Searching for Dwiggins typographic sketchs

Hello everyone,
I'm searching for some unreleased typographics drawings of William Addison Dwiggins. I've heard about some fonts like "Falcon" (I already have a bad pic of this one) or also "Hingham" etc.
Can someone help me about it ? I'm franch and it's quite complicate here to reach this kind of stuffs...

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PublishingMojo's picture

Most of Dwiggins' papers and works are in the Special Collections of the Boston Public Library in Massachusetts. Here is a link to the page on the Library's web site with a list of contact names for that department.

kentlew's picture

I previously posted some images here:

There’s probably more scattered around Typophile from over the years.

Matthieu Cannavo's picture

Thanks a lot Victor & Kent !

kentlew's picture

Matthieu —

Three of the best published overviews of the lesser-known type designs of Dwiggins are:

Postscripts on Dwiggins, Volume Two (Typophile Chap Book No. 36), edited by Paul A. Bennett [New York: The Typophiles, 1960],

Letters of Credit by Walter Tracy [Boston: David R. Godine, 1986], and

American Proprietary Typefaces, edited by David Pankow [American Printing History Association, 1998].

I believe the first two are out of print, and all may be difficult for you to find in France. But I thought I’d let you know, so at least you know what to look for.

John Hudson's picture

Kent, I presume there also exists Volume One of Postscripts on Dwiggins; of what does it consist?

kentlew's picture

The Postscripts on Dwiggins are two chapbooks published together a few years after Dwiggins’s death, as a tribute. They comprise several articles and remembrances from a number of his friends and colleagues on various aspects of his life and work.

Volume One includes articles by Paul Hollister, Alfred A. Knopf, Mabel H. Dwiggins (WAD’s widow), Carl Purington Rollins, Philip Hofer, and Helen Macy. There are also photographs of Dwiggins and selected reproductions of his graphic work.

Volume Two includes articles by John Goss, Chester C. Lane, Margaret B. Evans, Watson M. Gordon, Dorothy Abbe, George Salter, Rudolph Ruzicka, and Paul A. Bennett. There is a selective checklist of his book design work.

And — of most interest to this group — the summary of his work with Mergenthaler Linotype and examples of [most of] the produced typefaces are found in Volume Two.

Available copies of these books are often pricey. But the two volumes sometimes appear for sale separately, which is why I specifically singled out the second volume for this list, given the OP’s expressed interest.

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