Book #118413

A Bibliography Of The Village Press. Including An Account Of The Genesis Of The Press By Frederic W. Goudy And A Portion Of The 1903 Diary Of Will Ransom, Co-founder

Melbert B. Cary, Jr

Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition: Reprint
Size: 8vo
Publisher: New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, [1981].

Price: $12.00

An attractive Oak Knoll Reprint in Fine condition in alike dust-jacket.

This bibliography documents the career of the Village Press with meticulous detail and insight. In a short memoir at the beginning of this book, Frederic W. Goudy gives an account of a printer's life that is certain to be familiar to anyone who has experienced the "fun and fury" of a private press. The section from the diary of Will Ransom, co-founder of the press, gives some idea of the magnitude of the initial problems that were encountered. Despite these difficulties, the press still produced books that were an able tribute to William Morris, in many ways Goudy's chief inspiration in book design. However, the press was no mere imitation of the Kelmscott Press - in the years of its operation it forged a style that was distinctly Goudy's. Frederic W. Goudy was one of the most influential type designers of the twentieth century. His influence on advertising art and book design was considerable, and he became an arbiter of typographic taste for an entire generation between the Wars. Part of the reason for this success lay with his practical knowledge of the problems of designer and printer. Much of this expertise was gained through the Village Press.; [211] pages.