Typography, Illustration of books, Bibliography, Book collecting, Printmaking, creating with the arts
The Colophon was a limited edition quarterly journal begun late in 1929 and continuing in various forms until 1950. The journal was created by Elmer Adler, founder of Pynson Printers in New York. His goal was to have printers from around the world contribute articles using their choice of papers, typography, and illustrations.
Some articles comment on a current / historical issue related to printing, publishing, or art. Others were intended to themselves be an example of printing or a work of art. Typically, issues included a range of styles, typography, and papers. Many times, these included rare or experimental approaches not typically seen in mainstream publications. Each issue also included an original piece of graphic art (e.g. etching, lithography, or engraving), some of which were signed by the artist.
The original Colophon series ran from February 1930-March 1935 (vol. 1, part 1 – vol. 5, part 20). The New Series (this series) ran from Summer 1935-Autumn 1938 (vol. 1, no. 1 – vol. 3, no. 4). The New Graphic Series continued later, running from March 1939-February 1940 (vol. 1, no. 1 – vol. 1, no. 4). A later publication, the New Colophon was a successor to this serial, and ran from January 1848-1950 (vol. 1, part 1 – vol. 3).
Contents: If You Must Write a Bibliography by Charles Beecher Hogan-- Lex Epistolarum by Harris Berlack-- Worlds Built on Books by Jean Hersholt-- "The Petrified Truth” by Delancey Ferguson-- For the Bright Particular Star by Rollo G. Silver-- Breaking into Print by Sinclair Lewis—Busman’s Holiday by A.W. Rushmore-- J.N. Reynolds: A Brief Biography with Particular Reference to Poe and Symmes by Robert F. Almy-- Photographs (of select book rooms from coast to coast)—Lost? Stolen? Concealed? Literary Properties by Flodden W. Heron-- Three Unknown Portraits of Walter Savage Landor by M. F. Ashley-Montagu-- Hawthorne and “The Man of God” by Manning Hawthorne-- Notes and Queries by Randolph G. Adams-- The Crow’s Nest by Frederick B. Adams, Jr.-- Advertisements for book-related businesses on pp. 295-308.
Includes inserted invitation to “The Complete Showing: Cover Designs & Original Prints Made for the Twenty Parts of the Original Series of The Colophon (1930-1935)” exhibit displayed on the seventh floor of The New York Times Annex through the summer of 1935.