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Wiliam Dana Orcutt : In Quest for the Perfect Book : Typeface Designer Arts 1926

Wiliam Dana Orcutt : In Quest for the Perfect Book : Typeface Designer Arts 1926

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Reminiscences & Reflections of a Bookman

By William Dan Orcutt

Published by Little, Brown & Company, Boston, 1926. First impression of the trade edition. Hardback book, brown cloth with gilt decoration and title to the upper board. 316 pages including the index.Profusely illustred . .colour frontispiece and 84 further b&w plates

A good first impression the trade edition. The cloth binding is good and clean but the title has faded from the spine but can still be read if looking closely. Endpapers good. All contents present and pages clean throughout as are the plates. No writing or names. Overall a good first edition.

A relatively well crafted tale, nicely illustrated, exploring the nuances of the book arts in nearly all its facets. Sections include Baskerville, Gutenberg, illuminated manuscripts, Mark Twain, William Morris, etc. A lovely addition to the library of a lover of beautiful books and their design and artistic appearance.
A series of highly readable essays on the early history of the book including early printers, early typographers, etc.

William Dana Orcutt was an important book and typeface designer in Boston, an important printing and bookmaking center, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Orcutt graduated from Harvard University in 1892, and subsequently worked for John Wilson, proprietor of The University Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts (a forerunner of the Harvard University Press). Through his role at the University Press, Orcutt made contact with prominent authors such as Mary Baker Eddy, whose books he continued to publish throughout her career. Along with several other important designers and printers such as Daniel Berkeley Updike and Bruce Rogers, Orcutt helped found the Boston Society of Printers in 1905. Orcutt was elected the first president of the Society, an organization inspired by the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Orcutt (1870-1953) was also the noted author of such bibliophilic classics as "The Magic of the Book: More Reminiscences and Adventures of a Bookman" (1930), "From My Library Walls" (1945), "The Kingdom of Books" (1927), "Celebrities Off Parade" (1935) and similar bookish tomes.

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