In Quest of the Perfect Book, Reminiscences and Reflections of a Bookman. William Dana Orcutt.
In Quest of the Perfect Book, Reminiscences and Reflections of a Bookman
In Quest of the Perfect Book, Reminiscences and Reflections of a Bookman

In Quest of the Perfect Book, Reminiscences and Reflections of a Bookman

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1926. Association copy. Inscribed "To Joseph C. Lincoln with the sincerest good wishes of his friend, William Dana Orcutt / 'Without books, God is silent, justice dormant, natural science at a stand, philosophy lame, letters dumb, and all things involved in C ??????? darkness.' - Bartholin, 1972 / Boston, 8 July 1929" (This cataloger cannot decipher the second to the last word in the Bartholin quote. It looks as though it was inserted into the quote by WDM. Any ideas? First impression of the trade edition. Brown cloth stamped in gold. Bottom corners slightly bumped. Back free endpaper is missing. Otherwise a tight, clean copy in very good condition.. / Jacket somewhat worn and chipped but still clean and sturdy. Only one 1" closed tear. Item #153

317 pp. 8vo. color frontispiece. Many other b & w illustrations. Composed in Poliphilus type, reproduced by the Lanston Monotype Corporation, London, from the Roman face designed in 1499 by Francesco Griffo, of Bologna, for Aldus Manutius, and originally used in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. The italic is base upon that designed for Antonio Blado, Printer to the Holy See from 1515 to 1567.This lovely choice of type does make for a beautiful page.

William Dana Orcutt's pilgrimage in quest of the perfect book took him from an appreticeship at the University Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the highest position in that famous institution, and later associated him as typographic expert with the Plimpton Press at Norwood, Mass.. . . The quest led him frequently to Italy, where in the old maoasteries and libraries he designed his "humanistic" type, recognized as one of the most beautiful type faces ever cut. . . . . As an architect of books his search brought him in close touch with such celebrities as Eugene Field, Bernard Shaw, Cobden-Sanderson, Theodore Roosevelt, Pope Pius XI, WIlliam James and Mary Baker Eddy. . . . As a novelist - still searching for the perfect book, the author came to know Maurice Hewlett, Austin Dobson, Richard Garnett, Mark Twain, Charles Eliot Norton, Henry James, and William Dean Howells. . . . . In the great collections he studied the triumphs of typography from Gutenberg to Cobden-Sanderson, discovering the conditions that produced them and the signufucance of their productions.

Price: $50.00