Wednesday, April 14, 2010


From the website of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, one of those nice places that one would like to believe all the digitization in the pixelsphere could not best; excerpting from volume 1 of A catalogue of the Cary Collection of Playing Cards in the Yale University Library by William B. Keller. (New Haven: Yale University Library, 1981). The Cary is Melbert B. Cary, Jr.

While the types imported by Continental Typefounders were, in the main, striking faces meant for advertisement purposes, this did not prevent American printing and publishing houses from using them for books; in fact, Cary's Press of the Woolly Whale permitted him to experiment with paper and with new applications of his imported types in book design.

The Press of the Woolly Whale is a different sort of firm than Woolly Whale Press, no? Yes.

And here are three cards for the evening.

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