The Dolphin Number Two | A Journal of the Making of Books – Dwiggins/et alia

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For your consideration, a shabby copy of the important “Dolphin Number Two.”

The Dolphin, ”A Journal of the making of Books” ran to only four volumes, but what volumes of thought and artistry they set down in print. Published by the Limited Editions Club between the First and Second World Wars they were the fruit of a golden age in typography, design and book making. Important discoveries on type history, important typefaces being designed, important books being written in all fields as ideas blossomed, and important design bringing the works to the public.

Arguably the most significant content is the article on WA Dwiggins written by his friend and patron Philip Hofer, curator of printing and graphic arts at Harvard University. His essay is illustrated with 23 pages of examples of Dwiggins‘ work, all in multiple colors. Most important the the bound-in copy of Dwiggins‘ ”The Drums of Kalkapan.”

”Drums“ is one of the seven historic fantasy ”Athalinthia“ stories Dwiggins wrote while commuting by train from Hingham to his studio in the Fenway in Boston. This issue of The Dolphin is the only place the “Drums” was issued. Printed on Japanese mulberry paper in two colors, in an experimental calligraphic uncial that Dwiggins later adapted for Linotype as “Winchester.“

”Book Breakers” are known to destroy this book simply to strip out “Drums,“ it's that important.

Beyond that, this issue of the Dolphin is important for the wide range of essays it contains (from the prospectus):

ON RECOGNIZING THE TYPE FACES by Paul A. Bennett
CUTTING TYPES FOR THE MACHINES:A Layman's Account by Beatrice Warde
THE FITTING OF TYPE by Joseph Blumenthal
THE ASTHETICS OF THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK by Christopher Sandford
THE PLANNING OF THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK by Robert Josephy
ILLUSTRATIONS MADE WITH A TOOL by Warren Chappell
A GENERALIZATION ON THE MANUFACTURE OF PAPER by Thomas Nast Fairbanks
THE KINDS OF BINDING by Edith Diehl
THE MAKING OF A BOOK by Elmer Adler

Section Two
CORPUS TYPOGRAPHICUM: A Review of Printers' Manuals by Lawrence C Wroth
THE PRINTING OF MUSIC, 1473-1934 by Kathi Meyer in collaboration with Eva Judd O'Meara
SOME NOTES ON LITURGICAL PRINTING by D. B. Updike
THE WORK OF W. A. DWIGGINS by Philip Hofer
THE DRUMS OF KALKAPAN by W. A. Dwiggins

Section Three
A SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY BOOKMAKING
For America by Carl Purington Rollins
For England by Douglas Cleverdon
For France by Denyse Clairouin
For Holland by Charles Nypels
For Scandinavia by Anders Billow
For Russia by A. A. Sidorov
For Japan by Y. Nakatsuchi

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Printed letterpress in multiple colors, and bound in black cloth with spine decoration in silver and gold.

This copy is in poor shape on the exterior. The top two inches of cloth have split at the rear joint, but the text bright and clean inside. No previous owner's marks. Two forms “Of Interest” are laid in as originally issued. I may try and repair the spine cloth at which point I'll reconsider the price.

Compare the price with the other copies currently available on-line, then come back and place your order.

As always, excess postage is promptly refunded. This is a large book at 9 x 12" and ~350 pages

Your patronage allows me to continue to practice the letterpress craft using traditional methods.

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