Book: Bibliography Of The Village Press of Goudy & Ransom

A Bibliography Of The Village Press 1903-1938: Including an Account of the Genesis of the Press by Frederic W. Goudy and a Portion of the 1903 Diary of Will Ransom, Co-Founder

Oak Knoll Books, New Castle, Delaware, 1938(1981), 1st edition thus, 205 pp., hardcover

A detailed history of the Village Press and the direction that Frederic W. Goudy gave it with his philosophy of typography. Goudy had stumbled into, then fallen headlong into type and ornament design. He was keen to avoid the typographic influences of William Morris type and others, and his direction was shaped by his amateurish publishing of The Chap book and his later involvement in commercial printing. By the time Goudy’s own press was in motion in 1902 the “wildly enthusiastic youngster” Will Ransom joined him for a year and helped shape the Village Press’ fine printing and typography. Ransom would go on to founding his own press and a later, prolific career in design and bibliography.

The Introduction is by Goudy and explains the press’ origins, the First Days reprints the first four days of Ransom’s tenure at the press, and the Bibliography is by Melbert B. Cary, himself a printer, typographer, and founder of The Press of the Wooly Whale which published the original edition of the bibliography.

The Bibliography is a facsimile of the original hand-set edition. This edition has an Index, Addenda of additional Village Press material discovered after the first bibliography and an item inadvertently omitted. The bibliography is separated into time periods of the press’ publications: 1903-1904, 1904-1906, 1906-1913, 1913-1923, and 1923-1938. The publications are not only books, but various finely printed cards, leaves, folders, broadsides, etc. Individual entries have varying amounts of information, but books generally include the colophon, pages, designs, binding, and edition (s).

This 1981 reprint is by Oak Knoll Press and is printed on fine paper. Blue-gray cloth over boards with gilt title to spine.

Scattered light foxing to the edges of the text block, typical of this edition. Dust jacket has the lightest sunning to the spine and a tiny, closed tear to the tail end of front fore edge.

A clean, sharp, Near Fine copy in an illustrated dust jacket that is conservatively Very Good+.

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