This facsimile of Hamilton & Katz Wood Type, published by Typeco Publications, is based on the original specimen book which dates from 1884/85. This is a reproduction of a very early rare wood type specimen booklet. This reprint includes a tip-in with a brief introduction and details its dating.
• Typeco Publications
• 7 3/4" × 5 1/2" softcover
• French Paper Bubblegum 65lb Cover
• Natural 60lb. Text
• 16 Pages plus cover printed on 4 pages
• Saddle stitch bound
This reproduction of the previously unrecorded Hamilton & Katz catalog Specimens of Holly Wood Type, Borders, Reglets and Furniture was donated to the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection in March, 2014 by William Andrews of the Challenger Press in Brockport, New York. Before this new catalog came to light there were only two known and recorded Hamilton & Katz type specimen catalogs held in American archives.
This catalog would be dated from around late 1884 to mid 1885, due to several factors including: it had to be before the company changed its name to Hamilton & Baker in 1885, but after the Hamilton & Katz 1884 catalog by inference in this one of their expanded wood type production capabilities, as well as several other bits of corroborating evidence.
This catalog includes ten type designs cut in Holly Wood veneer showing Antiques, French Clarendons and Gothics typical of the early 1880s. The catalog shows printed specimens in sizes ranging from 4-line to 30-line, as well as Combination Dashes, Stars, Indexes, solid and Star Rule and thirteen styles of End Wood Borders in a range of sizes.