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Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography

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"Oh my god this book is gorgeous" ~a satisfied Etsy customer.

Chromatic Wood Type is a reprint of a very rare Victorian type and ink catalog. I first saw it at the Newberry Library in Chicago and fell in love. The book has 100 pages of breathtaking typography in outrageous colors and strange phrases of found poetry--it felt like an opera--it made me want to sing.

As I paged through the book, I decided to republish it with a major publisher-- so that everyone could have one--including me. Rizzoli agreed to reprint it. 10" x 13", 120 full color pages.

At first I hoped to be listed as Impresario--because I felt like PT Barnum, saying SEE THE AMAZING COLOR AND TYPOGRAPHY-- but my official role is editor and designer of this reprint. Design critic Steven Heller wrote the foreword for the book. And painter (former Peewee's Playhouse designer) Wayne White wrote the preface. I wrote the intro and afterword.

Dikko Faust, founder of Purgatory Pie Press, hand set metal type that we reproduced for pages we designed. The other 100 pages are the original book.

We are including an original letterpress print that Dikko made from real hand set wood and metal type as your Free Gift with Purchase.
"Oh my god this book is gorgeous" ~a satisfied Etsy customer.

Chromatic Wood Type is a reprint of a very rare Victorian type and ink catalog. I first saw it at the Newberry Library in Chicago and fell in love. The book has 100 pages of breathtaking typography in outrageous colors and strange phrases of found poetry--it felt like an opera--it made me want to sing.

As I paged through the book, I decided to republish it with a major publisher-- so that everyone could have one--including me. Rizzoli agreed to reprint it. 10" x 13", 120 full color pages.

At first I hoped to be listed as Impresario--because I felt like PT Barnum, saying SEE THE AMAZING COLOR AND TYPOGRAPHY-- but my official role is editor and designer of this reprint. Design critic Steven Heller wrote the foreword for the book. And painter (former Peewee's Playhouse designer) Wayne White wrote the preface. I wrote the intro and afterword.

Dikko Faust, founder of Purgatory Pie Press, hand set metal type that we reproduced for pages we designed. The other 100 pages are the original book.

We are including an original letterpress print that Dikko made from real hand set wood and metal type as your Free Gift with Purchase.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed by renagorlin
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 5, 2018
Extraordinary collection of fantastic letterforms in gorgeous color combinations spelling out found poetry. The absolute embodiment of satisfaction for typography lovers! Signed by author -- an honor to have in my library. Thank you!
Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography

Reviewed by Loran Scruggs
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 31, 2017
Wow oh wow, so glad you loved this book and put in the energy to get it remade!
Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography

Reviewed by lifeislegos
5 out of 5 stars
May 20, 2017
"Oh my god this book is gorgeous."
That was my immediate thought upon opening this book*, and it gets even better when you examine its details. This thing really did need to be reprinted. It is that beautiful.
Definitely worth it.


*"Whoa—Even prettier in person!" was what I thought for that brief moment of innocence between unpacking and opening it, when I could only see the cover.
Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography

Reviewed by Kriskoa
5 out of 5 stars
Apr 10, 2017
Thank you for the inscription and the super quick communication and shipping. My little one was incredibly excited with each project as she was perusing the book.
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