median and bifurcated serifs. Each of the capital A’s in this font bears the circular Hamilton Mfg. Co. imprint that was used between 1889–1891.