Spencer's Visible Word. The rare first edition of this major contribution to legibility studies by one of the most influential British communication designers and typographers. Urbane, prolific and unfailingly modest, Herbert Spencer was a reformer dedicated to improving standards of design in a field dominated by the printing industry's outdated conventions. But he was also an aesthete with a connoisseur's eye for the wild modernist innovations with letterforms and layout of the 1920s. Spencer launched the seminal publication, Typographica, in 1949, when he was 25, and edited, designed and sometimes wrote for it for 18 years. Equally at home publishing one of the first articles in Britain about concrete poetry (then an international phenomenon), or an illustrated study of the design challenges presented by Braille, he was a new kind of designer-editor, able to think both visually and verbally, and to fuse images and words in meaningful new relationships. Set on the IBM 72 Composer. $850.00
Munari for Paul Rand. Bruno Munari 1991 Alta Tensione.
Milan: Vismara arte, 1991). First
edition. Illustrated exhibition catalogue showing the noted
designers tensive sculptures. This copy inscribed on the title page
to the distinguished graphic designer, Paul Rand. Short letter laid
in to Paul and his wife from one of the exhibition organizers. A
fine copy in publisher's printed wrappers
Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bergston, Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, Larry Bell, Fred Eversley, Patrick Hogan, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, John McCracken, Edward Moses, Kenneth Price, & DeWain Valentine. A Decade of California Color. 1960-1970. New York: Pace Gallery, 1970. Thirteen loose leaves inserted in a prinded cardstock folder. One title leaf in pink and thirteen leaves black on white, each devoted to a single artist and containing a photograph of the artist, a biography, and a photograph of one piece of the artist's work. Near fine. $350.00
Inscribed Copies of Rand's Best Known Books. When Paul Rand died in 1996, his career spanned six decades, three generations and numerous chapters of design history. By the late Thirties (Rand's early twenties) he had already started to transform commercial art and was being hailed by the country's leading trade magazine, PM, as the most influential young graphic designer in the country. Rand modeled himself on avant-garde artists such as Paul Klee, El Lissitzky, and Le Corbusier and it was largely through his efforts that European modern art and design - Russian Constructivism, Dutch De Stijl and the German Bauhaus - was introduced to American commercial art. Inscribed copies of both Thoughts on Design (1946) and A Designer's Art (1985) can be found in the new arrivals section.
Magdanz. Dienststelle Marienthal. Aachen. Germany:
Andreas Magdanz, 2000. First edition. Hardcover with the image
of a B-52 bomber debossed on front board; orange and black printed
dust jacket. Text in German and English. A fine copy in dust jacket.