Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4
The American Art Printer for October has some timely words on strikes. In a leader entitled « The Madness of it, » the editor says: « This is the age of great inventions. No one dares now to say that anything is impossible in the material world, after all this generation has seen. Is the moral world incapable of progress? … Meantime we have a word for the members of unions and other organizations: Do your part of the preparatory work by freezing out the demagogues, who have so often led you to ruin. » —It has an interesting fac-simile of Edison's Grand Trunk Herald, the first and only newspaper ever published on a train. The color-supplement is a really beautiful business card, composition by W. Rohlfing, with Louis C. Hesse, St Louis, and printed at the Art Printer office by W. C. Ryan. It also contains a remarkable and admirable Japanese study in rule-work, by Edouard Lanier, a French compositor.
Mr G. H. Davis appears to be making a success of the Lithographic Art Journal (New York). No. 10 contains a capital pair of photo-engravings entitled « A Fish Story. » The figures are life-like, and full of character. No. 14 appears with a new and well-designed emblematic heading, and has for a frontispiece a fine bust of Senefelder. It contains also a very beautiful chromo, in imitation of water-color, by Buck and Co., representing a scene on the Hudson.
The Artist Printer not only holds its ground, but goes ahead. In its November issue it reports 584 new subscribers in one month. It has lately published some fac-similes of the unique stigmatype and rule-work of the Viennese artist Carl Fasol. A singular and elaborate rule-work view of the Tower of London, by an English comp, E. Allan, appears in the November issue. It is admirable in its way, but does not equal recent French specimens. One feature of the Artist Printer is that it absolutely eschews italic. But it uses small-caps. Why?
La Typologie-Tucker for August contains a review of a new French dictionary published by Delagrave, and the work of three professors, MM. Adolphe, [unclear: Haezfeld,] Arsène Darmesteter, and Antoine Thomas. The work is compiled on an admirable system, special attention having been paid to the etymological section. The etymology of the word rounne is quoted as showing the pains taken in fixing the true derivation; and the article Bassin, to illustrate the method of classification of shades of meaning, literal and figurative. The latter is interesting to the English reader as showing the exact parallelism of the word in all its meanings with the English word Basin. The excellent Diction-naire Typo-Lithographique is continued, and has reached the letter I.
Mr John Bassett, well known as the biographer of « Eminent Living Printers, » and editor of the Effective Advertiser, has retired from that paper, and intends to bring out a new printers' trade organ early in 1891. This adds one more to the many unexpected changes this year has seen in the journalism of the Craft.
We have received the first number of the Toronto Specimen, the organ of the Toronto Typefoundry. It is beautifully printed, and contains many specimens of recent American designs in type. We do not see any original faces.
In his notes from Argentina, in the Printing Times, Mr Walter Lodia says:—El Poli-grafo, the only journal of the printing art, has been discontinued till better times return. La Tipografia Argentina has ceased to appear in the directory of « periodicos. »
The Union Printer (New York) credits an item from our columus to « London Typo. » London is well enough supplied with trade journals without this addition.