Octavo. (xii), 57pp. One of twenty-five copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the translator, H.V. Marrot, who was the director of Elkin Matthews Ltd. This copy bears a lengthy inscription by Marrot to the English piano composer, Kaikhosru Sorabji. Dated 16 December, 1925, Marrot writes of his pleasure in finding this book on Sorabji's shelf and praises him as an "exceptional auditor.for any writer on printing whose treatment of his subject is aesthetic rather than technical." Indeed, such a distinction appears to have been the guiding principle behind this, the first translation of Bodoni's preface into English. Marrot alludes to this in the Translator's Preface. He also acknowledges the assistance of Stanley Morison in this endeavor. Faint edgewear, slight bowing to covers, else fine in original decorated paper-covered boards. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: G. B. Bodoni's Preface to the Manuale ...
Publisher: Elkin Mathews Ltd
Publication Date: 1925
Book Description London, 1925. 57 pp. Boards, soiled, corners dam. Library mark.*Copy signed in ink by Marrot. Seller Inventory # 160008
Book Description Elkin Mathews LTD, 1925. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: Very Good. First Edition, thus. LIMITED EDITION of 310 copies, this is number 14, printed on Van Gelder watermarked paper. Small 4to. 8 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches. [x], 57, [1 blank] pp. Bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Orange paper over boards, spine titled in black; binding square and tight, spine faded. Handsome Greek-influenced bookplate of Francis Howard Fobes on front paste-down. Very Good. Giambattista Bodoni was an Italian typographer, type-designer, compositor, printer, and publisher, based in Parma. Inspired by Pierre Simon Fournier and John Baskerville, Bodoni and Firmin Didot evolved a style of type called "New Face," in which the letters are cut to produce a strong contrast between the thick and thin parts of their body. Bodoni designed many type faces, each one in a large range of sizes; the range of sizes enabled him to compose his pages with the greatest possible subtlety of spacing. After his death, Bodoni's widow published Il Manuale Tipografico, presenting 373 characters, 34 Greek and 48 Oriental or exotic type faces. Harold Vincent Marrot (1898-1954) was an English student of typography who wrote on Bodoni, Bulmer and others; this work was written with the help and advice of Stanley Morison. PROVENANCE: Francis Howard Fobes (1881-1957) was Professor of Greek at Amherst College. Seller Inventory # CH814-117
Book Description Elkin Mathews, London, 1925. Edition limited to 310 copies printed on Van Gelder paper (this, no. 263), small 4to, pp. , 57, ; original orange paper-covered boards, gilt lettered spine; spine slightly sunned else near fine. Printed at the Curwen Press, London. Seller Inventory # 50734