New from Inferno Press

January 7, 2007

Paul Razzell sends news of his latest publication:

Sem Hartz and the Making of Linotype Juliana

There are few things we enjoy more than an engrossing book about Dutch type design. By the same token, there are few things more frustrating than not being able to find books published in English that deal with the work of a favourite Dutch designer. Such is the case with Sem Hartz, a gifted engraver and designer who lived—and died—under the shadow of his colleague, Jan van Krimpen. Perhaps for this reason, Hartz did not receive the critical and biographical attention one would expect of such an accomplished figure.

Cover of Hartz BookFrustrated by the dearth of information about Hartz in English, Inferno Press commissioned Mathieu Lommen, a curator at the Special Collections Department at the Amsterdam University Library and friend of Hartz, to write the story of the design of Linotype Juliana. Sem Hartz and the Making of Linotype Juliana is the first publication in the English language dealing exclusively with the making of this face. It is the kind of book Inferno Press was created to publish.

Lommen’s text has been laser-printed on archival paper using a newly digitized version of Juliana. In fact, this will be the inaugural appearance of this font. Photographic reproductions of Hartz’s early drawings for Juliana are tipped in. The cover is letterpress-printed on a Nepalese Lotka paper (various colours) or on an orange Zerkall Ingres. 8 ¼ by 5 inches. 15 pages. 100 copies. Stitched into soft covers. Price C$40. North American orders add C$5/copy. Elsewhere add $7/copy. Quantity discounts available.Hertz Book Title Page

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Inferno Press: Egg Sandwiches & Stanley Morison

April 3, 2006

Paul Razzell of Inferno Press sent along this notice of his first publication, Stanley Morison’s Egg-Sandwich Exegesis:

Page from Egg-Sandwich ExegesisWhat do Stanley Morison, the Fell types, egg sandwiches and literary hoaxes have in common? You’ll find out in Stanley Morison’s Egg-Sandwich Exegesis, a parody of the twentieth century’s greatest typographic historian. As you can guess from this description, the book was published for a very . . . select audience. In a fit of optimism, we printed 100 copies. For anyone who enjoys a good literary hoax and a bit of fun at a great writer’s expense, this book is sure to delight.

Stanley Morison’s Egg-Sandwich Exegesis is set digitally in Fell types—about which Morison spent forty years researching and writing—and was printed letterpress on Mohawk paper and bound in soft covers. With an original illustration by Brent Dutton. Nine pages. 5 by 8 inches. The price is CDN$30 which includes shipping anywhere in the world.

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INFERNO PRESS
1857 West 4th Avenue, No. 227
Vancouver, B.C., V6J 1M4
Canada

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