Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June F1rst

From the 1930 Review of Revues, Diary Calendar brilliantly illustrated by Edward Bawden.
:: Another fine find from the Visual Telling of Stories.

Practical Principles

The Title Page designed by Bruce Rogers. 
Preface designed by Peter Beilenson

Designed by Joseph Blumenthal and illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg.
Designed by G. Gehman Taylor and George F. Trenholm. Illustrated by George Trenholm. 

Designed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. Illustrated by John Tennial. 

Designed by John Archer and illustrated by Joseph Low.

Designed by James and Cecil Johnson.
Designed by Hayworth Campbell.

Designed and illustrated by Howard Trafton.
Designed and illustrated by John Averill.

Designed by Arthur W. Rushmore.
Designed and illustrated by Raymond Lufkin.

Designed and illustrated by Robert Foster.

Designed and illustrated by Clarence P. Hornung.
Designed and illustrated by Carl Purington Rollins.

Designed and illustrated by Georg Salter.
From an alphabet of tongue twisters originally published in 1836 and revised 100 years later by the Mergenthaler Linotype Corporation. This 1936 edition of Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation was designed and illustrated by some of the most celebrated typographers and designers of the day including Bruce Rogers, Georg Salter, Clarence Hornung, and W.A.Dwiggins among many. See the entire book on view at Dr. Chris Mullen's amazing site, The Visual Telling of Stories.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mid-Century Asian Book Covers

I wish I knew the score on these book jackets. All that I know is they are from Quinn Dombrowski's Flickr set which she titled South Asian Books. Anyone else have a clue about them? My guess is they are of the mid-1960s and from either Thailand or Burma quite possibly? 
:: U P D A T E
After sending a query to Quinn the other day, she has informed me these books were acquired for the University of Chicago from the Library of Congress Field Offices in New Delhi and Islamabad. Doh! Quite a distance from Thailand or Burma as I suggested, yet she confirmed they are from the 60s and 70s.
      I might add that Quinn spends a lot of time in libraries and has been documenting graffiti found in the public study areas at the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago. Her collection of images began as a giant Flickr set and later developed into her blog, and a companion book. Well worth a read!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Smoking Fine Designs

Some genuinely nice British cigarette cards mostly from the early 20th century. These are the back sides of cards with advertisements which are often far more decorative than the fronts. See more of this collection of cigarette and tobacco cards at cigcardpix flickr site. Some very fine examples there.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cubi Alfabetici

Vintage Italian alphabet blocks from the Mercatino Etsy shop.

For Good Measure

1916 protractor scale from A. Edgell & Co.

J.Rabone & Sons folding rule from England

Rowney & Co. protractor scale from England

Handmade figured maple & mahogany triangle with dumbell-shaped dovetail joints.

Boxwood perforation gauge, a stamp collecting tool.

This is an actual promotional give-away printed on heavy paper, simulating a brass-fitted folding rule with an 1889 calendar on the flip side.

:: All of these fine wooden drafting tools are from the Sheaff Ephemera Archives

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Visit to the Printer

From the Puffin Picture Book of Printing by master printer Harold Curwen of the Curwen Press.

The Art of the Book Jacket

This is kind of like walking into a hall of mirrors. This wonderful front & back cover design by Hans Tisdall is for an exhibit about the history of book cover designs. It's from the 1949 exhibit catalog for The Art of the Book Jacket at the Victoria & Albert Museum which was the first international exhibit of it's kind. It featured some 460 examples of book jackets from 19 countries and helped to popularize the dust jacket or dust wrapper as it was often referred, beyond a purely utilitarian use. In the introduction to this catalog, Leigh Ashton writes that those who succeed in visually conveying the author's work, be it pictorial or typographical, have every right to be called true artists. 
:: The 1949 catalog cover of the V&A exhibit is from the Visual Telling of Stories archive.

I can only presume the book jacket examples below may have been in the 1949 exhibit. 
:: All images below are from the Victoria & Albert Museum collections.
Anonymous, 1928
Anonymous, 1935
E. McKnight Kauffer, 1928
Edward Bawden, 1932
Eric Fraser, 1937
Ernest Benn, 1928
Harold Jones, 1936
Jean Cocteau, 1932
John Armstrong, 1937
P. Youngman Carter, 1932
Paul Nash, 1930
Rex Whistler, 1933
Roger Fry, 1929

Vanessa Bell, 1937

William Heinemann, 1928