William H. Page & Co. Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type

Hello all,

I am new to this incredible world of type. For the last month I have spent nearly 20 hours a week reading all that I can about the history of type, the foundries, specimens, and more. I have been a screen printer by trade for 15 years, but lately am more interested in the art of letterpress. I am self taught without art school, etc. so all of my education is presently coming from blogs, books, archive.org, Myfonts, etc.

Of all the books i have seen, it seems that I have a constant craving to find the book by William H. Page & Co., Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, Etc. Does anyone know where I can read and study a digital copy of it? Archive.org does not seem to have it and I do not live in NY where I can view it in person at the NYPL. Flickr seems to have a few pics of it and there are a few pages on Briar Press, but I want to see it all! Any ideas? Thanks a lot.


I appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you.

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Try this website link. There are a few really good pdf’s for catalogs you’ll enjoy.


Casey McGarr
Inky Lips Letterpress

Hi Chris,
Come to New York and visit the copy at Columbia University’s Butler Library.

Daniel Morris
The Arm Letterpress
Brooklyn, NY


The copy at Columbia is beautiful and outstanding. Thank you for the link.


Thank you for the links.



The Cary Collection at RIT has Page’s specimen.


Hello Chris,

You will find a link to the Columbia University Libraries’ digital copy here:

More info about W.H. Page:
http://bazaar.typeheritage.com/dauchy/ (in preparation)

Cheers, Anna