Davenport, Iowa: The Catfish Press, 1972. Cloth Hardcover. Very Good / No Dustjacket. Item #068216
A two-part set: one 32-page clothbound book and one one-quarter cloth case binding with a partial cloth strap holding 27 unbound plates. Each of the unbound plates shows a single Roman capital (or ampersand), in red, on one side and a full alphabet or ductus, in black, on the other. The book pages and unbound plates are clean except for a tiny brown spot on the head edge of the book, modest foxing and occasional specks on the title plate and final plate as well as around the edges of the others, and scattered handling smudges, with a few dark droplet marks on the reverse of the "Q" plate, otherwise excellent. The book's binding is square and secure, the blue cloth cover modestly bumped at the spine head, causing only an inward push to the cloth, and showing gentle rubbing along the spine sides and around the corners; the printed title plate on the front is lovely and well-kept. The title panel on the case for the plates bears some pale yellow spotting, a short scuff, and a few small, errant ink marks, while the textured, marbled paper over the boards is beginning to tone around the edges and show spots of surface wear along the heel edges, and the cloth along the spine has a little very pale droplet spotting on the rear panel and modest rubbing at the spine ends, otherwise clean and attractive. Gilt titles at both spines, decorative endpapers in the book and lining in the case. The back of the unbound "X" plate is the treasure: a beautifully presented guide to the limbs and joints of a written letter. A lovely gift for an artist, especially a calligrapher, or for a true lover of finely made books.