Fanfare Press - Wolpe (Berthold). A Book of Fanfare Ornaments.


Fanfare Press - Wolpe (Berthold). A Book of Fanfare Ornaments.

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Berthold Wolpe. A Book of Fanfare Ornaments. With an Introduction by James Laver. Medium 4to, pp.[xiii], 47 plates printed in colours, (Ernest Ingham) The Fanfare Press, London, 1939.

Attractive arrangements of type ornaments, designed exclusively for the use of the press by Berthold Wolpe, printed in colours on Basingwerk Parchment, with the title-page set in his 'Tempest Titling'. Full maize buckram, blocked in gold on the spine and upper cover. Two extra sheets of ornaments loosely inserted. Presentation inscription from Ernest Ingham to A.J.A. Symons and from him to 'M.I.' A near fine copy of a book to linger over.

'Ernest Ingham, the founder of the Fanfare Press, persuaded Berthold Wolpe to supplement the conventional fleurons with modern designs. With this commission in mind, Wolpe designed a series of type ornaments from 1935 onwards. A selection ofthese was cut in 1936 and matrices were struck from which a supply was cast. In this book, Wolpe composed the units iinto borders, patterns and decorative tail-pieces and made them up int pages. Th entire book, with the Tempest type used on the title-page is his own design.' (Berthold Wolpe Retrospective Survey 58)

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