Edges of Books examines a familiar form from an unfamiliar perspective. When books are on display it is usually their spines, covers, text, or illustrations that are featured. These are the familiar parts of the books—the parts that modern readers have come to interact with the most. Edges of Books takes a different approach, uncovering a tradition that extends back centuries in which the edges of books were important sites for information and decoration.
Publisher:RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (September, 2012)
Show your style and pride with RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection’s retro T. Not just the proverbial “Old-School,” the graphic featured on this shirt was captured from a historic letterpress cut from our archive collection and brought to you. This stone green, Hanes 100% cotton shirt is available in sizes S-XL.
The classic verse of empowerment from Shakespeare’s Hamlet stands out boldly when printed from historic metal type at the RIT Cary Collection. This broadside is typeset in Eve Heavy, designed by Rudolf Koch in the early 1920s for the Klingspor typefoundry. It is printed on a fine quality tan laid paper, suitable for framing.
Wood engravings depicting twelve different exotic animals make an attractive print, suitable for framing. The images were carefully printed on the RIT Cary Collection’s historic letterpress equipment, using 19th century wood blocks and a cream laid paper. Animals included: tiger, leopard, lion, hyena, eagle, camel, boar, elk, mountain goat, crocodile, kangaroo, and bear.
Throughout the twentieth century, modern design theories in combination with newer printing technologies offered book designers far more options than were previously available to them. Utilizing these resources, some skillful artisans produced stunning designs in period style, arranging modern re-cuttings of early type designs with historical decoration that resulted in the creation of truly beautiful books; while others preferred a more contemporary aesthetic, building upon earlier principles in a fresh, novel manner.
Publisher:RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (March, 2011)