its funny; I've walked past this antiquarian bookstore many times, and I've never really paid much attention to it. I've looked into its windows with a sense of wonder at all the old leather bound books, but its never occured to enter and have a look. I was walking past it yesterday when their window display caught my eyes. Type specimens, printing and type history, biographies and more. I was stunned. It had never occured to me to look in here for type books. But I was spell bound by the possibility of what lay instore. Unfortunately, it was closed, so my anticipation would have to wait another day. Today was that day. Their collection was small but beautiful. Stanley Morison, Eric Gill, a Plantin specimen book, Australiana and some luscious letterpress examples. All at a decent price, in good condition, and the building is magnficent. I'll definately be back to buy as much as I can afford. Their website is comprehensive, and they have a whole section devoted to typography where you can browse their collection. I suggest you do.
Say what you wil about obsessive type freaks, but would you really want this to be the last font you ever see? Times New Roman? Seriously? I'm not asking for some over designed user interface with soft bevels and a slight gradient, but this?
Speaking of Times, I was catching up on a few years of Typeradio and came across a great episode about the history of Times. Seems the great Stanley Morrison was a bit of a thieving backstabbing hack. Check it out here.
If you're ever in the market for a notepad, and you're after something a little bit different than your usual skivvie black, go down to the Rose St Artists Market on a saturday morning and pick yourself up one of these from Rebound Books. It's a really nifty (why didn't I think of that) idea, and one that works really well, and is much better than the rest of the stuff out there. They take old out of print vintage books, and rebind them as notebooks.
They have a great collection, and you can always find something that fits your mood for the day. You can either go for some lovely type, a cutesie picture, or a choice pattern if you're that way inclined. Truth be told, I don't like the choice of the blue paper that they put in my book, but that's my only complaint. To make up for it, they leave a few choice pages from the book, leaving you with a nice warm fuzzy history feeling inside.
You can find their website here, and a little bit of homework on my behalf has just revealed that not only do they sell their wares at a few other markets and shops around town, but they have an online store as well. I'm sure a few finicky types might lament the loss of literature in the name of commerce, but who cares when they look this cute.
Truly a great shop-cum-wunderkammer. One of the grandest examples of a walk in Cabinet of Curiousity one is likely to find in a commercial setting. The people behind it really know what they're doing, down to the smallest (or grandest) detail. The place has a great tongue in cheek way about it, from the huge deer heads, collections of antlers, stuffed birds, science instruments down to the jesus and mary statues. Its down at 60 Chapel St if one should ever want to see.