The Colophon: A Book Collectors' Quarterly. Part Nine.

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Limited edition. Original publisher's blue and beige boards with an illustration on the front cover showing a man reading. 8 3/4" x 10 3/4." 102 unnumbered pages, complete. Plates and illustrations in black and white and color, complete. Former ownership bookplate: "Rare Book Department, Syracuse University Library, Gift of Carnegie Corporation of New York." Pages and covers are very clean and intact. Slight rubbing to the front and back covers. Front joint cracked from the bottom edge to about halfway up the spine. Back joint has a chip measuring about 1 1/2." A few pages unopened. A Fine copy. Text printed in the front: "Articles are listed in the order of placement. The making of signatures by various presses at different times and places prevents folio pagination. Credit is given to each press with the exception of the Pynson Printers, who are responsible for work not otherwise credited." Back colophon: "This first part for the third year made for three thousand subscribers. Completed in the month of February MCM XXXII." The Colophon was a limited edition quarterly periodical that was published from 1929 to 1950. The periodical was established by Elmer Adler (1884-1962), the founder of Pynson Printers in New York City. Each quarterly contains a collection of "signatures" written and printed by different printers or printing presses. Most of these "signatures" are articles, but a few take the form of artwork and other non-written works. The articles cover a diverse range of topics but all relate in some way to printing, publishing, art, and literature. The Colophon was especially unique in featuring a variety of paper, typography, and printing styles due to the different contributors. The boards were produced by Pynson Printers. The following are the articles and features in this issue: "Mr. Whitman Reconsiders" by Thomas Olive Mabbott, Rollo Silver; "Death by Spontaneous Combustion" by J. De Lancey Ferguson, Ervine Metzl, Kurt Volk; "Talking Stones" by Althea H. Bass, Harvard University Press, Heliotype Company; "Hints for Tarkingtonians" by Barton Currie, Walpole Printing Office; "Crab-Apples: A Woodcut" by Charles W. Smith; "How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!" by Bertha Coolidge; "A Sketch of the Origins of Species" by Paul B. Victorius, Printing House of William Edwin Rudge; "A Curtain Call for Benjamin Gomez" by Robert W. G. Vail, Harbor Press; and "So You're a Collector!" by Elmer Adler. Cover design and design on colophon page by Edward A. Wilson.