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: The 1858 Catalogue of Henry Adam’s Library by Max I. Baym-- The Indiscreet History of a Bibliographical, Picturesque, and Antiquarian Tour by Boies Penrose-- Collecting Civil War Novels by Richard H. Wilmer, Jr.-- Dusty Shelves and Irishmen by Elizabeth Ridgway-- Cooper's “Upside Down” Turns Up by John Atlee Kouwenhoven-- Facts and Fancies and the Cambridge Press by George Parker Winship-- Toward a Bibliography of John Steinbeck by Lawrence Clark Powell-- The Dunciad Duodecimo by R.H. Griffith-- Footnote on a Minor Poet by David A. Randall-- Success—and Dreiser by Myrta Lockett Avary-- Notes & Queries by Randolph G. Adams-- The Crow’s Nest by Frederick B. Adams, Jr.--Advertisements for book-related businesses on pp. 613-626.