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WILLIAM A DWIGGINS
(A Collection – Arranged Chronologically)
William Addison Dwiggins was born in the midwest in 1880 and died in 1956. As a boy he wanted to be an artist and was sent to Frank Holme’s School of Illustration in Chicago where one of his teachers was Fred Goudy. In 1904 Goudy encouraged him to move to Hingham, 20 miles south of Boston, where he spent the rest of his life. In Boston he met Updike, Rogers, Cleland, and Ruzicka, each of whom had developed unique styles of typography, but Dwiggins alone championed a modern style of design in printing. For the first two decades he worked in advertising illustration but by the ‘twenties he turned to book illustration, designing some 300 books for Knopf. Along the way he designed typefaces (notably Caledonia and Electra) and found time to write and create marionette theatres.
Philip Hofer wrote in the Dolphin (1935) that Dwiggins was “America’s one truly modern typographer, and by far her most outstanding book decorator and calligrapher; a mechanical wizard, type designer, and specialist in advertising layout; an illustrator, mural painter, costume designer, and sculptor, a playwright, satirist, and perhaps beyond ever the best of his art – a thinker and poet in prose.”
OSTRANDER, Fannie E. THE GIFT OF THE MAGIC STAFF. Paul’s Adventures in Two Wonderlands… Illustrations by Will Dwiggins. Decorations by Ella S. Brison. Chicago: Fleming H. Revell, (1902). 8vo, 221pp, frontispiece, 7 plates. Orig.green pictorial cloth, stamped in orange & green, lettered in white. Some light wear to extremities, lettering flaking from spine, front free endpaper gone, otherwise very good.
¶ First Edition of Dwiggins’ first book, for which he created the illustrations and the binding. Agner 2.01.
BROWNING, Robert. RABBI BEN EZRA. A Dramatic Monologue by… (Hingham, Mass.: The Village Press, 1904. 8vo, (23)pp, frontispiece woodcut, decorations in red & black, initials in red. Orig. gray boards, white paper spine. Fine. ¶ One of an edition of 173 numbered copies. Frederic and Bertha Goudy printed the volume by hand during the Village Press’s short stay in Hingham, and Dwiggins cut the frontispiece & illustrations on wood. A note by Robert Bruere follows the text of the psalm. AIGA, The Work of W.A. Dwiggins, 1. Not in Agner.
KIPLING, Rudyard. THE GIPSY TRAIL. Boston: Alfred Bartlett, (1909). Small 8vo, (2), 10, (1)pp, frontispiece & title ornament. Orig. stiff green wrappers. Fine, with the quaint bookplate of Edward B. King tipped onto fly-leaf. In cloth solander & quarter red morocco slipcase. ¶ The first edition with the frontispiece and title ornament by Dwiggins, third edition overall. Livingston 294.
A CATALOGUE OF PLAYS FOR USE IN AMATEUR THEATRICALS. Boston: Walter H. Baker, 1917. 12mo, (100)pp, self-wrappers. Very good.
¶ Agner 07.01 cites the 1907 edition as designed by WAD.
EXTRACTS FROM AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF BOOKS as They Are at Present Published, undertaken by The Society of Calligraphers 1919. Boston: W.A. Dwiggins and L.B. Siegfried, Published for the Society of Calligraphers, 1919. 8vo, (16)pp, illustration of archer on front cover, one “chart” illustration within. Chip to back cover, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition - very scarce (Ruari McLean reprinted this charming piece with a new postscript in 1968). Agner 19.02
LINOCUT. An original four-color linocut on Japanese paper, dated 1921.
¶ A beautiful linocut of a sad man, holding a book and staring at the ground. He sits before a wall coated in exquisite two color wallpaper. Also included is a photocopy of the print, to whose verso is an original penciled, somewhat mysterious note by Dorothy Abbe: “This is ‘Petrouchka’ which we issued in a folder opposite a musical theme printed in line cut from his stencil notations.” Along with the print and Abbe’s note, an index card, on which is printed a stencil of a pitcher (the Püterschein logo), is included. The card is inscribed by Abbe: “Bronabejjia [the name of a projected work] - Mounted Petrouchka - O.P refund herewith… Since the mounted print is gone, I enclose an unmounted. Feel free to return it if you wish. D.A.”
CUTLER, Carl Gordon & Stephen C. Pepper. MODERN COLOR. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1923. 8vo, (4), 163pp. Yellow cloth with stencil design by WAD, in brown dust jacket with different design in red. Very good copy in the scarce jacket. ¶ First Edition; Dwiggins executed the decorations, diagrams, binding and jacket. One of the AIGA Fifty Books of the year. Agner 23.01
DWIGGINS, W.A. & Frederick G. Melcher. FIFTY BOOKS EXHIBITED BY THE INSTITUTE 1926, With Introductions by... New York: John Day Company, 1927. 4to, red cloth, printed dust jacket. Very good. ¶ Dwiggin’s 6-page introduction is titled “Notes on the Structure of a Book.” Not in Agner.
CABELL, JAMES BRANCH. BALLADS FROM THE HIDDEN WAY. New York: Crosby Gaige, 1928. 8vo, 41pp, printed in red & bl. Blue boards with elaborate flower & leaf designed in gold, cloth backstrip. Barest of wear to corners, otherwise fine. ¶ One of an edition of 838 numbered copies. Designed and decorated by Dwiggins. Agner 28.01.
PÜTERSCHEIN, Hermann. PARAPHS. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. 8vo, 82pp. Quarter cloth, the paper boards, spine label, and card box all designed by WAD. ¶ One of an edition of 540, signed by the author. An essay on calligraphy, with stencil decorations in red by WAD. Agner 10. AIGA Work 17.
WALDMAN, Milton. AMERICA CONQUERS DEATH. New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1928. 8vo, 30, (1)pp, title in 4 colors, 3-color initial, text in black & red. Orig. paper boards, cloth spine, gilt, gilt label to front board. Near fine in glassine jacket. ¶ First edition of Waldman’s thoughtful essay on Americans’ cultural indifference to death, one of 500 copies printed on Navarre paper by Rudge. Dwiggins contributed the typography and exquisite decorations. One of the AIGA’s Fifty Books. Agner 28.12.
HOLLISTER, Paul M. DWIGGINS A CHARACTERIZATION... Cambridge, Mass: The Cygnet Press, 1929. 8vo, (15)pp with title-page & illus. by WAD. Blue wrappers. Fine. ¶ Agner 29.05.
STEVENSON, Robert Louis. STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE. With Illustrations by W.A. Dwiggins. New York: Random House, 1929. 8vo, 161pp, with a folding facsimile leaf of the original manuscript and several illustrations. Orig. quarter black cloth, very good, in defective slipcase. ¶ Limited to 1200 copies signed by Dwiggins. The AIGA selected this as one of the year’s “Fifty Books.” Agner 29.07. AIGA Work 25.
22 PRINTERS’ MARKS AND SEALS DESIGNED OR REDRAWN BY W.A. DWIGGINS New York: Rudge, 1929. 8vo, (51)pp, hand-lettered title page. Orig. black paper boards, blue cloth spine, stamped in gold on spine & cover. Very good. ¶ One of an edition limited to 350 numbered copies, signed by Dwiggins. According to Dwiggins, this book “was done for pure joy. Rudge took it on and it came out nicely.” Agner 29.02. Ransom 37.
ABBE, Dorothy. STENCILLED ORNAMENT & ILLUSTRATION. A Demonstration of William Addison Dwiggins’ Method of Book Decoration and Other Uses of the Stencil together with A Note by the Artist. Compiled and Arranged by Dorothy Abbe. Hingham, Mass.: Püterschein-Hingham, 1929. 8vo, ix, (3), 74, (2)pp, 3 photographic plates, numerous illustrations. Black paper boards over white decorative cloth. Fine. ¶ First Edition of this attractive exposition of Dwiggins’s lettering work.
DAUDET, Jacques. TARTARIN OF TARASCON. Translated by Jacques LeClercq. With an Introduction by the Translator and Drawings by W.A. Dwiggins. New York: Limited Editons Club, 1930. 2 vols, (2), xxv, (4), 95, (1); (8), 99- 263, (5)pp, numerous illustrations, Praga handmade paper. Orig. decorative paper boards, black cloth shelfback, spine lettered in gilt. Fine in very good orig. slipcase. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies, this one signed by Dwiggins, of Daudet’s burlesque novel. Dwiggins oversaw all aspects of the production of this work, which he profusely illustrated. Agner 30.01.
DWIGGINS, W.A. FORM LETTERS. Illustrator to Author. New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1930. 8vo, pp of which xvi ff are numbered, 3 turquoise ornaments. Orig. brown paper over magenta cloth spine stamped in gilt, label to front board. Barest of sunning to spine, otherwise fine. ¶ One of an edition of 250 numbered copies, signed by Dwiggins. Dwiggins’ own summary, printed on the title page, explains the lovely volume: “The Illustrator commissioned to make a set of drawings, discovers that the Author has doubts about the utility of pictures in his book. Undertakes, by means of these letters, to convince him (the author) that Illustrations may be an advantage — at least, not detrimental —. Succeeds, after a fashion — not too well. Does, however, get one thing done to his satisfaction. Unloads on the Author an assortment of opinions about the proper function of Illustration and the relation between pictures and text.” Agner 30.03.
WELLS, H[erbert] G[eorge]. THE TIME MACHINE. An Invention… New York: Random House, 1931. 8vo, x, (2), 86pp, with 4 color plates and other illustrations. Color printed boards, gilt backstrip. Fine in very good orig. slipcase. ¶ With a letter from WAD to Merle Armitage dated January 29, 1952, tipped to the front endpaper. A handsome edition of Well’s classic, with a new preface by the author, & with designs by Dwiggins. Agner 31.07. Currey p.525. A later issue, without the colophon leaf, and bulking somewhat thinner, and in a plain slipcase.
DWIGGINS, W.A. TOWARDS A REFORM OF THE PAPER CURRENCY. Particularly in Point of Its Design. A Text and Specimens Furnished by… Published for 452 Subscribers by The Limited Editions Club. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1932. 4to, (1), 23, (2), 3 plates, hand-lettered display. Black leather spine stamped in gold over turquoise decorative cloth, paper label to front board. Near fine. ¶ One of an edition limited to 452 copies, this one signed by Dwiggins, of his famous call for a reform of the design of American paper money. Quite wittily written, this treatise on aesthetics includes several of Dwiggins more famous illustrations, including his future-looking “Infuriated Artists demolishing the Bureau of Engraving and Printing at Washington. Moring of the 6th of July, 1951. First phase of the Communist Revolution. N[ew] M[illenium] XLVIII” and “Assassination of the Director of the Bureau, and Massacre of Federal Arts Experts, during the assault on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing — night of July 5, 1951. N.M XXIVV.” Included also are “specimens” of currency and postage stamps from the “Antipodes” (i.e. from Dwiggins’ own head), which Dwiggins cites as better examples of design. Agner 32.02.
WELLS, H[erbert] G[eorge]. SEVEN FAMOUS NOVELS BY H.G. WELLS. With a Preface by the Author. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. Thick 8vo, x, 860pp, 2 column format with stencil-style chapter headings by WAD throughout. Red cloth with black spine title & ornaments, blind-stamped stencil design by WAD on top cover, dust jacket illustrated by WAD. Some wear to folds of jacket, otherwise very good. ¶ First Collected Edition, an AIGA book of the year. Agner 34.04.
NATHAN, Robert. ONE MORE SPRING. Stamford, Conn.: The Overbrook Press, 1935. 8vo, (8), 153, (2)pp, 20 multi-colored stencil illustrations. Orig decorative paper boards, green cloth shelfback, paper label to spine. Fine in very good orig. slipcase. ¶ One of an edition limited to 750 copies, together with the elaborate prospectus. Dwiggins designed the typography, binding, slipcase, and illustrations. The latter are called “excellent stencil illustrations” by Agner. Agner 35.08. One of AIGA’s Fifty Books of the Year.
DWIGGINS, W.A. A BAKERS’ DOZEN OF EMBLEMS, Drawings by W.A. Dwiggins, and Verses by William Rose Benét Collected from various Numbers of The Saturday Review of Literature issued in 1927 and 1928, and ELECTRA, A New Linotype Face from the hand of the said W.A.D. Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Coompany, 1935. 8vo, (40)pp, illus. in various color. Red wrappers. Very good copy with the bookplate of California printer Ward Ritchie. ¶ Includes WAD’s comments on the design of Electra. Agner 35.01.
FOLEY, Mason A. HINGHAM OLD AND NEW. Hingham: Hingham Tercentenary Committee, 1935. 8vo, (7), 96, (5)pp. Quarter cloth. Fine. ¶ The design and illustrations are by Dwiggins. Agner 35.05.
DREIR, Thomas. THE POWER OF PRINT — AND MEN. Together with a Salute to the Modern Newpaper, Produced and Broadcast by the National Broadcasting Company. Brooklyn, New York: Mergenthaler Linotype Company, 1936. Large 8vo, (4), ix-xiv, 165, (1)pp, numerous decorations & headpieces. Orig. decorative boards over cloth shelfback, spine lettered in gilt. Barest of external wear, otherwise fine. ¶ First Edition of this beautiful work, published on Mergenthaler’s 50th anniversary. The typography, decorations, and binding are all creations of Dwiggins. Laid in is a brochure from Mergenthaler with specimens of Dwiggins’ type & Caravan ornaments as well as a presentations card from the president of Mergenthaler. Agner 36.02.
GUSTAF-JANSON, Gosta. THE OLD MAN’S COMING. Translated from the Swedish for the first time by Claude Napier. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1936. 8vo, cloth, dust jacket. Very good copy with light wear to jacket edges. ¶ The yellow cloth binding is illustrated with WAD stencils and is repeated on the dust jacket. Agner 36.03.
WELLS, H.G. THE TREASURE IN THE FOREST. (New York: Press of the Woolly Whale, 1936). 8vo, (4), 30, (3)pp, 6 half-page multicolor stencil illustrations, colophon mark, numerous opening & closing vignettes, handmade paper. Orig. tan paper over individually wrapped boards, stamped with stencil in yellow. Fine, with the prospectus.
¶ One of an edition of 130 copies, one of Dwiggins’ most imaginative and scarcest books. The Press of the Woolly Whale was the truly private press of Melbert Cary, whose printer was George van Vechten. The colophon is signed by Dwiggins with his own name and five pseudonyms, and is also signed by Van Vechten and Carey. The brightly colored illustrations, whose african motifs almost shimmer, are alleged in the colophon to have been the creation of “Mwano Masassi,” and the prospectus, laid-in, announces that the prospective book will be a “Typographic Divertisment by Mwano Masassi… Produced in Collaboration with W.A. Dwiggins.” The prospectus, also designed by Dwiggins, includes an amusing letter, written in hilarious broken English by the alleged African designer. Agner 36.16. Ranson, Selective Checklists, 63.
BRONABEJJIA. Parts of a Record of Travel in Rarely Visited Regions. Recovered from Fragments of a Text Written in the Metrelingua Permé and Here Translated into English. [Hingham, Mass.: Püterschein-Hingham, CA. 1937]. Large rectangular 8vo, (12, most versos blank), (4, blank), 1 orig. multicolor stencil, title in 3 colors, color woodcut borders. Self-cover, stapled. Fine, in an envelope from Püterschein-Hingham, addressed to Robert Hunter Middleton, the typographer with Ludlow, and dated 1937. ¶ All printed? The following mysterious note is printed to the top page: “In this format we planned to produce the sixth in the Athalinthia series… of which three and five have already been published… Production of the first five pages… herewith… predicted labor far in excess of time available. Therefore the project has been laid aside. These few leaves are offered as: A Scheme for a Book. [P-H]” (his brackets and elipses). Not in Agner.
W.A.D. THE WORK OF W.A. DWIGGINS. Shown by the American Institute of Graphic Arts at the Gallery of the Architectural League. New York: (A.I.G.A.), 1937. 8vo, 39pp, frontisportrait, 46 plates of samples in several colors & photographs, numerous ornaments in turquoise. Orig. turquoise paper boards, stamped in blue. Slight wear to extremities, otherwise fine. ¶ Rare catalogue of the first major exhibition of Dwiggins’ work. The material was assembled at the prompting of Philip Hofer.
HAZLITT, William. THE FIGHT. (Printed as a Supplement to Typography No. 2, March, 1937. 8vo, 12pp. Gray-brown wrappers. Fine. ¶ “This account of the Prize fight between Bill Neate and the Gas-Man is extracted from William Hazlitt’s essay entitlted “The Fight” and here reprinted as a specimen of “Electra” designed by W.A. Dwiggins. Specially composed and printed for “Typograph” by Linotype and Machinery Ltd, Nine Kinsway, London. Decorated with line designs by Bernard Griffin.
CALEDONIA. A New Printing Type Designed for Mergenthaler Linotype Company. With a Note on the Face by the Designer and a Note on the Designer by Hermann Püterschein. Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Company, 1939. 8vo, xxvii pp, numerous specimens in slate. Orig. orange printed wrappers. Near fine. ¶ An informative but amusing description of how Dwiggins came upon his new type, which fuses aspects of the Scotch Romans and types which William Martin cut for Bulmer. A curious note on Dwiggins by Dwiggins himself concludes the item. Agner 39.02.
MARIONETTE IN MOTION. The Püterschein System Diagrammed, Described by… Handbook XII. Detroit: Puppetry Imprints, 1939. 8vo, (2), xv, (2)pp, hand-lettered & illustrated throughout, all pages ruled, Andria paper. Raw binder’s boards, green cloth spine stamped in blue. Fine. ¶ First Edition, beautifully illustrated, of Dwiggins’ redesign of the classical model of marionnettes. The “Püterschein System” attempts to redesign the dolls and the mechanisms of their manipulation so as to give them a more lifelike appearance. Dwiggins ran a puppet theater in Hingham, where he gave shows (for which he wrote the plays) under the name of Dr. Herman Püterschein. Several of his discoveries about counterbalance in puppet-design have been adopted by the leading puppeteers. Agner 39.03.
DWIGGINS, W.A. WAD TO BR A LETTER ABOUT DESIGNING TYPE. Cambridge: Harvard College Library, 1940. 4to (12)pp, hand-lettered throughout. Orig. boards, a fine copy in a lightly worn orig. slipcase. ¶ One of an edition limited to 1000 copies. The AIGA included this among their “Fifty Books.” Agner 40.05.
THE GLISTENING HILL. Athalintha III. (Hingam, Mass.): Püterschein-Hingham, 1940. 8vo, (6), xxx, (3)pp, 2-page title spread with colored pen & ink drawing, 7 additional color pen & ink drawings, handset Winchester type. Orig. stiff dark pink wrapper over boards, silver label wraps around spine & front cover. One back corner barely bumped, otherwise fine. ¶ Only edition of this very attractive work of fiction, detailing the mystery of the “Thallannians,” illustrated and written by Dwiggins himself. The volume was bound and printed by Dorothy Abbe. Agner 40.04.
ALFRED A. KNOPF, QUARTER CENTURY 1915-1940. [New York: The Book Table, 1940]. (8), 52, (1)pp. Orig. cloth with WAD designed label, glassine, slipcase. Very good. Bookplate. With presentation slip laid “With Mr Knopf’s compliments.” ¶ Designed by Dwiggins, this keepsade was presented by Knopf’s fellow-members of The Book Table. Contributors include Carl Van Doren, H.L. Mencken, Thomas Mann, and Willa Cather, with a photograph by Carl Van Vechten. Agner 40.01.
DWIGGINS, W.A. A TECHNIQUE FOR DEALING WITH ARTISTS. New York: Press of the Woolly Whale, 1941. 12mo, 28pp (including wrappers), Andria paper, text in Electra. Orig. self-covers, maroon printer’s medallion to front cover. Fine. ¶ One of 954 copies of this amusing pamphlet, allegedly intended for reading by businessmen. Agner 41.07.
DWIGGINS, W.A. (text and illustrations). THE CREW OF THE SHIP “EARTH.” [New York:] The Typophiles, 1944. 12mo, (8)pp, with 7 small illus. Self wrappers. Fine. ¶ 1500 copies printed of WAD’s plea for world cooperation - “to figure ourselves as part of the crew of a very small ship on a ahzardous voyage across unknown seas.”
HINCKS, Margaret. HISTORY OF THE BOOKS...With Illustrations by W.A. Dwiggins. (The Horn Book, 1944). 8vo, (8)pp, with illustrations by WAD.
DWIGGINS, W.A. MILLENNIUM I. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. 8vo, (8), 100, (2)pp, 8 color plates. Orig. gray-blue cloth, vignette to front cover. Fine in fine dust jacket. ¶ First Edition of Dwiggins’ impressive play, which presents the idea of machines taking over the rule of the earth. Characters like 00, Action 5, .33+, and N77 run affairs, but man, known as homogrub, still exists, and seeks to regain control. The typography, binding, jacket, and the lovely illustrations are all Dwiggins’ creations. Agner 45.06. Sargent, Utopian Literature, p. 229. Bleiler p.66.
DWIGGINS, W.A. THE STRUCTURE OF A BOOK. W.A.D. Christmas 1945. 1927. A Text by… Concerning the Architecture of Bookmaking. (Evansville, Indiana: Herbert W. Simpson), 1945. 12mo, (16)pp, title in 3 colors, text in red & black Electra, Caledonia, and Metro. Orig. green paper wrappers, 3-color printed label. Moderate foxing to label, otherwise fine. ¶ Called a reprint, but certain small changes were made since the original printing in 1927. A Christmas Keepsake by calligrapher and graphic designer Herb Simpson.
POE, Edgar Allan. THE COMPLETE POEMS AND STORIES OF… With Selections from His Critical Writings. With an Introduction and Explanatory Notes by Arthur Hobson Quinn. Texts Established, with Bibliographical Notes, by Edward H. O’Neill. Illustrated by E. McKnight Kauffer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. 2 vols, 8vo, x, 542; x, (2), 543-1092, (2, including colophon)pp, 12 plates of watercolors, numerous illustrations in pen. Orig. blue cloth, fine, in very good dust jackets & attractive slipcase. ¶ First printing, this copy signed by Kauffer. The binding & typography were designed by W.A. Dwiggins, with his monogram on the colophon. The AIGA picked this as one of the year’s best “Fifty.” The watercolors and drawings in the so-called “Borzoi Poe” “have been a major influence in Poe criticism and interpretations” (Pollin 1381). BAL 16262.
MSS. BY WAD, Being a Collection of the Writings of Dwiggins on Various Subjects. Some Critical, some Philosophical, Some Whimsical. New York: The Typophiles, 1947. Sm. 8vo, xiv, 152pp. Blue cloth. Fine. ¶ Agner 47.04.
DWIGGINS, W.A. WRONG TURNING. (Hingham: Dorothy Abbe) 1947. 12mo, 9 (1, colophon)pp, self-wrapps. ¶ Printed by Dorothy Abbe. Agner 47.05.
THE HISTORY OF SUSANNA, From the Apocrypha of the Hebrew Bible according to the King James Version. Handwritten by W.A. Dwiggins. The Scribe AP. New York: Archway Press, (1947). 8vo, (23) leaves, a turquoise frame surround each page of calligraphy or illustrations by WAD. Orig. cloth, very good copy in original slipcase. ¶ Agner 47.08
DWIGGINS, W. A. ATHALINTHIA V. The War Against Waak. Bellona. Hingham: Puterschein-Hingham, 1948. 12mo, 36pp, 5 line drawings & 7 illustration in pochoir. Turquoise pictorial board. A fine copy. ¶ One of 194 copies, 100 only for sale, printed by Dorothy Abbe at the Press of the Little Red Hen. This was the fifth in this series of ironic tales but not all were published. This was the second (and first substantial) piece to be produced by the partnership of Abbe and Dwiggins. Agner 48.03 (erroneously indicating the color pochoir plates as screen printed). Quite scarce.
SPECIMENS OF THE TYPE FACE KNOWN AS CHELTENHAM Printed on Eastern’s Atlantic Bond. Bangor, Maine: Eastern Corporation, 1948. 22 x 17 in. poster, printed in 3 colors. Barest of yellowing at folds, otherwise fine, with an additional specimen sheet. ¶ Very attractive poster illustrating the Cheltenham type, which was designed by Bertram Goodhue, improved by Ingalls Kimball of the Cheltenham Press, and admired by Dwiggins. The additional specimen sheet gives a brief history of the type face and identifies Dwiggins as the designer of the specimen sheet. The design of the poster is clearly his.
COATSWORTH, Elizabeth. THE CREAKING STAIR. Graphic Accompaniments by W.A. Dwiggins. New York: Coward-McCann, (1949). 8vo, (11), 111pp, title ornament, 50 illustrations. Orig. black cloth, silver vignette to front board, spine lettered in silver. Barest external soiling, otherwise fine, in a near fine dust jacket. ¶ First Editon with Dwiggins’s illustrations, inscribed by the author. The poems describe the moods of night, ghosts, madness, and fear, suggesting the wildness and cruelty of nature. Agner writes that this is the the first, and perhaps only, use of the type Tippecanoe, designed by Dwiggins, in a book. Dwiggins also designed the decorations and binding. Agner 49.03.
GRAPHIC FORMS, The Arts as Related to the Book. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1949. 8vo, (8), 128pp with 46pp of illustrations. Quarter black cloth over grey boards. ¶ Includes Dwiggins on Trade Book Design, together with essays by Kepes, Paul Rand, Walter Dorwin Teague, Lynd Ward, Merle Armitage, et al.
SHIMER, Florence. TWELVE POEMS. Hingham, Mass.: Püterschein-Hingham, 1950. 8vo, (23)pp, 2-color stencil ornament to title page, Winchester type. Orig. green wrapper with printed label wrap over boards. Fine, in the orig. shipping case with orig. shipping label, addressed by hand to Robert Hunter Middleton, the typographer with Ludlow. ¶ Only edition, very rare. Dwiggins designed the title-page, and the type is his own. Dorothy Abbe printed the volume at the Press of the Little Red Hen. Not in Agner.
KEATS, John. TO AUTUMN. (Hingham, Mass.: Püterschein-Hingham, 1951. Rectangular 8vo, (1), iii, (2)ff, 3-color vignette to title page, hand lettered throughout. Orig. green wrappers, lettered in yellow. Spine sunned, otherwise fine. ¶ A rare piece of Dwiggins’ work, printed from a photoengraving by Dorothy Abbe. In this copy Dwiggins has stenciled the Püterschein-Hingham logo to the front free endpaper: “Complements of [picture of a pitcher and a rooster]. Agner 51.08.
FROM HOKUSAI’S PREFACE TO HIS HUNDRED VIEWS OF FUJI. [Hingham:] Pueterschein-Hingham, 1953. 16mo, (4)pp, self-wrappers.
(Eldorado) A SHOWING OF A NEW LINOTYPE TYPEFACE CALLED ELDORADO... Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype, 1953. 8vo, (14)pp, with half-page illustration on title. Maroon wrappers. ¶ Agner 53.07.
COATSWORTH, Elizabeth. MOUSE MUSINGS. Illustrations… by Genevieve Shimer. [Hingham, Mass.]: (Peuterschein-Hingham, 1954). 16mo, 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in., 1 long sheet of Japanese paper folded into 23pp, illustrations in red interweaved with text. Blue paper wrappers with interlocking paper clasp & paper label. Neat 2-inch tear (due to over-scoring of paper clasp’s hinge, but repairable) to paper clasp’s hinge, otherwise fine. ¶ First Edition, the only edition in this startlingly beautiful format, creatively bound and designed by Dorothy Abbe.
DWIGGINS, W.A. PRELUDE TO EDEN. A Drama for Marionettes. Hingnam, Mass.: 1956. 8vo, 29, (3)pp, 30 silk-screen illustrations (4 in several colors), hand-set Winchester type, Weimar mould-made paper. Quarter green printed paper over reflective aluminum boards. Near fine, in the orig. shipping carton with the Püterschein-Hingham label, addressed to Robert Hunter Middleton, the typographer with Ludlow. ¶ Only Edition of this scarce and unusual volume, a play for Dwiggins’ marionette theater. The illustrations, made by Dorothy Abbe, who also bound the work, were made by first photographing the four puppets which Dwiggins made for the play. By means of the Tone-Line process, Abbe then turned the photographs into line for reproduction by silk-screen.
TYPOGRAPHER. Volume XIX. Number 1. In Memory of William A. Dwiggins. Rochester: Rochester Institute of Technology, 1958. 8vo, (4), 7-40pp, frontisportrait, decorations & color illustrations throughout. Orig. printed wrappers. Barest dustsoiling, otherwise fine. ¶ Scarce memorial booklet remembering the work of Dwiggins. Brief essays by Chappell, Nash, Rollins, Beatrice Warde, and others celebrate Dwiggins’ art. A list of the 37 books designed by Dwiggins that were ever included in the AIGA’s “Fifty” concludes this collection.
POSTSCRIPTS ON DWIGGINS… Edited by Paul A. Bennett. With a Selective Checklist Compiled by Dorothy Abbe & Rollo G. Silver. New York: The Typophiles, 1960. 2 vols, 12mo, xiii, 141, (18); (5), 145-271, (2)pp, illus. Turquoise cloth backed boards. Fine. ¶ Typophile Chapbooks nos. 35 & 36. Essays and recollections by Dorothy Abbe, Paul Bennet, Philip Hofer, Alfred Knopf, Rudolph Ruzicka, et al.
DWIGGINS, W.A. THE FIVE HUNDRED YEARS, A Time Problem, and Its Solution. Baton Rouge: Press of the Nightowl, 1972. 8vo, (4), 21, (1 colophon)pp. Wrappers. Fine. ¶ One of 75 numbered copies printed by Dwight Agner. Concerns the celebration of the invention of printing.
ABBE, Dorothy. WILLIAM ADDISON DWIGGINS. A Talk Delivered to the Bookbuilders of Boston. April MCMLXXIII. Boston: Boston Public Library, 1974. 12mo, (24)pp (including frontisportrait), 2 ornaments by WAD. Orig. pink wrappers, stamped with ornament. Fine. ¶ An interesting talk given by Dwiggins’ friend and partner.
AGNER, Dwight. THE BOOKS OF WAD, A Bibliography of the Books. Designed by W. A. Dwiggins. Compiled by Dwight Agner. With a Foreword by Alexander Lawson… Baton Rouge, LA: Press of the Nightowl, 1974. Tall 8vo, xii, 87pp. Quarter morocco, gilt, marbled boards, color illustration on title and several cuts. Very good. ¶ Special edition limited to 16 copies on dampened Worthy Hand and Arrows, of an edition of 206. Printed in Monotype Joanna, designed by Eric Gill.
MARIONETTE IN MOTION. The Püterschein System Diagrammed, Described by… Handbook XII. Detroit: Puppetry Imprints, 1939 [i.e. Boston: Boston Public Library, 1976]. 8vo, (2), xv, (9)pp, hand-lettered & illustrated throughout, all pages ruled. Orig. illustrated printed wrappers. Fine. ¶ Attractive reprint of Dwiggins’ redesign of the classical model of marionnettes. Seven drawings are appended which were not included in the original text. The “Püterschein System” attempts to redesign the dolls and the mechanisms of their manipulation so as to give them a more lifelike appearance. Dwiggins ran a puppet theater in Hingham, where gave shows (for which he wrote the plays) under the name of Dr. Herman Püterschein. Several of his discoveries about counterbalance in puppet-design have been adopted by the leading puppeteers. Cf. Agner 39.03.
ABBE, Dorothy. STENCILLED ORNAMENT & ILLUSTRATION A Demonstration of William Addison Dwiggins’ Method of Book Decoration and Other Uses of the Stencil together with A Note by the Artist… Boston: Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 1980. 8vo, ix, (3), 74, (2)pp, with frontispiece portrait & 2 plates, illustrations. Printed wrappers, fine as issued. ¶ Reprint of the limited edition published by Püterschein-Hingham, copiously illustrating Dwiggins’ work. Also includes notes on technique and a bibliography of publications featuring his designs.
ABBE, Dorothy. WILLIAM ADDISON DWIGGINS. In: Book Club of California Quarterly, Vol. XLVI, No. 1.San Francisco: Winter, 1980. 8vo, wrappers. Fine.
A TRIBUTE TO W.A. DWIGGINS on the Hundredth Anniversary of His Birth. New York: Privately Printed for Friends of Hermann Püterschein at the Inkwell Press, 1980. 8vo, 153, (2)pp, frontisportrait, numerous illustrations. Orig. tan buckram, front cover pictorially blocked. Fine. ¶ A fascinating festschrift for the designer. Includes essays by Dwiggins himself, Dorothy Abbe, Warren Chappell, Dwight Agner, and others. Pages 57-153 are composed entirely of specimens of Dwiggins’ work.
FATHER CATICH’S VISIT WITH BILL DWIGGINS. Athens, Georgia: The Press of the Nightowl, 1982. 8vo, (15)pp. Wrappers. With prospectus laid. Very good. ¶ Printed and bound by Dwight Agner in an edition of 300 copies, this copy marked Review. With a TLS from Dorothy Abbey to calligrapher Don Moy, and additional letter to him from the printer.
THE JOURNAL OF DECORATIVE & PROPAGANDA ARTS No. 7. Miami: Wolfson Foundation of Decorative & Propaganda Arts, 1988. ¶ Issue devoted to illustrated books with an article by Dorothy Abbe on Dwiggins.
(Dwiggins ephemera). A miscellany relating to the work of W.A. Dwiggins, including an als from Dorothy Abbe to WD dated 1979; a 3pp tls from Abbe to Don Moy regarding Father Catich’s calligraphy; ephemera printed by WAD; prospectuses; exhibition announcements & brochures; & copies of 2 articles on WAD.