Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype (Limited Edition)

Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype is printed in full color, with more than three hundred photos and illustrations, 232 pages, plus several appendices and index.

Learn the untold story of digital typesetting.

Tolbert Lanston, at the end of the nineteenth century, was a man obsessed with the idea of creating a machine which would provide automated typesetting yet preserve all the nuances of excellence in typography and fine printing. This also is the story of the man and the company that created and manufactured Monotypes for three-quarters of a century.

An American Civil War veteran, Lanston has remained a poorly documented hero of the typographic revolution. His Monotype System was the very first digital concept put into daily use in typesetting plants across the globe. The Monotype was a groundbreaking precursor to the computer revolution in the typesetting industry, though it was introduced over seventy years before computerized typesetting systems were developed.

This is the Hardback Limited-Edition, which includes a 24-page Monotype letterpress keepsake booklet, Going with Goudy to Philadelphia, composed, printed in several colors, and signed by Richard Hopkins.

Also available in a Hardback Trade Edition.


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The Rich Mouse Compendium

The Rich Mouse Compendium includes a complete facsimile of the hand-printed letterpress edition; an introduction; complete facsimiles of two versions of J. J. Lankes’ original manuscript (one typed and one hand-written); notes on the discovery of those manuscripts; original, unpublished photographs and background materials on J. J. Lankes as artist and printer; photographs and background materials on Frederic W. Goudy and his design of the Village type; a J. J. Lankes chronology; and notes and essays on the making of the letterpress edition.

Set in a new digital version of Goudy’s Village type (the typeface used for printing the letterpress edition), it includes an introduction by Welford D. Taylor; essays by Richard Mathews, Robert Oldham, Will Ransom, and Joshua G. Steward; and a conversation with Parker Agelasto.


Paperback  |  $30.00


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Sixty Years of Prints & Wood Engravings

Wood engraving and letterpress printing have proven to be more than passing hobbies for Spokane, Washington artist and craftsman Gale Mueller. Sixty Years of Prints & Wood Engravings collects the evidence to show what a substantial body of work can result from an activity one does for love rather than money. From early prints for Christmas cards in 1953 through the accomplished “Armadillo” wood engraving in 2013, Mueller’s touch conveys delight and insight in the scores of images he has rendered over a lifetime of work—work that continues on for this publication: a new cut, of “The Engraver” himself, was designed, engraved, and printed by the artist especially for this collection. Sixty Years of Prints & Wood Engravings reproduces over 125 prints, including 24 color reproductions of multicolor relief prints, with a Foreword by woodcut collector and J. J. Lankes scholar Welford D. Taylor; Afterword by letterpress printer Mike O’Conner.

“There is a distinctly personal dimension . . . at times humorous, occasionally whimsical but never inappropriate or gratuitous. It is his manner to observe the telling qualities of a subject, respect its uniqueness as he expresses it and then, often but not always, embellish it with a touch of his own unique essence . . . His work indicates that a human hand, guided by a human heart, has carved the design.” —from the Foreword, by Welford D. Taylor

Also available in a hand bound, limited edition that includes a signed frontispiece of “The Engraver” printed by the artist from the original block.


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The Peter Pauper Press of Peter and Edna Beilenson

The Peter Pauper Press of Peter and Edna Beilenson by Sean Donnelly & J. B. Dobkin is both a comprehensive bibliography and a history of one of America’s most successful family publishing businesses. It’s the first complete descriptive listing of all the books and publications from the founding of the Peter Pauper Press by Peter Beilenson in 1928 until the last book published under the supervision of Edna Beilenson in 1979. Based on the J. B. Dobkin Peter Pauper Press Collection in the Tampa Book Arts Studio Library, the book has been 12 years in preparation. It includes complete descriptive bibliographic entries for more than 650 Peter Pauper Press editions and ephemera, plus some 357 printing commissions, indexes by author and artist, over 40 pages of color illustrations, and dozens of black and white reproductions of books and photographs.


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Willis T. Crossman’s Vermont: Stories by W. Paul Cook

Edited with an introduction by Sean Donnelly and Leland M. Hawes Jr.

This appealing collection of wise and humorous stories by W. Paul Cook (1880-1948) is set in the author’s native state of Vermont. Written under the pen name Willis T. Crossman, the stories first appeared in the 1930s and 1940s in newspapers, literary magazines, and a dozen books and booklets printed in very small numbers. Their limited circulation all but destined the stories to be lost and forgotten. But throughout his life, Cook showed little inclination to profit from what he wrote and published.

The Crossman books and pamphlets, set in type and printed by his own hands, impress one, above all else, as labors of love. Years earlier he’d published a magazine with the revealing motto: “For Love Only. Not for Sale.” That principle guided much of what he did throughout a long career as a professional and amateur printer. Love is evident in these stories and in the original printed items themselves: love of his native Vermont’s history, her land, and especially her people.

The afterword is by Welford D. Taylor, who taught American literature for forty years at The University of Richmond, retiring in 2004 as James A. Bostwick Professor of English, Emeritus. The cover of the book is illustrated with “Wall’s House” by J. J. Lankes, a woodcut inspired by one of the artist’s sojourns in New England while collaborating with Robert Frost.


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Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype – Trade Edition

Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype is printed in full color, with more than three hundred photos and illustrations, 232 pages, plus several appendices and index.

Learn the untold story of digital typesetting.

Tolbert Lanston, at the end of the nineteenth century, was a man obsessed with the idea of creating a machine which would provide automated typesetting yet preserve all the nuances of excellence in typography and fine printing. This also is the story of the man and the company that created and manufactured Monotypes for three-quarters of a century.

An American Civil War veteran, Lanston has remained a poorly documented hero of the typographic revolution. His Monotype System was the very first digital concept put into daily use in typesetting plants across the globe. The Monotype was a groundbreaking precursor to the computer revolution in the typesetting industry, though it was introduced over seventy years before computerized typesetting systems were developed.

This is the Hardback Trade Edition of Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype. Also available is the Hardback Limited-Edition.


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The Rich Mouse • Limited Edition Set

The Rich Mouse limited-edition set is comprised of two volumes, housed together in a handmade slipcase. The first volume is a hand-printed, hand-bound letterpress book that is the first edition of the “The Rich Mouse,” a beast fable featuring two mice as protagonists, written in 1950 by the renowned American woodcut artist J. J. Lankes, who also created two woodcuts to accompany his story. In the letterpress edition we reproduce those two original illustrations for the first time and supplement them with several other complementary and seldom-seen Lankes woodcuts. The book was printed on the 1848 iron hand press once owned by Lankes on fine mouldmade Somerset paper, with handset foundry types designed by Frederic W. Goudy, and hand-bound in hardcover using decorative wood-patterned papers inspired by the Lankes woodcuts, and specifically made for this project.

The letterpress edition is accompanied by “The Rich Mouse Compendium,” a paperback companion volume created to accompany the letterpress book. Set in a new digital version of Goudy’s Village type (the typeface used for printing the letterpress edition), in a paperback binding matching the letterpress hand-bound edition, it includes a full facsimile of the letterpress edition of “The Rich Mouse,” together with an introduction, notes on the manuscript, facsimile manuscript pages, original photographs and background materials on J. J. Lankes as artist and printer, photographs and background materials on Frederic Goudy and his design of the Village type, a J. J. Lankes chronology, and notes on the making of the letterpress edition.

Introduction by Welford D. Taylor; essays by Richard Mathews, Robert Oldham, Will Ransom, and Joshua G. Steward; and a conversation with Parker Agelasto.

The Rich Mouse first-edition set is limited to 150 numbered copies.


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The Ideal Book

Three Essays on Books and Printing by William Morris | Edited with an Introduction by Dr. Richard Mathews

The founding of the Kelmscott Press by William Morris in the late 19th century reinvigorated the world of printing and book arts. Morris’s exceptional skill as a designer and printer owed much to his careful study of printing and its history. His knowledge served him well when he wrote his seminal essays on the subject. Richard Mathews, the Director of the University of Tampa Press and a fine printer himself, has selected three of those essays for this new collection. In his introduction, Mathews gives the reader background on Morris’s life and work, and also explores the great printer’s legacy. Though the book is produced digitally — with technologies that would seem alien to William Morris — there is a tribute to the traditions of fine printing in the form of a tipped-in frontispiece, hand-printed letterpress. Each copy of the book is individually numbered.


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Sir Emery Walker

Sir Emery Walker helped inspire the revival of fine letterpress printing and typography in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. A friend and collaborator of William Morris, he facilitated the design and casting of the famous Kelmscott Press types, and later, with T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, established the Doves Press and produced its famous types. Walker also founded a photo-engraving company that was renowned for the quality of its work. This illustrated memoir by R.C.H. Briggs is a rich introduction and tribute to the many facets of Walker’s life and work. It has been edited with a foreword and notes by Richard Mathews. Royalties from its sales support the Emery Walker Trust.


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Paris on the Flats

Robert Dana helped to see this collection of his prose works through the press shortly before his death in February 2010. It includes memories and anecdotes about the early years of the Iowa Writers’ Workshops and his recollections of visits with Robert Frost, Stephen Spender, Robert Lowell, and other friends and poets; reviews and reflections on contemporary poetry; essays on subjects ranging from the author’s life to his passion for books and fine printing; and three interviews with the author. The book is handsomely illustrated with color photographs.


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Lankes: His Woodcut Miniatures (Slipcase Only)

Slipcases for the Lankes: His Woodcut Miniatures, bound by hand by David Barry of Griffin Bindery. Covered in Japan mulberry paper purchased by J. J. Lankes for an unrealized project.

Available as either a Single-volume slipcase or a Double-volume slipcase to house both the Leather bound & Japanese Mulberry paper editions together in one case. When purchased we will communicate with you about your choice.


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Lankes: His Woodcut Miniatures (Leather Binding)

Edition of 75 / Bound in leather

This deluxe, limited-edition miniature book has been set in metal type and hand printed letterpress on J. J. Lankes’s 1848 Hoe Washington Press at the Tampa Book Arts Studio. The text paper is Rives mouldmade paper from the Arches Mill in France. David H. Barry bound the books by hand at his Griffin Bindery. The book reproduces twelve remarkable miniature cuts, with an introduction by Welford D. Taylor and notes by Parker C. Agelasto.

Seventy-five copies, bound in full leather, are signed by Welford D. Taylor and Parker C. Agelasto.

There is also an board-bound edition, covered in Japanese mulberry paper, limited to 200 copies.

Slipcases made by David Barry are available for an additional $10.


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Lankes: His Woodcut Miniatures

Edition of 200 / Bound in boards covered in Japan mulberry paper

This limited-edition miniature book has been set in metal type and hand printed letterpress on J. J. Lankes’s 1848 Hoe Washington Press at the Tampa Book Arts Studio. The text paper is Rives mouldmade paper from the Arches Mill in France. David H. Barry bound the books by hand at his Griffin Bindery.The book reproduces twelve remarkable miniature woodcuts, with an introduction by Welford D. Taylor and notes by Parker C. Agelasto.

Two hundred numbered copies are bound in boards covered in Japan mulberry paper purchased by Lankes for an unrealized project.

There is also a Deluxe edition, bound in full leather, limited to 75 copies.

Slipcases made by David Barry are available for an additional $10.


Hardback  |  $50.00


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Christmas Books

A new edition of an essay first published in a limited edition in 1936. The author briefly reviews the practice among booksellers, collectors, and printers of giving special books to friends and clients at Christmastime. Includes a frontispiece printed letterpress at the Tampa Book Arts Studio with illustrations from the University of Tampa Book Arts Studio Library Collections. Edition limited to two hundred numbered copies.


Paperback Edition  |  $6.00


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A Woodcut Manual

The best book ever written about the art of woodcuts is back in print! This handsome new limited edition augments the original J. J. Lankes text with selections from his letters and miscellaneous writings to reveal the rich and multidimensional talents of an American master. With an introduction and commentary by Welford Dunaway Taylor plus dozens of woodcuts and decorations by Lankes, this book leaves no doubt about the truth of Robert Frosts assessment: No man ever dug a better thing out of wood.


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