Recommended Reads

Books We Like

  • American Wood Type: 1828-1900 - Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types, by Rob Roy Kelly 
  • Letterpress: The Allure of the Handmade, by David Jury 
  • General Printing: An Illustrated Guide to Letterpress Printing, by Glen U. Cleeton, Charles W. Pitkin and Raymond L. Cornwell
  • A Story With Character Ten Years of Tipoteca Italiana, by Sandro Berra and Fabio Zonta
  • The Art of Wood Type, by Gregory Ruffa 
  • Hamilton Wood Type: A History in Headlines, by Bill Moran, Robert Style, Dennis Ichiyama, Richard Zauft, and Dave Carso
  • The Handy Book of Artistic Printing: Collection of Letterpress Examples with Specimens of Type, Ornament, Corner Fills, Borders, Twisters, Wrinklers, and other Freaks of Fancy, by Doug Clouse and Angela Voulangas
  • The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques Hardcover, by Ann d'Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris
  • Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop, by Jim Sherraden, Elek Horvath and Paul Kingsbury 
  • 100 Wood Type Alphabets (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography), by Rob Roy Kelly
  • American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century, by Mac McGrew
  • Anything by Steven Heller 
  • Anything by Alston Purvis
  • Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography by Esther K. Smith, Steven Heller, Wayne White 
  • For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook for Instructors and Students Paperback by Cathie Ruggie Saunders and Martha Chiplis
  • Elementary Platen Presswork by Ralph W. Polk 

For Children

  • Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet by Ross MacDonald
  • The History of Printmaking published by Scholastic Voyages of Discovery