DVDs with scanned old typeface catalogs and scanned old books about foundry type (Bleisatzschriften)

Uli's picture

In this week, I bought the two DVDs "Bleisatzschriften" (= "Foundry Types"), which contain innumerable old foundry type catalogs and several old typeface books, and also catalogs of hot-metal machine composition typefaces, all of them scanned and converted to PDF files.

For typeface historians, these two DVDs are a must.
Here are some random samples drawn from both DVDs:

- http://www.sanskritweb.net/temporary/Sample1.jpg
- http://www.sanskritweb.net/temporary/Sample2.jpg
- http://www.sanskritweb.net/temporary/Sample3.jpg
- http://www.sanskritweb.net/temporary/Sample4.jpg
- http://www.sanskritweb.net/temporary/Sample5.jpg
- http://www.sanskritweb.net/temporary/Sample6.jpg
- http://www.sanskritweb.net/temporary/Sample7.jpg
- http://www.sanskritweb.net/temporary/Sample8.jpg
- http://www.sanskritweb.net/temporary/Sample9.jpg

For the complete tables of contents of both DVDs see here:

- www.spatium-magazin.de/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/bleisatz-i-inhalt.pdf
- www.spatium-magazin.de/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/bleisatz_d_inhalt_web.pdf

nancy sharon collins's picture

This is all lovely but having grown up with foundry type, then watched it go away, I can't help but wonder after the lost sensation of holding the type specimen books, turning the pages, and experiencing light reflecting off of paper and ink.

Allow me to encourage everyone to scour tag and estate sales for old books. Keep them, look at them. Maybe even read them (I assume typophiles do this but you never know.)

Last week I had the great good fortune to chat with the director of library and archival studies at LSU. Digitizing is super important but we need to remind everyone to also keep the books. (Ah, the books.)

Read:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/3562724/Hamlets-Blackberry-Why-Paper-Is-Eternal

and thank you for the post.

nancy sharon collins's picture

This is all lovely but having grown up with foundry type, then watched it go away, I can't help but wonder after the lost sensation of holding the type specimen books, turning the pages, and experiencing light reflecting off of paper and ink.

Allow me to encourage everyone to scour tag and estate sales for old books. Keep them, look at them. Maybe even read them (I assume typophiles do this but you never know.)

Last week I had the great good fortune to chat with the director of library and archival studies at LSU. Digitizing is super important but we need to remind everyone to also keep the books. (Ah, the books.)

Read:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/3562724/Hamlets-Blackberry-Why-Paper-Is-Eternal

and thank you for the post.

paulstonier's picture

I am strangely drawn to the Antique and Ornamental faces. The tuscan serifs are gorgeous.

Mark Simonson's picture

I sent for both of these, and they are wonderful! Not quite as nice as physical books, but they do take up a lot less space. I find it most convenient to peruse them with QuickView on my Mac.

blank's picture

Thanks, Uli. I had always wondered what the quality of these is like, I’ll probably buy a set as soon as I have money.

.00's picture

Mark,

Can you forward me the ordering information. I don't seem to find it in the links provided.

Thanks,

James

Mark Simonson's picture

http://www.spatium-magazin.de/category/spatium_shop/

It's all in German, but I managed to muddle my way through it (using the Translation widget in Dashboard) well enough to order the discs.

Si_Daniels's picture

Dan posted a review last year...

http://www.typeoff.de/?p=290

see also

http://www.typeoff.de/?p=325

Cheers, Si

dan_reynolds's picture

Try the contact form on spatium's blog –
http://www.spatium-magazin.de/kontakt/

You can write to them in English. I'm sure that they will be able to take care of any orders offline via email.

Nick Shinn's picture

You know the way that digital paper works?
Well, what if the pixels were at the end of tiny pistons--so that a scan could record the depth of impression of metal type, and that could be displayed in the reading device?
Other dimensional 3D technologies yet to represent letterpress--lenticular, holographic, &c.

The original documents are priceless, because every copy is ultimately poor.
Remember microfiche.

Something about the scent of old books too, and their fragility in one's hands.

blank's picture

Nick, you and Nancy are right about the original books. But finding specimen books is becoming increasingly hard as they’ve become quite popular with book collectors. Prices for anything but the basic ATF/Linotype/Bauer books are shooting up, and they sell quickly, making them hard to find at all. Scans are a great place to start. They can also be a nice resource for finding out what was on the pages that were cut out for comping!

cuttlefish's picture

Oh, I do remember microfiche. I think the library might still have some old newspapers in that format. I haven't checked in a while. It still sounds like some kind of bait, though.

hrant's picture

Nancy, a font exists beyond its instantiation in one medium. A specimen book especially should be a means to convey the essence of a font, not merely be something to fondle and gawk at.

hhp

aszszelp's picture

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Szabolcs

Ankh's picture

Hmm, I wonder what the copyright status is of these images?

I've been thinking about hosting a lot of type specimen images on http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ recently.

Also, are the images of high enough quality to be useful to typeface designers?

Liam

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