FIRST PRINCIPLES OF TYPOGRAPHY
Greenboathouse Press, 2012
Designed and printed by Jason Dewinetz at Greenboathouse Press, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.
Published in an edition of 50 copies.
I’ve owned a couple of different editions of this classic essay for quite a while, including the lovely little 1946 Balkema edition printed at Joh. Enschedé en Zonen, so you’d think I’d got enough. Oh no. This edition from Jason Dewinetz is something else, and a must for my shelves. Dewinetz is a highly regarded Canadian typographer and printer who regularly wins awards for his books (this volume included). It is beautifully designed, featuring his contemporary take on restrained typography, colour and materials. The type, my favourite Romanée (in both original foundry metal for the front and end matter and Dewinetz’s own digital version – from photopolymer plates – for the actual essay), is very well printed and looks superb pressed into the thick Magnani Velata handmade paper. This isn’t a fancy ‘bells and whistles’ book, but rather a particularly finely judged production that showcases Jason’s ample skills.
The image to the right doesn’t come close to showing how good the edition really looks, so I hope you’ll visit the below link and view the slideshow there, as that does it much better justice. It’s a pity that only fifty copies were printed, as the book merits a much wider audience.
Click here to see more of the edition on the Greenboathouse Press website.
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